Satan’s Angel – The Devil’s own Mistress
This one is so hard, one of favourite Burly people in the world, passed over this week, and it smashed my heart to pieces.
No one saw this coming, you wouldn’t, being the tough as nails burly legend with the softest human heart in the world, it felt Like Angel could do anything.
Honestly Angel Walker, was probably the most admired person in burlesque.
The reaction to her passing is huge, and I think it was purely down to her beautiful soul, more than her fabulous career, it was who she was as a person.
Angel was fiery, and stood up for her principles, and for those she loved, and spoke her mind freely, and at no point did Angel feel like she had to be PC, and fit in, she always spoke from the heart.
She lived an amazing life, and a tough life ,and was never about to be walked over at any point and spoke her mind honestly and such a fighter, a caring soul she made sure those she loved knew it, and was truly there for people.
I don’t how she kept up with with all her friends she had in her life, as there was so many. Everyone loved her, a vivacious soul with a heart of gold.
When ever I spoke to Angel, I always felt like she was a women with great knowledge, and you felt warm inside and reassured after you spoke to her. I had great respect and always will.
The last time I spoke to Angel, end of last year, it was meant to be an interview and it was, but ended up interview / slash giant gossip conversation and just a good laugh.
I have a ton of notes, and at some point I may put this together, and I also have an old interview from when I featured her in Milkcow rockabilly magazine, many moons ago. I think that would be nice to re- feature that article, for her fans.
I feel like I will be talking about Angel, many more times on here, as she was such an exceptional lady.
My heart goes out to her wife Vic, and her family and close friends.
This one is hard one.
Miss you Miss Angel
you were so damn Rock N Roll
COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA BELOW
Satan’s Angel started dancing in San Francisco in 1961, after winning an amateur strip contest at North Beach nightclub Moulin Rouge. Her full moniker is Satan’s Angel, the Devil’s Own Mistress, Queen of the Fire Tassels. She has also danced under the stage names Tassel Tossin’ Angel, Angel Dahl, Angel the Body, Satana Angel, and Satin Angel.
Satan’s Angel’s signature act is to light her tassels aflame, “then extinguishing the flames by means of strenuous mammary rotation”. She would sometimes twirl five tassels at a time—two on her nipples, two on her buttocks, and one on her navel.
She performed in San Francisco in the 1960s, dancing at small and bigger nightclubs including the Esquire, the Galaxie and the Condor Club. She was also bass player in The Hummingbirds, an all girl topless cover band which performed nightly at Tipsy’s in North Beach.
Later, in Las Vegas in the 1970s and into the mid 1980s, she was cast by big-name burlesque promoters like Barry Ashton and Harold Minsky and danced at the Palomino Club, The Aladdin, Silver Slipper, and the Minsky. She also toured the United States and the rest of the world with her act.
When asked why she chose to pursue a career in burlesque, she has said she wanted the glamorous life of Gypsy Rose Lee. She has also said she borrowed artistic elements from Mae West, Lili St. Cyr, Ann Corio, Sally Keith, and Carrie Finnell to create her stage character Satan’s Angel.
She retired from burlesque in 1985, after twenty-four years, but came out of retirement in 2002. Since then she has performed in the Miss Exotic World Pageant—in 2005 as part of the Legends section of the program, and in 2006 as part of the Cavalcade of Classic Stars. She has also appeared at the annual burlesque convention Tease-O-Rama and in multiple neo-burlesque shows.
In addition to performing, Satan’s Angel now gives classes in burlesque striptease and fire tassel twirling. Strip tease and burlesque dancer Catherine D’lishhas called Satan’s Angel “a trailblazer in her profession”.