Saturday, September 16, 2023

Today in Comics History, September 16: Happy birthday, Andy Russell!

Born on this day in 1919: singer and entertainer Andy Russell (née Andrés Rábago), "the Original Latino Crossover Artist." His popularity in the day rivalled Sinatra and Como as a heartthrob vocalist on popular bestsellingf songs like "Bésame Mucho," "Amor," "What a Diff'rence a Day Made" and many more. He even got his own (short) comic book story:

"Andy Russell" from Juke Box Comics #3 (Eastern Color, July 1948), creators unidentified and unknown

There's even an ad on the back cover of the same comic book. Gee, whaddaya think convinced Capitol Records that this was a good place to run their record album advertisements, I wonder, hmmm?

Capitol Records advertisement from Juke Box Comics #3

"Bésame Mucho" by Andy Russell with Al Sack and His orchestra (Capitol, 1944); written by Consuelo Velázquez, English lyrics by Sunny Skylar

Happy birthday, Andy!

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