Angel Carter was a stripper from Las Vegas, but originally, she was from the Island of Samoa. She was a vocalist who also sang in her act. She was the dancer that gave me the hardest time when I first started at the Body Shop, but eventually we did become friends. She was dating Peter Graves from Mission Impossible then, and she had appeared on the Johnny Carson Show.
The Body Shop had once been a burlesque
club,but when I was there, it was in the midst of a lotof changes. The girls that worked there were the greatest strippers in the world. Most of them
worked in Las Vegas as strippers or showgirls. When I started, Al, the owner had decided to become the first nude club on the Strip. I was hired as the
Body Shop's first all-nude dancer, which caused a lot of friction between me and
the other girls for a while, especially Angel.
A recent Body Shop dancer, Vivian, has written to me.
We compared then and now notes and came to a conclusion.
The Body Shop today, is a great contrast to the past.
Here's Vivian's photo she sent.
I once found a quote from the Motley Crue band
describing the meaning of the song, Girls, Girls, Girls.
"All the places mentioned in the song--like the Dollhouse in Fort Lauderdale, the Marble House in Paris, France, The Body Shop and the 7th Veil in L.A.--these are all strip clubs. It's pretty self-explanatory."
Oscar won Comedian of the Year in Australia.
He was the Master of Ceremonies for the TV show, Your Hit Parade,
and was in the movie Six Pack Annie as Louis Danton.
In 1975 he put out a 45 called 'A DJ's Nightmare.'
Within a year, all the dancers in the club
along with all the other strip clubs on Sunset Boulevard--including the Largo and the Phone Booth. Things rapidly went downhill because, the clubs were competing with each other for customers, so to entice
business, the dancers were getting raunchier.
That's about the time I left Hollywood--
in the early seventies. I refused to dance that way.
"I don't know why I loved L.A
When you wised up, you left
Bidin' time out west I guess
Was the thing I loved the best
I realize now it was my last dance
And your last rowdy thought
Well, if I had a hat on
I'd sure take it off"
R.D. Simone ©1990 Third Stone, First Rose