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Lifetime cups ! Who remembers these ? Interesting that Dora Hall's husband owned the company and and financed all her musicals from the Company that made these

Ad on back Dora Hall and her history with company (All her musical ventures were financed by the Solo Cup Co., which was privately owned by her husband)

Worked the vaudeville circuit during World War One as part of a three-girl singing act called The Harmony Maids. "During World War I, I entertained troops and later went on the Pantages circuit," she told "TV Guide" in 1971. Hall said she quit show-business when she married Leo as she was "tired of living out of a suitcase.".

In 1963, Dora recorded four rock 'n roll songs with the producer Alex Hazan, with Jack Nitzsche serving as the arranger. Two of the four songs were "Floozy Little Suzy Brown" (the alternative title of "Hootchy Cootchy Girl," which it also was released under) and "I Don't Want Your Kisses," both of them written by Hazen, and released as a single by Premere (owned by Premore Inc., a subsidiary of Solo Cup). The two other songs, "The Gold Cup" and "I Wanna Be There," went unreleased. The former unreleased song was a reference to the Gold Cup Studios, were she recorded the songs. Hazan believed it contained the strongest of the four vocal performances Dora recorded for him. The recording of "I Wanna Be There" has been lost.

The Dora Hall Fan Club was located at 1647 E. 75th St., Chicago, Illinois 60649, an address that isn't linked with the Solo Cup Co. In 1971, Hall told "TV Guide" writer Joseph Finnigan that her fan club had 41,500 members.

Recorded and released at least 59 45-rpm singles in the 1960s on multiple labels. (Some of the 45s were re-releases of the same song on the A-side with a different B-side put on a different label.) She also released at least 16 LPs on the Dot, Cozy/Premore (also known as "Premere"), and Reinbeau labels, the companies that also released her singles. Singles were also released by the labels Calamo and Drum Boy. All her musical ventures were financed by the Solo Cup Co., which was privately owned by her husband. On her singles "Bill Bailey"/"So Long Baby" released by Premore, she was credited as "Dora Hall and the Solo Cups." On her single "Herman Take Me Home"/"You Call Everybody Darling," her sole release on the Drum Boy label, she was credited as "Dora Hall and the Hall Room Boys" on others.


  1. Hunter Hunter, 1 year ago
    totally kooky! :)
  2. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Isn't it Hunter . Who knew these cups had anything to do with a Vaudeville star :-)
  3. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
  4. Hunter Hunter, 1 year ago
    it's wild because I've certainly used Solo cups but never heard of Dora Hall until today. What a world.
  5. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    I had never heard of her either Hunter :-) But after looking at them the story all came together . A cup company owned by her husband did all the record deals . Who know's what a person can dredge up to post LOL but interesting and dI did like those cups too :-) He used a few record by her to encouarge buying the cups . They had a creative way to to help both of them in a plastic and paper cup holder ! :-)
  6. Hunter Hunter, 1 year ago
    I know! I couldn't help but think, why not use the plastic cup without the paper liner? seems unnecessary ;)
  7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 1 year ago

    Good Evening Mani, I remember having these when still living at home.Mom would serve coffee or tea while the adults pinnacle back in the day.
  8. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Hi Kerry ,I think they were used so you didn't have to wash cups :-) I was amazed at how the cups were tied into a famous singer and Vaudville person Dora Hill . She was quite a character :-)
    Thank you vetraio50! I appreciate you stopping to give it some love . It has interesting history :-)
  9. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Don't really know the cups and I certainly never seen any of her tv shows, but God, her husband must have thought the world of her to send her out to her dream like that. Lucky he had the money to finance such good productions for those times. The videos are great, she had a fantastic singing voice and you can tell a strong personality that was so easy to love. What a great treasure you have found here !~
  10. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Another interesting piece, I've never heard of her or the Solo cup.
    All though we have a similar cup up here supplied by a commercial coffee company for business lunch/coffee rooms, they have a plastic liner.
    He must have a lot of those cups at 29 cents to support her career.
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Missed the word "sold" in my last sentence.
  12. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
    I sure remember them, nastiest thing you ever drank out of. Hot coffee tasted like a mouthful of gummy plastic. YUCK!
  13. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    lol fhrjr2 . I think it was a lazy way to avoid dishes :-) but the story behind them is interesting :- )
  14. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thanks Bro :-))))))))) always glad to see you !
  15. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you inky :-) I thought these told a story and were fun to post about their history . Hope all is good with you xoxo

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