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Eugene Ruffolo: Even Santa Gets The Blues

| December 23, 2010 | 2 Comments

NYC-based Eugene Ruffolo’s debut CD was self-produced along with Grammy award-winning producer Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Kathy Mattea etc), using some of New York City’s finest session musicians. It received critical acclaim both in the United States and Europe, where it was distributed by Rounder Records. Rolling Stone called it a CD “sure to please women everywhere!” and Germany’s Audio Magazine hailed it as a “jewel of folk pop.” He has released 3 other projects on his own independent label and two on Germany’s renowned audiophile label, Stockfisch Records.

In addition to his original music, Ruffolo’s unique vocal talents have made him a favorite of many prominent artists, with whom he has shared the stage. Both in the studio and in live performance, he has worked with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, David Wilcox, Run DMC, Cheryl Wheeler and Livingston Taylor.

He has written and performed hundreds of national television advertising spots, and has worked on the recorded musical offerings for shows such as Saturday Night Live and The David Letterman Show. A first-call studio singer, his voice has been featured in numerous Hollywood sound tracks, and he has worked with famed composer/ directors Ennio Morricone, George Lucas, and Brian DePalma.

Ruffolo has won first prize in both the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass and Merlefest songwriting competitions. This year he was a awarded a prize by the Public Domain Foundation (created by Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary) for having written one of the year’s most notable songs of social significance and change. And during Barack Obama’s successful bid for the White House, Eugene’s voice was used in the most widely aired TV campaign ad.

One of Eugene’s passions is his work with children. He has been a part of several successful children’s music projects, including the McClanhan Book Company’s series of children’s recordings, and several Berlitz productions for children around the globe. His work on “Teddy Bear Tunes” earned him the coveted “Parent’s choice” award and his work on The Ellipsis Arts series of recordings has reached children worldwide. Eugene also remains active in his favorite charity, The Songs of Love Foundation, which creates personalized songs for terminally ill children. Last year, Eugene wrote, recorded and produced 115 songs for children in need all over the country.

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  1. Lydia says:

    Hey Jay —
    I think Eugene’s working on a new website now, but the CD can be ordered from here:
    It’s the same link you get if you click on the CD cover at the top of the page.
    Hope that helps — and I’ll have to post a story on Frank Loesser sometime. I think I have one somewhere in the archives…

  2. Jay Fahey says:

    Website!!! I don’t have a website! Eugene, I’m a Woodland Valley neighbor (1400 WVRoad, past the campsite, end of the road). I admired very much your rendition of Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Did you know Frank Loesser wrote that as a “party piece,” which he and his first wife, Lynn, performed privately for years at Hollywood parties until it was picked up for an Esther Williams film? Your rendition is as good as any I’ve heard, and I presume it’s on your Christmas album.
    But how can I order the album? It wasn’t clear to me….

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