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's 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:
- 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)
- Southbound, Doc Watson, (1966)
- Fire & Fleet & Candlelight, Buffy Saint-Marie, (1967)
- "Brown Eyed Girl", Van Morrison (1967)
- Don McLean (album), Don McLean, (1972)
- Richie Unterberger, Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution. Hal Leondard Company. p. 205
- Lawrence McClellan, The Later Swing Era, 1942 to 1955. Greenwood Publishing. p.50
- Wolkin and Keenom, Michael Bloomfield: If You Love These Blues: An Oral History, Miller Freeman Books, San Francisco, 2000, p. 100
- Bob Spitz, Dylan: A Biography. WW Norton. p. 317
- "The Essential Dylan". New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC: 27. 28 January 1974. ISSN 0028-7369. Retrieved 18 July 2010.