Purvis was a member of Jack Pettis’ orchestra in the early 1930s. I did not find any independent verification of this claim. Neither could I find confirmation of the claim that Dolores Reade was a vocalist for Pettis band.
On the other hand I found some useful information about Jack Purvis and his daughter Betty Purvis.
First, I remind you of the huge number of postings about Jack Purvis in the Bixography Forum.
search.php?keywords=purvis&terms=all&au ... mit=Search
Next, a link to a comprehensive article “The Many Lives of Jack Purvis, Part One” - By George A. Borgman & Eric B. Borgman.
https://georgeborgman.blogspot.com/2018 ... t-one.html
Next the findagrave page for Jack Purvis.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146 ... -f.-purvis
Bettelou Purvis is mentioned in the Variety piece. She was Betty Lou Purvis. Her findagrave page:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/188 ... -lou-marks
In 1930, she was living with her grandparents in Pittsburgh. From the US Census:
United States Census, 1930
|Event Place:||Pittsburgh (Districts 1-250), Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Relationship to Head of Household:||Daughter|
|Relationship to Head of Household (Original):||Daughter|
|Birth Year (Estimated):||1908|
I could not find a marriage certificate for Jack Purvis and Elizabeth Purvis, nee Hart. But evidently they must have been married around 1926 since their daughter was born on Oct 6, 1927. By 1930 they were divorced.
Sudhalter’s “Lost Chords” has quite a bit of information about Jack Purvis.