In the previous post today, author Frank DeCaro who, according to many, just wrote THE definitive history of drag, Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business talks about the legendary drag impersonator, Jim Bailey in an interview with Queerty. He says,
“I single out drag legends – “big wigs,” as I call them – like Divine, who was the ultimate proto-punk, and also a traditional Barbra Streisand impersonator like the late, great Jim Bailey. [who] is worth learning about, too. He, I kid you not, performed in drag on a primetime network TV salute to the Super Bowl in the late Seventies. He arrives in an open convertible dressed as Streisand in “A Star is Born” singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” It’s on YouTube. You’ll die when you see it. It couldn’t be more camp. THAT’S subversive.”
I looked that one up and you can see it below, but take a look at Bailey on The Carol Burnett Show in ’72 when her show was THE biggest thing on TV, in prime time doing Streisand with a sprinkling of Judy and Phyllis Diller too.