The Door To Yesterday Masthad. Alan Warner. 2019

 

 

 

Ladies Of The Night. The Door To Yesterday. Volume 4, Numbe 5. Alan Warner . 2019

 

 

 

TheDoor To Yesterday. Sweet Chariity. Alan Waner. 1969. 2019.

I’ve been a bad, bad girl” sang Fiona Apple in her 1997 song CRIMINAL 

to which Jennifer Lopez pole danced in the 2019 movie “Hustlers”. 

It got me to thinking of other vintage songs that referenced all kinds of ladies of the night

 including Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields’ legendary BIG SPENDER from their 1960’s musical “Sweet Charity”

 and of course, Donna Summer’s aptly titled 1979 million-seller BAD GIRLS co-written with her husband Bruce Sudano

 along with Eddie Hockenson and Joe ‘Bean’ Esposito.  


Over the decades, bad girls have either been the subject of or referenced to in countless compositions. 

Bertha ‘Chippie’ Hill recorded STREET WALKER BLUES back in 1926, Ma Rainey sang HUSTLIN’ BLUES 

(‘It’s rainin’ out here and tricks ain’t walkin’ tonight’) in 1928 and Lonnie Johnson recorded CROWING ROOSTER BLUES 

(‘To let the pimps and ramblers know that the workin’ man is on his way’) also in ’28.


Among those which stood out in the rock era were Lou Reed’s WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, 

Freddie Mercury’s KILLER QUEEN, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards’ HONKY TONK WOMEN

 (‘She tried to take me upstairs for a ride’), Sting’s ROXANNE (‘Put on the red light’), 

Bob Crewe & Kenny Nolan’s LADY MARMALADE (‘Struttin’ her stuff on the street’

along with The Animals’ revival of the eons-old folk ballad THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

 (‘Spend your lives in sin and misery’).
 

“There’ve been many other examples over the years 

and the following is a selective list of fifteen further songs about hookers and strippers…”   


ALICE 

(Ian Hunter) 

by Mott The Hoople

Pro: Ian Hunter, Dale Griffin & Overend Watts 

(Columbia: 1974) 

She works the forty second beat on forty second street’ 

https://youtu.be/nHs1xMn0XEQ


CHARLOTTE THE HARLOT

 (Dave Murray) by Iron Maiden

Pro: Will Malone 

(Harvest: 1980) 

https://youtu.be/cB1BTd1fllQ


EASY MONEY

(Rickie Lee Jones)

 by Rickie Lee Jones

Pro: Lenny Waronker & Russ Titelman

 (Warner Bros: 1979) 

https://youtu.be/dJBLfNrn77s


THE HUSTLER 

(Bob Daisley/Luther Grosvenor) 

by Widowmaker

Pro: Widowmaker & Chris Kimsey 

(Jet/United Artists: 1977) 

 https://youtu.be/PyPay5BYWKE  

British hard-rockers Widowmaker included bass player Bob Bob Daisley,

 later with the Ozzy Osbourne Band and Uriah Heep. 

 

 

Jan and Arnie. The Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. 2019

JENNIE LEE

 (Jan Berry/Arnie Ginsburg) 

by Jan & Arnie w/Don Ralke’s Music

Pro: Joe Lubin 

(Arwin: 1958) 

Based on an old Civil War song,

 this celebrated a well-known west coast stripper.

https://youtu.be/HVgJ62RN76I   

Jan went on to famously record with Dean Torrence as Jan & Dean. 

Arwin was a label owned by Doris Day

 and her then-husband Marty Melcher.

 

JOSIE 

(Kris Kristofferson) 

by Kris Kristofferson

Pro: Fred Foster (

Monument: 1972)

 ‘Sellin’ them your sadness on the street

 https://youtu.be/6-VqgDqsAds


LADIES OF THE NIGHT

 (Leon Russell/Kim Fowley)

 by Leon Russell

Pro: Leon Russell 

(Paradise: 1978)

  https://youtu.be/ShTvFX7ypUc

 

 

Paul Siebel Jack Knife Gypsy. The Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. 2019

LOUISE 

(Paul Siebel) 

by Paul Siebel

Pro: Peter K. Siege 

(Elektra: 1970) 

A deceiver, don’t believe her, that’s her trade’ 

https://youtu.be/lAX3uuun_Ls    

The most popular song written by little known 

New York-born singer/songwriter Paul Siebel,

 it was covered by a number of different artists 

including Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt. 

Another standout Siebel composition is SPANISH JOHNNY 

recorded by both Emmylou Harris and Waylon Jennings.


PAINTED LADIES

 (Ian Thomas)

 by Ian Thomas

Pro: Jim Lombardo 

(Janus: 1973) 

https://youtu.be/QRvY-I9pNpI 

 Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Thomas also wrote RUNNER,

 a 1974 chart hit by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. 


PASTIES AND A G-STRING

 (Tom Waits) 

by Tom Waits

Pro & Sound: 

Bones Howe 

(Asylum: 1976)

 https://youtu.be/hzJoSCYz-14

 

 

Def Leppard Hysteria. Billboard Top 200. Alan Warner. The Door to Yesterday. 2019

 POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME 

(Steve Clark/Phil Collen/Joe Elliott/Rick Savage/Robert John Lange) 

by Def Leppard

Pro: Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange

 (Mercury: 1987)

 https://youtu.be/T7atGjCspU4 

 ‘Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp’


SISTERS OF MERCY

 (Leonard Cohen) 

by Leonard Cohen

Pro: John Simon 

(Columbia: 1967) 

And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night’

https://youtu.be/VT9k5NHCdvQ 

 From Leonard’s debut LP “Songs Of Leonard Cohen”. 


SWEET, FAST HOOKER BLUES 

(Buddy Saint-Marie) 

by Buffy Sainte-Marie\

Pro: Norbert Putnam 

(MCA: 1974)

 

TRUCK STOP GIRL 

(Lowell George/Bill Payne) 

by The Byrds

Pro: Terry Melcher & Jim Dickson 

(Columbia: 1970) 

https://youtu.be/9Pl0oB6UF8w  

Vocal by Clarence White.
Written by the co-founders of Little Feat: 

Lowell George and Bill Payne.

 

THE WHORES OF PARIS

 (Bernie Taupin) 

by Bernie Taupin

Pro: Humberto Gatica 

(Elektra: 1980) 

The closing track from Bernie’s second solo album “He Who Rides The Tiger”. 


And to close out this bulletin, 

David Rose’s chart-topping trombone-led burlesque-inspired instrumental…

THE STRIPPER

 (David Rose) 

by David Rose & His Orchestra

Pro: Jesse Kaye 

(MGM: 1962) 

https://youtu.be/Y2CWfSLyjx8


Rock on.


Alan Warner


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