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A Freak Deferred: Johnnie Ray Navigates Innovation and Convention

Vincent L. Stephens

in Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042805
eISBN:
9780252051661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042805.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter argues that the deaf, bisexual, and racially progressive white crooner Johnnie Ray was successful in the early 1950s because his “freak” persona endeared him to audiences fascinated by ... More


Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music

Vincent L. Stephens

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042805
eISBN:
9780252051661
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042805.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathias Queered Pop Music examines the way four popular male musicians who emerged in the 1950s, Johnnie Ray, Little Richard, ... More


Introduction: Queering Post–World War II Masculinity through Music

Vincent L. Stephens

in Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042805
eISBN:
9780252051661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042805.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Johnnie Ray, Little Richard, Johnny Mathis, and Liberace are symbols of a hidden history of postwar queer masculinity. The chapter explores how queerness defied gender expectations of white men and ... More


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