L. Russell Brown
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L.Russell Brown (born 29 June 1940, Newark, New Jersey) is an American lyricist and composer most noted for his songs, co-written with Irwin Levine, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" and "Knock Three Times" for the 1970s pop music group Tony Orlando and Dawn. He also wrote The Partridge Family 1971 song, "I Woke Up In Love This Morning".
Brown began his career when he was sixteen with the famous R&B label Fury Records. Over the course of fifty years of songwriting, Brown's recordings have sold millions of records, many times topping the charts. He has written for such artists as Nancy Sinatra, The Four Seasons, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and Tracy Byrd. His song "C'mon Marianne" is currently featured in Jersey Boys, the highest-grossing Broadway musical ever. His timeless song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" started a cultural revolution in the 1970s. It appears in such films as Wallace and Gromitt, Fargo, and Forrest Gump.
Brown also co-wrote "C'mon Marianne", a top 10 hit for The Four Seasons in 1967. Many believe that this song's guitar riffs inspired The Doors' "Touch Me". C'mon Marianne is also featured in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys. Brown Co wrote the twice number one hit in the U.K. Use It Up Wear It Out with the classic hit writer Sandy Linzer. Linzer and Brown also wrote what has become a rap anthem the Bon Bon Vie for T.S. Monk Along with his wife of 50 years he wrote Gone Gone Gone for Johnny Mathis which was in the top ten in the U.K. pop charts for 6 months. With Sandy Linzer Brown wrote POW WOW and GREEN LIGHT both number one on the American dance charts. Brown and Linzer also wrote Don Diablo which was a number one hit in virtually every Latin nation on earth. L.Russell Brown's Tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree according to one year in the Guinness world records--is the 2nd most recorded song of all time--only topped by the Beatles YESTERDAY. A partial list of great recording artists who have recorded an L.Russell Brown song are Frank Sinatra Bing Crosby Montovani Frankie Valli The 4 Seasons Tony Orlando and Dawn Perry Como George Strait Dolly Parton Tracy Byrd Johnny Carver Al Hirt Fausto Papetti Johnny Mathis Billy Vera T.S.Monk Englebert-Humperdink Tom Jones Paul Murat Kiki Dee Connie Francis Ferrante and Teicher The Good Brothers Peter Pringle David Cassidy and the Partridge Family The Rockflowers Al McCall- Jay and the techniques Richard and the Young Lions Cory Daye Miguel Bose Sonny Bono Perry Como Mandy Barnett Floyd Cramer Ray Coniff Phoebe Cates Billy Crash Craddock Rebecca Holden Backstreet Donny and Marie Osmond Jimmy Osmond Leslie Gore Tracey dey The Bob Crewe Generation James Last The Distant Cousins Pat n Mick Odyssey Nancy Sinatra Dominico-Mudugno Roger Williams Ben E King Jim Neighbors Roger Moore Pattie LaBelle Johnny Ray Connie Eaton Big Al Downing Lou Rawls Billy and the Beaters Kellee Paterson Dean Martin Deana Martin Terry Stafford Connie Smith
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