Josephine Superstar: Phylicia Rashad Before Clair Huxtable

Phylicia (Ayers-Allen) Rashad, best known for her role as THE Clair Hanks Huxtable on the hit sitcom The Cosby Show (1984-1992), has had a successful performance career acting and singing for film, television as well Broadway. However, NOTHING says “check my resume boo!” like happening upon a vinyl cover of Rashad donning an artificial banana skirt like the great Josephine Baker while perusing the records section at a local bookstore in downtown Berkeley.

In June 1978, Rashad released the album Josephine Superstar, recorded under Casablanca Records, which was a disco/funk concept album that tells the life story of Josephine Baker. I always knew Phylicia Rashad could sing, but I’m thankful for this colorful reminder.

Hi Phylicia!

Check out this YouTube video of Ms. Rashad singing Josephine Baker’s famous “J’ai Deux Amours” [I Have Two Loves].

Here is a video of Baker singing “J’ai Deux Amours” in 1937 (“J’ai deux amours” was first recorded by Baker in 1930).

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