1960’s Singer, Transgender Pioneer Jackie Shane

And, what about the dance routines of the backup players?

“Soul singer Joe Tex encouraged her to leave the American South and pursue her musical career, so she began playing gigs in Boston, Montreal and eventually Toronto. It was in the latter city, which had a budding R&B scene in the Sixties, that she found her audience. Shane packed nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s and appeared on local music TV show Night Train. “Jackie was a revelation,” music journalist Rob Bowman said. “Quite quickly the black audience in Toronto embraced her. Within a couple of years, Jackie’s audiences were 50-50 white and black.”

Source: Jackie Shane Obituary: Singer, Transgender Pioneer, Dead at 78 – Rolling Stone

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