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 126-150 of 159 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 7667 5/7/1954 Mine! Mine! Mine! Modernaires instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8660 9/8/1955 Only you Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8661 9/8/1955 Christmas in New Orleans Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8662 9/8/1955 Moments to remember Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8663 9/8/1955 Christmas night in Harlem Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9815 1/24/1957 Happy valley trek Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9816 1/24/1957 Memphis march Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9817 1/24/1957 Bobcats on parade Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9818 1/24/1957 Skippin' John Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9952 3/15/1957 Ash trays for two Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9953 3/15/1957 Exodus blues Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9954 3/15/1957 Blues for Lou Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 9955 3/15/1957 Lost all my blues (for you) Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11400 3/4/1959 Memphis blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11401 3/4/1959 Aunt Hagar's blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11402 3/4/1959 Beale Street blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11403 3/4/1959 Five Point blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11412 3/10/1959 Lonesome road Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11413 3/10/1959 Bayou blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11414 3/10/1959 My inspiration Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11415 3/10/1959 Columbus stockade blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11416 3/10/1959 Wabash blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11417 3/11/1959 St. Louis blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11418 3/11/1959 Blue Fountain Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11419 3/11/1959 Wang wang blues Pete Fountain instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 126-150 of 159 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Russin, Babe," accessed February 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107.

Russin, Babe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110107.

"Russin, Babe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 February 2023.

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