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.
‘The Warlocks’, Later Known by Their More Popular Band Name, the ‘Grateful Dead,’ Clowning Around in the Bay Area, 1965
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.”
‘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.
Louis Armstrong Serenades His Wife Lucille Wilson - The Pyramids of Giza, 1961
In the vintage black and white photo below, with the grand Egyptian Pyramids of Giza as their backdrop, internationally renowned jazz musician and singer Louis Armstrong romantically plays the trumpet for his loving wife Lucille Wilson, as she affectionately sits and watches her husband, listening with a smile: a truly iconic shot. As the world became entrapped in the age of the Cold War, and relationships between world nations became increasingly strained, the U.S. sought out a unique approach to bring the world together in this time of great international conflict. Their solution? Jazz.
During the Cold War, the U.S. government harnessed the power of jazz—a type of music unique to America at this point in history, one which was said to symbolize the harmonious fusion of African and American culture—in an attempt to demonstrate the invaluable idea of what it meant to be a part of the ‘melting pot’ of the world. To carry out this international diplomatic attempt, the U.S. sent a number of prominent jazz musicians abroad to act as ambassadors for the nation. So, in 1961, as an act of cultural diplomacy, Louis Armstrong and his wife journeyed to Egypt.
The Pretenders, 1978
Pictured below is a 1978 group shot of the original members of the legendary English-American rock band, The Pretenders. Formed in 1978, the band was composed of bass guitarist Pete Farndon, lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde, keyboardist and lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and drummer and percussionist Martin Chambers. Throughout the longstanding history of this band, Hynde stood as the only consistent member of The Pretenders.
During her time as a member, Hynde would also work on a number of her own side projects, and collaborated with a long list of musicians, including Frank Sinatra, Cher, and UB40. In 2005, Hynde and The Pretenders were formally recognized for their talent and success with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite Honeyman-Scott’s passing in the early 1980s, during the height of the band’s success, today Hynde and Chambers still perform as members of The Pretenders.