Henry Russell

(c. 1812—1900) song writer and entertainer

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(b Sheerness, 1812; d London, 1900). Eng. composer, singer, and organist. Org. at Rochester, NY, for several years between c. 1835 and 1840. Returned to Eng. 1841 and gave popular entertainments at which he sang his own songs, among them ‘Cheer, Boys, Cheer’ and ‘A Life on the Ocean Wave’, accompanying himself at the piano. Wrote singing treatise. Had 2 sons, one being Landon Ronald, the other Henry Russell (b London, 1871; d London, 1937), impresario and singing teacher who presented opera at CG in 1904 and was dir. of Boston, Mass., Opera Co. 1909–14.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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