Russ Giguere had planned on a career as a folksinger, when fate intervened and placed him in one of the most popular pop/rock groups of the mid-1960's. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1943, he gravitated toward music as a profession, and at age 21 he was in California, playing guitar and singing in a solo spot at the Troubadour in Los Angeles when he was spotted by Terry Kirkman and Jules Alexander, the two co-founders of the group that became the Association. He joined their big-band folk-rock outfit, singing and playing rhythm guitar, and for the next six years played an integral part in the Association's sound, riding the highest reaches of the charts with them. Giguere left the line-up in 1971 to resume his solo career, and generated at album Hexagram 16 on Warner Bros.. He rejoined when the others reformed the Association in 1979, and in the decades since, in partnership with Larry Ramos, Giguere has led the continuing version of the group into the twenty-first century.
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