Stunning Photos From The Past Sure To Cause Nostalgia!
Magic nannies, caped crusaders, friendly aliens...the groovy era was filled with outlandishly awesome plots. This was a time when walking into a studio executive meeting and pitching a show about a man driving cross-country with his monkey was given the green light immediately. The images collected here are full of optimistic, fantastical, and magic times from pop culture history. These happy days are yours and mine to look back at fondly anytime.
Mary Ann - I used to be a Girl Scout, and they teach you a lot. Ginger I used to go with a Boy Scout, and they teach you a lot, too
The differences between Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) and Ginger Grant (Tina Louise) characters on Gilligan's Island couldn’t be better summed up any better than this simple bit of dialogue between them:
Mary Ann - “I used to be a Girl Scout, and they teach you a lot."
Ginger: “I used to go with a Boy Scout, and they teach you a lot, too
Mary Ann was the quintessential all American girl next door type while Ginger, on the other hand, oozed glamour and sex appeal. Og course, both women were gorgeous but on opposite sides of the spectrum.
Jane Seymour in the East of Eden TV miniseries from 1981.
Over the course of her career, Jane Seymour has earned an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire back in 2000.
One of her first shots at stardom was back in 1981 from the East of Eden TV miniseries. The miniseries was based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name and is one of Seymour’s most memorable early works. Aside from that, the model turned actress was also well known for her performances in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), Somewhere In Time (1980), and eventually, she would go on to become Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998).
Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones playing for his wife Maureen and their daughters, 1971.
Pictured here is John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, playing for his wife Maureen and their daughters, 1971. John and Maureen have been married since 1967, and they have three daughters together: Tamara, Jacinda, and Kiera.
Aside from rising to fame as a member of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer also developed a solo career. Jones remains widely considered one of the most influential bassist, keyboardist, and arranger in the history of rock music.
Stevie Nicks hanging out backstage during the ‘Cal Jam II’ music festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway in 1978.
Here is the mystical Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame, hanging out backstage during the ‘Cal Jam II’ music festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway in 1978.
Stevie Nicks got her start in music right alongside her high school sweet heart Lindsey Buckingham. The duo formed “Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band” with some friends back in high school and played school functions in addition to landing small gigs all around the San Francisco Bay Area. The couple eventually branched off and made an album together as “Buckingham Nicks” before finally joining Fleetwood Mac as a package deal in 1974.
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey as the ill-fated young lovers in the film Romeo and Juliet. (1968)
Back in 1968, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey were the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers in film, stage, and literary history. This British-Italian romance film was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic play of the same name (1591–1595).
It was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. It also gained nominations for Best Director and Best Picture, making it the last Shakespearean film to be nominated for Best Picture to date. It was wildly popular amongst the teen population (much like the 90’s version) and at the time it was the most financially successful film adaptation of a Shakespeare play.
The Mod Squad was the cool trio of Pete, Julie and Linc. They were hippie cops with checkered pasts hired to go undercover in 1968-1973.
The Beatles were huge fans of the late, great Fats Domino and met him before their concert in New Orleans. (1964)
Immortalized to film back in 1964 is this awesome moment these rock 'n' roll legends got to meet face-to-face in New Orleans. The Beatles had their City Park concert in September of 1964 and couldn’t pass up the chance to meet their long time idol Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. while in the Big Easy.
The Beatles named "Fats" Domino as a major influence in their music. According to George Harrison, Domino's "I'm in Love Again" was the first rock 'n' roll song he had ever heard. Lennon later covered Domino's 1955 "Ain't That a Shame," he said it was the first song he learned to play. Then in 1968, Domino covered the Beatles' "Lady Madonna," which became his last charting single.
Faye Dunaway in a scene from the iconic film, Bonnie and Clyde 1967
Pictured here is Faye Dunaway in a scene from Bonnie and Clyde back in 1967. The iconic biographical crime film is considered a landmark in cinema history. It represents the dawn of “New Hollywood” as it broke many cinematic taboos. It’s also credited with prompting other filmmakers to be more open with depicting sex and violence in their work.
Stars Warren Beatty (Clyde Barrow) and Faye Dunaway (Bonnie Parker) had a real life love affair, that was “torrid” to say the least. Their affair may have ended long ago but the two are still bickering with each other all these years later. They were both mortified to find they were presenting at the 2017 Oscars together and argued the whole time.
During the award show, Dunaway wrongfully announced “LaLa Land” as Best Picture (after Beatty handed her the card) even though it was “Moonlight” who rightfully won. Rumors began flying immediately that Beatty set Dunaway up to embarrass her.
Game of Death, Bruce Lee getting a kick out of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1973.
Pictured here is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bruce Lee while filming The Game of Death. This film was Lee’s last, he wrote, directed, and starred in this 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film, which remains unfinished to this day.
Lee took a break from his pet project to star in Enter the Dragon, but sadly he died of cerebral edema before the film's release or the completion of his own. Somehow quite a bit of the footage from The Game of Death was misplaced in the archives. What footage could be salvaged it was released as part of the documentary entitled Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey.
Who remembers this 1976-78 TV series called C.P.O. Sharky starring comedian Don Rickles?
For those who don’t remember, C.P.O. Sharkey is a sitcom that starred Don Rickles as the abrasive U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey. He is stationed at a San Diego naval base and initially comes off as pretty insulting to everyone around him, but he often went to great lengths to help recruits when needed. Rickles, really did serve in the Navy during World War II, and he was already well-known for his insult-style humor making him perfect for the role.
The Batmobile from the 1966-68 Batman TV series.
In it’s original form, the Batmobile from the 1966–1968 television series was a Ford concept car called the Lincoln Futura. In 1965, famed customizer George Barris was brought in by ABC to design a "Batmobile" just prior to production.
There had already been early design work and some fabrication using a 1959 Cadillac but as things weren’t going according to schedule so that’s when George Barris was brought in to turn things around. With only three weeks to finish, Barris decided to just transform the Lincoln Futura (bought for $1.00) into the now iconic vehicle of TV's famed caped crusader.
Ann-Margret and Joe Namath starred in C.C. and Company in 1970. Broadway Joe had his first starring role in a film as a motorcycle rebel.
Ann-Margret, the female Elvis Presley and Joe Namath co-starred in the 1970 biker film, C.C. and Company. Namath plays biker C.C. Ryder, and Ann-Margret is a fashion journalist Ann. The film also stars William Smith as Moon, the leader of the outlaw biker gang the "Heads".
This marked the start of Joe Namath’s film acting career. He had up until then, done some television and theater acting but his career had been professional football. During the 1960s and 1970s, Namath was an AFL icon and played for the New York Jets for most of his career and then the Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Maren Kawehilani Jensen, who played Athena in TV's Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Pictured here is Maren Kawehilani Jensen as Athena in the science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica back in the late 1970’s. The series ran for the 1978–79 season before being canceled. Then, in 1980 they revived the show as Galactica with 10 episodes. The story continued in books before it was remade for television again in the 2000s.
Athena is probably the role Jensen is best known for. The plot of which, reads as follows: “After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.”
Suzanne Pleshette & Troy Donahue were briefly married and divorced in 1964.
Pictured here are actress Suzanne Pleshette and singer/actor Troy Donahue. Donahue was a popular male sex symbol and was married four times. His first marriage was to Suzanne Pleshette, they had co-starred in two films together and were married on January 5, 1964, in Beverly Hills. A whopping nine months later they were divorced.
His second marriage didn’t last much longer. October 21, 1966, Donahue married actress Valerie Allen and by April 1967 they were separated. She waited until April of 1968 to file for divorce and in it she charged him with cruelty.
Wife number three was executive secretary Alma Sharpe. They married on November 15, 1969 and divorced in 1972. Donahue's fourth and final marriage was to a land developer named Vicki Taylor. They were married in 1979 and divorced in 1981. At this point he called it quits and never remarried.
The red 1973 Corvette from the film Corvette Summer (1978)
This is the shiny red beauty that set Kenny (Mark Hamill) on his voyage from the safety of high school to the glittery streets of Las Vegas in the 1978 adventure comedy film, Corvette Summer.
Hamill tracks down his missing Corvette outmaneuvers the bad guys, and then whisks Vanessa (Annie Potts) away, saving her from a future of endless Johns. They ride off into the sunset, or really back to Los Angeles so he can bring the car back to school.
The Striped Tomato 1975 Torino from Starsky and Hutch was as popular as the stars who drove it on the show!
Starsky and Hutch was a series from the 70s that followed Southern California police detectives: David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Kenneth Richard "Hutch" Hutchinson. They were known for tearing through the streets of fictional Bay City, California in Starsky's bright red, two-door Ford Gran Torino. It had a large white vector stripe running up both sides. Hence the name “the striped tomato”. It was the episode “Snowstorm”, in which the Torino was nicknamed the "Striped Tomato" by Hutch. Subsequently, it stuck and fans referred to the car by that nickname, too.
Bing's daughter, Mary Crosby, played Kristin Shepard in the TV series Dallas from 1979–1981.
Pictured here is the lovely Mary Frances Crosby; the only daughter of Bing Crosby, from his second marriage to the actress Kathryn Grant. Like her parents, Mary grew up to work in the entertainment industry. The actress. Is probably best known for her role as Kristin Shepard (Sue Ellen Ewing's scheming sister) in the television series Dallas from 1979 to 1981. She also made another guest appearance in 1991. Ultimately, it was Crosby’s character who was revealed to have been the person who pulled the trigger in the classic episode "Who shot J. R.?" Which was the question of the summer back in 1980.
Adam West and Burt Ward in bathrobes on the set of Batman in 1966.
Pictured here are Adam West and Burt Ward donning bathrobes of all things, while working on the set of Batman back in 1966. While on screen the Dynamic Duo worked tirelessly together, thwarting arch-nemeses and saving the city with ease off screen was an entirely different story.
It seemed a battle of epic proportions centered around the male ego was at play on a regular basis. Ward felt like he was a sidekick in real life, he felt he was underpaid and not treated equally to his co-star Adam West. He also claimed the rest of the cast was awarded more luxuries than he was.
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field switching things up on the set of Smokey and the Bandit 1977
It's always heartwarming to see an old photo of these two. Sally Field and Burt Reynolds were far more than just co-stars, they started dating while filming Smokey and the Bandit and they were the kind of couple you just had to root for. According to Burt, Sally was the love of his life. But sadly, he didn’t know a good thing when he had it because he was the one who broke her heart after 5-years together.
Their breakup was so bitter that they didn’t speak for over two decades. Burt later decided to break the silence and confess his regret through the press, “I did four movies with Sally and spent five years with her. She was the love of my life and I screwed the relationship up. That sense of loss never goes away. I have no idea what Sally thinks about it. She could pick up the phone and speak to me but she never does. I spoke to her son recently. He said that his mum talks about me all the time. Maybe she’ll phone me one day. I’d love to have that conversation.”
Steve Allen and Elvis discuss in rehearsal how Elvis will sing his song, Hound Dog to a basset hound on a pedestal wearing a top hat. 1956
Pictured here are Steve Allen and Elvis going over the blocking and discussing how Elvis would Hound Dog. Allen was striving to avoid a repeat of the controversy that occurred after Elvis swiveled his hips on 'The Milton Berle Show'. Apparently, he felt the best way to do that was to have the King serenade a basset hound on a pedestal wearing a top hat. Look, all three of them have the same facial expression. The Times reported N.B.C.-TV's Steve Allen toppled C.B.S.-TV's Ed Sullivan after featuring Elvis Presley. N.B.C. surpassed Mr. Sullivan only three times during the entire 1955-1956 season.
Brian's Song a tearjerker based on a true story with James Caan and Billy Dee Williams as teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. 1971
Brian's Song is a movie that recounts the life of Wake Forest University football player Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan), who has been diagnosed terminal cancer after turning pro. The story is told through his friendship with Gale Sayers (played by Billy Dee Williams) who was a Chicago Bears running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
It’s based on Sayers' account of his friendship with Piccolo and coping with his illness. The two men having come from different backgrounds made theirs and unlikely friendship for the time, but they were very close and even became the first interracial roommates in the history of the National Football League.
As Entertainment Weekly readers said when polled back in 2005, poll taken in 2005,'Brian's Song' is seventh on the list of the top "guy-cry" films ever made.
The first actress to portray Marilyn Munster in 1964 was Beverly Owens, who left The Munsters in the middle of the first season.
Pictured here is Beverly Owens, the first actress to play the odd Munster out, Marilyn Munster. Bright, beautiful, cheery, she just didn’t fit the gothic mold of the rest of the clan on Mockingbird Lane. Owens ended up leaving the show mid-season, actress Pat Priest assumed the role. Herman Munster would often crack jokes alluding to Marilyn’s "plain" looks coming from Lily's side of the family.
The recent rumors circulating about a reboot of “The Munsters” has been confirmed. While they are drawing inspiration from the 1960s classic, the new series will be embracing the modern age, with the Munsters struggling to fit in with the hipster Brooklyn scene.
1968's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had Truly Scrumptious (Howes) fall for the widowed inventor, Caractacus Potts (Van Dyke) & car.
The 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a British musical adventure fantasy, loosely based on the 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car written by Ian Fleming (yes, the same guy who wrote the James Bond series).
It stars Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann and Gert Fröbe. In it, “a down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.”
Truly Scrumptious (Howes) ends up falling for Caractacus Potts (Van Dyke), however, this doesn't happen in the original story. In the book, Caractacus is married to Mimsie Pott but she was written out of the story in favor of a "budding romance".
Jack Webb (Joe Friday) and Harry Morgan (Bill Gannon) from the TV series Dragnet. 1970
Pictured here is Jack Webb (Joe Friday) and Harry Morgan (Bill Gannon) from the 1970’s TV series Dragnet. While Dragnet was first a radio series and eventually a movie, it ended up becoming the most influential police procedural drama television series in the genre’s history. Sure, now we have Law & Order, Blue Bloods, and a myriad of other intense police dramas but Dragnet is where it all really started.
The insight and genuine interest of the general public in what was really involved in real police work began with the series. It was the first time audience members were given a feel for the danger and heroism of police work and it actually worked to improve the public’s opinion of real police officers. The show’s cultural impact is undeniable; with its realism and unpretentious acting spanning over five decades, Dragnet remains a key influence on most modern police dramas of today.
Like a kid in a candy chop-per...a biker parking his ride with a bunch of bikes back in 1967.
Featured here is a biker, pulling in to park his ride with a bunch of bikes back in 1967. Choppers emerged in California in the late 1950s, these were custom motorcycles. They are notable for their extreme steering angles and lengthened forks. The most famous choppers would probably have to be the two customized Harley-Davidsons, the "Captain America" and of course the "Billy Bike" from the 1969 film Easy Rider.
Christopher George from the 1966–68 TV series The Rat Patrol.
Here’s a still of Christopher George from the 1966–68 Television series The Rat Patrol. The action and adventure series followed the exploits of four Allied soldiers — three of whom were Americans (Christopher George, Lawrence P. Casey, and Justin Tarr) and one Englishman (Gary Raymond). George starred as the unit's fearless yet compassionate leader, Sgt. Sam Troy. They were all part of a desert patrol group during World War II. Their mission: "to attack, harass and wreak havoc on Field Marshal Rommel's vaunted Afrika Korps".
Its first season was a sweeping success, it siphoned about a million viewers from The Lucy Show, placing it in the top 30. Sadly it hit some rocky competition during its second season run from 1967–68 season. The Rat Patrol shared a timeslot with Rowan and Martin and The Man from Uncle. Those shows were also bookended by The Monkees and the Danny Thomas Show, so the combination really gave The Rat Patrol a run for its money… or ratings.
Sissy Spacek in a publicity photo for the thriller and her film debut, Prime Cut in 1972.
Here is Sissy Spacek in a publicity photo for her film debut, the thriller Prime Cut in 1972. Then in 1976, Spacek became an icon as a shy teenager with telekinetic powers in the film Carrie. It was in 1980 that Spacek won an Oscar for Coal Miner's Daughter, she was also nominated for a Grammy Award for her singing on the soundtrack.
Also in the 1980s, she starred in the political thriller Missing, the rural drama The River (1984), and she worked alongside Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange in Crimes of the Heart (1986).She was nominated Best Actress Oscar for all of these roles. She’s still acting, in fact, she is currently filming the upcoming TV series Castle Rock, which is based on the fictional town many Stephen King novels are set in.
Marilyn Monroe on the set of her last movie, The Misfits which was directed by John Huston. (1961)
Arthur Miller actually wrote The Misfits (1961) for Marilyn Monroe a 1961. The two had married on June 29th, 1956. The marriage only lasted five years.
Along with Monroe, The Misfits starred Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift, with a supporting cast featuring Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, and Kevin McCarthy. It marked the last completed film of both Gable and Monroe. The film was posthumously released for Gable, and as for Monroe, she died of an apparent overdose the following year.
Clark Gable was Monroe’s childhood screen idol, she even often told tales of Gable being her father when she was a child.
The Byrds performing on Ready Steady Go! in 1965.
Here are The Byrds performing on Ready Steady Go! back in 1965. The rock band formed in Los Angeles, California back in 1964 and then disbanded in 1973. They did manage to achieve major commercial success, comparable to contemporaries like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but it only lasted for a short period of time in the mid-60’s. Despite this, The Byrds are still considered one of the most influential bands of the 1960s.
They pioneered the folk-rock genre on their album Mr. Tambourine Man (1965),
And as the 60’s progressed, they went on to become influential in originating psychedelic rock and raga rock. They took a small period of time and still managed to make a huge impact (and are still influencing artists today), that’s pretty impressive.
Michelle Pfeiffer finished 6th in the 1978 Miss California Pageant.
Pictured here is Michelle Pfeiffer back when she finished 6th in the 1978 Miss California Pageant. Two years after this photo was taken, her acting career would start chugging along. Her early acting years only consisted of bit parts, in films that didn’t achieve all that much in the way of critical or box office success. But by 1983, (which isn’t that long to wait in Hollywood years), she was cast in Scarface (1983) as cocaine-addicted trophy wife Elvira Hancock. A role which she almost lost out on because of her involvement in the flop of a film Grease 2. Now the timeless beauty is a star.
Blue-eyed beauty Crystal Gayle is best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.
Born Brenda Gail Webb, Crystal Gayle grew up to to be a singer with twenty #1 country hits (18 on Billboard and 2 on Cashbox) and six of her albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, she was a force to be reckoned with during the 1970s and 1980s. Gayle was also the first female country music artist to reach platinum sales.
It appears immense talent runs in her family, as she is the younger sister of the legendary country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn and the singer Peggy Sue. They are also distant cousins of singer Patty Loveless.
Heart was formed by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson in the 70's.
Over the rock group's four-decade history, it has had three primary lineups, the constant center of which has always been sisters Ann Wilson (lead singer) and Nancy Wilson (guitarist). Heart initially rose to fame during the mid-1970s, their sound was heavily influenced by hard rock, folk, and even some metal was tossed in for flair.Some of their hottest hit singles include "Crazy on You", “Barracuda”, and "Magic Man".
Since their conception back in 1973, Heart has gone on to sell over 35 million records worldwide. This number consists of over 22.5 million in album sales in the U.S. alone. They’ve had Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 all throughout the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
The Cars (Elektra) 1978- Their debut album made it to #16 of Rolling Stones The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.
The new wave rock group The Cars were named "Best New Artist" in the 1978 Rolling Stone Readers' Poll. Their self-titled debut album sold six million copies and sat on the Billboard 200 album chart for 139 weeks.Their song "You Might Think" won “Video of the Year” at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.
Sadly, The Cars broke up in 1988. The Elektra Years 1978–1987 is a boxed set which has all six albums The Cars released during that time period. After each album was newly remastered by Ted Jensen, the set was released in 2016 on Elektra Records.
Raquel Welch won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance in The Three Musketeers. ('73)
Pictured here is the intensely beautiful Raquel Welch as Constance Bonacieux in The Three Musketeers. The 1973 film is based on The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père and it adheres closely to the novel, while injecting a fair amount of humor.
Raquel Welch won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance. The film itself was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and George MacDonald Fraser won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best British Comedy Screenplay.
Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jack Lemmon talking and walking at Goldwyn Studios in 1959.
Pictured here are four legends, the iconic singer, dancer, actor and comedian, Sammy Davis Jr., and fellow award winning actors Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. This photo was taken by Phil Stern on the lot of Goldwyn Studios, 1959.
This was the year Some Like it Hot was filmed, along with Marilyn Monroe the film co-starred Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Which is most likely why they were on the MGM lot at the time this was taken. Jack Lemmon was an eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins.Tony Curtis has over 100 titles to his name with an acting career spanning over six decades.
Dino, Desi & Billy featured Dean Dino Martin, Desi Arnaz, Jr., and their friend Billy Hinsche, they had a pop group between 1964 and 1969.
Here we have the little pop group Dino, Desi & Billy who were active between 1964 and 1969 with a reconstituted version performing between 1998 and 2010. Yes, that’s a little Dean "Dino" Martin (son of pop singer Dean Martin), Desi Arnaz, Jr. (son of stars Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball), and their friend Billy Hinsche.
This cute crew met in grammar school and with their family connections, their band’s first audition was for Frank Sinatra, who owned Reprise Records at the time. So they produced real records, they didn't actually play on most of them. Session players, producers, and songwriters did all the heavy lifting while they performed. They had two hits before reaching the age of 15.
The trio’s best known songs were "Not the Lovin' Kind" (1965; U.S. #25) and "I'm a Fool" (1965; U.S. Billboard #17). Which was later covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks that same year for the Chipmunks à Go-Go album.
Playing putt-putt golf with Cyndi Lauper and Pee Wee Herman, who do you think wore the wildest outfit.
These two fantastic goofballs can always bring a smile to your face… especially if they are together… playing putt-putt… dressed like this. Where did he even find those pants?
Pop icon Cyndi Lauper and Paul Reubens of Pee-Wee fame decided to get all decked out for a night of innocent fun for reasons completely unknown but much appreciated because this picture is pure gold.
The Pee-wee’s Playhouse theme song was actually performed by Cyndi Lauper, although many don’t realize that because she is credited under the pseudonym “Ellen Shaw.”
Paul Reubens also made a contribution to Cyndi’s work, when he appeared on the True Colors album track “911” as the emergency operator. Go ahead, go back and listen. You know you want to.
Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger hanging out backstage during the Stones concert at Madison Square Garden on Jimi’s birthday, November 27, 1969.
Pictured here are rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger just hanging out backstage during the Stones concert at Madison Square Garden. It was Jimi’s birthday, November 27, 1969 and this photo was taken by the legendary photographer Eddie Kramer.
According to Kramer, “Jimi called me up one night and said "I'm going to see the Stones tonight, do you wanna go?" I grabbed my camera bag and met him at the backstage entrance to Madison Square Garden and we went up to the dressing room and hung out with the Stones.”
The Fonz and Mork from Ork on the episode My Favorite Orkan on Happy Days in 1978.
This epic image of television icons The Fonz (Henry Winkler) and Mork the Ork (Robin Williams), is from the episode of Happy Days titled “My Favorite Orkan”. In it, Richie Cunningham claims to have not only spotted a flying saucer, but to have spoken to its pilot. Naturally no one believes him. As it turns out, it was an alien named Mork, who wanted to take him back to the planet Ork, so he’d have a human specimen to present.The character of Mork was so well received by audiences that he got his own spin off series that same year, Mork & Mindy.
Erin Gray in TV series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
Pictured here is Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The science-fiction adventure television series ran for two seasons between 1979 and 1981. It had an entire feature-length film released theatrically but it was considered the ‘pilot episode’ for the show.
The premise emerged at the perfect time, “A 20th-century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.” Both the movie and the series were developed by Glen A. Larson and Leslie Stevens. Larson had already released The pilot for Larson's other science-fiction series, Battle star Galactica had been released theatrically in some countries a year earlier and did well in the box office. That paired with the recent success of Star Wars pretty much guaranteed Buck Rogers a green light.
Gunsmoke - Milburn Stone (Doc ), Ken Curtis (Festus), Burt Reynolds (Quint), James Arness (as Matt Dillon) and Amanda Blake (Miss Kitty).
Here’s a great still of the stars of the classic western series Gunsmoke. Milburn Stone (Doc), Ken Curtis (Festus), Burt Reynolds (Quint), James Arness (as Matt Dillon) and Amanda Blake (Miss Kitty).
Gunsmoke is set in Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. It was originally a radio series, which ran from 1952 to 1961. Gunsmoke was the number one-ranked television show from 1957 to 1961went on to run for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, for a total of 635 episodes.
Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall were zany, BFF roommates known as Laverne & Shirley.
Laverne & Shirley was actually a spinoff series from Happy Days. Cindy Williams (Shirley) and Penny Marshall (Laverne) first appeared as friends of Fonzie before getting their own show. The first five seasons of Laverne & Shirley were set in Milwaukee where the girls share a basement apartment on Knapp Street and work as bottle-cappers in the Shotz Brewery. Which is where the show was really in its prime. After the fifth season, when the girls made the move to Burbank California, things were just never the same.
Pretty pair! A smiling 17 year-old Carrie Fisher with her mom, Debbie Reynolds in 1973.
Here we have a heartwarming photograph of famous mother-daughter duo, Debbie Reynolds, and Carrie Fisher, both of whom died within hours of each other in 2016. Carrie was just a fresh-faced 17-year-old girl, beaming alongside her mom back in 1973.
Carrie Fisher grew up to become widely adored as Princess Leia and celebrated as an author. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, will always be best remembered for her breakout leading role as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (1952). The soulmates and iconic actresses are now sharing a tombstone at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
All My Love - Robert Plant with his daughter Carmen. 1970
On November 9, 1968, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant got married to Maureen Wilson. The couple went on to have three children together: a daughter Carmen Jane (pictured here), and sons Karac Pendragon and Logan Romero. Little Carmen actually ended up marrying Charlie Jones, Plant's bass player for his solo tours.
In 1977 tragedy struck and during Led Zeppelin's US tour, his son Karac (who was just 5-years old at the time) died after contracting a stomach virus. The loss of his son nearly split the band apart, the song "All My Love", co-written by Jones, is a tribute to him.
Nanny and the Professor starred Juliet Mills as Phoebe Figalilly, who takes care of Professor Everett's (Richard Long) three children.
Here are Juliet Mills as Nanny Phoebe Figalilly and Richard Long as Professor Harold Everett in the sitcom Nanny and the Professor. If you think the title is questionable, it was almost worse if you can believe it. The original title for the show during the pre-production stages was Nanny Will Do– this ended up being the title for the first episode instead.
The whole premise for the show was playing upon the successes of Mary Poppins. They figured you could never have too many magical nannies. Although this nanny has abilities far less overt. Her paranormal abilities were only implied, things like including knowing the names of people she has never met, communicating with animals and knowing someone will call or come to the door before they actually do.
Wild Child- James Douglas Morrison was 18 years old in this photo. (1961)
Born James Douglas Morrison, the actor, director, singer-songwrite professionally known as Jim Morrison was widely known for his highly unusual antics and wild lifestyle. He was rock’s first bad boy. Morrison became the first rock star to be arrested at one of his own concerts.
It was December 9, 1967,when a police officer found Morrison with a girl in a shower stall just before his performance at the New Haven Arena, in Connecticut. The officer told Morrison “To beat it”, Morrison replied, “Eat it”. Morrison was then maced, the show was delayed while he recovered.
But halfway through the set, Morrison decided to recount the story (while belittling the New Haven police) to the audience. At this point, Morrison was arrested and booked on indecency and public obscenity charges.
Here's a scene with Robert Conrad, Sammy Davis Jr., Hazel Court and Ross Martin in The Wild Wild West (1965)
The Wild Wild West was a television series that was developed a western that also featured a number of fantasy elements. Because the Western genre was beginning to lose out to the spy genre, the combination of technologically advanced devices and the Victorian era time-frame gave The Wild Wild West quite the ratings winning edge. This show is actually widely credited with contributing to the origins of the steampunk subculture.
Violence was a heavy issue in the series. Some episodes were exceptionally violent for the time period and that was ultimately the show’s downfall. Despite having very high ratings, the series was canceled near the end of its fourth season.
The cast of The Waltons (1975)
Pictured here is the rather large cast of The Waltons back in 1975. The television series ran from 1971 to 1981 and was centered on the daily lives of the Walton family. The show took place in the thirties and forties so it was an exploration of what life was like during the Great Depression and World War II from the perspective of a family in rural Virginia. The show was very well received, it even tied in ratings with shows like M*A*S*H and The Partridge Family.
This cool photo was taken in 1976 of Paul McCartney and Wings during the Wings Over America Tour.
On May 3rd 1976 Paul McCartney launched the wings over America Tour. This marked his one and only North American tour with wings. It was McCartney's first trip back to the United States since the Beatles final tour in the summer of 1966.
McCartney and Wings toured extensively throughout the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Various lineups of the group have included his wife Linda McCartney on keyboards and Moody Blues co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Denny Laine.
Annie Potts and Mark Hamill in Corvette Summer, 1978.
Ah yes, 1978’s Corvette Summer, the adventure comedy film where Annie Potts was a self described “prostitute in training” who helped Luke Skywalker hunt down his stolen Corvette. This was Annie Potts' first film role and Mark Hamill's first screen appearance after Star Wars–which had just been released the previous year.
Hamill stars as a teenager who helps build a customized Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with right-hand-drive for shop class. The car ends up stolen and he ends up heading out to Las Vegas to track it down. This is where he meets co-star Annie Potts, who was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance.
Producers Harry Vanda and the late George Young working with Angus Young in the studio during the sessions for AC-DC's 'Powerage' - 1978.
Here is a shot of Angus Young of AC-DC hard at work with producers Harry Vanda and the late George Young. This particular session was for AC-DC's fifth studio album, 'Powerage' in 1978.
The Australian hard rock band was formed in Sydney back in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. While they are a hard rock band with blues-rock influences, they have also been widely considered a heavy metal band. But at the end of the day, it's all rock and roll.
Willie Nelson, Robert Redford and Waylon Jennings swap tall tales (and hats) at the home of record producer Billy Sherrill in 1977.
Pictured here is actor Robert Redford (center), hanging out with Country music legends Willie Nelson on the left and Waylon Jennings. Just prior to the photo being taken Nelson surprised Redford by plopping his hat on top of the actor's head. At the time, the trio were guests in the home of record producer Billy Cheryl back in 1977.
Bosley with Charlie's Angels - Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle, Kate Jackson & Cheryl Ladd in 1976.
Pictured here is David Doyle as Bosley, posing with television’s Charlie's Angels - Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd back in 1976. Charlie's Angels ran from 1976, to 1981, for a total of 110 episodes in its five seasons.
It follows three crime fighting women who work for a private detective agency owned by a mysterious billionaire named Charlie Townsend (who directs his angels via speakerphone).
The original cast was Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles, with David Doyle co-starring as a sidekick. After Fawcett left the show, Cheryl Ladd stepped in. Later additions were Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts.
B.J. and the Bear (1979-81) Good-looking truck driver B.J. McKay (Greg Evigan) drove across the U.S. with his chimpanzee companion, Bear.
Anyone remember this television series that ran from 1979 to 1981? It follows a trucker B.J McKay (played by Greg Evigan) and his pet monkey called Bear, as they travel the highways of America, getting into various misadventures along the way.
Greg Evigan is also well known for his role in the series My Two Dads which ran from 1987 to 1990. He co-starred (and co-parented) alongside Paul Reiser after a 12-year-old girl (Staci Keanan) came into their lives claiming either of them could be her biological father... And for some strange reason they were awarded shared custody of her.
Elton John rocking out at the Dodgers Stadium in style with wall to wall carpet. (1975)
This classic moment was captured by Photographer Terry O'Neill and features Elton John rocking out at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, back in October 1975. This particular show was one of John’s career defining moments.
The iconic best selling artist performed two back to back, sold out shows on that October day in 1975. The stadium was completely packed and John was a force of nature as always. Such energy, stage presence, and passion... not to mention his notoriously outrageous attire. He also just so happened to be the first star to grace that stage for a performance since The Beatles in August 1966.
Lassie with forest ranger Corey Stuart (Robert Bray) in the TV sitcom Lassie (1954–1973)
"What’s that Lassie? Little Timmy is trapped in a well?” This lovable female Rough Collie dog named Lassie was the most adorable hero on television between 1954 and 1973. The show followed the adventures of Lassie and her human companions. Shenanigans would always happen and Lassie would have to save her master’s life or dash off to get help of some kind. There would always be a happy, relief filled ending topped with a little lecture on why he should not have done what he had done. Lassie remains a classic and after is the fourth longest-running U.S. primetime television series after The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, and Law & Order.
Josie and the Pussycats, long tails and ears for hats. (1970)
Josie and the Pussycats became an animated television series, but it was based on Dan DeCarlo’s Archie Comics comic book series of the same name. Josie and the Pussycats was an all-girl pop music band and the show followed their adventures as they toured the world, often becoming entangled in strange mysteries.
The group consisted of lead singer and guitarist Josie, tambourinist Valerie, and drummer Melody. In addition to being famous for its music and cat-inspired wardrobe, Josie and the Pussycats is also famous for featuring Valerie, the first regularly appearing black female character in a Saturday morning cartoon show.