Russ was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed, and ended up in Leicestershire in the early '70s having studied Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University.
He played in a 6 piece band called Danjo in 1972 with Malcolm Allured and Rod Deas, followed by a 4 piece, The Golden Hammers in 1973. The Hammers, joined forces with Choise during 1973 and consequently Russ became a member of Showaddywaddy.
Russ was the lead guitarist and played most of the main guitar solos in Showaddywaddy's songs. Russ also played bass on some Showaddywaddy recordings, notably Dancin’ Party and King Of The Jive.
Russ was generally considered to be the quietest member of the band, rarely taking part in interviews or on stage routines.
He was an avid collector of guitars in the seventies and had one of the biggest collections in the country.
Russ left the band in the summer of 1985 and now lives in Beadnell and promotes tourism in his native Nothumberland.
During 2001, Russ played a guest spot with The Teddys at a live gig in Berwick-upon-Tweed (featuring Malcolm Allured and Bill Gask), performing Three Steps To Heaven.
Currently, Russ plays in Alnwick based band ‘Before The Mast’, who perform songs from the ‘50s to ‘70s, as well as original material.