When did you begin seriously listening to Top 40 radio?
Probably about the 7th Grade.
What station and where?
KYA most of the time, with an occasional listen to KFRC
- both in San Francisco.
For better or worse, earliest songs etched in your memory?
Palisades Park; Sealed With A Kiss. My older sister
had the 45's and I couldn't play these 2 enough!
If stranded in the jungle, ten songs you would take:
Get Ready; 25 Miles To Go; Someone to Watch Over Me;
The Way You Look Tonight; Brown Eyed Girl; Cool Jerk; Temptation
First few records owned and why:
Tapestry by Carole King-so I could play "I Feel the Earth
Move" over and over until everyone in the house knew the
words; The 5th Dimension's Greatest Hits-because I wanted
to sound just like Marilyn McCoo; Led Zepplin-Stairway to
Heaven- for the sole reason that every one I knew had that
One Song, a Hit the first time you heard it and why:
Yikes!!! Do I have to admit this? I've tried to come
up with a better one, but I keep coming back to "Close to
You" by the Carpenters. Karen Carpenter had the cleanest
voice I would ever hear.
First trace of show business in your blood:
Galt Talent Festival-about 1961...danced to Chubby
Checkers singing "The Twist" and my godmother yelling "Shimmie,
Dee Dee!" from the front row.
First performance in front of a captive audience:
Tap Dancing at a recital where Art Linkletter was the M.C.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 what was your favorite
K.Y.A........all the way...unless my boyfriend preferred
K.F.R.C., in which case so did I.
Name of first band?
"Stylus"...as in the needle on a record player... and
not "The Stylists" as in hairdressers. We actually thought
people would get it without an explanation.
Musical repertoire of first band?
Everything from Big Band to Country to Rock.
Earliest musical influences and why:
Probably my family was the biggest influence. When we get
together, we usually end up singing-often in 3 part harmony.
I always took the root, and wished I had an ear for the
2nd harmony part.
Between ages of 6 and 16 favorite comedians?
How did you first hear the name BWGP?
Julio. (...who else???)
When and why did you join BWGP?
1986. Julio asked me to audition. I'd seen their Annual
Farewell Performance the year before and never thought I'd
actually get to join them. Jerry gave me Glasspack T-shirt
when he told me I was in. I still have it!
Earliest recollection of performing with BWGP?
High School Fund Raiser - at Star of the Sea...Jerry
teaching me a song backstage to perform that night... wanted
to see if I was "a quick study".
Most desperate BWGP moment:
I had left a stack of clothes for my housekeeper to take
to goodwill. On the opposite side of the room I had my costumes
which I had intended to take to the cleaners. I didn't discover
them missing for a few days. Fortunately she still had everything.
Most embarrassing moment performing with BWGP:
Flipped my wig (literally) during the O.J. skit, playing
Fondest recollection of BWGP:
Singing "White Rabbit" on stage at the Filmore. A close
second would be when the audience turned "Stand By Your
Man" into a sing-along. An "offstage" moment would be sitting
in Johnny Buick's red convertible, with the top down, listening
to a tape of the show, in front of Michael Moore's grandma's
house and feeling like I'd just been adopted into the family.
Batman & Robin. We had great costumes, and Julio playing
Robin was hysterical. The Oprah sketches were always fun,
Not so finest sketches:
It's hard to recall, because we'd usually drop them
fast if they didn't play well.
Weirdest BWGP moment (on or of stage):
Changing clothes on stage behind a back-lit screen.
To the audience-my shadow looked like I was naked. Only
the band knew that I was actually wearing a leotard under
the clothes I was removing. It was fun...but I felt a little
weird...sort of like an exhibitionist. Karl worked the projector
that lit the screen. I'm not sure-but I think he looked
a little embarrassed when I picked up my discarded clothes
and left the stage!
How do you explain your role in BWGP the 19th Annual
Farwell Performance to new friends or colleagues who have
never heard of BWGP and didn't know you have a secret closet
We're a group that's known more for it's jokes than
music. I get to sing and change my clothes and hair about
a dozen times during the night. Everyone has a blast -including
the group, and it shows.