After signing to the Jubilee label, Warren issued her debut record, Songs for Sinners, in 1959. While performing in Toledo, Ohio later that year, she introduced her trademark number, "Knockers Up," a call for women to shed their sexual inhibitions. Her next LP, also dubbed Knockers Up!, followed in 1960; the album became a surprise word-of-mouth smash, reaching the Top Ten and remaining on the charts for over three years. Overnight, Warren became a notorious figure, the queen of the party records; Sin-Sational! and Rusty Warren Bounces Back, both issued in 1961, hit the Top 40, and a fervent cult following emerged.
1962's Rusty Warren in Orbit was another Top 40 success, but like many comedians, Warren's career faltered in the wake of the cultural shifts. After 1963's Banned in Boston, only 1966's More Knockers Up!, a return to past glories, managed to chart. Still, Warren remained a fixture of the club circuit, occasionally issuing new material like Sex X Xponent and Bottoms Up! She continued actively performing in subsequent years and headlined in Las Vegas as several large resorts on the strip and even issued Knockers Up '76 in celebration of the nation's bicentennial. After reaching the age of 60, Warren retired, but occasionally returned to the club stage for tributes and benefit performances.
Warren, now 79 live in Honolulu where she is an champion bridge player and has many friends. She is a most generous women of spirit and finances for her favorite causes. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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