Category: 50s fashion

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R&B guitar duo Mickey & Sylvia (1956-1958)

In 1955 Mickey Baker (1925-2012) formed Mickey & Sylvia

with his guitar student Sylvia Vanderpool (1936-2011). Their biggest hit was “Love is Strange” in 1956.

It topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. They followed up with “There Oughta Be a Law,” which hit the R&B top 10 but would be the duo’s last big hit. They split up in 1959 but would record together off and on into the mid-60s. More than a decade later, Vanderpool under her married name, Sylvia Robinson would

be dubbed The Mother of Hip Hop. She helped introduce the world to rap music as founder Sugar Hill Records. The act she discovered, Sugarhill Gang, recorded rap’s first national hit single, “Rapper’s Delight,” in 1979. 

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R&B guitar duo Mickey & Sylvia (1956-1958)

In 1955 Mickey Baker (1925-2012) formed Mickey & Sylvia

with his guitar student Sylvia Vanderpool (1936-2011). Their biggest hit was “Love is Strange” in 1956.

It topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. They followed up with “There Oughta Be a Law,” which hit the R&B top 10 but would be the duo’s last big hit. They split up in 1959 but would record together off and on into the mid-60s. More than a decade later, Vanderpool under her married name, Sylvia Robinson would

be dubbed The Mother of Hip Hop. She helped introduce the world to rap music as founder Sugar Hill Records. The act she discovered, Sugarhill Gang, recorded rap’s first national hit single, “Rapper’s Delight,” in 1979. 

Marilyn Monroe

arriving by helicopter to a party held in her honor, hosted by

orchestra leader Ray Anthony in

August 1952. He

debuted the song he wrote for her titled “Marilyn.”   

Photos by Bob Willoughby

Jayne Mansfield photographed by Ernest Reshovsky, 1956.  

American actress Gene Tierney wearing a leopard skin swimsuit, posing with a leopard in 1954.

Dinah Washington and her goddaughter Patti Austin

Patti Austin made her Apollo Theater debut at the age of 4 on a dare. “We went to see the Apollo to see Dinah Washington,” said Austin, who often met renowned musicians growing up through her musical father, a professional trombone player. With some precociousness, Austin ended up on stage. “Dinah dared me to sang, I sang, and I finished singing and ran off the stage. The audience liked it, and I liked that they liked it, and I ran into the arms of a guy who was on one knee in the wing.” That guy was Sammy Davis Jr., who asked her parents if she could do his show the following week, and a robust musical career was born.

Austin has released 17 solo albums and has performed with the likes of Michael Jackson and Paul Simon. She won a Grammy in 2008 for best jazz vocal for her album “Avant Gershwin.”

In an interview with Lois Reitzes, Austin discussed her relationship with her godfather Quincy Jones, Johnny Mathis and her two musical idols, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland. Austin first saw Garland perform at age 13. Regardless of Garland’s dwindling technical ability at the time, Austin said that performance totally changed her life. “None of her technical ability matter because there was so much soul and so much heart and so much skill. And I had never seen someone perform that way,” said Austin. “She had to act her way through stuff, and she was brilliant at it.”

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Marilyn Monroe hosts a press party held at her home in Los Angeles on March 3, 1956.

Photos by Earl Leaf

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Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller photographed by Richard Avedon in New York on May 8, 1957.

Eartha Kitt, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway,

and

Cary Grant

on set of

“St. Louis Blues” (1958)

Marilyn Monroe

at the French Consulate in New York to receive the “French Crystal Star” for Best Foreign Actress for her role in “The Prince And The Showgirl” (1959)

Photo by Paul Slade