Monday, January 09, 2012

Mae West: Roy Head

MAE WEST released "Way Out West" in 1966, a rock 'n' roll studio album. Mae was 73 years old when she covered the most popular rock songs of the day. One track was her cover of Roy Head's "Treat Her Right," which she altered to "Treat Him Right." On this compilation, Mae is backed by a handsome young group Somebody's Children.
• • Roy Head was born in Three Rivers, Texas in the month of January — — on 9 January 1943.
• • Though landing several regional hits between 1959 — 1963 on independent record labels, the single that made Roy Head popular was the 1965 blue-eyed soul smash hit, "Treat Her Right," which was released by Roy Head and the Traits on the Back Beat label. This song, which charted in the USA at number 2 on Billboard, was written by Roy Head and Gene Kurtz. By 1971 other vocalists began recording it as well.
• • It's hoped that Roy Head is treated right today on his 69th birthday.
• • Frank Rice [1892 — 1936] • •
• • In "Belle of the Nineties" [1934] cinema staple and singer Frank Rice played the Best Man at a wedding — — so maybe some rice was thrown during rehearsals.
• • Born in Muskegon, Michigan on 13 May 1892, the long-necked and balding funnyman was often the casting director's pick when a moment of comic relief was called for such as his rolling-eyeballs specialty (which was on display when he played the butler in a Laurel and Hardy movie).
• • After appearing in 131 productions, from playful shorts in 1912 to meatier bits by the 1930s, Frank Rice died prematurely at age 43 of complications ensuing from hepatitis and nephritis. He was in demand and working right up to the end in Los Angeles, when he breathed his last in January
— — on 9 January 1936 — — two years after working with Mae West in her fascinating screen role as Ruby Carter.
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1889 in Brooklyn, NY • •
• • On this date, John West took his best girlfriend Tillie Decker to Brooklyn's Borough Hall to apply for a marriage license. Mae's mother's name appears as "Tillie Decker" on the form, not as "Matilda."
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1974 in Los Angeles • •
• • A popular piece of memorabilia for a Mae-maven is anything signed by the icon. One fan snapped up a check written on 9 January 1974. On that date Mae had signed a personal check, made out for $50 in cash and signed by the star in black ink. In the 1970s, $50 sure went a whole lot further than today, eh?
• • On Friday, 9 January 2009 • •
• • It was on Friday, 9 January 2009 that Brian David Phillips wrote about this unusual topic: "Mae West Hypnotic Orgasms?"
• • Brian David Phillips explained: As part of an ongoing discussion on hypnotically induced orgasms in the Hypnosis Technique Exchange, one correspondent wrote: "Several years ago I brought a young lady home who told me she was not able to have the big O. Without ever getting within two feet of her, I got her to have spectacular orgasms. Across the kitchen table, as we chatted, I discovered that the person who could have Huge O's, in her mind, was Mae West. Therefore, I put her into a trance, and I told her she was Mae West and to let em rip. She did and she was overjoyed."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • A reporter interviewing Mae West asked, "Miss West, do you think you would like to be a mother? And would you be a good mother, if you were a mother?"
• • Rather taken aback, Mae West inquired, "Are you a mother yourself?"
• • "I am not," admitted the reporter, "nor am I even married."
• • "Neither am I," said Mae West. "This ought to be a real helpful conversation."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Pre-Code movies mentioned Mae West.
• • Susan King writes: Though a number of these films revolved around the gangster world, including 1930's "Little Caesar," 1931's "The Public Enemy" and 1932's "Scarface," these pre-code films were generally dominated by strong female actresses such as Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo and Clara Bow.
• • Susan King explains: Women were much more sexually aggressive in pre-code films, morals were loose. Their dialogue was suggestive. And their often skimpy outfits left little to the imagination. Some actresses who starred in pre-code films flourished after the code crackdown in 1934. But others, like Mae West, whose image was so sexually charged, lost audiences as a more sanitized version of herself. ...
• • Source: Article: "Classic Hollywood: Pre-code films out from Warner Archive" written by Susan King for the L.A. Times; published on 8 January 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2172nd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.
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