Before the disco! Check out these awesome rockin’ tracks from Sylvester And The Hot Band! Two Albums: 1973’s SYLVESTER AND THE HOT BAND & BAZAAR…
WIKIPEDIA: Returning to San Francisco, Sylvester was offered the opportunity to record a demo album by Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner. Financed by A&M Records, the album featured a cover of Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell’s song “Superstar,” which had been a recent hit single for The Carpenters; nevertheless, A&M felt that the work was not commercially viable and declined to release the album. For the album, Sylvester and his manager Dennis Lopez had assembled a group of heterosexual white males—Bobby Blood on trumpet, Chris Mostert on saxophone, James Q. Smith on guitar, Travis Fullerton on drums, and Kerry Hatch on bass—whom he named The Hot Band. After A&M’s initial rejection, the band provided two songs for Lights Out San Francisco, an album compiled by San Francisco’s KSAN radio and released on the Blue Thumb label. Gaining a number of local gigs, they were eventually asked to open for English glam rock star David Bowie at the Winterland Ballroom; the gig did not sell particularly well, and Bowie later commented that San Francisco did not need him, because “They’ve got Sylvester,” referring to their shared preference for androgyny.
In early 1973, Sylvester and The Hot Band were signed by Bob Krasnow to Blue Thumb. On this label, they produced their first album, in which they switched their sound from blues to the more commercially viable rock, while the Pointer Sisters were employed as backing singers. Sylvester named this first album Scratch My Flower due to a gardenia-shaped scratch-and-sniff sticker adhered to the cover, although it was instead released under the title of Sylvester and his Hot Band. The album consisted primarily of covers of songs by artists such as James Taylor, Ray Charles, Neil Young, and Leiber and Stoller. Described by one of Sylvester’s biographers as lacking in “the fire and focus of the live shows”,it sold poorly on release.
Just watched Ian MacKinnon’s sweet video of Cody Jo (below) and forgot about this amazing tune! So here are the lyrics… sing along to this beautiful queer classic from 1934! I’ve added some lovely vintage beach boys photos (via MYSELFIXION & other sources) – and to inspire, a full version of the song at the end of this post…
Not sure why, but once in a while old Sissydude posts disappear from public view, like this one. Since Walt Cessna’s Tumblr works always reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s beautiful photos I thought I’d do a repost. Enjoy!
Jan 12/2011: So I’ve just been falling in love with these Van Vechten photos of young up & coming African American stars like Pearl Bailey (picture above), Billy Dee Williams, Jeffrey Holder, Diahann Carroll, Eartha Kitt, Ruby Dee & James Earl Jones… the patterned fabric backdrops, the silly (yet perfect) props… sooooo good. NOW let me share my faves (get ready… there’s a lot). Extensive archive HERE @ BEINECKE LIBRARY
So sad to hear of Walt Cessna’s passing today. I really love his work and have had a few amusing Facebook conversations with him through the years. My favourite conversation was a couple of years back. Cessna messaged me saying that he wanted me to edit/curate his images for a book. I of course was very keen on doing this. I told him “yes” without knowing any details. Within two minutes he messaged me back to say “great” and that he’d like me to come over for dinner “tonight”. I told him sadly I couldn’t make it that night cus I lived in Toronto. That was the last I heard of the project. But we still kept in touch and he always appreciated when I posted his stuff on Sissydude.
We were part of the early queer Tumblr tribes that obsessively shared our love for sexy correctness. I adored his Tumblr photos… they reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s photographs with a splash of Tiger Beat pin-ups by way of
Since I’m an obsessive guy myself, I took a few hours and went through Cessna’s Tumblr archive and pulled the images that spoke to me today.
If you’d like to know more about Walt and see more of his work, I’ve added links here.
Correct Love to you Walter. XXXO John
WALT CESSNA TUMBLR ARCHIVE HERE
Joshua and Tiffany- Stephen Gregory, 2013
THREE THINGS: SEARCHING FOR TADZIO, BARNABY BARFORD’S “LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT” (2011), WILHELM KUMM’S DER HELOT (1891)
More “GETS NAKED” dudes after the jump…
HOUSTON LGBT HISTORY: TWO was published by Rick Kerr, and the office address given was that of the Melody Room (457 Church Street, Toronto), one of two gay clubs he owned (the other being the Music Room). The magazine name was obviously inspired by the American homophile publication “TWO (Truth Will Out),” a supplement to the magazine One, which began in 1953. With issue #6 the subtitle was dropped from the covers. The publisher name was initially Gayboy Publishing, and quickly changed to Kamp Publishing LTD. The magazine’s content was eclectic, with articles, local drag revue coverage, stories, and lots of teen model physique photography.
Sissydude fave Karlo just sent me some EXCLUSIVE (((SUPER HOT))) explicit shots of himself that I will be sharing with you on the weekend. To wet your appetite, here are some lovely shots of Karlo by Warren Piece. Enjoy!
THE DEVIL’S TALE: The Gay Coloring Book, The Guild Press, 1964. Only a handful of these rare coloring books are known to exist. Chronicling the life of Percy and his friends through 24 drawings, The Gay Coloring Book was one of the first books published by the Guild Press to take readers into all-male social spaces such as gay parties and gay bars, as well as the sexual cruising scenes in public parks, public bathrooms, alleys, and bathhouses. The coloring book features illustrations by George Haimsohn, who also published gay fiction under the name Alexander Goodman.
This site always makes me happy. So much beauty and interesting antidotes.
See all of the wonders of FRONT FREE ENDPAPER
“An eclectic mix of book collecting and dealing, gay life, gay sex, science fiction and victorian photographs.”
“I am a book collector, book dealer, publisher and writer living in Portsmouth on the South Coast of the UK. This blog is my personal space for the recording of my numerous interests including science-fiction, victorian and vintage photography, gay literature, book design, typography, homoerotic artwork, the Amazon river, the books of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo), Forrest Reid, sundry gay Victorian and Edwardian characters, Slash Fiction, Samuel R Delany, Vintage swimwear, Willard Price, Venice, and so on… Alongside all of that you also get a personal journal of life and memoir and the self-therapy you have come to know and love from bloggers.” – Callum James
Sissydude Valentine ode to James Bidgood & Pierre et Gilles… with a vintage guy named “Kevin”
Oh, XL… you are such a beauty.
VALENTINES ROUND-UP AFTER THE JUMP…
SISSYDUDE LOVES: THE BEAUTIFUL BOYS @ HomOrgias , PHOTOS by KAIQUE HECTOR, NEKO BERMUDES, GABRIEL VARGAS, GUILHERME SOARES & FELIPE STUCCI…
Poetic HOMORGIAS/homologies –
“Visual-performatic-poetic design on homomorphism, homoerotic and homoafeto.
A celebration of the sensitive male fragile body in a situation of affection / love / desire / passion / horniness (resistance).”
“If you can become just your own self, if you can blossom into your intrinsic nature, then only you will have blissfulness – a peace which cannot be expressed in words, and a certain poetry to your being; a certain dance to your being, because you will be in tune with existence. To be in tune with yourself is the only way to be in tune with existence.” – Osho