Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Russ Carlyle Dies

Breezy Point has lost a local celebrity.  Big band leader Russ Carlyle has died at the age of 96.  He died at the Veteran's Hospital in St. Cloud Tuesday morning.

Russ had a rich career in entertainment.  His music career began in 1935 on WJAY Radio in Cleveland.  He hired on with the Barron Orchestra in 1936.  In 1943 he was drafted and teamed up with Joey Bishop to entertain the troops.  Eventually he had his own band, The Russ Carlyle Orchestra.

Russ was an enthusiastic summer resident in Breezy Point, writing and performing a song just for the town.  He married Patty Clayton in the 1970's.

No funeral services will be held.  A private family memorial will be held.  The burial will in Ohio next to his parents.

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