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Nothing at all against Tina, but frankly I think the late Ann Miller may be a better example. <grin> She actually started performing as an adult professional dancer at age 13. She started dancing because she had rickets!

 

Another is the late Cyd Charisse who started dancing because she had polio as a child and started dancing ballet professionally at age 14.

 

Both were born in the early 1920s.

 

The late Marlene Dietrich had an awfully nice set of pegs into her late years too. Born in 1901.

 

Bottom line: Folks who keep steppin', keep steppin'. Them as don't, probably don't. <grin>

 

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Nothing at all against Tina' date=' but frankly I think the late Ann Miller may be a better example. <grin> She actually started performing as an adult professional dancer at age 13. She started dancing because she had rickets!

 

Another is the late Cyd Charisse who started dancing because she had polio as a child and started dancing ballet professionally at age 14.

 

Both were born in the early 1920s.

 

The late Marlene Dietrich had an awfully nice set of pegs into her late years too. Born in 1901.

 

Bottom line: Folks who keep steppin', keep steppin'. Them as don't, probably don't. <grin>

 

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Great dancers with great legs. And as you said, use 'em or lose 'em.

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Nothing at all against Tina' date=' but frankly I think the late Ann Miller may be a better example. <grin> She actually started performing as an adult professional dancer at age 13. She started dancing because she had rickets!

 

Another is the late Cyd Charisse who started dancing because she had polio as a child and started dancing ballet professionally at age 14.

 

Both were born in the early 1920s.

 

The late Marlene Dietrich had an awfully nice set of pegs into her late years too. Born in 1901.

 

Bottom line: Folks who keep steppin', keep steppin'. Them as don't, probably don't. <grin>

 

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I'm with you on Ann Miller.... two of the best legs ever! And of course Cyd Charisse would be a close second.... I'm not familiar with Marlene's legs...I'll have to check out some old flicks!

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Dietrich was one of a kind. Left Germany as the Nazis came in, worked very hard as a naturalized American for the WWII war effort.

 

Bisexual. Had an affair with John Wayne and supposedly other well known folks of both sexes. <grin>

 

I can't recall off the top of my head the 30s movie she did with John Wayne, it was BW and I think set in Alaska. He told of his encounter in her dressing room at some point, I recall. I do remember a scene with her with nylons shown rather interestingly in spite of censorship laws of the era.

 

She sang - I think well - and actually played the musical saw for some USO shows.

 

Again, the woman was one of a kind.

 

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Dietrich was one of a kind. Left Germany as the Nazis came in' date=' worked very hard as a naturalized American for the WWII war effort.

 

Bisexual. Had an affair with John Wayne and supposedly other well known folks of both sexes. <grin>

 

I can't recall off the top of my head the 30s movie she did with John Wayne, it was BW and I think set in Alaska. He told of his encounter in her dressing room at some point, I recall. I do remember a scene with her with nylons shown rather interestingly in spite of censorship laws of the era.

 

She sang - I think well - and actually played the musical saw for some USO shows.

 

Again, the woman was one of a kind.

 

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Milo,

 

The movie you're referring to is probably The Spoilers, the 1942 film directed by Ray Enright, starring Dietrich, Wayne and Randolph Scott, and based on a 1906 novel by Rex Beach. Apparently, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. I've seen the film, and it's a neat one. It features (amongst other things,) a rousing fist-fight between Wayne and Scott, and yes, Marlene Dietrich and her nylons. This was produced during the time of the Hays Production Code, so it does serve as a fairly interesting historical curiosity--the code prohibits anything to "stimulate the lower and baser element," so it's indeed a wonder that the film got through with the scene intact.

 

But yeah, Dietrich seems to me like quite a special one.

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Milod/Xdemon..

"Seven Sinners" 1940 release date Ms. dietrich "requsted" John Wayne as leading man..

(My Pop was a major league Duke fan- Mostly the cowboy stuff but' date=' if Duke was in it he'd watch it).

http://www.jwaynefan.com/7sinners.html

 

Don't forget the famous Betty Grable "legs" pinups.[/quote']

 

Ya know... I was asked recently just how long a lady's legs should be.... I said, long enough to reach the ground!

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Hey, I said nothing against Tina, but...

 

With comparisons to the ladies I mentioned... Tina's still a bit young. Ditto Cher. Tina's only 70. Cher's a mere child who's younger than I am. Cyd and Miller were still a dancin' beyond that. Especially Miller.

 

Betty Grable? Cute kid. <grin>

 

In fact, the above ladies are one reason I truly dislike Grace Slick's comments about people playin' rock after a certain age.

 

If Slick wants to be, or is forced by genetics or other factors to be "old," I do understand.

 

I ain't goin' that route until there's no choice and then, frankly, I think I'd rather at that point swap a guitar for a harp.

 

Yeah, older musicians may not do cartwheels while singing or playing on stage as they may have in their youth, but musically? I see no reason whatsoever their stuff shouldn't improve with age as with a wine or a good single malt.

 

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If Slick wants to be' date=' or is forced by genetics or other factors to be "old," I do understand.

 

 

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Grace is one of those people who you can't recognize her now by looking at photos of her when she was younger. I recall seeing her around the Bay Area when she sang with "The Great Society"...man... what a cutie..... now, (granted, cancer is tough on the ol' bod), but 40 miles of bad road!!

 

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Slick looks a lot better in that pix than some I've seen.

 

But then... <grin> I ain't claimin' I don't look pretty travel-worn in some pix I've seen of me.

 

I don't care for her comment, nor will I ever, putting down folks 70 + rockin' on stage.

 

Back before Beale Street in Memphis was rebuilt, there was a place called Blues Alley that had some of the older folks as well as younger ones. I'll never forget one old gal who could hardly make it up a couple of steps to the low stage. But her singin? Wow. It was pretty "porny" in terms of the subject matter, too, and even sitting in a chair, you knew this was a woman who knew what she was talkin' about.

 

That's blues; and it should be rock as well.

 

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Slick looks a lot better in that pix than some I've seen.

 

But then... <grin> I ain't claimin' I don't look pretty travel-worn in some pix I've seen of me.

 

I don't care for her comment' date=' nor will I ever, putting down folks 70 + rockin' on stage.

 

Back before Beale Street in Memphis was rebuilt, there was a place called Blues Alley that had some of the older folks as well as younger ones. I'll never forget one old gal who could hardly make it up a couple of steps to the low stage. But her singin? Wow. It was pretty "porny" in terms of the subject matter, too, and even sitting in a chair, you knew this was a woman who knew what she was talkin' about.

 

That's blues; and it should be rock as well.

 

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I was down on Beale St. about a year ago.... at BB King's... was a youngin' guitar player, (I think they said he was 21), sounded so much like SRV, I could't believe it... his bass player broke a string, (I forget which), but he had to adjust his playing due to losing his tuning...but man, he never missed a lick!

 

Grace always had a voice, and was a cutie.....but she was as sleezy as the day was long, and not big on brains. I heard a LOT of guys went down her "White Rabbit" holes!!!!

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Rob...

 

Yeah, I heard pretty much the same thing.

 

But I could tell some tales about some of the guys I gigged with too. I think girls in those days were figuring if boys do it... why not them too...

 

Of course, a lotta them ended up dead pretty young, one way or another, both the boys and girls.

 

I left Memphis before Beale Street was redone. Then was there some time in the early 90s. Don't recall exactly, but it was a whole different place.

 

I've a UTube file of BB talking about being booed as a bluesman by a rock crowd. "It was like being black twice."

 

When I was in Memphis blues wasn't any kind of a thing even among my black friends of different ages. Blues? Naaah. Not interested. Most never knew I'd done a bunch of "old style" blues when I was in a different life in that city. Heck, most didn't know I played guitar, but that's a long, long story. <grin>

 

I dunno... life's interesting...

 

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