Originally posted by captain Russ:
Bellson was instrumental in me getting studio and TV work in California in the early 60's.
I'd see him and "Pearlie Mae" in Victorville. The great thing was, Pearl would insist that there be a shot of him sometime during every TV appearance. That was a big deal at the time.
She was a big loud honey, and he was a quiet gentleman...opposites, but it worked for them for many years.
He's an old school guy to be remembered and a great role model for young drummers. He's a guy my grandson learned a lot from.
That's too bad about Louis ... RIP ...
I've said it before and I'll say it again and again and again ... my next life, I want to be RUSS!!!