While the focus of RetroRoadmap is primarily vintage retro and cool old places to go, I will always make an exception for something else cool and old and wonderful – like Milly, the last remaining Del Rubio Triplet.
Now there is only one Del Rubio sister left- Milly – who will turn 90 this year(!).
Allee – who “discovered” the Del Rubios and brought them to a wider audience – is looking to get Milly showered with Valentines this upcoming February 14th.
I’ll be sending a Valentine for sure, and would love it if RetroRoadmap readers could also send some and make this Valentine’s Day extra special for Milly. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Click here to read Allee’s personal story of her life with the Del Rubio Triplets – from seeing them to the first time in 1985, to having them play at every party at her house, singing her song “Neutron Dance” and being their Number One fan ever since. There are some great photos and wonderful details, but here are a few excerpts to illustrate what special ladies these gals were.
They stayed up every night drinking one martini each and sewing their costumes, of which they had hundreds, all miniskirts or mini dresses, one nuttier and more fringe filled than the next.
Every night once the sewing was done they would plan new arrangements on their trusted toy Emenee organ, the keys of which had all been stuck for at least three years when I met them, the victim of a spilled jug of martinis. I asked them why they never cleaned the keys so the organ actually made some sound and they always assured me they “could hear it perfectly fine the way it was”.
I’ve written and worked with some amazing singers over the years, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Aretha, Cyndi Lauper, Patti LaBelle and Earth, Wind & Fire among them. But none swept me away with as much gusto as The Del Rubio Triplets.
We should all be blessed with such belief in self and joy for what we do.
(bolded by Mod Betty)
They never questioned their talent, never suffered a creative block, never got tired of performing for adoring audiences who greeted them with laughter, which they always said was “better than applause”.
So won’t you spend a little time, and make or buy a Valentine for this sweet lady who has brought joy and laughter into people’s lives for over 70 years?
Here’s the address-now you do the rest!
Milly, c/o Allee Willis
11684 Ventura Blvd Suite 430
Studio City, CA 91604
Write on the envelope that you’re a RetroRoadmap reader so Allee and Milly know we’re doing our part!