Born in Brooklyn, NY. Started singing with big bands such as Isham Jones. Stopped the show in "Scandia Revels" at the Queen Mary Restaurant in Feb., 1940. Featured as a single in a "One girl miniature musical comedy" at the Hotel Forrest in New York City in 1941. She wrote her own material which never really crossed the line of sophisticated entertainment. Married to Hy Pastman, manager of the Latin Quarter in Boston who became her manager. With him she inaugurated her own highly successful party label, vying with Larry Vincent for top sales honors. Died Dec. 22, 2007. She recorded her gently risqué tunes for legitimate labels and her entire 78 R.P.M. output is listed as completely as possible.
--Boston, ca. 1946. Mercury was active in acquiring material from independent operations and these may well be the same recordings listed in the National session following. (580) The Soda Jerk at Walgreens Mercury unissued (581) Eleanor Is Strictly No Score Mercury unissued (582) I Made Aye Aye in Mexico Mercury unissued (583) It's Wonderful To Be Married Mercury unissued (584) He Wants To Get into My Pantry Mercury unissued (585) L'amour Toujours (Tonight for Sure) Mercury unissued —Ca. late 1946 Given the duplication and order of titles it is very possible that these are actually the same recordings as above. (NSC203) The Soda Jerk SIMPLEX 101 (NSC204) Eleanor SIMPLEX 101 (NSC205) I Made Aye Aye National unissued? (NSC206) It's Wonderful to Be Married National unissued? (NSC207) He Wants To Get in to My Pantry SIMPLEX 102 (NSC208) La Mour Toojours SIMPLEX 102 --And DeLuxe Rhythm Men, New York City Fall, 1947. (408) Your Daddy Was a Soldier Deluxe 1089-B, Miltone 1089, King 1089, Deluxe Maple Leaf (Can.) 30-108-B (409) Johnny Had a Yo Yo Deluxe 1089-A, Miltone 1089, King 1089, Deluxe Maple Leaf (Can.) 30-108-A (410) Oil Man from Texas Deluxe 1091, Miltone 1091, King 1091 (411) Too Many Men Deluxe 1091, Miltone 1091, King 1091 -early Nov., 1947. (453) Fishing Song DeLuxe rejected (454) Senorita What’s Her Name DeLuxe rejected (455) Pull Down the Shade Marie DeLuxe rejected (456) It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba DeLuxe rejected (457) Jose Lives the Life of Reilly DeLuxe rejected (458) Down In the Indies DeLuxe rejected --Nov. 1947, first three discs in Deluxe album 2 and Miltone album No. 86 both titled "Rhumba Party." (524) Fishing Song Deluxe 1110, Miltone 1110 (525) Senorita What’s Her Name Deluxe 1111, Miltone 1111 (526) Pull Down the Shade Marie Deluxe 1112, Miltone 1112, Deluxe Maple Leaf (Can.) 30-105-A (527) Jose Lives the Life of Reilly Deluxe 1111, Miltone 1111 (528) Down In the Indies Deluxe 1112, Miltone 1112, Deluxe Maple Leaf (Can.) 30-105-B (529) It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba Deluxe 1110, Miltone 1110 —with DeLuxe Orchestra under direction of Mac Ceppos (530) Have a Baby Deluxe 1124, Miltone 1005 (531) Teacher, What's a Shmoe? Deluxe 1124, Miltone 1005 --Oct. 1948. (819) Evolution Miltone 1011, Deluxe 1184, King 1184, Deluxe Maple Leaf (Can.) 30-103-A (820) I Can't Wed You Miltone 1011, Deluxe 1184, King 1184, Deluxe Maple Leaf (Can.) 30-103-B (821) The Dinghy Song Deluxe 1183-A, Deluxe Maple Leaf (Can.) 30-101-A (822) Tonight You Sleep In the Bathtub Deluxe 1183-B, Deluxe Maple Leaf (Can.) 30-101-B --ca. late 1953 Orch. arranged and conducted by Dave Terry. "Dear Mr. Godfrey" can be heard on A&E's "Biography" episode devoted to Godfrey. (MO-57) Dear Mr. Godfrey MONARCH MO 3005 (MO-58) Say Hello To Joe MONARCH MO 3005 (MO-59) Like Papa and Me MONARCH MO-3006 (MO-60) Kiss-a-Me-Slow MONARCH MO-3006
--With Dixieland-style accomp. 2000,1 and 2 in album W-3 "Cafe Party" ca. 1953 Many copies show a reversed ampersand (&) in the runout. (W100-2) Gimme (What You Promise Me) WALLIS ORIGINAL 2002 (W102-2) Sweater Girl WALLIS ORIGINAL 2000 (W104-3) The Pistol Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2001 (W105-2) The Admirals Daughter WALLIS ORIGINAL 2000 (W106-3) Tonight For Sure WALLIS ORIGINAL 2001 (W107-2) (It's Been a) Long Long Time WALLIS ORIGINAL 2002 (W109) Jamaica Rum WALLIS ORIGINAL 2003 (W110) Down in Montivideo WALLIS ORIGINAL 2005 (W111) Chile Was Hot (But Willie Was Not) WALLIS ORIGINAL 2004 (W112) The Love Samba WALLIS ORIGINAL 2004 (W113) Ubangi! WALLIS ORIGINAL 2003 (W114) The Bells Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2005 --With Ray Charles Chorus and Mac Ceppos Orch. (The 3000 series consists of non-party records) (W115) Remember WALLIS ORIGINAL 3001 (W116) Pleasant, Present Pastime WALLIS ORIGINAL 3002 (W117) Bella Bella WALLIS ORIGINAL 3001 (W118) Friendship WALLIS ORIGINAL 3002 (W119) 4-F Papa WALLIS ORIGINAL 2006 (W120) New YoYo Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2007 (W121) Stay Out of My Pantry WALLIS ORIGINAL 2007 (W122) The Cowboy Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2006 (W123) Long-Playing Daddy WALLIS ORIGINAL 2008 (W124) Gold Mine WALLIS ORIGINAL 2008 (W125) The Fishing Pole Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2009 (W126) My Old Soldier (Isn't Fading Away) WALLIS ORIGINAL 2009 (W127) The Hawaiian Lei Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2010, Disc (Can.) 2010 (W128) Vacation Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2010, Disc (Can.) 2010 (W129) Large Size Mama (Small Size Papa) WALLIS ORIGINAL 2011 (W130) If I Had Said Yes WALLIS ORIGINAL 2011 (W133) She Never Gets Got WALLIS ORIGINAL 2012 (W131) Confidential Kitty WALLIS ORIGINAL 2012 (W137) The Pop-up Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2013 (W134) Education WALLIS ORIGINAL 2013 (W132) Down in the Bahamas WALLIS ORIGINAL 2014 (W138) Drill 'Em All WALLIS ORIGINAL 2014 Davy's Dinghy WALLIS ORIGINAL 2015 Queer Things (Are Happening) WALLIS ORIGINAL 2015 (W142) Senorita What's Her Name Disc (Can.) 2016 (W147) Johnny Had a Yo Yo Disc (Can.) 2016 Down In the Indies WALLIS ORIGINAL 2017 Tonight You Sleep In the Bathtub WALLIS ORIGINAL 2017 (W-143) The Fishing Song WALLIS ORIGINAL 2018, Disc (Can.) 2018 (W-149) (Too Many) Men in My Life WALLIS ORIGINAL 2018, Disc (Can.) 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 —with Jimmy Carroll Orch. My children are my treasure WALLIS ORIGINAL 2022 Goodbye Johnny goodbye WALLIS ORIGINAL 2022
Take Me To Your Boss WALLIS ORIGINAL 2025 Wallis recorded for King in 1966 by which time that company had acquired her Wallis Original material. Unfortunately there is no documentation in the files. Pauli WHEELER Female vocalist and pianist who appeared at the Pago Pago in Los Angeles in mid-1946. January of 1947 found her at the Santa Rita Hotel in Tucson. -- accomp. by pianist who sounds like John Latouche. Recorded for the Rumpus Record Co. 6021 Will Rogers St. Los Angeles, CA., ca. May, 1946. (4-17-46-g-w-1-2) Over the Hill Soiree Intime Series unnumbered (417-gw-2-3) Credit House for Love Soiree Intime Series unnumbered
Ava WILLIAMS Comedienne who worked at Ray Bourbon's club the Rendezvous in the early 40's. Later made LP “Ava Misbehaves” on Harlem’s Borderline label but 78 RPM releases have been reported.
--with piano by Ralph Kitts, Hollywood mid-1940's. Queen of the Jungle IMPERIAL 201A Mindin' My Own Business IMPERIAL 201A
Dootsie WILLIAMS Born Walter R. Williams, Jr. in 1911. “Dootsie” was a corruption of a Mexican maid’s term of endearment “Dulce.” Self-styled “Inventor of the party record,” he featured African-American talent on his own Blue Records during the second AFM ban in 1949. Most noteworthy in the context of this book as the first to record extended live routines by Redd Foxx for release on LP. Recorded many influential Doo-Wop groups on his later Dootone label. Died 1980. --Los Angeles, c. 1949. Everybody's Jumpin' Tonight BLUE RECORDS 107 Gamblin' Blues BLUE RECORDS 107
Frances WILLIAMS Born Francis E. Jellineck November 3, 1901 in St. Paul, MN. Credited with introducing the dance that propelled James P. Johnson's "Charleston" to fame in 1924. Introduced the Black Bottom in "George White's Scandals of 1926." "As Time Goes By" was introduced by Frances Williams in a 1931 revue called "Everbody's Welcome." Recorded a handful of popular titles for Brunswick in the 1920's. In the cast of "Life Begins at 8:40" with Bert Lahr and Ray Bolger at the Winter Gardens in 1935. Appeared in film "Lying Lips." Died Jan. 27, 1959 in New York City. --American Record Corp. studios, New York City Nov. 23, 1937. (P-22057) Slightly indiscreet MARCONI BROS. INC. MB 101 (P-22058) I shot the works MARCONI BROS. INC. MB 101
Bugsby Wilson was a singer and M.C. with a knack for imitating film stars. He appeared as a double for W. C. Fields in "The Big Broadcast of 1938." He was at the Roxy in Salt Lake City in May of 1938 and in 1939 was in Melbourne, Australia with Anna May Wong. --Hollywood, 1937. (NRD 475) Toots the Teaser HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS 388 A -Later dubs as "Something to Remember" HIGH SOCIETY 510-A (BP), PARTY RECORD 507A,LET'S HAVE FUN 9B (NRD 476) Cousin Dipper Lip HOLLYWOOD HOTSHOTS 387 -Anonymous dub retitled "Just a Dream" FRIVOLITY FR 2-B
Phil WINSTON Brooklyn vocalist and bandleader whose real neal name is Weinstein. -Brooklyn, NY.
-as Paul Winston Who Is the Lucky Guy (Benny Bell) RADIO NOVELTY RECORD 354-B Note: reverse is by Benny Bell. --As Paul Wynn ca. 1946. Take a Ship for Yourself COCKTAIL PARTY SONGS 101 Hinky Dinkey Polly Voo COCKTAIL PARTY SONGS 101 Automobile Song COCKTAIL PARTY SONGS 202-A Shaving Cream COCKTAIL PARTY SONGS 202-B Noses Run In the Family COCKTAIL PARTY SONGS 303 A Tatooed Lady COCKTAIL PARTY SONGS 303 B Snow Balls COCKTAIL PARTY SONGS 606-A I'm the Guy COCKTAIL PARTY SONGS 606-B
My Mother Said I Shouldn't HIGHBALL PARTY RECORD 902 We Do It Just the Same HIGHBALL PARTY RECORD 902
-New York City, ca. 1942. Anna Had the Biggest Cabana INTIMATE TALES 2843-A What Got Into You Last Night INTIMATE TALES 2844-A He Didn't Know How INTIMATE TALES 2844-B