Kamloops Daily News in British Columbia reports:
She was going to a mining town
Way up north to do her show
I said ‘It must be cold up there’
She said, ‘It depends on who you know’
— Lyrics from Mitzi Dupree
by Deep Purple
They’re calling it the end of an era, the last strip show in Kamloops.
The Duchess, formerly the Village bar, will reportedly host the final revue Saturday. Those with a sociological bent say men have come to understand that watching women undress in public is inappropriate.
Maybe, but at one time exotic dancing was more popular here than hockey.
Some will remember Mitzy Dupree and her show at Bailey’s on Eighth Street in the ’80s involving ping-pong balls. I never saw her show (honest), but I remember the spirited competition among male reporters for the assignment of “covering” the story.
Her Kamloops engagement made Dupree so famous the rock band Deep Purple wrote a song about her for their 1987 album House of Blue Light. You can now get it as a ring tone for your cell.
Thanks to Herb Alpert for the info.