Valentino...he was born that way...so was Carl Bean
As there's very little documented about Valentino and that first Motown gay record, I'm providing you the two articles I found on him, from The Advocate from 1975 and 1976. And, I've added some info about another Motown version of the song, by Carl Bean, and you can hear them bothh.
abovoe, Valentino at the Continental Baths, Village Voice ad, 1975
Below, Bunny Jones
Motown tried to make this song a hit again, in 1977, with a version by Carl Bean
Below are a couple articles on Carl Bean
scans 2 & 3...
continued...scans 4 & 5...
continued, scans 6 & 7...
Oct 2006), from the April 1978 issue of LA Movin', coverage
Below, added August 2010, article on Bean from Soul Magazine, 3/27/78
there have been other efforts to make Bean's versions of the song
a hit, with remixes galore, by Next Plateau Records in 1986
Sept of 2005 there were efforts to re-release the single again, a
Fortunately, they sent me a copy...
Why, yes, that IS my name in the "thank you" credits....
and now there's a book...
Sadly, Rev Bean passed on September 7, 2021, age 77. See the NYT Obituary