Babe Russin

Irving "Babe" Russin (June 18, 1911 – August 4, 1984) was a tenor saxophone player.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Russin played with some of the best known jazz bands of the 1930s and 1940s, including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. He led his own band briefly in the early 1940s. He solos in the recording the Glenn Miller band made of Jerry Gray's composition, "A String of Pearls" for Bluebird Records in 1941. In 1950, Russin was credited as a musician with the backup band on two Frank Sinatra songs for Columbia records, "Should I?" and "You Do Something To Me". He co-wrote the instrumental "All the Things You Ain't" with Jimmy Dorsey which was released as a V-Disc 78 single, No. 391B, in March, 1945. In 1953 he appeared briefly in the 1953 Universal-International movie The Glenn Miller Story

Russin plays on the soundtrack to the 1954 Warner Bros. Judy Garland movie A Star Is Born, playing "Cheating on Me" with a small group. He also appeared in the 1956 Universal-International movie The Benny Goodman Story.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 18th, 1911 (Pittsburgh), Died August 4th, 1984 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, saxophone, clarinet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 159 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-013880 10-in. 9/28/1937 I ain't got nobody (and nobody cares for me) Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-013881 10-in. 9/28/1937 I've got my heart set on you Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-013882 10-in. 9/28/1937 Everything you said came true Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-013883 10-in. 9/28/1937 Getting some fun out of life Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-013884 10-in. 9/28/1937 Jazz me blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-013885 10-in. 9/28/1937 Laugh your way through life Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-018104 10-in. 1/5/1938 Dr. Rhythm Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-018105 10-in. 1/5/1938 Always and always Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-018106 10-in. 1/5/1938 I was doing all right Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-018107 10-in. 1/5/1938 Love is here to stay Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-018108 10-in. 1/5/1938 Wolverine blues Larry Clinton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-019831 10-in. 2/16/1938 Don't be that way Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-019832 10-in. 2/16/1938 One o'clock jump Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037134 10-in. 5/22/1939 Rendezvous in Paree Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037135 10-in. 5/22/1939 How am I to know Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037136 10-in. 5/22/1939 Is it possible Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037137 10-in. 5/22/1939 Well all right! (Tonight's the night) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037138 10-in. 5/22/1939 La rosita Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037139 10-in. 5/22/1939 All I remember is you Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037140 10-in. 5/22/1939 Judgment is coming Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor CS-037141 10-in. 5/22/1939 Swing low sweet chariot Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-038105 10-in. 7/20/1939 Running through my mind Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-038106 10-in. 7/20/1939 Let's disappear! Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-038107 10-in. 7/20/1939 Stop! It's wonderful Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-038108 10-in. 7/20/1939 Hong Kong blues Skeets Herfurt ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 159 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Russin, Babe," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107.

Russin, Babe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107.

"Russin, Babe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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