One songwriter provided MAE WEST with jazzy cinema numbers — — and several are still memorable. Though he worked in California for years, Sam Coslow died in New York City, his hometown, in the month of April.
• • Preparing for the release of her latest movie "Every Day's a Holiday" in 1937, Mae was busy rehearsing and taping Sam Coslow's number "Mademoiselle Fifi." The song was recorded during October 1937 with "Chorus and Paramount Studio." Wielding the baton was LeRoy Prinz.
• • A native New Yorker like Mae, Sam Coslow [7 December 1902 — 2 April 1982] — — was educated at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn — — and became an Oscar-winning producer and songwriter. In 1928 he formed the music publishing company Spier and Coslow in The Big Apple, where he often wrote show tunes.
• • He wrote several songs for Mae West's motion pictures. These include "My Old Flame," "Troubled Waters," and "When a St. Louis Woman Comes Down to New Orleans" for "Belle of the Nineties"; "Now I'm a Lady" for "Goin' to Town"; and "Mademoiselle Fifi" for "Every Day's a Holiday."
• • Backed by Duke Ellington's orchestra, Mae sang "My Old Flame" wearing this superb costume in 1934. Paramount Pictures certainly knew how to create a stylish background for their most important actresses.
• • 2 April 1934 • •
• • After the menace of her jewel heist, Mae ordered a bullet-proof car. Her friend Texas Guinan, however, had been riding around in armored vehicles for years. On 2 April 1934, the heirs of the speakeasy queen had sold one of her armored limousines and it was placed on a boat, where it would sail to Liverpool to its new owner. During the 1920s, the padlock princess had purchased this sleek specially built automobile from the King of Belgium.
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• • Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo might have fit Mae West's description of tall, dark, and handsome. Born in 1986 in Kentucky, the lean NBA player was on the mind of sportswriter (and Mae West fan) William Russo. Come along for the laugh.
• • Clever William Russo whipped up this cheeky column: We wondered what kind of performance would be elicited from Rajon Rondo if his coach were the dynamic Mae West of the bawdy double-entendre, forerunner of the triple double-entendre.
• • We are reminded of the great advice from sex goddess Mae West, whose words can be adapted to today’s basketball in the NBA.
• • Mae once said, “It’s not the men in my life, but the life in my men.” That got her team going....
• • Miss West might well tell young Rondo after one of his stellar performances, “Come up and see me some time, Big Boy.”
• • We wish we could hear Mae comment: “Is that a triple double? Or are you just glad to see me?”
• • Mae would warn Rajon Rondo: “When point guards go wrong, the media go right after them.”
• • You can hear her now: “He who hesitates to pass is a damn fool.”
• • She would tell her eager acolyte: “Avoid the temptation to shoot unless you can’t resist it any longer.” ...
• • Source: April Fool's Day Humor Column: "Doc Rivers Takes Coaching Lessons from Mae West and Rajon Rondo Delivers" written by William Russo for The Bleacher Report; posted on 1 April 2011
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • singing "My Old Flame" in 1934 • •
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