I saw Joan Rivers Live . .

. . in Las Vegas in 1973! Yikes! Can that be?

She was 40yrs old. She was delightfully rude.

Pet Clark Joan RiversHollywood Reporter
August 1, 1973

Bravo Sid Gathrid of Caesar’s Palace for giving the summer crowds one of the freshest, brightest and most entertaining bookings of the year in the lady stars Petula Clark and Joan Rivers. Destroying the old hand-me-down Strip myth that two females are artistically incompatible and or have ineffectual drawing power, Pet and Joan’s opening string of standingroom-only crowds found the duo irresistible.

There’s a delightful mix-up of interplay of the stars’ talents; Petula does comedy bits and Joan sings!
The “raid” on the other’s forte only adds to the evening’s abundance of style, polish and charm.

Songs Performed:

Color My World/You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Don’t Sleep in the Subway – – – – – LISTEN: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2obt60_petula-clark-don-t-sleep-in-the-subway-w-lyrics_music
Beatles medley: Something/Penny Lane/All You Need is Love
You and I (from Goodbye Mr. Chips)
I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love
(How about them grits)
Your Cheatin’ Heart
You’ve Got a Friend
Band introductions
I Don’t Know How to Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar)
What the World Needs Now

I went with Jim & Katie Patterson, wonderful host family, and Dottie Moffett, kind friend (who had been an exchange student to Cape Town the year before).

Now she’s gone:
Dottie’s also gone – way too early at 50.