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Ruth Wallis


Back photo from "Love is for the Birds" WLP-17

    Biography


Ruth Wallis was born in New York City, New York. She studied dancing, voice and piano, so it was only natural that she would pursue a career in show business. Early in her career she married her manager, Hy Pastman. Although she played many nightclubs, she was featured at the Hotel Forrest in New York City in 1941.

Her need to step out of the shadow of the band-dominated performance scene prompted her to start writing her own material. Starting in 1948 she recorded risque tunes for established labels, but then went on to form her own company: The Wallis Original Record Corporation based in Linden, New Jersey. This company put out 78s, 45s, 78 albums, 45 extended plays and LPs of both the double entendre Wallis was so well known for, but also sophisticated ballads. By the around 1957 WORC had nine albums available. Wallis generally released a new album every Christmas. The company moved to Miami Beach, Florida before the catalog was sold to King.

Ruth Wallis composed the music and the lyrics for all of her songs. She generally performed in dinner clubs in larger U.S. Cities. Wallis spent most of her time in the United States, but in 1961 took her show overseas to Australia. Generally, she limited her time on the road each year to less than six months. Developing a music career wasn't the only priority in her life. The rest of every year she reserved for her family: Pastman and their two children.

Wallis continued singing sporadically and recorded several other LPs in the late 1960s.

    Discography


Information on the 78 singles and some biographical information was pulled mostly from another website which I encourage you to visit: The Blue Pages. Information on the 78 singles incorporated here is © David Diehl, 1996 and used by permission.


(all 78 singles unless noted)

Ruth Wallis
--And DeLuxe Rhythm Men, Fall, 1947
Your Daddy Was a Soldier........DELUXE 1089-B, MILTONE 1089
Johnny Had a Yo Yo..............DELUXE 1089-A, MILTONE 1089
Oil Man from Texas..............DELUXE 1091, MILTONE 1091
Too Many Men....................DELUXE 1091, MILTONE 1091

--The King label acquired Deluxe.
Michael Ruppli's King Discography notes the following rejected session from 1947:

Fishing Song
Senorita Whats Her Name
Pull Down the Shade Marie
It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba
Jose Lives the Life of Reilly
Down In the Indies

--Late 1947, first three discs in Deluxe album 2, Miltone album No. 86 both titled "Rhumba Party"

Fishing Song.........................DELUXE 1110, MILTONE 1110
Senorita Whats Her Name....................DELUXE 1111, MILTONE 1111
Pull Down the Shade Marie..................DELUXE 1112, MILTONE 1112
Jose Lives the Life of Reilly..............DELUXE 1111, MILTONE 1111
Down In the Indies.........................DELUXE 1112, MILTONE 1112
It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba...DELUXE 1110, MILTONE 1110
Have a Baby................................DELUXE 1124
Teacher, What's a Shmoe?...................DELUXE 1124

--Late 1948
Evolution .........................MILTONE 1011
I Can't Wed You....................MILTONE 1011
The Dinghy Song....................DELUXE 1183-A
Tonight You Sleep In the Bathtub...DELUXE 1183-B

--c. 1952 Orch. arranged and conducted by Dave Terry
Dear Mr. Godfrey..............MONARCH MO 3005
Say Hello To Joe..............MONARCH MO 3005
Like Papa and Me..............MONARCH MO-3006
Kiss-a-Me-Slow................MONARCH MO-3006

Soda Jerk.........................SIMPLEX 101
Eleanor...........................SIMPLEX 101
He Wants To Get In To My Pantry...SIMPLEX 102 (207)
La Mour Toojours..................SIMPLEX 102 (208)

--With Dixieland-style accomp. 2000,1 and 2 in album W-3 "Cafe Party" c. 1953 Many copies show a reversed ampersand (&) in the runoff.


Sweater Girl.........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2000
The Admirals Daughter................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2000
Tonight For Sure.....................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2001
The Pistol Song......................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2001
Gimme (WhatYou Promise Me)...........WALLIS ORIGINAL 2002
(It's Been a) Long Long Time.........WALLIS ORIGINAL 2002
Jamaica Rum .........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2003
Chile Was Hot (But Willie Was Not)...WALLIS ORIGINAL 2004
The Love Samba ......................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2004
Ubangi!..............................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2003
Bells Song...........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2005
Down in Montivideo...................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2005

--With Ray Charles Chorus and Mac Ceppos Orch.
Remember.............................WALLIS ORIGINAL 3001
Bella Bella..........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 3001

4-F Papa.............................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2006
The Cowboy Song......................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2006
New YoYo Song........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2007
Stay Out of My Pantry................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2007
Long-Playing Daddy...................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2008
Gold Mine............................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2008
The Fishing Pole Song ...............WALLIS ORIGINAL 2009
My Old Soldier (Isn't Fading Away)...WALLIS ORIGINAL 2009
Vacation Song........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2010
The Hawaiian Lei Song................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2010
If I Had Said Yes....................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2011
Large Size Mama......................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2011
She Never Gets Got...................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2012
Confidential Kitty...................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2012
The Pop-up Song......................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2013
Education............................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2013
Down in the Bahamas..................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2014
Drill 'Em All........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2014
Davy's Dinghy........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2015
Queer Things (Are Happening).........WALLIS ORIGINAL 2015
Down In the Indies...................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2017
Tonight You Sleep In the Bathtub.....WALLIS ORIGINAL 2017
The Fishing Song.....................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2018
(Too Many) Men in My Life............WALLIS ORIGINAL 2018
Pull Down The Shade Marie............WALLIS ORIGINAL 2019
The Dinghy Song .....................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2019
Psycho Mambo.........................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2020
This Old House.......................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2020
Wallis First Time Starter............WALLIS ORIGINAL 2021
All Night Long.......................WALLIS ORIGINAL 2021
Take Me To Your Boss.................Wallis Original 2025
Many of Ruth Wallis' 78 singles were also put on 45 rpm records, on 10 inch LPs and 45 rpm EPs.

Here are what I believe are the 10 inch LPs, which also were available as EPs, but with the last two cuts missing.

Old Party Favorites (1948?)..........WORC W1-L.P.
(cuts)
Johnny had a Yo-Yo
It's A Scream How Leveene Does The Rhumba
Your Daddy Was a Soldier
The Fishing Song
Men In My Life
Life of Reilly

Old Party Favorites, vol. 2(1948?)...WORC W2-L.P.
(cuts)
The Dinghy Song
Senorita What's Her Name
Tonight You Sleep in the Bathtub
Down in the Indies
An Oilman from Texas
Pull Down the Shade, Marie

These were issued as 78 singles as noted above, but also as 45 singles and, in a group of the first four as 45 EPs and as the entire group as 10 inch LPs.

Cafe Party (1949?)...................WORC W-3
(cuts consisted of 2000,2001,2002 singles)

Latin Party Rhythms (1949?)..........WORC W-4
(cuts were 2003, 2004, 2005 singles)

Holiday Party (1949?)................WORC W-5
(cuts were 2006, 2007, 2008 singles)

Life of the Party (1950?)............WORC W-6
(cuts were 2009, 2010, 2011 singles)

Cruise Party (1950?).................WORC W-7
(cuts were 2012, 2013, 2014 singles)


You would think there was a W-8 10 inch LP and 45 EP consisting of other singles, however I have no information on a W-8. From there on, I assume, WORC moved on to strictly LPs as follows:

(LP)Torrid Love Songs of Men and Memories (1951?)...WORC WLP 9
(LP)Ruth Wallis On the Party Line (1952?)...........WORC WLP 10
(LP)Saucy Hit Parade (1953?)........................WORC WLP 11
(LP)That Saucy Redhead (1954?)......................WORC WLP 12
(LP)For Sophisticates Only (1955?)........Wallis Original WLP 13
(LP)French Postcards Set to Music (1956?)...........WORC WLP 14
(LP)Cruise Party (1957?)............................WORC WLP 15
(LP)Salty Songs for Underwater Listening (1958?)....WORC WLP 16
(LP)Love Is For the Birds (1959?)...................WORC WLP 17

A Man of My Own
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Do Me a Favor
Love Songs for Idiots
Bill
Nothin' But A Man
I've Had It
My Sugar Daddy
Julie
Ain't Gonna Throw Any Rice
Love is for the Birds
I Know, I Know
Wallis recorded for King in 1966 at which time that company acquired her WALLIS ORIGINAL material. There seems to be no documentation in the King files on this.

(LP)House Party, Vol. 1...........Deluxe 215
(LP)House Party...................King 507 (LP)House Party...................Deluxe 395507
This was a recording of many of the songs originally featured on WORC releases. These performances, however, are not the same. Most likely these were from the Deluxe recordings of 1947, as the LP has both the Deluxe and King logos.

The Dinghy Song
Down in the Indies
Too many Men in My Life
Pull Down the Shade Marie
Your Daddy was a Soldier
It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba
Johnny Had a Yo Yo
Seniorita What's Her Name
Tonight You Sleep in the Bathtub
The Fishing Song
An Oil Man From Texas
Jose is Living the Life of Reilly


Other Wallis recordings presumably after 1966:

(LP)The Spice is Right................Jubilee JGM 2050
(cuts)
The Psycho Mambo
As this cut was also recorded for WORC, it is possible that this album is a reissue of a WORC recordings, however it is also possible that Wallis recorded new renditions of her tunes.

(LP)Saucy Hit Parade..................Bloopers KS-0904
(likely a reissue of WLP 11)

(LP)How to Stay Sexy Though Married...Mercury 20159 SMCL 1968
This sounds like brand new material, which would have been recorded when Ruth was in her late 40's or early 50's.


As you see, although a lot of this information has been confirmed through multiple sources, there is still some question about some of the releases and the number of recorded versions of each Wallis song. Also, in most cases the release dates are estimations based on scanty information. If you have any information to add, correct or clarify, please contact The Mr. Smooth Show.

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