These tracks were played during the beginning portion of the The Trouble With Ray Kickstarter Party. They were selected because the artists, performers or authors were LGBT or the songs have become gay anthems and span various decades. Many thanks to JD Doyle at queermusicheritage.com. (The years are approximate.)
1. (1923) Bessie Smith: Jail-House Blues.
2. (1928) Ma Rainey: Prove It On Me Blues.
3. (1918) Charles Trenet: La Mer.
4. (1938) Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (written by Cole Porter): Begin the Beguine.
5. (1956) Tab Hunter: Young Love.
6. (1969) Dusty Springfield: Son of a Preacher Man.
7. (2013) Lea DeLaria: Call Me.
8. (1939) Judy Garland: Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz).
9. (2005) Harvey Fierstein: I Am What I Am (Live).
10. (1975) Janis Ian: At Seventeen.
11. (1982) Culture Club: Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.
12. (1965) The Kinks: See My Friends.
13. (1975) Queen: You’re My Best Friend.
14. (1992) George Michael: Somebody to Love (by Queen).
15. (2012) Antony & The Johnsons: Future Feminism.
(16 & 17 were played together)
16. (1947) Robert Duncan: The Homecoming.
17. (1948) John Cage: In a Landscape.