Collection ID: SC 91
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Collection context


Russell, Albert, 1933-
Six photographs from the 1950s, representing the Regals as well as the new Orioles group formed in 1955 by the merger of the Regals with the original Orioles, and featuring Al "Diz" Russell who remained with the group until 2016.
6 photographs
Materials are in English.
Preferred citation:

Albert Russell Photograph Collection, SC 91, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

Albert "Diz" Russell was born in Nashville and raised in Cleveland where he began singing in vocals groups such as the Modern Sounds, which later became 4 Kings and a Queen. After recording a few songs as 4 Kings and a Queen, the group saw some personnel changes and changed their name to 4 Jays, but after moving to New York changed their name again to the Regals, soon winning an Apollo amateur show contest under that name. After performing and recording as the Regals, the group was recruited in 1955 by Sonny Til to become the new personnel of his backing group the Orioles. The group saw successes with touring and recording through the rest of the 1950s, but in the late 1950s the group began to experience financial and personnel problems. Russell left the Orioles in 1960. Russell would eventually come back to take leadership of the group after Til's death in the 1980s and the group was named The Legendary Orioles. Russell died in 2016.

Scope and Content:

The collection includes six photogrphic prints (reproductions) from the collection of Albert Russell, as well as a photogrpahic negative of one of the prints. The prints are accompanied by photo descriptions in manuscript form, possibly created by Russell or Portia K. Maultsby. Nine of the photos described in the manuscript descriptions are not represented in this collection. A 3.5 inch floppy disk is included with the collection materials and contains JPG scans of the six photographic prints present in the collection.

Acquisition information:
Donated to the AAAMC by Albert Russell in 1998.

Arranged in one series:

Series 1: Photographs
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard



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Albert Russell Photograph Collection, SC 91, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington.

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