Clifford Russell

Memories

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Clifford Russell scored two national hits in his career, but just barely, and on two different charts. In Cash Box he hit with "An Afternoon of Love," a duet with Bill Anderson's frequent singing partner Mary Lou Turner. He then scraped the bottom of the Billboard country chart with the sexy country song "She Feels Like a New Man Tonight," which isn't about a woman who gets a sex-change operation, but one looking for a one-night stand. Russell's records, released on the independent Sugartree label, are examples of major-league country music on a minor label. Sounding remarkably similar to Kenny Rogers, Russell sings top-flight, professionally produced songs with abundant skill and soul. His crossover orientation is displayed on a country version of Dan Hill's pop hit "Sometimes When We Touch." Memories is a best-of that compiles Russell's two hits and eight other songs from the early '80s. It's inconceivable that he wasn't picked up by a larger label, because there are major country artists whose greatest-hits collections aren't as enjoyable as this.