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Featured– Remembering Raquel Welch’s Las Vegas Cabaret Present

Posted on: February 15, 2023, 08:02h. 

Final up to date on: February 15, 2023, 08:05h.

Raquel Welch – who died right this moment at age 82 after a quick sickness – was identified for her movie and TV roles. However few do not forget that the ‘60s intercourse image additionally starred in her personal Las Vegas nightclub act.

Raquel Welch on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Raquel Welch, as she appeared on the opening night time of her cabaret present on the Las Vegas Hilton on New Yr’s Eve 1972. (Picture: Robert Scott Hopper)

Within the one-hour revue – staged for a few month on the Las Vegas Hilton starting on December 31, 1972 – Welch sang hit songs comparable to Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Child Tonight” and Debby Boone’s “You Mild Up My Life.”

A 1970 tv particular, “Raquel,” had drawn vital tomatoes and allegations that the starlet lip-synced to an uncredited singer’s vocal recordings. Welch created her Hilton present as a method of figuring out materials for a second TV particular that may show her expertise.

“I’m weary of being a curiosity,” she instructed the San Bernardino County Solar on the time. “This present provides me an opportunity to do one thing – to sing and dance and carry out as knowledgeable entertainer, which is what I’m.”

Extra Than Only a Intercourse Image

Welch started her revue with an autobiographical monologue wherein she rejected the legend that she turned an in a single day sensation in present enterprise resulting from her bodily attributes. She recounted her beginnings in a manufacturing of “South Pacific.” (Staged in her storage in her San Diego hometown of La Jolla, she performed all of the components.) She additionally reminded the viewers that she attended San Diego State College on a dramatic scholarship.

Nevertheless, this was largely setup for a punchline. The present was additionally designed as a platform to show her comedic chops. It was known as “Raquel Welch and the World of Sid and Marty Krofft.”

At one level throughout every scripted efficiency, Welch pointed to the marionette costumed as her double and purred: “I’m the true Raquel. The puppet is the bitch.” At one other level, following Welch’s vocal rendition of “I’m a Girl,” she proved it by peeling off her costume and exposing her breasts, which have been adorned with pasties.

The revue’s centerpiece was a puppet-festooned manufacturing quantity that includes a medley based mostly on Welch’s film roles.

“We had all types of life-sized puppets of amoebas for Incredible Voyage, we did spoofs on her motion pictures like One Million Years B.C.,” Marty Krofft instructed the Phoenix New Occasions in 1999.

Sid and Marty by no means even bothered to step foot within the theater, by the best way. They have been too busy in Hollywood, churning out quality-challenged Saturday morning youngsters’s reveals together with “The Krofft Supershow,” “Lidsville,” and “Land of the Misplaced.” So that they despatched members of their crew to run the puppets.

“I at all times inform individuals we have been the one act to play Vegas, get one hundred pc billing and we by no means needed to be there,” Krofft boasted. “I believe (Welch) was at all times bugged that we bought all the nice opinions and he or she’d stroll by our dressing room and by no means noticed us there.”

And the opinions have been good, adequate to get that second TV particular. CBS aired “Actually, Raquel” on March 8, 1974 – with out the pasties scene – to usually good opinions. A replica saved by KNXT-TV is presently streaming on YouTube.

Elvis Connection

Elvis and Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch (second from proper) seems with Elvis in his 1964 film, ‘Roustabout.’ (Picture: elvispresleymusic.com.au)

Acting on the primary stage on the Las Vegas Hilton in 1973 meant that Welch kind of opened for Elvis Presley, whom she normally caught coming into the theater as she bought able to exit. They knew one another casually, since Welch’s first film position was a bit half in his 1964 car, “Roustabout.”

“Elvis got here in proper after me,” Welch stated in an interview posted to elvispresleymusic.com.au. “At his present, he was dressed all in white, with bellbottoms with just a little gold slit on the facet, and loads of jewellery and brocade coming down on his jacket and a high-neck collar. He seemed virtually like Liberace. I went to his dressing room, and he was very candy, very good, and he confirmed me all his jewellery. However he didn’t appear to be actually pleased in his eyes.”