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,[1] Tommy Dorsey[2] and Glenn Miller.[3] 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.[4] 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".[5] 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.[6] He also appeared in the 1956 Universal-International movie The Benny Goodman Story.


With Jack Hoffman

  • "Stop the Music", with Jack Hoffman 1948

With Georgie Auld

With Sammy Davis Jr*


  1. Simon, George T. (1971). Simon Says The Sights and Sounds of the Swing Era. New York: Arlington House. p. 387. ISBN 0-88365-001-0.
  2. Simon, George T. (1980). Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. New York: DaCapo. pp. 282–283. ISBN 0-306-80129-9.
  3. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra 282-283
  4. Flower, John (1972). Moonlight Serenade. New York: Arlington House. pp. 366–367. ISBN 0-87000-161-2.
  5. Friedwald, Will (1997). Sinatra! The Song Is You. New York: DaCapo. p. 185. ISBN 0306807424.
  6. See liner notes to Judy Garland A Star is Born Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music CK 65965 released 2004, produced by Didier C. Deutsch
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