Russell Glyn Ballard (born 31 October 1945) is an English singer, songwriter and musician.

Originally coming to prominence as the lead singer and guitarist for the band Argent, Ballard became a songwriter and producer by the late 1970s. His compositions "New York Groove", "You Can Do Magic", "Since You Been Gone", "I Surrender", "Liar", "Winning", "I Know There's Something Going On", "Can't Shake Loose", "So You Win Again" and "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" were hits for other artists during the 1970s and 1980s. He also scored several minor hits under his own name in the early and mid-1980s.

"Since You Been Gone" is a song written by former Argent guitarist Russ Ballard and first released on his 1976 album "Winning". It was covered by Rainbow in 1979 and released as a single from their album "Down to Earth". It was a top 10 hit single in the United Kingdom, where it reached number 6 and number 57 in the US.

Rainbow are a British rock supergroup, formed in London and Los Angeles in 1975 by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio's American rock band Elf, but after their self-titled debut album, Blackmore fired the backing members and continued with Dio. Rainbow recorded two more studio albums with Dio, "Rising" (1976) and "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" (1978), before he left the band to join Black Sabbath in 1979.

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