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JOHN OGDON - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN RUSSELL, ALLA RAKHA - HFSID 112225

JOHN OGDON, JOHN RUSSELL and ALLA RAKHA The three notable performers pen their names on this green album leaf Signatures: “John Ogdon”, “John Russell” both on front, and “Alla Rakha” on verso, all in black ink, 5¾x4¼.

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JOHN OGDON, JOHN RUSSELL and ALLA RAKHA The three notable performers pen their names on this green album leaf Signatures: “John Ogdon”, “John Russell” both on front, and “Alla Rakha” on verso, all in black ink, 5¾x4¼. JOHN OGDON (1937-1989) may have been frail of health, both physically and mentally, but his musical talents were formidable. As a pianist, he combined an ability to play most pieces at sight and a large repertory committed to memory with intimidating technique and passion; critics often called his performances "thunderous". Ogdon toured the world on a schedule so hectic that it may have contributed to a mental breakdown that he had in 1973. An exponent of Charles-Valentin Alkan and Ferruccio Busoni who liked to tackle big, long works, he also composed over 200 pieces of his own, including four operas, two orchestral pieces, two piano concertos and three cantatas. A former child actor, JOHN RUSSELL (1921-1991) returned from WWII as a decorated Marine veteran. He appeared in many Westerns and other action films, usually as a villain or secondary lead, until being cast in his best known role, Marshall Dan Troop in the TV Western, Lawman (1959-1962). Russell's last film role, as a villain again, was in Under the Gun (1988). ALLA RAKHA (1919-2000) was an Indian tabla player who often provided accompaniment for sitar player Ravi Shankar. He was reputed to follow a strict practice regimen and was known for his polished technique and impressive showmanship. Some contend that his dedication effectively elevated the status of the tabla as an instrument, which many thought of beforehand as merely background accompaniment. In 1977, he received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award given by the Republic of India. Rakha also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1982. Signature of John Russell has been affixed with two pieces of tape, now heavily toned, to front. Left edge irregular from being torn from album. Faint scuffs and markings on verso. Some faint staining, touching “R” of “Rakha” on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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