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Russ Case


  • Born 19 March 1912, Hamburg, Iowa
  • Died 10 October 1964, Miami, Florida

Russ Case Largely self-taught as a composer and arranger, Case worked as a freelancer through most of the big band era. After World War II, he went to work for NBC radio and later moved into television. He wrote and conducted incidental music for scores of now-forgotten shows like Pulitzer Prize Playhouse.

He appeared live leading a studio orchestra on several short-lived variety shows, backing singer Julius LaRosa and country star Eddy Arnold. He served briefly as the director of pop music for RCA Victor, during which he arranged one of Perry Como's biggest hits, "Till the End of Time." At the time of his death, he was the arranger for "The Jackie Gleason Show," having arranged a number of Gleason's albums from the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also recorded instrumental albums under his own name, and his cover of "Doll Dance" was included on one of the recent compilations of space-age bachelor pad music.


Recordings

  • International Case, Vik LX-1064
  • Dances Wild, Vik LX-1085
  • Fiery Popular Dance Rhythms, Rondolette SA 162
  • Cleopatra (selections from the score), Hurrah Records H-1041
  • Russ Case features a showcase of Stephen Foster, Hurrah Records H-1056
  • Three of a kind romantic mood music (with Percy Faith, David Rose), Design DLP-901


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