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    Pearly Gates....


    Just got this CD/DVD. I was not familiar with Pearly Gates/Viola Billips
    from The Flirtations. Bought mine from their website [[England), but you can find it on Amazon. I was more than pleasantly surprised how much I like it. I really like her alto voice. Some of the tracks were done by Ian Levine back in the day, but they were far superior to most of what I've heard. Many of the songs Pearly had a hand in writing. The CD also includes a song by the Flirtations called "Roulette" done in more recent
    years which is quite good. A fun CD. I haven't had time to check out the video, yet. Now I'm going back and ordering another CD by Pearly. There's a nice booklet included with her/The Flirtations history and some nice pics in this fold out CD/DVD.
    SHOP | THE FLIRTATIONS
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    Ian Levine. Haven't heard that name in a minute. Is he still around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ms_m View Post
    Ian Levine. Haven't heard that name in a minute. Is he still around?
    Levine was born into a Jewish family; his parents owned and ran the "Lemon Tree" complex in Blackpool, including its casino and nightclub.[4] Levine is openly gay.[5] He suffered a major stroke in July 2014, leaving him with severely limited movement on the left side of his body.[6][7]

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    Thanks lakeside. I knew he came from money and was gay but didn't know he suffered a stroke. It's also been said he didn't treat many of the artists he dealt with fairly...and that's my nice way of stating it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ms_m View Post
    Thanks lakeside. I knew he came from money and was gay but didn't know he suffered a stroke. It's also been said he didn't treat many of the artists he dealt with fairly...and that's my nice way of stating it.
    Yes, Ms M, I heard some stories, too.

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    Brenda Holloway speaks highly of him.

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    Pearly Gates aka Vi, is a very kind and lovely lady. I've had the pleasure of interacting with her a few times via email and Facebook. She's an angel! I remember seeing the cover art for this album when it was released, but I don't recall if I ever heard any of the tracks from it. I will need to check it out...thanks Lakeside! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. Love her and the Flirtations!

    However, I do remember she did a fun and campy music video several years ago with adult performer Zeb Atlas, who played the role of her boyfriend in the video. It was fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlo View Post
    Pearly Gates aka Vi, is a very kind and lovely lady. I've had the pleasure of interacting with her a few times via email and Facebook. She's an angel! I remember seeing the cover art for this album when it was released, but I don't recall if I ever heard any of the tracks from it. I will need to check it out...thanks Lakeside! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. Love her and the Flirtations!

    However, I do remember she did a fun and campy music video several years ago with adult performer Zeb Atlas, who played the role of her boyfriend in the video. It was fun!
    Carlo, I believe this video with Zeb is included in the DVD which accompanies the CD. I haven't gotten around to watching the DVD, yet....but I remember reading about it in the booklet that came with it. There was a picture of Pearly with Zeb in the booklet, too.
    Last edited by lakeside; 10-01-2022 at 10:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlo View Post
    Pearly Gates aka Vi, is a very kind and lovely lady. I've had the pleasure of interacting with her a few times via email and Facebook. She's an angel! I remember seeing the cover art for this album when it was released, but I don't recall if I ever heard any of the tracks from it. I will need to check it out...thanks Lakeside! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. Love her and the Flirtations!

    However, I do remember she did a fun and campy music video several years ago with adult performer Zeb Atlas, who played the role of her boyfriend in the video. It was fun!

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