Oct 3, 2015

Revenge Of The Secret Song: Leyenda Edición!

Looks fabulosas! Sounds impresionante! What more could you want?

Cy's Penthouse, Norma's Patience, Plus Kay Gets Movin' And A Nasty Girl Secret Song!

Don't you wish you could time-travel to the early 60s? When things were still swingin'? I do, if only to visit the Playboy Club, listen to live music, and hobnob with various singers (notice where his eyes are going?) and movie stars (such a gentleman; he keeps his eyes on her face).

Sep 20, 2015

Bucket Of Sads: Jackie Collins

"My one weakness is leopard print," said the goddess of print. 

You can have your twatlight vampires and fifty shades of tacky and whatevs; I'll take Jackie any day. I was first introduced to her at age fifteen while working at a movie theatre as an usher. There was nothing to do while the movie was actually running and Debbie the manager took pity on me. "Here," she said, tossing me her well-worn copy of Chances. "You'll never be bored again." I read it one night. I'm not kidding. I was hooked. But what, you ask, does this have to do with music?

Sep 19, 2015

Revenge Of The Secret Song: Backup No More Edition!

Back up, bitches mere mortals. This is what 74 looks like. And the sound is hot.

Kitty's On Fire, Joan Speaks, Plus Tons 'O' Funk, Much More Parrott And A Clownish Secret Song!

"Hey, ya'll, Kitty's back!" I really hope someone, somewhere, called that out when Kitty returned to their local jazz club. She looks like an approachable singing star, the kind of gal who's "just folks" - until she opens her mouth and sings. Then you know; there's nothing "just" about her at all. Kitty, as you may know, never achieved great fame, but on the West Coast in the 30s and 40s, she was "it."

Sep 8, 2015

Bucket Of Sads: Dean Jones

On September 1st, 2015, many a Broadway Baby shed a little tear (myself included). Bobby (or Bobby-Boobie, Bobby-Baby, Rob-o) - the perennial single guy amidst his married friends in Sondheim's landmark musical "Company" - winged off to Heaven, or at least Dean Jones did, who played Bobby to perfection in the original 1970 production. But only for two weeks. He suddenly fell ill. Or at least that's what he said to the press.

A Basket Of Berlin, Breakfast With Anita, Plus Fran's Coming, Mary's Live And A Trans Secret Song!

I'm back! Did you miss me? I missed you (of course). We should celebrate, right? Let's kick things off with glamour-glamour-glamour by way of Ann Miller, who wasn't exactly known for sex-appeal back in the day, but above is giving you her best come-hither. Hot-cha! This was unusual for her. In fact, for years after her heyday, she refused to do movies because of their sex and nudity, yet triumphantly, she returned to the screen in 2001's "Mulholland Drive" (which had no sex or nudity at all) (but whatever). 

Jul 29, 2015

Judy X Infinity, Nancy's Live, Plus Dirty Ditties And A Madhouse Rock Secret Song!

I hope you're hungry today, because I've got a huge platter of Judy for you. Oh, and brew some coffee, because the DLs, as the kids say, might take you a bit. But it's so-o-o insanely worth it. "But why is it insanely worth it?" you say. I'll tell you why (thanks for asking).

Jul 19, 2015

A Fabulous Starr, Mel's Best, Jane Goes Cocoanuts, Plus Nikki's Coffee And An Amsterdam Secret Song!

Oh, such joyful treasures to share with you today! I scarcely know where to start. But why not begin with our old friend Kay Starr (above looking glamourama in middle-age). Yes, it's true, she's back for another Cheerfully Starr Exclusive!