Ruth Wallis

Ruth Wallis

About Ruth Wallis

Ruth Wallis (January 5, 1920--December 22, 2007) was a novelty Popular cabaret singer. Born Ruth Shirley Wohl in Brooklyn, New York, Wallis began her career singing jazz and cabaret standards - with such bands as Isham Jones and Benny Goodman on road tours for a couple of months; but gained fame in the 1940s and 1950s for her risque satirical songs, rife with double entendre that she wrote herself. She did have a mainstream hit with 'Dear Mr. Godfrey,' a song about Arthur Godfrey's public firing of Julius La Rosa, that reached #25 in late 1953. She sang with a studio orchestra and often took on an accent for songs about characters from other countries. Her music was occasionally featured on the Doctor Demento show in the 1970s.

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