For fifty years the world - and three wives - believed that Billy Tipton, professional jazz musician, was a man. Writer Diane Wood Middlebrook lifts the lid on jazz's. Entdecken Sie Veröffentlichungen von Billy Tipton auf Discogs. Kaufen Sie Platten, CDs und mehr von Billy Tipton auf dem Discogs-Marktplatz. Billy Lee Tipton (* Dezember in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; † Januar ) war ein US-amerikanischer Jazzpianist und -saxophonist. Tipton wurde.
The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone QuartetFinden Sie tolle Angebote für Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton von Middlebroo | Buch | Zustand gut. Kaufen Sie mit Vertrauen bei eBay! Billy Tipton – Bücher gebraucht, antiquarisch & neu kaufen ✓ Preisvergleich ✓ Käuferschutz ✓ Wir ♥ Bücher! The jazz pianist Billy Tipton was born in Oklahoma City as Dorothy Tipton, but almost nobody knew the truth until the day he died. This jazz era biography.
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He played mainly swing standards and less jazz, even though he preferred jazz. His performances also included skits like vaudeville performers did.
He imitated celebrities like Liberace and Elvis Presley. In some of these comedy skits, he played a little girl. In the late s, Tipton's arthritis got worse and he had to retire from music.
Early in his career, Tipton appeared as a male only as a musician. He appeared as a woman at other times.
He lived with a woman named Non Earl Harrell. Other musicians thought this was a lesbian relationship. The relationship ended in This lasted for several years.
Then, or seven years, Tipton lived with a young woman named Betty Cox. She was 19 when they started their relationship.
Cox said they had a heterosexual relationship. Betty remembered Tipton as "the most fantastic love of my life. Tipton said that he had been in a serious car accident which had badly damaged his genitals and broken some ribs.
He said he had to wear bandages protect his damaged chest. He told his female partners this story later in his life.
Tipton was never legally married, but several women had drivers' licenses naming them Mrs. In , Tipton ended the relationship with Cox.
He settle down with nightclub dancer and stripper, Kitty Kelly later known as Kitty Oakes. Her professional name was "The Irish Venus.
They adopted three sons, John, Scott, and William. After Tipton died, Kitty gave several interviews about him and their relationship.
There were certain rules and regulations in those days if you were going to be a musician. His son William described Tipton as a good father who loved to go on Scout camping trips.
Not long after moving to Spokane, Tipton gave up playing music professionally, which changed his presentation exactly zero percent. From the time he had autonomy as a young adult until the day he died, Tipton lived as a man.
No Ordinary Man takes Tipton's story from the dissembling "all the world's a stage" ponderousness of Middlebrook's book and contextualizes Tipton's life as he lived it.
To help ground Tipton's story in his lived experience, interestingly, the documentary turns to fictionalization. No Ordinary Man intersperses interviews with trans luminaries discussing Tipton's life with footage of transmasc actors reading for the part of Billy Tipton, as they might in a rehearsal or audition.
These vignettes were always intended to be used in the documentary—there's no forthcoming Tipton biopic. Each of the scenes features a real event from Tipton's life, expanded on by writers Aisling Chin-Yee and Amos Mac based on how they imagine it might've happened; call it speculative non-fiction.
The vignettes were written "based on what I thought were important moments in Billy's life," Mac explained. Instead of going this other route of recreation, which you see all the time, this is a way to bring in transmasculine actors to embody this person that they might not have heard of and also have never seen moving around.
It's a way to also bring the conversation around to how to retell someone's story in a nontraditional manner, while learning about them as well.
It's a postmodern wrinkle thrown into the standard talking-heads-dispense-facts documentary format, one that allows No Ordinary Man 's creators some freedom to bridge the gap between Tipton's biography and his life, while remaining self-aware of their inevitable shortcomings.
That the documentary features multiple actors portraying Tipton in these scenes emphasizes that, even in a scripted portrayal, they're still only guessing at what Tipton might've been like.
If Billy Tipton had multiple lives, it's through the many interpretations of his story after his death, and not the singular life he himself led.
More than reframing the life of Billy Tipton as the life of a trans man, No Ordinary Man reminds us that if we aren't empowered to tell our own stories, we're condemned to have others tell them for us.
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Collage by Hunter French. Photo via Getty. The Singular Life of Billy Tipton. This is the story he would also tell subsequent women with whom he was involved.
Betty remembered him as "the most fantastic love of my life. After Betty ended their relationship, he quickly became involved with Maryann Catanach, a prostitute.
According to Maryann, theirs was a normal sexual relationship, and she did not know that Tipton was biologically female, since he dressed in private, had sex only in the dark, and preferred to touch, not to be touched.
In , he ended a relationship with a prostitute to be married to nightclub dancer and stripper Kitty Kelly later known as Kitty Oakes , who was known professionally as "The Irish Venus.
Kitty said that they never had sex but had an otherwise normal life. They were involved with their local PTA and with the Boy Scouts.
They adopted three sons, John, Scott, and William. Although Kitty denied having any knowledge that she was married to a transman , John and Scott did not believe her.
William described Tipton as a good father who loved to go on Scout camping trips. Their adopted sons became difficult to manage during their adolescence.
Because of the couple's ongoing arguments over how they should raise the boys, Tipton left Kitty, moved into a mobile home with their sons, and resumed his old relationship with Maryann.
He remained there until his death a year later. Tipton finished his life living in poverty in a mobile home park.
In , at the age of 74, he believed that he was suffering the effects of emphysema and refused to call a doctor. What he was really suffering from was a hemorrhaging ulcer , which, untreated, was fatal.
It was while paramedics were trying to save Tipton's life that his watching son, William, learned for the first time that his father was biologically female, a secret which the coroner soon revealed to his family.
Tipton was pronounced dead at Valley General Hospital, and Kitty arranged for his body to be cremated in an attempt to keep Billy's secret.
But one of Billy's sons gave an interview, and the story was seized upon by the media, who eagerly told the story despite Kitty's objections.
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