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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 159 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 60405 10-in. 1/28/1936 Much too much Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60406 10-in. 1/28/1936 Garbo green Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60407 10-in. 1/28/1936 You hit the spot Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62204 10-in. 5/20/1937 You're precious to me Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62205 10-in. 5/20/1937 Fan my Brow Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62206 10-in. 5/20/1937 Formal night in Harlem Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62207 10-in. 5/20/1937 He's a gypsy from Poughkeepsie Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62348 10-in. 7/9/1937 Easy living Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62349 10-in. 7/9/1937 I'll take the key and lock you up Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62350 10-in. 7/9/1937 Sing and be happy Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62351 10-in. 7/9/1937 Penny wise and pound foolish Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62633 10-in. 9/30/1937 Beat it out Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62634 10-in. 9/30/1937 I'm sorry I made you cry Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62635 10-in. 9/30/1937 What do you want to make those eyes at me for? Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62636 10-in. 9/30/1937 She's tall, she's tan, she's terrific Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70704 10-in. 5/1/1942 On Echo Hill Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70705 10-in. 5/1/1942 Take me Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70706 10-in. 5/1/1942 This is worth fighting for Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70707 10-in. 5/1/1942 Wonder when my baby's coming home? Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70808 10-in. 6/2/1942 Serenade in blue Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70809 10-in. 6/2/1942 My devotion Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70810 10-in. 6/2/1942 I've got a gal in Kalamazoo Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70811 10-in. 6/2/1942 Sorghum switch (Cole slaw Cor. 60063, 9-60063, CRL-56008) Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71054 10-in. 7/14/1942 I'm getting tired so I can sleep Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71055 10-in. 7/14/1942 Brazil Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 51-75 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107

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