Russ Case (March 19, 1912 – October 10, 1964) was an American trumpeter and bandleader who led jazz and light music orchestras.
Case was born in Hamburg, Iowa. His professional career began when he was hired at WOC (AM) in Davenport, Iowa to arrange and play trumpet with local bands on broadcasts. He worked with Frankie Trumbauer in Chicago and Paul Whiteman in New York City, then was hired by NBC to arrange for radio and television. He led orchestras which accompanied broadcasts of singers such as Eddy Arnold and Julius LaRosa, but became best known for directing ensembles behind Perry Como, including on his hit single "Till the End of Time".
Case lent his name to dozens of light orchestral albums which were released in the 1950s, and arranged for The Jackie Gleason Show in the 1960s. He also served as conductor for cast recordings of musicals such as Finian's Rainbow, The King and I, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, and Oklahoma!. He died, aged 52, in Miami in 1964.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 19th, 1912 (Hamburg), Died October 10th, 1964
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1944
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, trumpet
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-011669||10-in.||8/6/1937||Till the clock strikes three||Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-019565||10-in.||2/11/1938||A shack in the back of the hills||Lewis "Red" Evans and the Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-019566||10-in.||2/11/1938||Please be kind||Bama Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-019567||10-in.||2/11/1938||Thanks for the memory||Lewis "Red" Evans and the Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-019572||10-in.||2/11/1938||Thanks for the memory||Lewis "Red" Evans and the Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-019573||10-in.||2/11/1938||Prove it||Lewis "Red" Evans and the Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-019574||10-in.||2/11/1938||Moments like this||Bama Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39696||10-in.||7/11/1935||Let's swing it||Babs and her Brothers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39697||10-in.||7/11/1935||You're so darn charming||Babs and her Brothers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39698||10-in.||7/11/1935||My very good friend the milkman||Babs and her Brothers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39699||10-in.||7/11/1935||Double trouble||Babs and her Brothers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60029||10-in.||10/8/1935||Top hat, white tie and tails||Boswell Sisters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60030||10-in.||10/8/1935||Cheek to cheek||Boswell Sisters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60194||10-in.||12/4/1935||When a great love comes along||Babs and her Brothers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60195||10-in.||12/4/1935||Yankee Doodle never went to||Babs and her Brothers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60196||10-in.||12/4/1935||No other one||Babs and her Brothers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60197||10-in.||12/4/1935||A little bit independent||Babs and her Brothers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60302||10-in.||1/6/1936||I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter||Boswell Sisters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60303||10-in.||1/6/1936||The music goes 'round and around||Boswell Sisters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60463||10-in.||2/12/1936||Let yourself go||Boswell Sisters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60464||10-in.||2/12/1936||I'm putting all my eggs in one basket||Boswell Sisters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72404||10-in.||10/4/1944||Lover man (oh, where can you be?)||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72405||10-in.||10/4/1944||No more||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72497||10-in.||11/8/1944||That ole devil called love||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72498||11/8/1944||Don't explain||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72499||11/8/1944||Big stuff||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Case, Russ," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107095.
Case, Russ. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107095.
"Case, Russ." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.
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