Andrea True: Her Last Interview
Podcast 70

Andrea True: Her Last Interview <br />Podcast 70
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Andrea True was a unique character. Here was an adult film star from the early days of the porn film industry who became an international superstar as a disco diva.

She was a rare example of a cross-over – which is uncommon even today – of someone who went on to find success outside of the adult film industry, succeeding where so many others have tried and failed.

But when her music and film career waned, she seemed to disappear.

In the last Rialto Report podcast, I attempted to track her down, and we heard from a number of people from Andrea’s life in music and film – and if you haven’t heard it, I recommend that you listen to that episode first.

When I eventually found Andrea, she was living with a friend, a fellow adult film actress from the 1970s, called Valerie Marron. They were living in Woodstock, two hours or so north of New York City.

I didn’t know if Andrea would welcome being contacted, so when she agreed to be interviewed, in person, and on film, I traveled up to meet her as soon as I could get there.

 

We’re also happy to publish a selection of newspaper articles, one-sheets, and the original Federal Records release of ‘More, More, More’ – and previously unseen photographs taken on tour with Andrea back in 1976 – 1977, courtesy of The Andrea True Connection band member Joey Barbosa.

 

For more information about disco queens, we recommend First Ladies of Disco: 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers by James Arena – which contains an excellent chapter on Andrea.

This podcast is 46 minutes long.

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Andrea True: The Federal Records single

The original 7″ Federal Records release of ‘More, More, More’ in Jamaica, before Tom Moulton remixed it for the hit US release on Buddah Records.

Vocal A-side:

 

Instrumental A-side:

 

 

Andrea True: A selection of news articles and adult film artifacts, in chronological order (more or less..)

Andrea TrueAd for Andrea True’s mother’s Silver Plating business (see name at bottom of ad) – January 3rd, 1954

 

Andrea TrueAndrea (pictured on bottom row, right side) wins an award as a teenager, Nashville Tennessean – May 14th 1960

 

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Deep Throat

 

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Andrea TrueThe Guardian – October 17th 1975

 

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Andrea TrueLos Angeles Times, June 25th 1976

 

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Andrea TruePhiladelphia Enquirer – June 10th 1976

 

Andrea TrueCourier Post, Camden NJ – June 25th 1976

 

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Andrea TrueLos Angeles Times – July 12th 1976

 

Andrea TrueThe first iteration of The Andrea True Connection – 1976/77

 

Andrea TrueParis News, TX – July 16th 1976

 

Andrea TrueSalina Journal, KS – July 18th 1976

 

Andrea TrueLos Angeles Times – July 1976

 

Andrea TrueNashua Telegraph, NH – July 24th 1976

 

Andrea TrueTV appearance on the Mike Douglas show, News Journal DE – August 5th 1976

 

Andrea TrueDemocrat and Chronicle, Rochester NY – September 2nd 1976

 

Andrea TrueGreenville News, SC – October 29th 1976

 

Andrea True

 

Andrea TruePoughkeepsie Journal, NY – March 9th 1977

 

Andrea TrueValley Morning Star, TX – April 30th 1977

 

Andrea TrueFort Lauderdale News, FL – May 23rd 1975

 

Andrea TrueCincinnati Enquirer, OH – June 29th 1977

 

Andrea TrueCorpus Christi TX – September 21st 1977

 

Andrea TrueIndianapolis Star, IN – November 16th 1977

 

Andrea True

 

Andrea TrueNews Press, Fort Myers, FL – October 15th 1978

 

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Andrea TrueSydney Morning Herald, Australia – December 3rd 1978

 

 

Andrea TrueBillboard – January 16th 1999

 

Andrea TrueAd showing the sale of Andrea’s possessions, West Palm Beach Post FL – October 4th 2004

 

Andrea TrueObituary in the Los Angeles Times, November 25th 2011

 

Andrea TrueObituary in the Baltimore Sun, November 25th 2011

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The Andrea True Connection on tour

Previously unseen photographs taken on tour with Andrea back in 1976 – 1977, courtesy of The Andrea True Connection band member Joey Barbosa.

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15 Comments

  1. SJ · June 11, 2017 Reply

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this since the amazing Part 1.

  2. RJKindler · June 11, 2017 Reply

    Marvelous……….

    I remember someone on Facebook asking Rialto Report for an interview with Andrea True a year ago and some clown said “you’ll be lucky…. she died years ago…. even the Rialto Report can’t deliver that”.

    Er…….. you’ve done it AGAIN!

  3. Sam · June 11, 2017 Reply

    YESSSSSSSSS. Awesome.

  4. Anon-e-mouse · June 11, 2017 Reply

    The industry is lucky to have this level of quality invested in its stars. Full congratulations to all involved. Andrea True’s story is finally told. And it’s good to hear her voice.

  5. Scott H. · June 11, 2017 Reply

    Nice work Ashley and April! I always love the podcasts

  6. P.I. · June 11, 2017 Reply

    Both parts of the interview, are too cool for words, and also sad…. Definitely worth the wait…..

    P.S. – Any behind the scenes photos from ILLUSIONS OF A LADY?…. I can’t be the only person that likes that film.

  7. AFan · June 11, 2017 Reply

    The only thing I can say is I want more…more…more……..

  8. Mike · June 12, 2017 Reply

    Loved the interview but it left me wanting more. Questions: Why did you wait almost seven years before releasing this material? You said you did a two hour interview but gave us about 33 minutes. What was cut out and did she request certain subjects were off the table? I noticed she smoked in her early movies, was she a smoker at the time of the interview and what was the definitive cause of death? What did she look like when you did the interview? Was she overweight? Underweight? I would kill for a photo.

    I realize you want to be respectful to her wishes, but it would really be nice if there was a third part that would fill in the pieces that are missing, like what she was doing when the touring ended after More, More, More stared to wan from the charts. Maybe I need to go back and re-listen to part one, but there must be more info on her quiet years. Did she become a recluse or a cat lady? Did she take on any odd jobs or normal jobs for that matter?

    Great job nonetheless. Thank you for all of your hard work.

    • Paul · June 12, 2017 Reply

      I also wanted more, more, more! My guess is that we would have gotten more on the years after her disco star had faded had Ashley and April been able to interview her again. But I really enjoyed hearing her voice and knowing she wasn’t ashamed of her adult film career.

      One thing I’m curious about, though – you mention in the introduction of this segment that Andrea had agreed to be interviewed on film. Does this mean you have a video version of this interview? If so, will we ever see it?

    • Stevie Geee · June 15, 2017 Reply

      Did I come to the right place or is this the senate hearings?!

      So many questions… it seems like you think that the Rialto team have a duty and responsibility to share what ever they have with you…!

      They have just put out a total of 2 hours of podcasts, new pics, etc. etc. of Andrea True and you ask why they waited 7 years…?

      I loved it all and am eternally grateful for all the information on this incredible site.

  9. Don wat · June 12, 2017 Reply

    I am big fanclub from THAILAND

  10. Brooklyn Mike · June 28, 2017 Reply

    Why was there such a long wait to get this out there? Amazing piece as usual though.

  11. Jonnie · June 28, 2017 Reply

    Ashley & April both take a truly journalistic look at an industry shunned by nearly all mainstream journalist, and this humanizing story of Andrea was no exception. Kudo’s to both of you for your professionalism and RIP Andrea.

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