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Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945March 7, 1988) was an actor and singer, best known for his drag persona, Divine with songs such as "Shoot Your Shot", and for such films as Pink Flamingos and Lust in the Dust.


In the 1980s, Divine released several dance music records which were club music hits in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Divine's records comprised synth-heavy disco music, most of it composed, created, performed, and produced by Bobby Orlando. In the United States, Divine's highest-charting songs were "Native Love", peaking at #21 on the Club Play Singles chart, and "Shoot Your Shot", which reached #39 among Club Play Singles. Divine's early UK releases on the Design Communications label included "Love Reaction" (which many said "borrowed" elements of New Order's big hit "Blue Monday"), "Shake It Up", and "Shoot Your Shot". All of these releases were big gay club hits and minor mainstream chart hits. The Stock, Aitken & Waterman-produced song "You Think You're A Man" was Divine's most successful UK hit, reaching #16; the song was also a Top 10 hit in Australia, reaching #8 (Due in part to a popular promotional tour in that country which included an appearance on the popular Australian music show Countdown.) Among the material Divine released on the Proto label in the United Kingdom was "I'm So Beautiful" (the follow-up single to "You Think You're A Man"), "Walk Like A Man" and "Twistin' The Night Away". A compilation of tracks from his Proto catalogue, entitled The Essential Divine, is currently available on iTunes.


  • My First Album (1982)
  • Jungle Jezebel (1982)
  • The Story So Far (1984)
  • Maid in England (1988)
  • The Best of and the Rest of (1989) (compilation)
  • The 12" Collection (1993) (compilation)
  • Born to Be Cheap (1995) (live)
  • Shoot Your Shot (1995)
  • The Originals and the Remixes (1996) (2-CD compilation)
  • The Best of Divine (1997) (compilation)


Disco and Hi-NRG dance hits:

  • Native Love (Step By Step) (1982) (U.S. #21 Club Play Singles, NL #34)
  • Shoot Your Shot (1983) (U.S. #39 Club Play Singles, NL #3)
  • Love Reaction (1983) (UK #65, NL #18)
  • Shake It Up (1983) (UK #82, NL #16)
  • You Think You're A Man (1984) (UK #16, Australia #8)
  • I'm So Beautiful (1984) (UK #52)
  • Walk Like A Man (1985) (UK #23)
  • Twistin' The Night Away (1985) (UK #47)
  • Hard Magic (1985) (UK #87)
  • Little Baby (1987)
  • Hey, You! (1987)

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