Category: 1950s music

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Jerry Lee Lewis kisses his new wife,

Myra Gale Brown, accompanied by his sister Jean as they arrive at Idlewild Airport in New York City on May 28, 1958. 

Earlier in London, Myra, who was 13 years old and Lewis’s third cousin, revealed their secret marriage. Lewis married Myra before his divorce from his second wife was final. Many of Lewis’s engagements in Great Britain were canceled as a result of the scandal.

Vintage Sepia Magazine Covers

  1. Vocalist Mabel Scott (August 1953)
  2. Actress Dorothy Dandridge (February 1957)
  3. Dancer Pat Clayton, wife of jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton (April 1958)

  4. Actress Dawn Finney (May 1959)
  5. Model Janie Burdette (August 1959)
  6. Model Dorthea Towels (November 1959)
  7. Jazz singer Sallie Blair (February 1960)
  8. Dancers Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade with their son (July 1960)
  9. Opera singers Leontyne Price and Cesare Siepi (July 1961)
  10. Pianist and composer Philippa Schuyler (June 1962)

Billie Holiday with her

dog Pepi at Sugar Hill nightclub in Newark, New Jersey, April 1957.

Photos by Jerry Dantzic

Albums Released In 1958

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Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher on their wedding day in Las Vegas on May 12, 1959.

Photos by Bob Willoughby

Vintage R&B Concert Posters

  1. Civic Auditorium (Honolulu, Hawaii) – March 6-8, 1959

  2. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – June 13, 1960
  3. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – April 19, 1961

  4. Hollywood Bowl (New Westminster, BC, Canada) – June 6, 1964

  5. Fort Worth Casino Ballroom (Fort Worth, Texas) – July 6, 1964

  6. The Mosque (Richmond, Virginia) – November 8, 1964

  7. Richmond Arena (Richmond, Virginia) – January 15, 1965

  8. Eagle Hall (St. Joseph, Missouri) – June 10, 1966
  9. Mosque Auditorium (Richmond, Virginia) – December 4, 1966
  10. Charlotte Coliseum (Charlotte, North Carolina) – May 5, 1968

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Sammy Davis Jr. circa 1956

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Jazz singer Keely Smith (1928-2017) photographed by Ken Whitmore for her album I Wish You Love (1957).

She began recording with her husband Louis Prima. In 1958, they won a Grammy for their rendition of “That Old Black Magic” at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards.

Coloratura soprano Reri Grist photographed by Carl Van Vechten on December 15, 1959.

Jazz singer Sallie Blair (1934-1992) photographed by Eliot Elisofon for LIFE magazine, 1957.