He used both “Ray” and “Ray” professionally and “Ray” in his personal life.
You might remember him for an album he did in the 50s called “Take a Look
at My Operation” released when he created a sex change hoax. (In reality,
he had an operation for cancer and was trying to get LA cops off his back
that were arresting him for dressing as a woman onstage.)
On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 10:06 PM Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]>
> I think I recall some of those weird albums, but wasn't it
> Rae Bourbon
> On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:31 PM Randy A. Riddle <[log in to unmask]>
> > I'm reaching out to members of ARSC that might be familiar with
> > archival reissues of cd material.
> > You may be aware of my work with Old Time Radio transcriptions
> > (https://randsesotericotr.podbean.com), but I've been working for 25
> > years on another research project that's drawing more of my attention.
> > I've been researching the life and work of pioneering pre-Stonewall
> > gay performer Ray (aka Rae) Bourbon.
> > During his long career, which extended from 1910s vaudeville and
> > silent movies to nightclubs in the 1960s, Ray self-published dozens of
> > 78 rpm records and over a dozen lp records.
> > https://raebourbon.com
> > In the 1990s, I networked with other collectors and got copies of most
> > of Ray's recordings. While I was able to get some material direct to
> > digital, a great deal came from second and third-hand cassette dubs.
> > I uploaded the tracks to archive.org some time ago.
> > Recently, there has cropped up the possibility of a film project based
> > on my research on Ray. At the same time, I've been networking with
> > collectors to get new direct-to-digital transfers of all of Ray's
> > known work - about nine hours worth - and am in the process of working
> > on audio restorations of the tracks.
> > Originally, I was pulling together these new transfers to donate to an
> > archives along with all of my original research material and
> > memorabilia about Ray. Recently, with the possibility of film project
> > that might come to fruition, I'm wondering if it's worth pursuing a
> > commercial release of all or some of the material.
> > The recordings range from the mid-1930s to 1965, and show Ray's
> > routines and songs evolving over time. I know they would be of value
> > to researchers on pre-Stonewall Gay performers and culture and to fans
> > of this type of material, but I'm wondering if the interest might be a
> > little broader than that because of the breadth and depth of the
> > collection.
> > I'm interested in getting some advice from list members that have done
> > reissues, mainly about the logistics involved and possible forms a
> > release might take, either from an existing reissue label interested
> > in the material to a Kickstarter to a digital only release.
> > Please contact me off-list if you could offer some opinions and advice
> > on this and I can send you some background info and some questions I'm
> > mulling over.
> > Many thanks!
> > Randy
> > --
> > Randy A. Riddle
> > Mebane, NC
> > www.coolcatdaddy.com
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