Larry Russell

Larry Russell (October 14, 1913 – February 14, 1954) was an American composer working mostly in the motion picture industry. He is widely remembered as being one of three writers of the song "Vaya Con Dios", which has been recorded over 500 times.

Russell was born in Indiana and had early success with the 1941 song "Oh For Heaven's Sake", recorded on Bluebird Records by Alvino Rey. In 1952, he collaborated with Inez James and Buddy Pepper on "Vaya Con Dios".

In 1972, eighteen years after his death and twenty years after the film's first release, he won an Oscar for his score for the Charlie Chaplin film Limelight. (The film was released in 1952, but was not shown in Los Angeles until twenty years later. Under the rules in effect at the time, it was eligible for that year's Academy Awards.)

Lawrence S. Russell died in Los Angeles on February 14, 1954.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 14, 1913 (Indiana), Died February 14, 1954 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-062779 10-in. 3/28/1941 Oh, for heaven's sake Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Skeets Herfurt ; Yvonne King Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet songwriter  


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