Russ Savakus: American musician (1925 - 1984)
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Russ Savakus
American musician

Russ Savakus

Russ Savakus
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Intro American musician
Was Musician Violinist Singer
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 13 May 1925
Death 1984 (aged 58 years)
Star sign Taurus
Double bass
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Russ Savakus is an American session bass player (both electric and stand-up), violinist and singer. Savakus has recorded with numerous artists in and around the 1960s folk and folk-rock movement in New York. Earlier, he had been a part of the rhythm section for the Les Elgart swing band.

According to Michael Bloomfield, who met Savakus at a Bob Dylan session: "They had a bass player, a terrific guy, Russ Savakus. It was his first day playing electric bass, and he was scared of that. No one understood nothing." However, Dylan chose to replace Savakus on tour


Songs and records that he has played on include:

  • Embraceable You, Chet Baker, (1957)
  • Farewell, Angelina, Joan Baez, (1965)
  • The In Instrumentals, Kai Winding (Verve, 1965)
  • Reflections in a Crystal Wind, Richard & Mimi Fariña, (1965)
  • Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan, (1965)
  • "Early Morning Rain", Ian and Sylvia, (1965)
  • Many a Mile, Buffy Saint-Marie, (1965)
  • Southbound, Doc Watson, (1966)
  • Fire & Fleet & Candlelight, Buffy Saint-Marie, (1967)
  • "Brown Eyed Girl", Van Morrison (1967)
  • Memories, Richard & Mimi Fariña (1968)
  • Rhymes and Reasons, John Denver, (1969)
  • Don McLean, Don McLean, (1972)
  • Playin' Favorites, Don McLean, (1973)
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