I do not consider Cole Porter and Noel Coward to be Pansy Craze artists,
they each had a couple of songs that certainly fit in well with this
faithful version of "Green Carnation" was found on the above
tribute album, one of the great series done by Ben Bagley in the 1960's.
the pic of Edward Earle, who did that track. Below, just a book with
the same title.
Edwards & Bailey's Lucky Seven
is another straight artist "guesting" on this show, as he
to be on the recording I found of the Karyl Norman song, and did that
Mae West parody of "Come Up and See Me Sometime." I also
version of "Nobody Lied" as by the Magnificent Saxophone
1932 Clara Bow movie has a wonderful, Wonderful scene in what
might be a gay bar, with our pansies singing "Working as Chambermaids."
In the video the action starts at 7:55.
world knows him as a gifted songwriter, with the classic song
"Fly Me To The Moon," and many others. But I delight in
that he played piano on some of the early recordings of Ray Bourbon.
the song was a children's song, written in 1917, before Beatrice Lillie
got a hold of it...
could not find a photo of the Durium Dance Band, but I understand
the personnel changed frequently, and it was often led by UK dance
leader Lew Stone. The discs themselves were single-sided, flexible
cardboard-backed brown cellulose records; they were budget priced
showcase the latest hits, but were not durable.
O'Shea was a popular UK entertainer and actress, a frequent
headliner at the London Palladium and a Tony Award winner.
West could almost be considered the lady behind the curtain of this
as her influences started early and lasted a long time. During prohibition
pushed the envelope of what society thought was acceptable, battling
And while her act and shows help popularize a more open atmosphere,
gay performers, when her shows were raided, the police crackdown probably
hurt the gay acts more, closing down the clubs. In the 40s she cast
in two of her shows, and I included in the show his singing, in her
style, one of the
songs from "Catherine Was Great." She died in 1980, so I
can remember her on
television, but by that time she had become a parody of herself a
she was a force on Broadway and in the movies.