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Jackie Shane - Toronto's answer to Little Richard

The North American rhythm-and-blues circuit of the 1950s and ’60s had a surprising number of artists pushing gender boundaries. Macon, Georgia’s Little Richard, who’d once performed as Princess Lavonne in a traveling tent show called Sugarfoot Sam's, was certainly the best known. But Richard was heavily influenced by Esquerita, a flamboyant and feminine pianist from New Orleans. Also from New Orleans were two other artists who were gay or transgender or nonbinary: Patsy Vidalia, born Irving Ale, hosted the city’s legendary Dew Drop Inn and recorded as Pat Valdelar; and gay soul singer and impresario Bobby Marchan regularly switched between male and female clothing—complete wit...
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Truths & Rights - The Great Lost Album

At the dawn of the 1980s reggae music was bubbling up in Canada, finding an audience among fans of punk and new wave. Toronto, in particular, was a reggae hotbed, thanks to the city’s large West Indian community and a healthy club and concert scene that thrived on diverse sounds. Reggae legend Bob Marley had already visited Toronto four times, while many other Jamaican stars came and performed concerts. Some, like Jackie Mittoo and Leroy Sibbles, even stayed and made Toronto their home.Several groups from Toronto’s Jamaican community, including Earth, Roots & Water and Ernie Smith & Roots Revival, staged regular shows at downtown venues like the Horseshoe Tavern and Hotel Isabella. A...
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Little Richard - Interview with the Legend

In 1986, Little Richard successfully mounted a career comeback following the twin tragedies the previous year of his mother's death and his own near-fatal car crash. First he released an authorized biography, Quasar of Rock: The Life and Times of Little Richard, and starred in the movie Down and Out in Beverly HIlls, alongside Nick Nolte, Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss. Then he landed a contract with Warner Bros. and released, Lifetime Friend, his first album in seven years. To top it off, the artist behind massive early hits like "Tutti Frutti" and "Good Golly Miss Molly," one of the first black crossover artists and the man who influenced performers from Paul McCartney to...
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