SX Magazine,


and, I even got a "letter to the editor":

written by DavidMcDaniel , 10 February, 2008

Thanks for interviewing JD Doyle. Early in 2004, I received an email from JD asking why there was nothing on the Internet about the comedy/musical group called Gotham, of which I had formerly been a member. Neither my former Gotham partners nor I had ever met JD or were aware of all the great work he does archiving past and present gay, lesbian and transgender musicians. Strictly speaking we didn't fit into the category of musicians. We had always been "out" performers in the years we worked together, 1972-1992, but whereas we participated in creating our own arrangements, for the most part we only did covers of other artists' songs. We were first and foremost a comedy act.

To our surprise and delight, however, JD had seen us perform at the 1979 March on Washington and we somehow got stuck in that encyclopedic mind of his. JD not only did a show on us in April 2004, he ended up with over six hours of additional interview material, hundreds of photographs and reviews from London to Los Angeles, and copies of our albums, along with previously unreleased cuts and recordings, both audio and video, of decades-old performances by our group.

JD put them all on his unique Queer Music Heritage website, along with an incredibly detailed history of our largely forgotten contributions to the Post-Stonewall world. JD recognized, and eloquently shared with his audience, the fact that we were the first group, Post-Stonewall, to be openly gay on stage and off without hiding behind the previously obligatory masks of drag or hyper-macho male stereotypes.

We're so proud to finally be represented on the Internet, the history book of our times. We're so pleased to be remembered. And we owe it all to JD Doyle, a true gentleman and artist; a man we are all proud to call friend.

He deserves this tribute and many more such accolades from every corner of the world. The gay, lesbian and transgender, and yes, the heterosexual communities owe him a debt of gratitude for his diligence and thoroughness in archiving music and the lives of performers who otherwise would have been forgotten the moment the applause ceased resounding in their ears. I truly believe that JD is a man who completely enjoys his work, and is every bit as much an artist as any musician, writer or performer he has ever researched and interviewed. The modesty he displays in the writing of this article is proof of that. The kudos for his work from other writers and award-givers is only beginning to echo in his ears.

David McDaniel, on behalf of the former members of Gotham.