Here Ya Go...Groovy Photos To Feed You Your Dose Of Daily Nostalgia!
Written by Lyra Radford
Immortalized not just in the minds of those who lived it, but in the form of film, television, fashion, and music, so it could be shred for generations to come. There is no denying the magic of the groovy era, it seems the decades could do no wrong (at least not in the entertainment arena). The bulk of the world’s “cult-classics”, “greatest hits”, and the “it’s so bad it’s good” were all born during this timeframe. So many favorite pastimes sit right here in this little blip on the world’s timeline. Come flip through some of those gems that are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Olivia Newton John and John Travolta at the Grease premiere party in 1978.
Check out this blast from the past! It's Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta at the Grease premiere party back in 1978. These two were pretty much killing it at this point in time. This film put a spotlight on both of these young talents. Travolta continued to land leading roles and Olivia Newton-John became a pop-culture icon, and a four-time Grammy award winner after starring in this musical film.
In it, Olivia Newton-John plays ‘good girl’ Sandy and John Travolta is a greaser named Danny. The two opposites attract and then fall in love over the summer. The new school year reveals they are now in the same high school– but will their summer fling burn all year round?
Elizabeth Montgomery, Marlo Thomas and Judy Carne in 1966, on the Bewitched set.
Here’s a photograph of Elizabeth Montgomery, “That Girl” Marlo Thomas, and Judy Carne of “Laugh-In” and "Love on a Rooftop", back in 1966, posing on the set of the hit paranormal comedy series, “Bewitched”.
These three lovely ladies of television were all apart of the ABC network’s Thursday night lineup back in 1966 and they appeared in multiple photographs and tv promos together to announce their scheduling. Which at this time was Bewitched at 8:30, followed by Love on a Rooftop, and ending with That Girl.
Here's a very stylish United Airlines stewardess in 1970.
The sole purpose of airline stewardesses in the 1960’s was to serve and make sure they looked exceptionally good while catering to passengers. Now being a server in one thing... being required to wear a uniform is not unheard of... however, airlines had a habit of objectifying women. These were airplanes, not "Hooters". So in 1971, the National Organization for Women (NOW) protested against the airlines, accused them of being “sexist and degrading to women”. They focused on the National Airlines with their “Fly Me” slogan in particular. Not only did they scold airline for treating stewardesses as sex objects, but they also demanded that men should be hired and portrayed in company advertising too.
John Lennon played percussion overdubs on several Beatles tracks but he didn't play drums on any of them. But there are a few photos out there of Lennon messing around on Ringo's drums for fun.
When John Lennon was asked if he thought Ringo Starr was “the best drummer in the world” he quipped, “He isn’t even the best drummer in "The Beatles"
Lennon didn’t play drums on any of the Beatles track but he did play percussion overdubs on several of them. This photograph is one of several of Lennon messing around on Ringo’s drums.
Paul McCartney was also eager to hop on Ringo’s drums from time to time and he actually did play drums for the Beatle back in 1968 when Ringo left temporarily. McCartney continued to play drums on many of his solo projects as well.
Here's the 50s version of a smartphone back in 1959.
The history of mobile communications is studded with interesting looking devices, as can be seen here with this early attempt at a mobile car system. It worked (if you could get a channel), but was super clunky as you can see in this photo from 1959.
Even earlier than this, Lars Magnus Ericsson's first installed a telephone in his car and proved to the world that communicate from the road could be done. But, it certainly needed some fine-tuning. The first mobile phone was more of a burden than a convenience. He'd pull over next to telephone poles, take out two long sticks and hook them over a pair of telephone wires to tap in. But that’s not all, Ericsson would then have to crank a handle on the actual phone to get a signal from the operator to pass through. It was heavily involved and seems ridiculously primitive now, but for 1910 it was as awe-inspiring as today’s latest tech.
Gary Anderson, at age 23, designed the recycling logo for a contest in 1970. His design beat 499 other entries and he was awarded $2,500 in cash, which he used to study for a year at the University of Stockholm
When Gary Dean Anderson was 23-years old, he designed the recycling logo for a contest back in 1970. His design beat 499 other entries and he was awarded $2,500 in cash, which he used to study for a year at the University of Stockholm.
From there he went on to become an influential graphic designer and architect. He’s made important contributions in the areas of urban planning and urban development. However, he still remains best-known for designing the recycling symbol, as it remains one of the most readily recognizable logos in the world. In fact, his design has been called one of America’s “most important design icons”.
Marc Bolan of T-Rex and David Bowie in 1977.
Here’s a photograph of the iconic David Bowie and singer-songwriter, and guitarist Marc Bolan. Bolan was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bowie and Bolan initially met in the underground days, but the glam rock era is where their friendship really grew. The two musicians also shared the same manager and Bolan played guitar on Bowie's 1970 single "Prettiest Star”. But there was a rivalry to their friendship, which lasted throughout Bolan’s career which ended tragically. He died at just 29-years old in a car accident, right before his 30th birthday.
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons. -Jessica Lange. Here's a photo from 1975.
A young, poised Jessica Lange back in 1975. Since these early days, she has gone on to become a widely appraised actress who has received several awards, including two Academy Awards, one Tony Award, three Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Dorian Awards. In 2016, she became the twenty-second thespian in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting. It all began with her film debut just one year after this photo was taken, in 1976's King Kong. She beat out actresses Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn for the role of damsel in distress!
Belinda Carlisle was a punk rocker when she was 20 years old back in 1978, right around the time that she joined the Go-Go's.
Here we have the lovely Belinda Jo Carlisle, the singer and songwriter best remembered for her days with the Go-Go’s; one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. In 1977 she was in the punk band the Germs, a year later she was off to become the lead singer for the Go-Go’s and help popularize new wave music.
They were the first all-female band in history who wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to achieve a No. 1 album. The Go-Go's have sold over 7 million records worldwide. Carlisle went on to have a successful solo career with radio hits such as "Mad About You", "I Get Weak", "Circle in the Sand", and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", among others.
Her autobiography, Lips Unsealed, was a New York Times Best Seller and in 2011, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a member of The Go-Go's.
The 1978 film, The Deer Hunter centers around three soldiers from the Vietnam War
The 1978 film, The Deer Hunter centers around three soldiers from the Vietnam War played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
The film ended up winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Walken. It also marked Meryl Streep's very first Academy Award nomination (for Best Supporting Actress. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry and was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It was also named the 53rd greatest American film of all time by the American Film Institute in 2007.
Originally formed in 1964 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida, the band was also known as The Noble Five and One Percent, before finally deciding on Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1969.
Lynyrd Skynyrd was one of the greatest bands of the 70's. The band originally formed back in 1964 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida. Then they became The Noble Five and One Percent, before finally choosing "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in 1969. With signature songs like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird", they popularized the Southern rock genre all throughout the 1970s. Tragically, two band members and a backup singer died in an airplane crash in 1977, at the peak of their success. But that didn’t stop the band from selling over 28 million records in the United States. The surviving band members reformed in 1987 and Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to tour and record.
Rachel Ward as 'Meggie Cleary' in the popular 1983 TV miniseries The Thornbirds.
Here’s a shot of Rachel Ward as 'Meggie Cleary' in the popular TV mini series The Thorn Birds back in 1983. Aside from Ward, The Thorn Birds also starred Richard Chamberlain, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer, Jean Simmons, Richard Kiley, Bryan Brown, Mare Winningham, and Philip Anglim.
The storyline covers “60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie, and her love for the family's priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart. Meggie tries to forget Ralph by marrying dashing stockman Luke O'Neill, but she and Ralph are soon reunited, with tragic consequences for them both.”
It was based on a novel by Colleen McCullough and was enormously successful. In fact, it became the second highest-rated miniseries of all time behind Roots in the United States.
Lynda Carter enjoying her ice cream cone in 1972.
Here’s the lovely Lynda Carter, or as she’s best known as, Wonder Woman. Before her spandex days, her television career began with guest appearances on hit shows such as ‘Starsky & Hutch. The real recognition came in 1976 with the Wonder Woman television series. Carter has also co-written several songs, she recorded her first album ‘Portrait’ in 1978 and a year later she sang two of her songs on an episode of Wonder Woman. Carter also became an advocate for LGBT rights and eventually, she also joined efforts in finding the cure for cancer. Brains, beauty, talent, and the compassion to use her iconic status to contribute to worthy causey. She really is a Wonder Woman!
Never one to be 'boaring', here's Keith Moon and a boar head with sunglasses.
Here’s an interesting shot of The Who’s Keith Moon and a boar head of all things. As can be seen here, Keith is missing a tooth. He lost his tooth during his infamous 21st birthday party which also resulted in a lifetime ban from all Holiday Inns. You read that right, all of them.
Keith Moon was known for destroying hotel rooms, the entire band was, but Keith’s 21st Birthday was completely out of control. It took place in 1967 at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan and the birthday boy got it in his head that acquiring dynamite to blow up toilets was a great idea. He also threw a five-tier cake at partygoers, stripped off all his clothes, and when police arrived, he made a mad dash into a Lincoln Continental, which he then drove straight into the hotel’s pool. To add insult to injury, he then slipped on a piece of marzipan and knocked out his front teeth.
...And that my friends, is how you get banished from every Holiday Inn to ever exist.
Billy the Kid? Yes, it's William Broad aka Billy Idol when he was a youngster around 1965.
William Michael Albert Broad, aka, Billy Idol, first achieved fame back in the 1970s as the lead singer of the punk band Generation X. He eventually embarked on a solo career which was a good call because that’s what led to Idol becoming an idol on an international level. He was pretty much the poster boy for the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion". His debut studio album Billy Idol (1982) was wildly successful, with hit singles "Dancing with Myself" and "White Wedding".
His second studio album Rebel Yell (1983) once again, was a huge commercial success. It was certified double platinum, selling two million copies in the United States. A number of successful albums followed these until the second half of the 90’s when he decided to step out of the public eye and focus on his personal life. He released comeback album Devil's Playground in 2005 and in 2014 came Kings & Queens of the Underground.
The grooviness of British model and actress Jean Shrimpton in 1964.
Here we have the grooviness of British model and actress Jean Shrimpton back in 1964. That dress really is fantastic. Shrimpton was an icon of Swinging London and is widely considered to be one of the world's first supermodels. She graced the covers of numerous high profile magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, Newsweek, and Time. Shrimpton was reported to be the “most” of a lot of things: “The most famous model”, “The most photographed in the world”, she was credited with having “the most Beautiful face”, or simply referred to as “The Face” and “The It Girl”.
The original Three's Company cast in 1976.
Here’s a great shot of the original cast of Three’s Company from back in 1976: Joyce DeWitt, John Ritter, and Suzanne Somers. The story revolves around three single roommates who live together: Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), and Jack Tripper (John Ritter).
In order to get away with having a male roomie, they have to convince their old-fashioned landlord, Mr. Roper that Jack’s gay. So ladies man Jack Tripper has to play the part to reassure that no premarital ‘funny business’ going on in his building. Each episode chronicles the escapades and hijinks that ensue because of the trio's constant misunderstandings.
The hit sitcom ran for eight seasons on ABC from March 15, 1977, to September 18, 1984. Somers left the show in late 1981, and Jenilee Harrison joined the cast. She was cast as Chrissy's first cousin Cindy Snow, who was then soon replaced by Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden.
The aerial view of when the Eagles sold out the Met Stadium on their 'Hotel California Tour' in 1978.
Wow! Check out this aerial view of the Met Stadium, completely sold out for the Eagles back in 1978! Not that this is the least bit surprising, The Eagles are one of the greatest rock bands in history. Worldwide they have sold over 150 million albums and they’ve won six Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Founder and lead singer Don Henley has gone on to sell over 10 million albums worldwide as a solo artist, and he’s had eight Top 40 singles, has won two Grammy Awards, and five MTV Video Music Awards. Undoubtedly one of rock music’s all time ‘Greats’!
James Dean and friend in his car that he named 'Little Bastard', this is the last known official photo shoot of him before his death later that day in 1955.
This is the last known official photo shoot of James Dean before his death which occurred later this same day in 1955. Here he sits in the infamous Porsche 550 Spyder he named “Little Bastard”.
One of the creepy tales surrounding Dean and his deathmobile, is when he met up with actor Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kebobi) to show it off and Guinness told Dean then and there he thought the car had a “sinister” appearance. He went on to tell Dean: “If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week.” Seven days later, Dean was killed in his beloved “Little Bastard.” And it doesn’t stop there, this Porsche is believed to be cursed because after killing James Dean, but it’s killed and maimed others who came in contact with it over the years!
Stunning actress Jennifer O'Neill in a photo from 1970.
Stunning actress Jennifer O'Neill in a photo from 1970. The Brazilian American actress, model, author and speaker, is best-known for her long-running modeling work for CoverGirl Cosmetics back in the 70’s and for her starring role in the 1971 film Summer of '42. The coming-of-age comedy-drama was based on the memoirs of screenwriter Herman Raucher. In it, he tells of his early teen years, specifically the Summer of 1942 in which he vacationed on Nantucket Island and embarked on a (one-sided) romance. The woman in question, Dorothy, is already married, her husband has gone off to fight in World War II. Gary Grimes starred as Hermie and Jennifer O'Neill starred as his mysterious love interest.
Milton Berle, Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball, comedy legends!
Here we have comedy legends Milton Berle, Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball in a publicity photo for "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" back in 1959. Here Milton Berle is all dressed up as “Mildred” when he was hiding out at the Riccardo's house to finish his book in peace.
This trio teamed up on the Sunday Showcase for The Milton Berle Special also. The synopsis of shenanigans reads as follows: “Milton Berle extends his engagement at a Las Vegas nightclub for an extra 2 weeks along with his bandleader Ricky Ricardo. When Milton's wife gets upset at him missing their anniversary, Ricky's wife, Lucy, assists Milton in a crazy scheme to help Milton's wife forgive her. In the process, they get mixed up with 2 mobsters as hilarity ensues.”
Linda Ronstadt in 1969, she used to wear that dress so often because she could fold it up into her purse and carry it everywhere without worrying about luggage being lost while on the road.
Here’s a photograph of the legendary Linda Ronstadt taken back in 1969. She used to wear that dress all the time because she could just fold it up into her purse and carry it everywhere without worrying about luggage being lost while on the road. Linda Ronstadt has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award. On top of all that, the majority of her albums have been certified gold, platinum and even multi-platinum in the United States and internationally. She has over 30 studio albums and 15 greatest hits albums. In 2014 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.
Actor with the golden voice, James Earl Jones in 1961.
Here he is, the actor with the golden voice, James Earl Jones back in 1961. His most popular voice role is probably Darth Vader in the Star Wars film series. Next up would have to be voicing Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King. But aside from his iconic voice, Jones is an amazing onscreen actor. Literally, one of the best actors in American history with a pile of awards to prove it. He has a career spanning more than 60 years now and has been accurately described by his peers and fans alike as, "one of America's most distinguished and versatile actors" in the industry. Believe it or not, Jones had a stutter he forced himself to overcome in his childhood by reading poetry, acting, and public speaking. Now after winning the Voice Arts Icon Award on November 9, 2015, it’s safe to say Jones has conquered that stutter.
Tony Rome is a 1967 detective film starring Frank Sinatra as the Miami P.I. and Jill St. John.
The Neo Noir detective film starring Frank Sinatra as Miami private investigator Tony Rome, was adapted from Marvin H. Albert's novel Miami Mayhem. The film also stars Jill St. John, Sue Lyon and Gena Rowlands.The story follows the adventures of Tony Rome as he attempts to hunt down a missing diamond pin that belongs to a wealthy heiress.
The film spawned a sequel, Lady in Cement, which was made a year later and Sinatra reprised his role as Tony Rome. This time his co-stars were Raquel Welch and Dan Blocker. Both films were a part of a late-1960s neo-noir trend which served to revive and update the once popular, hard-boiled detective and police dramas of the 1940s.
Helen Reddy was born in Australia to showbiz parents. Her first performance on stage was at 4 years of age, she moved to the US in 1966 when she was 25. In 1971 she had a #1 Grammy-winning single, I Am Woman.
Pictured here is the Australian singer, actress, and activist, Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy. Her first performance on stage was at just 4 years of age! In 1966, she was 25 years old and made the move out to the United States. By 1971 she had a #1 Grammy-winning single, I Am Woman.
She enjoyed international success all through the 70’s, especially in the United States, where she placed 15 singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Six made the Top 10 and three reached No. 1, she is often referred to as the "Queen of '70s Pop".
Her song "I Am Woman" played a large role in popular culture and became an anthem for second-wave feminism. She became a poster girl for feminism and to some, she remains a "feminist icon" today.
Don Knotts, Andy Griffith and Jim Nabors on the set of The Andy Griffith Show.
The Andy Griffith Show ran from 1960 to 1986 and never placed lower than seventh in Nielsen ratings. When it ended, it’s final season was number one and over the years it’s made TV Guide’s best show in American television history list, twice!
Griffith starred as Andy Taylor, small-town sheriff of a town where nothing ever really happens-other than the usual antics of its residents, of course. The town is populated with lovable eccentrics, many of whom made television history. In addition to the spinoff, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964), the series got a sequel series Mayberry R.F.D. in 1968 and a reunion movie Return to Mayberry in 1986. Take a look at what the cast of The Andy Griffith Show has been up to since leaving Mayberry.
Beautiful actress Olivia Hussey in 1968. Her daughter is also an actress- India Eisley.
Here’s a still of the beautiful Olivia Hussey back in 1968. It was after she theatre appearance in London that Hussey was then chosen to play Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet as well. This classic role is what gained her international recognition and earned her a Golden Globe and the David di Donatello Award!
In 1974, she was cast in the lead role of Jess, in the cult-classic horror film Black Christmas. Other notable projects include the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, Death on the Nile, Psycho IV: The Beginning, and Stephen King's It.
In 1991 Hussey married rock musician David Glen Eisley, and in 1993 she gave birth to her daughter, India Eisley. India, is now an actress as well, her first major role was in the American teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008).
One of the most famous Coca-Cola commercials in history featured Hall of Famer Mean Joe Greene (from the Pittsburgh Steelers) in 1979.
One of the most famous Coca-Cola commercials in history featured Hall of Famer Mean Joe Greene from the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 1979. “Mean” Joe Greene, was widely known as one of the most formidable defensemen in NFL history, but after this ad spot, he nearly lost his nickname.
The commercial featured a little boy, who approached “Mean” Joe and offered him a Coca-Cola. Joe drinks it and is suddenly a changed man, he even tosses the kid his jersey! The ad completely softened his tough-guy image but that ended up working to expand his fanbase and made him more approachable. So approachable in fact, the NFL player said kids actually started coming up to him with cans and bottles of Coca-Cola in his daily life!
Model Cheryl Tiegs senior picture in 1965.
Wow, check out the bob on model Cheryl Tiegs in her senior picture taken in 1965. Tiegs' had her big break at 17-years old after the editorial staff at Glamour saw Cole's bathing suit ad she did. Tiegs was booked almost immediately for a shoot in Saint Thomas with Ali MacGraw, which resulted in her first Glamour cover. That same year she had also made the covers of Seventeen and Elle. She went on to make the covers of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, among many others over the years. Tiegs was the first American Supermodel who appeared on the cover of multiple Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and TIME. Her 1978 "Pink Bikini" poster became an iconic image of pop culture.
Victoria Principal in 1968.
The lovely Victoria Principal remains best known for her long-standing role as Pamela Ewing from 1978 to 1987 in the soap Opera Dallas.
In 1974, she famously cut off her gorgeous for an audition because she wanted to look more like the character “Rosa” in the disaster film Earthquake. So she chopped off her locks, dyed them black, and showed up to the audition with an afro. She won the role.
After that, it was on to Aaron Spelling’s television series, Fantasy Island. Finally, she landed her most popular role on Dallas which earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 1983. She went on to star in and co-produce various made-for-television movies, in addition to launching her own beauty product line.
Valerie Bertinelli in 1976.
Here’s a shot of Valerie Anne Bertinelli back in 1976. The actress and television personality is best known for her role as Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom One Day at a Time (1975–1984). Her other popular long-running role as Gloria on the religious drama series Touched by an Angel which ran from 2001 to 2003. Then from 2010 until 2015, she played Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland. Since then she has hosted the cooking shows Valerie's Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship on Food Network.
I am too old to die young, and too young to grow up, British comedian Marty Feldman told a reporter - a week before he died.
British comedy writer, comedian, and actor Martin Alan "Marty" Feldman is known for his prominent, misaligned eyes and his starring roles in hit television comedies. He worked on the sketch comedy series At Last the 1948 Show. Then Feldman was given his own series on the BBC called Marty in 1968 and won two BAFTA awards. He was also the first Saturn Award winner for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Igor in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974).
It was in December of 1982 when Feldman suffered a heart attack and died. He had been working on the film Yellowbeard and staying in a motel in Mexico City at the time. On the DVD commentary of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks cites some factors that could have contributed to Feldman's death: "He smoked sometimes half-a-carton (5 packs) of cigarettes daily, drank copious amounts of black coffee, and ate a diet rich in eggs and dairy products."
Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Chuck Wein, New York, 1965,
This famous photograph of iconic artists appearing out of a manhole was staged and captured by corporate photographer Burton Samuel Glinn. It features Andy Warhol, leading figure in the visual art movement, holding his camera, Edie Sedgwick, alongside Chuck Wein.
Chuck Wein was an entertainment manager who’s best known for his association with Andy Warhol and from his discovery of actress and fashion model Edie Sedgwick. She was one of Andy Warhol's superstars and became known as "The Girl of the Year" in 1965 after starring in several of Warhol's short films in the 1960s.
James Coburn was featured in more than 70 films, most were action roles, and made 100 TV appearances during his 45-year career.
Actor James Harrison Coburn has the distinction of having been in 70 films and having made 100 TV appearances during his 45-year career. He won an Academy Award in 1998 for his supporting role as Glen Whitehouse in Affliction.
His acting ability isn’t only responsible for his extensive resume, his appearance made him the perfect fit for his roles. His rough around the edges appearance, toothy grin, and lanky physique made him perfect for his standard tough guy roles. He was in most action movies and westerns like The Magnificent Seven, Hell Is for Heroes, The Great Escape, Charade, Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, Duck, You Sucker!, and Cross of Iron. Coburn also voiced Henry Waternoose in Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
'Dr. J' Julius Erving arriving in style at the Nassau Coliseum during ABA finals in 1976. He popularized the art of dunking and is one of the best dunkers in NBA-ABA history.
Here’s a great shot of 'Dr. J' Julius Erving arriving in style at the Nassau Coliseum during ABA finals back in 1976. Erving is credited with popularizing the slam dunk. He began his professional basketball career in 1968 and went on to set many records in the game. He played for the Virginia Squires, New York Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Known as Dr. J., Erving was the sixth-highest scorer in ABA and NBA history. He was given four MVP awards and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. Other honors include being named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team and named one of the 40 most important athletes of all time by Sports Illustrated in 1994. Then, in 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.
Great photo of Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn from the comedy movie The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975.
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother is a musical comedy featuring Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn (pictured here), as well as Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Roy Kinnear and Leo McKern. In addition to his acting role, the film was also Wilder's directorial debut, from his own original script!
Douglas Wilmer and Thorley Walters appear as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively. For those not familiar with the series, Wilmer had previously appeared as Sherlock Holmes in the 1960s BBC TV series, and Walters played Watson in three other films: Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Best House in London (1969), and Silver Blaze(1977).
Mr. Magoo In Hi-Fi LP, 1957 with Jim Backus (Mr. Howell of Gilligan's Island) doing Magoo's voice.
It’s the Mr. Magoo In Hi-Fi LP, 1957 with Jim Backus! James “Jim” Gilmore Backus was a radio, television, film, and voice actor. Most people probably remember him best as Thurston Howell III, on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island. Among some of his other famous roles were voicing cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, and he played James Dean's father in Rebel Without a Cause. He was also on TV's I Married Joan and he starred in his own show The Jim Backus Show.
Chick flick? Brigitte Bardot with some lucky baby chickens in 1956.
This stunning beauty is best remembered for her modeling (for obvious reasons) but Brigitte Bardot was an actress, dancer, and during the 1960s, she recorded hits with the French vocalist/songwriter/lounge-man Serge Gainsbourg and released her own albums like Brigitte Bardot Sings and Special Bardot. The multitalented sex-icon had that je ne sais quoi that had even The Beatles idolizing her. She is credited with popularizing the bikini and for putting San Tropics on the map as a hotspot for everyone who’s anyone to be seen vacationing.
Wardrobe test of Doris Day in a mermaid outfit for her film, The Glass Bottom Boat (1966).
Here is the lovely Doris Day during a Wardrobe test for her film, The Glass Bottom Boat (1966). The 1966 romantic comedy was directed by Frank Tashlin, and starred Day alongside Rod Taylor, with Arthur Godfrey, Dick Martin, Dom DeLuise and Paul Lynde.
Doris was once the biggest female star in the country and earned the reputation as ‘the quintessential all-American girl.’ Her film debut was "Romance on the High Seas" in 1948. Then from 1952 to 1953, she was the host of "The Doris Day Show" on radio and her hit "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" made it into the classic Hitchcock thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much" in 1956. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. This is the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Nick Nolte in the 1976 TV miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man he played the poor man (Tom), a rebel who became a boxer to support himself.
The 1976 TV miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man is based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw. It stars Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, and Susan Blakely. The episodes were one- or two-hours long and aired over the course of several weeks. This was only the second time programming of this nature had ever been attempted. The first TV miniseries was QB VII and it aired in 1974. Both of these experimental projects proved to be a critical and ratings success paving the way for similar projects based on literary works, like Roots and Shōgun.
The natural beauty of Olivia Newton-John in 1969.
Pictured here is natural beauty Olivia Newton-John back in 1969 before she became the pop-culture icon and four-time Grammy award winner that we all know and love today.
Olivia Newton-John is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. It was after starring in the musical film Grease in 1978, that her life changed forever. She was an overnight sensation! Aside from her long-running career in the entertainment industry, she has also been a long-time animal right and environmental activist. After going into remission from breast cancer, she decided to become an advocate for health awareness as well.
Robert Plant at the Music Life Awards in Tokyo, Japan in 1971.
Here's a shot of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant back in 1971, at the Music Life Awards in Tokyo, Japan. Plant’s vocal range is as powerful as it is wide (and particularly high-pitched). His singing career has spanned over 50 years and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll. Heavy Metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time" back in 2006 and he was voted "the greatest voice in rock" in a poll conducted by Planet Rock in 2009.
Here's a 4-year-old Bruce Lee playing swords with his brother Peter in 1944, who went on to become a fencing champion. Bruce would have been 77 years old yesterday.
Check out little Bruce Lee! Just 4-years old and already getting rowdy! This photo was taken back in 1944 and features the (now) legendary actor and martial artist playing swords with his brother Peter who ended up becoming a fencing champion. Lee was introduced to the film industry by his father when he was young. He appeared in several films as a child actor but didn’t reach worldwide recognition until adulthood– Now he is an icon. He is most noted for his roles in films such as; Lo Wei's The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest's Way of the Dragon (1972). As a writer and director, his best-known works are Golden Harvest, Enter the Dragon (1973), and The Game of Death (1978).
Edith Bunker has some explaining to do to Archie! Jean Stapleton and Alice Cooper at the Free Shakespeare Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, 1973.
How’s this for random? Jean Stapleton (better known as Edith Bunker) hanging out with Alice Cooper of all people at a Shakespeare Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, back in 1973. That’s right, Alice Cooper, "The Godfather of Shock Rock" is hanging out with Edith Bunker, and she’s all decked out in goth clubwear too!
Cooper is best known for his distinct, raspy voice, and elaborate stage shows often featuring guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, among other morbid things. But apparently he was also capable of getting America’s favorite “dingbat” to wear spikes!
Joan Jett daring you to look at her in her red jumpsuit, 1977.
Here we have a rather intense Joan Jett in a red jumpsuit, back in 1977. Joan Jett is best known as one of the founding members of the Runaways, the first teenage all-girl hard rock band to record and achieve widespread commercial success in the 1970s.
It all began in 1975 when Sandy West met producer Kim Fowley, who connected her with Joan Jett. The two young girls met up, played through some songs together, and the synergy between them that day was essentially the inception of what would become the Runaways. They played together for Fowley, who then helped them find musicians Lita Ford and Cherie Currie.
Pink Floyd's The Wall turned 38 (released November 30, 1979), here's a still from the movie starring Bob Geldof as Pink.
Pink Floyd’s – The Wall is a 1982 British musical drama film based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name. It’s a live-action film but also has animated segments by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. Much like the song, it’s based on, the film is highly metaphorical and contains symbolic imagery and sound.
Its synopsis describes,” A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.”
The film centers around a rocker named Pink, who is finally driven into insanity by the death of his father and the buildup of many depressive moments. The Wall is both a metaphorical (and sometimes physical) construct to protect him, but obviously, this unhealthy coping mechanism eventually backfires.
George Harrison takes a selfie while in India, 1966.
George Harrison and his wife Pattie flew to Bombay (Mumbai), India back in September of 1966. They wanted to take Sitar lessons and study yoga but while exploring Harrison also managed to snap this now-iconic fisheye portrait of himself (or what we now call, “a selfie”)
Harrison later spoke of his experiences on the trip: “In september, after touring and while John was making how i won the war, I went to India for about six weeks. First, I flew to Bombay and hung out there. again, because of the mania, people soon found out I was there. I stayed in a Victorian hotel, the Taj Mahal, and was starting to learn the Sitar. Ravi would give me lessons, and he’d also have one of his students sit with me. My hips were killing me from sitting on the floor, and so Ravi brought a yoga teacher to start showing me the physical yoga exercises.”
Mike Nesmith on the set of The Monkees movie, head with Jack Nicholson, who wrote it with Bob Rafelson, 1968.
Here’s a great production still from the movie Head, Mike Nesmith hanging out on set with Jack Nicholson back in 1968. The musical adventure film “Head” was written by Jack Nicholson and Bob Rafelson (who also directed). It stars The Monkees: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith.
Victor Mature was "The Big Victor" and cameos were made by Nicholson, Teri Garr, Frank Zappa, Dennis Hopper, Carol Doda, Annette Funicello, Sonny Liston, Timothy Carey, Percy Helton, Ray Nitschke and Tony Basil.
The plot is best described as “The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff.”
Two guitar legends, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton together in 1967.
In 1967, Jimi Hendrix went to a Cream gig in London. After Clapton heard Hendrix play “Killing Floor” he was stunned. Pictured here are the two guitar masters hanging out a club after the show. Clapton invited Hendrix out to get to know him better and then he ended up inviting them all back to his flat in Park Road, near Regent’s Park. The group all went back to Clapton’s in efforts to develop a friendship but it was forced. Eric and Jimi tried hard, but neither of them was known for being strong conversationalists. On his way out, Jimi allegedly muttered, ‘God, that was hard work.’
Rocco Francis Marchegiano aka Rocky Marciano held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956.
Rocco Francis Marchegiano aka Rocky Marciano was a pro boxer who held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. He went undefeated in his career and defended the title 6 times! He was best known for what’s been described as his “relentless fighting style, formidable punching power, stamina and exceptionally durable chin.”
Marciano still holds the record with heavyweight Brian Nielsen for the longest undefeated streak by a heavyweight. He made the boxing historian’s lists of the greatest boxers of all time, and he also holds the record for being the only world heavyweight champion to go undefeated throughout his career. His knockout-to-win percentage of 87.75 remains one of the highest in heavyweight boxing history.
Western comedy Support Your Local Sheriff! was the first producing effort by James Garner and his Cherokee production company, completed on a shoestring budget of $750,000 in 1969.
Its title derived from a popular 1960s campaign slogan, the western comedy "Support Your Local Police" was the first producing effort by James Garner and his Cherokee production company, completed on a shoestring budget of $750,000 in 1969.
The synopsis reads: “In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.”
It parodies films featuring the iconoclastic western hero tasked with the taming of a lawless town. The film stars James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam and Bruce Dern.
In the film Urban Cowboy, Bud (John Travolta) is a young guy from the country who meets Sissy (Debra Winger) and learns about life and love in a Houston bar, 1980.
This 80’s romantic drama is about the love-hate relationship between Buford "Bud" Davis (John Travolta) and Sissy (Debra Winger). Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar. Most of the action is centered around Gilley's Club, a honky-tonk in Pasadena, Texas.
This film also kept John Travolta on screen and fresh in everyone’s minds, as it was his third major film after Saturday Night Fever and Grease. It received generally positive reviews from critics. Urban Cowboy is also notable for capturing the popularity of country music in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
Roger Daltrey traveling in style to gigs in 'The Who' tour bus back in 1965.
Here we have Roger Daltrey traveling in style to gigs in 'The Who' tour bus back in 1965.
Infamously known as one of the most charismatic frontmen in rock history, Daltrey is also famed for his powerful voice and energetic stage presence. He is widely considered one of the greatest singers in the world and has had a career spanning over 50 years.
Daltrey came to prominence in the mid-1960s as the founder and lead singer of the rock band the Who, and launched a solo career in 1973, while still a member of the Who. Daltrey received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988, and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame. The Who have sold over 100 million records worldwide and are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century.
Check out the '1977 Pontiac Trans Am Type K Concept Car', for the sporty type with kids.
Check out the '1977 Pontiac Trans Am Type K Concept Car', for the sporty type with kids. The mid-1970s were great days for the Firebird but there was no denying its deficiency in both passenger and luggage space. And so began the program in which Firebird variants were produced and named the Firebird Type K. The first Type K was a really just a conversion of a Firebird Formula car with a fiberglass shell bolted to the rear. Two more concepts were designed and built, both were shipped to Torino and returned with steel shooting brake bodies and glass gullwing hatches. They gave one a gold exterior with a saddle interior, and one a silver interior with a silver colourway on the exterior and both were rocking the Firebird emblem on the hood.
Farrah Fawcett on the set of the Six Million Dollar Man in 1974.
Here is Farrah Fawcett on the set of the Six Million Dollar Man back in 1974. Farrah Fawcett, or as she was billed at the time, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, played Major Kelly Wood in the episode called Rescue of Athena One. The plot summary is as follows, “Steve Austin has been assigned to train America's first female astronaut Major Kelly Wood. On her maiden-flight, a sudden explosion damages the Athena 1 and injures Kelly's co-pilot Osterman. Austin heads the rescue-team and follows her up to Skylab, only to find his bionic replacements malfunctioning in outer space.”
Oh, God! was a 1977 comedy film starring George Burns and John Denver.
The 1974 comedy film Oh, God! starring George Burns and John Denver is actually based on an Avery Corman novel of the same name. The central storyline follows an unassuming supermarket manager named Jerry Landers (played by Denver), chosen by God (who’s actually George Burns) to spread his message. Which isn’t as easy as it sounds, as he’s faced with the skepticism of the media, religious authorities, and even his own wife (Teri Garr). The film spun two sequels, Oh, God! Book II (1980) and Oh, God! You Devil (1984). George Burns reprised his role in both, he was the only recurring character from the original story.
Little Big Man film with Dustin Hoffman getting touched up between scenes next to Richard Mulligan as Custer, lying there with two arrows in his back at 'The Battle of Little Bighorn'. (1970)
Here’s Dustin Hoffman getting touched up between scenes on the set of Little Big Man back in 1970. The film stars Hoffman along with Chief Dan George, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Jeff Corey and Richard Mulligan. The revisionist Western portrays Native Americans sympathetically and the United States Cavalry as villains. It’s based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. The story centers on white male child raised by the Cheyenne nation during the 19th century so it’s largely concerned with contrasting the lives of Native Americans with the pioneers. The film has been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Here's a man tying up his horse to a gas pump during the 1979 energy crisis; due to the shortage, gas prices were on their way up to 77 cents a gallon in March 1979.
The 1979 oil crisis occurred after a decrease of oil output in the wake of the Iranian Revolution. The global oil supply decreased by only ~4%, but widespread panic ended up driving the price far higher, eventually doubling to $39.50 per barrel over the course of 12 months.
Many people believed that it was all a ploy created by the oil companies. That they artificially created oil shortages in order to drive up prices.
The amount of oil sold during this period in the US was only 3.5 percent less than it was sold the previous year. A telephone poll conducted by the Associated Press and NBC News found that only 37% of Americans actually thought the energy shortages were real, 9% were not sure, and 54% thought the energy shortages were a hoax.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rehearsing some songs from their LP, Deja Vu, 1970.
Here’s an old picture of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rehearsing some songs from their LP, Deja Vu, 1970. The folk-rock supergroup initially made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash became known as CSN for Crosby, Stills, Nash. Then later it was CSNY when singer-songwriter Neil Young came aboard. Between their music and their political activism they left a lasting influence on both music and culture in the United States. Crosby, Stills & Nash were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their work together and for their work with their respective groups. The same goes for Neil Young, who was inducted both as a solo artist and as a member of Buffalo Springfield.
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