Monday, January 04, 2016

Musical Monday

Among all the dross I write there has been a couple of posts I wrote where afterwards I received a  personal email from someone I mentioned or someone associated.

Two spring to mind and one post was about our then ABC reporter in Afghanistan, Sally Sara. In a post I queried along the lines as to why she wore a head scarf when reporting, going native as it used to be called.  It was probably something I should have thought through a bit more. She sent me an lovely email and explained why. Of course now I am totally in tune with anything Sally does. She is an excellent reporter and story teller.

The other that comes to mind is when I published a You Tube clip of the late US performer Ruth Wallis. I received a nice email from her son. I really wish I could see a live performance of this online. She was a treat. Her son said, Read your blog (re"Ruth Wallis"). My mother has received more airplay since her death than during her 30 year career. She was really considered quite taboo during the Eisenhower era. Here is a video that was done with her "Ugly Man with Money" track. Hope you get a laugh. I did. Ruth was brilliant and scandalous for the time.


So this is a repeat post of Ruth Wallis singing . I think this is just brilliant and it is certainly catchy.


30 comments:

  1. They are probably using Google Alerts to monitor 'conversations' about their names. But pretty awesome stuff when the people in question make the effort to contact you.

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    1. Carol, certainly people do have media monitoring set up. I think these cases were before Google Alerts.

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  2. Andrew, I didn't know this singer but she sings great. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Gosia, pleased you liked her.

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  3. Very racy for that time, very daring of her.

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    1. Strayer, it was indeed. America of the time was not so innocent in some areas.

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  4. Love it. And proof positive that some things don't change.
    That personal connection makes a post worthwhile doesn't it?

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    1. Truly made my day EC. There have been a few such emails over the years.

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  5. "My mother has received more airplay since her death than during her 30 year career. She was really considered quite taboo during the Eisenhower era." Isn't that the truth. "Totally shocking" during one generation, "benign fun" for the next! I had that exact thought when writing The Petticoat Men.

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    1. Hels, as you describe has generally been the case, but I wonder if we have stepped backwards a little since seventies.

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    2. @Hels; The Petticoat Men? a published book that I can find in a library?

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    3. River

      very published, yes :) Try http://lowkabook.tk/The-Petticoat-Men.html

      Otherwise get the publication details from my post http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/victorian-cross-dressers-petticoat-men.html

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  6. My father had all of her records but had to buy most of them 'under the counter' as it were. Innuendo without the smut and four letter words we get today, can't imagine Ruth swinging on a wrecking ball with barely a stitch of cloth on.

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    1. Jah Teh, I am surprised she was known here but clearly she was. I wonder if a certain former record shop owner used to have under counter records.

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  7. I LOVE that song. I've never heard of Ruth Wallis and of course now I have to go to you tube and listen to some more of her work.

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    1. Pretty good, hey River. I wonder if she wrote it.

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  8. I'm ashamed to say that I have never heard of Ruth Wallis but she is indeed super. This track is excellent and I can see why see was rather taboo at the time.

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    1. Craig, one does rather like educating the plebs in the world.

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    2. I do wish that you wouldn't talk about Grace like that... and in Australian, wouldn't that be pleb-o?

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    3. Craig, I would never talk about Grace like that, not publicly anyway. Grace by name and grace by nature.

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  9. Oh gosh, never heard of Ruth Wallis.
    That was lovely of her son to email you, and for Sally too. It's amazing who reads our blogs.

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    1. Margaret, never forget that your and my blogs will be an historical record. I have a rant post scheduled for later in the week, but I wonder what a research student will make of it of it in 2085. Northern Tasmanian beaches that were swept away in that terrible weather year of 2041? Ah, there are photos of northern Tasmanian beaches from someone called Margaret back in 2015. Don't underestimate the historical record you are making.

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    2. It's true what you say :)

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  10. Never heard of her neither, not surprising in prude America !

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    1. Oh Gattina, prude America is a huge subject that I have never understood.

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  11. What a treat Andrew. So nice that her son took the time. I've had a few surprises like that also, it's quite a rewarding experience!

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    1. Grace, in the early days of my blog, I was just as excited to get a comment, let alone an email.

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  12. Sally is, indeed, a lovely person. Co-oncidentally, we both lived in both Renmark and Bourke, though she was a couple of years behind me.

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    1. Good to hear James. The female talent at our ABC positively shines.

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