Every era has its own events, quirks, music, clothes, people, and cars just to mention a few age-defying things. Let’s look back some of the pictures taken since the ’60s and enjoy flying to a different yet oh-so-familiar world. We could have been there. We could have been then. You can be there, then, here and now, just let the photos take you!
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Johnny Bench enjoying his victory after the Reds won the 1975 World Series
Johnny Lee Bench, a professional Baseball catcher is pictured above, who played in the Major Leagues for Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983. This photo was taken in 1975, when the Reds won the World Series. Bench is a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. According to ESPN, he is “the greatest catcher in the baseball history”. He was also a core member of the Big Red Machine. His record is breathtaking, he won six division titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships.
Debbie Harry, Jerry Hall, and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54 in 1978.
A unique photo picturing three gorgeous women in Studia 54 having a conversation: Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, model Jerry Hall (known for her relationship with Mick Jagger) and Paloma Picasso (daughter of Pablo Picasso). Paloma followed her father’s footsteps and became a famous artist in her own right. She chose a slightly different path through and excelled in fashion design and as a businesswoman. Her perfumes and unique jewelry were designed for TIffany & Co. After her father’s death in 1973, she ventured into the big screen in a Polish erotic film, the Immortal Tales. Fortunately for everyone, she found her way back to art later.
Nancy Sinatra in her surprising outfit from her You Go-Go Girl! album
Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s eldest daughter Nancy Sandra Sinatra was also in the music industry. Her 1966 hit song “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” made her a well-known star. Other songs such as “Sugar Town”, and her 1967 duet with her father “Somethin’ Stupid”, the title song from the James Bond film You Only Live Twice showcased her real talent. She always dressed in strange clothes, wherever she appeared, be it on stage, on TV or at a photo shoot. She dipped her toes in acting in the mid-’60s, where she was co-starring with Elvis Presley in Speedway, and with Peter Fonda in The Wild Angles. Her songs were on the charts with 13 titles in ’66 and ’67. Entertainment was deeply embedded in her family.
California Dreamin – cruising around in a Mustang GT back in 1972.
One of the favorite pastimes for many is cruising Van Nuys Boulevard in Los Angeles California. The iconic cars of the decade, such as this 1972 Mustang GT were seen rolling up and down on the street. The feeling of freedom and happiness while driving a masterpiece of the automobile industry was part of the golden era, as it was called by most, who were around that time. Most of the cars designed and built in the ’70s are still radiating this joy.
Jamie Lee Curtis in the film, Perfect, from 1985.
In the 1985 film, Perfect, Jamie Lee Curtis was playing an aerobics instructor. It’s not her usual role where she was screaming and running for her life, although it did involve some physical exercises. It’s a romantic drama, based on a series of articles in the late ’70s from Rolling Stone magazine. The movie’s co-star was another A-lister, John Travolta and it was directed by James Bridges. The main storyline was focused on the popularity of health clubs amongst single people in Los Angeles. Strangely enough, people feel like the situation hasn’t changed since than.
Farrah Fawcett as Holly in the 1976 film Logan’s Run
Farrah Fawcett-Majors was playing the role of Holly in the 1976 film Logan’s Run. The talented and naturally athletic beauty was playing a supporting role in the movie, which brought her the first major breakthrough. The film was giving an insight view of a utopistic future, where everyone is happy, with one caveat: life ends at the age of 30 for everyone. Her play was such a convincing one that Aaron Spelling, a major TV producer was immediately stunned by her. Aaron knew straight away that he has found the perfect actress for a TV series, which became the most popular series on television almost immediately: Charlie’s Angels (1976). With these two successes under her belt, her career was set for good.
Cher looking cool
The year is 1974. The person is the Goddess of Pop, who had one of the longest and most successful careers in the music industry. The dress is sick, in a very good way. Cherilyn Sarkisian, or Cher as we know her, started in the entertainment industry fifty-four years ago. And she is still active. She sold over 100 million records, won an Academy Award, Billboard Music Awards, an Emmy, Golden Globe awards, and a Grammy. She is a producer, an actress, an author, and a philanthropist. She is on her way to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Unbelievable, and well deserved!
Victoria Principal, from the early 80’s
Victoria Principal is best known from her role as Pamela Ewing from the soap Opera Dallas, running from 1978 to 1987. This picture was taken a little earlier, in 1973, the same year she appeared in the September issue of Playboy promoting her film The Naked Ape (1973). Later in 1974 she cut off her waist-length hair, dyed it black and showed up to an audition with an afro. Obviously she got the role of “Rosa”, in the disaster film Earthquake. She was also starring int Fantasy Island, before committing to Dallas, which earned her a Golden Globe in 1983.
Alice Cooper with facial hair and without his eyeliner. (1975)
Pictured here is a somewhat subdued Alice Cooper, without his usual makeup. His career, which lasted more than five decades, involved different activities. Apart from being a rock singer and songwriter, he was an actor and innovator. He was famous for pioneering his own theatrical rock style and widely considered as “The Godfather of Shock Rock”, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given her stage shows full of fake blood, deadly animals, execution-style guillotines and electric chairs and other weird and morbid things.
Lynda Carter used her “buoyancy” to her advantage at NBC’s Battle Of The Network Stars, 1978.
Sometimes it was hard to be Wonder Woman for Lynda Carter. Fans all over the world expected her to perform at the same level in the “Battle Of The Network Stars” in 1978 as Wonder Woman would. She was bound to win, defeat bad guys and bring her on-screen character to life in the competition, with all her charm, sexiness, and power. She lived up to all of these expectations, and won the swimming competition, living up the reputation of her character. Needless to say, the audience went crazy seeing her conquering the real-life race.
An early photo of Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
The above picture is a rare find from the early ages of Aerosmith. They are often called “America’s Greatest Rock Band”. Joe Perry and Steven Tyler formed the band in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1970. Tom Hamilton who played bass and Joe Perry who played the guitar met up Joey Kramer who was brilliant on drums, singer Steven Tyler, and Ray Tabano, who played the guitar (and who was replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971). Columbia Records signed them in ’72 and their debut album was out in 1973. They went on to release a number of platinum and gold albums.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Alyssa Milano rehearsing on set of the film Commando. 1985
Everyone knows Arnold Schwarzenegger and his films. His unmissable character, his huge muscles, and his authoritative look made him a perfect actor in roles like John Matrix, in the 1985 action movie Commando. He played a retired elite Black Ops special agent who launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals. The story goes on to show why are these bad boys are not safe anymore. They choose to wrong guy to mess with and kidnapped his on-screen daughter Jenny (played by the Alyssa Milano). The film was a huge success, debuting at number one in the United States and grossing 57.5 million USD at the box office.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney hanging out with a parrot in 1968
This picture was taken on July 28, 1968, by Don McCullin, a war photographer who was part of something very special. Paul McCartney decided to do a special photo session with him, taking pictures of everyone in the band across different places around London. They all went a little crazy, and let their fantasy loose a bit. As the day went on, more and more people with cameras were joining in the fun: Ronald Fitzgibbon, Stephen Goldblatt, Tom Murray, Tony Bramwell and Mal Evans with her six-year-old son Gary. This day went down in the history of the Beatles as the ‘Mad Day Out’. The guys really enjoyed some time away from their instruments.
The Jackson 5 and parents striking a Brady Bunch-like pose at home in 1971 for LIFE Magazine.
This photo, was shot in 1971 for LIFE magazine. The whole Jackson Five family participated, even the parents took the opportunity to showcase their home. After the Jackson Five, the siblings went on to work on their own careers separately. As we all know, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson became the most successful of them, reaching worldwide superstar status with millions of records sold and a huge fanbase. The whole Jackson Five was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and all of them received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Angie and David Bowie pushing their baby, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones in a stroller. Can you tell who is who? (1971)
Back in those days, it was hard to spot who is who. Did you manage to? David Bowie, the music legend, and his wife, Angie Bowie who was an accomplished model were walking casually with their baby on this picture. That small baby, Duncan Zowie followed the family tradition and stepped into the entertainment industry at an early age. He became a screenwriter, producer, and director. His most widely known work as a director is the film Moon from 2009 for which he earned the BAFTA Award. He has also directed the Source Code in 2011 and Warcraft in 2016.
Best friends Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly in 1959
Two best friends Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly were enjoying a nice smoke together on this picture. Jennings was playing bass for Holly, but he went on to make his own music in the late ’60s, while Buddy Holly became one of the most well-known pioneers of rock and roll. He inspired the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, and also inspired Jennings. According to him: “Buddy was the first person to have faith in my music. He encouraged me in my music and my writing. He was my friend. If anything I’ve ever done is remembered, part of it is because of Buddy Holly.”
Anne Bancroft presented Sidney Poitier the Oscar for Best Actor in Lilies of the Field. 1964
Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his performance in Lilies of the Field (1963) on April 13, 1964. He never wanted to take part in stereotypical roles, he was looking for more challenging, serious parts to showcase his talents. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. He also served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan and awarded the Presidental Medal of Freedom in 2009. More recently, in 2016, he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship award for outstanding lifetime achievement in film.
Around 8,500 of the Huffy Radio Bicycles were produced in 1955-57.
This very special bike, the Huffy Radio Bike wasn’t manufactured for very long. Only 8,500 was made in the space of two short years. It seems like a weird decision from the factory to stop the production, as it quickly became the go-to present for any kid. There were three color schemes on offer; Flamboyant Red with white & black trim, Flamboyant Blue with white & black trim, and Flamboyant Green with white & black trim. They all looked very similar, with only minor differences between these models. The main difference between the two year’s models was also rather insignificant: the 1955 model had a headlamp mounted on the front fender while the 1956 version was equipped with a front carrier.
Olivia Newton-John is Magic in the film, Xanadu (1980)
Olivia Newton-John was the poster girl of an American Sweetheart. She starred in the 1980 romantic musical fantasy film, Xanadu. She wasn’t stealing the show alone, Gene Kelly, and Michael Beck was also cast. The movie features music by Newton-John, the Electric Light Orchestra, Cliff Richard and The Tubes. Although the soundtrack was a hit, the movie itself has failed to attract similar success. It was a disaster in the box offices, earning one bad review after the other. It was so bad that it inspired the Golden Raspberry Awards, which was given to the worst film of the year from then on.
Backstage fun with Joan Jett and members of Cheap Trick. (1978)
A rare peek backstage with Joan Jett and members of Cheap Trick in 1978. Cheap Trick had released its debut album in ’77. They went on to achieve great success with their second album in Japan, but it wasn’t until 2 years later when their breakthrough came. They became truly popular across the United States with their album Cheap Trick at Budokan. They were putting a lot of work in touring, played over 5,000 shows throughout their career. In 2016, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Carrie Fisher hugging Warwick Davis, who played ‘Wicket the Ewok’, on the set of Return of the Jedi, 1983.
Warwick Davis was 12 years old when this photo with Carrie Fisher was taken back in 1982 on the set of the Return of the Jedi. He is 46 years old now and remained a huge fan of Carrie. He has released a number of photos from those days to pay tribute to Carrie after her passing. He was talking about working with her on Star Wars and pointed out her huge influence on the film industry along with her work for female actors. Davis explained in an interview how Carrie embraced every part of her well-known character, Princess Leila, to make sure that similar strong and powerful lead roles will be given to ladies in the future.
Eddie Van Halen onstage back in 1979
It is hard to find anyone better on the guitar than Edward Van Halen. He is the co-founder of Van Halen, a well known and immensely popular hard rock band in America. He is also seen as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock music. He was ranked eighth in the list of 100 greatest guitarist by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2011, but voted number one in the Guitar World magazine reader’s poll in 2012 for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
English rock band Uriah Heep in 1973
The Uriah Heep, a British Rock band was formed in 1969. Their picture above was taken in ’73. They were highly active during their career, which by itself was an era, with 48 years in the spotlight. They have created 25 studio albums and released 31 compilation albums along with 18 live albums. 12 of their studio albums made it onto the UK Albums Chart, reaching 7th place in ’75 with Return to Fantasy. They were performing along Deep Purple , Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in the ’70s.
Linda Christian, the first Bond girl to appear on the screen, playing Valerie Mathis
There are debates on who was the very first Bond GIrl on screen. To settle this debate, one would have to agree on terms. First of all, we would have to define the “screen”. It’s true that the extravagant actress Ursula Andress played Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, but technically she wasn’t the “first Bond Girl,”. She deserves credit as the first Bond girl on the big screen but the title of the original Bond girl goes to Linda Christian who starred as “Valerie Mathis” in a television adaptation of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, back in 1954. That was almost a full decade earlier than Ursula’s appearance on the widescreen.
Loni Anderson was a breakout hit in her Emmy-nominated role as Jennifer Marlowe back in 1978
Actress Loni Kaye Anderson’s first big success came from playing receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati between 1978–82, which earned her an Emmy nomination. She was also the wife of actor Burt Reynolds, but what is less well known is that she started her career a long before WKRP. She had a smaller part in the film Nevada Smith in 1966, playing alongside Steve McQueen, but than she didn’t appear in any roles for almost ten years. She returned to the screens with guest roles in television series such as S.W.A.T., the sitcom Phyllis, and the series Police Woman, and Three’s Company. The latter gave her the chance to land her role on WKRP in Cincinnati.
Goodyear developed a tire in 1961 using mounted light bulbs To make them glow in the dark, but never went into production
One of the coolest ideas in the rather boring world of car tires has never made it to the market for some strange reason. It should have. Can you imagine cruising through the dark with your car, and with a flick of a switch you can make your tires glow or blink? It all happened at the beginning of the 1960s, when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. tried to do something different. They began experimenting with a project, what was referred to as ”the tire of tomorrow.” Scientists were working on a plan, to create a translucent model with small, barely noticeable lights inside the rim. The synthetic rubber was mixed with dyed compounds and using molds specially created for this, they heated the batches to 250 celsius. They installed the small bulbs (18 of them) in each rim, to make the wheels light up in the dark. It was a refreshing idea, and nobody really knows why it was killed off.
A 1977 Cobra II was in the 1984 movie Starman starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen
John Carpenter’s Starman film inspired a television series of the same name in 1986. It starred Jeff Bridge, who was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Actor for his role as an alien, who came to Earth after finding an invitation from our planet. it is a science fiction romance, where Jenny Hayden (played by Karen Allen) joins an alien( played by Jeff) in a cross country tour to explore the motherland in a 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II.
Elvis stationed in Germany with the US Army
Elvis Presley, the King has entered service in the army of the United States on March 24, 1958. He was on duty at near the city of New Jersey, stationed at Fort Dix, until March 5, 1960. He was discharged on March 23, 1964, from the Reserve. He has received both basic and advanced training. As a result of this, he has served as in two different armor battalions. He has served overseas as a member of the 1st Tank Battalion from the start of October 1958, until March 2, 1960, in Germany.
Brigitte Bardot surrounded by a group of leering men in Rome. (1960)
A black and white picture of Brigitte Bardot can show us even without colors who she must have felt being surrounded by a creepy crowd of male admirers. The French model started her career in the art of entertainment as a ballet dancer. She was an aspiring and dedicated ballerina from a very young age. At the age of 7, she was enrolled at the Cours Hattemer private school, attending only three days a week, in order to devote another three days to dance lessons at Madame Bourget’s dance studio. She has started this kind of life at a very early age and retired well before anyone has suspected. Her talent, style, and grace will always be a reminder of what hard work and brilliance look like.
Jimi Hendrix behind the camera filming Janis Joplin backstage in 1968
Sometimes distant lives get entangled in a way that one can’t even comprehend. In this snapshot of history, Jimi Hendrix is filming Jannis Joplin backstage at Winterland in 1968. Just two people with a camera. Two musicians, who are working to release their own Live at Winterland albums. Two performers from Woodstock. Two of rock and roll’s greatest. Two people, who died of accidental drug overdoses within a week of each other at just 27 years of age.
Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show in 1962
Jack Paar handed over the hosting of the late-night talks program, The Tonight Show to Johnny Carson in 1962. At the start of each episode, Ed McMahon would announce Johnny in his unique way: “Heeere’s Johnny!” The set up was the same every time. After getting on stage, Carson would start with an opening monologue of jokes and some banter with McMahon and Doc Severinsen. Than celebrities from every field would come to the studio, to have an interview, a smile, a laugh, and maybe some embarrassment here and there. This formula was so successful, that Carson remained at the helm of hosting The Tonight Show for three decades, becoming a driving force in the entertainment industry on and off camera.
Kent McCord and Martin Milner starred in the police drama Adam 12 from 1968 to 1975
Adam-12 stars Kent McCord and Martin Milner are posing for a picture together. This television police drama was widely credited with introducing police procedures and jargon to the public. The series was following the day to day lives of Los Angeles Police Department officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they patrolled the streets in their patrol unit, 1-Adam-12. The goal of the show was to show the audience the real life of the police officers. The creators of the show, R.A. Cinader, and Jack Webb also created Dragnet.
Kurt Russell and his stunt double Dick Warlock together while filming Escape From New York in 1980
The action has to stop for a second to see the difference between Kurt Russell and his stunt double Dick Warlock. They were working on Escape From New York back in 1980 when this shot was taken. Warlock and Russell had a long history together, as he was actually Kurt Russell’s personal stunt double for over 25 years. They have worked together with extremely talented directors, like Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. Warlock is also known for another famous movie, Halloween II. He was wearing that pale, rubber William Shatner mask as horror icon Michael Myers. Warlock eventually retired in 2002 after a very active career reaching back to 1964 and settled down in Tennesse with his sons, Billy and Lance and his daughter, Rhonda.
Lee Majors with Farrah Fawcett and ladies on The Six Million Dollar Man in 1974
We can see Lee Majors posing as Steve Austin on this picture while working on the “The Six Million Dollar Man” alongside some lovely ladies. One of them was his wife, the beautiful and talented Farrah Fawcett Majors. She played Major Kelly Wood in the episode called Rescue of Athena One in ’74. The episode was about Majors’s character training America’s first female astronaut, Major Kelly Wood. A sudden explosion makes the plot a little more exciting, which makes Austin follow her up to the Skylab. We won’t spoiler it anymore, in case you want to watch it.
Lost In Space photo of Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, June Lockhart and Guy Williams.
A picture of the science fiction series, Lost in Space might seem rather childish nowadays, but back in their time, it was a highly sophisticated Sci-Fi. It only aired for 3 seasons from 1965. TV lovers were able to follow the Robinson Family around the cosmos, exploring the universe while getting into trouble. It also featured a Robot narrated by Dick Tufeld, who had superhuman strength, weapons from the future and human-like traits, such as happiness, sadness, and even sarcasm.
Eric Idle, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford clowning around, 1978
The Star Wars moves gave Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford world wide recognition, and they were both well-known actors at the time of the picture, while Eric Idle was just starting in the comedy world. His role in Monty Python made him an icon at a later stage. Hamill’s most successful role is still Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, but he wasn’t afraid to pick up his lightsaber in 2015 for the new episode. He also lent his voice to several characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, and Justice League Action. His more recent works include the Flash tv series, and a number of video games, including Lego Dimensions, Batman Arkham Knight, and Lego Marvel’s Avengers. Ford went on the be the most successful from the trio, playing lead roles in the Witness, Patriot Games, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, and American Graffiti just to mention a few.
Ursula Andress and Sean Connery sunbathing in the Bahamas while filming Dr. No in 1961
Honey Ryder, played by a beautiful Swiss actress Ursula Andress is, was and always will be the ultimate Bond Girl, according to many of the biggest James Bond fans. In this picture, taken in 1961, she is getting to know her partner, Sir Sean Connery a little better, while filming Dr. No. Sir Sean Connery wasn’t Ian Flaming’s first choice for the role of the 007. As the author of the James Bond novels, he had a very big influence on who would be playing his lead character. It was just after seeing how well Connery performed when he agreed to the cast. He was actually so amazed by Connery’s play, that he adapted a Scots background to all of his future books, based on Connery.
Mike Nesmith and Frank Zappa switching roles on a Monkees episode in 1967
In the Monkees Blow Their Minds episode, Mike Nesmith and Frank Zappa changed their roles around, playing each other. The storyline was simple: “Peter walks into The Great Oracullo’s House of Mysteries to find some inspiration and is turned into a psychic slave by drinking a cup of tea. Oracullo wants to headline at The Cassandra instead of the Monkees and use Peter, ruining the Monkees chances of getting the gig.” The Monkees series was on air between 1966 and 1968. Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones were the group responsible for it. They were given smaller roles in the recording studio when they started, but the earned their spot to supervise the musical output under the band’s name. They continued to record music till 1971.
Space Tokusatsu Series. Captain Ultra- with his sidekick Huck the Robot in 1967
Have you heard about Captain Ultra? He is posing in this picture! He is an intergalactic hero, from the Space Tokusatsu Series: Captain Ultra Kyaputen Urutora, a space adventure tv series. Huck the Robot, his every faithful and trustworthy companion is with him, as always! Tokyo Broadcasting System stared to air this series on April 16, 1967, and run thill September 24, entertaining the audience in 24 funfilled episodes. This rather short-lived space-age series was a memorable addition to the palette of the weird ’60s television.
Michelle Pfeiffer modeling designer diamond jewelry in a 1981 advertisement
Michelle Pfeiffer’s acting career reached unimaginable heights, yet started very slowly. In the early days, her gigs mainly consisted of modeling and small parts in films that didn’t achieve much: Falling in Love Again (1980) with Susannah York, The Hollywood Knights (1980), and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981). She wasn’t discovered until she was cast in Scarface (1983) as cocaine-addicted trophy wife Elvira Hancock. From that point on, her career took a big turn towards the spotlight. Pfeiffer was never afraid to admit that the start was a little bumpy. She had a fair view of her early days, she said: “I needed to learn how to act… in the meantime, I was playing bimbos and cashing in on my looks.”
Gene Simmons posing with a 13-year-old Brooke Shields at a Blondie party in 1979
An unlikely photo of Gene Simmons from Kiss and Brooke Shields, who was only 13 at the time. The picture was taken at a party at Bevery Hills in 1979. Shields was a child actress and model in those days, already famous from stirring up the audience with controversial roles in films like Pretty Baby, Blue Lagoon, and the cult classic Alice, Sweet Alice. While Simmons was known as “The Demon” of rock band KISS. He was also a controversial figure, who did everything from being on the widescreen, producing, to starting businesses. Maybe that’s why they had such a great time together!
One of the first supermodels in the ’60’s and ’70s, Countess Vera von Lehndorff-Steinort, also known as Veruschka.
Countess Vera von Lehndorff-Steinort, whose stage name was Veruschka was a very popular actress, model, and artist, in the ’60s. She was elevated to fame by photographer Ugo Mulas in Florence. Her career wields the girl with the most covers title, as she appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in 1967 and on the cover of all four major Vogue’s multiple times. She worked with household names such as the world-famous Salvador Dali and Peter Beard a well-known photographer. At her peak, she was earning around $10,000 a day, which is amazing money now, but imagine how much it’s worth in the ’60s!
David Lee Roth, Joan Rivers, Paul Reubens and Elton John together on The Joan Rivers Show in 1986
In this star-filled picture everyone can find someone to like from all kinds of fields. Paul Rubens also knows as PeeWee Herman standing next to, music legend Elton John, and David Lee Roth of Van Halen, all posing with comedian Joan Rivers. The stars were just about to appear on The Late Show With Joan Rivers back in 1986. Unfortunately, the show was canceled next year in 1987. After the cancellation, Rivers went on to host The Joan Rivers Show from 1989 until 1993. Her work was nominated for numerous Emmy Awards with Rivers herself winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1990.
U.S. soldier with pictures of his lady back home on his helmet in 1968.
We can all feel how this soldier felt on May 1, 1968, when this photograph was taken during the Vietnam War. His helmet band filled with photos of his sweetheart, a memory and an anchor to help him during these trying times. Most soldiers had something, an item, a photo, a letter, to remind them of home, to let them feel why they fight for, what is waiting for them when they return. While they were risking their lives in the jungle, people at home were protesting the conflict, demanding the safe return of the young American soldiers.
Judas Priest onstage in Oakland during their Sin After Sin Tour in 1977.
Judas Priest, a highly popular English heavy metal band has sold almost 50 million albums since its formation in 1968. Their pioneering and innovative music made them one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Their album promoting Sin After Sin Tour in 1977 was an immense success amongst fans. In just 4 months between April and July, they visited a number of big towns in England and Wales from where they made their way to the United States.
Ralph Henry Baer and Bill Harrison playing the first Ping Pong video game in 1969
Ralph Henry Baer ‘s work on the video game industry earned him the title: “Fater of Video Games”. He was a game developer, an engineer, and inventor, who revolutionized the way people think about video games, paving the way for countless hours of fun to come. He proposed the idea of using television screens for playing games years before actually trying it, but his boss rejected it. With the help of Bill Harrison, a video game guru, he developed eight hardware prototypes in 1966, which then became the world’s first in-home video game console.
Sophia Loren began her film career in 1950 at age 15. She credits her beauty to spaghetti
“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti,” the stunning Italian beauty once said. She started as a teen in the ’50s, but for a while she only had small, easy to forget parts. Her talent became clear later while acting as Cesira in “Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women”. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 with her performance, being the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language film. She spent more than six decades in the entertainment industry, appearing on our screens in more than 100 films and shows.
A 1968 Chevy ad for a Camaro Coupe SS with Rally Sport equipment, a Chevelle Coupe SS and a Corvette Sting Ray Convertible
Every youngster’s dream in the ’60s, the real American classic muscle car, Chevrolet Camaro! People with style and money were able to buy this 1967 bad boy model from September 1966. Two variants were available, a two-door coupe and a convertible. It was Chevy’s answer to the Ford Mustang and shared some major components to the Pontiac Firebird, which was also introduced in 1967. The Camaro had the same, conventional rear-drive, front-engine setup as the Mustang and the Chevy II Nova. Who else is ready to buy one, based on this advert above?
Squad 51 paramedics Johnny Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe)
The above photograph pictures the Squad 51, television paramedics Johnny Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) from the show Emergency! The show was merging elements of a medical drama with the action-adventure genre. It was created and produced by the same Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader who were responsible for the police dramas Adam-12 and Dragnet. The two stars of the series, Mantooth and Tighe’s characters were special trained firefighters, who were able to provide medical care for victims of car accidents, fires, and other disasters, and transporting them to medical facilities.
Swedish actress Ewa Aulin and an unrecognizable Marlon Brando in 1968
The film Candy from 1968 was written based on the novel by Mason Hoffenberg and Terry Southern published in1958. It was a surreal, psychedelic movie, one of many of that era. It had a similar feeling as the Yellow Submarine, The Trip, Psych-Out, and Head. The film was the 18th highest-grossing film of the year, and despite the mixed reviews, it became a cult classic. The plot is a satire on pornographic stores, picturing the misadventures of Candy, the naive heroine, brought on screen by Ewa Aulin. An eyewatering number of stars appeared in it: Enrico Maria Salerno, Charles Aznavour, James Coburn, Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Richard Burton, Walter Matthau, John Huston, Elsa Martinelli, and John Astin.
The cast of The Big Valley, A western series from 1965-69
The Big Valley was on television aired between September 1965 to May 1969 on ABC. An American Western series, with Barbara Stanwyck, who played Victoria Barkley. Her character was the widow of a wealthy California rancher from the 19th-century. Her co-stars were Linda Evans and Richard Long along with Peter Breck, and Lee Majors. They played her family in the series. Barbara Stanwyck won the Emmy for lead actress in 1966 for her brilliant play in the first season. She was also nominated for Golden Globe three times as Best TV Star between 1966 and 1968.
The Golddiggers from The Dean Martin Show in 1973
In 1973, an all-female singing and dancing troupe debuted on the Dean Martin Show, the Golddiggers. They became part of the summer series over three seasons, and played with Martin on the show and in his nightclub, but also performed their own show at different venues. They were highly popular and sought after, they even took part in Bob Hope’s iconic Christmas tours. They played together from 1968 till 1973, and although some still use “The Golddiggers” as their stage performance name, most of the ladies started their own solo career.
Kato & The Green Hornet chewing Some Bubble Gum in 1966
Some series, even canceled ones are worth remembering. The Green Hornet is one of these. Even though it was a one-season tv show, with only 26 episodes on ABC, it became a cult with guest appearances, crossovers, comic books and movie serials following the original radios series from the 1930s. The ’60s version starred Van Williams as the Green Hornett, and Bruce Lee as Kato. They appeared together in a TV series with Batman.
The Harlettes were Bette Midler’s backup singers in the late 70’s – early 80’s
The Harlettes in full form, Katey Sagal, Linda Hart, and Franny McCartney from 1978. They were backup singers for Bette Midler in the late ’70s and into the early ’80s and the set up has changed several times since their initial formation in ’71. They all became successful in the entertainment business after they left the formation. Katey Sagal became Peg Bundy on Married with Children, a role which brought huge fame to her. Hart chose Broadway, debuting in 1987 in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. McCartney released her own album in 2011 “As Is” after being supporting vocalists for Gene Simmons from KISS, Bob Dylan, Tanya Tucker, Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross, just to name a couple of well-known artists.
The lovely Linda Ronstadt performing onstage in 1975
Who has 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award? Linda Ronstadt. She earned all of these during her substantial music career with her talent, her personality, and her hard work. On top of all that, the majority of her albums have been certified gold, platinum and even multi-platinum in the United States and internationally. She has over 30 studio albums and 15 greatest hits albums. Her career ended with retirement in 2011, due to an illness which made her unable to sing. Nevertheless, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities. What a career that is!
1968 photo of Jim Morrison taken by Paul Ferrara at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
It is refreshing to see Jim Morrison, chilling out at the Griffith Observatory. His mysterious death at the age of 27 elevated him to a different dimension of fame and success. Some would say he joined the 27-Club of cursed rockstars, who died at the same age. His death was recorded as an overdose, which strangely enough isn’t supported by an autopsy. This picture was taken by Paul Ferrara, who was working with Morrison on numerous occasions. His work included the Doors album cover, Waiting for the Sun, and Morrison’s 1969 film HWY: An American Pastoral.
Tom Petty with a mustache in 1976.
Thomas Earl Petty knew what was the ’70s about. In this picture, he shows off his new mustache, blending into the era’s men’s fashion. He was the lead singer and songwriter of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers while also co-founded the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. He was a skilled musician, playing on multiple instruments at a very high level. He recorded a number of hit singles both in solo and with the Heartbreakers. He sold more than 80 million records worldwide during his substantial career, which made him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He earned his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Who had one of these back in 1977?
While today we all have supercomputer level smartphones, nothing explains more the 70s than a handled, electronic football game by Mattel Electronics. It was part of their “pocket” game series, a number of computer-controlled handheld devices made for entertaining the people on the go. They initially produced only 100,000 units and sold them through Sears, but by 1978 the had to make more than 500,00 units per week.
Young rockers Def Leppard, with their original member Pete Willis, in 1979
Even rock bands like Def Leppard need time to attract an audience and be well known. Their story starts in 1977, but the success came only in the ’80s and early ’90s. Their track, “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” became one of the first rock music videos played on MTV in 1982. Their next album, Pyromania from 1983 was full of hits and made it to the top to become 10x Platinum in the United States alone. The went through some personnel changes, but as of 1992, the band members were: Rick Allen (backing vocals and drums), Rick Savage (backing vocals and bass), Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Vivian Campbell (backing vocals and guitar). Phil Collen (backing vocals and guitar).