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Arthur Russell was a 'cellist from Iowa who wrote the disco classic 'Is it all over my face?' in addition to avant-garde and country rock (!?!) music. As another 'cellist from Iowa who makes dance music, I'm amazed I'd never heard of him. The article in the Times no doubt are going to goose sales of his CDs at Amazon.com.
And in the synchronicity department, I just got a used copy of "Is It All Over My Face?" on Ebay from dica.