Groovy Icons In Pop Culture History We Can't Get Enough Of...

Written by Lyra Radford

Remember when westerns and science fiction were the most popular genres on television? And when Sonny & Cher were still a duo? Back when music and fashion somehow always seemed to grow and change together? Collected here are memories of the groovy beginnings of some of the most beloved icons in popular culture. 

Leigh Taylor-Young co-starred with Edward G Robinson and Charlton Heston in the film Soylent Green 1973

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Pictured here is the lovely stage, screen, and radio actress, Leigh Taylor-Young. She got her first big break in 1966 when she was cast as Rachel Welles on the primetime soap opera Peyton Place. But it was her performance as Shirl, the "furniture" girl, in the science fiction classic Soylent Green (1973) that she will probably always be best known for.

She co-starred along with Edward G Robinson and Charlton Heston in the post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller. The storyline is loosely based on the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, which combines both the police procedural and science fiction genres and is set in a dystopian future. It won the Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film in 1973.

Diana Dors love of films began when her mother took her to local movie theaters. Seeing the actresses on screen, at the age of three she wanted to be an actress.

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Diana Dors was an actress and singer promoted as the 'English Marilyn Monroe'. According to Dors, her love of films began when her mother took her to local movie theaters. After seeing the actresses on screen, at the age of three, she new wanted to be an actress one day, and act she did. In addition to working in sexy comedies and risqué modeling, Dors was famous for hosting headline-worthy private parties.

She later gained popularity as a chat-show guest and there’s a bit of a mystery surrounding all her riches. She allegedly left it all for her son in her will but a secret password was required. The code was left with her husband actor Alan Lake, but after Lake committed suicide and the code was lost forever…. As is her fortune it seems.

Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart between scenes in the classic thriller Rear Window 1954.

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This picture is iconic! James Stewart, one of the most honored stars in film history, alongside actress turned princess Grace Kelly and the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. This photo was taken between scenes of one of Hitchcock’s most popular mystery thrillers, Rear Window. The film itself is not only considered one of the best in its genre, but also one of the greatest in film history. In it, a newspaper photographer is laid up with a broken leg and starts spying on his neighbors from his window to pass the time. After witnessing what he believes is a murder, he sets out to solve the crime himself. 

Jamie Lee Curtis at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980.

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Pictured here is the legendary scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis dominated the horror scene of the ‘70s. With films like Prom Night, Terror Train, The Fog, and John Carpenter's Halloween.

It wasn’t until Trading Spaces in 1983 that she started getting notoriety outside the horror genre. The role also earned her a BAFTA award as best supporting actress. She went on to work on A Fish Called Wanda and was nominated for a BAFTA as Best Leading Actress. Then in 1994 she won a Golden Globe for True Lies and hasn't stopped working since.

Clint Eastwood thinking while working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 at home in 1961.

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Here we have a stoic Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 parked in front of his place back in 1961. The Hollywood legend pretty much sealed his fate as the official cultural icon of masculinity with films like The Unforgiven, Gran Torino, True Crime, Joe Kidd, Dirty Harry, and Million Dollar Baby. His early success came from the Western TV series Rawhide, he quickly rose to international fame all throughout the 1970s. He's credited with setting the standard for the ‘anti-hero cop’ character archetype because of his role as Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films during the 1970s and 1980s.

Elke Sommer became one of the top film actresses of the 1960's and has made 99 film and television appearances between 1959 and 2005.

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Pictured here is Elke Sommer, one of the top film actresses of the 1960's who has made 99 film and television appearances between 1959 and 2005. In 1964, she won a Golden Globe award as Most Promising Newcomer Actress for The Prize, a film in which she co-starred with Paul Newman. Some of the titles to her name are 1964’s A Shot in the Dark with Peter Sellers, The Art of Love (1965) with James Garner and Dick Van Dyke, The Oscar (1966) with Stephen Boyd, and Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966) with Bob Hope. She was also the leading lady in The Wrecking Crew (1968) with Dean Martin. 

Cool pic from a Sonny and Cher photo shoot in 1973.

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After the release of their first album with their hit single, “I Got You, Babe,” back in 1965, Sonny and Cher’s popularity skyrocketed. The couple began making television appearances and even more performances. They positioned themselves as media personalities with two top ten TV shows in the US, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show.

Their career as a duo ended in 1975 following their divorce and Cher went solo as an actress and singer, and Sonny moved on to politics. But in the decade they spent together, Sonny and Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Model Gia Carangi at a photo shoot for Vogue in 1979.

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Gia Marie Carangi was the “It Girl” of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was everywhere; she was featured in advertising campaigns for major fashion houses like Armani, Chanel, Christian Dior, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent. The supermodel graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan, and she also appeared in the Blondie music video for Atomic.

At the height of her career, she was simply known in modeling circles by her first name and her life was dramatized in the film Gia, starring Angelina Jolie, which debuted in 1998. Sadly, the beauty became addicted to heroin, after that her modeling career rapidly declined. At only 26-years old she died of AIDS-related complications, making her one of the first famous women to die of the disease.

The Brady Bunch cast taking a break and cooling off behind the scenes. 1974

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Here we have the cast of The Brady Bunch, taking a snack break between scenes back in 1974. The Brady Bunch originally aired on September 26, 1969, and ran to March 8, 1974.

The popular sitcom revolved around an abnormally large blended family that came to be after a lovely lady met a man named Brady. Each of them already had three kids of their own. Despite the certain chaos and absurd grocery bills, they just knew they had to become the Brady Bunch.

Apparently, their hunch was right, The Brady Bunch regularly made top ten in the Nielsen Ratings during the first four seasons. It has spawned many made-for-TV-movies, specials, and several sequel series. 

Janine Turner and Demi Moore were sisters on General Hospital as Laura and Jackie Templeton. (1982-83).

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Pictured here are Janine Turner and Demi Moore, back in the early 80s when they played sisters, Laura and Jackie Templeton on General Hospital. General Hospital is a daytime television medical drama, that actually made the Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history! It came in second to Guiding Light. It also holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins.

Maureen O'Hara as 'Maggie McKendrick' in The Parent Trap 1961.

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Here's Maureen O'Hara as 'Maggie McKendrick' in The Parent Trap back in 1961. Irish-born actress and singer was famous for her fiercely passionate roles and fiery red hair, not to mention her creative alliance with Western Director John Ford. She worked with Ford on numerous films along with longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

She co-starred alongside Charles Laughton in Alfred Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn in 1939. Then moved to Hollywood the same year to co-star with him again in the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. After that, she was given a contract by RKO Pictures and had a long, successful career as "The Queen of Technicolor".

Some of her more famous films include; Miracle on 34th Street, Rio Grande, The Wings of Eagles, The Parent Trap, and The Rare Breed. She retired from showbusiness in 1971, but not before starring with Wayne one last time in Big Jake. She re-emerged 20 years later to appear with John Candy in Only the Lonely (1991).

Debbie Harry: "I stole the belt from Dick Manitoba, the bikini bottom was from our landlord and the shirt has been around forever." It's definitely from the late 60's 1976

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Here we have a shot from an iconic photo shoot for Punk magazine taken by Chris Stein of Blondie singer and co-founder Debbie Harry.

This particular photo came from the second batch, which Stein described as "punky and sexy". Debbie Harry styled it herself. "I stole the belt from Dick Manitoba [the lead singer of New York punk band the Dictators], the bikini bottom was from our landlord and the shirt has been around forever. It's definitely from the late Sixties."

According to Stein the first set was far racier; "We did these sexier shots - her bits were covered up with a guitar and not much else - and they said these are not punk enough," says Stein. 

Joanna Lumley (known for her character Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous) modeling in 1971.

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Here’s a nice shot of model/actress Joanna Lumley back in 1971. She would become best known for her character Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012), a role she’s won two BAFTA TV Awards for, but she’s done a number of insanely awesome things. 

She was in The New Avengers (1976–77). She was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the Broadway revival of La Bête. She had roles in James and the Giant Peach (1996), Ella Enchanted (2004), Corpse Bride (2005), The Wolf of Wall Street(2013), and of course, she returned to Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016. In 2013, she received the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. In 2017, she was honored with the BAFTA Fellowship award.

Simply beautiful, Jacqueline Bisset in 1969.

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Simply beautiful, the English actress Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset during the early stages of her career. Jacqueline first came to prominence in 1968 with roles in The Detective, Bullitt, and The Sweet Ride, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for 'Most Promising Newcomer'. She earned another Golden Globe nomination, this time for 'Best Actress in a Comedy' for her role in the 1978 film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? She also earned an Emmy nominated role in the miniseries Joan of Arc (1999). She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Dancing on the Edge (2013). She was also bestowed France's highest honour, the Légion d'honneur in 2010.

Marilyn McCoo is best known for being the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension and hosting the 1980's music countdown series Solid Gold

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The actress, television presenter, and singer with a four-octave vocal range, Marilyn McCoo, is best known as the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as hosting the 1980s music countdown series Solid Gold.

She made an honest man out of 5th Dimension co-founder Billy Davis Jr. when the two wed back in July of 1969. The couple are still married today and they shared their story of love and faith in the book, Up, Up and Away in 2004. They also continue to perform live together in venues around the country.

'Batgirl' (Yvonne Craig) was a guest on the Merv Griffin Show 1967.

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Ah yes, Yvonne Craig, better known as ‘Batgirl’ appeared on The Merv Griffin Show in its 5th season, on episode 10 back in September of 1967. Other guests on that particular episode were comedy writer Jack Douglas and Reiko, singer Stevie Wonder, comedian Pat Cooper.

Yvonne Craig’s post-Batman acting career includes Marta, the green-skinned Orion slave girl in Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969) and the voice of "Grandma" on the popular children's show Olivia. In 2000, Craig published an autobiography; From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond. She died of metastatic breast cancer in August of 2015.

Audrey Hepburn checking the oven and still manages to look stylish! 1954

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Here’s Audrey Hepburn looking classy and charming as ever, even while over a hot oven. Hepburn quickly shot to stardom after playing the lead role in Roman Holiday back in 1953. A role for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. From there she continued to win hearts and awards. She remains one of the 12 people who has won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.

Over the years, Hepburn began devoting more time to the United Nations Children's Fund. She became a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNICEF and worked in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America, and Asia. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her efforts.

This version of The Mummy was a 1959 British horror film, starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Yvonne Furneaux.

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The Mummy (1959), starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing is a British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher. It was also distributed in the U.S. on a double bill with either the Vincent Price movie The Bat or the Universal film Curse of the Undead.

It’s plot summary; “a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally bring the mummified body of her High Priest back to life. Three years later back in England a follower of the same Egyptian religion unleashes the mummy to exact grisly revenge.” 

Tracy Reed in a scene from the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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Here's a picture of the lovely Tracy Reed in a scene from the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The classic film is essentially about what could happen if the wrong person pushes the wrong button. In it, U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes insane and becomes convinced the communists are somehow polluting the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people so he sends a bomber wing on a mission to destroy the U.S.S.R. 

A tender moment caught on film of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in 1969.

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Caught on film here is a tender moment between music legend Johnny Cash and his very talented wife June Carter Cash. Valerie “June” Carter Cash was actually Johnny’s second wife. Prior to her marriage, the multi-talented woman worked as an actress, singer, dancer, songwriter, comedian, and author was professionally known as June Carter.

She rocked the guitar, banjo, harmonica, and even the autoharp. Carter Cash has five Grammy Award wins to her name and was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame back in 2009. In 2003, she ranked 31 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music.

Astronauts drink it. You should too! Tang, the orange (or fruit) flavored breakfast drink has been around since 1959.

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Remember greedily gulping down ice cold glasses of Tang on those long hot summer days? The fruit-flavored drink was originally formulated by General Foods Corporation food scientist William A. Mitchell back in 1957. When it first came out in 1959, it was marketed in powdered form. It wasn’t until after NASA started using it, first on John Glenn's Mercury flight in February 1962 and then on subsequent Gemini missions, that Tang’s sales began to rise. Since then, it’s been closely associated with the space program, but it’s a misconception that Tang was invented specifically for them.

The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman had many crossover episodes between the two series from 1975-78.

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There are a number of episodes between The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman in which both Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers appear. Now, some of them are not considered traditional crossovers. There are three two-part episodes that feel more like ‘prequels’ because they established the character of Jaime Sommers on The Six Million Dollar Man and also launched the spinoff The Bionic Woman. But these, paired with the other 'formal' crossover episodes collectively tell the story of the evolving relationship between our two lead characters from 1975 to 1978.

No one does cool as well as Sean Connery does as 'James Bond' in Istanbul filming From Russia With Love (1963)

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Sir Sean Thomas Connery is one of the most decorated and celebrated actors of all time. The Scottish native has won Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe awards. Sean Connery is most known for being the first ever actor to play the character James Bond on the big screen.

He starred in the first seven James Bond films, from the very first movie, Dr. No, to Diamonds Are Forever. 

Although Connery’s last appearance as James Bond wasn’t as smooth as the others. Reports say that he demanded over $1.5 million to resume the role. It took a deal with United Artists to finally make it happen. They promised to back any two films he wanted if he'd just play James Bond again. So he did.  

The Bobby Goldsboro Show (1973-75), was TV's highest-rated variety series in syndication in the 70's.

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Pictured here is pop and country singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro. He had a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s; his signature No. 1 hit "Honey", which sold over one million copies in the United States. From 1973 to 1975, Goldsboro took on the job of television host, The Bobby Goldsboro Show ended up becoming the highest rated variety series in the 1970s!

He went on to compose the music for the CBS situation comedy Evening Shade in the 1990s. Then he created the fifty-two episode children's television series The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon. Goldsboro actually voiced all the characters, wrote all the scripts, and played every musical instrument. That’s one driven and talented artist!

Tanya Tucker recorded her first hit song Delta Dawn in 1972 when she was 13 years old 

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Pictured here is a young Tanya Tucker, who recorded her first hit song, Delta Dawn, back in 1972 when she was just 13-years old. She has gone on to sell more than 25 million records since then. Tucker became one of the few child performers able to mature into adulthood (in the public eye) without losing her audience. That’s not to say she hasn’t had personal battles or sales drops over the decades since her debut, she’s just managed come out on top at the end of the day. Tucker is also one of the few and best-known female country singers to be classified as an "Outlaw" as in the Outlaw country movement, which was most popular in the late 1970s.

Zoologist Marlin Perkins was the host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985 with sidekick, Jim Fowler.

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Here’s Zoologist Marlin Perkins feeding an adorable lion cub from a bottle. He was the host of the nature-themed program called Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985 with his sidekick, Jim Fowler. Wild Kingdom was revived in 2002 and the show's second incarnation currently airs on Animal Planet in the United States.

The original Wild Kingdom came to be, after discussions between zoologist Marlin Perkins and V. J. Skutt, the chairman and CEO of insurance company Mutual of Omaha. The company sponsored the Wild Kingdom.

Melissa Gilbert before she was 'Half Pint' on Little House on the Prairie 1969

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Here is an early photo of child actress Melissa Gilbert, before she won the hearts of the nation playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on the show Little House on the Prairie. It was originally a made-for-TV film based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie book series. The movie was a hit so naturally, it had to become a television series.

Gilbert also starred in many other things while working on the show, she was a very busy popular actress at a young age. Since then, she has taken to writing, producing, and even politics. In 2016, she ran for U.S. Congress in Michigan's 8th congressional district and she won the Democratic primary but was forced to drop out due to health issues.

Hey Bo Diddley! Riding his custom scooter in Brooklyn in the early 60's.

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Pictured here is Ellas McDaniel, better known as Bo Diddley, back in the early 60’s. The singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a pivotal role in the mainstream transition from the blues to rock and roll. His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent hambone rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip-hop, rock, and pop music. His work influenced the likes of Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and even the Clash.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 

On tour promoting the Queen LP The Game, Freddie Mercury was on Darth Vader's shoulders during an encore singing We Will Rock You, 1980.

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This classic snapshot of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was taken back in 1980. Mercury was well-known for his unique approach to live performances but this stunt he began pulling during shows in late 1979 and into 1980 took things up a notch. He began taking piggyback rides from Superman or Darth Vader out on stage during the encore.

This particular photo was taken during an encore while singing We Will Rock You while on The Game tour. Other than Mercury’s change in onstage emergence, he was also sporting a mustache that prompted fans to start throwing razors at him during this tour.

Sid Vicious sporting a David Bowie T-shirt on his way to see Bowie in concert in London, 1973.

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Here’s a great photo of a young Sid Vicious on his way to a David Bowie concert in London, back in 1973. Naturally he’s wearing his Bowie shirt with pride and three years later he would embark on his own music career. It was in 1976 when he became a member of the Flowers of Romance along with former co-founding member of the Clash, Keith Levene.

It wasn’t until 1977, when the bassist and vocalist joined the Sex Pistols, the influential punk rock band he would become most famous for. His bass is only partially featured on the debut album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, but Vicious would later appear as a lead vocalist. He became and remains to many, the very embodiment of ‘the attitude of Punk’.

Nothing screams 80's like Daryl Hall and John Oates posing with a Pontiac Fiero in 1984.

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Oh, my… it’s an oh-so-80s shot of Daryl Hall and John Oates posing with a Pontiac Fiero! Hall & Oates were a musical duo (with Hall generally taking the lead on vocals) while Oates was primarily on electric guitar and backing vocals.

Their sound was a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. They are best known for their six No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Out of Touch".

They were at their most famous from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s and have sold an estimated 40 million records throughout the course of their career, making them the third best-selling music duo of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 and in 2016, they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Linda Harrison (Nova) relaxing on the set of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes

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Pictured here is Linda Harrison, the actress, director, and producer internationally renowned for her role in the classic science fiction film Planet of the Apes (1968). She was also in the first sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes; she also had a cameo in Tim Burton's 2001 remake. The film was a critical and commercial hit and had a total of four sequels followed between 1970 and 1973 and it also spawned two television series in 1974 and 1975.

The basic storyline is about a world in which humans and intelligent apes clash for control. The massive science fiction franchise now consists of various films, books, television series, and comics among other media.

The original Rat Pack outside the Sands Hotel in Vegas back in 1960.

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Pictured here is the legendary “Rat Pack”, consisting of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop outside Sands Casino, Las Vegas, 1960. The term “Rat Pack” was coined by the media to refer to the informal group of entertainers centered on the Las Vegas casino scene.

Sinatra, Martin, and Davis were regarded as the group's leaders so to speak, and the group also included Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall among others. The Rat Pack appeared together on stage and in films in the early 1960s, including the films Ocean's 11, Sergeants 3, and Robin and the 7 Hoods (in the last film, Bing Crosby replaced Lawford). 

Swedish-born, Midwestern-bred actress Ann-Margret in a Japanese magazine photo from 1965.

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This Hollywood bombshell was often referred to her as the 'female Elvis’, for her sexy, throaty singing voice. It was her love for motorcycles and devil-may-care attitude that eventually earned her a ‘bad girl’ reputation as well. The seductive daredevil even ended up in a relationship with her male counterpart.

It was after landing a seven-year film contract with 20th Century Fox that she landed parts in her more famous films alongside big names like Jack Nicholson, John Wayne, and Elvis. As they worked together, Ann-Margret and Elvis discovered they share many things in common and soon their relationship became romantic. Elvis and close friends all confirmed that aside from Elvis Presley’s family, Ann-Margret became the most important woman in the King’s life.

Inevitably, it had to end, the King had already promised himself to young Priscilla and he had every intention of keeping his word and Ann-Margret had no plans of stopping him.

Here's Vincent Price in an ad for Monster Vitamins in 1974.

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Here we have Horror movie icon Vincent Price (appropriately) marketing Monster Vitamins back in 1974. “Come a little closer madam.” Price says in his effortlessly ominous voice. “I want to tell you about something your children will love... Monster Vitamins.”

While his most prominent work was in the horror genre, Vincent Leonard Price Jr. had a career spanning over other genres as well including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He performed on stage, television, and radio in addition to appearing in over one hundred films. Price has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures, and one for television.

The cast of The High Chaparral, a Western TV series featuring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell from 1967 to 1971.

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Pictured here it the cast of The High Chaparral, a Western TV series featuring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell. The show ran from 1967 to 1971 and it follows the Cannon family, who run the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory. It’s set back in the 1870s and in it, ‘Big John’ wants to establish his cattle empire despite ongoing issues with Indian hostility. He also works with his brother Buck and son Billy Blue to unite his family with the powerful Montoyas by marrying their daughter Victoria.

Duran Duran were art students who formed their new wave band in 1978.

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Duran Duran were art students who decided to form their new wave band in Birmingham, England back in 1978. They were alternative music sensations by 1982 and by 1984 they were mainstream pop stars. The group was a leading force in what became known as the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States. The band achieved 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and have sold over 100 million records worldwide. They’ve also won two Brit Awards including the 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Grammy Awards, an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a Video Visionary Award from the MTV Europe Music Awards. They've also been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Decaf or regular! A model showing us a brand new worm vending machine in 1965

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For those unfamiliar with fishing and all the gear that goes with the sport, bait machines, or worm machines, are actual vending machines that dispense live bait, such as worms and crickets instead of Snickers bars.

As can be imagined, they are a bit more complex than a coffee or soda machine, these oftentimes have a small reservoir inside them to simulate rain for the creepy crawlies. They have their own internal dispensers to feed the worms a nutrient solution.

Then electrical pulses are utilized to coax the worms up to the surface to get the nutrient solution. The habitat within the vending machine also provides the ideal conditions for higher reproduction rates and faster growth.

James Darren and Sandra Dee in Gidget 1959.

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Pictured here are James Darren and Sandra Dee in the 1959 film Gidget. This was the first installment of what would become a franchise based on the fictional character created by author Frederick Kohner (based on his teenage daughter, Kathy) in his 1957 novel, Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas. The novel, like the movies (and later a television show) follows the adventures of a teenage girl and her surf-loving friends on the beach in Malibu.

The Gidget television series starred Sally Field and was first aired on ABC from September 15, 1965, to April 21, 1966. Unfortunately, the show wasn't as popular as hoped and it did poorly in the Nielsen ratings. It was canceled at the end of its first season.

Patrick Swayze, Maureen McCormick and cast in roller disco film, Skatetown USA 1979.

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Maureen McCormick will forever be known as Marcia Brady of the Brady Bunch. She was a teen icon from the late 60s into the early 70s. After the show went off the air in 1974, she made guest appearances and eventually made her way onto the reality TV circuit popular today.

Patrick Swayze was in a league of his own with boyish good looks and incredible talents on and off the screen. With classics like Road House, Dirty Dancing, and The Outsiders under his belt, he secured his place as a pop culture icon in no time.

Lacey Underall (Cindy Morgan) and Carl the groundskeeper (Bill Murray) in the crazy comedy about golf and a wily gopher Caddyshack 1980.

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Here we have Lacey Underall (Cindy Morgan) and Carl the groundskeeper (Bill Murray) in Caddyshack back in 1980. The classic American comedy film also stars Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ted Knight. Caddyshack was Harold Ramis' directorial debut and it grossed nearly $40 million at the domestic box office (the 17th-highest of the year). The film has a pretty large cult following and has been long hailed by media outlets as one of the funniest sports movies of all time. Naturally, with success like that, a sequel is born. Caddyshack II followed in 1988, although only Chase reprised his role and the film was poorly received.

Jean Seberg, Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood in the 1969 Western musical film, Paint Your Wagon during the Gold Rush.

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Pictured here are Jean Seberg, Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood in the 1969 Western musical film, Paint Your Wagon. The film is set during the Gold Rush in a mining camp. In it, “two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town”.

The film was adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon by Lerner and Loewe. The film was released in United States theaters in October 1969 and became Paramount's sixth largest success up to that point and the sixth highest-grossing film of the year when it brought in $31.6 million over its release.

Sweet photo of Jacqueline Kennedy and son John, Jr. in the White House, 1962.

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Here we have a sweet picture of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and son John, Jr. in the White House, back in 1962. Unfortunately, even back in his early childhood years while living at the White House he was the subject of great media scrutiny. Little John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. often referred to as JFK Jr., grew up to be a lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher.

As a lawyer, Kennedy worked as a New York City Assistant District Attorney for almost four years. Then he launched George magazine in 1995, using his political and celebrity status to publicize it. Tragically, just four years later, in 1999, Kennedy died in a plane crash. 

Carol Kaye is one of the most widely heard bass guitarists, playing on an estimated 10,000 recordings in her 50 year career.

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Carol Kaye is one of the most widely heard bass guitarists, playing on an estimated 10,000 recordings in her 50-year career. Kaye was the bassist on many Phil Spector and Brian Wilson productions throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She’s also credited with the bass tracks on several Simon & Garfunkel hits, Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, in addition to many film scores by Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin.

Aside from bass guitar, she also played twelve-string, six-string electric, and acoustic guitars. She contributed the acoustic rhythm guitar parts on Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", the twelve-string electric on several Sonny & Cher songs, and six-string electric rhythm on the Beach Boys "Surfin' USA".

'The Carrie Nations' band from the 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls- Marcia McBroom, Dolly Read and Cynthia Myers.

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Pictured here is 'The Carrie Nations' band from the 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: stars Marcia McBroom, Dolly Read and Cynthia Myers. In it, “Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.”

The 1970 satirical musical melodrama was originally intended as a sequel to the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls, but instead, it was revised as a parody of the commercially successful but critically reviled original. Despite having an X rating and a modest budget of $900,000, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls ended up grossing ten times that amount in the U.S. market.

Since its release, it has gone on to gross more than $40 million from theatrical revivals and video sales. According to Variety, the film had already earned $6,800,000 in theatrical rentals in North America by 1976. 

The rock band Head East is from East Central Illinois, the band's signature song is, Never Been Any Reason from 1974.

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The rock band Head East was formed by vocalist John Schlitt, guitarist Danny Piper, keyboardist Roger Boyd, bassist Larry Boyd, and drummer Steve Huston. 

John, Roger, and Larry were studying at the University of Illinois at the time and Steve was over at Eastern Illinois University. Larry and Danny both eventually left the band and were replaced by Mike Somerville (guitar) and Dan Birney (bass).

The band managed to achieve considerable success in the Midwest during the 1970s, but they fell into obscurity for the most part, over the following decades. They will always be best remembered for their AOR hit "Never Been Any Reason".

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sally Field in the film, Stay Hungry in 1976. Arnold won a Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year.

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Here’s an oldie but a goodie if ever there was one! Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sally Field in the film, Stay Hungry back in 1976. The comedy-drama film centers on Jeff Bridges' character, who after getting involved in a shady real-estate deal, has to buy a gym to complete a multi-parcel lot. However, upon visiting the gym, he becomes romantically interested in the receptionist (Sally Field) and inspired by the carefree lifestyle of "Joe Santo" (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who is training there for the Mr. Universe competition.

Schwarzenegger won a Golden Globe for "Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture" for his portrayal of Joe Santo, although technically this wasn’t his debut role. He had already played Hercules (as "Arnold Strong") in the 1969 film Hercules in New York and a hitman in Robert Altman's 1973 film The Long Goodbye. It was, however, his voices big film debut, since Hercules was dubbed and the hitman character was deaf and mute.

Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan celebrating at Jagger's 29th birthday party in 1972.

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It was on July 26, 1972, when Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger began celebrating his 29th birthday on stage at Madison Square Garden (during what was arguably the most chaotic tour of their career). Mick was presented with a massive cake at the Garden and the whole band threw custard pies at him.

Pictured here are Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan all celebrating Jagger's birthday. Also on the guest list that night, was Zsa Zsa Gabor, Andy Warhol, Woody Allen, Oscar de la Renta, Clyde Newhouse, and Tennessee Williams to name a few. 

Barnaby Jones was a detective series which ran on CBS from 1973 to 1980 with Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriwether and Mark Shera.

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The detective television series Barnaby Jones starred Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a father and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm. The show was broadcast from 1973 to 1980 and had the second longest QM run at seven and a half seasons, coming in second to The FBI the eight years of The FBI.

During the mid-1990s, Meriwether and Shera wanted to do a Barnaby Jones reunion television movie, Ebsen wasn’t interested though. However, Ebsen did go ahead and reprise the role of Barnaby Jones for a big-screen remake of his most famous television series, The Beverly Hillbillies. (Jim Varney played Jed Clampett, the role Ebsen played on the television series, in the film). It would be his final theatrical appearance.

Here's Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan & Roger McGuinn jamming together during some downtime from Dylan's Canadian tour in 1975.

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This little piece of music history gives a glimpse of Bob Dylan's Legendary Rolling Thunder Revue. The Rolling Thunder Revue was a concert tour by Dylan who was traveling with a caravan of musicians, including Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. The tour itself, included 57 concerts in two legs—the American northeast and Canada in the fall of 1975, and the second leg was in the American south and southwest in the spring of 1976. This is just one of many intimate images taken during the downtime on that storied 1975 gypsy-caravan tour. Here Dylan is jamming out with Roger McGuinn and Gordon Lightfoot.

Students had to line up for their spoonful of fish oil from the school nurse in the 1960's - guessing this is in Europe - not done in the USA at that time.

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Once upon a time in a faraway land (Europe) children had to line up for a big smelly heaping spoonful of fish oil from the school nurse each day. Yuck! Omega 3’s are actually really good for improving your concentration, brain development, and fish oil has been linked to improved behavior in children. So it makes perfect sense that schools would want to distribute it amongst the entire student body. Fish oil was even given out during the Second World War because food shortages led to a need for rationing, which then triggered fears about the health.

The natural beauty of Michelle Phillips while she was in 'The Mamas and The Papas'. (1967)

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Singer-songwriter Michelle Phillips is best known for co-founding the folk-rock group The Mamas & the Papas back in 1965 with her husband John Phillips. The band rose to fame with popular singles co-written by Phillips such as California Dreamin' and Creeque Alley.

The Mamas and the Papas was comprised of John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, and Michelle Phillips. They released five studio albums before their dissolution in 1970 and her divorce from John. They have sold nearly 40 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1998.

Phillips transitioned into acting and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Dillinger (1973). She appeared in films like Valentino (1977), Bloodline (1979), and Scissors (1991). She was also a main cast member on the television series Knots Landing from 1987 to 1993. 

Airport was a 1970 film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin about a bomber onboard of a plane, an airport closed by snow and the problems of the people involved.

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Here’s a still from the 1970 disaster-drama film Airport starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, was based on Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel of the same name.

The film is credited with originating the 70s disaster film genre, it’s also the first installment in the Airport film series. It’s centered on an airport manager who’s trying to keep his airport open during a snowstorm, while a suicidal bomber plots to blow up an airliner in flight.

The film was a major commercial success, produced on a $10 million budget, it earned over $100 million and surpassed Spartacus as Universal Pictures' biggest moneymaker.

Army nurse 2nd Lieutenant Roberta Bertie Steele in South Vietnam, on February 9, 1966.

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Pictured here is Army nurse 2nd Lieutenant Roberta “Bertie” Steele in South Vietnam, on February 9, 1966. The raging battle between communist and anti-communist forces in Vietnam during the 1960’s claimed so many lives and left many of the living villagers displaced. 10,000 women volunteered to serve in the United States Army as war nurses in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. These women had a front row seat to some of the bloodiest, gruesome, sights the war caused for both sides.

They took an oath to stabilize prisoners so they could be interrogated which was frustrating for them on an emotional level. One nurse, Diane Carlson Evans, told the Washington Post, “I was so angry at the Army for what it was doing to its own people. They wouldn’t let them win. The Viet Cong had no rules at all and yet our guys had rules about where they could and couldn’t go. Soldiers who came in were so frustrated by that. I expected the Army to value them and not just use them up.” 

High school fashion for the ladies in the mid 70's included feathered hair, bell bottoms, stripes and wedge sandals.

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Polyester and velour were popular fabric of choices and bright colors and psychedelic prints were available on pretty much anything you could imagine. Elements from 60’s fashion were perfected and blended into the styles of ‘hippies’ and ‘mods’ alike. Tight pants were all the rage, as were bell bottoms and platform shoes. By 1973, most women were wearing high cut boots and low cut pants, tunics were also very popular during this decade. By the late 1970s the pantsuit and the tracksuit began to weasel their way in.

Baby It's Cold Outside! Here's a 14 year-old Liza Minnelli with her mom Judy Garland in 1960.

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Pictured here is a 14 year-old Liza Minnelli getting bundled up by her mom Judy Garland back in 1960. Liza May Minnelli grew up to be an actress and singer just like her mom, she’s primarily known for her Academy Award-winning role as Sally Bowles in the 1972 musical film Cabaret. It was just one year after this photo was taken, 1961, that Liza moved to New York City to begin her career as a musical theatre actress and traditional pop recording artist. She’s famous for her renditions of pop standards and was named a gay icon in a list titled The 12 Greatest Female Gay Icons of All Time in Out Magazine in 2014.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer formed in 1970 with keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer-bassist-producer Greg Lake and drummer-percussionist Carl Palmer.

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The English progressive rock supergroup known as Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) formed back in 1970. It consisted of Keith Emerson (keyboardist), Greg Lake (singer, bassist, and producer) and Carl Palmer (drummer).

With an astounding nine RIAA-certified gold record albums in the US and an estimated 48 million records sold worldwide, ELP was clearly one of the most popular and commercially successful groups of the 70’s. The group disbanded in 1979 but partially reformed in the 1980s as Emerson, Lake & Powell (which featured Cozy Powell in place of Palmer). In 1991 fans were not only treated with the reformation of the original trio, but also with various tours between 1992 and 1998 and the release of two new albums.

Jimmy Page in deep thought, 1973.

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Here's songwriter and record producer Jimmy Page, who achieved international fame as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin. It was because of the band's long-form songs combined with a heavy, guitar-driven sound that led to the band being cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal.

They drew their unique style drew from a wide variety of genres including blues, psychedelia, and folk music. Not to mention the lyrics that explored aspects of classic literature, mysticism, and philosophy. Although they were initially unpopular with critics their fame grew exponentially, with their song "Stairway to Heaven", now among the most influential works in rock music history. 

Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise reprised their roles in The Cannonball Run 2 film. (1984)

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Here we have Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise back in 1984 when they reprised their roles in The Cannonball Run 2. Like the original movie, the sequel is set around an illegal cross-country race with an all-star cast. This was the last "formula" comedy for Reynolds’ career and this film also marked the final feature film appearances of both Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Their appearances, coupled with those of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Shirley MacLaine, was the final on-screen appearance of the old Rat Pack team.

Here's some stylish young women walking in Beverly Hills in the late 50's, times have changed!

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Here are some stylish young women of the late 1950's taking a stroll down the streets of  Beverly Hills. Although, during this era, salons also served as a social outlet for women. Fashion and style in general of the late 50's into the 1960s became symbolic of social change. High waisted shorts, bare midriffs, and sassy hairstyles. 

The bouffants and pompadours that had previously reigned were eventually replaced by edgier looks like the beehive, the bombshell, and mop tops. Even men were craving a change and began opting for longer hairstyles and afros.

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Lyra Radford


Lyra spends her days exploring all shades of history. In her writing, she covers topics ranging from the 'groovy' to the downright strange. She enjoys books, movies, and strong coffee. She also fancies herself the world's greatest air hockey player. She learned the ins and outs of writing and producing film/television at Palm Beach State and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University studying psychology and writing. Her work has been featured by some of the most prolific sites on the web and she is the author of the travel guide "Two-Days Exploring Haunted Key West".