Just like state taxes and unexpected financial disasters, Big Gay Horror Fan finds that horror love can be found everywhere. (Although, unlike the first two items mentioned, horror love is definitely a good thing!)
For example, the night club act of jazz legend Judy Roberts and acclaimed Chicago singer Paul Marinaro often includes a passionately swinging version of Victor Young’s “Beautiful Love”, which can be heard in the background of a party scene in the classic 1932 version of The Mummy starring Boris Karloff. When Roberts and Marinaro perform the song (as pictured above) they do a detailed description of the song and it’s musty, heavily bandaged history.
The famed Young, also, composed themes that were featured in such diverse pictures as beloved 1950 noir Gun Crazy (“Mad About You”), queer favorite Johnny Guitar (“Johnny Guitar”) which features genre regulars Joan Crawford, John Carradine, Ernest Borgnine and a very butch turn from Mercedes McCambridge (the demon’s voice in The Exorcist) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (“A Hundred Years from Today”). His classic “Stella by Starlight” was even featured, briefly, in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.
Be sure to keep up with Judy Roberts at www.judyroberts.com. Paul Marinaro is at www.paulmarinaromusic.com and Big Gay Horror Fan always welcomes a bloody jazz tune at http://www.facebook.com/#!/BigGayHorrorFan, too!
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE!!!