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< LilyChampagne & Fred doing "Last Train To Boogie" at TheTurret circa 1981


> LilyChampagne & Fred doing "Last Train To Boogie" at [[The Turret]] circa 1981

picCirca 1980 Born ca. 1951, died August, 1986 at the age of 35

More story can be found at PeanutButterAndJamSandwichTwentyFivea.

From a Net Conversaton

Fred was Andy Brookes lover... Andy died in New York a few years back too. A very pretty and a nice guy. He was one of the hustlers in the early '80s and Fred took him in, and they stayed together till Fred died. Andy then met up with a Doctor from New York and moved there

Ask Bill sometime about Fred's funeral; I guess it was quite a scene because according to Fred's mother, he was not gay and Andy was not allowed at the funeral.

I heard all the drag queens made an appearance at the funeral in respect.

picLilyChampagne & Fred doing "Last Train To Boogie" at [[The Turret]] circa 1981

RandyKennedy writes:1 I remember when Fred came on the scene he was still married. He was going out with Darrel for a few years before Andy, and actually I was dating him for a short minute however we were better as friends. I remember when he was going through his divorce , he went on a huge spending spree maxing out all his credit cards and eventually claiming bankruptcy so his wife would get nothing. He had bought me 5 pairs of heels.

Later he worked as doorman and he was a big supporter of the shows. During the police strike, he drove me around city with me dressed as Laverne on the roof of his car. I was yelling Laverne for mayor. LOL.

When he died , his mother arrived at his and Andy's home with a lawyer and had Andy thrown out on the street with only a suitcase. I was working at the Sternwheeler when Andy came in with his little suitcase in tears and no where to go. He stayed there with me all afternoon. Even though they were a couple , everything was in Fred's name so Andy lost everything. The mother tried to stop me from entering at his funeral so I gave her a choice: she lets me, or I stand at the door telling everyone that came in that Fred was gay. I won the battle and remained silent at the back of the room.

Fred was an all out Great Guy and I am sure is still missed to this day .


1. Facebook, Turret Memories, April 12, 2016