Originally coming to prominence as the lead singer and guitarist for the band Argent, Ballard became known by the late 1970s as a songwriter and producer. His compositions “New York Groove”, “You Can Do Magic”, “Since You Been Gone”, “Winning”, “I Know There’s Something Going On”, “So You Win Again” and “God Gave Rock and Roll to You” were hits for other artists during the 1970s and 80s. He also scored several minor hits under his own name in the early/mid-1980s.
As a solo artist, Russ Ballard charted once on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, when “On the Rebound” reached No. 58 in 1980. English rock band Uriah Heep covered “On the Rebound” in 1982 on their album Abominog. In 1980, he released a solo album on Epic entitled Barnet Dogs.
Another notable solo hit, “Voices” – from his second self-titled album (1984) – was featured in the Miami Vice episode “Calderone’s Return: Part 2 – Calderone’s Demise”, which aired on 26 October 1984. The song was a brief hit on rock radio stations, peaking at No. 15 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. However, “Voices” stalled below the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 110. Another song from the same album, “In the Night” was featured in the episode “Calderone’s Return: Part 1 – The Hit List”. The show also featured “Your Time Is Gonna Come” by Ballard later in its run.
1 I Can’t Hear You No More (Russ Ballard) 5:50
2 In The Night (Russ Ballard) 4:09
3 Two Silhouettes (Russ Ballard) 4:19
4 Voices (Russ Ballard) 5:34
5 A Woman Like You (Russ Ballard) 4:26
6 Day To Day (Russ Ballard) 3:53
7 Playing With Fire (Russ Ballard) 5:09
8 The Last Time (Russ Ballard) 5:27
Producer – John Stanley, Russ Ballard
Engineer (Recording Assistant) – Danny Dawson, Ian Grimble
Engineer (Recording) – David DeVore, Mike Jarratt
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Bob Clearmountain
Mixed By (Assistant) – Bruce Lampcov
Art Direction – Henry Marquez
Photography By – Peter Marlow
Phonographic Copyright (p) – EMI USA