There is the rare chance to see a true living legend live in concert at the Flowerpot in Derby this weekend with a performance from Russ Ballard.
As a singer, songwriter and musician, Russ Ballard is responsible for some of the most iconic rock hits ever to come out of England.
In 1969 Russ collaborated with Rod Argent, Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford to form Argent and write the song God Gave Rock and Roll to You, which was later a top 10 single for Kiss.
Russ also wrote the top-10 smash Hold your Head Up and I don’t Believe in Miracles” performed by Colin Blunstone.
Russ also wrote New York Groove for British band Hello, which made the top 10 in both the UK and Germany.
He wrote Hot Chocolate’s only UK number one So You Win Again and more top 10 hits came from Rainbow, including Since You Been Gone and I Surrender.
In 1982, his song Winning was a number two hit for Santana.
Russ contributed to The Who frontman Roger Daltrey’s first two solo albums Daltrey and Ride A Rock Horse.
Daltrey also recorded many of Russ’ originals on his albums “Under a Raging Moon and Can’t Wait To See the Move.
Russ also toured and played guitar with Daltrey in 1985.
Other famous performers who have had hits with Russ’ songs including Abba singers Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog, Elkie Brooks and John Waite, with whom Russ co-wrote the song Missing You.
His Flowerpot appearance is on Saturday, March 12 at 8pm and entry is £17.
Tickets are also available in advance from the venue or from Raw Promotions at www.rawpromo.co.uk