Rare 1970s Rock Royalties Off Stage

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Let’s take a moment and think that it is 1970’s all over again. You are strolling down the streets in London, or maybe Venice, or Florence, and you see some well-known celebrity there in nothing but a short and a vest, rollerskating or sunbathing topless at some nice beach. This is because they were actually taking a break from work and were off-duty

Have a look at these photos and notice yourself how their eyes talk about the delight of a nice vacation with a glint of devilishness

Cher on her birthday

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Here you see Cher grooving to the beats of music with her friend Tatum O’Neal on the dancefloor celebrating her birthday in 1976. Cher is an iconic singer and fashion idol for millions, and she continues to amaze people with her talent. She’s a timeless beauty indeed. On the other hand, Tatum O’Neal who was about twelve years old at them of this photo… didn’t have such a great a career as Cher did. We also see Cher with her arriving to her birthday soiree with her second husband, Gregg Allman (wearing a dashing velvet maroon suit) from the band, the Allman Brothers

Johnny Cash eating a strawberry cake

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Look who’s sitting under the bushes and gobbling up the cake- it’s the famous singer Johnny Cash. He probably had a wild night out and was snacking to fulfill his cravings. But the truth behind this image was for an album called Strawberry Cake, which was recorded live that the Palladium in London, England and released in 1976

“On a hot summer afternoon in New York City, June and I walked through the zoo in Central Park. It was a hot dog and ice cream day. The place was crowed and giving up on the Hassle of working our way through the crowd, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the concert that night at the Garden State Art Center. As we approached the hotel, I saw a bum lying on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. He never even opened his eyes when I stood over him, June said, “Come On Honey” But I said “just a minute” I walked around him, hoping he wasn’t dead. My shadow fell across him and when I moved on, I saw his eyes flutter as the bright sunlight hit his face. He didn’t open his eyes, but I knew he wasn’t dead. “What are you doing?” June asked “I’m thinking about my friend here, “I said” “that could be me, you know” June came over closer and smiled at me. “That was you a couple of times.” Then she said again, “Come on lets go” The rest of the story is in the song. I became that man. I put myself in his place and my mind, he finally won. I wish I knew who he is, and where he is. I’d send him a piece of Strawberry Cake.”

Johnny Cash on Strawberry Cake

Led Zeppelin’s last photo together as a band

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No other band is as iconic of the 1970s than that of Led Zeppelin. Here the last known photo of all four them, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. It’s believe this was the last photo taken sometimes between 1978 to 1980, right before the band formally broke up and went their separate ways. One has to wonder if Led Zeppelin would have broken up had John Bonham not died in his sleep from possibly alcohol poisoning at Robert Plant’s house. He and the rest of the band had gone there to rehearse and John Bonham passed away on September 24, 1980 at the age of just thirty-two years old.

Freddie and Delilah

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Freddy Mercury was perhaps one of the greatest musicians of all times and he was known to be loud,  but few know that the one true love he had other than his Mary, the only person he truly trusted until his death… were his cats. It is believed that Freddie fell in love with cats when he first brought one home for Mary on one of her birthdays soon after they married. In this photo taken in the mid 1970s, Freddie holds his beloved in his garden lodge porch…Delilah. Yes, the one he wrote the song Delilah for.

Delilah, Delilah, oh my, oh my, oh my – you’re irresistible – ooh ooh ooh
You make me smile when I’m just about to cry
You bring me hope, you make me laugh – and I like it
You get away with murder, so innocent
But when you throw a moody you’re all claws and you bite
That’s alright!
Delilah, Delilah, oh my, oh my, oh my – you’re unpredictable – ooh ooh ooh ooh
You make me so very happy
When you cuddle up and go to sleep beside me
And then you make me slightly mad
When you pee all over my Chippendale suite
Ooh ooh Delilah
Ooh ooh Delilah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You take over my house and home
You even try to answer my telephone
Delilah, you’re the apple of my eyes
Meow, meow, meow,
Delilah – I love you, Delilah oh
Ooh you make me so very happy – you give me kisses
And I go out of my mind – ooh ooh
Meow, meow, meow, meow,
You’re irresistible – I love you Delilah
Delilah – I love you, ha ha
You make me very happy – oooh oh yeah
I love your kisses
I love your kisses
I love your kisses
I love your kisses
I love your your your kisses
I love your kisses


The Runaways- Circa 1977

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Famous all-girl rock band The Runaways’ Jackie Fox and Joan Jett are snapped blowing bubble gum bubbles while recording a song a studio in Los Angeles. This group garnered worldwide attention for paving the way for females to enter the music industry, which was an unconventional career choice

The front man for the iconic band Rolling Stones is snapped on his wedding day. Jagger is all smiles with his new bride Bianca. They had a child together, but unfortunately, their relationship couldn’t last long as they called it quit in 1978.

Sid and Nancy at the Chelsea

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This was taken in 1978 at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, where Sid and Nancy rented a home and lived there for eighteen months until their deaths. Until this day, we still don’t know who killed Nancy Spungen with a stab to the stomach. Though Sid Vicious was charged with her murder, he soon died of a drug overdose during his bail release before he was able to make trial

Hollywood Vampires and their Thanksgiving

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The Hollywood Vampires were a group of rock stars and one child actress (Mackenzie Phillip who was fourteen years old at the time). There was  John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper and Mickey Dolenz from The Monkeys all having a fun time together as they enjoy early Thanksgiving to the famous singer Anne Murray. The picture was taken in 1973 in Los Angeles

Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1970s

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This is yet another gem from the years gone by. The photo shows three close friends together in one of their many strange and intimate poses. Andy Warhol was one of the most popular living artist during the 1970s, he knew everyone and everyone knew him, from Hollywood celebrities to rock royalties. John once said to friends that unlike Andy Warhol, his wife was “the world’s most famous unknown artist: everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does.” Yoko Ono was Warhol, Lennon, and Ono were such close friends that Ono spoke at Andy’s funeral in 1987

David Bowie and Debbie Harry- 1977

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Bowie was an influential figure in the music industry back in the 1970s and regarded as the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. Harry, on the other hand, was the lead singer for a relatively new band, Blondie. Debbie and David, in this photo from 1977 taken backstage, are seen attending Iggy Pop’s Idiot tour, where David played keyboard

Cher’s favorite straw hat

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Cher is seen here enjoying the summer heat in a leotard with fishnet stockings, definitely a hot combination, indeed! The photo was taken in 1978 in Beverly Hills while she was shopping on Rodeo Drive. Wearing the same hat as in her leotard photo, Cher is in blue jeans, a white long sleeves shirt and suspenders. Only Cher can make suspenders look that sexy

Madonna in the 1978

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Madonna Louise Ciccone is the undisputed Queen of Pop. She’s an accomplished singer, composer, actress, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Madonna has never shied away from exploring a new horizon and breaking the stereotypes. Over the past half a century she had reinvented herself over and over… if anything is to stay relevant as time changes. This was taken by a fashion photographer at the time in Madonna’s life where she would frequently hit the famous discotheque for celebrities Studio 54, much before she became an international star in this photo. At the time, she was a member of the band The Breakfast Club

Olivia Newton and John Travolta dating

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It is not out of the ordinary for on-screen couples to develop a liking for each other off-screen. In this photo, Olivia and John are kissing at the famous Studio 54 nightclub. However, contrary to what you may think from this photo, this wildly famous couple from Grease movie never dated. Even though fans wanted them together, the pair couldn’t hit it off. Later, Olivia claimed to have sisterly affection for John

Stevie Nicks- Circa 1977

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Nicks is snapped right after his performance at Fleetwood Mac, Amsterdam. He joined the band a few years back and contributed significantly to its international acclaim and fame. Sometimes taking a break with a glass of wine is just exactly what is needed to decompress after a performance.

Keith Richards at Mick and Bianca’s wedding

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About the only person who can get away with wearing a white Henley shirt to his bandmate’s wedding is Keith Richards… and make it look dashing at the same time. The picture was taken in Venice, Italy at the wedding of Bianca Macias with Mick in 1979, where you see Keith, his baby mama, German actress and model Anita Pallenberg with their kids.

Tom Jones and his crystal-clear pool

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The voice behind “Love me tonight” and “I will never fall in love again” poses great in front of a crystal-clear swimming pool. Tom Jones had this picture in his U.K home and he is still shining with it

Diana rock’in it on the floor

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Michigan born singer, Diana Ross, hits the floor hard with her dance moves in NYC in a warm August evening in 1979

Love Birds in Venice

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Venice is undoubtedly the most romantic destination in the world. That’s why Mick Jagger decided to take his wife, Bianca, on a gondola ride in the capital city of Italy. This romantic photo was taken in 1971.

Cher is ready for mountains

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Cherilyn’s family had buckled up for the ski season at Aspen mountains of Colorado. The picture was taken in 1977 and clearly shows her excitement towards this trip as she has picked up her baby boy with Gregg Allman, Elijah Blue Allman in her arms who was about one and a half years old and Sonny Bono’s daughter Chastity Bono, now Chaz Bono who was eight years old at the time of this photo.

Olivia Newton John in a Park

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The five times Grammy award winner is having a casual walk over beautiful streets of London. Nothing defines 1970s fashion other than orange-red matching top and flared bell bottoms and a fur jacket and hat.

Love birds in St, Tropez

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After having a photoshoot on a Gondola in Venice, the married couple, Bianca and Mick Jagger had moved to the streets of St. Tropez with a little stroll and shopping at the local boutique. Both look amazing in this picture.