SHEET MUSIC: New transcriptions of RUSS CONWAY by Steve Law

Buy Steve Law’s accurate transcriptions of Russ Conway!

Photo: Russ Conway Copyright Harry Hammond Victoria & Albert Museum

When I was about 12 years old, my sister gave me a cassette tape of Russ Conway hits which I loved to play at bedtime on my portable cassette player!

During 2020 I decided to make some accurate transcriptions of recordings made my this great British popular piano composer and performer. Russ Conway was a household name in 1950s and 60s Britain and had a string of chart hits with his unique piano playing style. This style was built upon playing ‘backwards’ broken tenths in the left hand and high register melodic lines in his right hand and is difficult to perform! As well as being an interpreter of popular songs, Russ Conway composed many pieces which he published under his real name Trevor H. Stanford.

Pianist Mike Thompson did much to keep alive interest interest in Russ’s piano playing. Russ never wrote down exactly what he played, (it would vary from performance to performance slightly). The chances of a commercial publication seemed slim, but it has now become possible to self publish on the internet and make some of these great performances available for the first time. This will be of great interest to lovers and historians of nostalgic British light music as well as piano players keen to study and play Russ’s authentic style. So I have painstakingly recreated some of these classic recordings.

These transcriptions are now available to BUY from SHEET MUSIC PLUS:

Side Saddle original 1959 version

Side Saddle 1966

China Tea

Snow Coach

Royal Event Original Take 1960