Rusty Warren

Rusty Warren
Born Ilene Goldman
(1930-03-20) March 20, 1930[1][2]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Comedian, singer

Rusty Warren (born March 20, 1930)[1] is an American comedian[3][4][5] and musician, specializing in sex-related themes and such songs as "Bounce Your Boobies".[6]

Early life

Warren was born in New York City in 1930 and adopted six months later by Helen and Herbert Goldman, a couple from Milton, Massachusetts, who named her Ilene Goldman. She graduated from Milton High School in or around 1948, studied piano at the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating around 1954. She spent her first free summer entertaining in small lounges, and later taught there briefly after obtaining her degree. Her musical mentor at the time was Arthur Fiedler, who was the conductor of the Boston Pops.


She recorded for Jubilee Records, then GNP Crescendo Records which reissued some of her earlier Jubilee albums. Known as the Knockers Up Gal, she has frequently been called the mother of the sexual revolution. Her career began in the early 1950s in Phoenix, Arizona. Later she moved her act to Las Vegas, Nevada.[3] Her comedy routines exposed the subject of sex from a female perspective. Her most famous contribution to the sexual revolution was the song "Knockers Up" from the 1960 album of the same name.[7]

Personal life

Warren produced a DVD that chronicles her life in show business. The DVD, Rusty Warren: Knockers Up! The Lady Behind the Laughs, was released by GNP Crescendo in 2008. It is available on the website



Reissued albums



  1. 1 2 Some sources have incorrectly cited March 17, 1930 or March 17, 1931 as Warren's date of birth
  2. "Ilene F Goldman in household of Herbert Goldman, "United States Census, 1940", giving age as 10 in 1940 census; accessed May 14, 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Life of the Party". Las Vegas Review-Journal. November 15, 2009.
  4. McLellan, Dennis (July 16, 1992). "'PRETTY RELATABLE STUFF': Carol Leifer Tells Jokes She Hopes People Can Identify With". The Los Angeles Times.
  5. Vineyard, Jennifer (April 4, 2014). "Bette Midler on Soph, Janis Joplin, and Her Early Years in New York City".
  6. K. Arnold, Thomas (March 1, 1988). "Dr. Demento to Make San Diego House Call". The Los Angeles Times.
  7. New interview with Rusty Warren,, July 2010; accessed November 20, 2014.
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