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Noel McKay

    

   

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another artist where the only info I've been able to find is just on his albums, though I believe is died around 2004.

Update: July 2008

No, that's not Noel in the pic below. Carmen Rupe, who knew him, wrote me about him:

   Carmen Rupe

I first met Mr Noel McKay when I was working as a gay Maori guy nursing up in Auckland NZ & he worked in Hugh Wrights elegant gentleman's menswear shop in Queen Street. He was an excellent salesman selling top fashion & designer clothes. On weekends he would appear in the Auckland nite clubs; two of them being Montmatre in Lorne Street & Peter Pan in Upper Queen Street as a full female impersonator. He dressed very elegantly in mens suits only during daytime. He had a class drag act & sang on the stage for an hour at a time. His female costumes were very classy & he loved fancy black underwear & high heels & feather boas. He was born in either Oamaru, North Otago or Waimate, South Canterbury, South Island, NZ. He was a loner & only mixed with elegant classy friends. He sang a mix variety of songs often sitting on a stool or at the piano which he played. One of his songs I do remember was "My body is More Important than My Mind".

In the 1970's we judged a drag fashion parade together held at Peter Pan Cabaret. The last time I can rememebr seeing him was in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia at a friends 40th birthday still dressed very stylishly. I have not seen nor heard from him since then. In the 1950's he married to a Lady called Tess but I think she passed on. He was an eye opener, a dear friend of mine when I was appearing in Auckland in the 1950/60s when he was around in Auckland. He did appear in clubs & cabarets all over NZ & Australia. He would be in his 80's now. Noel did marry; maybe twice even to women. There have been newspaper clippings in NZ about him. He did have some gender reassignment surgery; that I do know. Back in those days all of us were considered GAY & grouped together. I am coming 72 & Noel would have been older than me I'm sure.

Carmen & Noel McKay

Thanks so much to Carmen for sending me this 1975 pic of her with Noel McKay, at the Peter Pan Cabaret

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Sad footnote: 12/15/11, Carmen Rupe passed away in Sydney, Australia aged 75.
Born in Taumarunui NZ on 10th October 1936 as Trevor Rupe. In her country
she was considered a national treasure.