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"Songs of The Stonewall" ©

"SOTS" compiled by original 1969 Stonewall Club patron and S.V.A. Founder and Director Williamson Henderson. 

Stonewall Artists' Post-Stonewall Songs
Post-Stonewall Legends
  

Various Continuing Artists

"Songs of The Stonewall"#1  |  "Songs of The Stonewall" #2 - Top 1969 Songs at Stonewall  |  Stonewall Various Artists, Part 1 - The Four Seasons + more!  |  Stonewall Various Artists, Part 2 - The Shangri-Las + many more!  |  
Diana Ross & The Supremes + 1970s Supremes  |  Martha Reeves & The Vandellas  |  The Marvelettes of Motown  |  Post-Stonewall Songs - Barbra Streisand + Frankie Valli + many more!  |  Diana Ross

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Stonewall Songstress Tribute
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Cilla Black  *

 Songstress Cilla Black, born Priscilla White, is from England.  Like The Beatles, she was born in Liverpool and in the same era.  In fact, The Beatles openly-Gay manager Brian Epstein (of NYC) got Cilla her first record contract.  Cilla's powerful remake of Dionne Warwick's hit "Anyone Who Had A Heart" went to #1 in England.  The Beatles were friends of Cilla's for decades.  Her first single and many others were written by Lennon & McCartney.  One of her other powerful songs, "You're My World" was number one in Europe and charted in America.  Originally, the Italian song was entitled "Il Mio Mundo".  It was a huge hit especially in the Gay bars.  At The Stonewall Club the song was frequently acted out.  It's a very dramatic song.  With lyrics like, "You're my world, you're my night and day... without you I would die!", how could it not be?  Cilla belted it out!  Her original version of the Burt Bacharach movie song "(What's It All About) Alfie" was also big hit in Europe.  In America, the song belonged to Dionne Warwick in 1967.  Yes, it was a favorite at The Stonewall Club.  As a matter of fact, Cilla's book is entitled "What's It All About?".  In addition to her singing career, Cilla remained in the entertainment industry as an actress and as the host of a few popular British television shows.  She had her own popular variety show "Cilla" on which she sang and had musical guests.  Recently, "YMW" was submitted as a possible finale song for the upcoming new "STONEWALL" film.  Cilla passed at her other home in Spain. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr released separate heartfelt press releases on the sudden loss.  Miss Cilla Black was a real showbiz icon in the UK and a singing sensation especially at The Stonewall and every Gay bar and club throughout the World!  Cilla, here's your tribute song:  "You're Our World"!  See a Cilla album cover photo and her discography at SVA's website at the "Songs of The Stonewall Club #5" at:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/songsofStonewall-5.htm.

Princess Cilla Black grandly performing "You're My World" on TV in a full-length dress:
www.Ask.com/youtube?q=Cilla+Black+%22You%27re+My+World%22&v

[Cilla Black's Sunrise:  27 May 1943  *****  Cilla's Sunset:  1 August 2015]

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Michael Jackson & The Jackson Five  *  The Jacksons Story

The Jacksons pictured above are:  Jermaine, Tito, Michael, Marlon and Jackie 


This super greatest hits compilation spanning ten years includes The Jacksons' debut two-sided #1 hit at The Stonewall Club and all around the world:  "I Want You Back" back/with "Who's Lovin' You".  The compact disc has every one of their succeeding hits, especially the continuance after 1969 with #1 songs which would have fit The Stonewall like a glove.  Those include:  "ABC", "The Love You Save", "I'll Be There", "Mama's Pearl", "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Dancing Machine".
   

Jackson Boyz:  Marlon, Tito, Michael, Jackie and Randy 
{Randy replaced brother Jermaine who went solo with Motown.}

 

 

Ronnie Spector  *  She Talks To Rainbows

Former Ronettes' lead singer, doe-eyed Ronnie Spector sings Gay-perfect "Rainbows"


This brilliant (both ways) rainbow album cover has to be the gayest ever!  It is a vivid symbiol of Gay pride, as our Miss Ronnie Spector knows well.  And, to add the whipped cream to the cake, that "Be My Baby" girl even wears rainbow sunglasses on the back side of the album cover.  Not incidentally, rather recently on March 12, 2007 in Manhattan, New York, Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes (Nedra and Estelle) were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a huge ceremony at the famed Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan.  Yes, the girlz performed!

   

Ronnie Spector is ultra-Stonewall -- especially with purple nails!

   

 

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons  *  The Motown Years

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons:  The Motown Years

 

One of the Motown gems -- and a single release -- in this collection is Frankie Valli's version of "Just Look What You've Done".  It is a rockin' 'n' soulin' fast dance song originally recorded and belted out by Brenda Holloway on Tamla Records in 1967.  It is pure Stonewall!  In fact, the non-stop driving song had so much going on in it that it was better received in the Gay clubs than it was in mainstream.  Frankie -- who has a perfect feel and zing for remaking female songs such as "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (The Shirelles), "And That Reminds Me" (Della Reese), "Our Day Will Come" (Ruby & The Romantics) and "On The Good Ship Lollipop" (Shirley Temple) -- captures all of the excitement of this pulsating Motown dance song.  Other singles in this FVFS Motown collection include:  "Love Isn't Here (Like It Used To Be)", "Poor Fool", "Walk On, Don't Look Back", "How Come", "You've Got Your Troubles (I've Got Mine)", "The Scalawag Song", "Hickory", "Charisma" and "The Night".
        

 Frankie Vee & The J-Boys recorded at least 27 for Motown Records.     

 

For Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' "Songs of The Stonewall" and 411 on FVFS:
http://www.STONEWALLvets.org/songsofStonewall-4.htm

 

   

   

The Velvelettes  *  The Motown Anthology

The Velvelettes pictured above (l-2-r):  Millie Gill, Norma Barbee, Carolyn Gill (lead singer, standing in the rear), Betty Kelley (when they were a quintet) and Bertha Barbee

   

On V.I.P. Records, a Motown subsidiary, The Velvelettes appropriately had VIP's first hit record: "Needle In A Haystack"!  That song at The Stonewall was a favorite "everybody get up and dance" rockin' hit song!  The complete collection above, released by Motown Records in 2005, contains all of The Velvelettes' singles at The Stonewall and all around the world.

 

"These Things Will Keep Us Loving The Velvelettes" 

   

   

 

The Broadway Play  *  "Jersey Boys"

 Jersey Boys

The legendary lead singer Franki Valli character is second from the right  

   

The musical story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons was the #1 Broadway musical in 2006 and years later outstandingly continues as a top hit musical:  "Jersey Boys" (JB).  Several Stonewall veterans headed by Williamson Henderson put a theatrical posse together to see this excellent, entertaining and energetic Broadway musical.  The S.V.A. has repeated the "JB" outing every year.  "Jersey Boys" has an ear-opening and true story line.  The play traces the "FVFS" boys from their beginning in New Jersey to stardom in New York -- and then the World!  Except for the intermission, the play is non-stop!  The production is great!  For its debut year, "JB" won the coveted Tony award!  John Lloyd Young ("JLY") is highly-talented, motivated and attractive.  His powerful amd convincing falsetto-voiced singing as Frankie Valli is remarkable.  JLY hands-down won a Tony award as 'Best Actor in a Musical'.  The SVA's AnDre Christie predicted that they will make the hit play "Jersey Boys" into a movie just like more recent pop musicals such as "A Chorus Line", "Rent" and "Dreamgirls". 

   This recording is so Stonewall as it contains several actual "Songs of The Stonewall Club".  It was thus thrilling for us Stonewallers as a group to see the riveting performances of many Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' hit songs that were also in the Stonewall jukebox (1966 to 1969).  Those special songs include:  "Let's Hang On", "Working My Way Back To You", "Don't You Worry 'Bout Me", "C'mon Marianne", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" and "Beggin'".  Of course, there were many more at the original club such as "Tell It To The Rain" and "Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow".  The S.V.A. won with another memorable event related to the "Songs of The Stonewall".  

   

     

   

The Hollywood Movie  *  "Dreamgirls" 

What does "Dreamgirls" the movie have to do with the "Songs of The Stonewall"?  Plenty!!!  After all, it is "inspired by" and "based on" a legendary very popular brown female trio -- who unquestionably were the number one artists at The Stonewall!!!  

 
Dreamgirls Dream Girls

The Dreams (l-2-r):  Lorrell Robinson, Deena Jones and Effie White

Entertainment Newz:  "Dreamgirls" scored highest of all movies in 2007 with eight (8) Academy Award nominations.  Since "Dreamgirls" had an incredible three songs nominated for "Best Song", in competition mostly with itself, it could only win one of them at most.  And, that is ifthe three songs didn't cancel each other out -- which is unfortunately what happened.  In a very diverse and competitive field of nominees, "Dreamgirls" actually won two Oscars!!

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"The 49th Annual Grammy Awards Show"

featuring a performed "Dreamgirls" movie song
Sunday, February 11, 2007 @ 9 p.m. (EST)

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"Academy Awards Show 2007

The "79th Annual Academy Awards Show" aired on Sunday, February 25, 2007.  The supremely-reviewed and highly-awarded musical movie "Dreamgirls" -- loosely based on the "dreamgirl" lives and record-breaking career of Diana Ross & The Supremes -- was nominated for a supreme eight (8) awards.  That is more nominations than any other film this year!  How many Oscars hooked up with "Dreamgirls"?  

On the "Barbara Walters' Oscar Special", prior to the Academy Awards show, in a wide range interview with "Dreamgirls" co-star and Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson, three photos of Diana Ross & The Supremes were shown -- two of which photos are on this S.V.A. Stonewall website!  The informative interview show also featured a lively segment with Eddie Murphy, another favored Oscar nominee from "Dreamgirls".

A highlight of the Oscars show was the reunion on stage of the three original Dreamgirls -- Deena, Lorrell and Effie -- to fully perform their three Academy Award-nominated songs:  "Listen" (Beyonce), "Love You I Do" (Jennifer) and "Patience" (Anika Noni Rose).  Ironically, the "Dreamgirls" unusual occurrence of 1-2-3 songs nominated from the same movie were predicted to likely cancel each other out.  And, they did!

Although the "Dreamgirls" movie did not win the deserved "Best Supporting Actor" for Eddie Murphy nor creative "Costume Design" or fine "Art Direction" awards and was unfortunately deprived for supreme "Best Song", "D/G" did win for:

* "Best Supporting Actress" (Jennifer Hudson -- she thanked God and so very many others and then God again but no nod to "American Idol" nor her movie character inspiration Florence "Flo" Ballard)

* "Best Sound Mixing"

Fortunately, "Dreamgirls" has also won many critical awards from the prestigious Golden Globes -- including "Best Movie Musical" -- and the famed Screen Actors Guild ("SAG") and elsewhere.  The bottom line is the overwhelming connection to and the conspicuous inspiration from the legendary and sensational girl group trio Diana Ross & The Supremes!!!

      



=bonus Spirit of Stonewall group=

 The Jaxson Gyrlz  *  The Newest Supremes  

Supreme =Newz= via the Stonewall Newzletta:  There were the Original Supremes -- Diana, Mary and Flo -- in the 1960's; the New Supremes -- Jean, Mary and Cindy -- in the early 1970's; the Newer Supremes -- Scherrie, Mary and Susaye -- in the late 1970's; and now the Newest Supremes a.k.a. The Jaxson Girlz -- lead singer Michaele with sibling sisters Janet and La Toya -- in the New Millennium.  Can you feel it?  Give us that gloss!

Extra!  X-tra!  These testifying Jaxson Gyrlz put out their first hit single record:  "Standin' By Their Man"!  It's now  released by Couthouse Records.  The song is not about any of their boyfriends (oh, no) nor about their manager (uh, uh) but it is actually about one of their many brothers (oh, yeah) -- the "Bad" Boy!  Michael Jackson!  To quote another sistah, "He's Bad!  U know it!"  MJJ says so himself:  "I'm bad!  Your butt is mine.  Sha-mon!  Who's bad?  Dat's rite.  I'm bad!"  So, everyone say these girlz' names.... say their names:  Michaele, Janet and La Toya.  They are glamly survivors and, from the front page New York Daily News photo, you can see that they are luscious.  You can ass-ume that they are bootylicious, too!  As you can see, these singing and dancing glamour girlz love their sunglasses and lip gloss -- and, trust us, their boyz!!!  U know it!  These girlz are "United" and it feels so good.... 

Supreme Scoop:  The Jaxson Gyrlz' next Supremish record is a remake of The Supremes' version of Mr. Gay's "Can I Get A Witness", currently available on the "Motown Sings Motown Treasures" compact disc!  Consider it done!  "Witness" was a three-month, all-entertainment hit!  During this public 'trial' period, the Jaxson Girlz released their third number, a remake of the 1960's Supremes' mega hit "You Keep Me Hangin' On (Get Out Of My Life Why Don't You, Boy)".  Rumor has it that their next song may be another hair-raising do-over of their super girl group heroines Diana Ross & The Supremes.  Michaele is the fab star and reflects the glamorous lead singer Diana Ross, sexy Janet is the sexy Mary Wilson and pretty LaToya is the pretty Cindy Birdsong.

=Newz=flash= (13 June 2005, Hollywood) -- Right on, Jaxson Gyrlz, the newest Supremes!!!  And, just in time for a happy Gay Pride Month.  Courthouse Records has released (with a juried sweep rating of 10) the subdued "I'm Giving You Your Freedom (To Find Somebody New)", a re-do of a Supremes' early "B" side included in their "Where Did Our Love Go" album, as the new passionate disc from the giddy-up Jaxson Gyrlz.  U go, Gyrlz!!!

   

   

     

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27 June
2017
Worldwide Gay Pride Month

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=tribute=
Forever Tribute to the loss of the World's Greatest Entertainer
singer * dancer * actor *
songwriter * arranger * producer
Michael Jackson 5

August 29, 1959 -to- June 25, 2009

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