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Monday, April 22, 2013

Jimmy Callaway Sings, and Tells Jokes

Jimmy Callaway was perhaps the most famous female impersonator at the Club My-O-My, near New Orleans, and ruled there from when it opened in 1946 until it burned down in 1972. And while it was not unusual in those days for female impersonators to really sing during their acts (instead of lip syncing for their lives), Callaway sang well enough to release an LP, in 1954, and a 45 rpm record. Note that the 45 had two different picture sleeves, one in drag and likely sold at the club, and another for more straight marketing. The upper left 45 starts with a full version of "Hello, Dolly," and the rest is comedy shtick.

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