In the 1960s he worked during the week at an elegant menswear shop in Queen St, Auckland. At the weekends he was a classy female impersonator, and sang on stage for a full hour. He appeared in clubs and cabarets all over New Zealand and Australia. He was friend of Carman Rupe.
His albums usually had a photograph of himself on drag, but his EPs entitled Party Songs: For Adults Only, were aimed at a straight audience, and included mildly risqué songs, but he also included a little drag/gay humour that the straight listener would miss.
McKay had gender surgery late in life.
- Graham Reid. “Noel McKay: Sweater Girl”. Elsewhere, Jul 9,2010. www.elsewhere.co.nz/fromthevaults/3307/noel-mckay-sweater-girl-1963.
McKay's post-transition name is not known.