Through the early Rock years Russ began performing live with guitar and vocals.
Joining heavy rock band MOBY DICK he began touring the pub circuit supporting acts such as Skyhooks, Little River Band and AC/DC.
The heavy rock scene made way for a long period in cabaret work with CASABLANCA during which time he established the popular ‘Zimsound Studios’ recording facility at Narre Warren.
While finding time to produce advertising jingles on television and radio Russ met with a dynamic vocalist and together formed ‘55 ALIVE’, one of Victoria’s top ‘50’s’ Rock ‘n Roll duos.
They featured on the Steve Vizard show, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and Ernie Sigley show. That band alone performed more than 700 times.