Tuesday, February 14, 2012
RIP Russell Arms
By The Daily Gate City
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 11:23 AM CST
HAMILTON, Ill. – Actor, singer and author Russell Arms, 92, of Hamilton, Ill., died Monday at his home.
Arms began his career on radio, moving up to minor screen roles during World War II as a contract player with Warner Brothers and later as a freelance performer, mostly in Westerns.
He was well-known for his 1957 hit single, “Cinco Robles (Five Oaks),” which entered the charts on Jan. 12, 1957, and stayed for 15 weeks, peaking at No. 22. He also released an album “Where Can A Wanderer Go” in 1957.
From 1952 to 1957, Arms was best known as a vocalist on “Your Hit Parade,” an NBC television series that reviewed the popular songs of the day and on which a regular cast of vocalists would perform the top seven songs of the week.
According to information found at Wikipedia’s website, Arms appeared on many television shows, including such popular series as “Perry Mason,” “December Bride,” “Lock Up,” “Gunsmoke,” “Have Gun Will Travel,” “Rawhide,” “Buckskin,” “Dragnet,” and “Hardcastle and McCormack.”
Arms authored an autobiography in 2005, “My Hit Parade ... and a Few Misses.”
He and his wife, Mary Lynne, had lived in Palm Springs, Calif., and later moved to Hamilton.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Lamporte - St.Clair Funeral Home in Hamilton.
ARMS, Russell (Russell L. Arms)
Born: 2/3/1920, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/13/2012, Hamilton, Illinois, U.S.A.
Russell Arms' westerns - actor:
Stage to Mesa City - 1947 (Postal Inspector)
The Fighting Vigilantes - 1947 (henchman)
Check Your Guns - 1948 (hired gunman)
Tornado Range - 1948 (Killer Dorgan/Ben Colton)
Quick on the Trigger - 1948 (Fred Reed)
Loaded Pistols - 1948 (Larry Evans)
Smoky Mountain Melody - 1948 (Bruce 'Kid' Corby)
Sons of New Mexico - 1949 (Lt. Chuck Brunton)
Buckskin (TV) - 1959 (Ethan Comstock)
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) - 1959, 1961 (Will Haskell, Mjr. Ralph Turner)
Rawhide (TV) - 1960, 1962, 1964 (Joel Belden, Marshal, Lt. Peter Cook)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1961 (Hark)