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 76-100 of 159 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71056 10-in. 7/14/1942 At the cross-roads (Malaguena) Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71057 10-in. 7/14/1942 Murder! He says Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71058 10-in. 7/14/1942 I'll find you Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71059 10-in. 7/14/1942 Daybreak Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71060 10-in. 7/14/1942 Let's get lost Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71061 10-in. 7/14/1942 Manhattan serenade Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71062 10-in. 7/14/1942 Ev' ry night about this time Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71063 10-in. 7/14/1942 He didn't ask me Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71693 10-in. 1/19/1944 I'm in love with someone Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71694 10-in. 1/19/1944 Holiday for strings-1 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71695 10-in. 1/19/1944 Two again Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85530 12/1/1953 Moonlight serenade Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85531 12/1/1953 Tuxedo junction Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85532 12/1/1953 Little brown jug Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85533 12/1/1953 St. Louis blues march Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85534 12/1/1953 In the mood Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85535 12/1/1953 Chattanooga choo choo Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85536 12/1/1953 Pennsylvania 6-5000 Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85537 12/1/1953 American patrol Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85566 12/1/1953 A string of pearls Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89016 August 1955 Let's dance-1 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89017 August 1955 Down south camp meetin'-2 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89018 August 1955 King Porter stomp-2 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89019 August 1955 It's been so long Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89020 August 1955 Roll 'em-5 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 76-100 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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