(August 25, 1892 -
November 25, 1959)
Fiske vs Ray Bourbon
Or, Fiskana vs Bourbana
These two gay entertainers were by far the most prolific of the 1930s
and 1940s, each
recording dozens of 78s of their risque, naughty stories (with piano
They had very different personalities and appealed to different audiences,
say the least. Fiske played to the high society types at upper crust
over the country, and his humor was mostly about sex, and mostly suggestive....
never saying the bad words but leading the listeners cleverly to know
what was going on. If you are looking for "gay sensibility"
or innuendos in his
work, well, keep looking. I cannot think of a single song I would
about gay subject matter.
On the other hand, Ray
Bourbon was gay, gay, gay. He also let the listeners know
he was talking about sex, often undisguised gay sex, with his jokes
accompanied by his trademark high-pitched giggle. He also of course
not use profanity, and delivered his lines with his own style of innuendos.
from Life Magazine, 11/21/38
spot-on revue of his work
left, from Billboard, 12/28/46
from Billboard, 5/22/54
are just a small sampling of the clippings garnered from
newspapers.com where there was over a 1000 "hits" on his
& below, His book, "Without Music"
ad in Life Magazine, October 1940