Rusty Warren Starts Sexual Revolution in Phoenix Piano Bar
Rusty Warren was a comedian who performed in the 50s and 60s at the Phoenix’s Pomp Room. The popular hangout and piano bar was previously located at 16th Street and Camelback.
A classically trained pianist, Rusty would tinkle the ivories and welcome guests with witty repartee. She drew folks in with her bawdy humor, often female-centric. She recorded 16 albums between 1959 and 2003, and hit it big in the early 60s with a song called “Knockers Up.”
“Knockers Up” put Rusty on the national map. She earned enough money to leave her quaint rental in Central Phoenix for a much more spacious home in Paradise Valley – a home she refers to as “the house that knockers built.”
Rusty now lives in Hawaii but was in town recently to perform at the Scottsdale Laugh Factory. Rusty is also gathering ephemera for the Library of Congress, such as music, comedy history and personal items, where she is being billed as the “mother of the sexual revolution.”