Pryor-Trusty's singing career was relatively short, she says, as a throat ailment took the bite out of her belter's voice. But there were moments. "I'd come out to sing, and I carried a long-stem rose, which was my trademark," she says. "I'd always give it to someone, a guy, in the audience. And I'd wear a red dress that was cut down to my ying-yang, and built like a brick shithouse."