photo: John P. Harnois
John P. Harnois shot my favorite Bootsey X photos... he wrote me and said this was shot on a roof on Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit. The girls were called at the time..The Lambchops of Soul.
Valorie aka Sister Dynamite wrote in and said, "This photo was taken on Jeff Grande's roof/patio." "The Boot is very cuddly, so this pose was a piece of yummy cake." That is Kelly-she was post-Lambchop-and me.
"Oh, yeah-I designed those little outfits we had on-I was going to Wayne State University, working as a grad assistant. at the Hilberry in the costume shop." "I found a few scraps laying around to make mine..."
photo: John P. Harnois
Kelly and Valorie were dancer/backup singers with Bootsey on the fabulous Dan Boyd videos that I love. Here are 3 of them....
Bootsey X and the Lovemasters perform an original song Pony Down feat Bob Mulrooney - vocals, Jeff Grand Gerald Shohan Don Gillespie Robert Steel, Vito Marchione, Debbie Murphy, Valorie Moore Dynomite and Dolomite (Kelly); shot by Dan Boyd for Wizard of Livonia at Mr. Christian's/ Jamison's
The headliner was Bootsey X and the Lovemasters. So the place was full of people I knew, it was packed from long before the first band until long after the last note faded. Bootsey was always a crowd pleaser and this night was no different.
The band played a couple of tunes before Bootsey appeared in his signature shades and dress coat, the crowd went wild and he hadn’t sung a note yet. He milked the reaction like the pro he is, dancing near each band member working the entire room. By the time he started singing everyone was singing along, taping their feet and slamming their beer mugs on the table.
Bootsey was always the peacemaker off-stage, he would tell me hey did you hear that everyone is mad at so and so. Then he proceeded to tell me what so and so had to do to appease everyone. He was always right, usually it was a slight misunderstanding that was easily corrected and Bob gave the advice needed.
Bootsey X is the consummate front man he knows how to use body language to connect with the audience and his insightful tongue in cheek lyrics had everyone laughing and wondering how he got away with calling himself a genius from the waist down for example. For Bootsey it all came natural, I think that happens when you spend years performing from behind a drum kit. Dan Boyd
Detroit's own Genius From The Waist Down, Bootsey X and the Lovemasters feat Bob Mulrooney - vocals, Jeff Grand Gerald Shohan Don Gillespie Robert Steel, Vito Marchione, The Sugarbabes Debbie Murphy and Valorie Moore otherwise known as Dynomite and Dolomite; shot by Dan Boyd for Wizard of Livonia at Mr. Christian's/ Jamison's
Thank you SISTER DYNOMITE AND THE WIZARD OF LIVONIA....XK