Gotham Interview

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from The Advocate, June 1976

Gotham was interviewed for The Advocate in June of 1976, and the above pic and graphics were used to start off that interview (which you can find in my Gotham Articles & Reviews section). My phone interviews with Gary, Michael and David totalled over five hours, and it was indeed a challenge to whittle them down to the 31 minutes I was able to use in my April show. There was just so, so much that was interesting that I want to make available to you the best of my original unedited recordings. I've culled about 200 minutes from them, and they are provided below, and organized so you can hear the individual responses to many of the questions. I could mostly only use one reply per question on the show; here you can compare them. They are unique individuals and of course had different perspectives on these aspects of their career. Click to hear each timed segment.

Gary
Michael
David
Questions
. How did the group get started?
. Tell me about your entertainment background.
. . How did you pick the name?
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Tell me about your first manager, Bill Hennessey.
Was there a leader of the group on stage?
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Did each of you have roles to play in the act?
. Why did Jon leave the group?
. How did you find a replacement?
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How did you join the group?
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What was your first impression of Gotham?
How did you get involved doing backups on one of Bette Midler's albums?
Bette Midler's "Songs For The New Depression"Mills BrothersAndrews SistersBoswell SistersHenny Youngman
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Tell me about opening for Henny Youngman
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What type of clubs did you play at first?
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Describe the humor and dirty jokes of your act
How was it different performing for British audiences?
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How was it different performing on the east and west coasts?
Tell me about the first album
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Did you have a favorite track on the first album?
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Looking back on it, do you have a favorite venue?
Tell me about the Kennedy Center shows
. Tell me about the Carnegie Hall show
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Were you the first openly gay act to play Carnegie Hall?
How much of your act was impromptu when you were on the stage?
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. Comparisons about the group
Did the group have a signature song?
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. Talks about singing style
. Tell me about your version of "Where Did Our Love Go?"
1st LP, "Gotham," front1st LP, "Gotham," back12-incher: "AC-DC Man"2nd LP, "Void Where Inhibited," back2nd LP: "Void Where Inhibited," front
Tell me about the album "Void Where Inhibited"
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Tell me about the song "AC-DC Man"
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What was it like performing at the 1979 March on Washington?
In 1980 the group took a hiatus for four years, what brought that on?
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. How did you get back together?
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How was the act different after the 4-year break?
Did you feel the success of the group was limited because you were openly gay?
I read you were criticized in the press for not using being openly gay politically
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When did the act end and why?
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. When was the last show?
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Looking back, what do you think the act contributed to gay culture?
How would you like Gotham to be remembered?
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What's your favorite Gotham memory?
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. Any regrets?
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David describing first seeing the group, and Jon's style
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Tell me about the Reno Sweeney's Reunion show
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. Are there any questions I should have asked? (Kaye Ballard story)
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What have you been doing since the act broke up?
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Comments on QMH website
. Describe the group
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Talk about the Boswell Sisters

At the end of each of my interviews I asked the guys to make some
comments about some of the many showbiz folks they met along the way
Lynne CarterCharles Pierce & Waylon FlowersCraig Russell & Charles PierceLiberace
Lynne Carter
Waylon Flowers
Craig Russell
Charles Pierce
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Liberace
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Shirley Bassey
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Sylvester
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. Charles Nelson Reilly
Peter Allen