As soon as you hear the music, you know that the pianist is no ordinary man. A descendent of the famous L'Amoreaux family of France, Dick Russom's mother started teaching him piano when he was just 4. Barely a teenager, he was performing professionally. By 16, he had his own orchestra that consistently captivated audiences in Detroit. Eventually recruited by the Bob Chester Orchestra, he played across the Midwest on the MCA circuit.Military Service called Russom away to be a Navigator for T.W.A. (ICD). Wherever the plane landed, be it Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Paris, or Casablanca, Dick could be found at the nearest piano, playing for the servicemen.
As might be expected, Russom naturally found his home in Hollywood. Quickly signed by MCA, he became part of a dynamic and successful piano team, scoring and performing for motion pictures. Maturity led to mastery as Russom played the elegant nightclubs, among them the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Sheraton Universal Hotel. He soon became a favorite of columnists Louella Parsons and Stan Delaplane, who sprinkled the papers with compliments. On the Sunset Strip, Russom accompanied Maxine Sullivan and Dick Haymes. At Gatsby's, the perfect mood created by Russom drew Helen Reddy, Vic Damone, Shirley Jones, Carroll O'Connor and many other celebrities to his piano to sing.
The above was written by my Mom, Mary Russom, and is a compilation of various write-ups & reviews from the Los Angeles area newspapers music columns.
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May 23, 2021 Subject:
My Dad a Genius Pianist!
I still miss talking to him about music:/ His music speaks for itself...a combination of Jazz & Classical. Trained as a Violinist by his Mother, he later switched to piano. Love Him & miss him!
Richard D. Russom Jr.