Groovy Photos Sure To Make You Smile

Written by Lyra Radford

What could possibly be groovier than Cher doing tricks on roller skates you ask? All sorts of things… just take a dive into this collection of popular culture’s fondest memories and see for yourself. It’s full of photos sure to put a smile on your face just as big as a rollerskating pop diva. 

One of the greatest bands of 1968, Led Zeppelin

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This photo was taken in 1968, the year Led Zeppelin had just formed. The band experienced major commercial success in the span of a few years after being heavily sampled and influential in Rock and Roll.

Led Zeppelin consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's long-form songs with heavy, guitar-driven sound led to them 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. 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. 

Cool photo of Jim Henson sitting with the Bert Muppet character (he created in 1969) by a window, 1971

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Here’s a cool photo of Jim Henson sitting by a window back in 1971 with one of the iconic muppets he created, Bert. The puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, and filmmaker achieved international fame as the creator of the Muppets. He founded Muppets, Inc. in 1958, which went on to become the Jim Henson Company.

Henson’s fame came in 1969 when he joined the children's television program Sesame Street to develop characters for the series. Then in 1976, he produced The Muppet Show and won the world over with his creations, particularly Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and of course, Bert and Ernie.

Lauren Hutton at home in New York's Greenwich Village, 1974

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Mary Laurence "Lauren" Hutton is an American model and actress. She was initially dismissed by many in the business because of a gap in her teeth. That beauty of hers trumped her signature gap and she landed a modeling contract with Revlon back in 1973. Which, for the record, was the biggest contract in the history of the modeling industry at that point in time.

Hutton also transitioned into acting. She played central roles in films such as The Gambler (1974) and American Gigolo (1980), and later she appeared on television in the series Paper Dolls and Nip/Tuck.

Debbie Boone, Joyce DeWitt and Maren Jensen - Battle of the Network Stars in 1978

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Pictured here are Debbie Boone, Joyce DeWitt and Maren Jensen playing on behalf of ABC in Battle of the Network Stars back in 1978. The series aired on ABC but featured teams of TV stars from all three major networks competing against each other in sporting events. ABC, CBS, and NBC would gather their teams, choose a team leader and let the games commence. Regular occurring events included swimming, kayaking, volleyball, golf, tennis, outdoor bowling, cycling, running, and 3-on-3 football There was also the baseball dunk, the obstacle course and a game of "Simon Says". The ABC team also included Gabe Kaplan, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Richard Hatch, and Robert Urich.

Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young having a good laugh, 1960s

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Check out rock legends Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young having a laugh back in the 1960s.

Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen, is loved for his brand of working-class rock, often touting political sentiments and centered on his native New Jersey. Young's distorted electric guitar work, personal lyrics, and signature tenor singing voice have contributed to his being widely considered "Godfather of Grunge."

Young first embarked on his music career the decade this photo was taken. He moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and others. By the time he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969, he’d already released two solo albums. Young teamed up with the E-Street Band for a time, the group that has been Springsteen’s back up since 1972.

Penn and Teller, 1980

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Check out this photo of Penn Jillette and Teller, an iconic magic and entertainment duo who have performed together since the late 1970s. They are noted for their ongoing act which combines elements of comedy with magic. Teller usually doesn’t speak while performing, he communicates through mime and nonverbal cues. They have been featured in numerous stage and television shows over the years. Aside from magic, the pair has become associated with the advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, and libertarianism, particularly through their television show Penn & Teller: Bullshit!.

Check out this groovy, vintage car show-styled trike

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Check out this groovy, vintage car show-styled gothic trike. It looks like something straight off the set of the Addams Family. This would definitely be a purchase for the very wealthy Gomez and Morticia to purchase for their daughter Wednesday and their son Pugsley. They'd probably buy two so the kids could race around in their ornate mansion or up and down Cemetery Lane.

Debbie Harry and Joan Jett backstage at a show in the ‘70s

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Check out these two iconic beauties hanging out backstage back in the 70's. Debbie Harry is a co-founder of Blondie and Joan Jett is a co-founder of The Runaways. In 1979, Jett also pursued a solo career and teamed with the Sex Pistols on a few songs. Then she formed Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, recorded new material in addition to re-releasing her older fan favorites like "I Love Rock n' Roll" and "Bad Reputation". In recent years, Jett has had her songs featured in several films and television shows including, The Runaways, Baby Mama, and Shrek. While Jett still plays live, touring extensively she is actively involved in signing new musicians to her record label, Blackheart Records.

Cher doing some fancy rollerskating at Venice Beach in 1979

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The Goddess of Pop wasn't the only one capable of fancy footwork on rollerskates! Cher was just one of many big-name celebrities that dove into the rollerskating craze of the 70's. Brooke Shields, Farrah Fawcett, and even Patrick Swayze could be found on roller skates during the groovy era. In fact, celebrity interest did a world of wonders to reinforced the fad and is probably the reason it lasted so long. 

As could be expected, the skate craze caught the interest of Hollywood filmmakers. Soon scripts with storylines centered around skating were being shot faster than they could be written. There are more roller skating films in existence than there ever should be but Skatetown U.S.A., Linda Blair’s Roller Boogie, and of course, Olivia Newton-John’s Xanadu are the only ones that matter. 

Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson relaxing at the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson relaxing at the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At this point, Carson, McMahon, along with Bandleader Skitch Henderson were all starring on The Tonight Show. It is the world's longest-running talk show and over the course of more than 60 years, The Tonight Show has undergone only minor title changes since it began broadcasting in 1954. It has had six official hosts, starting with Steve Allen (1954–57), followed by Jack Paar (1957–62), Johnny Carson (1962–92), Jay Leno (1992–2009, 2010–14), Conan O'Brien (2009–10), and Jimmy Fallon (2014–present).

Elizabeth Herndon MacRae played Lou Ann Poovey, Gomer Pyles girlfriend, who remembers her on Gomer Pyle USMC, 1960s

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Elizabeth Herndon MacRae played Lou Ann Poovey, Gomer Pyles girlfriend, who remembers her on Gomer Pyle USMC, back in the 1960's? 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 enlists in the United States Marine Corps.

Elizabeth Taylor reading between scenes on set of the film Love Is Better Than Ever. (1950's)

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Here's a photo of actress Elizabeth Taylor reading between scenes on set of the film Love Is Better Than Ever 1950's. In it, "The dancing teacher Anastasia falls in love with the smart theatre agent Jud. He likes her, too, but does not want to give up his solo life at all. Thus she plans a trap for him..."

Elizabeth Taylor was more than just a pretty face, she was a force of nature. Actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Taylor was one of the first celebrities to devote themselves to HIV/AIDS activism. She organized the very first AIDS fundraiser and went on to found the National AIDS Research Foundation.

French biker chicks, Brigitte Bardot and Sylvie Vartan, 1960s fashion

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Check out these two French biker chicks, Brigitte Bardot and Sylvie Vartan, back in the 1960s. Sylvie is a singer and actress known as one of the most productive and tough-sounding yé-yé artists. Her performances are notable for often featuring very elaborate show-dance choreography. Bardot was also a singer and actress. Best known as the original blonde bombshell; Brigitte Bardot’s charms and immense talent won the world over. Her style, grace, and eventually her passion for animal rights heavily influenced style and culture as a whole. 

Gabe Kaplan in Welcome Back, Kotter from 1975-79

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Welcome Back, Kotter, first aired in 1975 and portrayed a group of students, (aka “Sweathogs”) and Mr. Kotter (Gabe Kaplan), their wisecracking teacher. The show was actually based on Kaplan’s own experience in remedial education at New Utrecht High School.

The first season of Welcome Back, Kotter was pretty controversial. In fact, Boston’s local ABC affiliate (WCVB-TV) initially refused to air the show. To be fair, the city was going through a tumultuous school busing program that involved widespread protests and riots. So, they were a little worried that Kotter's fictional integrated classroom would only exacerbate an already difficult the situation. Once the show became a ratings success without any negative repercussions in other areas, the Boston affiliate relented and picked the show up from its fifth episode.

John Lennon and Mick Jagger in NYC, 1972

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Check out John Lennon and Mick Jagger having a blast cooking up a whole lot of musical genius together in the recording studio. They were working on the single "Too Many Cooks", which was produced by John Lennon and recorded by Jagger in 1973 in Los Angeles. Lennon doesn't actually appear on the track. 

The track also features guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Jesse Ed Davis, keyboardist Al Kooper, bassist Jack Bruce, drummer Jim Keltner and, on backing vocals, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. 

Karen Valentine and Lloyd Haynes starred in Room 222 that ran from 1969-74

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The comedic drama series, Room 222 aired on ABC for 112 episodes from 1969 until 1974. It was mainly centered on an American history class located in Room 222 of the fictional Walt Whitman High School. The show did depict the home and social lives of students and faculty but mainly it was based at the school. Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haynes) teaches the class, Liz McIntyre (Denise Nicholas) school's guidance counselor (and Pete’s girlfriend). Seymour Kaufman (Michael Constantine) is the principal and Alice Johnson (Karen Valentine) plays Pete’s student teacher. While many of the show’s themes were timeless and could relate to most teenagers, many were also reflective of the contemporary political climate of the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s: Vietnam War, women's rights, race relations, and Watergate. 

Kathy Garver as Cissy, from Family Affair, 1960s

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Here’s a photo of Kathy Garver in her most memorable role, the teenage, Catherine "Cissy" Davis on the popular 1960s sitcom, Family Affair. Prior to that, she was cast by Cecil B DeMille in the film The Ten Commandments (1956).

After Family Affair, she went on to become an accomplished actress, author and speaker. She has appeared in movies such as "Princess Diaries," "Unleashed," and "Helen's Last Love," and as guest star in such MOWs as "Hercules Save Christmas" and "FBI Murders." She is also known as the voice of Firestar in the animated TV series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.

George and Pattie Harrison in San Francisco - summer 1967

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Pictured here is George Harrison of the Beatles with his wife Pattie Boyd – the inspiration for the songs “Something,” “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Boyd was at the center of one of rock’s most famous love triangles. She had George Harrison and Eric Clapton in love with her (and ended up marrying Clapton after leaving Harrison).

It was during a party hosted by Robert Stigwood that Clapton admitted to Harrison that he was in love with his wife. Harrison was furious and demanded Pattie choose then and there – she went home with her husband of course. Clapton later described himself as “a jealous Lancelot in the Camelot world of The Beatles” He said one evening he and Harrison actually whipped out their guitars and “dueled” for two hours straight. 

Glamorous movie star Lana Turner in the 1955 film, The Prodigal

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Ah yes, the glamorous Lana Turner... The dramatic actress and pin-up model achieved much fame and success over the course of her nearly 50-year career. Here she is, in the 1955 film, The Prodigal. In it, "A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after he is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well."

During the early 1940s, Turner established herself as a leading actress in such films as Johnny Eager (1941), Honky Tonk (1941), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), and Somewhere I'll Find You (1942).

She also appeared in the 1941 horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and as a glamorous femme fatale in the film noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). 

Groovy early 1970's fads white over-the-knee GoGo boots, mini dress and a Chopper bicycle

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Here's a great photo demonstrating just a bit of all the many groovy fads the early 1970's. Check her out with her white over-the-knee GoGo boots, mini dress and a Chopper bicycle. 

It was during the counterculture of the 1960s that women began protesting for equal rights. So everything that represented the old ideas of what women should be were tossed out and that included modest clothing. Enter mini skirts, mini dresses, GoGo boots, and all the freedom a set of wheels and the open road can bring! 

Here's David Bowie three years before the Ziggy Stardust-look. (1969)

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David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was one of the most iconic singers, songwriters and actors in the world. He formed his first band at just 15 years old, little did anyone know (except for Bowie perhaps) that he would soon be a world famous performer known for his outlandish stage presence and extraordinarily unique music. He was awarded nine Platinum album certifications, eleven gold, and eight silver, and released eleven number-one albums in the United Kingdom. In the United States, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He was a leading figure in music for over five decades before he lost his life to liver cancer, just two days after his 69th birthday in 2016.

Jane Fonda in ‘Klute’, the story of a high-priced prostitute who assists a detective in solving a missing person case, 1971

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After conquering the stage, Jane Fonda made her way into the film industry. The 1970s brought a stream of award-winning performances from Fonda, with her first in 1972 an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as prostitute Bree Daniels, in the murder mystery Klute. In it, a high-priced prostitute (Fonda) assists a detective in solving a missing person case. 

Fonda also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Klute, then another in 1978 for Coming Home.

She then went on to dominate the fitness industry–which she did. Nowadays she’s still classy, fit, and remains quite the activist and philanthropist. Most recently her focus has been on a human rights campaign. She released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting.

Julie Andrews - Mary Poppins rides! 1960s

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Check out Julie Andrews on her hot ride! Julie Andrews will always be best known as Mary Poppins. That’s not to dismiss her role in The Sound of Music, but hey, a lovable flying nanny is not a bad thing to be most famous for. More recently, Andrews starred in The Princess Diaries (2001), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Then she joined the Shrek franchise and Despicable Me (2010) as a voice actress. She also launched her own children's series, “Julie’s Green Room” on Netflix. It’s an educational program for pre-school children starring a cast of original puppets created by the masters over The Jim Henson Company.

Linda Vaughn was known as the preeminent beauty queen of stock car racing in the late 1960's and 1970's

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Linda Vaughn is an American motor racing personality, often described as the "preeminent beauty queen of stock car racing".

At just 18-years old, Vaughn was named "Miss Queen of Speed at Atlanta International Raceway" and has gone on to acquire numerous other titles since then, Including being chosen as the Queen of the Dixie 400 back in 1961. She has been a notable ambassador and promoter of various forms of American motor racing for several decades and she appeared in the film "The Gumball Rally" back in 1976.

Loretta Swit, Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers and McLean Stevenson of M*A*S*H, 1972

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Here's a great shot of Loretta Swit, Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers and McLean Stevenson of M*A*S*H, back in 1972. M*A*S*H is hands down, one of the greatest shows of all time. It was also one of the longest running. The series finale was watched by a staggering 125 million people — making it the most-watched television episode in history. The dark, satirical war comedy was based on Robert Altman’s 1970 1970s film, which was based on Richard Hooker’s book of the same name. It followed the doctors and staff of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. So as can be imagined, the dark times were dark, but there was always brilliantly woven comedy to brighten the mood. 

Models Rita Loonen and Corine Rottschäfer in an ad for the Ford Country Squire station wagon in 1961

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Here are models Rita Loonen and Corine Rottschäfer in an ad for the Ford Country Squire station wagon in 1961. Model and beauty queen Corine Spier-Rottschäfer, took home the title of Miss World in 1959. She was representing the Netherlands and was the first from her country to win the title. Prior to that, she won Miss Europe in 1957. After a successful international career in modeling she launched her own model agency in Amsterdam. 

Mr. T, Carl Weathers and Sylvester Stallone promoting the Rocky III film. (1982)

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Check out Mr. T, Carl Weathers and Sylvester Stallone promoting the Rocky III film back in 1982.

The sports drama was written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film marks the film debuts of Mr. T as James "Clubber" Lang, and of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan as the supporting character "Thunderlips". It also features returning co-stars Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Tony Burton.

The film's main theme, "Eye of the Tiger", was written by the group Survivor and became a hit single. It topped the U.S. Billboard charts and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

One of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, 1970's

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The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are widely regarded as one of the best cheer leading squads in the NFL. The original squad debuted in 1960 during the Cowboy’s inaugural season and was made up of a male-female group called the "CowBelles & Beaux". The squad was made up of local high school students (which was typical at the time).

It was when the crowd was distracted by a well-endowed and provocatively dressed stripper, that Cowboys General Manager Tex Schramm became inspired to shake things up.

He decided to form a cheerleading squad of women that were just as well-endowed and barely dressed. By 1969, the squad had its makeover; the "CowBelles & Beaux" became the "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders".

Tuesday Weld trying on sweaters for a shoot 1960s

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The stunning Tuesday Weld (born Susan Weld), began acting as a child and matured into more serious roles in the late 1950s. She won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Female Newcomer in 1960 and spent the next decade establishing herself as a dramatic actress. Her work in Play It as It Lays (1972), was acknowledged with nominations for a Golden Globe Award. She received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). Then she went on to earn an Emmy Award for The Winter of Our Discontent (1983), and a BAFTA for Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

Pat Benatar in her Senior year of high school- 1971

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Wow! Check out Pat Benatar her senior year of high school back in 1971! That same decade she would create her debut album "In the Heat of the Night", which was released in August 1979 By early 1980 it had reached #12 in the United States. Also in 1980 was the release of her LP, "Crimes of Passion", featuring her signature song "Hit Me with Your Best Shot". "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" was Benatar's first single to break the US Top 10 and it ended up reaching gold status and selling more than a million copies in the United States.

Phil Collins, 1977

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Pictured here is a bushy bearded Phil Collins. In addition to his successful solo career, Phil Collins had immense success as the drummer and lead singer of the rock band Genesis. Collins scored three UK and seven US number-one singles in his solo career and he managed to have more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s.

Now he’s one of the world's best-selling artists; one of only two recording artists who has sold over 100 million records worldwide (both as solo artist and as a band member). The only other artist being Paul McCartney.

PR photo of The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Joyce Randolph

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Here's a classic promotional photo of The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Joyce Randolph.

The Honeymooners was based on a recurring sketch from star Jackie Gleason’s variety show and was one of the first comedies to put a bickering working-class married couple on television. While it only lasted for 39 episodes, The Honeymooners became one of the most influential sitcoms of all time. 

Protesting to Save the Mini! back in 1969

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Isn’t it amazing how such small fabric can make such a big impact? The mini skirt emerged in the 60’s as a symbol of rebellious youth culture. It was a social phenomenon that played right into the budding sexual liberation movement due to the invention of the birth control pill. As Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT put it: “You had had something of a youth culture and a short skirt in the 1920s as well but, although young women in the ‘20s were seen as being far more sexually liberated than their precursors, that primarily meant that they felt freer to go out on dates unsupervised, choose their future spouse, kiss multiple men before getting married and sometimes engage in petting. But they still were threatened with what had always limited women’s sexual freedom − that danger of becoming pregnant.” So out came birth control, on went the mini skirts, and there’s no need to protest: the mini skirt is still alive and well in the fashion world.

Robert Plant coming out of Led Zeppelin's trailer at a concert in San Francisco, 1973

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Here's a shot of Robert Plant coming out of Led Zeppelin's trailer at a concert in San Francisco, back in 1973. The band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's long-form songs with heavy, guitar-driven sound led to them 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. 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. 

Signe Anderson of Jefferson Airplane around 1965. She was replaced by Grace Slick

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Signe Anderson was a founding member of the band, Jefferson Airplane. Soon after joining she married one of the Merry Pranksters, Jerry Anderson and had a baby.

Not only did Anderson have huge trust issues with the Airplane's original manager, (who she refused to sign a contract with) but she also had a newborn baby and realized taking her family on the road was a horrible idea. There have also been rumors of hostility towards her husband from some of the band members.

Anderson told Bill Graham that she was quitting the band but stayed through the October shows at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, to which she agreed. This gave the band time to find a replacement, which ended up being Grace Slick.

Paul Newman contemplating life while on a tricycle in 1962

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Paul Leonard Newman was a popular actor who began his career in the early 50’s and went on to win many awards including BAFTA Awards, Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the list goes on. He is best known for his performance in 1986 hit The Color of Money. Paul always had an interest in the race cars and became an avid racer during the 70s; his last race took place in 2007.

Paul went through a lot in his personal life, having been married two times, having five kids and having to live through the death of his son due to a drug overdose. 

Raquel Welch, entertaining the GI's in 1967, during one of Bob Hope's Christmas shows

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Bob Hope’s USO tours are legendary, here we have Raquel Welch on stage during the tour of 1967. Sadly, not all of the 2.5 million troops who served in Southeast Asia were able to attend these highly anticipated shows, but those who did were grateful to have the change in mood and scenery for the duration. For a couple of hours, there was laughter in combat zones across Vietnam. That’s a beautiful gift.

Hope first decided to take his show on the road after the United States entered World War II and the United Service Organization (USO) started sending Hollywood entertainers to perform at military bases in North Africa, Europe, and the South Pacific. 

Robert Plant out and about, 1976

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Pictured here is singer, songwriter, and musician Robert Anthony Plant, best known as the frontman of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Plant’s vocal range is as powerful as it is wide (and particularly high-pitched). His singing career has spanned over 50 years and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll. Heavy Metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time" back in 2006 and he was voted "the greatest voice in rock" in a poll conducted by Planet Rock in 2009.

Robert Weston Smith aka Wolfman Jack in American Graffiti.

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Born Robert Weston Smith, legendary rock & roll DJ “Wolfman Jack” rose to fame throughout the ‘60s. The Brooklyn native studied broadcasting while supporting himself as a door-to-door salesman. It wasn’t until 1965, after getting a job at a Mexico-based station, XERB-AM that the legend of “Wolfman Jack” began to make mainstream news. His on-air personality attracted attention across the US and before he knew it major publications like Time, Newsweek, and Life were all asking: who is Wolfman Jack and where did he come from?

The mystery as to who the person behind Wolfman Jack was finally revealed in 1973 in George Lucas' film American Graffiti. Even after the mystery was solved, the novelty didn’t wear off. Wolfman Jack went on to make numerous television appearances and hosting NBC-TV's The Midnight Special. His final syndicated radio broadcast was in Washington, DC from a Planet Hollywood restaurant on June 30, 1995. He died July 2, 1995, of a heart attack. 

Stella Stevens in The Nutty Professor 1963

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Actress Stella Stevens played Stella Purdy in The Nutty Professor back in 1963. Iconic slapstick comedic actor Jerry Lewis had the leading role(s) as Professor Julius F. Kelp, Buddy Love, Baby Kelp in the 1963 version of The Nutty Professor. For those who don’t know this classic storyline, Lewis plays a professor plagued by insecurity who mixes up his own formula for an alter-ego far more outgoing than his own. Of course, now he has a split personality issue to deal with and the formula wears off at inopportune times, often to Kelp's humiliation... all while pursuing a love interest. So as you can imagine, hijinks ensue.

Stephanie Powers, 1966

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Here we have the beautiful Stefanie Powers back in 1966. She is probably best known for her role as Jennifer Hart in the mystery television series Hart to Hart, in which she starred alongside Robert Wagner (who played her husband Jonathan Hart). The series aired for five seasons from 1979 to 1984 and follows a wealthy couple who lead a glamorous lifestyle working as amateur detectives. The jet-setting couple always finds themselves embroiled in some mysterious crime the must work together to solve. Powers and Wagner also reprised their roles for eight Hart to Hart TV movies in the 1990s. 

The beauty of Ava Lavinia Gardner in 1953

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So much style, beauty, and grace… it’s no wonder Ava Gardner attracted so many suitors, sadly none of her marriages worked out. She was married to Frank Sinatra from 1951–1957), Artie Shaw from 1945 to 1946), and her first husband was Mickey Rooney from 1942–1943. The actress and singer first drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946). From there, she was in numerous high-profile films from the 1940s to 1970s and continued to act regularly until 1986, before her death in 1990 at the age of 67. She remains among the American Film Institute's 25 Greatest Female Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema. 

The leg-endary Tina Turner in 1978

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Check out Tina Turner, turning heads with those legs back in 1978! The original ‘Queen Bee Diva’, strutting through the 60’s and 70’s like she owned the decades… which she kind of did. That amazing voice, all that sparkle, and legs for days. She was born to be an icon. Her reign continued throughout the 80’s after her divorce from Ike Turner. She went solo and rebuilt her career-launching a major comeback through live performances. Even today, while in semi-retirement, she remains one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. At the end of 2016, Turner announced that she has been working in collaboration with Phyllida Lloyd on Tina, a new musical based on her life story.

Steve Martin hosting The Muppet Show in 1977

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Check out Steve Martin rocking the stage while hosting The Muppet Show back in 1977. The Muppet Show was a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features his iconic creations, The Muppets. The show was famous for known for its vaudevillian wit, outrageous physical slapstick, and absurdist comedy. Each episode also featured a human guest star, many celebrities grew eager to perform with the Muppets as they grew in popularity. 

The Muppet Show was nominated for nine BAFTA Awards and won three during its run. It was also nominated for twenty-one Primetime Emmy Awards, winning four and was presented with a Peabody Award in 1978. The show also received the Television Award of Merit by the Mary Washington Colonial Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1978. 

One way to get the car clean and have a drink, 1960s

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Here’s a shot of Tuesday Weld. Before she became a well-known actress, she modeled. It was Weld's mother who put her to work as a model to help support the family after the loss of her father. As the young actress told Life in 1971:

“My father's family came from Tuxedo Park, and they offered to take us kids and pay for our education, on the condition that Mama never see us again. Mama was an orphan who had come here from London, but so far as my father’s family was concerned, she was strictly from the gutter. I have to give Mama credit—she refused to give us up… So I became the supporter of the family, and I had to take my father’s place in many, many ways. I was expected to make up for everything that had ever gone wrong in Mama’s life. She became obsessed with me, pouring out her pent-up love—her alleged love—on me, and it's been heavy on my shoulders ever since. Mama still thinks I owe everything to her.”

The multi-talented Barbara Mandrell in 1972

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Here we have the lovey Barbara Mandrell of The Mandrell Sisters! In addition to being a Country music superstar, she also hosted the country music-themed variety series with her younger sisters, Louise, and Irelene: "The Mandrell Sisters Variety Show". While most of the show consisted of comedy sketches but the heart of it remained firmly rooted in country music. Each week, they’d bring in a well-established country star, as can be seen here on this particular episode in 1981, it was the legendary Dolly Parton they had as a guest. They would also feature a promising new up-and-coming act of the era. 

Loni Anderson posing for the camera with her brunette hair in 1971

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Actress Loni Kaye Anderson is best known for her marriage to actor Burt Reynolds and her four-year run as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–82). The role was her “breakout” hit and earned her an Emmy nomination.

Her acting debut came long before that with a bit part in the film Nevada Smith back in 1966, starring Steve McQueen. She spent nearly a decade with no roles after that, it wasn’t until the mid-70s when she began getting guest roles on television series like S.W.A.T., the sitcom Phyllis, and the series Police Woman, and Three's Company. It was her appearance on Three’s Company that caught the ABC network’s attention and landed her the part in WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982). 

Who remembers watching the Batman-Green Hornet crossover in two episodes titled A Piece Of The Action and Batman's Satisfaction in 1967

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Who remembers watching the Batman-Green Hornet crossover in two episodes titled A Piece Of The Action and Batman's Satisfaction in 1967? The Green Hornet was only a single season television series that aired for the 1966–1967 and starred Van Williams as the Green Hornet/Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato. Sadly the show only lasted 26 episodes before ABC canceled it. The Batman series made it through a whole three seasons before ABC canceled it as well. But thankfully, not before Van Williams and Bruce Lee could make their cameo appearances as the Green Hornet and Kato in the Batman TV series. 

Who remembers watching The Odd Couple with Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) and Felix Unger (Tony Randall), 1970s

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How could anyone ever forget this duo? The Odd Couple with Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) and Felix Unger (Tony Randall), back in the 1970s. The premise is pretty simple: after neurotic neat-freak, Felix Unger and the sloppy, cigar-chomping, sportswriter Oscar Madison each get the boot from their wives that they turn to each other. The two end up sharing an apartment in Manhattan, NY. Obviously, two grown men used to being "the man of the house" and having spouses are going to have quite a few adjustments to make when moving in with each other–that’s where the hilarity ensues.

Who remembers watching this dastardly duo growing up

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Remember Snidely Whiplash and his sidekick Muttley? Snidely is the archenemy of Dudley Do-Right in the Dudley Do-Right of the animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959–64). Originally voiced by Hans Conried, Snidely Whiplash is the stereotypical silent movie villain. Complete with top hat, handlebar moustache, and dressed in all black.

Muttley, who was originally voiced by Don Messick, remains best known for his mischievous, wheezing laughter. Muttley first appeared in Wacky Races in 1968, as the sidekick of the accident-prone villain Dick Dastardly before joining up with Snidely Whiplash.

Super-ham...Christopher Reeve and a very happy Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show

Here’s a classic moment in Muppet history, Superman Christopher Reeve and Miss Piggy hanging out on the set of The Muppet Show.

The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features his iconic creations, The Muppets. The show was famous for known for its vaudevillian wit, outrageous physical slapstick, and absurdist comedy. Each episode also featured a human guest star, many celebrities grew eager to perform with the Muppets as they grew in popularity.

The Muppet Show was nominated for nine BAFTA Awards and won three during its run. It was also nominated for twenty-one Primetime Emmy Awards, winning four and was presented with a Peabody Award in 1978. The show also received the Television Award of Merit by the Mary Washington Colonial Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1978. 

Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot, 1967-68

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Who remembers the TV series Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot back in 1967-68?

Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot eventually made their way to television screens in the United States but it is based on a manga and tokusatsu series consisting of 26-episodes. The English-dubbed version of the series was developed by Reuben Guberman. The series is notable for its interesting array of kaiju, ranging from your standard sea monster to the outright outlandish beasts. Strange creatures, campy acting, and special effects Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot is unforgettable.

"My mother was against me being an actress - until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra." Angeline Brown was born in North Dakota, but we all know her as the gorgeous actress Angie Dickinson

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Actress Angie Dickinson began her career in various television anthologies back in the 50’s before landing her breakthrough role in "Gun the Man Down" (1956) and the 1959 Western Rio Bravo, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. Over the course of her six-decade career, Dickinson has appeared in over 50 films in addition to her television work. In addition to Jessica (1962) her resume boasts big titles such as Ocean's 11 (1960), Point Blank (1967), Sabrina (1995), and Pay it Forward (2000) to name a few. 

A handsome duo with a young Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze, 70s

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Here's a handsome duo, a young Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze back in the 1970s. Lowe and Swayze were co-stars in the classic coming-of-age drama The Outsiders. The film was Francis Ford Coppola’s onscreen adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. 

In addition to a great story, The Outsiders is also iconic for its cast and helped fuel the whole “Brat Pack” genre of the 1980s. The core of which would become: Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. 

Agnes Moorehead as the not-so-typical-mother-in-law Endora on Bewitched 1964

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Here's a shot of actress Agnes Moorehead in her role as the not-so-typical-mother-in-law Endora on Bewitched back in 1964.

Moorehead’s performance as Samantha’s mischief-making mother Endora was equal parts hilarious and enchanting. Endora makes no secret of her disdain for this mortal of a son-in-law who stifles her daughter’s natural abilities. She doesn’t hold back an ounce when it comes to expressing herself. As can be seen in her colorful wardrobe, wit, and audacity. She was honored with six Emmy nominations for playing Endora but didn’t work much after the show was canceled. She died of uterine cancer in 1974, just two years after the show ended. 

Anne Francis as private detective Honey West in the 1965-66 TV series

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Here’s a shot of an armed Anne Francis playing the title role in Honey West in the 1965-66 TV series. The crime drama was based upon a series of novels. Anne Francis was a female private detective named Honey West and John Ericson co-starred as her partner, Sam Bolt.

Unfortunately the show was cancelled after just one season. The reason for this was mainly the competition from Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Apparently, the network also decided it would be cheaper for them to import The Avengers and run it in Honey West’s time-slot instead of paying to produce new episodes of Honey West. Despite its short run, Francis still had time to receive a Golden Globe Award and a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her performance series.

Betty Grable and her legs, 1950s. Her legs were insured by Lloyd's of London for $2 million, a 1 million dollars per leg

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Actress, singer, dancer, and pinup Elizabeth (Betty) Ruth Grable was a celebrated sex symbol throughout the course of her career. She was in 42 films throughout the 1930s and 1940s and grossed more than $100 million. She set a record of 12 consecutive years in the top 10 of box office stars.

Her bathing suit poster shot her up to number-one spot as a pin-up girl of World War II, surpassing Rita Hayworth. It was later included in the Life magazine project "100 Photographs that Changed the World". The U.S. Treasury Department listed her as the highest-salaried American woman; earning more than $3 million during her career- which may not sound like much for an entertainer now, but was a ridiculous amount of money at the time).

Ann-Margret often appeared riding motorcycles in movies and is an avid motorcyclist in real-life. (She still rides now at the age of 77)

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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. 

Behind the scenes of I Dream of Jeannie

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Check out this awesome behind the scenes photo from the set of I Dream of Jeannie. After opening a magic bottle, Major Anthony Nelson releases Jeannie (a Genie), who is now indebted to him.  Now, while Jeannie becomes free to roam Anthony Nelson's house, she came with a humble abode of her own, her magic bottle–which was every little girl of the era’s dream room. Of course, the entire thing was just a rounded and extremely bedazzled set piece that was built in the studio as you can see here

The Courtship of Eddie's Father was about a magazine publisher and widower, Tom Corbett (Bill Bixby) and his young son, Eddie (played by Brandon Cruz). The theme song Best Friend was by Harry Nilsson. 1969-72

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The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on a novel by Mark Toby. The series debuted on September 17, 1969, and ended on March 1, 1972. The show follows a widower and magazine publisher named Tom Corbett (played by Bill Bixby), and his son, Eddie (played by Brandon Cruz).

In standard 60s/70s mischievous kid fashion, Eddie has his own ideas about who his father should marry (she would become his stepmother after all) and he manipulates situations accordingly. Initially, Eddie's matchmaking efforts were the central theme (in the movie), but in the television series, it gradually decreased and soon wasn’t pivotal to the plot or characters. Bixby received an Emmy nomination for the show.

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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".