Dora Hall - Queen of the Vanity Records

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  1. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Anyone remember her? I had never heard of her before tonight.

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    Dora Hall was a former child vaudeville performer turned grandmother who in the early 1960s decided she wanted to get back into show business. She was able to do this thanks to her husband, the multi-millionaire owner of the Solo Cup Company. He subsidized her career with singles and albums (some of which were produced by Al Hazan) given away with Solo products, or available via mail order. Supposedly one of her singles actually made the WLS top 40 in her hometown of Chicago.

    Dora's riff on "Barefootin'":
    https://youtu.be/rNvahxTlKtE

    "Hand On Sloopy":
    https://youtu.be/eiYAt02DvCE

    "Daydream":
    https://youtu.be/TEJCBKms7Fw

    A not bad Christmas song:
    https://youtu.be/UciLWDAaRjA

    Oh... My... God...
    https://youtu.be/IeIYFDnxixo

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    But even more amazing/incredible/flabbergasting, Dora's husband actually financed TV specials as star vehicles for her. One of them cost $400K in early 70s dollars -- probably equal to at least $2.5M in today's money. This one co-starred various D listers like Phil Harris and Frank Sinatra Jr, and was syndicated to independent TV stations after the networks turned it down.



    An iconoclastic look at Dora Hall:
    http://historysdumpster.blogspot.com/2012/08/dora-hall.html

    A Dora Hall fan site:
    http://www.dorahall.tvheaven.com/
     
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  2. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

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    I've been poking around a lot of mid-'60s rarities lately. It's All Over and You Name It came up. They're both pretty decent!
     
  3. WayOutWardell

    WayOutWardell Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, Dora Hall! I remember noticing somewhere (maybe on one of those sites you linked) that her discog was pretty big.
    The funny thing is that the address for the Dora Hill Fan Club was that of the Solo cup factory.
     
  4. boyjohn

    boyjohn Forum Resident

  5. Ben Adams

    Ben Adams Forum Resident

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    I've always wondered. Thanks!
     
  6. Greg Arkadin

    Greg Arkadin Active Member

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    Dora Effing Hall!

    I had a couple of the VHS tapes Solo Cups gave away and they were party favorites for years. I consider her husband Leo Hulseman's support of Dora's career one of the greatest acts of love I've ever ever. I imagine that somewhere in a warehouse in central Illinois there's a 3,000-square-foot area of pallets loaded with these tapes.

    http://www.dorahall.tvheaven.com
     
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  7. Greg Arkadin

    Greg Arkadin Active Member

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    Dora Effing Hall!

    I had a couple of the VHS tapes Solo Cups gave away and they were party favorites for years. I consider her husband Leo Hulseman's support of Dora's career one of the greatest acts of love I've ever ever. I imagine that somewhere in a warehouse in central Illinois there's a 3,000-square-foot area of pallets loaded with these tapes.

    http://www.dorahall.tvheaven.com
     
  8. darken

    darken New Member

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    I have this country western LP from the Dora. You can't be too bad for country.
     
  9. John DeAngelis

    John DeAngelis Forum Resident

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    One of her albums features tracks recorded by the Wrecking Crew. Supposedly, when some of the musicians learned who was going to be overdubbing the vocals, they were less than thrilled.
     
  10. Nate-O-Phonic

    Nate-O-Phonic Well-Known Member

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    Got a mint copy- I understand most of her albums are mint... of her Great Hits which has a bunch of rock and roll hits of the day. Say what you like about her singing but the recorded sound is amazing for that time, almost audiophile. At least this version (COZY PL1000/1001). Essentially the same LP that was on Dot in 1966. Cost me the princely sum if a buck in my local flea market.
     
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  11. idleracer

    idleracer Forum Resident

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    :kilroy: Dora Hall was the original Pia Zadora, (who also had a rich husband who essentially manufactured a career for her).
     
  12. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    I remember the "Rainbeau" label now. We had one, don't remember which one it was, or how we got it. I only remember learning at that point, just because somebody decided to record her, doesn't really mean it had to be done.
     
  13. clhboa

    clhboa Forum Resident

    My Dad ordered some of her albums that were free from Solo Cups. They didn't actually tell you that you were getting a Dora Hall album. You just checked a box on the form indicating your musical interest and they would send you a album in the genre you picked. Apparantly Dora covered all the bases.
     

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