Shaw was a night club singer who moved to Los Angeles in the early
first learned about Beverly Shaw while visiting the ONE Archives at
her album. Hold your cursor over it to see the flip side. It doesn't
It was her own record label, named after her night club,
And, there was a 45 rpm record...
below, matchbooks from the club...note the "Sir!"
Check out this wonderful blog entry on the Club Laurel
Mona's was a very popular lesbian bar in San Francisco in the 1940's. Above, male impersonators and performers between sets at the club, with Beverly Shaw seated, center. The photo below, circa 1945, shows Shaw at Mona's. Standing (left to right): "Butch," Jan Jansen, Kay Scott, Jimmy Reynard; Seated: (left to right) "Mike," Beverly Shaw, unidentified, "Mickey."
above, napkin from
eBay auction I won,
recent t-shirt tribute
of Beverly Shaw are so very rare, in the gay media or
anywhere, that I was
in a 1970 copy of Voice, the page below talks about a birthday party
for a local
anyone has additional information, photos, articles, etc on Beverly
July 2012: I was delighted to receive an email from Pat, a close friend of Beverly Shaw, who has allowed me to display what she wrote.
1948 I first saw Beverly Shaw at the Flamingo. Some friends took me
there for my 18th birthday. I didn't see her again until I got out of
the Air Force (in 1952) when another friend took me to the newly opened
Club Laurel. At the time Beverly was living with Betty (her partner,
who also financed the club). I was, as most women were, mesmerized by
Miss Shaw. She was a beautiful handsome woman. I frequented the Club
nightly, culminating in a friendship with Beverly, and even worked at
the club as a waitress in the 50's. We played tennis every Thursday
and Saturday (she was a good player and, although she was 15 years older
she beat me most of the time). We maintained a close friendship until
I moved to Big Bear in 1979. Then I came off the mountain to take her
to lunch or whatever.
February 2015: I was contacted by a close family friend of Beverly Shaw, with some additional information. She is Noelle Barton and her father, Christopher Barton, wrote the liner notes for the LP. Upon my request she did some digging to try to verify the year of the album's release year, and asked Beverly's daughter (age 82), and they came up with between 1954 and 1957. Noelle's father performed under the name Chris Bailey at many of the famous female impersonator clubs, and her godmother was Lynne Carter. So Noelle grew up in a very connected show-business family.