Russ Morgan was one of the great names of the big-band era of popular music. Colleagues remembered Morgan not only as a bandleader, but as a top trombonist and pianist and one of the most accomplished composer-arrangers of his time.
He prepared most of his own material and left a long list of popular numbers he composed, including "Does Your Heart Beat for Me?" "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place," "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," "So Tired," "Homespun," "Sweet Eloise" and "Goodnight Little Angel."
While still in his teens, Morgan went to New York to arrange for John Phillip Sousa and Victor Herbert and later toured Europe with the Paul Specht Orchestra.