Posts from the ‘Celebrities’ Category

Tom Jones – I Who Have Nothing

Tom Jones sings to Raquel Welch, in this clip from the TV Special Raquel!

Air date 26 April 1970

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Jack Jones – What Now My Love [1966]

Smoother than the fender of a Galaxie 500 and twice as powerful! Jack Jones has one of the cleanest voices in the business!

Herb Alpert – Going Places! [1965]

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If you know just one Herb Alpert song, it’s probably Tijuana Taxi.

And if you know two, the other is one you probably don’t know the name for but have heard it on countless occasions: Spanish Flea.  Now if you were to buy just one Herb Alpert album to take in the Latin flavor of his trumpet, Going Places! would be a safe bet.  Not only does it have the two aforementioned songs, but it also has a Go-Go cover of The Ventures’ hit Walk Don’t Run.

Bottom line: this album is a 60s classic that should be revered and plated until it is grey!

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians [1964]

It has been called “one of the worst films ever.”

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians tells the story of Martian children who have been watching “Earth TV” and are now pining for Santa Claus to visit their planet with toys and happiness.  The tale is told through the magic of hardware-store sets and Halloween-quality makeup.  I first saw this film on a cold December Saturday in 197, when I was a mere ten years old – in glorious black and white.  Even as a kid I remember thinking to myself, “What the hell am I watching?” It insulted my senses, and just seemed to be a horrible spectacle done in cardboard.

In the 1990s it was given the MST Treatment on Mystery Science Theater 3000, with the program’s signature humor commentary added to the movie.

Of course Santa wins out with his kindness and the bad Martians are defeated for the betterment of the entire Red Planet.  Goofy Dropo (Bill McCutcheon), the Jar Jar Binks character in the movie, becomes the new Martian Santa Claus after he takes a somewhat-awkward liking to the Big Man’s red suit, trying it on in secret.  Then all the kids sing “Hooray for Santee Claus” and the world spins normally once more.

Now thanks to a recent rights release into the Public Domain, you can watch the movie in its entirety above for free, courtesy of Hulu!  The film’s makers did not renew the rights (wonder why), so it is ready for us all to…umm…enjoy.

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What Martian would be legit without tubes coming out of their helmets?

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Voldar (Vincent Beck, on left), has the best mustache in the movie.  As one of the Martian children, the film also stars a very young Pia Zadora, who now entertains audiences from the stages of Las Vegas.

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Hoo-Ray for Santee Claus!

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Can’t Get the Bewitched Theme Song Out Of My Head!

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There could be worse things looping on my internal 8-Track, so having the theme from Bewitched stuck in my head isn’t such a bad gig.  And what a show, for those who remember all the noteworthy characters like Endora, Uncle Arthur, the nosey Mrs. Kravitz, and even the sleazy Larry Tate.  And let’s be honest: Elizabeth Montgomery was beautiful, and lost to us far too early.

So here’s to all those days after elementary school when I would come home and watch Bewitched over a bowl of hot Spaghetti-Os!

Telly Savalas for Player’s Club – “It’s Bonus Time Baby!” [1986]

I can’t think of a better representative for casino/hotel entertainment than Telly Savalas.

This Player’s Club commercial from 1986 shows Telly giving us the lowdown on how to get his life of ease while in Vegas or Atlantic City. For $125 and an annual fee, members got discounts on all sorts of stuff on the Boardwalk or on The Strip. It was a pretty sweet deal.

“It’s bonus time baby!”

King Richard and his Trans Am

Richard Petty / Goodyear - Motor Trend July 1982

A number of years ago I started collecting car magazines from the late 1970s and early 1980s, to salvage their advertisements for sale on eBay. This one – for some reason – never got sold!

Richard Petty is one of the best-known racers in NASCAR. He is still involved with racing, only not behind the wheel. The Petty family is firmly planted both in the fabric and legend of the sport, with multiple generations being involved.

The King is leaning against a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, available with a fuel-injected 5.0 liter V8 and automatic transmission.

Madonna in 1984 – Courtesy of We Heart Vintage

Madonna 1984

This now-classic image and look from Like A Virgin caused such a stir back in the mid-1980s.  Not that I look at it again – more that 25 years down the road – everything about it is simply beautiful.

Raquel Welch: Heck Yeah!

She is smart, beautiful, shapely, a bit irreverent, and an entertainment force of nature.

Raquel Welch is one of the original Sixties sex kittens, and a classic poster girl.  Many of her images – like Marilyn Monroe – still sell well in poster form.  At 71, she is still a looker.  Early on she wanted to be ballet dancer, but was told she didn’t have the right body to be one.  Lucky break for the rest of us, because we have been able to enjoy her company on TV and in movies ever since.

Jordan Smith is a huge fan, and has collected a number of pictures of Raquel over the years; he’s posted them all on Flickr for our review.

Enjoy!

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Michael Landon and The Kodak Ektra – Sept 1980

Michael Landon LIFE Magazine Sept 1980

From the back cover of the September 1980 edition of LIFE Magazine come this awesome blend of history and pop culture.  Let’s take a look at each element:

Michael Landon – He was a big star, known in later life for his honesty and family values.  He died too young.

Kodak – 100 years old at the time of the ad, Kodak is hanging on by a thread and a sliver at the age of 132.

Ektra – A camera model launched in 1941 as a rangefinder, and finishing its days as a 110 compact

The Perm – It was kind of a big deal.

Pink Knit Shirt – Chip and Muffy would be so proud

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