T Valentine Lakeside

T. Valentine may be spotted taking in the town as he makes his way on Sunday to the LAKESIDE LOUNGE, where he will treat an elite audience to a full-on sneak preview of the VAMPIRE PLAY and will perform with the amazing DADDY LONG LEGS, who will also exact a wailing set of their own. T VALENTINE will be available for a meet-and-greet autograph session his records, commemorative novelties and posters. Sadly, this will be the last Lakeside performance for all concerned, as news has just broken that the NYC fixture is shuttering its doors at the end of the month.

An exclusive Tuesday night showing at a private local show will include NICK TOSCHES as Master of Ceremonies. This event is not open to the general public. So don’t miss him at the Lakeside!

Exacted from the T Valentine myspace which is extracted from the supreme biographical essay by Nick Tosches, presented on the T. Valentine album T VALENTINE – HELLO LUCILLE… ARE YOU A LESBIAN? (Norton 280)

Thurmon Valentine was born in West Helena, Arkansas in 1932. Inspired by Sonny Boy Williamson’s “King Biscuit Time” show on KKFA, Thurmon moved to Chicago in 1950 to make music and become a performer. From 1957 to 1959 he created and performed a live show called “The Vampire” in clubs with three female co-stars out of his love for “old vampire pictures, Lugosi and all those guys.” He met up with Detroit Junior of the Cadillac Baby Show Lounge at 4708 Dearborn Street in Chicago. Detroit Junior had a small record company called Bea & Baby and released T. Valentine’s first hot singles around 1960. Soon afterwards T. Valentine started his own label VAL Records in 1962. From there he released his own singles “Do the Do” and “Betty Sue,” and both of his versions of “Black Power,” as well as recordings from other artists. After divorcing his wife Lucille he decided to get back at her by recording the song “Lucille Are You A Lesbian,” inspired by Josie Cotton’s “Johnny Are You Queer.” Val Records pressed 200 copies. It has become a rare and sought out 45. Most likely Lucille never heard it, but the song has become a cult favorite among lesbians.

Trivia: The phone number he uses in the song when he calls Lucille was the number for his Chicago-based label, VAL Records.


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