This photograph captures the goofy antics of the band, ‘The Warlocks’—most known by their later name, the Grateful Dead—taken while gathered in the Bay Area in 1965. Formed in 1964, ‘The Warlocks’ performed their very first gig in 1965. A year after the group’s first performance, the band would change their name to what most fans know today: The Grateful Dead.
An eclectic fusion of rock, psychedelia, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae and space rock, the Grateful Dead is most known for its “lengthy live jam sessions” and unique musical style, one which has captured the hearts of so many devoted fans, that followers of the band were given their own nickname: ‘Deadheads.’ In 1995, Jerry Garcia, the band’s leading guitarist, tragically passed away at the age of 53. Despite the loss of the band’s much-loved co-founding member, the Grateful Dead still continues to tour today, performing under the name “Dead and Company.”
In the Studio: The Beatles and Yoko Ono, 1969
The below photo shows one of the most iconic rock legends, John Lennon with partner Yoko Ono, in a recording studio, listening to a song recorded for the film, “Let it Be Back”, in 1969. Despite the band's massive success all over the world, money and success don't always lead to happiness.
Especially in 1969, tensions were high during many of the band’s recording sessions, and it was no secret that the members of this British Invasion band were constantly at odds with each other. For Lennon, his addiction to heroin and Yoko Ono brought even more problems to the bands’ dynamic, as he was unwilling to ever be apart from Ono, since he considered them a “package deal.”
Karen Carlson Smiles for the Camera - First Primetime Episode ‘The Dating Game’, 1966
Smile for the camera! The photo below captures a whimsical moment on the hit game show, “The Dating Game.” Its first episode aired on ABC on December 20th, 1965, and lasted until July 6th, 1973. The game show's host, Jim Lange, remained The Dating Game’s host for the entirety of the series’ run on ABC network. In 1986, the show was revived for another three seasons. While Elaine Joyce hosted the revival show’s first season, the remaining two seasons were hosted by Jeff MacGregor.
While on air, “The Dating Game” was frequently paired with “The Newlywed Game,” especially when both the shows were running in syndication. In fact, these two game shows were so often paired together, that when they were revived in 1996, they were sold together as a package deal with the joint name, “The Dating-Newlywed Hour.” The daytime version of this show is widely known as the first ABC broadcast regularly shown in color.
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Queen Parody “Another One Rides the Bus,” Recorded Live on the Dr. Demento Show, 1980
Pictured below is internationally recognized musical parody artist Weird Al Yankovic (right), goofily posing alongside Barret Eugene Hansen (aka “Dr. Demento”) during the comedian’s 1980 recording of his Queen parody, “Another One Rides the Bus,” performed live on the Dr. Demento Show. Most known for his comedic remakes of popular songs and lyrics, Yankovic is internationally recognized for his eccentric image in the public eye and his uniquely goofy fashion sense.
According to Yankovic, it was his love of Elton John and his album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” in the 1970s that led him to want to learn how to play rock and roll songs on the accordion. As for his comedic influences and parody music, Yankovic credits artist like Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein, and Frank Zappa, as well as “all the other wonderfully sick and twisted artists that he was exposed to through the Dr. Demento Radio Show.” Weird Al’s unconventional music has earned him a myriad of awards, most notable being his four Grammy Awards and 11 nominations.
Rock Band Blue Oyster Cult Poses for a City Group Shot During the Height of Their Career
Below, world-renowned classic, hard rock band, Blue Öyster Cult strikes a pose! Formed in 1967, since its creation this iconic band has sold more than 24 million records worldwide, and a staggering 7 million records in the US alone. Of its many successful hits, the band’s most widely known songs include hits like '(Don’t Fear) The Reaper', 'Godzilla' and 'Burnin’ for You'.
Though over the years, this band has had a number of different members, the combination of band members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier, Joe Bouchard, and Albert Bouchard proved to be the longest-running and most commercially successful lineup.