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 18, 1911 (Pittsburgh), Died August 4, 1984 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, saxophone, clarinet

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 159 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-038109 10-in. 7/20/1939 Stomp it off Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-038110 10-in. 7/20/1939 The song is you Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-041928 10-in. 8/29/1939 You took advantage of me Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-041929 10-in. 8/29/1939 I'm yours Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-041930 10-in. 8/29/1939 Am I blue? Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-041931 10-in. 8/29/1939 I have everything to live for Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067669 10-in. 8/25/1941 When are we going to land abroad? Mitchell Ayres ; Johnny Bond ; Fashions-in-Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067670 10-in. 8/25/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Mitchell Ayres ; Meredith Blake ; Fashions-in-Music ; Four Trumpet-Ayres Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal quartet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067671 10-in. 8/25/1941 The waiter and the porter and the upstairs maid Mitchell Ayres ; Johnny Bond ; Fashions-in-Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067672 10-in. 8/25/1941 Misirlou Mitchell Ayres ; Meredith Blake ; Fashions-in-Music Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068066 10-in. 11/3/1941 Humpty-Dumpty heart Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068067 10-in. 11/3/1941 Everything I love Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal choir instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068068 10-in. 11/3/1941 A string of pearls Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068069 10-in. 11/3/1941 Baby Mine Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068071 10-in. 11/3/1941 Day dreaming Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Modernaires Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-071435 10-in. 10/1/1941 The nadocky Mitchell Ayres ; Meredith Blake ; Fashions-in-Music Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-071436 10-in. 10/1/1941 Ev'ry time Mitchell Ayres ; Meredith Blake ; Fashions-in-Music Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-071437 10-in. 10/1/1941 I wanna go back to Texas Mitchell Ayres ; Johnny Bond ; Fashions-in-Music Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-071438 10-in. 10/1/1941 Minka Mitchell Ayres ; Meredith Blake ; Fashions-in-Music ; Warren Lewis Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet and vocal quartet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-073479 10-in. 3/25/1942 You go your way (And I'll go crazy) Cliff Nazarro Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-073484 10-in. 3/25/1942 It's unbelievable Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-073485 10-in. 3/25/1942 Someday, sweetheart Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 60365 10-in. 1/20/1936 Sing an old-fashioned song Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 60368 10-in. 1/20/1936 I'm building up an awful letdown Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 60404 10-in. 1/28/1936 Whose big baby are you? Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 26-50 of 159 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Russin, Babe," accessed February 9, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107.

Russin, Babe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 9, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107.

"Russin, Babe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 9 February 2023.

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