Russ Ballard

Russ Ballard is an English musician and songwriter who recorded with the sixties beat groups The Roulettes and Unit 4 + 2. In 1969, he co-founded Argent with ex-Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent. He made five studio albums with the band and wrote their hits “Liar” and “God Gave Rock and Roll to You.” Concurrently, he wrote songs for Barry Ryan, Colin Blunstone (“I Don’t Believe In Miracles”), and the Bell Records pop act Hello.

Ballard released five solo albums between 1974 and 1980 on Epic, followed by two mid-eighties titles on EMI America. In the early eighties, his songs became hits for Frida Lyngstad (“I Know There’s Something Going On”), America (“You Can Do Magic”), Santana (“Winning”), and Roger Daltery (“Free Me”).

Early Career

He was born Russell Glyn Ballard on October 31, 1945, in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. In 1961, he played guitar in Buster Meikle & The Day Breakers, which featured his brother Roy and their friend, drummer Bob Henrit.

In early 1963, Ballard and Henrit joined The Roulettes, the backing band of pop singer Adam Faith. They backed him on multiple singles, including the UK No. 5 hit “The First Time.”


  • Russ Ballard (1974)
  • Winning (1976)
  • At the Third Stroke (1978)
  • Barnet Dogs (1979)
  • Into the Fire (1980 • Russ Ballard & The Barnet Dogs)
  • Russ Ballard (1984)
  • The Fire Still Burns (1985)


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