The Many Sides of Zebedy Colt

[ 1929 - 2004 ]

Zebedy Colt was born Edward Earle Marsh and had two parallel careers. As Edward Earle, he was active in theatre, with several small Broadway roles,
and many more regional theatre credits. And he was a musician, and that work included appearing on one of Ben Bagby's albums in 1967.
Those albums paid homage to the forgotten music of major composers and there a whole series. The LP I found him on was "Ben Bagby's
Noel Coward Revisited," and on it he gave us the only full-song version I know of for Coward's "Green Carnations." That was originally
was from "Bittersweet," in 1929, and that made it a very early lyrically gay song.

The other side of Zebedy Colt attracted much more attention. Of interest to me was his 1969 LP "I'll Sing For You," of mostly standards,
with those songs intended to be sung by women...but this time sung man to man, and without any campy nuances, they were done...er, straight.
Included are the songs "The Man I Love" and "I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy." Now this was not the first time an album of standards were done
in this fashion...I give "Love Is A Drag," from 1962, that honor. But it certainly was a very early approach considering the young genre of "gay music."

By the mid-1970's, Colt had found an additional career, in straight porn, with "The Story of Joanna," (1975) being his best known title. This was at the
same time he was appearing on Broadway, under the name Edward Earle. His cast-mates in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company were quite
surprised when they went to the film and recognized Zebedy as their fellow actor Edward.

Zebedy Colt's "I'll Sing For You"

Ecco 101 and Tran 5001, 1969

two versions were released...the blue one is the first pressing; date unknown for the second

 first pressing, "I'll Sing For You"   second pressing, "I'll Sing For You"

Click for large scans of the LP covers

Click titles to stream song or entire album

1 The Man I Love   
2 I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy
3 Bill
4 A Sleepin' Bee
5 Michael*
6 Love For Sale
7 Bewitched
8 A New Year, A New Love*
9 Lush Life
10 The Day To Say Goodbye*
11 Somewhere
Stream the Entire Album
* = written by Edward Earle (Zebedy Colt)

Below, the VERY rare 45 released from the first LP, took me many years (until May 2016) to track down a copy

and, who would have thought there was a Second promo 45 released; it never occurred to me until I found it (Dec 2016) on eBay

Clippings

   

     

"Gay" covers, Dec 13, 1969 and April 13, 1970

from "The Advocate" March 9, 1977

from "The Advocate" March 9, 1977

Below, collage of Colt's porn films