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The entry from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia Of Rock And Roll, edited by Jon Pareles and Patricia Romankowski, Rolling Stone Press, 1983:
Born Jobriath Boone, circa 1949, California
Jobriath tried to cash in on the glitter-rock trend and turned out to be one of the most costly and least successful hypes in rock history. Elektra Records reportedly paid up to $500,000 (some say $300,000) to sign the unknown singer. Jobriath's manager, Jerry Brandt, claimed to have discovered him by overhearing a demo that Columbia Records was about to pass up. Brandt, who had previously run New York's Electric Circus and managed Carly Simon (he currently runs the Ritz in Manhattan), supposedly tracked down the 24-year-old Jobriath in L.A. The singer's only prior professional credit was starring as Woof in the L.A. and New York productions of Hair. Other facts about his past are vague.
After Jobriath and Brandt cinched the Elektra deal, they secured a 43 × 41-foot Times Square billboard of the star nearly nude (a reproduction of the LP jacket) and set up what they claimed was a $200,000 stage debut at the Paris Opera House. The show featured the singer doing mime in an eight-foot-high LuI cube, which later turned into a forty-foot phallic symbol/Empire State Building with which Jobriath played King Kong. All this got ample media attention, aided by the singer constantly referring to himself in interviews as "a true fairy" - at least giving him historical importance as one of the few openly gay rock "stars." But it didn't help sell any records; neither did Jobriath's Jaggeresque vocals. After a second album, he vanished.
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