Monday, May 13, 2013

How does that grab you darlin

I've picked up a few Dora Hall 45s over the last two years or so, and could tell they were special, i just didn't know why. I recently read an article that explained her "singing career" in more detail, and then by chance came across four more of her records last week.
I think this might be my new collecting obsession.

From the Unofficial Dora Hall website:
DORA HALL was the undisputed queen of vanity entertainment. Dora's husband was Leo Hulseman, the founder of the immensely successful Solo Cup Company, and a man who was quite happy to delve into Solo's apparently bottomless coffers to finance dozens of record releases by his wife, all of which were given away free of charge with packages of plastic cups and plates during the 1960's. Not content with her "success" in the record business, in the 1970's and 1980's Dora branched out with several full-blown Solo-financed TV specials designed to make her a star--despite the fact that she was an elderly grandmother with limited show business experience.


Get it




Mellow said...

Great backing band. And Hall reminds me a bit of Nancy Sinatra, although Nancy's voice is superior, ya know.

Rockin' Jeff said...

Especially like Nancy on this particular tune. This is one of my favorites.

Mellow said...

Yes it's a nice one!

tut said...

not bad at all...

Bill S. said...

Nice to see her being remembered. I always enjoyed her TV specials and was sent a few of her 45's from sending in 50 cents for postage or whatever (it's 40 years ago...memory is fuzzy) to Solo Cups. I just assumed that she was a "regional" star in some other part of the country (I lived in Colorado), kind of like when you see a national ad for a company that doesn't operate in your state.
She had a natural charm, like George Burns. And she hired excellent people to work on her shows and records (HB Barnum, etc.)
BTW, I really enjoy your website. Check it a few times a week and it always puts a smile on my face!
Bill S.

Rockin' Jeff said...

Dora was a little before my time as i wasn't even born until 1973, but thanks to the magic of the internets (YouTube in particular) i've been able to watch a few clips of her performances. Truly unique- and what a cool story- Wife wants to be a star, and wealthy husband bankrolls her "singing career."

She wasn't great by any stretch of the imagination, but she was definitely one of a kind. What a cool grandmother she probably was!

KL from NYC said...

Thanks. I didn't know you had more Dora Hall -- I'm still adding to my DH file folder, trying to get multiple copies and then figure out which ones are in better shape (a tough thing to do since most of these were used as frisbees).
Bob Purse (of the Song Poem blog) posted a rare, 6-song Children's 45 EP that she put out on her Reinbeau label. Here's the link:

I'm surprised you're not into the Waffle House jukebox records. I've been able to get all of those on CD except "I Saw Elvis at the Waffle House," which hasn't even shown up on eBay.

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