Category: 1960s music

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Ebony magazine covers from 1966

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A decade removed from fame and recently out of rehab, a 24-year-old Frankie Lymon shows off dance moves to a cheering crowd from his old neighborhood in Harlem in 1967. Frankie is also pictured shopping for music and chatting with his neighbor Margaret Williams. Frankie and his group once rehearsed in her apartment. Frankie was preparing for a comeback before he relapsed and died from a heroin overdose at the age of 25 on February 27, 1968.

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When Phil Spector and his wife Ronnie Spector adopted their son Donté

in 1969,

Phil tried to pass him off as their biological child. He wrote an actual theatrical script breakdown for Ronnie to manage the unveiling of their new child. Two years later, Phil gave Ronnie a set of adopted twins for Christmas. Just a few months after that, she escaped. Ronnie

had been tormented by Phil and kept prisoner in his mansion throughout their marriage. The day after their wedding in 1968 he surrounded the estate with a barbed-wire fence. Bars went on the windows next, and monitoring intercoms were installed in all the rooms. Then a set of 10-foot electrified gates went up. He would hide her shoes so she couldn’t leave on her own. On the rare occasions she was permitted to leave Phil made her drive with a life-size blow-up doll of himself. He frequently pulled a gun on her and installed a gold coffin with a glass top in the basement, promising that he would kill her if she tried to leave him. She escaped barefoot with the help of her mother in 1972. 

In 2009, Phil was sentenced to 19 years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson to death at his home in 2003.

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Musician

Eddie Cochran in London, February 1960. 

Known for his rockabilly songs

“C’mon Everybody,” “Something Else,” “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Summertime Blues,”

Cochran was on a triumphant concert tour of Britain in the spring of 1960 when he was killed in a car accident. He died on April 16, 1960 when the taxi carrying him from a show in Bristol, England, crashed en route to the airport,

he was 21.

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968)

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968)

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Sonny and Cher photographed by Rob Bosboom, circa 1966

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Janis Joplin

performing with Big Brother & the Holding Company

at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967.

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The Rolling Stones during a press conference at the

Stadthalle Bremen

in Germany

on March 29, 1967. 

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Michael Jackson photographed by Jim Hendin, 1969.

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Elvis Presley performing on his NBC TV special “Singer Presents…Elvis” – Aired: December 3, 1968