Mr. Y & Joe – A Tale Of Two Nightclub Owners


Behind The Candelabra kicked ass in the ratings the other night. The few people I know with HBO all watched it. But, it was deemed “too gay” for theaters, so it was not picked up by any distributors. I was kind of shocked to read that, it seems like Liberace still has friends in the biz, and they did not like the idea of this film being made. Of course, I would have gone to see it. It would have been the first trip to the movies for me since Transformers 2 over four years ago. And that sucked.

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In the book, Liberace: An American Boy, the author Darden Asbury Byron, tells us more about Scott Thorson’s connections to the L.A. underworld figures known as Chris Cox and Eddie Nash. Chris Cox is Mr. Y, and Eddie is known as Joe.

More people watched his nationally syndicated television show between 1953 and 1955 than followed I Love Lucy. Even a decade after his death, the attendance records he set at Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl, and Radio City Music Hall still stand. Arguably the most popular entertainer of the twentieth century, this very public figure nonetheless kept more than a few secrets.

More people watched his nationally syndicated television show between 1953 and 1955 than followed I Love Lucy. Even a decade after his death, the attendance records he set at Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl, and Radio City Music Hall still stand. Arguably the most popular entertainer of the twentieth century, this very public figure nonetheless kept more than a few secrets.

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Standing almost a foot taller than Liberace, Scott was a big dude, and when on a drug rampage, Liberace was quite terrified of him.

University of Chicago Press, June, 2000. A month before the movie aired, there was another edition of this book printed. I bet that it sells like hot cakes!

University of Chicago Press, June, 2000. A month before the movie aired, there was another edition of this book printed. I bet that it sells like hot cakes!

Liberace: "You Monster!"

Liberace: “You Monster!” LOL

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