Remembering Raquel Welch’s Las Vegas Cabaret Present

Posted on: February 15, 2023, 08:02h. 

Final up to date on: February 15, 2023, 08:02h.

Raquel Welch – who died at present at age 82 after a short sickness – was identified for her movie and TV roles. However few do not forget that the ‘60s intercourse image additionally starred in her personal Las Vegas nightclub act.

Raquel Welch on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Raquel Welch, as she appeared on the opening night time of her cabaret present on the Las Vegas Hilton on New 12 months’s Eve 1972. (Picture: Robert Scott Hopper)

Within the one-hour revue – staged for a few month on the Las Vegas Hilton starting on December 31, 1972 – Welch sang hit songs equivalent to Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Child Tonight” and Debby Boone’s “You Gentle Up My Life.”

A 1970 tv particular, “Raquel,” had drawn essential tomatoes and allegations that the starlet lip-synced to an uncredited singer’s vocal recordings. Welch created her Hilton present as a way of figuring out materials for a second TV particular that will show her expertise.

“I’m weary of being a curiosity,” she advised the San Bernardino County Solar on the time. “This present provides me an opportunity to do one thing – to sing and dance and carry out as knowledgeable entertainer, which is what I’m.”

Extra Than Only a Intercourse Image

Welch started her revue with an autobiographical monologue wherein she rejected the legend that she turned an in a single day sensation in present enterprise because of her bodily attributes. She recounted her beginnings in a manufacturing of “South Pacific.” (Staged in her storage in her San Diego hometown of La Jolla, she performed all of the elements.) She additionally reminded the viewers that she attended San Diego State College on a dramatic scholarship.

Nevertheless, this was principally setup for a punchline. The present was additionally designed as a platform to show her comedic chops. It was referred to as “Raquel Welch and the World of Sid and Marty Krofft.”

At one level throughout every scripted efficiency, Welch pointed to the marionette costumed as her double and purred: “I’m the true Raquel. The puppet is the bitch.” At one other level, following Welch’s vocal rendition of “I’m a Girl,” she proved it by peeling off her gown and exposing her breasts, which have been adorned with pasties.

The revue’s centerpiece was a puppet-festooned manufacturing quantity that includes a medley based mostly on Welch’s film roles.

“We had all kinds of life-sized puppets of amoebas for Implausible Voyage, we did spoofs on her films like One Million Years B.C.,” Marty Krofft advised the Phoenix New Instances in 1999.

Sid and Marty by no means even bothered to step foot within the theater, by the best way. They have been too busy in Hollywood, churning out quality-challenged Saturday morning youngsters’s exhibits together with “The Krofft Supershow,” “Lidsville,” and “Land of the Misplaced.” So that they despatched members of their crew to run the puppets.

“I all the time inform folks we have been the one act to Play Vegas, get 100% billing and we by no means needed to be there,” Krofft boasted. “I feel (Welch) was all the time bugged that we received all the nice opinions and she or he’d stroll by our dressing room and by no means noticed us there.”

And the opinions have been good, adequate to get that second TV particular. CBS aired “Actually, Raquel” on March 8, 1974 – with out the pasties scene – to typically good opinions. A replica saved by KNXT-TV is presently streaming on YouTube.

Elvis Connection

Elvis and Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch (second from proper) seems with Elvis in his 1964 film, ‘Roustabout.’ (Picture:

Acting on the principle stage on the Las Vegas Hilton in 1973 meant that Welch kind of opened for Elvis Presley, whom she normally caught getting into the theater as she received able to exit. They knew one another casually, since Welch’s first film position was a bit half in his 1964 automobile, “Roustabout.”

“Elvis got here in proper after me,” Welch mentioned in an interview posted to “At his present, he was dressed all in white, with bellbottoms with just a little gold slit on the aspect, and numerous jewellery and brocade coming down on his jacket and a high-neck collar. He seemed virtually like Liberace. I went to his dressing room, and he was very candy, very good, and he confirmed me all his jewellery. However he didn’t appear to be actually comfortable in his eyes.”



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