Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Saturday Seven: Over-The-Top, Glitzy Entertainers

Now here's a post with an odd collection of things you won't find anywhere else!
I was reading Palm Springs Life magazine recently and saw an ad for a new cookbook called The Joy of Liberace. The book's subtitle reads: "retro recipes from America's kitschiest kitchen", so I just had to order a copy. Liberace lived in Palm Springs and was a popular local resident. If Liberace were still alive, we'd practically be neighbors, his home is just a stone's throw from mine. His estate is still preserved to reflect his style- there is a giant metal candelabra in the front driveway. He was over-the-top, but he sure had his own sense of style, which got me thinking. There have been a handful of entertainers over the past 50 years or so who really had a certain je ne sais quoi with a joie de vivre. This brings me to another scintillating edition of
The Saturday Seven: Over-The-Top, Glitzy Entertainers
#1 Elvis Presley- From his rhinestone studded jumpsuits, glittery capes, huge sideburns, and incredible stage presence, he makes it to #1 on this list for me. The Elvis Presley house in Palm Springs is fairly understated, but they are developing it into a tourist destination similar to Graceland.

#2 Liberace- now this guy was REALLY over-the-top. How people never figured out he was gay was beyond me. I remember my parents taking me to see him in concert when I was a kid. He was a real showman- huge diamonds on every finger, showy costumes and campy as can be.
#3 Wayne Newton- Known as"Mr Las Vegas" after performing over 30,000 solo shows in Las Vegas over a period of over 40 years. His signature song "Danke Schoen" made him a hit when he was just a teen. He is kitschy for sure, but I actually like him.

#4 Carol Channing- What is there to say about Miss Channing? I love her! She lives here in Palm Springs and is very active on the social scene. Last year I went to see her in concert with Debbie Reynolds, she was really really funny, and still has one heck of a voice on her. Her costumes are every bit as glittery as ever, and how she loves her diamonds!

#5 Sammy Davis Jr- An amazing performer who battled racial discrimination and broke down barriers when he became a superstar. He forced casinos in Las Vegas and hotel nightclubs in Miami Beach to end the segregation of black performers. He was a great member of Sinatra's Rat Pack, but Sammy also had his own style, and always wore lots of jewelry. I went to see him in concert twice, once at an outdoor tent theatre during a thunder storm. I remember him joking about attracting lightning from all the jewels he was wearing!

#6 Cher- This girl has worn some outrageous costumes on stage over her career to show off her incredible body. She has had an incredible career-from the early 60's with Sonny Bono to her own even more successful stints in acting, performing in Vegas, and a string of mega hit CDs. Her big booming voice matches her huge personality.
#7 James Brown- The Godfather of Soul and known as "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business", there will never be anyone like James Brown. He was a GREAT entertainer, who made GREAT music. He loved to wear all sorts of wild costumes, jewelry, tight pants, and sometimes performed bare-chested. He was a classic for sure.
Bonus entry- Siegfried and Roy- A good friend of mine used to refer to them as "those two queens in Vegas with the big cats". He wasn't far off. Their long running show in Las Vegas was over-the-top, amazing and eye-popping, including that final performance when the cat dragged Roy offstage by the throat, which was so sad. Roy is on the mend these days, but not performing anymore.

Did I miss any other Over-the-top, glitzy entertainers? Leave a Comment and tell me!
-Rick Rockhill

17 comments:

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Can`t think of anyone else. You`ve covered them pretty good Rick!
Hey....I always thought sea monkeys were fake. Cool!

tea
xo

marlupe said...

fun post..you found some of the best here. how about Diana Ross? With her big hair and all...

WAT said...

Yes, you missed David Bowie! Elton John! Heather Mills!

AHAHAAHH! You're a Howard Stern fan too?! JOY OF JOYS! I LOVE YOU NOW MORE! MARTINI GLASS AND ALL!

Oh Artie, you lost yer temper...

Anonymous said...

I agree about Elton John, he is over the top fore sure, with those high heels, feathers and big glasses

Mike M said...

Very cool blog Rick. I will be back for more!!

David said...

What about Peter Allen?

atomicpop.wordpress.com said...

if the guidelines are performers so inately comfortable in their own skin/sense of style, then surly prince would fit.

Kerry and Rachel said...

Great post! What about Charo! She is over the top!

Thanks for stopping by our website. You can also view our work on our Amazon storefront. We have more selection there, because we get more traffic there. You can find a link on our blog.
And if you make another trip to Colorado, come visit us in our studio!

Thanks, Rick!

Palm Springs Savant said...

yes, Prince was a definite miss! Good catch.

David- Peter Allen..hmmm I hadn't even thought about him either!

Real Live Lesbian said...

My mother LOVED Liberace! She had such the crush on him. I could never tell her the truth about him. She just thought he was "different" because he was a pianist! LOL

lime said...

elton, definitely elton...

snowelf said...

Hey Rick--the ones you didn't post about that I thought of, everyone else mentioned too. I was thinking Elton and Prince. Isn't Carol Channing adorably fabulous!! :)

--snow

Scott said...

Cher is the greatest! I saw her farewell tour show 3 times.
Carol Channing...hmmm she has always scared me a little bit.

Sheila said...

Someone beat me to the punch but I second the Charo nomination. Good picks!

Cheryl said...

I thought your picks were great. I'm always entertained and educated by your posts. Love the new picture of you, btw.

M said...

Mae West...

CRUSTYBEEF said...

Someone should show the Pic of Cher to Britney spears to give her a better idea as to how to cover up her babybellywoo's...no need to airbrush in a costume get up such as what Cher was in.

Carol Channing freaked me out in that one movie, sh*t, now I can't recall-oh! I think it was Alice in Wonderland...
Always,
Crusty~

Disclaimers...

This blog is about life experiences & observations and stuff I am interested in. It is simply a side hobby and creative outlet; generally, with a tongue-in-cheek tone. I don't take it too seriously, nor should you. I do not profess to represent every point of view. Nothing on this site is a paid post.

It is for entertainment purposes only it, so just lighten up and just enjoy it. Life is short, live in the moment.

As the author, thoughts/views have no affiliation to my clients, business colleagues or my company.

This blog is independent and free of any type of financial affiliations. Some images used are from the internet and sometimes hard to credit them, so if you own any and want them removed just send me a message.

No copyright infringement intended. I am not responsible for defamatory statements bound to government, religious, or other laws from the reader’s country of origin or residence. The intention of this blog is to do no harm, defame, libel or offend anyone.