« Song of the Day #677 | Main | Song of the Day #679 »

Song of the Day #678

Song of the Day: Just in Time, words and music by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne, has been performed by many artists through the years (and it has been spoofed too). Listen especially to audio clips of renditions by Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, and Judy Garland, whose funeral was held at the Campbell Funeral Home in New York City on this day in 1969. It was the same day that many gays, in mourning over the passing of this cultural icon, took to the streets in response to a routine police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. And so was born the Gay Liberation Movement.

Comments

Chris,
What kind of involvement, if any, did you have in the Gay Liberation Movement? Sounds like it had it's beginnings in your part of town. You've been a NYC boy all your life, right?

Nick, the Gay Liberation Movement long precedes my adult years. I was 9 years old when the Stonewall Riots occurred, and was a sickly teenager throughout the 70s.

But I was a bit of a campus libertarian radical in the early 80s, and did take many principled stands on gay and lesbian issues in my role as Chair of the NYU chapter of Students for a Libertarian Society.