Late fall and early spring often find me, in some sharp sense of contemplative bliss, immersed in the music of numerous husky voiced jazz dames. This year, as the March days in Chicago alternated between gray & windy and unseasonably warm, I took special comfort in the seemingly casual, throaty stylings of Peggy Lee, Chris Connor and Jeri Southern. Their smoky tempos seemed to perfectly echo the prospect of winter’s slow yet hopeful fade.
Southern, a favorite of Frank Sinatra who retired in her late 30s due to paralyzing stage fright, became my favored discovery. Her albums like Southern Comfort not only feature amusing titular word play, but tend to highlight obscure, inventive material. Her take on Cole Porter’s well-known Dancing on the Ceiling, meanwhile, is near perfection – an expert blending of smart tune and adept stylist.
Of course, I was soon researching her life and happily discovered that her filmography included vocalizing on A Taste of Ivory, the theme song from the twisted 1978 psychological horror show Die Sister, Die. While that performance is difficult to track down, her simple, haunting version of Every Time We Say Goodbye is sure to delight both lovers of the finely romantic and the lushly gothic, as well.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
Big Gay Horror Fan gives it up, thespian style, by celebrating the work of old school powerhouse Edith Atwater (Sweet Smell of Success, True Grit) and respected television actress Antoinette Bower (Prom Night, Blood Song) in twisted 1972 (Heiress Horror offering) Die Sister, Die! (with gloriously misleading poster art and all)!
Atwater and Bower – Secretive Victim and Conflicted Villian!
While the late 80’s and early 90’s produced tons of T and A thrillers about duplicitous nurses and meekly threatened invalids (starring the glorious likes of Shannon Tweed, Morgan Fairchild, Tanya Roberts and Shannon Whirry), Atwater and Bower (as seeming victim and gentle aggressor, respectively,) bring a gravitas to the proceedings that outweighs those future sexy video escapades by miles!
In fact, Die Sister, Die! and its legacy are still being felt today, as evidenced by this recent remake starring famed Scream Queen, Brinke Stevens!: