Stunning Photos From The 1970s
By Sarah Norman | May 3, 2023
Debbie Harry & Chris Stein – Blondie
The 1970s were a wild and crazy time. There were disco balls and platform shoes, bell bottoms, and mustaches galore. It was a decade of freedom, of exploration and experimentation—and a lot of questionable fashion choices.
It was a time of change and exploration. It was a decade that saw the birth of disco and the death of disco, but also the rise of punk, and the beginnings of hip-hop. A time when people began to question what it meant to be free and what it meant to be an American.
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were two of the most iconic figures of the New York City punk and new wave scene in the 1970s, and they were also involved in a romantic relationship during that time. As the lead singer and co-founder of the band Blondie, Debbie Harry became one of the most recognizable and influential figures in the music industry during the band's most popular era. Meanwhile, Chris Stein was the band's guitarist and songwriter, and together they formed the core of Blondie's creative force.
Their romantic relationship began in the 1970s and lasted for a decade, during which they were considered one of the most iconic and stylish couples in the music industry. They were known for their unique sense of style and their contributions to the music and fashion scenes of the time. However, in 1985, the couple parted ways, but they continue to work together in Blondie and maintain a close friendship.
Their relationship during Blondie's most popular era was an important part of the band's story, and it helped to shape the band's unique aesthetic and creative direction. Even though they parted ways, their contributions to the music industry during the 1970s and 1980s remains an important part of the popular culture and their legacy continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans.
Joan Jett at home in L.A., 1977
Joan Jett, a musician in her 40s, made a name for herself in the 1970s as a pioneering figure in the world of rock music. Jett began her career as a member of the all-female rock band The Runaways, which formed in 1975. The band quickly gained a following for their raw and energetic sound, with Jett's powerful vocals and guitar playing standing out as a driving force behind their success.
In the late 1970s, Jett decided to pursue a solo career, and in 1980, she released her debut album, "Bad Reputation". Jett's solo work built on the raw energy and attitude of her work with The Runaways and cemented her status as a trailblazer in the rock world. Throughout the 1970s, Jett pushed boundaries and broke down barriers for women in the music industry, paving the way for generations of female musicians to come.
ABBA, the Swedish pop group formed in 1972, rose to fame in the 1970s with hit songs such as "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo." The group, made up of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, was known for their catchy melodies, tight harmonies, and flamboyant costumes. They represented Sweden in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and won with "Waterloo," which launched them into international stardom. Throughout the 1970s, ABBA released several successful albums and singles, cementing their place in the music history as one of the most popular and influential groups of the decade.
Jan Smithers before her days at WKRP in Cincinnati. (1973)
Jan Smithers, a talented actress in her 40s, is best known for her role as Bailey Quarters on the hit TV series WKRP in Cincinnati in the 1970s. Born and raised in Hollywood, Smithers developed a passion for acting at a young age and pursued it relentlessly. She made her acting debut in the mid-1970s, quickly rising to fame as the star of WKRP in Cincinnati, where she played the love interest of the show's main character, Andy Travis.
Throughout the 1970s, Smithers continued to impress audiences with her performances, solidifying her place in Hollywood as a talented and respected actress. Smithers retired from the business in the 1980s to focus on raising her daughter, Molly.
John Denver with his adopted son Zachary and a bear cub in the Rockies, 1978.
John Denver, a musician in his 40s, was one of the most popular and influential artists of the 1970s. Known for his distinctive style of folk-country music, Denver's songs were characterized by their catchy melodies, uplifting lyrics, and Denver's warm, expressive voice. Throughout the 1970s, Denver released several albums, including "John Denver's Greatest Hits," which became one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Denver was also known for his passionate support of environmental and animal rights causes. He actively used his platform and influence to raise awareness about these issues and to promote conservation and sustainable living. Denver's music and activism made a significant impact in the 1970s and continue to be remembered and celebrated today.
Sunset Strip, 1979
The Sunset Strip in 1979 was a place of glamour, glitz, and glitter. It was the decade of disco balls and power suits, a time when only the elite - rock stars and movie stars - could afford to live on the Strip and they did so in style. The Strip was home to some of the most iconic clubs in America, such as The Roxy, The Whisky A Go-Go, and The Rainbow Bar & Grill.
These venues were where rock stars performed and partied, movie stars went out for drinks after work, and where everyone came together to see and be seen. Additionally, places like Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard, Book Soup, and the Tower Theatre (now demolished) were always packed with people looking for their next jolt of entertainment.
Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, 1974 - photographed by Penny Smith.
Robert Plant, a musician in his 40s, was the lead vocalist of the iconic rock band Led Zeppelin, a group that defined the heavy, bluesy era of rock that was impossible to ignore in the late '60s and early '70s. During the 1970s, the band experienced a decline in their creative output and commercial success when compared to their earlier years. Despite this, Plant and Led Zeppelin continued to tour and release albums throughout the 1970s, while releasing LPS such as "Physical Graffiti" and "Presence".
Plant's powerful and distinctive vocals remained a hallmark of the band's sound, and he continued to be a charismatic and dynamic presence on stage. Additionally, Plant also began to experiment with different styles of music and collaborated with other musicians. Despite the decline in their commercial success, Led Zeppelin's music remained popular and influential, cementing the band's place in rock history and Robert Plant's place as one of the greatest rock singers of all time.
Office from the end of the computer-free era. (1976)
Office workers in the 1970s faced a vastly different work environment than we have today. The decade before the personal computer began to enter the mainstream, office workers were dependent on manual typewriters, calculators, and filing cabinets to complete their work. This meant that tasks such as data entry, document creation, and record keeping were much more time-consuming and laborious than they are today.
Additionally, there was also a lack of automation and communication technology, which meant that office workers had to rely on telephone, telegrams, and mail for communication, which was often slow and cumbersome. Despite these challenges, office workers of the 1970s were still able to accomplish a lot and were highly skilled in the use of the tools and technologies that were available to them at the time. They were known for their attention to detail, their ability to work with limited resources, and the strong sense of teamwork they developed with their colleagues.
James Bond receives a "text" via his smartwatch in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
The James Bond film franchise in the 1970s was known for its incorporation of cutting-edge technologies and gadgets, many of which were not yet available in the real world. For example, in the 1973 film Live and Let Die, Bond is seen using a smartwatch that can function as a remote control for his car and receive calls. Similarly, in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond drives a car equipped with an onboard computer and the ability to transform into a submarine, and he even has a smartwatch that reads out ticker tape messages.
These examples of smart watches and smart cars in the James Bond films of the 1970s were ahead of their time, and it wasn't until decades later that similar technologies were developed for consumer use. Thankfully, smartwatches have progressed beyond spitting out a piece of tape with a message printed on it.
Natalie Wood with her daughter Natasha, 1971.
Actress Natalie Wood was a prominent figure in the entertainment industry during the 1970s, known for her performances in films such as West Side Story and Splendor in the Grass. In addition to her work in movies, Wood also made appearances on television during the decade, including guest spots on popular shows like Hart To Hart.
Despite her successful career, Wood expressed a desire to take a break from acting to focus on her family. She married Robert Wagner in 1972 and had a daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, in 1970.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the 7-foot-2 star of the Milwaukee Bucks pro basketball team, and jockey Willie Shoemaker
Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the 7-foot-2 star of the Milwaukee Bucks pro basketball team, and jockey Willie Shoemaker, center, who is tall in the saddle, is a study in contrasts as they receive Dewar's Award of Merit at a luncheon on November 2, 1972, in New York.
Aside from winning the NBA’s MVP award and being the league’s scoring champion in 1972, Jabar found time to appear in Bruce Lee’s Game of Death as “Hakim” after training in Jeet June Doe with the master himself.
Nothing like driving some muscle down to Kmart
The experience of driving a muscle car is something that can’t be replicated. You’re sitting low to the ground, and you have tons of power at your fingertips. There's nothing quite like it, even when you're putting the pedal to the metal to check out a blue light special. Nothing like cruising in a big ol’ car with the windows down while you blast Aerosmith on the stereo and let your Farrah Fawcett locks blow in the wind.
Lieutenant First Class Ellen Louise Ripley (Alien, 1979)
Alien is a science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and released in 1979. The film tells the story of the crew of a commercial spacecraft that encounters a deadly extraterrestrial creature. One of the key characters in the film is Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver. Weaver's portrayal of Ripley, as a strong and capable woman, was groundbreaking at the time and helped establish her as one of Hollywood's leading actresses.
Weaver's performance in the movie was critically acclaimed, and Ripley became an iconic figure in science fiction and feminist film history. The film was a massive success, both commercially and critically, and spawned several sequels, spin-offs and prequels, Weaver reprised the role of Ripley in several sequels, solidifying her legacy as one of the most iconic characters in the science fiction genre.
Man working on computer electronics, Toronto, 1976. Photography: Graham Bezant / Toronto Star.
In the early days of personal computing, computers were large, expensive machines that were primarily used by businesses and government organizations. However, a small community of hobbyists and enthusiasts began to experiment with building their own computers, using off-the-shelf parts and open-source software. This underground world of "homebrew" computing was made up of individuals who were passionate about technology and saw the potential for personal computers to change the way we live and work.
These early pioneers of personal computing built machines that were often crude by today's standards, but were nonetheless functional and capable of running basic programs. They shared knowledge and resources through newsletters, user groups, and early online forums, and helped pave the way for the mass-market personal computers that would become an everyday tool for people living in the western world.
Rene Russo as a model in the 1970s.
Rene Russo is a talented actress and former model who began her career in the 1970s, allegedly after she was spotted by a talent agent backstage at a Rolling Stones concert. During this decade, Russo gained recognition for her striking looks and statuesque figure and quickly rose to fame as a successful model as she graced the cover of several major fashion magazines including Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Cosmopolitan.
Russo's modeling career was a significant stepping stone for her, it helped her to gain visibility and recognition in the entertainment industry, as well as provided her with valuable experience in front of the camera. She was known for her striking looks, natural beauty and her ability to convey a sense of elegance and poise in her photographs. Her modeling career in the 1970s was a significant accomplishment, as it helped to establish her as a rising star in the fashion industry and pave the way for her successful acting career that would follow in the decades to come.
Some of Jackie Robinson's former Brooklyn Dodger teammates carry his casket from Riverside Church in New York, October 27, 1972, following funeral services.
Jackie Robinson, the baseball player who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, passed away on October 24, 1972. His funeral was held at the Riverside Church in New York City on October 27, 1972. The service was attended by 2,500 mourners, including many prominent figures from the world of sports, politics and entertainment. Many of Robinson's former Brooklyn Dodger teammates and baseball legends such as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Sandy Koufax were in attendance.
The service was also attended by political figures such as New York City Mayor John Lindsay, and civil rights leaders such as Jesse Jackson. The funeral was a fitting tribute to Robinson, who was not only a baseball legend but also a civil rights icon. His impact on baseball and society was celebrated and honored by the many who attended, and his legacy continues to inspire to this day.
A 1970s TV made by Philco, characterized by its round orange shell and retrofuturistic design
A 1970s TV made by Philco, characterized by its round orange shell, and its design had a mounting stand similar to some 90s era computer monitors.
The TV's shape was round, had a similar mounting stand system to some 90s-era computer monitors, and it had an orange shell. The TV weighed and had a diagonal screen size. It was made out of polycarbonate.
In the 1980s, the TV's shape was square, had a similar mounting stand system to some 1990s-era computer monitors, and it had a red shell. The TV weighed and had a diagonal screen size. It was made out of polystyrene-latex-polycarbonate.
Colonel Wilma Deering and Twiki with Dr. Theopolis, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, 1979
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was a science fiction television series that aired from 1979 to 1981. The show was based on the character Buck Rogers, a 20th-century astronaut who is cryogenically frozen and wakes up five hundred years in the future. The show followed Buck as he navigated this strange new world and helped to defend Earth and its colonies against various threats.
One of the key characters in the series was Colonel Wilma Deering, played by Erin Gray. Colonel Deering was the leader of the Earth Defense Directorate and was a skilled pilot and leader. Gray's portrayal of Colonel Deering was praised for its strong, confident and independent character who was a role model for women during that time. Gray's portrayal of Colonel Deering was one of the first female characters in a science fiction series that was not a damsel in distress, but a skilled and capable leader that helped to pave the way for future portrayals of women in the genre.
Couple attending a Rolling Stones concert
The Rolling Stones, one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all time, were at the peak of their popularity in the early 1970s. They had solidified their position as one of the biggest bands in the world and had a devoted fan base across the globe. During this time, the band experimented with different genres of music, such as country and blues, which helped to bring in even more fans across the pond in America.
Their album "Exile on Main St" which was released in 1972, was a perfect example of this experimentation, it was a mix of rock, blues, country, and gospel, and it was widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike. The album was a commercial success and helped to establish the band's reputation as innovators in the music industry. The Rolling Stones' experimentation with different genres of music in the early 1970s helped to broaden their appeal and bring in new fans, cementing their status as one of the most popular and enduring bands in rock and roll history.
Jane Birkin, 1970s
Jane Birkin was a British model, actress, and singer who rose to fame in the 1970s. She was known for her unique style, free-spirited personality, and her effortlessly chic and bohemian aesthetic. During this decade, she was considered one of the most iconic and influential fashion figures of the time.
One of the most notable contributions she made to fashion during this decade was the inspiration for the famous Birkin Bag, which was created by French luxury goods maker, Hermès. The story goes that Birkin was seated next to Hermès's CEO, Jean-Louis Dumas, on a flight from Paris to London, and her straw bag spilled open revealing all of her belongings. She complained to Dumas that she could not find a leather weekend bag she liked, and he offered to design one for her.
The Birkin bag was introduced in 1984 and quickly became one of the most sought-after and iconic fashion accessories in the world. The bag was named after Jane Birkin and was designed to reflect her personal style and practical needs. Her influence on fashion during the 1970s and the inspiration for the Birkin bag solidifies her status as a style icon, and her legacy continues to inspire fashion designers and enthusiasts to this day.
Robert Redford is an American actor, director, and producer who rose to fame in the 1970s. During this decade, he starred in several critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, establishing himself as one of the most popular and respected actors of his generation.
In 1970, he starred in the film Little Fauss and Big Halsy which marked his first lead role and received positive reviews. He then starred in The Sting (1973) which was a commercial and critical success and won 7 Academy Awards. He also starred in The Great Gatsby (1974) and Three Days of the Condor (1975) which were both well received by critics and audiences.
In addition to his acting career, Redford was also known for his political activism and commitment to environmental causes during the 1970s. He was one of the founders of the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival which aimed to support independent filmmakers and promote diversity in the film industry. This decade was a defining one for Redford, as it solidified his status as a leading man and talented actor and also marked the beginning of his career as a director and producer.
Vintage Photographs of Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston
Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston were two of the most prominent actors in Hollywood during the 1970s, and they were also involved in a highly publicized on-again, off-again romance during that decade. The couple met in the early '70s and their relationship continued throughout the decade. They were often seen together at public events and on the red carpet, and their romance was considered one of the most high-profile in Hollywood at the time.
However, despite their public displays of affection, the couple's relationship was often described as tumultuous, with many ups and downs. They were known to have had a volatile and passionate relationship, but it ended with Huston moving on to another partner. Nevertheless, the two remained friends and worked together again on several films, including 1985's Prizzi's Honor, directed by Huston's father. Their on-again off-again romance in the 1970s was closely followed by the media and the public, and despite its challenges, it remains one of the most iconic Hollywood relationships of the decade.
Linda Evans in the 1970s: A time of change and growth!
Linda Evans is an American actress who rose to fame in the 1970s with her performances in several popular television shows. She first gained attention for her role as Audra Barkley on the Western series The Big Valley (1965-1969) and later, as the love interest of both Ewing brothers, Pam and Bobby, on the hit series Dallas (1978-1979). Her portrayal of Pam Ewing was praised by critics and audiences alike, and her performances helped establish her as a talented actress.
In the 1970s, Linda Evans was considered a sex symbol and a fashion icon, known for her beauty and style. Her glamorous image and sophisticated demeanor made her one of the most sought-after actresses of the decade. However, her career reached new heights in the 1980s, when she was cast as Krystle Carrington, the wife of oil tycoon Blake Carrington, on the hit prime-time soap opera Dynasty (1981-1989). The show was a huge success, and her portrayal of Krystle Carrington was widely praised, and she became a household name. The show ran for nine seasons and has since become a cult classic. Linda Evans' performances in the 1970s and 1980s established her as a talented and versatile actress and she went on to become a respected figure in the entertainment industry.
Freddie Mercury 1974
Freddie Mercury was a British singer and songwriter who rose to international prominence as the lead singer of the rock band Queen. Mercury defied the expectations of a rock frontman in every way by influencing the artistic direction with his highly theatrical style of Queen. As one of the greatest rockstars of all time, Mercury created the template for how to adapt with the time while remaining true to yourself.
The Iconic Stephen Ray Perry
When Steve Perry took over singing duties for Journey in 1977 he took the band to all new heights with his soaring vocals and soulful performances. His first album with the band, "Infinity," hit number 21 on the Billboard Top 200 thanks to the massive hit "Wheels In The Sky."
Karen and Richard Carpenter, siblings, were an American vocal and instrumental duo of the band The Carpenters Karen's contralto vocals were combined with Richard's vocal harmonies, organizing, and composition skills to establish a unique, soft, musical style. They both grew up in sunny California and were musically gifted from a very young age, which makes sense when you think about the fact that they had 22 singles in the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart throughout their time as a group.
Sir Elton John - The Legend
Sir Elton John is one of the great survivors of pop music. He began playing the piano at the age of four, having been born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947. He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music when he was 11 years old. His first band was known as Bluesology.
Later, he unsuccessfully auditioned for the lead singer positions in the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant, which would have been interesting to say the least.
Before becoming the a piano rocking pop mega star he changed his name to Elton John, a fantastic idea. He was the most successful pop star of the 1970s, and he has persisted in many different pop fads, country, and Britpop, to remain one of the most internationally known musicians in the world.
Lou Reed -American Musician
Lou Reed, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, had a significant impact on the music scene in the 1970s, particularly with his work as a solo artist following his departure from the Velvet Underground in 1970. After releasing his debut solo album "Lou Reed" in 1972, Reed began experimenting with a more eclectic and diverse range of music styles, such as rock, hard rock, and glam rock. He released the critically acclaimed "Transformer" in 1972, produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, which included the hit single "Walk on the Wild Side". Reed's 1973 album "Berlin" was a commercial failure, but it was considered a masterpiece by critics and has since become a cult classic. Throughout the 1970s, Reed released several more albums, including "Rock 'n' Roll Animal" and "Metal Machine Music" and continued to be a major influence on the music scene and future generations of musicians.
James Taylor and Carly Simon
James Taylor and Carly Simon, both acclaimed singer-songwriters, had a significant impact on the music scene in the 1970s. The two were also romantically involved during that decade and their relationship was often the subject of their respective songs. Simon sang backup vocals on several of Taylor's songs, including "You've Got a Friend" and "Mockingbird," and Taylor is believed to be the catalyst for Simon's hit "You're So Vain," although she's never been clear about that.
In 1971, Simon released her self-titled debut album which featured Taylor on guitar. The couple's duet "Mockingbird" was a hit in 1974 and was included on Simon's album "Hotcakes." The couple was considered one of the most iconic musical couples of the 1970s, with both of them releasing critically acclaimed albums and singles throughout the decade and influencing future generations of musicians.
Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings.
Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings were two of the most influential figures in the country music scene during the 1970s. Both artists were known for their distinctive voices, and their pioneering contributions to the "outlaw country" movement, which emerged as a reaction to the slick, polished sound of Nashville-based country music. Cash and Jennings, along with other artists such as Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, were often referred to as the "outlaw" country artists, as they rejected the traditional music business model and sought greater creative control over their music.
During the 1970s, Cash and Jennings released several successful albums, including Cash's "At San Quentin" and "At Folsom Prison", and Jennings' "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" and "Waylon Live". They also collaborated on several songs, including "The Night Hank Williams Came to Town" and "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang". Cash and Jennings were key figures in the development of "outlaw country" and their music continues to be celebrated by fans and considered as a classic of the genre today.
David Bowie: A Pop Icon
David Bowie was a highly influential figure in the music scene during the 1970s, known for his genre-hopping tendencies and his ability to continually reinvent himself. Bowie began the decade as a glam rock artist with the release of "The Man Who Sold the World" in 1970 and "Hunky Dory" in 1971, but he soon moved away from rock to explore other genres such as pop and R&B.
His breakthrough album "Ziggy Stardust" in 1972, which featured the hit single "Starman", established him as a major star and cemented his place in the annals of rock history. Bowie's next album, "Aladdin Sane", saw him experimenting with funk and soul music, and it produced the hit single "Jean Genie". Bowie's 1975 album "Young Americans" was a departure from his earlier work, featuring more R&B, funk, and soul influences.
He also explored new wave, electronic and avant-garde music on his later albums in the 1970s. Bowie's ability to constantly evolve and experiment with different sounds and styles made him one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 1970s and his impact continues to be felt in the music industry today.
Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams at a celebrity party, 1970s.
Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve were close friends, who met while they were students at Juilliard in the 1970s. Both were part of the prestigious school's drama division and formed a strong bond during their time there. They remained friends throughout their careers, and their friendship was often characterized by mutual support and encouragement.
Reeve, who had a successful acting career, was left paralyzed from the neck down after a horse-riding accident in 1995. Williams, who had a successful career as a comedian and actor, was a constant source of support for Reeve during his recovery. Williams would often visit Reeve in the hospital and make him laugh, helping him to cope with the challenges of his injury. Reeve, in turn, was a strong advocate for Williams, who struggled with addiction and mental health issues. The two friends continued to support each other throughout their lives and Reeve even directed Williams in a stage production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Their friendship was a testament to the power of human connection and the ability to overcome adversity.
November 7, 1973 - Willie Stargell, Hank Aaron and Jim Palmer at the "Willie Stargell Celebrity Bowling Tournament".
he Willie Stargell Celebrity Bowling Tournament is an annual event that brings celebrities, friends, and fans of the late baseball player Willie Stargell together for a weekend of fun and fundraising. Stargell, a left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a beloved figure in the baseball community, known for his skill on the field and his generosity off of it. The tournament, which was started in his honor, is a way to continue his legacy and raise money to fight kidney disease, which was a cause close to Stargell's heart.
The tournament typically includes a weekend of activities such as dancing, golf, and of course, bowling. The event attracts a wide range of celebrities, including athletes, actors, and musicians, who come together to support the cause and honor the memory of Stargell. The tournament not only raises money for kidney disease research but also provides a fun and festive atmosphere for attendees to enjoy. The Willie Stargell Celebrity Bowling Tournament is a perfect example of how a community can come together to celebrate the life and legacy of a beloved figure and make a positive impact on the world.
Elvis Presley and President Nixon
Elvis Presley had a meeting with President Nixon on November 9, 1972, at the White House. The meeting was supposed to be held behind closed doors, but it became public knowledge after the fact, and as a result, Presley’s name has become synonymous with Watergate.
The reason why this meeting is so important to American history is that it shows how far President Nixon’s relationship with congress had fallen by that point in his presidency. As Watergate grew worse and worse, Congress began to openly question the legality of actions being taken against Nixon’s opponents. When Presley met with the president and discussed ways of getting more funding for the National Parks system in light of recent budget cuts, you can understand why many people have questioned the motives behind that meeting.
Studio 54 in New York, 1979
Studio 54 was one of the most iconic nightclubs of the 1970s, known for its exclusive clientele, wild parties, and the disco craze that swept the nation during that era. The club, located in New York City, was opened by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager in 1977 and quickly became the place to be seen for celebrities, socialites, and the rich and famous. The guest list was tightly controlled, and the club had a reputation for being difficult to get into.
Once inside, patrons were treated to a lavish and opulent setting with a dance floor that was often packed with people dancing to the latest disco hits. The club was also known for its elaborate and over-the-top parties, which often featured performances from some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. Studio 54 was frequented by celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger, and Diana Ross, just to name a few.
The disco craze of the 1970s was in full swing, and Studio 54 was at the forefront of the movement. The club's wild parties and exclusive atmosphere were a reflection of the excess and hedonism of the decade, and it quickly became a symbol of the era's cultural change. Although Studio 54 was only open for a brief period, it left a lasting impact on popular culture and continues to be remembered as one of the most iconic nightclubs of all time.
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, 1979
Mick Jagger was already a legend before he met Jerry Hall. The iconic rocker is known for his deadly on- and off-stage charisma, but he’s also an avid philanthropist—and an even better friend.
Their relationship was fraught with drama from the start. They met in 1976, when both were involved in other relationships — Jagger with his then-wife Bianca, and Hall with her then-fiancé Bryan Ferry. The couple stayed together from 1977 until they finally called it quits in 1999.
On February 19, 1979, Sylvester Stallone guest starred on The Muppet Show and proved to be extremely game for the antics of these goofy creatures. Stallone fought a lion while dressed like a gladiator, and later said of the appearance:
Ever since I was eight, I've wanted to be a gladiator. Usually, when I have a fantasy, I make a movie. This saved me from 22 weeks of moviemaking.
The cast of "The Brady Bunch" (1970)
The cast of The Brady Bunch was one of the most famous and enduring casts in television history. Produced from 1969 to 1974, the original run of the iconic sitcom ran for five seasons and more than 100 episodes.
Dirk Benedict, Laurette Spang, Anne Lockhart, and Richard Hatch on the TV series "Battlestar Galactica" (1978)
Battlestar Galactica was a science fiction television series that aired for just a single season in 1978-79, but despite its short-lived run, it left a lasting impact on the genre of science fiction and television as a whole. The show was created by Glen A. Larson and was a space opera that followed the crew of the titular spaceship as they searched for a new home after their own planet was destroyed.
The series was notable for its ambitious and complex story-lines, as well as its use of advanced special effects for the time, which were groundbreaking. Battlestar Galactica was also praised for its mature themes and deep exploration of character development, which was unusual for a science fiction series of the 1970s. The series was a huge success, and it was considered one of the most popular and critically acclaimed science fiction series of the decade.
Battlestar Galactica inspired many other genre television shows and films, including the later re-imagined series, which ran from 2004 to 2009, and the genre of post-apocalyptic science fiction. The series is also credited for paving the way for more serious and adult-oriented science fiction stories on television and its influence can be seen in many other science fiction series that came after it. Despite its short run, Battlestar Galactica remains a beloved and influential piece of science fiction television and it is still considered a classic of the genre today.
Arthur Ashe was a highly accomplished and influential figure in the world of tennis during the 1970s. Ashe, who was the first African American player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only African American male to win the singles titles at the US Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open, was a trailblazer in the sport.
Throughout the 1970s, Ashe was consistently ranked in the top five players in the world and he won several major tournaments, including the US Open in 1968 and the Australian Open in 1970. He also won the Wimbledon in 1975 becoming the first African-American man to win the tournament. Ashe was known for his powerful serve, his consistency and his sportsmanship, and he was considered one of the best players of his era.
Ashe was also an advocate for social justice and civil rights. He was an active member of the African American community and he used his platform as a professional athlete to speak out against racial discrimination and inequality. In 1971, he founded the National Junior Tennis League, an organization that provided free tennis lessons to inner-city youth. Ashe also took a public stance against South Africa's apartheid policy and was banned from playing in South Africa for many years. His efforts to promote racial equality and his achievements on the court, made him not only a celebrated athlete but also a respected social figure during the 1970s.
Gas lines oil crisis 1970s
The 1970s was the decade of oil. The price of a barrel of crude oil shot up from $3.65 in 1972 to $10.42 in 1980. Inflation-stricken economies around the world could ill afford higher energy costs, and the annual increase in energy prices from $1.40 per gallon in 1973 to over $2 per gallon by 1980 left consumers paying more for less energy.
This cost-push-driven gas crisis is also known as the “Oil Shock of 1970” or “The Great Gas Cheat” because it cheated consumers into using more expensive fuel. It also drove the beginning of an automotive independence movement, with drivers demanding cleaner fuels and more efficient engines.
Photograph taken during the filming of "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" in Las Vegas. (1970)
Elvis Presley in the 1970s was a force to be reckoned with. After a hiatus from performing, he made a comeback in 1968 with a nationally televised special, simply called "Elvis," which marked his return to the stage and reignited his career. In 1973, he set a new standard for live performances with the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast around the world, "Aloha from Hawaii." The concert was watched by over 1 billion people worldwide and cemented Elvis' status as the King of Rock and Roll. Despite personal struggles, he continued to tour and release successful albums throughout the decade, solidifying his legacy as one of the most iconic and influential musicians of all time.
A photograph of the moon by the Apollo 13 crew from their Lunar Module "life boat" as they passed by it, 1970.
The Apollo 13 mission, launched in 1970, was a pivotal moment in the history of space exploration. What was intended to be a routine mission to the Moon quickly turned into a harrowing ordeal when an oxygen tank explosion crippled the spacecraft, leaving the three astronauts on board, James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise, fighting for survival. The world watched in awe as NASA engineers worked tirelessly to bring the astronauts home safely, using ingenuity and resourcefulness to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
The mission's famous catchphrase, "Houston, we've had a problem," became synonymous with the incredible drama that unfolded and it put the dangers of space travel into the cultural consciousness. The Apollo 13 mission serves as a reminder of the risks and sacrifices that come with human spaceflight, and the incredible resilience and determination of the human spirit.
Economy class seating on a Pan Am 747 in 1970.
In 1970, flying on Pan Am was a luxurious and glamorous experience. The airline was known for its superior service and attention to detail, and it was a popular choice among celebrities and high-end travelers. Onboard, passengers could enjoy comfortable seating, delicious meals, and a variety of entertainment options. The iconic Pan Am stewardesses, dressed in their smart blue uniforms, were always on hand to attend to passengers' needs. It was an era of great optimism and excitement in the world of air travel, and flying on Pan Am was truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Sardine fishermen on the Adriatic Sea, 1970. (Photograph by James P. Blair)
Sardines are small, oily fish that live in the open ocean. In fact, they are similar in size to anchovies. Their fatty, yellowish flesh makes them stand out from other fish. And because they’re so named for their pungent odor and bitter taste—more accurately described as “fishy” than “sardonic”—sardines have always been a source of culinary fascination for those who love seafood or perchance both.
There are legends and history of sardine fishermen around the world, focusing on one species: the European red sardine (Sardinops caurinus), which is also known as the Spanish sardine (or Spanish anchovy). While there are many stories surrounding this popular fish, only a few stand out as true tales of hard work and persistence overcome by sheer will and a smart marketing strategy.
Throwback Thursday remembers the Quarterdeck in the 1970s.
In 1970, eating at The Quarterdeck, the dining hall at Lake Superior State University, was a staple of student life. It was the main dining facility on campus, open to all students and staff, offering a variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The atmosphere was lively and casual, with long tables and benches, and the walls adorned with LSSU's memorabilia. The menu featured a mix of classic American dishes, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese and pizza, as well as daily specials and vegetarian options. The prices were affordable, and it was a convenient option for students who lived in the dorms, or those who didn't have time to cook. It was a great place for students to socialize, catch up with friends and enjoy a good meal.
Stan Lee of Marvel Comics in his office at 575 Madison Avenue, New York City, 1970s, Credit: @lorenzofolli_history_in_color
Stan Lee, the much-loved creator of Marvel comics is remembered for his sensational storytelling, and he was a fearless editor throughout his career. In the early 1960s, the world of comics was at a crossroads. The industry, which had largely been focused on creating hype for upcoming comic book releases, was now in a period of experimentation and growth. The medium was undergoing a bit of a renaissance with new editorial offices popping up across the country and around the world.
Big-name publishers were acquiring smaller companies and bringing them under their umbrella — forming conglomerates that would dominate the comic book industry for decades to come. But while the change was good for comics, it also had some negative consequences. In an effort to remain competitive, many companies downsized their features and staff in an attempt to make their products more accessible to readers. This left veteran writers and artists high and dry, but it also opened doors for new talent who might have been overlooked in past generations of comics creators. So much has changed in the world of funny books since Stan the Man was roaming the halls at Marvel Comics, but we'll never forget the way he changed comic books forever.
VW camper driving through Yosemite National Park with a beautiful view of the Half Dome, 1970s. (Photograph by Chris Burkard)
Pictured is a VW camper driving through Yosemite National Park with a beautiful view of the Half Dome. At this beautiful scene, you'll see spectacular views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Half Dome, and a panoramic view from the shoulder and summit. The Half Dome is a challenging endurance hike that takes you 4,800 feet above Yosemite Valley. Those of you who are afraid of heights might want to take in Half Dome from this angle rather than scaling it yourself.
Jim Henson with his son Brian in the early 1970s.
In the 1970s, Jim Henson and the Muppets were at the forefront of popular entertainment. The Muppet Show, which first aired in 1976, was a huge hit, watched by millions of people around the world. The show featured a diverse cast of characters, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo, and was known for its blend of comedy, music, and puppetry. Henson's unique brand of humor, combined with the Muppets' endearing personalities, made the show a favorite among audiences of all ages.
The Muppets also starred in several films during the 1970s, including The Muppet Movie (1979), which was a box office success and cemented the Muppets as cultural icons. Henson's work on the Muppets was a major influence on the world of puppetry, entertainment, and popular culture.
In the 1970s, the Girl Scouts were a beloved organization known for their commitment to community service and personal development. Girl Scouts of all ages were encouraged to get involved in their local communities and to make a positive impact through volunteer work. Many troops organized community service projects such as cleaning up local parks, visiting nursing homes, and collecting food and clothing for those in need.
The Girl Scouts also focused on promoting environmental conservation and sustainability, and many troops organized clean-up projects, tree-planting events and educational programs about preserving natural resources. Additionally, the Girl Scouts organization also provided opportunities for girls to develop valuable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, and independence through outdoor activities, educational workshops and other programs. The Girl Scouts of the 1970s were not just about cookie sales and camping, they were also making a meaningful impact on their communities.
Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt in 1978, photo by Ed Thrasher.
Queen posing for their first photo shoot in 1974.
Look at those dapper dudes with their luxurious mullets! Oh, it's Queen, the iconic British rock band known for chart-topping hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You." These musical geniuses began playing together way back in 1971, but it wasn't until three long years of playing lousy gigs that they finally released their self-titled debut album.
Although their first LP didn't immediately make them superstars, it did introduce the world to the electric stage presence of Freddie Mercury and the mind-blowing guitar skills of Brian May. This snapshot captures the band members in their mid-twenties, exuding a youthful energy that never seemed to fade, even after years of nonstop rock and roll partying.
Here's the Ramones on their first video shoot in 1976.
The Ramones burst onto the music scene in 1974, armed with their signature punk sound and their now-famous chant, "hey ho, let's go." Four dudes from Forest Hills, NYC were looking for some excitement, and boy did they find it. In just two years, they released their first album, "The Ramones," and it quickly became a radio sensation. This photo is from a promotional video of the band performing "Loudmouth" in front of a grimy curtain - the perfect visual representation of their gritty, no-frills style.
Stevie Nicks hanging out backstage during the ‘Cal Jam II’ music festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway in 1978.
Get ready to travel back in time to March 18, 1978, when a roaring crowd of 350,000 people flocked to the Ontario Motor Speedway to witness an epic lineup of musical legends. Heart, Jean-Michelle Jarre, and Aerosmith were just a few of the artists that rocked the stage, but there was one woman who stole the show - the incomparable Stevie Nicks.
Fresh off the heels of Fleetwood Mac's sensational album "Rumours," Nicks arrived at the speedway with Mick Fleetwood in tow. She took the stage to sing "Ebony Eyes" alongside Bob Welch, a former member of the Mac who had ventured out on his own. It may not have been the best career move for Welch, but there's no denying the rush he must have felt performing in front of such an enormous crowd. And with Stevie Nicks at his side, he knew he was in good company.
Candy Clark and David Bowie on the set of the sci-fi film, "The Man Who Fell to Earth" 1976.
Whoa, hold on to your space helmets folks, because we're about to blast off to a galaxy far, far away! And by galaxy, we mean the trippy, surreal world of David Bowie's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" - a movie that's equal parts mind-bending and mind-blowing.
And let's not forget about Bowie's otherworldly character in the film, an alien who seems to be perpetually sipping on a glass of milk. It's a strange sight for sure, but it somehow makes sense because let's face it - Bowie was a master at playing otherworldly beings.
Rumor has it that Bowie dove so deep into the role that he wasn't sure where the character ended and he began. But fear not, Bowie fans, because in between takes, he was just a regular dude hanging out in some seriously cool western wear with his co-star, Candy Clark. And of course, he made it look effortlessly cool. Bowie truly was a starman in every sense of the word.
Cool rider, 1971.
Who remembers watching The Gong Show with host Chuck Barris, 1970s?
Step right up and witness the Gong Show - the ultimate stage for the weird and wonderful! Hosted by the jittery and jumpy Chuck Barris, this show was a pandemonium of madcap entertainment that felt like it could go haywire any minute. But behind the chaos, some real diamonds in the rough shone through.
One shining example was the 12-year-old Andrea McArdie, who showed off her singing chops before conquering Broadway as the legendary Annie. And even the quirky Oingo Boingo graced the stage in their early days. So, whether you're a fan of the bizarre or just looking for some undiscovered talent, the Gong Show was the place to be.
Roger Daltrey with his dogs at home, 1970s
Picture this: Roger Daltrey, the iconic frontman of The Who, relaxing in the beautiful English countryside with his beloved dogs. The man who smashed guitars and rocked arenas across the world found solace at home with his furry companions. And let's be real, with that epic curly hair, his dogs probably thought they had a third furry friend to play with.
Although The Who disbanded in 1982 after the tragic death of drummer Keith Moon, they reunited seven years later and Daltrey continued to spend his downtime with his loyal pups. Because what's better than a man and his dogs?
From 1952 to 1973, Brigitte Bardot starred in numerous films and became a symbol of liberation for women in post-war France. In her penultimate film, Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman, Bardot takes on the role of a villainous Don Juan character who relishes in breaking the hearts of men who fall for her.
But Bardot's charm doesn't just affect men - even Jane Birkin's character, Clara, falls under her magnetic spell. While the film received mixed reviews, Bardot's performance was hailed as interesting and captivating. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for the film's director and Bardot's ex-husband, Roger Vadim. Regardless, Bardot's impact on French cinema and culture is undeniable.
Oprah in the early 1970s.
In the 1970s, this amazing woman's career was a wild ride that took her from one television station to another, from Baltimore to Nashville and beyond. She did it all - anchoring the news, hosting a local talk show, and even hosting a popular call-in show called Dialing for Dollars. With her talent and charisma, Oprah was a force to be reckoned with and proved her versatility with every new program she took on. It was when she landed at WLS-TV in Chicago that her career really took off, propelling her to the top like a rocket.