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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lady Godiva (the song)

  The song "Lady Godiva" was performed by the British duo Peter and Gordon. It was released it Britain on September 9, 1966 and it was also released in the month of September of '66 in the U.S."Lady Godiva is about a woman who becomes involved in a burlesque show. As part of her routine this Lady Godiva, like the one of Covenetry, England, 'has long blonde hair, that hangs around her knees' 



Seventeen, a beauty queen,
She made a ride that caused a scene,
In the Town

Her long blonde hair,
Hangin' down around her knees
All the cats who dig striptease
Prayin' for a little breeze
 Her long blonde hair
Fallin' down around her arms
Hidin' all the lady's charms
Lady Godiva

She found fame and made her name,
A Hollywood director came to town
And said to her
"How'd you like to be a star?"
"You're a girl that could go far"
" 'specially dressed the way you are"
She smiled at him
Gave her pretty head a shake
That was Lady G's mistake
Lady Godiva

He directs certificate 'X'
And people are now craning their necks
To see her
'Cause she's a star
One that everybody knows
Finished with the striptease shows
Now she can't afford her clothes.

Her long blonde hair
Lyin' on the barber's floor
Doesn't need it anymore
Lady Godiva

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Miss Zorita

There doesn't seem to be a lot of information on burlesque queen, Miss Zorita but what is known is that she was born on August 30,1915with the name Kathryn Boyd and died on November 12,2001 at the age of 86. She was adopted by Methodists and by the time she was 15 she was "built to the hilt" and was performing at stag parties, then moved on to nudist colonies ( San Diego World's Fair) and then finally made her move into burlesque. Miss Zorita had two specialties in one she performed  with two boa constrictors named, Oscar and Elmer, for twenty minutes, this was called " the consummation of the wedding of the snake" and her Dance of the Wandering Hands. Plus she would do a fan dance routine using Sally Rand fans.

Miss Zorita feeding her snake

 Another of her routines was Half and Half, which is said to have been invented by Vernon Castle. This is when the performer/dancers costume is designed to be half woman and half man. The dancer usually puts on make-up to reflect the same, Miss Zorita became famous for her provocative rendition of the Half and Half.

  I suppose it can be said that Miss Zorita was bisexual for she preferred women over men. For though she never married, she would date certain men and use them for all that they were worth. By 1954 Miss Zorita had retired from stripping and owned her on nightclubs in Miami and New York.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012