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    1965-11-05 Buffalo, Go-Go McVans, NY

    Friday 5 November 1965
    Buffalo, Go-Go McVans, Niagara Street, New York, USA
    Note news ad starts on 5th - 'all this week'
    ‘Maurice James’ is with Joey Dee and the Starliters for a week residency.

    Support: 'Va-Va-Go-Go Girls'

    [
    same name as those at 'Mario's Club Au Go-Go' in Syracuse]
    Accommodation: Buffalo Hotel?
    Songs:
    Peppermint Twist (Joey Dee & Henry Glover)
    Shout! (O'Kelly Jr., Rudolph & Ronald Isley)
    a.o. unknown


    Fri
    day 5 November 1965
    USA (Buffalo, NY)

    THE SPECTRUM (page 9) [B&W text ad, photo of a Go-Go dancer in a cage]
    GO-GO McVAN’S

    Announces Continuous Entertainment Every Nite

    See VA-VA-GO-GO GIR
    LS—3 Full Shows
    FRI
    ., SAT., SUN. & MON.
    ----------------------------

    ALL THIS WEEK

    JOEY DEE

    AND

    THE STARLIGHTERS

    Direct From

    THE PEPPERMINT LOUNGE

    New York City

    ONLY TWO SHOWS NIGHTLY FOR THIS GREAT REVUE

    New
    McVAN’S A Go-Go
    RESTAURANT and NITECLUB

    2078 NIAGARA ★ BANQUET ♦
    875-8260

    Joey Dee
    : “In Buffalo, there had been a big snowstorm at Go-Go McVan's Nightclub. Schools, government buildings all closed and we’re sitting around the hotel figuring there wouldn’t be a show, when we got a call from the club’s owner, Joseph Terrose, "Get down here - the place is jammed!” I would like to think they were clamoring to see us but probably word had gotten around about Jimi. McVan’s provided us with six backup dancing girls so we had plenty of companionship that frigid weekend. To get us laughing, Jimi borrowed some of the girl’s costumes and he dressed up in drag - always a great sense of humor. Whenever he had something sly to say, he would put his left hand over his mouth with his fingers pointing
    upward, as if in a clandestine manner, "Hey Joey, check out the chick over there.”

    Jimmy Mayes
    [tells the story better, but has it at Halloween?]: “I knew Jimmy before he became a big star and I can say one thing about him and Joey Dee and Martha [Reeves], they never changed. I knew him before he became a star and after he became a star...
    ...We were in Buffalo one night and back, back in the ‘60’s, in those days, there was somethin’ called, ‘let’s bury the show’, or ‘let’s close the show out.’ So, it was Jimmy’s idea that we would change clothes with the go-go dancers, because nearly everybody had go-go dancers then. So, we went in the girls’ room and we put on their dresses, they made us up with lipstick, put bows in our hair, and we kept on our boots, and we had these go-go dresses on.
    But that’s the short story, but if you want the whole story and see the pictures... it’s all goin’ in my book.”

    Saturday 9 December 1967.
    43 Upper Berkeley Street London W1.

    Taped interview by Tom ‘Meatball Fulton’ Lopez
    :
    [...]
    Tom: Yeah...you’re originally from Buffalo and you’ve been here about a...
    Jimi : No! not from Buffalo
    Tom: No?
    Girl : No? what do I get?
    Jimi : No I’m from Seattle Washington -
    Girl : It’s a very, good price
    Jimi : - originally -
    Tom: No?
    Jimi : - but I used to live -
    Tom: It‘s a delivering town
    Jimi : - but I used to live, I lived all over The ‘States though and then I wound up in
    New York, y’know, not to long ago
    Tom: Yeah
    Jimi : But I lived all over The ‘States, I stayed in Buffalo for about a month or two and
    was too cold up there
    Tom: Ha-ha-ha-ha woo yeah but if you’re up in Seattle, you know, it can’t be any co-
    colder in Buffalo, man
    Jimi : No, but Seattle has a different type of cold though, you know, it’s a different ki’,
    it’s a nice coldness, you know
    Tom: Yeah
    Jimi : It isn’t so eh cutting as Buffalo, anyway there’s this girl up there tryin’ to work ‘roots’
    on me, work this Voodoo stuff, keep me there, you know, ha-ha, had to go
    to the hospital,
    and all that, so, but I couldn’t make that scene

    Tom: Oh, what do you mean you had to go to the hospital?
    Jimi : Well, you know, she tried workin’ ‘roots’, you know, that’s that’s a scene like uh,
    they might out a, you know, there’s different things they can do, they can out
    some thing in your food or either put some uh hair in your shoe
    (Girl : Ah, no, not really but then I’ll meet you through McColl uh)
    Tom: How ridic’
    Jimi : Hi’ Voodoo stuff yeah
    Tom: Mojo?
    Jimi : Yeah and all that kind of stuff, yeah
    Tom: Right, yeah
    Jimi : Well, she tried that and-uh, I dunno, she must have tried it half hourly ‘cause I
    was just only sick in the hospital for about twenty three days
    Tom: Do you ever get involved in a, i-in that scene other than…
    Jimi : Not any more really, you know, like, a-around i-in the southern United States,
    you know, they have all the scenes, they have all the scenes like that goin’ on
    Tom: Yeah
    Jimi : But, uh it’s like, you know, i-if a, if I see it happen or if I feel it happen then I
    believe it, you know, but not necessarily if I just hear it bein’ talked about
    Tom: What about charms and things like this, you know, the way
    Jimi : Oh, yeah, if a person, you know, a person gives off, they give out certain, really,
    you know, electric shocks anyway, really
    Tom: Right, yeah energies and
    Jimi : Yeah and so then, if they can uh, they can actually get these things together
    really, you know, if the vibrations are strong enough, they’re gettin’ these
    charms workin’, you know, they can actually do it.
    [...]
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    Re: 1965-11-05 Buffalo, Go-Go McVans, NY

    Looks like the gig only started on this day, and only ran for a week? Here's an advert I dug up.
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    Re: 1965-11-05 Buffalo, Go-Go McVans, NY

    The boys in drag
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