Ludwig Elias Gluskin  was born in Manhattan as first child to Elias Gluskin (31), a New York Dentist, and his wife Rosa Epstein (21). Both parents were born in Russia. From 1911-16, He attended public grade schools and DeWitt Clinton High School where Gluskin met James "Jimmy the Schnozzola" Francis Durante (1893-1980) with whom he formed a piano-drum combination for engagements at school events and private parties.
After touring Europe with Paul Whiteman's band, Gluskin stayed on in France where, in 1927, he was offered the leadership of The Playboys, a Detroit jazz band which had been stranded in Paris; he led the group in Venice in 1927 and Paris in 1928, eventually expanding them into his own orchestra. With this ensemble, Gluskin recorded more than 700 titles in Paris and Berlin and toured Europe extensively through 1933. His sidemen included Arthur Briggs, Faustin Jeanjean, Emile Christian, Leo Vauchant, Howard Mulvany, Edmond Cohanier, and Danny Polo.
The rise of Hitler made it difficult for Gluskin, a Jew, to find work in central Europe, and he eventually decided to leave the Continent. Upon returning to the United States, Gluskin led dance bands and worked on radio. He took the position of director of music for CBS in 1937, working out of Hollywood, and leading the orchestra on many programs, including The Orson Welles Almanac (1944).
In the early 1950s he provided music for The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.
Upon retirement he lived in Palm Springs, California.
- State of New York Certificate and Record of Birth, January 4, 1899.
- Lud Gluskin recordings at NFO.net. Grove lists his birthdate and place as "?Russia, c. 1898".
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- American Film Institute (1971) AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Volume 1. University of California Press. Google Books. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
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