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Posted in 1920s,Female Blues,Honey on 02.07.07

I’m not always the best at responding to comments, but I like challenges. And I really want to be P&G’s reason to wake up in the morning, so here is some Gladys Bentley per their request.

Gladys Bentley was a major star among the Gay and Lesbian community in New York , preforming elaborate stage shows with drag queens and backing bands, Bentley would also dress up in a full tux and preform songs from both male and female points of few, much like Frankie Jaxon. Unfortunately this side of her work was never recorded and her released numbers don’t display much of her transgressive musical act. They do display her incredible talent, both as a vocalist/scat singer and piano player and are good fun, though they are surprisingly clean considering her other project, but also compared to people like Lil’ Johnson.

Gladys Bentley – Red Beans and Rice (1929)

Gladys Bentley – Worried Blues (1929)

Bonus Video – Gladys Bentley on You Bet Your Life preforming Them There Eyes. I wish we had the game show part of the show, but she kills it on piano.

Unfortunately i can’t embedded the video, so head over to youtube and check it out.

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By P&G on 02.11.07 3:55 am

Well done! Consider me awakened.


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