Kay Starr
American singer
Kay Starr
Kay Starr is an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for introducing two songs that became #1 hits in the 1950s, "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz". Starr was successful in every field of music she tried: jazz, pop and country.
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Caitlyn Jenner Announces Mac Line For 'All Sexes. All Ages. All Races'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Reality star and transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner is once again partnering up with MAC Cosmetics. The newest collaboration, which she announced Wednesday on Twitter, will benefit and be accessible to people of “All sexes. All ages. All races.” 2nd collaboration with @MACcosmetics coming Jan. 5th!! Who's ready to rock 2017? All sexes. All ages. All races. #maccaitlynjenner pic.twitter.com/hHYeCtOE5c — Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) January 3, 2017 Jenner previously created a signature lipstick shade called “Finally Free” last year. The new product line will include 15 different pieces, Billboard reports.  “Caitlyn Jenner has fearlessly shared her transition with the world, and her new M∙A∙C collection continues that mission, proudly championing All Ages, All Races, and All Sexes,” MAC said in a press release. “Elegant, classic shades for lips, eyes and cheeks are beautifully suited for those who embrace life, in whatever form they choose.” Jenner h ...
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Black Friday May Start Looking A Little Greener With These Alternatives
NPR - 3 months
People often reflect on what they're grateful for on Thanksgiving, but then go crazy for Black Friday deals in stores and online. But for some people a family hike is better than a store's deal.
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Kay Starr, who lit up 1950s pop radio with 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'The Rock and Roll Waltz,' dies at 94
LATimes - 4 months
When the jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday offers a compliment about a singer, one tends to take note. For Holiday, the vocalist Kay Starr, who died at her Bel Air home on Thursday at 94, was “the only white woman who could sing the blues.”  Starr was responsible for hits including “Wheel of...
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Why Have There Been So Many Anti-Gay Attacks In Dallas?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Dec. 22 attack in Dallas, Texas' Oak Lawn neighborhood, one of the centers of the city's gay community, brings the total number of assaults in that area to 14 since September, according to Gay Star News and local news station WFAA. The assaults have been brutal and have resulted in serious injuries. The incidents include mostly gay victims, who have had their skulls fractured, been struck from behind, stabbed and robbed. Some of the attackers made their feelings about the victims clear, using homophobic language. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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The Altercation Holiday Gift-Giving Guide, Part II
Huffington Post - about 1 year
So I guess this won't work for Hannukah, but it should still be good for: A) Returning stuff and getting what you might really have wanted, and: B) Some other gift-giving holiday upon whom I, and so many others, have declared war, but against which we continue to struggle. I dare not say its name lest enemy forces take encouragement. C) People who already have "The River" box since it's not reviewed here nor in Part I. In terms of big-ticket items, every year I look to my friends at Mosaic for the most meticulously presented packages in Jazz curation and this year their entry is indeed impresive, both in terms of the richness of its music and, for yours truly, its educational value. (Mosaic is to Jazz what the Criterion Collection is to film.) I refer today to the 12 cd, The Complete Bee Hive Sessions, and I was entirely unaware of the label's history. What Bee Hive did, between 1977 to 1984, was to give free reign to veteran jazz musicians who had not recorded in a while ...
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Lesson Learned: Ireland's Catholic Schools Can't Discriminate Against LGBT Teachers
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Gay teachers in Ireland no longer have to skirt questions about relationships or ignore homophobic comments, thanks to a new law that protects educators from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill, approved by Parliament late Wednesday night, bans religious schools and hospitals from discriminating against LGBT employees, Gay Star News reports. It amends Ireland’s Employment Equality Act and will now head to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
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Customization Is Key: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Makes Space For Gamers Of All Stripes
NPR - about 1 year
In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority "from the get-go."
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Customization Is Key: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Makes Space For Gamers Of All Stripes
NPR - about 1 year
In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority "from the get-go."
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Amazon Removes Disgusting 'Lady Boy Drag' Halloween Costume After Complaints (NSFW)
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As far as offensive Halloween costumes go, the "Lady Boy Drag" get-up is pretty high up there.  The Adult Lady Boy Drag Fancy Dress Costume Outfit by Orion Costumes was sold on Amazon U.K. for £28.99. The costume included a black wig, sequined dress and fabric male genitalia, and was promoted as a way to "embarrass a stag or your friends and family with this tastelessly brilliant fancy dress costume."  Reviewers complained about the objectionable costume, per Pink News, with one saying the transgender community does not need to be subject to such ridicule.  "I assume that a company of your size has an all inclusive policy of respect for all it’s staff, regardless of gender, disability, sexual orientation etc.," one reviewer wrote. “It’s just a pity that it does not apply these standards to it’s products. This sort of rubbish drags Amazon’s name into the gutter."  Recently, Amazon ultimately removed the costume from its site.  “All Marketplace sellers must follow our se ...
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Colorado Politician Thinks Homosexuality And Pedophilia Are Evidence Of 'Demons' At Work
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Gordon Klingenschmitt, the former Navy chaplain turned Republican state representative who has continually made headlines for his right-wing, homophobic declarations, is back with yet another vehemently anti-gay diatribe.   Klingenschmitt, who was elected to the Colorado State Senate last November, blasted the Boy Scouts of America's newly-revised policy on openly gay adult leaders in the Aug. 23 installment of  his "Pray in Jesus Name" radio program, Right Wing Watch reports. It isn't the first time that Klingenschmitt has rallied against the organization's updated, yet still controversial, criteria. This time, however, he seemed determined to expand upon his earlier claims that the policy would lead to "child abuse."   In the new broadcast, he clarifies that he doesn't think all gay men are pedophiles, but instead, believes that two unique satanic forces are "at play" behind homosexuality and pedophilia, respectively.  "There is, of course, a demon of homosexuality in ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kay Starr
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Starr was one of the first female artists to perform country western swing music. As of 2016, she is 94 years old and still performs.
    More Details Hide Details Sylvester, B. (2003, May 16). Jazz sides: 10 questions for... kay starr. Goldmine, 29, 26. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1499165
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    As of 2007 she resides in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles; married six times, she has a daughter and a grandchild.
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  • 2006
    In 2006 a remix by Stuhr of Starr's vocal of the classic "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" was used in a commercial for Telus.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, a remixed version of "It's a Good Day" was used in a 2014 commercial spot for HomeGoods.
  • 2001
    Kay Starr performs "Blue and Sentimental" with Tony Bennett on his 2001 album Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Her first "live" album, Live At Freddy's, was released in 1997.
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  • 1993
    In the late 1980s she was featured in the revue 3 Girls with Helen O'Connell and Margaret Whiting, and in 1993 she toured the United Kingdom as part of Pat Boone’s April Love Tour.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    She also recorded several jazz and country albums on small independent labels, including a 1968 album with Count Basie, How About This and Back to the Roots (1975).
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  • 1966
    After departing from Capitol Records for a second time in 1966, Starr continued touring concert venues in the US and the UK.
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  • 1959
    She stayed at RCA Victor until 1959, hitting the top ten only once more with "My Heart Reminds Me", then returned to Capitol.
    More Details Hide Details Most of her songs have jazz influences, and, like those of Frankie Laine and Johnnie Ray, are sung in a style that sound decidedly close to the rock and roll songs that follow. These include her smash hits "Wheel of Fortune" (her biggest hit, number one for 10 weeks), "Side by Side", The Man Upstairs, and "Rock and Roll Waltz". One of her biggest hits was her version of "(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man with the Bag", a Christmas song that quickly became a holiday favorite. The song has remained popular over the years and has been covered by many artists to include Vonda Shepard, who performed the song on an Ally McBeal episode of the same name. After rock-and-roll swept older performers from the charts, Starr subsequently appeared in such television series as NBC's Club Oasis, mostly associated with the bandleader Spike Jones. However, Starr recorded several albums, including Movin’ (1959), an up-tempo jazz album. Others included Losers, Weepers… (1960) and I Cry By Night (1962) in the jazz/blues genre, as well as a country album entitled Just Plain Country (1962).
  • 1955
    In 1955, she signed with RCA Victor Records.
    More Details Hide Details However, at this time, rock-and-roll was displacing the existing forms of pop music and Kay had only two hits, the aforementioned which is sometimes considered her attempt to sing rock and roll and sometimes as a song poking fun at it, "The Rock And Roll Waltz".
  • 1950
    Around 1950 Starr made a trip back home to Dougherty and heard a fiddle recording of Pee Wee King's song, "Bonaparte's Retreat".
    More Details Hide Details She liked it so much that she wanted to record it, and contacted Roy Acuff's publishing house in Nashville, Tennessee, and spoke to Acuff directly. He was happy to let her record it, but it took a while for her to make clear that she was a singer, not a fiddler, and therefore needed to have some lyrics written. Eventually Acuff came up with a new lyric, and "Bonaparte's Retreat" became her biggest hit up to that point, with close to a million sales.
  • 1946
    In 1946 Starr became a soloist, and in 1947 signed a contract with Capitol Records.
    More Details Hide Details The label had a number of female singers signed up including Peggy Lee, Ella Mae Morse, Jo Stafford and Margaret Whiting, so it was hard to find her a niche of her own. In 1948 when the American Federation of Musicians was threatening a strike, Capitol wanted to have each of its singers record a back list for future release. Being junior to all these other artists meant that every song Starr wanted to sing was taken by her rivals on the label, leaving her a list of old songs which nobody else wanted to record.
  • 1943
    After finishing high school, she moved to Los Angeles and signed with Wingy Manone's band; then from 1943 to 1945 she sang with Charlie Barnet's ensemble, retiring for a year after contracting pneumonia and later developing nodes on her vocal cords as a result of fatigue and overwork.
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  • 1939
    Though she had brief stints in 1939 with Bob Crosby and Glenn Miller (who hired her in July of that year when his regular singer, Marion Hutton, was sick), Starr spent most of the next few years with Venuti until he dissolved his band in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details It was, however, with Miller that she cut her first two recordings: "Baby Me" and "Love with a Capital You". They were not a great success, in part because the band played in a key that, while appropriate for Marion Hutton, did not suit Kay's vocal range.
  • 1922
    Born on July 21, 1922.
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