A Place at the Table

A Playlist at the Table

The Jazz Age and After
“Masculine Women, Feminine Men” – Merritt Brunies & His Friars Inn Orchestra (1926)
“He's My Secret Passion” – Danny Yates Orchestra (1930)
“Falling in Love Again” – Marlene Dietrich (1930)
“Come Up and See Me Sometime” – Mae West (ca. 1935)
“What's Going to Happen to the Tots” – Noel Coward (1930s)
“Down in the Depths (On the 90th Floor)” (Cole Porter, 1936) – Portia Nelson (1950s)
“San Francisco” (1936) – Rufus Wainwright (2007)
“The Lady Is a Tramp” (Rodgers & Hart, 1937) –LenaHorne (1950s)
“They Can't Take That Away from Me” (George and Ira Gershwin, 1937) – Michael Feinstein (2006)
Songs from Cabaret (1966, based on a 1939 Christopher Isherwood story)
     “Willkommen” – Joel Grey
     “Don't Tell Mama” – Jill Hayworth
     “Cabaret” – Liza Minnelli
“Over the Rainbow” – Judy Garland (original 1939)
“Chica Chica Boom Chic” – Carmen Miranda (1941)
“He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings” – Harry Babbitt with the Kay Kyser Orchestra (1942)
“La Vie en Rose” – Edith Piaf (1946)
 
Women Sing the Blues
“'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do” – Bessie Smith (1923)
“Prove It On Me Blues” – Ma Rainey (1928)
“How Much Can I Stand?” – Gladys Bentley (1928)
“Sweet Georgia Brown” – Alberta Hunter (1960s)
“They Call Me Big Mama” – Big Mama Thornton (1960s)
“Little Girl Blue” (Rodgers & Hart, 1935) – Janis Joplin (1969)
 
Queer Composition
“Dance of the Angels” (Virgil Thomson & Gertrude Stein, 1934) – Joel Thome & Orchestra Of Our Time (1982)
“Fanfare for the Common Man” (Aaron Copeland, 1942) – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Phillip Ellis (1994)
“Sixteen Dances #8” (John Cage, 1951) – Ensemble Moderne (1991)
“The Nightingale” – Ned Rorem (1951)
“West Side Story Prologue” (Leonard Bernstein, 1961) – West Side Story Original Motion Picture Cast Recording (1961)
 
Secret Lives and Special Loves in the 1950s and 1960s
“Too Darn Hot” (Cole Porter, 1948) – Ella Fitzgerald (1956)
“Cry” – Johnnie Ray (1952)
“Secret Love” – Doris Day (1953)
“Satin Doll” (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn & Johnny Mercer, 1953) – Duke Ellington Orchestra (1959)
“My Funny Valentine” (Rodgers & Hart, 1954) – Chet Baker (1954)
“Strange New Cottage inBerkeley” – Allen Ginsberg (1955)
“A Supermarket inCalifornia” – Allen Ginsberg (1955)
“Chances Are” – Johnny Mathis (1957)
“I Wanna Be Loved by You” – Marilyn Monroe (1959)
“Over the Rainbow” – Liberace (1960s)
“Somewhere” (Bernstein & Sondheim) – West Side Story Original Motion Picture Cast Recording (1961)
“You Don't Own Me” – Leslie Gore (1963)
“This Is My Life” – Shirley Bassey (1967)
“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” – Scott McKenzie (1967)
“Theme from The Valley of the Dolls” (Bacharach/David, 1967) – k.d. lang (1997)
“Being Alive” (Sondheim) – Dean Jones (1970)
“Ballad of the Sad Young Men” – Rod McKuen (1973)
“Don't Rain on My Parade” –   Jim Bailey (as Barbra Streisand) (1972)
“Candle in the Wind” – Elton John (1973)
 
Glamouring Gender
“Walk on the Wild Side” – Lou Reed (1972)
“Movie Queen” – Jobriath (1973)
“Sweet Transvestite” – The Rocky Horror Picture Show Band (1977)
“Man Enough to Be a Woman” – Jayne/Wayne County & the Electric Chairs (1978)
“Boys Keep Swinging” – David Bowie (1979)
“Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen (1980)
“Origin of Love” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)
“Take Your Mama” – Scissor Sisters (2004)
 
Singing Liberation: Lesbian Feminism, Gay Lib, and Beyond
“I Am Woman” – Helen Reddy (1972)
“The Woman in Your Life” – Alix Dobkin (1973)
“Ode to a Gym Teacher” – Meg Christian (1973)
“At Seventeen” – Janis Ian (1975)
“Sweet Woman” – Cris Williamson (1975)
“Freedom Time” – Linda Tillery (1978)
“Te Doy Una Cancion” – Holly Near (1984)
“Homophobia” – Romanovsky & Phillips (1986)
“Step by Step” – Sweet Honey in the Rock (1986)
“Talkin' bout a Revolution” – Tracy Chapman (1988)
“Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls (1989)
“Everything Possible” – The Flirtations (1990)
“Yes I Am” – Melissa Etheridge (1993)
“Leviticus: Faggot” – Meshell Ndegeocello (1996)
 
On the Dance Floor from the Seventies to Today
“Lady Marmalade” – Labelle (1974)
“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” – Sylvester (1978)
“We Are Family” – Sister Sledge (1979)
“Go West” – Village People (1979)
“I'm Coming Out” – Diana Ross (1980)
“Do You Wanna Funk” – Sylvester & Patrick Cowley (1982)
“Not the Boy Next Door” – Peter Allen (1983)
“I Am What I Am” (From La Cage aux Folles, 1983) – Gloria Gaynor (1995)
“Hideaway” – Erasure (1987)
“Free Love” – Voice Farm (1987)
“Rubber Lover (Skin Tight Mix)” – Deee-Lite (1992)
“Supermodel (You Better Work)” – RuPaul (1993)
“Cambia La Piel” – Ricky Martin (2000)
“Emerge” – Fischerspooner (2001)
“Blind” – Hercules and Love Affair with AntonyHegarty (2008)
 
LGBT Indie
“Bad Reputation” – Joan Jett (1980)
“She’s a Woman (And Now He’s a Man)” – Hüsker Dü (1987)
“Losing My Religion” – R.E.M. (1991)
“Rock n Roll Queer Bar” – Pansy Division (1993)
“I Kissed a Girl” – Jill Sobule (1995)
“Not a Pretty Girl” – Ani DiFranco (1995)
“Deceptacon” – Le Tigre (1999)
“Heavy Cross” – Gossip (2009)
“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” – Discovery (2009)
“Light Up” – Tegan and Sara (2009)
“Diplomat's Son” – Vampire Weekend (2010)
“Andrew in Drag” – The Magnetic Fields (2012)