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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:14 pm    Post subject: Old Kansas City Record Company Reply with quote

Here is some info and pictures on a old Kansas City Music Label

Westport Records was a record label founded 1955 in Kansas City by the Ruf Brothers. It lasted until 1962, just releasing about 20 singles.
Westport records were based in Kansas City, Missouri and the label was set up in 1955 by the Ruf brothers, as an outlet for The Westport Kids, who were the sons and daughters of the two men. The label released just over twenty singles from 1955 to 1962 by artists such as Jimmy Dallas, Milt Dickey, Big Bob Dougherty, Lee Finn, The Home Folks, Elmo Linn, Ronnie & Marlene and Gene Chapman. Alvis and Lee Finn were the only artists who recorded rockabilly for the label.
Title: Westport kids with their instruments. Description: Westport Kids with their instruments. Signed: "To our President Harry S. Truman." The Westport Kids performed at a Battery D event at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri on November 3, 1952, and sent President Truman a recording they made. Members of the Westport Kids are: Cathy Ruf, Singer and accordion; Hank Ruf, steel guitar; Christine Ruf, singer and guitar; Betty Ruf, guitar; Bobby Ruf, age 6; and Dave Ruf, bass. Subjects (ARC): Autographs; Bands (Music); Children Subjects (HST): Westport Kids People: Ruf, Betty; Ruf, Bobby; Ruf, Cathy; Ruf, Christine; Ruf, Dave; Ruf, Hank Places: Accession number: 60-207 Date: ca. December-1952 Restrictions: Undetermined Physical Size: 8x10 inches (21x26 cm) Color: Black & White Cropped: no Photographer: Relation: Harry S. Truman Papers, Official File Origin: Institutional Creator:

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