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Russ Carlyle

Big Band leader recalled as ‘everybody’s friend’

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Russ Carlyle, the Big Band-era orchestra leader-singer and author, was remembered Thursday as a kind man who made a point to help others. 

Carlyle, who enjoyed a long and storied career in music, died Tuesday. He was 96. 

Ed De La Hunt, long-time friend, spent time with Carlyle hours before his death Monday night at the Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud and was with Carlyle’s widow, Patty, on Tuesday. 

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