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Houston Voice, June 25, 2004 - File 023. 2004-06-25. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 15, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/7279/show/7252.

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Title Houston Voice, June 25, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 25, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 22 JUNE 25, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE eclipse cover story Jimmy James: Marilyn only did Marilyn for a decade JAMES, continued from Page 18 one-man show. "Marilyn and Voices" which he wrote and produced, was a worldwide smash and toured for several years. L.A. Eyeworks used a stunning image of his Marilyn in full-page ads that ran worldwide. The campaign was featured in the 20-year anniversary issue of Interview Magazine. By the mid-1990's, James began to pursue a career as a recording artist in New York City by using his own soulful voice. James took time out to chat with the Houston Voice prior to his sure-to-sell-out shows in Houston, Houston Voice: Hello Jimmy, welcome back to Houston! Jimmy James: Thank you HoVo: Just for the kids at home, let's do a little background. You were born in Texas correct? JJ: Born in Laredo and raised in San Antonio... HoVo: From Texas to Times Square right? JJ: Yeah, (laughs). HoVo: You've been performing vocal impersonations for how long now1* JJ: Since I was a kid really, I can't really put a date on it, but I have been aprofes- sional performer since 1983. HoVo: Your photo scrapbook is amazing! Boy George, George Burns, Eartha Kitt, Elton John...the list is endless. What's it like performing for someone you impersonate, say Eartha Kitt? JJ: She has a great sense of humor, she loved it! It's such an honor, you know some of the people I do are dead. I performed for her. and have been an opening act for her, which was a total thrill! She has a great sense of camp, really a great lady. HoVo: Who's your favorite performer to impersonate? JJ: Everybody asks me that and it's so hard to choose a favorite, because every person I impersonate I am a big fan of! I could say Cher. Eartha, Judy Barbra... HoVo:You just named the four horse- Jimmy James as Judy, Marilyn & Bette Davis with supermodel Linda Evangelista on a billboard in Times Square. Jimmy James as Marilyn posed with George Bums women of my Apocalypse! JJ: Ahhh, well I always get nervous when I do Barbra. The expectation is so high. If I have an off night due to my vocal cords, weather, fatigue or whatever, it's tough. Please God give me a voice to do this tonight! HoVo: Tell me about this show. JJ: Well its called "Divas R 4-Ever." This is the sell-out show I produced for Provincetown last year. I loved the show so much, I didn't want to return to P- Town and write a new show, I wanted to share this one, which is a culmination of all my years. Although I retired from dresssing up as Marilyn Monroe. HoVo: Wait...you no longer do Marilyn Monroe, your signature performance? JJ: I no longer dress up as her. I don't dress up at all during the show. HoVo:You wear your Jimmy James androgynous look? JJ: I paint my face but I don't dress in drag because I want the voices to be the star of the show! I needed to separate that entity, the drag, from the vocals because the vocals are my strength. HoVo: I've never been comfortable calling you a drag queen because you actually have the pipes to back it up! JJ: I have nothing against being in drag! This show is simply about the voices. Getting in drag just...gets in the way. Over the years, and remember I'm talking 20 plus, drag blocked my way, and I wanted to evolve. Lots of performers want to evolve. I mean how many years can you do Marilyn? Marilyn only did Marilyn for a decade or so. I did her for over 13 years! HoVo: Well you have also added current singers to your show, Macy Gray and Norah Jones. Do you consciously consider who you pay tribute to or is it more organic? JJ: Well, I just love them. I start to play a CD at home, then again and again. Then I realize, you know, I could add this to the act. I am the ultimate fan of all the performers I impersonate. I'm selfish. I had Boy George in my Divas show for years, even when he was out of fashion, because I love him. HoVo: Being a survivor in the music scene for such a long time, what do you think of Gay TV: "QE4SG," "Will and Grace," "Boy Meets Boy," etc? JJ: I think it's great! I think we'll probably go through a faze where TV explores us (gays and lesbians) and then (the TV public) realizes we're the same crazy, mixed up, wonderful people, that straights are. HoVo:Any TV plans for you? JJ: My biggest plans involve breaking into Las Vegas. I am looking to have a real Jimmy James show in Vegas. I will say this about the cultural acceptance of shows like "Queer Eye," three years ago, I was considered "too edgy" for Vegas. HoVo: You were? JJ: Yes... that no one would want to see someone who could really sing, without the drag attitude. That was thought to be a hard sell. Now though, a Las Vegas producer is traveling to Houston to see my show and hopefully, it's gonna happen! HoVo: What about your thoughts (in Gay Marriage? JJ: It's not just about having a spouse. ft MORE INFO Jimmy James 8:30 p.m. July 2,3,9 & 10 1415 Bar & Grill 1415 California St. 713-522-7066 the topic is bigger than what people are making it. It's about political rights as weU, citizenship. Straight people refer to their marriages as sacred. Well, what about Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Taylor or Roseanne Barr? Don't tell me it will never last. Straights hold the key to it will never last! HoVo: A couple of fun questions, before we go, from the Proust Questionnaire: What's your motto? JJ: My motto? Well I guess after living in NYC I learned, after meeting so many different people, you can't define people and put them in a box. You can't say: Gays as a whole are this way; Jews as a whole are this way; Hispanics on the whole are this way. Biggest lesson I've learned. HoVo: What's your most treasured possession? JJ: It would have to be my photo- graphs. That's the most special to me. HoVo: And finally, Ms. James, what is your favorite curse word? JJ: That's so funny! This is what I say ALL the time: F***ing hell! However way you spell that!
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