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 101-125 of 159 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 89021 August 1955 Bugle call rag Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89022 August 1955 Don't be that way-4 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89023 August 1955 You turned the tables on me Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89024 August 1955 Goody goody Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89026 August 1955 Stompin' at the Savoy-4 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89027 August 1955 One o'clock jump-2 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89032 August 1955 Alicia's blues Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89033 August 1955 And the angels sing -9 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89034 August 1955 Jersey bounce Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89035 August 1955 Sometimes I'm happy-2 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89036 August 1955 Shine-10 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89037 August 1955 Sing sing sing-10 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3212 10-in. 10/7/1943 My first love Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3213 10-in. 10/7/1943 That wonderful worrisome feeling Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3214 10-in. 10/7/1943 Besame mucho (Kiss me much) Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3215 10-in. 10/7/1943 King Porter stomp Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3216 10-in. 10/7/1943 Star eyes Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3217 10-in. 10/7/1943 They're either too young or too old Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3246 10-in. 10/27/1943 Do you know? Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3247 10-in. 10/27/1943 My ideal Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3248 10-in. 10/27/1943 Sack house stomp Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 3249 10-in. 10/27/1943 When they ask about you Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 6262 4/27/1951 Gone fishin' Louis Armstrong ; Bing Crosby instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca L 7665 5/7/1954 I know why Modernaires instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 7666 5/7/1954 That's you, that's me, that's love Modernaires instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 101-125 of 159 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Russin, Babe," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107.

Russin, Babe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107.

"Russin, Babe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107

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