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L.A. Knockers 1979

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Marilyn, Patti, Jennifer, Kimberlee, Becky

July 4, 2010

Another photo session, for the purpose of advertising the LA Knockers new line-up, took place in my studio in 1979, I shot mostly B& W and some 4×5 slides as well.  I was learning to use different techniques and the big view camera was my next challenge; I used blue gels for the background light on white seamless, and red gels for the rim light.  Here’s a 35 conversion of one of those 4x5s and a B&W print.

Kimberlee, Marilyn, Jennifer, Patti, Becky

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July 1, 2010 at 2:28 am

L. A. Knockers outdoors

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Becky, Kimberlee, Jennifer, Marilyn, Patti

July 4, 2010

For this session from June 1979 we decided to use outdoor locations, one was the shiny blue wall of the Pacific Design Center, another the red wall around a doorway, fit backdrops for the colorful leotards of the LA Knockers.  The line-up: Becky Jordan, Kimberlee Carlson, Jennifer Stace, Marilyn Corwin, Patti Nelson.

We sent out to various magazines a selection of images from these early photo sessions, with a text where I wrote about the L.A. KNOCKERS

“They are hot, wild, glittery and moving in fast motion.

They dance at the beat of punk disco tunes and strike provocative poses. They are pretty but not girlish. They are strong, assertive, sexually aggressive women.

With their bodies they express the fire of unrestricted female sexuality, a world apart from the coy and slow seductiveness of traditional gogo dancers.

There is something compelling about their performance.  It must come from the fierce determination of director choreographer Jennifer, the veteran that taught them how to dance and keeps them under her wing with the love of a big sister.

They perform at the Starwood, Troubador, Comedy Store, Matrix Theater, Playboy Club, in TV and movies.”

Marilyn, Patti, Jennifer. Kimberlee, Becky

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June 30, 2010 at 2:33 am

L. A. Knockers 8 dancers

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Kimberlee, Becky, Jennifer, Patti

July 7, 2010

Another Hollywood movie spoof, the 1939 classic “Wizard of Oz”

Kimberlee Carlson as Tin Man, Becky Jordan as Dorothy, Jennifer Stace as Scarecrow, Patti Nelson as the cowardly Lion.

The L.A. Knockers have gone from 3 to 5 to 8 dancers.  Here’s the new line-up in a publicity photo.  Debbie Petersen, Leticia Ibarra, Jennifer Stace, Kimberlee Carlson, Jolli Neal, Kim Blank, (front) Becky Jordan, Patti Nelson.

Debbie, Leticia, Jennifer, Kimberlee, Jolli, Kim, Becky, Patti

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June 29, 2010 at 7:10 am

L. A. Knockers in motion

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Jennifer, Patti, Becky, Lisa, Eileen, Yana

July 9, 2010

In November 1980 we did another photo session in my Hollywood studio to create updated publicity shots for the new line-up.  Some of the costumes are familiar, a few of the dancers have changed.
Kim Blank and Kimberlee Carlson are gone (don’t worry, they will be back, as will Marilyn Corwin), but Yana Nirvana is once again in the L.A. Knockers.
Two new dancers have been added.  Spot them in the revised costumes for the “Women” song by the Village People:
Jennifer Stace as Boxer, Patti Nelson as Military Cadet, Becky Jordan as Cowboy, Lisa Durazo as Sailor, Eileen Molloy as Military Police, Yana Nirvana as Baseball player.

This is the description with the You Tube videos, and Part 2.

The L.A. Knockers – a dynamite female cabaret dance ensemble of the 70’s – 80’s toured the U.S., Japan, and Canada appearing on stage, in films, commercials and videos. Street dances- locking-waacking-disco-funk-ballroom-jazz choreographed and stylized by creator and director, Jennifer Stace and featured Yana Nirvana, Marilyn Corwin, Kimberlee Carlson, Kim Blank, Lissa Kastin, Denice Polk, Joan Wulfsohn, Becky Jordan, Susan Lonergan, Eileen Molloy, Lisa Lecover, Lisa Durazo. Editing by MARILYN CORWIN

L.A. Knockers and Joan

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Patti, Eileen, Yana, Lisa. Becky, Jennifer, Joan

July 9, 2010

Here are the L. A. Knockers in their trademark black tights and fishnet tops for the notorious dance number “It ain’t the Meat, it’s the Motion”: Patti Nelson, Eileen Molloy, Yana Nirvana, Lisa Durazo, Becky Jordan.
Sitting in front choreographer Jennifer Stace and artistic advisor Joan Wolfsohn.
In her upcoming autobiography, “The Philosopher’s Daughter”, Jennifer talks about meeting Joan, then a ballet teacher at Dupree’s Dance Academy, in the early 70s; Joan introduced Jennifer to one of her students, the striking Yana Nirvana, and the L.A. Knockers were born.  We can’t wait to read the whole exciting story when this book is published.

And here’s the line-up, look at those legs!

Patti, Eileen, Yana, Lisa, Becky

L.A. Knockers act out

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Eileen, Yana, Jennifer, Lisa, Patti, Becky

July 9, 2010

In this set-up “Acting Out” in the back row: Eileen Molloy, Yana Nirvana, Jennifer Stace in white leotards and feathered boas for the dance number  “Vision Aurora”, in the front row: Lisa Durazo, Patti Nelson, Becky Jordan in pink leotards for “Love Vibrations”.

One last set-up.  Standing in the back:  Eileen Molloy, Yana Nirvana, Becky Jordan, in black costumes for the dance number “Have a Cigar”.  Kneeling in front with wigs: Lisa Durazo, Patti Nelson for the punk number “Rock Lobster”.

Eileen, Yana, Becky, Lisa, Patti

Patti, Lisa

L.A. Knockers Black & White

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Jennifer, Becky, Kimberlee, Arnold, Phillip

Becky, Patti, Kim, Kimberlee, Jennifer, Leticia, Jolli, Debbie

July 28, 2010

Throughout the years, every time we did those studio sessions that you see illustrated above, Jennifer also asked me to shoot B&W negatives, so that prints could be made to advertise the LA Knockers upcoming engagements.
I was happy to help out that way, so we did that as well and many photos were printed for this purpose.
And they worked too!

See how the Los Angeles Magazine used one of them in their January 1980 issue, and other examples.

Leticia, Jolli, Kimberlee, Jennifer, Becky, Debbie, Kim, Patti

Jennifer, Becky, Marilyn, Kimberlee, Patti

Patti Nelson

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Patti/Trish

August 3, 2010

Patti Nelson now goes by the name of Trish.  She lives in Colorado Springs  Lisa Durazo (now Rebik) is in touch with her, she writes:
(July 29) Hi Elisa,
I just spoke to Patti (Trish), she doesn’t “do” e-mail so I’m forwarding all the LA Knocker stuff to her sister. She’ll visit her sister and read everything. I’ll stay in touch with her, so that she can send a little memory blurb to you.

Jennifer Stace remembers:

Patti, Eileen, Lisa

(July 31) Patti created a spot for herself because she was a gymnist and could do acrobatics, which was a plus for my choreography; acrobatics were becoming fashionable at that time.

Those two girls, Lisa and Patti/Trish were two peas in a pod, adorable! Both were fine dancers and improvisers. Patti brought in Lisa (Durazo) and Lisa brought in Eileen (Molloy) after Patti left.  Patti and Lisa were roommates and Eileen was their best friend; they were both beautiful dancers. Eileen was a classic beauty and dancer. She displayed a first class standard of excellence and was one of my favorite dancers.   Lisa tapped like a fiend and could spin like a top.  She had a magnetic personality on stage.

They joined the company late, and traveled with us to Japan. All three were excellent performers and were a major and bright addition to the LA Knockers!

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June 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Playboy Club 1979

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Jennifer, Boyd

Jennifer, Boyd

Kimberlee, Jennifer, Patti, Becky, Boyd.

Kimberlee, Jennifer, Patti, Becky, Boyd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 20, 2015

I selected 2 different frames portraying Boyd Clopton, who directed the Playboy Club show in 1979, and created the costumes, with Jennifer Stace in black leather, and as John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever,” Kimberlee Carlson as Dracula, Jolli Neal in the gorilla suit, Patti Nelson as Superman, Becky Jordan as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz”.
See the earlier photos and more info here.
See B&W photos here, and what Jolli Neal looked like under the gorilla suit.

 

 

 

 

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June 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

Wizard of Oz 1979

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Kimberlee, Becky, Jennifer, Patti

Kimberlee, Becky, Jennifer, Patti

June 21, 2015

Another pose of the dance routine inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” for the Playboy Club show.
Kimberlee Carlson as the Tin Man, Becky Jordan as Dorothy, Jennifer Stace as Scarecrow, Patti Nelson as the Cowardly Lion.
See another color photo here, B&W here

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June 16, 2010 at 6:09 am

White leotards 1979

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Jolli, Patti, Becky, Kim, Kimberlee, Leticia, Jennifer, Debbie

Jolli, Patti, Becky, Kim, Kimberlee, Leticia, Jennifer, Debbie

June 24, 2015

This dance routine in white leotards, chains and leggings, created for the 1979 Playboy Club show, is called “Vision Aurora,” a song composed by Michael Cavenaugh, the son of Jennifer Stace.

(standing) Jolli Neal, Patti Nelson, Becky Jordan, Kim Blank, (kneeling) Kimberlee Carlson, Leticia Ibarra,  Jennifer Stace, Debbie Petersen.

See another color photo on this post, and a B&W here.

Kimberlee, Jennifer, Becky, Patti

Kimberlee, Jennifer, Becky, Patti

Becky, Kimberlee, Jennifer, Patti

Becky, Kimberlee, Jennifer, Patti

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June 16, 2010 at 4:30 am

Italian blog

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 Jennifer, Patti, Becky, Lisa, Eileen, Yana

Jennifer, Patti, Becky, Lisa, Eileen, Yana

July 20, 2015

An Italian blog just published the story of my career, with advice for young people on how to make it in another country.  I made sure that the LA Knockers were mentioned, with a photo of those wonderful girls, and their names too!  I picked the lineup of a November 1980 photo session in my studio. Jennifer Stace as Boxer, Patti Nelson as Military Cadet, Becky Jordan as Cowboy, Lisa Durazo as Sailor, Eileen Molloy as Military Police, Yana Nirvana as Baseball player.

See the earlier post on this blog, and the 2013 post.

See the third chapter of my career, if you read Italian.

For those who don’t, I created a website, Elisa Leonelli-My Career, with English translation.

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June 16, 2010 at 4:20 am

Black on Red 1980

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Patti, Eileen, Yana, Lisa, Becky, Jennifer, Joan

Patti, Eileen, Yana, Lisa, Becky, Jennifer, Joan

July 21, 2015

As I continue to scan more photos of the LA Knockers for my archives, I chose another pose of this line-up for the song “It ain’t the Meat, it’s the Motion” with Jennifer Stace kneeling next to Joan Wolfsohn, standing Patti Nelson, Eileen Molloy, Yana Nirvana, Lisa Durazo, Becky Jordan.  Also from November 1980.
See the earlier post.

At that November 1980 photo session, I also took one roll of 120mm film with my Hasselblad.   See below.

Patti, Eileen, Yana, Lisa, Becky, Jennifer, Joan

Patti, Eileen, Yana, Lisa, Becky, Jennifer, Joan

White and Pink 1980

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Becky, Patti, Jennifer,  Yana, Eileen, Lisa

Becky, Patti, Jennifer, Yana, Eileen, Lisa

July 22, 2015

See those girls “Acting Out” in my studio dressed in white and pink, with gloves and feather boas. Becky Jordan, Patti Nelson, Jennifer Stace, Yana Nirvana, Eileen Molloy, Lisa Durazo.

See earlier post.

And the B&W version, a different pose: Eileen Molloy, Becky Jordan, Yana Nirvana, Jennifer Stace, (kneeling) Lisa Durazo, Becky Jordan.

Eileen, Patti, Yana, Jennifer, Lisa, Becky

Eileen, Patti, Yana, Jennifer, Lisa, Becky

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June 16, 2010 at 4:00 am