Finding aid for the Al Russ Papers


Title:
Al Russ Papers
Repository:
Western Reserve Historical Society
Phone: 216-721-5722
http://www.wrhs.org
Creator:
Russ, Al
Dates:
1918-1998
Quantity:
10.0 linear feet (10 containers)
Abstract:
Al Russ was a Cleveland, Ohio, popular music orchestra leader, composer, arranger, string bass player, and producer. His career spanned the 1940s-1990s. In addition to his work as leader of the Al Russ Orchestra, Russ conducted, arranged music, and contracted musicians for performances featuring nationally known artists at the Front Row Theater. He also wrote and arranged music for such nationally known performers as Perry Como and Steve Lawrence, and composed polkas for polka band leader Frank Yankovic. His work as a composer of advertising commercials and jingles for local and national companies included Cleveland's best-known jingle, "Garfield one, two-three, two-three." The collection consists of orchestral and vocal arrangements of popular music, his original compositions, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and Cleveland Federation of Musicians contracts between Russ and hired players.
Identification:
MS 4825
Location:
closed stacks
Language:
The records are in English