60 Breathtaking Vintage Photos
Written by Lyra Radford
The Groovy Era was simple a passage of time, it was a way of life. It was that massive shift in mentality and spirituality, from ultra-conservative to a more free-spirited way of being. Collected here are some of the grooviest people (and memories) to blossom from the era.
The Harlem Globetrotters watching Goldie Hawn show off her skills with a basketball on The Goldie Hawn Special in 1978.
Check out Goldie Hawn showing off her skills to the Harlem Globetrotters back in 1978. The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combine their athleticism with elements of theater and comedy in their style of play. Each year the team plays over 450 live events worldwide. To date, they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in a total of 122 countries and territories over the years. They are noted for their official mascot, an anthropomorphized globe named Globie and the “team's signature song” , which is Brother Bones’ whistled version of "Sweet Georgia Brown". The team is currently owned by Herschend Family Entertainment with executive offices based in suburban Atlanta.
KISS frontman Paul Stanley and Donna Dixon dated off and on from 1981 to '82, until he found out she secretly married Dan Aykroyd.
There was once a time when some observers were convinced that KISS frontman Paul Stanley was gay. This wasn’t exactly accurate, he kept busy with a succession of Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets, for years! He just didn’t settle down with any of them. He later confirmed he sought affirmation in the level of attractiveness of his girlfriends… this doesn’t exactly create a strong foundation for love.
He did seem to have a real connection with the beautiful actress Donna Dixon though. They dated off, he always seemed to be up for rekindling things with her… until he discovered she secretly had married actor Dan Aykroyd.
In 1978, Jayne Kennedy became one of the first women to enter the sportscasting arena when she joined the cast of NFL Today as a sportscaster.
Jayne Kennedy Overton is a television personality, actress, model and has the distinction of being one of the first women to enter the sportscasting arena when she joined the cast of NFL Today as a sportscaster back in 1978. She’s gone on to write, produce, and has also been a spokesperson.
She won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the Rose Parade and was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the news feature on soldiers on the DMZ in South Korea for NBC’s Speak Up America in 1980.
Kennedy won a 1982 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture award for her performance in the film Body and Soul (1981). She also won the NAACP Theater Award for Best Producer (along with her current husband Bill Overton) for their production of the highly acclaimed staged musical, The Journey of the African American.
David Cassidy showing his muscle while Arnold Schwarzenegger smiles for the camera in 1975. RIP David, our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Here's a classic moment, a young David Cassidy flexing his muscles to impress Mr. Universe himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This photo was taken back in 1977 by Henry Diltz.
Schwarzenegger had wanted to move to the US since he was ten years old, his dream finally came true and he made the move at the age of twenty-one. Once the Austrian native made a name for himself as a bodybuilder in the next natural step was becoming one of the most sought-after action actors of the 90’s.
Cassidy was already living part of Arnold's dream, the child actor was already well known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musical sitcom The Partridge Family. This led to his becoming one of the biggest teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s.
Actress Barbara Bouchet has acted in more than 80 films and TV shows
Blonde bombshell Barbara Bouchet is best known for her early work as Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale in 1967. She also portrayed Patrizia in Don't Torture a Duckling (1972) and was cast in The Scarlet and The Black (1983).
More recently the German American actress was in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York. Over the course of her career, she has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes. She has also gone on to own and operate her own fitness studio and has founded a production company that specializes in fitness videos and books.
Miss America 1971, Phyllis George, visiting the troops in Vietnam.
Phyllis George of Denton, Texas was first made Miss Texas in 1970, and was then and was crowned Miss America 1971. She was also First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. The businesswoman, actress, and former sportscaster. In 1975 she joined the cast of The NFL Today, co-hosting live pregame shows before National Football League games. She was actually one of the first women to secure a prominent role in national television sports coverage.
In 1985, she became a permanent anchor for the CBS morning news program.
She has founded two companies, the first of which was "By George" chicken fillets, which she sold to Hormel Foods. The second is Phyllis George Beauty, which markets cosmetics and skincare on the Home Shopping Network.
Before 'Thelma and Louise', there was Anjelica Huston and Liza Minnelli on a road trip back in 1975.
Here we have gal pals Anjelica Huston and Liza Minnelli on a road trip back in 1975.
Actress and singer Liza May Minnelli is primarily known for her Academy Award-winning role as Sally Bowles in the 1972 musical film Cabaret. Minnelli is also the daughter of film actress and singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.
This photo was taken not long after Anjelica Huston moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. She stepped onto the acting scene and began an extravagant sixteen-year love affair with actor Jack Nicholson. She earned parts in the films such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun! Candi and Randi Brough were the Doublemint Twins and starred in several Doublemint Gum commercials in the 70's.
Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun! Remember Candi and Randi Brough? They were the Doublemint Twins and starred in several Doublemint Gum commercials in the 70's. Both sisters were also known for their roles in Quantum Leap (1989) and Calendar Girl (1993).
The Brough twins were also in films like The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood (1980), and More Wild Wild West (1980), and The Lonely Guy (1984), with Steve Martin.
Old Yeller was Disney Studios' first and best attempt at a boy-and-his-dog film in 1957, with Tommy Kirk and Dorothy McGuire.
Old Yeller was Disney Studios' first and best attempt at a boy-and-his-dog film in 1957, with Tommy Kirk and Dorothy McGuire. The story centers on a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War Texas. It’s based on the 1956 Newbery Honor-winning book of the same name by Fred Gipson.
The success of the Old Yeller film led to a sequel, the movie went on to become an important cultural film for baby boomers. The death of Old Yeller's, in particular, is a famous scene. In fact, it's remembered as one of the most heartbreaking scenes in cinematic history.
Barbara Carrera as 'Maria' on the set of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
Here’s a shot of the lovely Barbara Carrera as 'Maria' on the set of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977). The Island of Dr. Moreau is an iconic science fiction film, is the second in A.I.P.'s H.G. Wells film cycle, which includes The Food of the Gods (1976) and Empire of the Ants (1977). It is the second English-language adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel of the same name.
It stars Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera and Richard Basehart, and is directed by Don Taylor. The storyline follows a scientist who attempts to convert animals into human beings.
The hilarious film that led the way for the TV series, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple (1968)
Here’s a clip from the hilarious film that led the way for the TV series, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple (1968)
Like the television series it inspired, the film’s storyline centers on the clashing of two divorced men, now living together.
It’s after neurotic neat-freak Felix Unger and sloppy, cigar-chomping, sportswriter Oscar Madison have both been given the boot by their wives that the two share a Park Avenue bachelor pad.
Obviously, two grown men used to having spouses are going to have quite a few adjustments to make when moving in with each other–that’s where the hilarity ensues.
The spin-off TV series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., was about the misadventures of a bumbling Marine from Mayberry named Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) and Sargeant Carter (Frank Sutton). 1964-69
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.is comedy sitcom that spun from The Andy Griffith Show. It ran for five seasons on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969, for a total of 150 half-hour episodes. The show was a hit! It never placed lower than tenth in the Nielsen ratings, and when it ended its run, it was the second-highest-rated series in the United States!
It stars Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle, a good-natured but naive gas station attendant we all came to know and love from the town of Mayberry, North Carolina, who decides it's a good idea to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
The fictitious Canadian TV station SCTV (Second City Television) had parodies of films and other TV shows. With comedy classics like Monster Horror Chiller Theatre and Great White North. 1976-81
Second City Television is a Canadian television sketch comedy show that ran between 1976 and 1984. It was created as an offshoot of Toronto's Second City troupe. The premise of the show is the broadcast day of a fictitious TV station in the town of Melonville located in an unspecified region of Canada.... though later episodes place it in the US so who knows.
typical programming seen throughout the day could be anything from SCTV news broadcasts to sitcoms. There were dramas, talk shows, movies, even kid shows and commercials for fake products (which is actually pretty weird).
Some of the more popular "shows" seen regularly on SCTV are the SCTV News; the soap opera titled The Days of the Week; and of course, the late night movie features Monster Chiller Horror Theater.
Cloris Leachman won an Oscar for 'Best Supporting Actress' in film, The Last Picture Show in 1971.
The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Set in a small-town Texas in the 1950’s, it tells the coming of age story of Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and his friend Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges).
The cast also includes Cybill Shepherd (in her film debut), Ben Johnson, Eileen Brennan, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Clu Gulager, Randy Quaid and John Hillerman. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Ben Johnson and Jeff Bridges for Best Supporting Actor and Ellen Burstyn and Cloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress. Here’s a shot of Cloris Leachman winning that Oscar for 'Best Supporting Actress'!
Tom Selleck served in the California Army National Guard from 1967 to 1973.
Check out Tom Selleck all dressed up in military attire. It was upon receiving a draft notice for the Vietnam War, that Selleck joined the California National Guard. He served in the 160th Infantry Regiment of the California Army National Guard from 1967 to 1973. The actor and film producer is now best known for starring as private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988) and his current role since 2010, as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan in the drama Blue Bloods.
He's also had fun roles, like Peter Mitchell in Three Men and a Baby and the follow-up film titled Three Men and a Little Lady. Selleck has appeared in more than 50 film and television roles since his days in Magnum, P.I., including Quigley Down Under, Mr. Baseball, and Lassiter.
When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in the film, Breathless 1960.
Breathless was director Jean-Luc Godard's first feature-length work and the film also represents Belmondo's breakthrough as an actor. The 1960 French film was one of the earliest, most influential examples of French New Wave (nouvelle vague) cinema.
It tells the story of a criminal (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his American girlfriend (Jean Seberg).
The synopsis reads as follows: “A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.”
The band Devo came to be in 1973, their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs and the Casales, along with Alan Myers. (photo from 1980)
Oh nothing to see here, just the band Devo acting all weird again… their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale, along with Alan Myers.
The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It" and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence. Both their music and stage shows display their interesting sense of humor– they mingle kitsch science fiction themes with deadpan surrealist humor and a little satirical social commentary. With a unique style such as Devo’s, it’s only appropriate that they were also pioneers of the music video.
Actress Dyan Cannon made her acting debut opposite Art Carney in 'The Ding-a-Ling Girl', on the TV series Playhouse 90 in 1959. (this photo taken in the 60's)
Pictured here is the lovely Dyan Cannon. The actress, director, screenwriter, producer, and editor has been nominated for three Academy Awards over the course of her career.
Cannon made her acting debut opposite Art Carney in 'The Ding-a-Ling Girl', on the TV series Playhouse 90 in 1959. Cannon continued appearing on television throughout the late 1950s but she made her film debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond. Her first major film role came in 1969 with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, which ended up earning her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.
Shazam! was a TV show about teen Billy Batson (who transforms into the superhero Captain Marvel) and his companion Mentor, as they travel around in an RV helping others. 1974-77
Shazam! was a TV show about teen Billy Batson (who transforms into the superhero Captain Marvel by speaking the magic word "Shazam!") and his companion Mentor, as they travel around in a 1973 Dodge Open Road motorhome, looking for wrongs to right!
It starred Michael Gray as Billy Batson and Les Tremayne as his guardian "Mentor". The live-action TV show ran from 1974 to 1976 on CBS' Saturday morning lineup. From 1975 to 1977 it was known as The Shazam!/Isis Hour.
They decided to include The Secrets of Isis, which was about an Ancient Egyptian superheroine resurrected in the body of a schoolteacher, as the second half of the hour. They also did a few crossover episodes where The Secrets of Isis star appeared on three episodes of Shazam!, and Captain Marvel made cameos in three episodes of Isis as well.
Love at First Bite was a 1979 vampire spoof with George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin and Arte Johnson.
The 1979 horror comedy Love at First Bite stars George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin and Arte Johnson. The film takes a spooky approach to the classic vampire tale and uses characters originally created by Bram Stoker. The film's tagline pretty much sums up the whole attitude: "Your favorite pain in the neck is about to bite your funny bone!"
The plot summary: “This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles through typical New York city life situations while pursuing Cindy Soundheim. But her boyfriend, Doctor Jeff Rosenberg, realizes she is under the influence of a vampire, and tries his bumbling best to convince police Lt Ferguson of what is going on, and to help him stop Dracula.”
Gene Simmons, Cher and Harry Wayne Casey (of KC and the Sunshine Band) posing for photo in NYC, 1979.
Here we have Gene Simmons of the band Kiss, pop diva Cher, and Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band, all posing together in NYC, back in 1979.
KC and the Sunshine Band are a disco and funk band, founded in 1973. Their most popular hits were "That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty", "I'm Your Boogie Man", "Keep It Comin' Love", "Get Down Tonight", "Boogie Shoes", "Please Don't Go" and "Give It Up".
The band's odd name came from the last name of lead vocalist Harry Wayne Casey ("KC") and the "Sunshine Band" part came from his home state of Florida, the Sunshine State.
Here's a family moment when dad and son checking out the turkey as mom bastes it for Thanksgiving dinner back in the early 1960's.
Here's a little 1960's nostalgia for you. A picturesque family moment when dad and son checking out the turkey as mom bastes it for Thanksgiving dinner back in the early 1960's. Many women in the 1950’s were house wives. They busied themselves raising families and learning to cook whatever the latest hot dish was. Holiday meals were especially extravagant, a real moment to shine in the kitchen. It was time to break out the good china and fancy linens and show off those cooking skills to friends and family.
'Seems Like Old Times' when a young, fresh-faced Goldie Hawn eating a hamburger in 1964.
Goldie Hawn began her acting career in the short-lived CBS situation comedy Good Morning, World. It was her next role, as a regular cast member on the sketch comedy show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, which broadened her reach and garnered her some international attention. The show ran from 1968–1973 but she had already established herself as something of an “It Girl” in the 1960s so at the show’s conclusion she had no problems landing roles.
Her first major film role was in Cactus Flower (1969), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. From there the bombshell kept churning out roles and earning awards and Goldie’s still rocking it today.
José Feliciano is a musician from Puerto Rico who was blind at birth. He had world-wide success for his rendition of The Doors hit Light My Fire in 1968 and Christmas classic, Feliz Navidad in 1970.
José Monserrate Feliciano García is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, best known for many international hits, including his rendition of The Doors' "Light My Fire" and the best-selling Christmas single, "Feliz Navidad".
Feliciano was born blind and his talents received widespread recognition as his music grew in popularity throughout the 1960s, especially after his album Feliciano! came out in 1968 and was a number two hit.
He has released many albums over the years, in English and Spanish. His music is known for its interesting mix in style, such as combining flamenco music with mellow easy listening influences.
Jeff Conaway (Bobby) getting his finger bitten by Danny DeVito (Louie) in TV comedy Taxi 1980.
Check out Jeff Conaway (Bobby) getting his finger bitten by Danny DeVito (Louie) in TV comedy Taxi 1980.
The sitcom originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and then hopped over to NBC 1982 to 1983. It won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series before it was through! The series is centered on the lives of a group of taxi drivers and their abusive dispatcher at the fictional Sunshine Cab Company in New York City. While it’s comedic approach is often ‘zany’ it does tackle real-world issues that were pretty controversial for the time. There were episodes that dealt with racism, teen runaways, drug addiction, sexuality, single parenthood, animal abuse, and even obesity, and bisexuality.
Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight were married in 1971. She was an American actress and humanitarian, mother of James Haven and Angelina Jolie, & co-founder of the All Tribes Foundation.
Here are John Voight and Marceline Bertrand, the parents of Angelina Jolie attending “Stars for McGovern” Benefits Fundraiser at Madison Square Garden back in 1972. While the two of them seem to be beaming here, it was temporary bliss and they would later split up.
Bertrand started acting right after high school, she met and married actor Jon Voight in 1971, when she was just 21 years old. The couple had two children together, James Haven (1973) and Angelina Jolie (1975)– both of whom became actors. After Voight was caught cheating on his wife, she filed for divorce in 1978.
Diana Spencer on a summer holiday in 1971 when she was 10 years old. She would become Lady Diana in 1975 when her father inherited the title of Earl.
The Lady Diana Spencer was just 19-years old and working as a Kindergarten teacher when 32-year-old Prince Charles announced his intentions to marry her. She had known Prince Charles and his family her whole life. She is the daughter of the eighth Earl Spencer, who served as an officer in the royal household so they literally grew up together. In fact, she and Charles are actualy 16th cousins once removed. So sweet, young “Shy Di,” as the British press loved to call her, grew up to become the Princess of Wales and one of the most adored women in the world.
The Chicago blizzard of 1967 struck northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana in January with a record-setting 23 inches of snow.
The Chicago blizzard of 1967, left the city and its surrounding suburbs covered in 23 inches of snow. It was the largest single snowfall in the city's history. Thousands were stranded whether it be in their offices at work or in their schools. There was an estimated 50,000 cars abandoned and 800 Chicago Transit Authority buses.
But in south suburban Markham, four schools with a combined 650 students camped out in libraries and gymnasiums and made the best of a bad situation. Buses couldn’t get through the snow so it was like a massive campout. :They are all enjoying themselves," Supt. J. Lewis Weingarner later told the Chicago Tribune. "This is a night that will go down in many memory books."
Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward messing around backstage in New York,1977.
Here's a good one! Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward goofing off backstage in New York, back in 1977. It all began in 1968 when John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne teamed up with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward and Black Sabbath was born. The band which is credited with pioneering metal released their self-titled album in 1970 and went on to release classic platinum records such as Paranoid and Master of Reality throughout the rest of the decade.
Ozzy was fired from the band in 1979 after long stints of not showing up to rehearsals and being under the influence of drugs and alcohol. But that didn’t slow Ozzy down, he just went solo and did a mighty fine job of it. He released Blizzard of Ozz– it was one of the few best selling albums of the 1980s that achieved multi-platinum status (without having a Top 40 single to help it along). Ozzy is still rocking, making television appearances, and is widely known as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal.”
Here's a Norman Rockwell magazine cover with Thanksgiving on Walton’s Mountain featured in 1973.
Certainly, Walton Fans are familiar with the Saturday Evening Post cover depicting the Waltons gathered for Thanksgiving dinner. The artwork was inspired by Norman Rockwell's painting "FREEDOM FROM WANT" which was originally published in The Saturday Evening Post on March 6, 1943. The painting has actually had various adaptations and parodies over the years. Including the one pictured here, from 1973 (30 years later) of The Walton family for the cover of Nov/Dec 1973 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.
Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield (The Righteous Brothers), David Bowie, Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Roberta Flack backstage at The Grammy Awards. 1975
Here's a group shot from backstage at The Grammy Awards in 1975. Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield (The Righteous Brothers), David Bowie, Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Roberta Flack.
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards were presented March 1, 1975, and recognized the accomplishments by musicians from the year 1974. John Lennon presented that year as was Bowie. "Strange, strange, strange," was how David Bowie later described his 1975 experience as a first-time Grammy presenter.
Bowie gave an awkward and somewhat rambling speech about Lennon and Yoko Ono finding "within their intimate world a message and language of love." (He later admitted to being on a ridiculous amount of cocaine at the time.) Whatever Bowie was trying to convey about John and Yoko's love that night, Lennon looked uncomfortable with it.
Irish singer-songwriter Sir George Ivan Van Morrison onstage in Boston Common back in 1968.
Pictured here is Irish singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Sir George Ivan Morrison, Irish singer-songwriter, who was knighted for his musical achievements and his services to tourism and charitable causes in Northern Ireland in 2016.
Often referred as "Van the Man", Morrison’s professional career began when he was still a teen. He could rock a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone so he got gigs playing with various Irish showbands, covering the popular hits of that time.
His solo career and subsequent rise to fame began with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. His next big hit was Moondance (1970) this was the golden ticket that established Morrison as a major artist. He’s gone on to release numerous hits, he’s won two Grammy Awards, a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
A scene from Chico and the Man Jack Albertson as Ed Brown, Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez and Scatman Crothers as Louie Wilson. 1976
Here we have a scene from Chico and the Man. Jack Albertson as Ed Brown (the Man), Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez and Scatman Crothers as Louie Wilson. 1976
The show ran for four seasons from 1974 to 1978 and starred Albertson, whose character is best described as a cantankerous owner of a run-down garage in East Los Angeles. And Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, an upbeat Chicano who comes in looking for a job. Chico and the Man was the first U.S. television series set in a Mexican-American neighborhood.
Sadly, Prinze suffered from major depression, which only worsened in the weeks following the end of his marriage. On the night of January 28, 1977, Prinze shot himself in the head in front of his business manager, Marvin "Dusty" Snyder. His son, the now famous actor Freddie Prinze Jr. was only one-year-old at the time.
Raymond Burr played a fictional L.A. criminal defense lawyer in the TV series, Perry Mason from 1957-66.
Pictured here is Raymond William Stacy Burr, he was an actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. His early career was on Broadway and on the radio before he transitioned into film. Often cast as villainous characters, his most famous film role was probably the one in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Rear Window (1954).
Over the course of his career, Burr won two Emmy Awards, (1959 and 1961), both for Perry Mason, which he played for nine seasons from 1957 to 1966, (and reprised in 26 television films). His work in his second TV series, Ironside, earned him six Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.
Ronald Reagan cutting in on Frank Sinatra, who was dancing a little too long with Nancy, 1981.
Wait a minute there "Ol Blue Eyes", you're getting a little too comfortable with my little Missus. Classic moment, former President Ronald Reagan cutting in on Frank Sinatra, who was dancing a little too long with First Lady Nancy, back in 1981.
The Reagan romance spanned more than half a century and was captured (at least partially) in decades of love letters written by Ronald.
On March 20, 1955, the president wrote to his wife: “My darling, I love you so very much, I don't even mind that life made me wait so long to find you. The waiting only made the feeling sweeter."
Spanish-roasted peanuts in a bottle of Coca Cola back in the 70's
Putting Spanish-roasted peanuts in a bottle of Coca-Cola back in the 70's is a Southern tradition, and still a treasured custom to Southerners born before LBJ took office.
As Carol Penn-Romine recalled on the Coca-Cola company website:
"The ritual, a sweet Southern tradition, is simple: Open the bottle of Coke and take a couple of swigs. Tear off the corner of the cellophane sleeve–one of those single serving-size packages that contain no more than a handful of peanuts, the ones with the rusty skins still attached–and shake some nuts into the bottle. Then drink. The first few sips are the best, when the Coke is at its coldest and the peanuts at their salty crunchiest."
Although actress Dolores Faith resembled Elizabeth Taylor with her dark hair, she was actually a natural blonde. Here she is in a scene from the film Wild Harvest (1962)
Dolores Faith Hedges, better known as Dolores Faith, was a model, dance instructor, and then an actress. She is probably best remembered for her role as the mute girl Zetha in the 1961 science fiction film The Phantom Planet. She did two more low-budget science fiction films: The Human Duplicators and Mutiny in Outer Space.
She made her way into the Drama genre, playing the mistress of a womanizing vineyard manager in Wild Harvest. She was also in a war drama, Shell Shock.
She also appeared in episodes of Ripcord, Have Gun - Will Travel, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., before she married millionaire James Robert Neal and her brief acting career came to an end.
Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon starred in Beach Party, 1963. The first of a series of seven related beach party films.
Here's a great publicity still of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. The attractive young actors starred in Beach Party, together in 1963. It was the first of a series of seven related beach party films.
Both were loved, but Annette really won over the masses and was quickly dubbed one of "America's Sweethearts". She initially launched her career on The Mickey Mouse Club. Like Shirley Temple, she charmed her way into the hearts of the entire country. The most popular of the "Mouseketeers" took on singing, film acting, and then became the “beach icon” she is her in this photograph. Some of her more popular beach themed films were Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, and Pajama Party.
'Lorelei Circe' aka 'The Siren' (Joan Collins) is a musical villain who appears in two episodes of Batman in 1967.
It's actress Joan Collins as 'Lorelei Circe' aka 'The Siren' from the Batman television series. This musical villain appeared in two episodes of Batman in 1967.
For those unfamiliar with the character, "The Siren" was the criminal alias used by villain Lorelei Circe, a prominent chanteuse (singer) noted for her seven-octave vocal range. She was camped out at "The Grotto Arms Hotel" as her base of operations for her criminal activities. Her "powers" was the ability to control the minds of men by singing certain high notes. These abilities were completely ineffective against women.
The Siren took over Bruce Wayne's mind and had him sign over everything he owned to her. She was going to make him jump off the roof as well, but Robin and Batgirl were able to stop her.
Who loves ya, baby! Aristotelis Telly Savalas was an American singer and character actor who had a 40-year career in TV.
Noted for his deep, gravelly voice and his bald head, singer and character actor, Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas’ career spanned four decades. His film credits films include The Young Savages (1961), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Battle of the Bulge (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Scalphunters (1968), and he played supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1962, for his performance in Birdman of Alcatraz. His film career continued through the 1970s and he also had a success run in the television crime drama Kojak from 1973 to 1978), co-starring his real-life brother George Savalas.
The Police were a new wave band formed in London in 1977 by drummer Stewart Copeland, schoolteacher Gordon Sting Sumner and guitarist Andy Summers.
British rock group, The Police formed in London back in 1977. They became wildly popular on a global scale in the late 1970s and throughout the early 1980s. They are generally regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success and are considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the US.
The band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). Their core style is rock but is heavily influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They disbanded in 1986 but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008.
The Police have won a number of music awards, including six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group once, an MTV Video Music Award, and in 2003 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston with huge smiles at the Academy Awards in 1975.
Here are Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston with huge smiles at the Academy Awards in 1975. The love affair between these two has been long and brutal. They’ve been together off and on for 17-years, usually ending because of Jack’s indiscretions.
“ It was Jack’s combination of ease and exuberance that had captured me from the moment he had come on-screen. I think it was probably upon seeing the film that, like many others, I first fell in love with Jack.” Angelica wrote in her memoirs.
Later she would physically attack him, after finding out he got one of his mistresses, Rebecca Broussard pregnant.
Steve McQueen working out and having fun swinging on a rope back in 1968.
Here's a shot of the 'King of Cool', Steven McQueen having some fun swinging on a rope back in 1968. The actor rose to fame throughout the counterculture of the 1960s. He's probably best known for his roles in hit films such as The Great Escape, Papillon, Bullitt, and The Thomas Crown Affair. At the peak of his career, he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood and the biggest box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s.
As far as his personal life, he was married 3 times, the first and foremost Mrs. McQueen was Neile Adams. His marriage to Ali MacGraw lasted from 1973 to 1978. He and Barba Minty were divorced before making it to their first year anniversary in 1980– he gave up on weddings after that.
And now for something completely different John Cleese, Michael Palin and some ladies in bikinis from 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'. (1970)
Check out this oldie but goodie! It’s actor John Cleese, Michael Palin and some ladies in bikinis from 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' back in 1970.
It was back in the late 1960s, that John Cleese initially co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show 'Monty Python's Flying Circus’ and the four Monty Python films. Cleese has gone on to achieve much success as actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He also co-founded The Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows to raise funds for the human rights organization Amnesty International.
Debbie Harry's senior photo in high school, 1963.
Check it out, it's Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry's senior photo in high school, from back in 1963. Debbie began her musical career in the late 60's as a backing singer for the folk-rock group The Wind in the Willows. In 1974, she joined the Stilettoes. where she met her eventual boyfriend and Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein. The couple formed Angel and the Snake before finally creating Blondie, bringing in members Clem Burke, Gary Valentine, and Jimmy Destri.
They were pioneers of the punk scene but were noted for their eclectic mix of musical styles. They incorporated elements of disco, pop, and reggae. For this, they are credited with introducing mainstream American listeners to alternative elements of Rock and Roll in the late 1970’s. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide, is still active, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry in the studio, 1969.
Pictured here is singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry who’s notably one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. It was her her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe" back in 1967 that shot her up to international stardom. The song spent four weeks as the No. 1 pop song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was fourth in the Billboard year-end chart, and earned her Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance!
Gentry went on to chart eleven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and four singles on the United Kingdom Top 40, but by the late 70’s she lost all interest in performing.
Tom Laughlin starred as 'Billy Jack' in The Born Losers (1968), Billy Jack (1971), The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) and in 1977, Billy Jack Goes to Washington which was never released in theaters.
American actor and director, screenwriter, author, educator, and political activist Tom Laughlin was best known for his series of Billy Jack films. In 1954, he married actress Delores Taylor (whom he stayed with until his death). Taylor co-produced and acted along with Laughlin in all four of the Billy Jack films.
In the early 1960s, Laughlin took a break from acting to start a Montessori preschool in Santa Monica, California; it became the largest school of its kind in the United States. He also delved into psychology and domestic abuse counseling, and went on to write several books on Jungian psychology and developing theories on the causes of cancer.
'Dr. Frank-N-Furter' Tim Curry with Little Nell and Patricia Quinn on a promo photo for The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.
Pictured here is Tim Curry as Frank N’ Furter, Patricia Quinn as Magenta, and Nell Campbell as Columbia in 1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rocky Horror is best described as a musical horror comedy. Initially, it didn’t do so well, but as a midnight picture, it grew its own cult following and soon became a cultural phenomenon in both the U.S. and U.K.
What some may be surprised to learn, is that Richard O’Brien (who played Riff Raff) was the one who wrote the musical stage show and then went on to co-write the feature film adaptation.
The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, the ultimate of cool cruising cars.
The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, the ultimate of cool cruising cars. The Pontiac Firebird is an American car, produced by Pontiac from 1967 to the 2002 model years. It was initially designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang and was introduced the same model year as GM's Chevrolet Camaro. Pontiac's Trans Am Firebird also coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, Ford's upscale, platform-sharing version of the Mustang.
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, which were designed for the "sporty" consumer that also has kids.
The cast of Bosom Buddies with Donna Dixon, Tom Hanks, Wendie Jo Sperber and Peter Scolari; the TV series was on from 1980-82.
American sitcom Bosom Buddies, stars Tom Hanks, Donna Dixon, Wendie Jo Sperber and Peter Scolari (pictured here). It aired for two seasons and features the misadventures of two single men, struggling in the creative advertising industry. They end up disguising themselves as women so they can live in the one apartment they could afford. The show was especially known for its quirky humor and its frequent use of improv. Though it started out with good ratings, people lost interest and the show (which now has a large cult-following) was canceled.
A young David Cassidy shooting some film of his own
David Bruce Cassidy was an actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for his role on The Partridge Family. He played Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (who just so happened to be played by his actual stepmother Shirley Jones). The musical sitcom led to Cassidy becoming one of popular culture's biggest teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s.
His later career was also pretty evenly focused on both acting and music. In the 80’s he did some musical theater work, provided backup vocals for George Michael, and he co-wrote the song "Prayin' 4 a Miracle" with John Wetton and Sue Shifrin. The 90s and 2000s brought more of the same and in the 2010s he took on reality TV and appeared on Celebrity Apprentice.
After suffering from multiple medical conditions, he died at the age of 67 from liver failure on November 21, 2017.
1980's California dreamin' at it's finest
Check out this hot model! The Porsche 930 is a sports car built by Porsche between 1975 and 1989, it became known to the public as the 911 Turbo. Porsche began experimenting with turbocharging technology on their race cars as far back as the late 1960s. It was in 1972 that they began development on a turbocharged version of the 911. While the original purpose of the Porsche Turbo road car was to gain homologation for the 1976 racing season, it quickly became popular with road car enthusiasts. Porsche would also end up creating one of the most successful racing cars of all time, the 935.
Sad news for AC-DC fans when rhythm guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young had passed away. Here he is on the right, with Bon Scott in 1976.
Sad news for AC-DC fans today, rhythm guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young has passed away. Here he is on the right, with Bon Scott in 1976.
The Australian hard rock band was formed in Sydney back in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. While they are a hard rock band with blues-rock influences, they have also been widely considered a heavy metal band.
Their album Highway to Hell, which was released in 1979, was the last album Lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott would be alive for. He died on February 19, 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group considered disbanding but decided to find a new vocalist. When the band released their new album, Back in Black, it was made as a tribute to Bon Scott and it became their all-time best-seller.
Priscilla Barnes is best known in her role as 'Terri Alden' on Three's Company in 1981-84.
Pictured here is Priscilla Anne Barnes, the actress is best known for her role as Terri Alden on the hit sitcom Three's Company. She was the replacement for Suzanne Somers. She subsequently made appearances in films such as A Vacation in Hell, Licence to Kill, Mallrats, and the television series Jane the Virgin.
Barnes also starred in Aaron Spelling's The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch in 1982. She appeared in James Bond film Licence to Kill (1989), the underwater sci-fi/action thriller Lords of the Deep (1989), and in Perry Mason and the Case of the Reckless Romeo (1993). She appeared in feature films like Stepfather III (1992), Mallrats (1995), and The Devil's Rejects.
British rock glam band, 'The Sweet' shot to the top of the charts in the 1970's with hits like Ballroom Blitz, Little Willy and Fox on the Run.
British glam rock band The Sweet rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. Their best-known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker.
They formed in London back in 1968 and released their first hit, "Funny Funny" in 1971. They achieved thirteen Top 20 hits in the UK during the 1970s alone, with "Block Buster!" (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser" (1973), "The Ballroom Blitz" (1973) and "Teenage Rampage" (1974). Their mid-career singles had more of a hard rock edge though, like 1974's "Turn It Down" and "Fox on the Run" (1975) which also reached number two on the UK charts.
The Beverly Hillbillies 1965- Granny runs for the title of 'Possum Queen', and needs an opponent to run against, so Mr. Drysdale volunteers his wife as her challenger.
Remember this episode of The Beverly Hillbillies? Season 4 episode 5, titled 'Possum Day. In it, the Clampetts decide they want to go home for Possum Day, so Mr. Drysdale attempts to put a Possum Day together right there in Beverly Hills. Granny runs for the title of 'Possum Queen', and needs an opponent to run against, so Mr. Drysdale volunteers his wife as her challenger.
For eight of its nine seasons, The Beverly Hillbillies ranked among the top 20 most-watched programs on television. Twice it ranked as the number one series of the year, with a number of episodes that remain among the most-watched television episodes in history. The show also accumulated seven Emmy nominations during its run!
What, Me Worry? Who used to read MAD Magazine or still collects them now
The American humor magazine Mad (stylized as MAD) was founded in 1952 by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines. They actually launched it as a comic book before it became a magazine. In fact, the magazine is the last surviving title from the EC Comics line. It offers heaping helpings of satire on pretty much every aspect of daily life, popular culture, politics, entertainment, and public figures.
As of February 2018, Mad has officially published 550 regular issues, in addition to hundreds of reprint "Specials", original-material paperbacks, and reprint compilation books.
Agnetha Fältskog (ABBA) posed for Sweden's POSTER Magazine with a bunch of blonde dolls and huge paddle-shaped lollipop in 1976.
Here's a strange publicity shot of Agnetha Fältskog of the pop group ABBA. She was posed with a collection of creepy dolls for Sweden's POSTER Magazine back in 1976.
The Swedish pop group was formed in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The name ABBA was derived from the first letter in each of their names and they went on to become one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music. They consistently topped charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. With estimates ranging from over 140 to over 500 million sold records Abba is one of the best-selling bands in the US and from outside the English-speaking world. They are also, the best-selling band of all time from continental Europe.
The Supremes pose outside of Manchester Square while in London. 1963
Here are The Supremes posed outside of Manchester Square while in London in 1963. The Supremes were the most commercially successful Motown act and they remain America's most successful vocal group: with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
They were certainly at their peak in the mid-1960s, they rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity. Their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.
Although much of the music Diana Ross is associated with came out of the seventies, her original breakthrough was while performing with The Supremes throughout the 1960s. In addition to her own musical success, her biggest accomplishment is probably how many others she has inspired to follow in her footsteps.
C-3PO closing in on Carrie Fisher on the set of The Empire Strikes Back in 1979.
Hubba, Hubba... C-3PO is closing in on Carrie Fisher on the set of The Empire Strikes Back in 1979. Under all that gold is Anthony Daniels. He is the only actor to have appeared not only in all of the major films in the Star Wars series but also, every one of the many spin-offs projects–including television projects and video games. Daniels appeared on various British television dramas and he was also the voice of Legolas in the Ralph Bakshi animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings back in 1978.
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