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post May 8 2010, 06:58 PM
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I'd like to find out about a singer, and there's not too much on the
Internet, but without further ado, here is her rendition of one of the
most popular songs ever recorded. Frank's cousin, Ray Sinatra, is
conducting the band.


I think hers is one of the best versions of the song, too. This is
what I have found out about her:

Ruth Elizabeth Collins was a comely girl who went to New York from
Concord, Mass, to become a dance band singer. She changed her name to
Dale Belmont, borrowing the first name of Flash Gordon's girl friend.
Miss Belmont specialized in what she called "frustrated love songs,"
calling herself "The Blue Velvet Voice".

At first she had little success. But after a microscope salesman named
Joe Bonds became her manager she began wearing sweaters. Engagements
at Manhattan's Versailles and Glass Hat followed. She eventually
became a very popular "sweater girl" for the WW2 GIs.

Apparently, after WW2, Joe Bonds and Dale moved to Texas where Bonds
became friendly with Ralph Paul, a close asociate of Jack Ruby. I
don't know where she fit into the picture, but she gets a mention in
The House Select Committtee on Assassinations in 1978.



The only other information I can find is that she must have formed a
band under the name, "Dale Belmont & Her Texas Townsmen", but I know
nothing about it or what happened to her.

Anybody have any biographical or other information about Dale Belmont?
Her name does not appear in Deadoraliveinfo.com.

Thanks! smile.gif

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post May 9 2010, 03:37 AM
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Born May 3, 1924 in Concord, MA. Real name Mary Elizabeth Collins. Made her stage debut at age 3 in Maynard, MA and later sang on WBZ in Boston. Billed as "Sinatra in Skirts," the highly photogenic model and sometime actress appeared at the Versailles and Casablanca clubs in New York City during 1944. Made a soundie of "I'll Be Seeing You" and “Do You Believe in Dreams?” with Ray Sinatra Orchestra and recorded as Dale Belmont & Her Texas Townmen on Bullet. Recorded again for Excelsior in 1946. Appeared at her husband Joe Bond's Sky-Vu Club in Dallas, TX in the late 1940's. At this writing she resides in Maine.
--The Cover Girl Comedienne, with Johnny Cola Trio, Dallas, TX? ca. 1947.
(DB-1) Row Row Row ALL-SPICE unnumbered
(DB-2) Down Argentene (sic) Way ALL-SPICE unnumbered (AS 2), Royalty Command Performance unnumbered (as "Argentine")
--following tune is actually “How Could Red Riding Hood” (Randolph).
(DB-4) Red Ridding (sic) Hood ALL-SPICE unnumbered (AS)
(DB-5) Mrs. Rip Van Winkle ALL-SPICE unnumbered (AS 5)
(DB-8) He Don't Wanna ALL-SPICE unnumbered
(DB) It Could Happen To You Royalty Command Performance unnumbered

Wonder if she's still alive!
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