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.
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.
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 Carpenters: Musical Sibling Duo Karen and Richard Carpenter at a Softball Tournament,1973
The below photo captures a shot of famed vocal duo Karen and Richard Carpenter, taken at a softball tournament in 1973. These iconic siblings first rose to fame after forming their vocal and instrumental duo, the “Carpenters.” In 1969, the two signed on with A&M Records, and the rest is history. These musical siblings are most known for their distinct, soft style of music. The following year, their hit singles “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” were both major successes.
Though less than 10 years after releasing more than a dozen hit records with her brother Richard, Karen Carpenter would pass away from heart failure, a complication caused by anorexia nervosa at the young age of 32. Despite her passing, the Carpenters' legacy still lives on to this day. Today, more than half a dozen websites are devoted entirely to the life and career of Karen. Additionally, there are more than a few Carpenters tribute bands that tour in America, and across the U.K.
Twisting the Day Away! A Young, Happy Marine Dances the Twist With Jayne Mansfield - Newfoundland U.S. Naval Station, 1961
The below photo exhibits a clearly overjoyed, captivated Marine doing the twist with American actress and sex icon Jayne Mansfield, at the U.S. Naval Station in Newfoundland, in 1961. Infamous for her especially provocative nature, this actress, singer and Playboy Playmate always knew exactly how to appeal to her many adoring fans, always leaving them wanting more.
While in the limelight, Mansfield was notorious for her many raunchy publicity stunts, included “alleged” wardrobe malfunctions. As such, it comes as no surprise that the starlet secured her sex-icon status almost immediately after getting her big break into the entertainment industry. While she tragically passed away in an automobile accident back in 1967, at the young age of 34, the talented Mansfield was still able to see a number of box-office successes.