13, 1948 - January 27, 2014
The last photo I took of Jimmy, in
August 2013, having lunch at Baba Yaga's.
By the way, the pink background for this page is in honor of his favorite
Gee, this is a tough goodbye.
Jimmy Carper has been a friend and mentor for many, many years.
We first met in February of 1987. That he is in that second category
is always with me, so much so
that when writing my bio for the Grand Marshal candidacy I mention him
in the second line. He stars
in my "how I got into radio" story, which likely anyone who
knows me at all has heard. It goes:
First, I had absolutely no radio experience whatsoever, but a friend
of mine, Jimmy Carper, had been
hosting his show, After Hours, on KPFT for many years. In late 1999
I started calling him during his
show to request he play a certain gay or lesbian artist. My reasoning
was those artists do not
get played anywhere else, he should play more of them. I kept doing
this for several weeks, when
he finally said "why don't you come on and play some?"
So I did. I put together two half
hour segments, of old and new music, and "put a little history"
songs. As I'm very comfortable with Jimmy, we had a good time, and the
producer of the LGBT show that
airs on that station on Monday evenings, Jack Valinski, heard us and
invited me to do a monthly segment
on their show, then called Lesbian & Gay Voices. And the rest is
Queer Music History.
But my point is that through Jimmy
I discovered a niche I could develop within myself that has given me
driving passion in my life, and it keep growing. I cannot imagine how
ordinary my life would be if he had
not kicked me out that particular door. I loved whenever I was on the
radio with him, just to watch a master.
He was so incredibly supportive of all his guests. That he cared was
genuine, and his trademark laugh was
always readily available. And, he was my friend. I shall miss him greatly.
So, thank you, Jimmy.
This is an audio tribute as well.
I want to share first a clip from the After Hours show of
January 12th, which turned out to be his last show. And you can also
hear all of the show.
After Hours, 1/12/14
only, 2 minutes
show, 3 hours
And next I go way back,
to the two guest segments I did with Jimmy in September and October
which led my my now 14-year gig on Queer Voices. This is the first time
these have been on my site.
Click to listen to September
1999 and October
each about 35 minutes long
Over the years I guested
many times on After Hours, often just coming on and just playing music
two or three hours, and it always felt that it wasn't radio, it was
just two good friends gabbing about queer music.
And we had kind of an arrangement. Whenever he had a gay or lesbian
artist on as a guest, I would be there to
help with the interview. Some of those guest spots can be heard on a
page of my site for live interviews,
including Tim'm T West, DC Anderson, and there were some not captured.
I remember being there with
Horse McDonald and Miss Money and Dutchboy
Above, JD, Tim'm
T West, Jimmy, from 12/21/08
This and That
Jimmy was Male Grand Marshal for
the Pride in 1997, the first night-time parade.
I took the upper photo, not sure who took the much better one, below.
Below, Grand Marshal photo
Below, founders of the
Gulf Coast Museum & Archives
1999 Houston Voice article
for Sep 2007 Outsmart interview by Nancy Ford
And just a few
photos, from various sources,
the first one taken by me
With Judy Reeves,
Early After Hours shot with Buddy Johnston
and, this one is great, because
Jimmy laughed a Lot