From the perfect Cleo Laine album - a treasured part of our collection here at Dolores Delergo Towers... Jx
That's a link, by the way. It doesn't show up on your template... Jx
Somehow I just knew you were a fan!
With my eyes closed, this was beautiful. With them open, it was terrifying.I never knew it was possible to be completely restrained yet maniacally terrifying, all at once. This is like watching Hannibal Lecter in glamour drag. She'll sing to you, then bite your face off.
Dressing like a clown was a nice touch, too.
I've been lucky enough to see Dame Cleo live three times (one time EXTREMELY close up in a supper club) and — I can't decide — I've either been cheated or fortunate not to have an overwrought visual presentation like that. Nor were furs involved. (As a sorbet, I offer my favorite moment of pure chanteuse ultra drama and feathers with Dorothy Squires' "My Way" [which doesn't seem to have been featured on RVH]: http://youtu.be/vUmwVURIzXQ)
Thanks for sharing, Vance! And for reminding me of Miss Squires, who has thus far been sadly neglected in these hallowed halls.
Oh, Dotty... we love her, too. For very different reasons, of course. Jx (PS that's a link, too...)
Given all of the arm-flailing and terrifying mouth-twisting going on in Ms. Squires' video, I'm surprised she didn't wring the neck or chomp the head off of the saxophone player who kept "farting" through her number. On second viewing, however, I'm not entirely convinced there was an actual orchestra in the same studio with her...nor an actual audience!
Dotty was never in need of an audience - she just knew what she was and what we loved about her... She actually managed to sell out the London Palladium - all 2300 seats of it - in 1970 for a major comeback season. This TV appearance, however, is just campness personified. Jx
yes, i think cleo & dorothy drank from the same well!
I am sure she would have been flattered by the comparison. Jx
Terrific! Her Sondheim album is probably the most often played collection in my iTune library but I had never seen this before. Great way to start the day
I was just at a production of "A Little Night Music" last evening, oddly enough! This, musically, has helped to cleanse my pallette (sp?!) though visually it was disarming to say the least. I didn't know lips could do that (or maybe I haven't been on the right kind of dates...) At 2:23 I had a really strange occurrence in that the two cue balls in the bowl on the table, thanks to the reflections on them and their spacing, seemed to take on eyes like one of Spongebob Squarepants' undersea buddies and were staring sternly at Miss Laine. Oh, lastly, as our divas get a bit "up there," it's always nice when a number has a built-in "nap break!" LOL
The nap break was exquisite.
I plan on having all my future videos shot over the back of my sofa.Once I determined that this was actually Dame Cleo and not Richard Simmons, I rather enjoyed it...when I wasn't terrified. I wondered though, as she grasped at her mantel and touched other items in her tasteful living room, if "clowns" wasn't her code name for her cleaning people.
LOL!!Stop by more often, Bill. We miss you here!