Wallis Original

Wallis Original (Canada) / 1952

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Design: The label name, in a fat-face brush script, runs around the outer edge in the old-fashioned manner.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany. Ruth Wallis (Ruth Shirley Wohl, born in 1920 in Brooklyn, New York) was a lounge singer whose self-written risqué songs, loaded with sexual double entendre, brought her notoriety. Headed by her promoter husband, Hy Pastman, and Joel Leibowitz, her own eponymous label was launched in 1952, after record companies had became squeamish about publishing her recordings. The Wallis Original Record Corporation was headquartered in Linden, New Jersey (the above record was manufactured by Mercury Records of Canada).

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