October 4, 2019 at 7:11 am EDT | by Staff reports
Looking back: 50 years of the Blade
Pamala Stanley, gay news, Washington Blade
We’ve loved Pamala Stanley since the ‘70s. You can still catch her irresistible show at the Blue Moon in Rehoboth Beach. (Washington Blade photo by Daniel Truitt)

OK, so we know Pamala Stanley has been a long-time gay favorite. The sizzling songstress — whose Rehoboth Beach, Del., residency at the Blue Moon is a “can’t miss” East Coast gay experience — is a veteran diva who’s loved across the board in these parts. 

But who knew the love went back this far? A roundup of disco album reviews from the Oct. 11, 1979 edition of the Blade named Stanley’s then-new release “This is Hot” “this month’s most interesting new album.”

“‘This is Hot’ features a very strong selection of upbeat, well-balanced and produced tunes,” writer Bary Maddox gushed. “Included is the title track … the LP’s first single with its cute echo breaks and well performed synthesizer tracks.” 

He later called Stanley’s voice “strong, yet sensitive” and gave a nod to her “near-universal appeal.” That’s 40 years of love! Pretty impressive. 

That edition’s music page (A-18 if you want to look it up on the Blade’s free online archives) also featured a review of Bette Midler’s then-new release “Thighs and Whispers.” Reviewer James Wagoner wrote “this lady leaves me speechless.”

Gays and their divas — not really a new thing, eh? 

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