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The lovely Crystal Gayle signing autographs at the 1979 FanFair.

 

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How can you forget the Crystal Gayle tunes “Talking In Your Sleep” and “Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For?” This country star got her start signing backup for her sister, a little country singer known as Loretta Lynn. Even though she never attained the success of her sister, it didn’t get to Gayle. In 1977 and ’78 she won the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the Country Music Association Awards, so it’s no wonder that she was a fan favorite at FanFair. Gayle still performs regularly, and in 2016 she was asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Elisabeth Shue as Ali Mills in the flick “The Karate Kid,” 1984.

 

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Ah, the Karate Kid, the immortal story of a young man overcoming obstacles to become a karate master who beats up a bunch of jocks. Oh, and Elisabeth Shue shows up as the love interest. There’s no way that you didn’t have a crush on Shue in this movie, especially in her role as the super cool Ali Mills, a high school cheerleader who’s dealing with her arrogant ex-boyfriend.

It’s hard to believe that this was only Shue’s second film because she’s absolutely fantastic in the movie. After Karate Kid Shue went onto star in Adventures in Baby Sitting and a couple of little movies called Back to the Future 2 & 3. She’s gone on to appear in movies both big and small, and we never get tired of seeing her onscreen.

Bruce, Linda, Brandon and Shannon Lee doing a photo shoot in Los Angeles, 1970.

 

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Shorty after their marriage in 1964, Bruce Lee and Linda Emery had two children, Brandon and Shannon. Linda met Bruce when she was studying Wing Chun under him shortly after he moved to America in the 1960s. They lived in Seattle while Lee traveled across the world working on films like The Wrecking Crew and Marlowe.

This photo would have been taken in a “lull” for Lee prior to his work on The Big Boss and Fist of Fury. This photo is also notable for being one of the few times that Lee was actually seen with a goatee rather than his usual clean shaven face.

Cheech & Chong in “Up in Smoke,” 1978.

 

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Up In Smoke is easily one of the most important comedy films of the 1970s. Not only did it bring comedians of color to the big screen, but it was also a film that put the burgeoning Los Angeles counter culture in the face of the mainstream. The movie introduced fans across the country to cholo life, and even punk rock. It’s likely that the face of music and comedy wouldn’t be the same without Cheech and Chong.

Following Up In Smoke, Cheech and Chong went onto film a slew of movies that took their characters to different heights, and as fun as some of those movies are Up In Smoke is definitely the best.

Chicago, 1969.

 

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Chicago in 1969 was a trying time for the city. The Chicago Seven were on trial for conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Even though the city was in turmoil, nothing gets this town on the Gold Coast down. At the time things were changing in a big way, and the steel industry was still going strong.

That being said, in the late ‘60s the makeup of entire neighborhoods were changing. White families were moving out of the city and a more diverse group of people were coming in. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s Chicago would change in a big way.

Freddie Mercury and David Bowie having a chat backstage at Live Aid, 1985.

 

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As big of a show as Live Aid ’85 was, two guys that definitely weren’t under pressure about putting on a good performance were Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Both of these superstars were incredibly similar offstage, even if their onstage personas were wildly different. While Bowie was a more reserved performer in the ‘80s, Mercury was a volcanic frontman who took the audience on a journey.

However offstage they were both friends who liked to relax and think about their personas. These two guys were definitely friends, so who knows what they’re talking about. Lawn care? Mustache wax? It could be anything.

Don Johnson with Eagles Founder Glenn Frey who appeared in an episode of the TV series, Miami Vice “Smuggler’s Blues” (1985)

 

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Everyone remembers Glenn Frey as one of the leaders of The Eagles, the seminal country rock band from the ‘70s. When the band took a hiatus in the ‘80s Frey did everything but take it easy. He released a solo album in 1982, No Fun Aloud, which spawned the hits “Sexy Girl,” and “The Heat Is On.”

He also got into acting with a major appearance in the Miami Vice episode “Smuggler’s Blues” where he played a rake named Jimmy. While he was acting on the show, Frey also performed the track “Smuggler’s Blues” and he had the song “You Belong The City” on the Miami Vice soundtrack along with some cool guitar twangs and runs to the score. Who knew this Eagle would go over so well on the east coast?

The Traveling Wilburys (1988)

 

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Has there ever been a cooler band than the Traveling Wilbury’s? Even though everyone in this band was massively popular before getting together in the Wilbury’s there’s just a certain freedom to starting over with a new group of guys. These Gretsch-slingin’ rockers got together when George Harrison needed to record a b-side for his European single “This Is Love”

George Harrison asked producer Jeff Lynne to work with him on a song, and he asked Roy Orbison to hang out at the session. The recording took place at Dylan’s garage studio in Malibu, and Tom Petty got in on the match when Harrison wanted to borrow one of the singer-songwriter’s guitar. With the five guys together they recorded “Handle With Care.” And from there the Traveling Wilbury’s were born.

Here’s a far-out 1958 Ford X-2000 space-age concept car.

 

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Holy smokes, what a space age looking car. Can you imagine taking this bad boy down the street and trying to find a parking space? As cool as the X-2000 looks, it’s definitely not made for to be taken out in public. This concept car was designed to look like what people might be driving in the year 2000, which is the definition of retro-futurism.

Even though the Ford’s X2000 was essentially a scale model, one fan actually decided to build one and he started taking it around to different motor shows. Do you think it comes with phasers, or just photon torpedoes?

Cheryl Ladd looking cool and summery in her white ensemble, 1979.

 

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Who didn’t have a crush on Cheryl Ladd? This blonde beauty is definitely going to be remembered for her nearly 90 episodes spent as Kris Monroe, the replacement for Farah Fawcett on Charlie’s Angels. But Ladd wasn’t simply a member of the Angels, she also appeared in shows like Police Woman, and the film Poison Ivy.

In 1979 Ladd was on top of the world. She was in the middle of her time with the Angels, and she was out promoting the album “Dance Forever” which featured the single “Where Is Someone To Love Me.” The song even soundtracked a Japanese whisky commercial.

 

Jayne Mansfield, 1957.

 

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Jayne Mansfield has always been one of America’s greatest blonde bombshells, and no matter where she appeared she always popped onscreen. In 1957 Mansfield was in the middle of her contract with 20th Century Fox. While she appeared in a couple of dramas before ’57, her breakout role came in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? where she played Rita Marlowe, a famous actress who’s got “oh-so-kissable lips.”

After starring in Rock Hunter, Mansfield went onto star alongside of Cary Grant in Kiss Them for Me. Also during this time Mansfield found herself engaged to Mickey Hargitay after meeting while he was performing as a member of the chorus line in Mae West’s show.

Dolly Parton lighting up the day with her smile, 1977.

 

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Has there ever been anyone sweeter than Dolly Parton? Throughout her six decade career Parton has always been the best, and in 1977 she was just making her way into the world of pop stardom. Even though she’d been tearing up the country charts since 1959, Parton’s work in ’77 cemented her as a true pop sensation.

In 1977 Parton released her 20th solo album, Here You Come Again, which featured a single of the same name along with “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right.” The album hit number 1 on the Billboard country charts and it peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200.

Natalie Wood back in the 1950s.

 

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Natalie Woods was one of those actresses who was famous for far more time than she was a regular person. She got her start in a couple of uncredited roles in 1943, but her first credited role was in Tomorrow is Forever at just eight years old. By the 1950s she blossomed into a full time movie star in films like Rebel Without a Cause and The Searchers, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Academy Awards.

Woods continued to star in films like Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story, but in 1983 she met her unfortunate and mysterious end off of Catalina Island.

Katharine Ross and Paul Newman in a scene from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” in 1969.

 

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of those movies that we can watch over and over again, and the trio of Butch, Sundance, and Etta Place, played by Katharine Ross, are some of the best in the film. At the time Ross was hot off the success of The Graduate, and while acting in this film she met her third husband, Conrad Hall. It was a western love story.

Hall was the cinematographer on the film and a three-time Oscar-winner. The two stuck together until 1973. She met her next husband on the set of her next big movie, The Stepford Wives.

Raquel Welch in the movie “Bluebeard” (1972)

 

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Bluebeard, the immortal story of a pilot who has a penchant for doing away with his wives. Raquel Welch plays Magdalena, a promiscuous nun who loves to talk about what she’s been getting up to while she’s in the habit. At the time of the film Welch was freshly divorced from her second husband, Patrick Curtis, and was in a career peak.

On top of her appearance in Bluebeard, Welch also starred in Kansas City Bomber and Fuzz in 1972. One year later she’d get a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in The Three Musketeers.

Ronald Lee Ermey as the memorable ‘Gunnery Sergeant Hartman’ in the film “Full Metal Jacket” (1987)

 

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Even if you haven’t seen Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick’s gonzo film about the Vietnam War you know the sound of Ronald Lee Ermey by heart. His voice, his cadence, everything. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is a character who’s managed to infiltrate the zeitgeist in ways that the movie that birthed him couldn’t. That’s not to say that Full Metal Jacket isn’t worth a watch.

It’s likely that Army is so good at being a foul mouthed gunnery sergeant because he spent 11 years in the United States Marine Corps, earning the role of Staff Sergeant before he retied to go to college on the GI Bill. While studying at the University of Manila in the Philippines he was cast in Apocalypse Now and he never stopped acting.

The steely power cast of “The Magnificent Seven”movie 1960, Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn.

 

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It’s hard to think of a cooler group of cowboys than the cast of The Magnificent Seven. Not only do you have Yul Brynner and Steve Mcqueen sharing the screen, but a young Charles Bronson even stars in this movie. Even if you don’t love westerns there’s something in this movie for everyone.

During the filming of The Magnificent Seven there was supposedly tension between Brynner and McQueen, with the latter supposedly getting annoyed at only having a few lines of dialogue. While on set McQueen was said to upstage Brynner by rattling shotgun shells and even flipping a coin during one of Brynner’s speeches. Be that as it may, the film is stone one for the ages.

Yvonne de Carlo in the movie “The Ten Commandments,” 1956.

 

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Who could forget Yvonne De Carlo, the star of films like Salome, Where She Danced and, of course, Lily on The Munsters. However her most well known role was that of Sephora, the wife of Moses. Supposedly, in order to get into character as Sephora, De Carlo took classes on weaving and even had shepherding lessons in the San Fernando Valley – now that’s attention to detail.

While filming The Ten Commandments De Carlo met Bob Morgan, a stuntman. The two would marry and have two children. She continued to act until the late ‘90s and passed away in 2007.

Glamour shot of Lucille Désirée Ball, 1950.

 

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Even though we mostly remember Lucille Ball as a daffy red head who shoved chocolate in her mouth as it sped down a conveyor belt, we tend to forget that she was a real beauty on and offstage. By 1950 Lucy had already starred in a bevy of radio programs and a myriad of film and television roles, but she was still a year away from finding her greatest success with I Love Lucy.

In 1950 Lucy was still appearing on The Lux Radio Theater, and in slapstick comedies like The Fuller Brush Girl and Fancy Pants. It’s wild to think that she’d been working for decades before becoming a household name with her very own show.

Paul Newman enjoying the sand, sea and sun in Venice, 1963.

 

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Paul Newman wasn’t the bee’s knees, he was the whole leg. By 1963 this big screen hunk had already appeared in big time movies like The Hustler and Sweet Bird of Youth. If he never made another movie after ’63 he would have already cemented his status as one of the greatest movie stars of all time, but the guy just kept on acting.

This pic shows Newman getting some much needed downtime in between his numerous film roles, and what better way to do it than to cut loose in Venice, where the water’s warm and the wine flows. Okay, admittedly the water isn’t that warm, but it’s a great place to relax.

 

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