Thunderpuss

Thunderpuss is the (mainly dance) remix/production team of music producers Barry Harris and Carl Cox. Harris, an openly gay musician and DJ, had worked previously as part of several music groups, including Kon Kan, Top Kat, Killer Bunnies and Outta Control, and had also released several singles himself. Cox, an openly straight musician and DJ, had also worked for years as a DJ and producer, producing a megamix of Paula Abdul songs, among other things, and started his own record label, Interhit Records, with Jeff Johnson.

Harris & Cox originally met in the late '80s and remained friends for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit. They didn't start working together as a production team until late 1997, though. Their first project as Thunderpuss was a cover of the song "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", with Thea Austin, formerly of Snap! performing vocals. They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss.

Over the course of almost six years, Thunderpuss had a very successful career as remixers and producers. Their biggest remix success was a hit remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston. They also produced hit remixes of songs by Mary J. Blige ("No More Drama" & "Rainy Dayz", with Ja Rule), CÚline Dion ("I Want You To Need Me"), Stacie Orrico ("Stuck"), and Kim English ("Higher Things"), among others. They also produced original songs for various artists, including Abigail ("Let The Joy Rise And If It Don't Fit"), Amber ("Taste The Tears"), and Soluna.

Thunderpuss also put out several singles themselves as artists, including "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag", a fully electronic dance cover of the "Pigbag" song, "Stand Up" (with Latanza Waters), and "FMH" (under the artist name Harris & Cox). They split up in late 2003 and both men are pursuing DJ/remix/production work on their own. Harris mashed up songs by Billy Squier and Fischerspooner to create the song "Everybody Wants You To Emerge" for the Queer Eye For The Straight Guy soundtrack, and Cox recently remixed the Michelle Branch single "Breathe".

Cox also found solo success for himself with his own 2000 single, "Phuture 2000".


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Cox also found solo success for himself with his own 2000 single, "Phuture 2000". In addition to her performing, Tucker was active in efforts to unionize professional actors, and was elected president of the American Federation of Actors in 1938. Harris mashed up songs by Billy Squier and Fischerspooner to create the song "Everybody Wants You To Emerge" for the Queer Eye For The Straight Guy soundtrack, and Cox recently remixed the Michelle Branch single "Breathe". Sophie Tucker's comic style is credited with influencing later female entertainers, including Bette Midler, Joan Rivers, and Roseanne. They split up in late 2003 and both men are pursuing DJ/remix/production work on their own. She was interred at Emanuel Cemetery in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Thunderpuss also put out several singles themselves as artists, including "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag", a fully electronic dance cover of the "Pigbag" song, "Stand Up" (with Latanza Waters), and "FMH" (under the artist name Harris & Cox). and UK until shortly before dying of lung cancer in 1966.

They also produced original songs for various artists, including Abigail ("Let The Joy Rise And If It Don't Fit"), Amber ("Taste The Tears"), and Soluna. She continued performing in the U.S. Blige ("No More Drama" & "Rainy Dayz", with Ja Rule), CÚline Dion ("I Want You To Need Me"), Stacie Orrico ("Stuck"), and Kim English ("Higher Things"), among others. In the 1950s and early 1960s she made television appearances on the popular Ed Sullivan Show, What's My Line, and the Tonight Show. They also produced hit remixes of songs by Mary J. She was billed as "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas," as her hearty sexual appetite was a frequent subject of her songs, unusual for female performers of the era. Their biggest remix success was a hit remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston. In the 1930s Tucker brought elements of nostalgia for the early years of 20th century into her show.

Over the course of almost six years, Thunderpuss had a very successful career as remixers and producers. She also made the first of her many movie appearances in the 1929 sound picture "Honky Tonk.". They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss. Tucker remained a popular singer through the 1920s, and hired stars such as Mamie Smith and Ethel Waters to give her lessons. Their first project as Thunderpuss was a cover of the song "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", with Thea Austin, formerly of Snap! performing vocals. Besides writing a number of songs for Tucker, Shapiro became part of her stage act, playing piano on stage while she sang, and exchanging banter and wisecracks with her in between numbers. They didn't start working together as a production team until late 1997, though. In 1921 Tucker hired pianist and songwriter Ted Shapiro as her accompanist and musical director, a position he would keep throughout her career.

Harris & Cox originally met in the late '80s and remained friends for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit. The tune, written by Shelton Brooks, was a hit and became Tucker's theme song, and later was the title of her 1945 autobiography. Cox, an openly straight musician and DJ, had also worked for years as a DJ and producer, producing a megamix of Paula Abdul songs, among other things, and started his own record label, Interhit Records, with Jeff Johnson. She made the first of her several recordings of "Some of These Days" in 1911 for Edison Records. Harris, an openly gay musician and DJ, had worked previously as part of several music groups, including Kon Kan, Top Kat, Killer Bunnies and Outta Control, and had also released several singles himself. Tucker made her first appearance in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1909, but didn't last long there because Ziegfeld's other female stars soon refused to share the spotlight with the popular Tucker. Thunderpuss is the (mainly dance) remix/production team of music producers Barry Harris and Carl Cox. She did, however, continue to draw much of her material from African American writers and culture, singing in a ragtime- and blues-influenced style, becoming known for a time as "The Ragtime Mary Garden," a reference to a famous operatic soprano of the era.

To the theater manager's surprise, Tucker was a bigger hit without her makeup than with it, and she never wore blackface again. At a 1908 appearance the luggage containing Tucker's makeup kit was stolen shortly before the show, and she hastily went on stage without her customary blackface. Not content with performing in the simple minstrel traditions, Tucker hired some of the best African American singers of the time to give her lessons and hired African American composers to write songs for her act. She made a name for herself in a style that was known at the time as a "Coon Shouter," performing African American influenced songs.

She even sang songs that acknowledged her heft, like "Nobody Loves a Fat Girl, But Oh How a Fat Girl Can Love.". She later said that this was at the insistence of theater managers, who said she was "too fat and ugly" to be accepted by the audience in any other context. Tucker played piano and sang burlesque and vaudeville tunes, at first in blackface. In 1903 she was briefly married to Louis Tuck; from which she decided to change her name to "Tucker." (She would marry twice more in her life, but neither marriage lasted more than five years.).

She was born as Sophia Kalish in Russia; her family immigrated to the United States when she was an infant and settled in Hartford, Connecticut. Sophie Tucker (13 January 1884 - 9 February 1966) was a singer and comedian, one of the most popular United States entertainers of the first third of the 20th century. Believe me, honey, rich is better.". "I've been rich and I've been poor.

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