Listen: Billy Tipton, Middlebrook, Doshi Records discussed on Queer as Fact
"I'm sorry. Hits you. Admires dead for so yeah, he's doing quite well for himself. Eventually a talent scout he is the Billy Tipton trigger. And they get no dish in with Doshi records corporation in LA nine hundred fifty six and they record their first album that year called sweet Georgia Brown ever caught a follow up which is called it and Billy Tipton plays. Hi fi on piano. Yes. House. Okay. Does what it says on the? Yes. And these recordings lead to you some success for them. Billy makes like what would be a few grand today out of it. I mean, that's like nice. I guess. Yeah. What they really get is more publicity. So they got better job. So it'd be better pay and they get offered the position of house band for a hotel in Nevada where famous musicians like for example, Liberace occasionally play. It's twice the salary. They were getting so this looks like an excellent opportunity. This is the break that I've been waiting for. And Billy turns it down this is incomprehensible to his bandmates as I've said the money. There are few reasons why Middlebrook speculates that he decided to tennis down. He had been offered work as a booking manager in Spokane in Washington playing clubs on the side of it. So he did have that other opportunity. It didn't hang winner as well. But potentially he wanted to kind of like stop touring around and things and how more stead anyway, the primary reason that Middleburg understands is that he was worried about being exposed as legal things. He'd had a few run ins with people that he'd northern back when he was presenting as woman, she also says that perhaps as they got into the mall sophisticated musical. So that people wouldn't be as easily fooled. So a wife one of the musicians who traveled with them the said, well, I'm from California. And you recognize these things in California. It would have been Oviously ability was a one. And I guess even if you'd I think that that holds any water the more famous they are the more people are looking at them and the chances that someone's going to notice some yet. Yeah. It does sort of raise the question of like what Middlebrook floor Billy's loaned him plant. We'll. You know, like getting into this and wanted to be a musician. And ultimately, it means that he can't be fully successful as musician. Yeah. And like, you know, he's he started presenting a man living as a man when he was quite young. And obviously when you're out of work new quite known, you're not necessarily thinking. But what about if I got super famous in twenty years? Then again, it's just one of those things where I think at that point you need to Rio dress. Yeah. Your understanding of his entire life and just kind of like think about bathroom minute. Yeah. Wasn't really president in Vietnam. Yeah. At that point where he's becoming super famous if he wanted to reveal his identity as it were that could be days of publicity miffed, surely so I think that what would have happened then. And this is speculation based on fair enough is that yeah. This would have been a massive publicity thing. And then people would have come and seeing him play. And then he would have is what out I'm here. Yeah. But also like that. Essentially, he didn't want people coming in being like from the female jazz musician who pretended to be a man. Yes, you know, possibly that's because he understood himself to be a man and potentially. That's just because that sounds like a very unpleasant thing to go through. So he takes his job as a booking manager playing clubs on the side. And the music is playing on the side is very much a step down in terms of how challenging it is. And how much he is the draw cod for this club to kind of playing backing music. And this is sensually freezes his music career penalty by nine hundred sixty five bed really plays, occasionally and his career. As as a musician. He wants booking manager for long. Sorry. That was about what I wanted to say about his career as a jazz musician, and I wanted to go back to when he was still living Oklahoma City and to talk about well, if the women that he's dated this whole time. So in Oklahoma City, he had roomed in a boarding house with a woman named known L, Harold, scientists tobacco.."