From January 2000 until March 2015 "Queer Music Heritage" was both a radio show and a website, and the goal of both was to preserve and share the music
of our culture. It has become the resource on the net for the history of LGBT music. Each month's page gives the playlist and additional pages of info, and
you can stream or download every show; there's over 580 hours of
programming available. This is a deep site, covering over 2000 pages.
Thanks for your support over the years.

Photo by Alex Rosa / OutSmart Magazine / 10/20

Search site for an artist or song


  A note about the search engine: it is set to simultaneously search all three of my major sites; this one, along with Houston LGBT History and
Texas Obituary Project, and also The Banner Project site.
New Pages on QMH:
While no new shows are being added, I often add new graphics to a section, or new information to sections
(like Gay Musicals) and even less often add an entirely new page, like these...(newest listed first)

New Additions to Vintage Drag Performers info: John Lind & Malcolm Scott (added 6/29/24)
Jewel Box Review, Tampa, 1944, six historic photos of the club and owners (added 3/26/24)
Directory of Female Impersonators, 1964, 12 pages (added 02/2/24)
Billie McAllister, early Female Impersonator, new clippings from 1937-1947 (added 1/10/24)
The GLAMA Awards,1996-2000 new scans of the Programs (10/13/23)
Amber Records Presents Head and Tail, erotic spoken word, 1969 (8/5/23)
Arthur Bressan Jr, additional 1979 magazine article (7/17/23)
Sir Lady Java, transgender pioneer, new section (5/31/23)
Lesbian & Gay Prom Songs (moved from my Blog) (05/13/23)
Hot Wire Women's Music Journal - The Soundsheets (03/12/23)
Coming Out - Ready or Not, the historic UK concert LP, now re-released with bonus tracks & more (01/21/23)
Sparkles, the Ultimate Fairy Tale The full 1981 Chuck Zinn musical LP now uploaded for listening (01/8/23)
Straight Artists - Queer Songs, 1960s. Two additions of Johnny Crawford covers (6/20/22)
New to my Gay Musicals page: Love Kevin (1990) and The View Upstairs (2017) (06/16/22)
Sleeze Attack-Canya Phuckem & Howe, the Back Story, after all these years (04/15/22)
High Risk,
Deep Lesbian Music History, 1974 (3/16/22)
Beverly Shaw section much enlarged (02/27/22)
Female Impersonation nightspots Club 181 (SF) and and Club 181 (NYC) (02/27/22)
Minette: Recollections of a Part-Time Lady, 1979 PDF Version Now Available (12/26/21)
Adam Block's Advocate Music Columns
Perry Wood, Dallas Cabaret Artist  (6/1/21)
Expanded section on Mona's 440 Club in San Francisco
"AIDS the Musical" 1992, Song Downloads (11/13/20)
Female Impersonation - Avery Willard, 1971

Helen Grayco - If That's How Nature Made Him 1976
Jim Stryker Speaks, spoken word 45 from 1961
Automatic Pilot Link to a Documentary Video
Brevities, additionsl scans from the Very rare early 1930s tabloids
Fred Barnes, Black Sheep of the Family, UK singer  (4/20)
Wilbur Hi-Fi White, Singer & Female Impersonator
Billy Tipton Tribute Pages, with huge additions
Female Impersonator Sheet Music for Herbert Clifton, 1918
The Committee, gay comedy sketch, 1964
Sisterblues & the Blue Suede Dykeband, 1979

Female Impersonator Michelle Tribute Program, 1975 (12/19)
Women's Music Calendar - 1982
Drugstore Cowboys, Sheet Music for a Very Fey song from 1924
Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams - Blues Singer and Dancer
Special report on 1950s singer Aggie Dukes

What Makes a Man a Man Song Collection
Program from Cherchez La Femme, Montreal drag revue
Special section on The Mustang Band
Adodi Muse: A Gay Negro Ensemble - Interview (a 2004 interview recaptured)
Addition of trans artist Habinata, from the world famous female impersonation club Le Carrousel of Paris
New additions to Gay Liberation Quire of Sydney page
Colonial Club, San Jose, female impersonator photos

Many additions to the Male Impersonator Section
Drag Program for Kenny Kerr, 1982
Vastly expanded my section on 30s/50s entertainer Dwight Fiske
Les Poe, very obscure 1930's artist, similar to Dwight Fiske or Bruz Fletcher
Arthur Bressan Jr, The Gay Music in His Films
Jackie Shane's New CD
Love Is A Drag, 1962 Mystery LP, Solved in 2012 & The Story of the Reissue, 2016
Voices for Life, Celebrating Houston AIDS Charities
Charlie & Ray, Late 50s Out R&B Duo
Gay & Proud LP, 1970

Fist Goodbody & The Hollywood Harlots...Torturous Listening
Homosexual Marriage--from "One" August 1953
Smokey...a Music History

Quick newly discovered Queer Music Content not on this site.....but I did not want to forget....
Jack Hammer's "When a Boy Loves a Girl," 1966 UK LP track (added 4/21/24)
Special Sections of This Site

Above, a central starting point to the
Women's Music on this site


The Drag & Female Impersonation sections of my site really could have been spun off into their own they comprise so very many pages of the site, and have been a major draw for people finding and visiting my site over the years. I never did that as on my radio shows I played scores of those artists, and wanted additional info I have on them to be handy. They represent probably the largest collection of this information on the internet.

As the graphic says, major sections include:
  a Drag Artist Discography, cataloging recordings of these performers
  Female Impersonation Galleries, for major performers of the early years
  Club Information and Programs for the famous venues
  Vintage Sheet Music of the 1920s/30s; drag club matchbooks
  a major section on the Jewel Box Revue

Please see these other special sections of my site

Quick Links!

There are a WHOLE bunch of special interest areas of our music history I want to point you to:

Gladys Bentley        Pansy Craze 

Ray Bourbon    Bruz Fletcher

Queer Blues I      Queer Blues II

Aaron Bridgers     Gertrude & Alice 

 Billy Tipton     Anita Bryant 

Bayard Rustin     Jose Sarria

Michael Callen      Harvey Milk

Billie McAllister
       Beverly Shaw

"Sissy Man Blues" History

Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon

The Real Story of "Big Bad Bruce"

Mark Weigle Tribute        Hey, Liberace

"Masculine Women, Feminine Men"

Steven Grossman Tribute

"Lavender Cowboy" Song History

Audiofile was a monthly music review segment carried by the radio newsmagazine This Way Out, on over 250 stations worldwide. It lasted 14 years, from 1997 through 2010. All segments are archived.

A companion show to QMH, OutRadio
focused mainly on new LGBT music.
The show ran from January 2010
through March 2015, all archived.
I began a music blog in 2011, and added to it fairly faithfully (over 200 entries) through 2014, when I launched my other large websites and put the blog way on the back burner...still, the material is on our music history, and you may want to make a visit.

I tried to make my last show, for March 2015, a special one, and it's a four-hour romp with Camp Music.   You can hear it Here, and the last OutRadio Here.
Also, to find all my websites, visit

Donate (please)

The JD Doyle Archives has been approved by the IRS for 501c3 non-profit status,
so all donations are tax deductible. If you enjoy my site, please consider a small donation.
All my sites have a huge amount of sound files and graphics, and well, they are expensive sites,
requiring a large dedicated server.. If you're moved to help share
and preserve our culture's history I'd be very appreciative! - JD Doyle
Very Miscellaneous


Above left, I've acquired a scrapbook from 1949, from Edinburgh, Scotland,
that tells of the 30-year love of Angus Fitzroy for Toby McCutcheon,
with photos, drawings and postage stamps to mark their world travels

Click for the Album

Have you thought of downloading my shows, perhaps for your iPod? It's tricky if like me you use Firefox, so I temporarily open up Internet Explorer and paste in the show's URL. Then Right Click on the Download button...that's always the lower half of
my Listen buttons. Get the dropdown menu, and select "save target as" ....that should open up a box asking where on your computer you want to save the file. Once saved you can move
to iPod, MP3 player, etc.


Perhaps the coolest compliment I've gotten, from Gretchen's Press Page:

image grab from her site, her idea...:)   

And, this listener paid Such a compliment to what I do, and what the artists do,
that I had to share it. I marvel at how well he summed it all up in just a few words.




and, above left, presented to me by Tret Fure, Thanks!


Two books about queer music came out in 2017, which you may want to check out.
Both are out of the UK. I think both are good, and both have their pros and cons.

Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache: How Music Came Out - Martin Aston
David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music - Darryl W Bullock

And in 2019 a Wonderful book came out about Women's Music...

An Army of Lovers: Women's Music of the '70s and '80s - Jamie Anderson (Link)

Menergy: San Francisco's Gay Disco Sound, by Louis Niebur, is Wonderful. Read my Review.

A good friend of mine, Matthew J Jones, has written an essay on the books, and the
essay has been published in the JPMS, and gosh, he sent a lot of love my way as well.

Download the Jones PDF

And I could not resist a chance to show that piece of 1934 sheet music,
which I have framed in my office.

Harry Roy & His Orchestra - We Love a Gay Song
Parlophone 1761, UK
Recorded at the Mayfair Hotel, London, 5/2/34
LISTEN     (vocals begin at 1:00)

Click to Enter

For many years I had a sort of preview page for this site...when you went to the URL
you saw only the above graphic, which you had to click on to really enter the site.
Now my site address goes directly to this page, as I guess it should have for a long
time, but I still love the graphic and wanted to keep it visible.



My Favorite Shows
Here is a list of the shows of which I am the most proud. Yes, I'm proud of all of them and it's
like picking among your children. But here's a way to quickly point folks to some highlights.
And I especialy love the ones in orange...

2002 March - All Australian Special
2002 April- Maxine Feldman Interview
2002 May - Alix Dobkin Interview
2003 Feb - Queer Jazz
2003 May - Romanovsky & Phillips
2003 August/Sep - Gay Musicals & Part 2
2003 Nov - Glam, Glitter, Punk Rock
2004 Feb/Mar - Bisexual Songs & Part 2
2004 April - Gotham
2004 June - Queer Music Before Stonewall
2004 Aug - Tom Robinson Interview
2005 Jan - Gay Disco Music
2005 Mar/Apr - History of Gay Country Music & Part 2
2005 Bonus Show - Homophobia in Country Music
2005 Oct - Queer Girl Groups
2006 March - Those Singing Drag Queens & Part 2
2006 Nov - Gay Christian Music 8 hours
2007 Feb - Bear Music
2007 April - Gay Hip Hop
2007 May-Aug - Transgender Music Specials
2007 Oct - Queer Blues
2007 Nov - Songs About AIDS
2008 May - Olivia Records
2008 Sep - Walls to Roses
2008 Nov - Lesbians on Cassette
2009 Feb - Gay Guys on Cassette
2009 June - Songs About Stonewall
2009 July - Pansy Division & Queercore 8 hours
2009 Nov - Tribute to Lesbian Comedy
2010 Jan - Holly Near Interview
2010 Mar - Queer Nation
2010 May - Pansy Craze
2010 June - Harvey Milk Music
2010 Nov - Gay & Lesbian Choruses 9 hours
2011 Jan - Cris Williamson Early Years
2011 Feb - Queer Music History 101
2011 Apr/May - Straight Artists Queer Songs
2011 Jun - Steven Grossman Tribute
2012 Jan - Some of That Jazz
2012 Feb - Meg Christian Tribute Show
2012 Mar - Love Is A Drag - uncovering
2012 Apr - Lesbian Feminist Bands of the 70s
2012 May/Jun - Gay Musicals
2012 Oct - Songs About Anita Bryant
2013 Feb - Gladys Bentley Tribute
2013 May - Michael Callen Tribute
2013 Jun - LGBT Anthems
2014 Mar - Accidentally Gay Songs
2014 Jun/Jul - Houston LGBT Artists
2014 Aug - Teen View: The Music of LGBT Youth
2014 Sep - Queer Trash Disco
2014 Oct - Sid Spencer Tribute
2014 Nov - Obscure Queer Blues
2015 Jan - My Favorite Songs, by LGBT Artists
2015 Mar - Camp Music, the Last QMH Show


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