I almost spit my coffee out laughing over this one.
Way way back from era long ago forgotten, in palaces (and, ummm, bathhouses) swept away by the sands of time, we danced the nights away to Viola Will’s disco cover of Stormy Weather, and her other big disco cover hit If You Could Read My Mind. I’ve un-earthed, via YouTube, the rare, ultra-difinitive, ultra long, ultra-maxi, ultra-uber versions.
She sang back up for Barry White, Joe Cocker, and Smokey Robinson before trying her luck in the UK, where she had a string of hits. Although she never achieved mainstream success in the US, her singles were popular at dance clubs, and had a loyal following in the gay community.
I was fortunate to see Viola Wills perform at two Gay Prides in San Francisco, where she held church and brought the house down.
This is what Viola Wills looked like, after having six children by the time she was 21! Amazeballz. She died in 2009 of cancer, but she left behind a beautiful musical legacy, and six shildren, 21 grandchildren, and 8 greatgrandchildren.
Long live Viola Wills!
As per usual, there’s very little clothing involved.
What’s a San Francisco style car wash? Hint: There aren’t many clothes involved.
There’s always something scandalous happening at SF Oasis nightclub.
Nowadays we would say he was non-binary. But back then, his wife, twenty years his senior, said he’s “only gay around the edges, dear”.
For your next gossipy coffee chat, I thought you’d enjoy this informative bit from from Chicago historian Owenkeehnen’s Instagram feed about Jack Wrangler, one of America’s first major porn stars.
For cripes sake, as an old gay guy still shocked that we can be in the military and get married and have an out cabinet secretary, now this!!!
Now we have an out gay pop music superstar! He’s gorgeous, young, Black, and outrageous!
Buttt! On top of all that, his latest video has him sliding down a the stripper pole to hell where he gives the devil himself a lapdance, and then, oh just watch for yourself I won’t spoil it. It’s super sexy and most likely nsfw.
Outrageous as it is, Lil Nas X’s latest music video has attracted an enormous amount of backlash. Calm down and watch this explainer on Public Television before you go off half cocked.