Bally

Bally

Profil:
Bally Records was an independent record label formed in Chicago in December, 1955. It was active during 1956 and 1957. It was a subsidiary of Bally Manufacturing Company and was headquartered at 203 N. Wabash Avenue in Chicago. The parent company, Bally Manufacturing Company, made pinball and slot machines, and is still in business today as Bally Technologies.

Bally Records' president, Jimmy Hilliard, was formerly an executive with the RCA subsidiary "X" Records, and took over operations at Bally on January 1, 1956. The label began issuing records in March of 1956, using RCA pressing plants. Singles leaned toward pop music while the albums had a definite jazz bent. Their first five albums were a collection of European jazz. Although Bally had quite a few singles make the charts (doing especially well in hometown Chicago), these hits rarely showed up on their albums (in fact, the only chart hit to make it to a long player was Lew Douglas' "Levi Lullaby.")

Many, if not most, of the artists signed to the label had some connection with Chicago. Singles artists included Betty Johnson (who in 1954 had had a hit with "I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas" [New Disc 10013]), Lou Breese, Lew Douglas, the Gayden Sisters, Bob Davie, Bob Carroll, label president Jimmy Hilliard, Thurl Ravenscroft (longtime Disney voiceover man most famous as the voice of "Tony the Tiger," the cartoon character who hawked Kelloggs' Sugar Frosted Flakes for decades), Ted Weems, Bob Kames, Bob Anderson, the Highlights, the Turks, pianist Caesar Giovannini, Bobby Christian, the Loreleis, Carol Jarvis, the Argyles, Jimmy Isle, Nathan Russell, Teddy Phillips, Jeri Jordan, Jovan Dell, Billy Leach, Frank Pizani, Frank Deaton & The Mad Lads, Lola Dee, and Ike Cole (Nat "King" Cole's brother, who had the distinction of having both the last single and the last album on the label).

Bally's first chart hit was their first release, Betty Johnson's "I'll Wait" [Bally 1000], which scraped the bottom of the Billboard charts at #94 the week of March 3, 1956. Johnson followed that with "Clay Idol" [Bally 1013, 7/56], which reached #20 on Chicago's big Top-40 station WJJD, while scoring a modest #72 nationally. ("I'll Wait" didn't make the WJJD chart because that chart started in June, 1956.) Next was "City of Angels" [Bally 1016], by the Chicago-based vocal group the Highlights, which reached #5 in Chicago and #19 nationally after its release in September, 1956. This was followed the next month by Caesar Giovannini's "Petticoats of Portugal" [Bally 1018], which reached #19 in Chicago and #29 on the Cashbox charts, although it missed the Billboard chart.

Bally's biggest hit, Betty Johnson's "I Dreamed" [Bally 1020] in November, 1956, was helped to a national #9 slot (#17 locally) by a tie-in with a daily television show, Modern Romances, where it was heard every day for a week. Lew Douglas and His Orchestra had a local hit with "Levi Lullaby" [Bally 1025], which hit the WJJD chart in January, 1957, eventually reaching #21, followed in February by the Highlights' followup single, "To Be With You" [Bally 1027], which reached #16 locally and #84 nationally. Betty Johnson was back in April, 1957, with "Little White Lies" [Bally 1033, #19 WJJD, #25 Billboard; the flip side, "1492" also reached #70 on Billboard]. Her final Bally single, "The Song You Heard When You Fell In Love" [Bally 1041], didn't chart in the U.S. but did chart in Canada. Although Betty Johnson was the label's biggest star, oddly, none of her several hits were on her sole Bally album, The Touch of Betty Johnson [Bally BAL 12011].

During the summer of 1957, Billy Leach scored with "The Song of the Barefoot Mailman" [Bally 1039, 7/57, #16 WJJD, #86 Billboard] and finally, Frank Pizani, who was the lead singer of the Highlights, made #14 locally and #70 nationally with "Angry" [Bally 1040, 8/57]. Bally issued seven more singles after "Angry", released in August, September and early October, but nothing charted, either locally or nationally. Bally was sold for its catalogue to Gene and Harry Goodman in November, 1957, and ceased operations. Betty Johnson signed with Atlantic, and had several more hits, including "The Little Blue Man" [Atlantic 1169, 2/58], which reached #8 on the WJJD-Chicago chart and #17 on Billboard. Reg Owen and His Orchestra later had a hit with "Manhattan Spiritual" [Palette 5005, 12/58, #12 WJJD/#10 Billboard], as well as several other hits in his native England. Bob Kames put out many additional albums of organ music, including several children's records. Carol Jarvis had a minor hit in 1957 with "Rebel" [Dot 15586, 9/57, #48 Billboard]. For a small independent label, Bally signed a lot of talented artists and had quite a bit of chart success.
Mutterlabel:
Kat.-Nr.  Künstler Titel (Format) Label Kat.-Nr.  Land Jahr
45-HL-1184 1492 / Little White Lies Plattencover Betty Johnson 1492 / Little White Lies(7") London Records 45-HL-1184 Australia 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
45-HL-1248 The Song You Heard When You Fell In Love / I'm Beginning To Wonder Plattencover Betty Johnson The Song You Heard When You Fell In Love / I'm Beginning To Wonder(7") London Records 45-HL-1248 Australia 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1000 I'll Wait / Please Tell Me Why Plattencover Betty Johnson I'll Wait / Please Tell Me Why(Shellac, 10") Bally 1000 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
1001 Waiting For The Robert E. Lee / Mexicali Rose Plattencover Lou Breese And His Orchestra Waiting For The Robert E. Lee / Mexicali Rose (Single) 1001 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
1013 Betty Johnson Clay Idol / Why Do You Cry?(Shellac, 10") Bally 1013 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
1016 City Of Angels / Listen, My Love Plattencover The Highlights City Of Angels / Listen, My Love(Shellac, 10") Bally 1016 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
1018 Petticoats Of Portugal / Prenez Garde Plattencover Caesar Giovannini And His Sextette Petticoats Of Portugal / Prenez Garde(Shellac, 10") Bally 1018 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
1020 I Dreamed Plattencover Betty Johnson With Lew Douglas And His Orchestra Betty Johnson With Lew Douglas And His Orchestra - I Dreamed(Shellac, 10") Bally 1020 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
1022 Ace In The Hole / I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In Plattencover Lou Breese And The Hometowners Lou Breese And The Hometowners - Ace In The Hole / I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In(10") Bally 1022 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
1026 Brazilian Rhapsody Plattencover Caesar Giovannini And His Orchestra Brazilian Rhapsody(Shellac, 10") Bally 1026 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1029 My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own / Lover Boy Plattencover Carol Jarvis (2) My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own / Lover Boy(Shellac, 10") Bally 1029 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1030 Every Time You Smile / Moonbeam Plattencover The Argyles Every Time You Smile / Moonbeam(Shellac, 10") Bally 1030 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1033 1492 / Little White Lies Plattencover Betty Johnson 1492 / Little White Lies(Shellac, 10") Bally 1033 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1036 Melody #9 Plattencover Teddy Phillips Melody #9(Shellac, 10", Mono) Bally 1036 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1037 Sea Shells / The Architect Plattencover Jeri Jordan Sea Shells / The Architect(Shellac, 10") Bally 1037 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1041 The Song You Heard When You Fell In Love / I'm Beginning To Wonder Plattencover Betty Johnson The Song You Heard When You Fell In Love / I'm Beginning To Wonder(Shellac, 10") Bally 1041 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1045 The Royal Coachman / Breezin' Along With The Breeze Plattencover Lou Breese And His Orchestra The Royal Coachman / Breezin' Along With The Breeze(Shellac, 10") Bally 1045 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
1047 Hear Me Good / You Melt Me Plattencover Ike Cole Hear Me Good / You Melt Me(Shellac, 10") Bally 1047 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1000 I'll Wait Plattencover Betty Johnson I'll Wait(7") Bally 7-1000 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1002 Ten Thousand Years / Fiddle Dee Dee Plattencover Lew Douglas And His Orchestra Ten Thousand Years / Fiddle Dee Dee(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1002 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1003 How Can You Not Believe? / Honestly, Honestly Plattencover The Gayden Sisters with Lew Douglas And His Orchestra And Chorus* The Gayden Sisters with Lew Douglas And His Orchestra And Chorus* - How Can You Not Believe? / Honestly, Honestly(7", Single) Bally 7-1003 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1004 Moon Pearls / Corn Poem Plattencover Bob Davie Moon Pearls / Corn Poem(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1004 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1005 Honky Tonk Rock Plattencover Betty Johnson Honky Tonk Rock(7") Bally 7-1005 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1006 Red Confetti, Pink Balloons, and Tambourines / Handwriting On The Wall Plattencover Bob Carroll Red Confetti, Pink Balloons, and Tambourines / Handwriting On The Wall(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1006 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1007 My One And Only Love / Verano Amor Plattencover Jimmy Hilliard And His Orchestra My One And Only Love / Verano Amor(7", Mono) Bally 7-1007 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1008 Oh, You Sweet One / I Ain't Afraid Plattencover Thurl Ravenscroft Oh, You Sweet One / I Ain't Afraid(7", Single) Bally 7-1008 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1009 Oh Monah / The Man From The South Plattencover Ted Weems And His Orchestra Oh Monah / The Man From The South(7", Single) Bally 7-1009 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1010 Tell Me You're My True Love / The Swiss Bell Waltz Plattencover Bob Kames Tell Me You're My True Love / The Swiss Bell Waltz(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1010 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1011 Hell's Bells / Champs Elysees Plattencover Lou Breese And His Orchestra Hell's Bells / Champs Elysees(7", Single) Bally 7-1011 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1012 For Only You / You've Got The Love Plattencover Bob Anderson (10) For Only You / You've Got The Love(7", Single) Bally 7-1012 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1013 Clay Idol Plattencover Betty Johnson Clay Idol(7", Single) Bally 7-1013 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1014 High Society / Bombolero Plattencover Lew Douglas And His Orchestra High Society / Bombolero(7", Single) Bally 7-1014 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1015 Maria Elena / There's A Reason Plattencover Bob Carroll Maria Elena / There's A Reason(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1015 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1016 City Of Angels / Listen, My Love Plattencover The Highlights City Of Angels / Listen, My Love (Single) 7-1016 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1017 Why Did You? / This Heart Of Mine Plattencover The Turks Why Did You? / This Heart Of Mine(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1017 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1018 Petticoats Of Portugal Plattencover Caesar Giovannini And His Sextette Petticoats Of Portugal(7") Bally 7-1018 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1019 Sentimental Journey / I Have But One Heart  Plattencover Bob Anderson (10) Sentimental Journey / I Have But One Heart (7", Single) Bally 7-1019 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1020 I Dreamed Plattencover Betty Johnson I Dreamed (Single) 7-1020 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1021 My Mission In Life / I've Got A Right To Cry Plattencover Bob Carroll My Mission In Life / I've Got A Right To Cry(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1021 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1022 Ace In The Hole Plattencover Lou Breese And The Hometowners Lou Breese And The Hometowners - Ace In The Hole(7") Bally 7-1022 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1023 Chattanooga Cha Cha / Skip-It-Ty-Beat Plattencover Bobby Christian And His Orchestra Chattanooga Cha Cha / Skip-It-Ty-Beat(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1023 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1024 Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy / Your Love Plattencover The Loreleis Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy / Your Love(7", Single) Bally 7-1024 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1025 The Hour Of Love / Levi Lullaby Plattencover Lew Douglas And His Orchestra The Hour Of Love / Levi Lullaby(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1025 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1026 Brazilian Rhapsody Plattencover Caesar Giovannini And His Orchestra Brazilian Rhapsody(7") Bally 7-1026 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1027 To Be With You / Will I Ever Know? Plattencover The Highlights To Be With You / Will I Ever Know? 7-1027 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1028 Butterfly / Look What You've Done To Me Plattencover Bob Carroll Butterfly / Look What You've Done To Me(7", Single) Bally 7-1028 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1029 My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own Plattencover Carol Jarvis (2) My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own(7", Single) Bally 7-1029 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1030 Every Time You Smile / Moonbeam Plattencover The Argyles Every Time You Smile / Moonbeam(7", Single) Bally 7-1030 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1031 Riptide Plattencover Bob Anderson (10) Riptide(7") Bally 7-1031 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1032 I'll Leave The Door Open / But Why? Plattencover The Loreleis I'll Leave The Door Open / But Why?(7", Single) Bally 7-1032 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1033 1492 Plattencover Betty Johnson 1492 (Single) 7-1033 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1034 Stay By My Side Plattencover Jimmy Isle Stay By My Side 7-1034 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1035 Scratch, Scratch Me Back / Similau Plattencover Nathan Russell (2) Scratch, Scratch Me Back / Similau(7", Single) Bally 7-1035 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1036 Melody #9 / Headin' Home Plattencover Teddy Phillips And His Orchestra Melody #9 / Headin' Home(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1036 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1037 Sea Shells / The Architect Plattencover Jeri Jordan Sea Shells / The Architect(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1037 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1038 Love Me Forever / Bon Bon Baby Plattencover Jovan Dell Love Me Forever / Bon Bon Baby(7", Single) Bally 7-1038 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1039 Song Of The Barefoot Mailman / Lil's Grill Plattencover Billy Leach Song Of The Barefoot Mailman / Lil's Grill(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1039 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1040 Every Time / Angry Plattencover Frank Pizani Every Time / Angry 7-1040 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1041 The Song You Heard When You Fell In Love / I'm Beginning To Wonder Plattencover Betty Johnson The Song You Heard When You Fell In Love / I'm Beginning To Wonder (Single) 7-1041 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1042 Just A Little Bit More / My Love For You Plattencover Frank Deaton And The Mad Lads Just A Little Bit More / My Love For You (Single) 7-1042 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1043 Kiss Bubbles / Night Bird Plattencover Lew Douglas And His Orchestra Kiss Bubbles / Night Bird(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1043 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1044 Indiana Style / Turn Around Shoes Plattencover The Highlights Indiana Style / Turn Around Shoes(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1044 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1045 The Royal Coachman / Breezin' Along With The Breeze Plattencover Lou Breese And His Orchestra The Royal Coachman / Breezin' Along With The Breeze(7", Single, Mono) Bally 7-1045 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1046 With A Little More Love / My Adobe Hacienda Plattencover Lola Dee (2) With Lew Douglas His Orchestra & Chorus* Lola Dee (2) With Lew Douglas His Orchestra & Chorus* - With A Little More Love / My Adobe Hacienda (Single) 7-1046 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
7-1047 You Melt Me Plattencover Ike Cole You Melt Me 7-1047 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
B-367 Du Quoin's Hambletonian Song Plattencover Lou Breese Du Quoin's Hambletonian Song(7") Bally B-367 US 1955 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12001 English Jazz Plattencover Johnny Keating And All Stars English Jazz(LP) Bally BAL 12001 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12002 Swedish Jazz Plattencover Gosta Theselius And All Stars* Swedish Jazz(LP, Album) Bally BAL 12002 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12003 French Jazz Plattencover Claude Bolling And All Stars* French Jazz (Album) BAL 12003 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12004 Swiss Jazz Plattencover Hazy Osterwald And His Sextet* Swiss Jazz(LP, Mono) Bally BAL 12004 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12005 Belgian Jazz Plattencover David Bee And His Orchestra Belgian Jazz(LP, Album, Mono) Bally BAL 12005 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL-12006 Swing Me High Plattencover Reg Owen And His Orchestra Swing Me High(LP, Album, Mono) Bally, Bally BAL-12006 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12007 The Man From The South Plattencover Ted Weems And His Orchestra The Man From The South(LP, Album) Bally BAL 12007 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12008 Let's Fall In Love Plattencover Janis Paige Let's Fall In Love(LP, Album, Mono) Bally BAL 12008 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12009 Piano Portraits By Giovannini Plattencover Giovannini* Piano Portraits By Giovannini(LP, Album, Mono) Bally BAL 12009 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12010 For Sweethearts Only Plattencover Dorian Dor For Sweethearts Only(LP, Album) Bally BAL 12010 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12011 The Touch of Betty Johnson Plattencover Betty Johnson The Touch of Betty Johnson(LP, Album, Mono) Bally BAL 12011 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12012 Music For Meditation Plattencover Gerald Mertens Music For Meditation(LP, Album) Bally BAL 12012 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12013 Americana Plattencover Win Stracke Americana(LP, Album, Mono) Bally BAL 12013 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12014 High Life In Hi-Fi Plattencover Bob Kames High Life In Hi-Fi(LP, Album, Mono) Bally BAL 12014 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12015 Be Frank With Fay Plattencover Frank Fay Be Frank With Fay(LP, Album, Mono) Bally BAL 12015 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL-12016 Calypso In Hi-Fi Plattencover Nathan Russell (2) Calypso In Hi-Fi(LP, Album) Bally, Bally BAL-12016 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12017 Hymns My Mother Taught Me Plattencover Eddie Hubbard Hymns My Mother Taught Me(LP, Album) Bally BAL 12017 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12018 Voila Paris Plattencover Caesar Giovannini Voila Paris(LP, Album, Mono) Bally BAL 12018 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL 12019 Have You Heard Plattencover Lew Douglas And His Orchestra Have You Heard (Album) BAL 12019 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAL-12020 Get A Load O' Cole Plattencover The Ike Cole Quartet Get A Load O' Cole(LP, Album) Bally BAL-12020 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
BAX-7001 The Mass: Serving And Responses Plattencover Very Reverend Martin M. Howard, M.A., S.T.L., Rector* The Mass: Serving And Responses(7") Bally BAX-7001 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
HL-1145 I Dreamed Plattencover Betty Johnson I Dreamed(Shellac, 10") London Records HL-1145 Australia 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
LPM-74 Swedish Jazz – Recorded In Stockholm Sweden Plattencover Gosta Theselius And All Stars* Swedish Jazz – Recorded In Stockholm Sweden(LP, Album, Mono) Bally, Bally LPM-74 Japan 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
none I Hadn't Anyone Till You / My Baby Just Cares For Me Plattencover Janis Paige I Hadn't Anyone Till You / My Baby Just Cares For Me (Single) none US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
none Dansero / Have You Heard Plattencover Lew Douglas And His Orchestra Dansero / Have You Heard(7", Single, Promo) Bally none US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen