Try Not To Gasp - Vintage Images Capture Way More Than Expected
By | November 18, 2022
Collected here are groovy images that will make you want to curl up and relax with over sized bowl of cereal and television shows old. Who couldn’t go for a painting lesson with Bob Ross while listening to some funky tunes or a binge-watching session of Happy Days, or I Love Lucy? Come flip through these photos and pick out what favorite pastime you’re going to hunker down with this weekend.
Mickey singer Toni Basil was a dancer on Shindig! in 1964 and a choreographer for films like American Graffiti
Pictured here is a stunning Antonia Christina Basilotta, better known by her stage name Toni Basil. The singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million-selling worldwide 1982 hit "Mickey", which reached No 1 in several countries.
Her choreography work includes American Graffiti (1973), The Rose (1979), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Something to Talk About (1995), That Thing You Do (1996), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), Legally Blonde (2001), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003), Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and The House Bunny (2008).
'Miss America 1959' Mary Ann Mobley was in the Old Man Out episode of Mission Impossible. (1966)
Mary Ann Mobley went from being Miss America in 1959, to undercover rescue missions as a trapeze artist named Crystal Walker in an episode of Mission Impossible in 1966. In the episode “Old Man Out” Briggs & Co. pose as a small circus in efforts to rescue an elderly cardinal who has been taken prisoner by an Eastern European country. Briggs ends up recruiting former-flame (Crystal) who is also a trapeze artist. She accompanies Briggs and the IMF on their mission.
Brigitte Bardot strumming on her guitar at a beach party in Saint-Tropez, 1967.
Here is a great photo of Brigitte Bardot strumming on her guitar at a beach party in Saint-Tropez, back in 1967. The stunning beauty is best remembered for her modeling for obvious reasons but during the 1960s, Bardot tried her hand at music as well. She recorded hits with the French vocalist/songwriter/lounge-man Serge Gainsbourg and released her own albums like Brigitte Bardot Sings and Special Bardot. Model, actress, activist, author, and singer… the multi-talented sex-symbol and fashion icon just had that je ne sais quoi that had even The Beatles idolizing her.
Julie Christie in 1961.
Here stands the ever-so-stunning actress Julie Christie, back in 1961. She was an icon of the "swinging London" era of the 1960s and has been honored considerably over the years for her masterful performances. She has won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Her list of film credits include titles such as, her breakthrough film Billy Liar (1963), Darling (1965), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Doctor Zhivago which was the eighth highest-grossing film of all time (after adjustment for inflation).
She also starred in classics like Fahrenheit 451 (1966), Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Petulia (1968), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Don't Look Now (1973), Shampoo (1975), and Heaven Can Wait (1978).
Peter Fonda with his first wife Susan, son Justin and daughter Bridget in 1969.
Here we have a family photo of Peter Fonda with his first wife Susan, son Justin and daughter Bridget back in 1969. Peter was no stranger to fame growing up, he is the son of Henry Fonda, and younger brother of Jane Fonda. He went on to become an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s with his indie hit Easy Rider.
The 1969 film was co-written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern. Fonda produced it and Hopper directed. In it, Fonda and Hopper star as two bikers who smuggling cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles and then have to travel back with the drug money. The notion of 'free love' is explored as is drug experimentation. Easy Rider became a landmark counterculture film, often referred to as a "touchstone for a generation" that "captured the national imagination. "
John Belushi, Carrie Fisher & Dan Aykroyd on the set of The Blues Brothers 1980
Family Ties cast in the first season (1982)
Pictured here is the cast of the sitcom Family Ties it aired 1982 to 1989. The series reflected the transition from the cultural liberalism of the 1960s and 1970s to the conservatism of the 1980s. It starred Michael J. Fox as a young young Republican (Alex P. Keaton) and his ex-hippie parents Steven and Elyse Keaton (portrayed by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter). Even if you haven’t seen it, you can guess what the family dynamics were like.
The show won multiple awards, including three consecutive Emmy Awards for Michael J. Fox as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Other members of the family include Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton, Tina Yothers as Jennifer Keaton, and later Brian Bonsall as Andy" Keaton (seasons 5–7).
Formula One World Champion Jackie Stewart wearing an early helmet camera to capture on-board footage, 1966.
Pictured here is Sir John Young "Jackie" Stewart, the former Formula One racing driver. As you can see here, the man dubbed "Flying Scot", is wearing an early version of a helmet camera to capture onboard footage.
He competed in Formula One, winning three World Drivers' Championships. Twice he finished as runner-up over those nine seasons and in 1966, he narrowly missed out on a win at the Indianapolis 500. He competed in the Can-Am series and was instrumental in improving the safety of motor racing, campaigning for track upgrades and medical facilities.
1971's A Clockwork Orange with Malcolm McDowell, earned the title of cult classic, and rightfully so as a thought-provoking film with a dark sense of humor.
Elvis performing on stage in 1972, wearing his iconic white and rhinestone covered jumpsuit with cape.
Here he is, in all his caped sparkling glory, The King, Elvis Presley. But why did he love jumpsuits so much?
It’s known that Elvis found tuxedos too stuffy and most stage performers were wearing them. There are also rumors that while rehearsing in “normal clothes” he split his pants a few too many times and decided he needed something that provided a bit more room for movement. No matter the reason, he commissioned Bill Belew to make the now infamous "Elvis Jumpsuit" in all its flashy glory.
One thing about it that wasn’t Elvis' idea, was the high collars, that was all Belew. High collars were more of a feminine thing at the time but Belew felt Elvis was the one man who could rock them and he was right
Who remembers playing with the early Hot Wheels Redlines, track sets, talking service station, Zowees and other cool accessories
Remember playing with these? Hot Wheels Redlines are huge collectibles now. One of those old-school, red, custom Chevy Camaros could set you back about $200 bucks now!
These forever popular die-cast toy cars were introduced by Mattel back in 1968. They were the primary competitor of Matchbox cars until around 1997 when Mattel bought Tyco Toys… who owned Matchbox at the time. Just about all the big car manufacturers out there have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, they even allow the use of their original design blueprints and detailing.
Barbara Hershey was in a relationship with David Carradine from 1969-1975 and they had a son, Free Carradine.
Pictured here are actress Barbara Hershey and actor David Carradine and their son, Free Carradine (who has changed his name to Tom). They met in 1969 while working on Heaven with a Gun and lived together until 1975. They had their son and appeared in multiple films together and even did a Playboy spread together, recreating some sex scenes from the film Boxcar Bertha. Sadly their relationship fell apart in 1974, around the time Carradine was arrested for burglary arrest and had begun having an affair with Season Hubley.
Actress Sela Ann Ward was a Bama Cheerleader and Homecoming Queen back in 1976.
Actress, author, and producer Sela Ann Ward had her breakthrough TV role as Teddy Reed in the drama series Sisters (1991–96), for which she received her first Prime time Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She received her second Prime time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for the leading role of Lily Manning in series Once and Again (1999–2002). Ward later played Stacy Warner in the hit medical drama House, and starred as Jo Danville in CSI: NY (2010–2013).
Clint Eastwood and Jayne Mansfield on an airplane on the way to attend the 1962 Barbary Coast Fandango as judges for a costume contest.
Pictured here is actor, director, Clint Eastwood and bombshell Jayne Mansfield traveling together back in 1962. They two icons were the guest stars at San Francisco’s Barbary Coast Fandango, an Old West-themed festival that was sponsored by The San Francisco Chronicle and California Historical Society. They were asked to judge their costume contest along with artist Lorrie Bunker, and supervisors Peter Tamaras and Charles Ertola.
Among the attractions at the event was that attendees could ride a Wells Fargo stagecoach that was robbed 15 times by Black Bart. They could pan for gold, or literally try to find a needle in a haystack to win a sewing machine.The last day of the Fandango, Mansfield was tasked with presenting a trophy to the winners of the fast draw competition.
Baseball greats Pete Rose & Johnny Bench served with the US Army Reserve unit in Ft. Thomas, KY in 1968.
Here’s a snapshot of Baseball greats Pete Rose and Johnny Bench, who both served with the US Army Reserve unit in Ft. Thomas, KY back in 1968. Pete Rose played in Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989. He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award.
Johnny Bench was a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench is a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player. He was also instrumental in six division title wins, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. ESPN named him the greatest catcher in baseball history.
Here's something you don't see every day, Santa Claus and Alice Cooper playing ping-pong together! 1972
The Animals had their first No. 1 hit single in 1964 with House of the Rising Sun
In 1979, Mork became the first male cheerleader in Broncos history, in an actual game against the Patriots in front of more than 74K fans at Mile High Stadium, for a Mork & Mindy episode.
This iconic moment in pop culture all began when actor/comedian Robin Williams squeezed into a Broncos cheering uniform back in November 1979 for the 37th episode of Mork & Mindy. In a white sequined mini-skirt, a pair of go-go boots, and an orange neckerchief, Williams pranced around in front of a crowd of around 74,000 people.
Even though it was a stunt for the show, technically, in doing so, Williams became the first male Broncos cheerleader in history. With Robins sparkling on the sidelines, the Broncos were given all the motivation beat the Patriots 45-10.
Miami Dolphins RB Larry Csonka (1968-74 & '79) was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1987.
Pictured here is Lawrence Richard "Larry" Csonka, former professional football fullback. After highschool and then college ball, Csonka was the No. 1 pick by the American Football League's Miami Dolphins in the 1968 Common Draft.
He signed a three-year contract but his career off to a shaky start. It was only the fifth game of the 1968 season, vs. Buffalo, when he suffered a concussion and spent two days in the hospital. Just three weeks later, he suffered yet another concussion, On top of that, he also had a ruptured eardrum and a broken nose. He missed three games in 1968 and then three more in 1969.
But he recovered and went on to a perfect season with the Miami Dolphins in 1972 and won Super Bowl championships in 1972 and 1973. He was inducted to both the College Football Hall of Fame (1989) and Pro Football Hall of Fame (1987).
Who else used to eat Alpha Bits cereal growing up in the 60's and 70's
Ah yes, the sixties and seventies were the golden era for cereal as well as music and television. These two decades served up oh so many bowls of pure sugar for breakfast and many of them remain popular favorites today.
Alpha-Bits were a popular Saturday morning cartoon companion, they were made by Post Foods, and were frosted alphabet-shaped multi-grain cereal bits. In the 90’s Post rolled out Marshmallow Alpha-Bits as well.
The cereal was originally introduced in 1958, was taken off the market in 2006, then rose from the ashes in 2008 with a "0% Sugar!” “Limited Edition" version.... The old recipe was reintroduced later in 2008.
Ann Jillian is best known for her role as the vampy Cassie Cranston on the 1980's sitcom It's a Living
While Ann Jillian is best known for her role as the vampy Cassie Cranston on It’s a Living, she has also appeared in more than 25 films, mostly for television. Her performance in the 80’s series however, did bring her into national prominence and elevated Jillian to sex symbol status. The sitcom only aired for two seasons, ABC cancelled it due to low ratings and it was then sold into syndication (where it did surprisingly well).
Aside from It’s a Living, she portrayed Mae West in a 1982 made-for-television film and was nominated for a lead actress Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance. In 1983, she appeared in Mr. Mom with Michael Keaton and Teri Garr. That same year, she also appeared in the miniseries Malibu, which starred Kim Novak, Eva Marie Saint and James Coburn. Then she landed her own sitcom, Jennifer Slept Here, in which she played a ghost in a variation on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir.
Harper Valley P.T.A was a sitcom based on the 1978 film of the same name, Barbara Eden played Stella Johnson in the 1981-82 series.
Here is actress Barbara Eden while playing one of her more popular roles, Stella Johnson in Harper Valley P.T.A.. It was first a film that was then later adapted into a television series of the same name, which also starred Eden.
Barbara Eden had her big film debut back in 1956's “Back from Eternity.” She did a series of unremarkable films before landing what would become her most memorable; Jeannie in “I Dream of Jeannie”. The show was wildly popular, coming in second only to Bewitched for the span of five years. In addition to the 139 episodes she played as the beloved genie, she also donned a brunette wig to portray Jeannie's evil sister. After Jeannie, Eden filmed the unaired pilot of “The Barbara Eden Show” and the pilot for “The Toy Game."
We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents. Who else watched 'The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross' on PBS...
We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents...'The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross' was the best. How could anyone not love this guy, his epic afro, and all his ‘happy little trees’? For a half hour, Bob Ross, who was just the epitome of ‘chill’ would make these beautiful landscapes while talking viewers through the process. Ross just had this almost contagious calm about him and such an easy and approach to what would normally seem like complex oil painting techniques. The show ran from January 11, 1983 until May 17, 1994 and in this time, it won three Emmy Awards.
Michelle Pfeiffer played a sorority girl on Delta House, a short-lived spinoff of the film Animal House. 1979
Fonzie's flame, Pinky Tuscadero (Roz Kelly) posing by her ride and her man on Happy Days 1976
Here’s a shot of Carol "Pinky" Tuscadero, (Roz Kelly) striking a pose next to her ride on Happy Days. Pinky was an old romantic flame of Fonzie's, and she appears in three episodes; "Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 1", "Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 2" and "Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 3". Over the course of the ‘Pinky episodes’, she taught Fonzie a valuable lesson, and that is, not to be sexist. Pinky helped Fonzie win a demolition derby challenge, she can fix cars, and she rides a (pink) motorbike–which she can do tricks with.
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with guest Rick Springfield in 1972.
After the release of their first album with their hit single, “I Got You, Babe,” back in 1965, Sonny and Cher’s popularity skyrocketed. The couple began making television appearances and even more performances. It didn’t take long for the couple to get their own show.
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was a variety show starring the famous couple and ran from August of 1971 until May of 1974. It was canceled do to the couple's divorce, though the duo reunited in 1976 until 1977 for The Sonny & Cher Show, which had an identical format to their old show.
America is a soft rock band formed in England in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley. Their dads were stationed at the U.S. Air Force base in London.
The soft rock band, America was formed in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. They spent the rest of the decade achieving significant popularity after releasing a string of hit albums and singles. Their debut 1971 album, America, included the transatlantic hits "A Horse with No Name" and "I Need You". Followed by hits such as "Ventura Highway" Hat Trick, and "Muskrat Love". In 1975 they had a number one single with "Sister Golden Hair" alongside "Daisy Jane." Their compilation album, History: America's Greatest Hits, was released the same year and was certified multi-platinum in the United States and Australia.
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) - Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine were a funny pair in this western!
Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western starring Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood. In it, an American mercenary gets mixed up with a nun on the run and the two become good friends. Sister Sara is raising money to assist Mexican revolutionaries who are fighting the French.
It received (mostly) favorable reviews, for example, Roger Greenspun of the New York Times reported, "I'm not sure it is a great movie, but it is very good and it stays and grows on the mind the way only movies of exceptional narrative intelligence do"
Michael Ontkean, Georg Stanford Brown, Sam Melville and Kate Jackson were in the TV series, The Rookies (1972-76)
The Rookies was a police procedural series that aired between 1972 until 1976. As could be predicted from the title, it follows the follows the exploits of three rookie cops. More specifically, the series centers around officers, Danko (Sam Melville), Webster (Georg Stanford), Gillis (Michael Ontkean), and their superior Lieutenant Ryker (Gerald S. O'Loughlin) at the Southern California Police Department. Kate Jackson played Registered Nurse Jill Danko, officer Danko’s wife. The show depicted highly dramatized versions of police cases and often intertwined work with the officer’s home lives. It was during the show’s third season that a two-part episode (entitled "S.W.A.T.") aired on and it served as the pilot for the spin-off series S.W.A.T.
Pink Floyd's 'Crazy Diamond' Syd Barrett posing with a mouthful of sugar cubes in 1967.
Here's a random shot of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett posing with a mouthful of sugar cubes back in 1967. Pink Floyd was originally formed in London, but their progressive and psychedelic music quickly achieved international success. They distinguished themselves from other psychedelic groups of the time with their philosophical lyrics, extended compositions, and elaborate live shows. Not only did they become one of the most commercially successful groups of the era, but also one of the most influential groups in music history.
Linda Evans in 1964. Joan Rivers said about her, She is one of the only people in the business I've never heard anything negative about.
Evans first gained notoriety for playing Audra Barkley in the Western television series, The Big Valley, which ran from 1965 to 1969. Prior to that, she played guest roles in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Wagon Train, and Outlaws. She appeared in a slew of detective shows throughout the 1970s, such as The Rockford Files, Mannix, Harry O, Banacek, McCloud and McMillan & Wife.
In 1980 she co-starred in one of Steve McQueen's final films, the western Tom Horn and then she landed the role of Krystle Carrington, in ABC’s iconic soap opera Dynasty (from 1981 until 1989).
Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Ashley Pfister (Linda Purl), a divorcee and mom of a 6 yr old girl, who becomes his steady girlfriend. 1982
Behind the scenes of Superman with Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve in 1978.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the iconic superhero film Superman (1978) with Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve. Directed by Richard Donner and based on the DC Comics character of the same name, Superman depicts Superman's origin story, including his infancy as Kal-El of Krypton, his years in the town of Smallville, and his life as (disguised) reporter Clark Kent, who develops a romance with Lois Lane.
At the time of its release, it was the most expensive film made with a budget of $55 million.It was met with critical and financial success, bringing in worldwide box-office earnings of $300 million dollars, making it the second-highest-grossing release of the year.
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters was series about a lovable sea monster-Sigmund-who befriends three kids Johnny, Scotty and Robyn. 1973-75
Robert Conrad as frontier secret agent James West in The Wild Wild West from 1965-69.
Cactus Jack Slade (Kirk Douglas) is the meanest bad man in the West or so he thinks in the western-comedy, The Villain. 1979
Here’s Kirk Douglas as "Cactus" Jack Slade back in the 1979 western-comedy The Villain. It all starts with a bank robbery gone awry, Cactus Jack ends up busted and facing a hangman's noose until the corrupt bank owner offers him a job. All Jack has to do is steal a strongbox full of money to ensure a mining operation defaults on its loan, allowing our "friendly" banker to take over the mine for himself. What could go wrong… right?
Ms. Charming Jones (Ann-Margret) comes to town to collect the money and take it back and to ensure the money makes it back, she’s got some muscle on her side, Handsome Stranger (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Who just so happens to be the toughest and strongest hero in the west.
Here's a great football film, The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds in 1974.
The 1974 American sports comedy The Longest Yard, follows a former NFL player (Burt Reynolds) recruiting a group of prisoners and playing football against their guards. The film was shot on location at Georgia State Prison and it featured many real-life football players, including Green Bay Packers legend Ray Nitschke. The film was quite the success, critics and audiences seemed to enjoy it, and it earned $22 million in North America and has since, been remade three times.
In the film, The Owl and the Pussycat Barbra Streisand was supposed to have her first topless scene, she backed out. 1970
The romantic comedy, The Owl and the Pussycat starred Barbra Streisand and George Segal. Streisand’s role was that of the uneducated actress, model, and part-time prostitute, who is living with an aspiring writer (Segal) temporarily. Their obvious differences could easily work against them but over time they start to admire each other.
The film was an instant hit, grossing $23,681,338 (domestic), making it the 12th highest-grossing film of 1970. It then went on to gross $11,645,000 in rentals bring the grand total up to $35,326,338.
John Saxon is an American actor and martial artist who has worked on more than 200 projects over the last 60 years.
Playboy model and cover girl Barbi Benton in the late 70's.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and model Barbi Benton were in a long-term relationship. The two lovebirds met back in 1968 on the set of his TV show, Playboy After Dark. She was 18, still very deep in her studies, and he was 42 years-old and well into his career. She initially wasn't interested, college kept her busy, the age difference troubled her, and she did have a college sweetheart already. But this is Hef we’re talking about here, he wore her down. It took from 1968 to 1976 but he did get her to travel the globe with him and eventually over into the mansion. But he couldn’t stay faithful and her music career began to take off. She knew he couldn’t remain loyal while she was on tour, he couldn’t even remain loyal while she was in the next room. She moved out but they kept in touch and were said to always have a love and deep connection to each other.
Racecar royalty, NASCAR legends Kyle and Richard Petty in 1976.
Richard Lee Petty, nicknamed The King, is a former NASCAR driver who won the NASCAR Championship seven times! Statistically, he is the most accomplished driver in the history. He won a record 200 races during his career (the Daytona 500 a record seven times). Petty was a second generation driver his father is Lee Petty, who won the first Daytona 500 back in 1959 and was a three-time NASCAR champion. Pictured here Is Richard Petty with his son Kyle, who is also a well-known NASCAR driver now too.
Here's Johnny...coming up the stairs- behind the scenes with Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980)
Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name, The Shining as a film envisioned by Stanley Kubrick is a staple in the horror movie genre. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, who decides a job as the off-season caretaker of the very creepy and isolated Overlook Hotel, will be the perfect opportunity to write his book. Unfortunately for Jack, his wife Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) and son Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd), the hotel has a dark past and is haunted by violent spirits who have decided they want the Torrence's to stay forever and ever.
Cybill Shepherd was a Cover Girl model in 1970.
Pictured here is a young Cybill Shepherd back in her cover model days. She was named “Miss Teenage Memphis” during the Memphis Model of the Year contest in 1966, became a fashion icon, and a spokesperson for L’Oreal. She graced the covers of many popular magazines and made a smooth transition into acting.
In 1971 she was Jacy in The Last Picture Show, she played Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid in 1972, and then she got the role of Betsy in Taxi Driver in 1976. From there her popularity continued to bloom, she spent a chunk of the 1980s as Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting, before landing her own show Cybill which ran from 1995–1998.
Hostess Helen Reddy and guest Roger Daltrey chatting on The Midnight Special in 1975.
Here is The Midnight Special Hostess, Helen Reddy chatting it up with guest Roger Daltrey back in 1975. The Midnight Special was a late-night musical variety series that broadcasted during the 1970s and early 1980s.
The program has occasional performances from comedians such as Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman, and George Carlin. It also featured live musical acts, which was unusual at the time. Most live music television performances were actually lip-synching to prerecorded music. Although towards the end of its run, The Midnight Special did begin to use lip-synched performances as well.
Charlene Tilton played Lucy Ewing in Dallas (1978)
Actress and singer Charlene Tilton is best known for playing Lucy Ewing on the television series Dallas. Lucy was the granddaughter of John "Jock" Ewing Sr. and the former Eleanor "Ellie" Southworth and quite the little vixen. She played Lucy from 1978 to 1985 and from 1988 to 1990. At the height of her popularity on Dallas, she was paid $50,000 per episode and appeared on 500 magazine covers. He wedding episode in 1981 drew 65 million viewers! She also made an appearance in an episode of the series' spin-off Knots Landing in 1980.
The time when John Lennon brought his son Julian to meet the cast of Happy Days, 1974.
Here's one of the coolest photos in pop culture history. John Lennon of the Beatles and his son Julian meeting the cast of then-popular television series, Happy Days back in 1974.
Filmed in the 70's but set in the 50's, Happy Days was meant to be a television show of nostalgia. It followed the charmed lives of the Cunningham family during simpler times. Through Richie Cunningham, Potsie, and legendary greaser Fonzie, audiences are given a glimpse into a teenage past full of milkshakes, sock hops, and jukeboxes.
Two fan favorites were Henry Winkler (Fonzie) and Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) both of whom went on to have very successful, high-profile careers. Both men continued acting and eventually began directing and producing projects as well.
A young Micky Dolenz as Corky in Circus Boy with a monkey, before he was a Monkee. 1956-58
It’s one of the Monkees with a monkey! Pictured here is a young Micky Dolenz back when he was just starting out in showbiz. The child actor first stepped out into the public eye on a show called Circus Boy back in 1956. He played Corky, an orphaned water boy who worked at the circus. The show ended in 1958 but fortunately, his career was not.
Dolenz was cast in The Monkees along with Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. The show debuted in 1965 and featured on music numbers, slapstick, and absurd comedy. Dolenz’s distinctive vocals became part of the band's signature sound. He stood out and was really able to shine with songs like “I'm a Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I'm a Believer,” “Words,” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”
Who remembers the TV series Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot back in 1967-68
Giant Robo, known as Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot in the United States, is a manga and tokusatsu series consisting of 26-episodes. The English-dubbed version of the series was developed by Reuben Guberman. The series is notable for its interesting array of kaiju, ranging from your standard sea monster to the outright outlandish beasts. Strange creatures, campy acting, and special effects Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot is unforgettable.
Dean Martin, Diahann Carroll and Frank Sinatra on The Dean Martin Show, 1965.
Here we have Dean Martin, Diahann Carroll and Frank Sinatra on The Dean Martin Show, back in 1965. The Dean Martin Show, (not to be confused with the Dean Martin Variety Show) and its iconic theme song, his 1964 hit "Everybody Loves Somebody", ran from (1959–1960).
Martin initially wasn’t all that excited to do the show he didn’t want it cutting into movie opportunities and nightclub performances. So he deliberately gave studio executive outrageous terms and much to his surprise the network agreed. So... as they say, the show must go on!
H.R. Pufnstuf was a 1969-70 TV series about the adventures of Jimmy, a boy trapped in a fantasy land with a dragon and evil Witchiepoo.
The children’s fantasy television series, H.R. Pufnstuf is a children's television series was a live-action, life-sized-puppet program. There were seventeen episodes that originally broadcasted from September of 1969, to December of 1969. It was first ranked #22 and then later #27 on TV Guide's Top Cult Shows Ever.
The series was pretty psychedelic and full of nods to the stoner-culture. In it, a young boy named Jimmy, is trapped on the magical Living Island, where pretty much everything can talk and he’s hounded by an evil witch. The evil Witchiepoo is always trying to steal Jimmy’s magic talking golden flute, named Freddy, and with the help of the friendly dragon, H.R. Pufnstuf, Jimmy tries to escape and return home.
Lucille Ball relaxing by the pool with her husband Gary Morton, and her kids Lucie and Desi. 1965
Anybody remember when 'Kaptain Kool and the Kongs' hosted The Krofft Supershow back in 1976-78?
Remember this groovy gang from the children’s variety show called The Krofft Supershow? It featured Kaptain Kool and the Kong, and other cool live-action segments, skits, and songs. For the first season, Kaptain Kool and the Kongs were this wacky glam rock band but then in season two, they did some ‘rebranding’. Their entire image was ‘toned down’ quite a few notches and they even downsized from a five- to a four-person band. The show itself was also notable for filming its segments in-studio with an audience of children.
Digging the funky fashion of pop supergroup ABBA in the 70's
My oh my, check out the funky fashion of pop supergroup ABBA back in the 70's! They are glistening. The Swedish pop group was formed in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The name ABBA was derived from the first letter in each of their names and they went on to become one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music. They consistently topped charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. With estimates ranging from over 140 to over 500 million sold records Abba is one of the best-selling bands in the US and from outside the English-speaking world. They are also, the best-selling band of all time from continental Europe.
The cast of TV series, Operation Petticoat including John Astin and Jamie Lee Curtis. 1977-79
Pictured here is the cast of the television series, Operation Petticoat including John Astin and a very young Jamie Lee Curtis. The show ran from 1977 to 1979 and is best described as “hijinks on the high seas” after a United States submarine has to take a group of female nurses aboard. At one point the sub actually gets painted pink!
The show probably would have lasted longer if they didn’t basically replace the entire cast for the show's second season. The rating plummeted after that and naturally, cancellation soon followed.
We're An American Band! The trio Grand Funk Railroad have been making music since 1972.
Look how happy they are! They just don’t make bands that happy nowadays. But the Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes referred to as Grand Funk, have been making music since 1972. They were really popular all throughout the 1970s, as David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine once said, "You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!"
They were always crowd-pleasers though they didn't really receive all that much critical acclaim. Their album Closer to Home, for example, was certified multi-platinum despite a complete lack of critical approval... That's probably what they're smiling about in this picture.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali once called Hank Aaron The only man I idolize more than myself
Hank Aaron, nicknamed "Hammer", is a now-retired American Major League Baseball right fielder who boxing legend Muhammad Ali once admitted to idolizing more than himself.
Aaron played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL).
He held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. Aaron consistently at least 24 home runs each year from 1955 through 1973. He is currently the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves and is ranked 5th on The Sporting News "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list.
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, shortened to Dr. Hook in 1975, were an American rock band from New Jersey.
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, shortened to Dr. Hook in 1975, were an American rock band from New Jersey. What is a really cool things about them was that in addition to their own material they also perform songs that were written by the poet Shel Silverstein.
They had considerable success in the 70s with eight years of regular chart hit singles like "Sylvia's Mother", "The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'", "A Little Bit More", "Sharing the Night Together", and "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman".
Too Close for Comfort was a sitcom where a conservative cartoonist (Ted Knight) who is also a very overprotective dad, rents an apartment to his two grown daughters. 1980-83
The sitcom, Too Close for Comfort, aired on ABC from 1980 to 1983 and was modeled after the British series Keep It in the Family. Its name was later changed to The Ted Knight Show when it was retooled for its final season. It stars Ted Knight as Henry Rush, Nancy Dussault as Muriel Rush, Deborah Van Valkenburgh as Jackie Rush, and Lydia Cornell as Sara Rush.
In it, “Jackie and Sarah Rush are two grown sisters who live in half of a duplex. Their parents, Henry and Muriel, live in the other half. Though one might think this proximity may be fun, both sides often feel that it's "too close for comfort", in this half-hour situation comedy.”
Two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the forces of THRUSH. (1964-68)
The spy-fiction television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. They work for secret intelligence agency U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). U.N.C.L.E.'s primary adversary was T.H.R.U.S.H., who in typical villain fashion, aimed to conquer the world. This series is actually credited with leading the spy-fiction craze on television, and by 1966 there were nearly a dozen imitators. There was also a direct spin-off series, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., a novel, comic book series, and merchandising.
Tripper (Bill Murray) is the head counselor at a budget summer camp called Camp Northstar in Meatballs 1979.
Who could forget the classic 1979 comedy Meatballs, in which Bill Murray made his first film appearance in a starring role as the lead counselor Tripper Harrison? This film was also the launching point of director Ivan Reitman, whose later comedies included Stripes (1981) and Ghostbusters (1984), both starring Murray.
In it, Tripper takes on a group of new counselors-in-training (CITs) at Camp North Star while engineering practical jokes at the expense of Camp director Morty Melnick– like being taken from his cabin in the middle of the night and relocated to an unusual place.