Russ Hamilton makes unique record hit.
Born in Everton, Liverpool, he was one of the first singer-songwriters of pop music to have come out of the city, and he was the first Liverpool artist to hit the United States music scene with his song "Rainbow" several years before The Beatles.
His first hit in the United Kingdom was "We Will Make Love" which he recorded in 1957 for Oriole Records. However, in the U.S., it was the flip side "Rainbow" that became the hit because, according to Hamilton himself, it was due to the U.S. mistaking "Rainbow" to be the A-side of the single.
This led to the possibly unique situation of a single reaching the top 10 in the U.K. while its flipside achieved the same result across the Atlantic - "Rainbow" reached #4 on Billboard's Hot 100. In 1957, chart success in the U.S. was a very unusual feat for an English performer and so it made Hamilton a very hot property for a while.
Russ Hamilton sings 'I Had A Dream'
'Rainbow & 'We Will Make Love' - Russ Hamilton 1957
Live videos by Ross Hamilton are scarce.
In fact the only one that we could source was 'I had a Dream' [above]. However his most famous songs "Rainbow" and "We Will Make Love" are posted here with just a slide show - as these songs have been requested for.
Golden Oldies Videos Blog will strive to host live videos when possible, however many of our favorites from the good ole days may never have been recorded, or if they were, weren't archived.