Archive for October 18th, 2008
Actually in the interest of accuracy, I know how this stuff can get morphed over time; it was called the Bearded Brothers. There are some things I also cannot recall about it. I know the Band was a Blues Band and consisted of Me, Phil, and Brad on Bass. I do not think Chuck was in the band at that point and we had not become Rasa yet that was the house band at the Trap.
It seems Phil had gotten us an audition at a place called the Bearded Brothers. I recall setting up and playing a tune or two in the set when I looked back at Phil and noticed an extreme look of something “MORE” on his face. On either side of the drum kit were two strippers well on there way with tassels on their nipples going artfully in opposite directions. I might also mention that to my recollection these girls were not the 4,000 $ an hour gov of New York variety. They were strictly Bump and Grind and were the ones judging the audition along with the fat guy, yes with zz top beard and cigar in the corner. I think we actually played a few nights until it was discovered that we were not of age.
Years later when ever I told my mother the story she would wet herself laughing no matter how often she heard it.
Best to you all,
After seeing the movie Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. I dug up my old Arbus books to find my “Blaze Starr At Home” 1964 portrait. I had taken a VCU photo class where one of my class mates had gone over and photographed Blaze at the Lee-Art Theater. I will alway’s regret not have thought of this….
The famous Two O’Clock Club in Baltimore (Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.) The club is owned by Bella Fleming, aka Blaze Starr, a retired striptease artist which made the place famous in the 1950s. Two years before the release of Small Change, Blaze Starr had published her autobiography: “Blaze Starr: My Life As Told to Huey Perry by Blaze Starr and Huey Perry” (Published by Praeger Publishers, 1974). “The famous stripper, born Fannie Belle Fleming in a West Virginia mountain cabin, ten miles from the nearest town, attended a one-room schoolhouse during the Depression but had “filled out” by the age of 13, as they say… By the age of 16 she was off to see the world, in the form of a Washington, D.C., donut shop, where she was discovered and given her showbiz name by one Red Snyder. Snyder turned out to be another would-be rapist, but he had already performed his one service to mankind by convincing her to strip at the club where she thought she was going to be playing banjo and singing. As it turns out, she loved the applause. Pretty soon she was researching the subject for herself and, still 16, turned up on “The Block,” the famous night-life district in Baltimore where burlesque still thrived in the fifties. Most of her stripping career would be spent at a joint called the Two O’Clock Club in Baltimore, with the exception of the years she spent in New Orleans at the Sho-Bar on Bourbon Street. That’s where she met Governor Earl Long, who was a devotee of strip joints in general, and their fabled love affair eventually inspired the movie “Blaze,” with Lolita Davidovich in the title role and Paul Newman as the guv.”