Memories Of Russell Arms©2008JCMarion


Russell Arms (sometimes spelled Armes) was born in February of 1922 in Berkely, California. He was always attuned to the entertainment field, and soon he had his chance. In 1942 he secured a role in the motion picture "The Man Who Came To Dinner" for director William Keighley. He appeared in three more films that year - "Captains Of The Clouds", "Always In My Heart", and "Wings For The Eagle". Soon he was in the U.S. military. In the post war forties Arms found parts in many 'B' westerns with such western stars as Lash LaRue, Charles Starrett, and Gene Autry.

In 1953 Arms appeared in the Doris Day-Gordon McRae film "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon". It was on the advice from Marilyn Maxwell that Russell began to seriously pursue a singing career. He went to New York and was part of the regular cast on a number of musical variety program and soon landed a role as a regular on NBC's "Your Hit Parade". The show made Russell Arms a recognizable performer in American pop music circles and led to a recording contract with Epic Records, a subsidiary label of Columbia.

Some recordings for Epic Records included "Point Of View" and "The Touch" on # 9079, "Happy Birthday My Darling" and "Kiss Me Goodnight" on # 9083, "Not As A Stranger" on # 9109, and "Nobody Knows" and "Me Thinks" on Epic # 9136. None of these recordings did much in the way of sales. In 1956 Russell Arms moved to Era Records, a small independent label that came up with a monster hit in "The Wayward Wind" for Gogi Grant. Arms first recorded "Is There A Heaven?" and "I Saw A Star" on Era # 1018. On his next release for the label however, Arms struck gold. The song "Cinco Robles" (Five Oaks) turned out to be a huge hit nationally. It was a top twenty seller and remained on the best seller list for more than two months. The flip side had the tune "The World Is Made Of Lisa" and was released on Era # 1026. In 1957 "Share My Love" and "Evangeline" on # 1033 is followed by "Where Can A Wanderer Go?" and "The Bridge Of San Angelo" on # 1040. Russell Arms continued on Era with "I Wonder Where's My Darling" and "I'm Tired Of Pride" on # 1048, and "Hasta LaVista" and "Walking By Your Window" on # 1059. In 1958 "Blue Hawaii" and "Der Glockenspiel" was released by Era on # 1078. There was one last Era record by Arms - a re-release of his big seller # 1026, this time on # 3053 in 1961.

With the end of his stay with "Your Hit Parade" over in 1957, Russell Arms made many appearances on television in dramatic roles. Some of the programs were "December Bride", "Border Patrol", "Gunsmoke", "Lockup", :Surfside Six", "Have Gun Will Travel", "Rawhide" and "Perry Mason". He continued to find roles into the seventies on "Marcus Welby", "The Mod Squad", and "Adam 12". In the nineteen eighties he appeared on "The Incredible Hulk", "Different Strokes" and "Hardcastle & McCormick". By the mid nineteen eighties he had retired to Palm Springs, California.

Russell Arms was an all around performer - music, movies, and television. But his time as a member of the singing cast on "Your Hit Parade" will always be the memory that endures for so many. As with the other members of "Your Hit Parade", there is very little available on cd recordings to keep the musical memories alive.

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