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. 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.
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.
Songs For Sinners – Jubilee JGM 2024 (1959)
Knockers Up! – Jubilee JGM 2029 (1960)
Sin-sational – Jubilee JGM 2034 (1961)
Rusty Warren Bounces Back – Jubilee JGM 2039 (1961)
In Orbit – Jubilee JGM 2044 (1962)
Banned In Boston? – Jubilee JGM 2049 (1963)
Sex-x-ponent – Jubilee JGM 2054 (1964)
Rusty Sings A Portrait Of Life – Jubilee JGS 5025 (1964)
More Knockers Up! – Jubilee JGM 2059 (1965)
Rusty Rides Again – Jubilee JGM 2064 (1967)
Bottoms Up! – Jubilee JGM 2069 (1969)
Look What I Got For You – Jubilee JGS 2074 (1969)
Lays It On the Line – GNP-Crescendo GNPS-2081 (1974)
Knockers Up '76 – GNP-Crescendo GNPS-2088 (1976)
Sexplosion – GNP-Crescendo GNPS-2114 (1977)
Knockers Up! / Songs For Sinners – GNP-Crescendo GNP 2-2079 1973 (reissue of Jubilee JGM 2029 and JGM 2024)
Bounces Back / Sin-sational – GNP-Crescendo GNP 2-2080 1973 (reissue of Jubilee JGM 2039 and JGM 2034)