Singer, Songwriter. Born in Anderson, Indiana, she began singing in a trio at Lake Manitou in Indiana until she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to sing band and dance music. Wright was featured as a vocalist with the Barney Rapp Orchestra and with his band, Barney Rapp and His New Englanders in the 1930’s. She also sang on the radio on WLW, and for twenty years, appeared on the Ruth Lyons show, “50-50 Club.” Wright recorded several tracks for King Records in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Her single, “Bimbo” reached the charts in the United Kingdom in 1954. Her most popular recording was a Christmas single, “Let’s Light the Christmas Tree” that sold 250,000 copies in 1958. She charted again in 1959 with “Three Stars”, a tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper. Also in 1959, she was featured on the Kathy Linden hit “Good-bye Jimmy Good-Bye.” A compilation of her singles was released on an album entitled “Ruby Wright- Regular Gal: The King Recordings, 1949-1959” which consisted of 27 tracks. Wright later married Barney Rapp. She died in Cincinnati in 2004 when she was 90 years old.

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