Russ Savakus

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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.[1] Earlier, he had been a part of the rhythm section for the Les Elgart swing band.[2]

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."[3] However, Dylan chose to replace Savakus on tour [4]

Songs and records that he has played on include:


  1. ^ Richie Unterberger, Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution. Hal Leondard Company. p. 205
  2. ^ Lawrence McClellan, The Later Swing Era, 1942 to 1955. Greenwood Publishing. p.50
  3. ^ Wolkin and Keenom, Michael Bloomfield: If You Love These Blues: An Oral History, Miller Freeman Books, San Francisco, 2000, p. 100
  4. ^ Bob Spitz, Dylan: A Biography. WW Norton. p. 317
  5. ^ "The Essential Dylan". New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC: 27. 28 January 1974. ISSN 0028-7369. Retrieved 18 July 2010.