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Montrose Voice, No. 282, March 21, 1986 - File 019. 1986-03-21. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5059/show/5048.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 282, March 21, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date March 21, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 18 MONTROSE VOICE/MARCH 21, 1986 Montrose Live The Weather Girl Report By Pete Diamond Montrose Voice Staff Reporter An unusual weather front will be moving through Houston this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect sunny skies and hot temperatures, but remember your raincoat because there's a good chance it will be "raining men." On Tuesday March 25, the Weather Girls will thunder into town for a two night performance at Rockefeller's, with their latest Columbia album, Big Girls Gon'tCry. The Pop/ R&B duo of Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, formerly known as Two Tons of Fun, gained international recognition in 1982 with their release "It's Raining Men." The song, rejected by both Diana Ross and Donna Summer, hit nui.iber one on Billboard magazine's dance chart Christmas day of that year. The "Girls" have been riding the wave of success created by the song ever since and recently finished touring with come- dieneJoan Rivers. But now they're out on their own, a long way from their gospel roots and the days of the formal music- training they received while growing up in San Francisco. The achievements and success of the Weather Girls seems to come from an inner strength the two women have. For Martha, who says she's basically a quiet person, maintaining a positive attitude is important. While often questioned about their weight (which they won't reveal), Martha believes "largeness is an advantage" for the two women and a basic human condition the world has failed to recognize. "You have got to have a good feeling about yourself and it will show around you," Izora said in an interview last year in Spin magazine. "Always be yourself. And if you want to survive, you have to get better. You never want to fall into the same traps. I don't want myself on a downer the whole time and I try not to be that way." Martha, whose first public performance was "in church as a little girl," went on to sing as a soloist with her high school choir in Europe, performing light arias and madrigals. While singing with Izora in the "" gospel group News of the World, Martha said their professional singing careers began to take hold. "I went to a band rehearsal one day and I came to find out it was for Sylvester, who was putting a new band together," Martha recalls. Following her audition, which got her a job as a backup singer for Sylvester, "He wanted to know if I knew of anyone else that was as large as I was and could sing as well." It just so happened that Izora fit the bill. And backing Sylvester proved to be a good experience for both women as well as Sylvester. As Two Tons of Fun, they made important contributions to Sylvester's first crossover hits on the Black and Pop charts and released two albums of their own, Living Proof and Backatcha. "Working with Sylvester was very good," Martha says. "He's crazy, but we really had a lot of fun. You never knew what to expect next from him. I enjoyed it very much." The next big break for the backup duo came when they were signed to the Enter- tainment Music Company and approached with the idea of singing "It's Raining Men." When Martha and Izora went to record the song, Martha says a reference to "weather girls" in the first line of the song was applied to them and the name stuck. With their new name and a group of "diehard fans ... that kept up with what we were doing and stayed with us through the name change," the Weather Girls stormed the charts with enormous suc cess. They're returning in 1986 with Big Girls Don't Cry, an album Martha says is made up of new songs as well as songs from the sixties, updated with "eighties type music." Some of the cuts featured on the album include Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Down on the Corner," the Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" and Evie Sands' "You Can Do It." "We hope everybody likes it," Martha says. "My goal is to do the best I can with a song and hope that people accept it the way I give it. I hope that we can please audiences with the songs we're singing, the music, the whole thing." Despite their success and a touring schedule which keeps them on the road about half the year, both women are thankful for what they have achieved. As Martha says, "Everything that's happened to us so far has been a blessing. We always give thanks to God for them. But however far we go in this business, neither one of us will forget who we are, where we came from or the people who helped us get there." Rockefeller's is located at 3620 Washington. GPC Will Host Easter Pet Show & Bonnet Parade From a Press Release It's almost Easter. So it's time to bathe that beastly dog and brush the cat so the costume will fit just right. Otherwise, you two may not be ready for the First Annual Greater Montrose Pet-O-Rama and Easter Bonnet Parade. The show will be 2:00-4:00 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 30, at Cherryhurst Park, 1700 Missouri. It only costs $2 to enter each pet and $1 to watch. There will be prizes and ribbons, with each entrant receiving a certificate. The judges, a diverse group themselves, will have fun deciding the winners in such categories as: The Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter Award. Best Costume. Best Owner and Pet Look-a-Like, Most Regal, BestCoiffured, Best Bejeweled, Best Mutt, Most Ferocious, Prettiest, Wimpiest, Ugliest, Prissiest, Butchest, Best Candidate for a Fur Coat, etc. The Pet-O-Rama is sponsored by the Houston Gay Political Caucus in thespirit of fun. Refreshments will he available. All pets are invited but they must be on a leash and have proof of vaccination. ATTENTION NIGHTCLUB ENTERTAINERS Singers, Piano Acts, Impersonators Please make sure the Montrose Voice has a good quality (preferably in black and white) publicity photo of you in our files for use when our advertisers are engaging your services. It wouldn't even hurt for us to have several photos of your smiling face Thank you The Montrose Voice THE NEWSPAPER OF MONTROSE 408 AVONDALE - 529-8490 Rockefeller's is proud to present In Concert The Weather Girls with their 11-piece band just off the road with Joan Rivers 2 Nights, 2 Shows March 25-26 8:00/10:30 For Ticket Reservations 861-9365 THE NIGHT CLUB 3620 WASHINGTON* HOUSTON,TEXAS*(713) 861-9365
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