Category: sixties

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Barbra Streisand at her New York home with her son Jason in 1967. 

Photos by Bob Willoughby

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Sonny & Cher at their San Fernando Valley home, 1965.

Photos by Curt Gunther

Ike Turner backstage at The Top of the Pops in 1966.

Albums Released In 1964

R.I.P. Tammi Terrell  (April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970)

Tammi Terrell was a Motown songstress best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye. They released 3 albums together:

United (1967), You’re All I Need (1968), and Easy (1969). Tammi released her only solo album Irresistible in 1969. 

Tammi was discovered by Luther Dixon at 15 and signed to Wand Records in 1960. By 17, she was signed to James Brown’s Try Me label. He wrote her first charting single “I Cried,” which he later reused for his 1966 hit “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” She became involved in an abusive relationship with James, and left him while they were on the road after he beat her for not watching his entire performance.

Tammi enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in pre-med for two years before signing with Motown Records on her 20th birthday in 1965. She opened for the Temptations and began dating the lead singer David Ruffin. This relationship was also abusive, but she accepted a marriage proposal from David. She later discovered that he already had a wife and children as well as another girlfriend. Tammi ended their relationship after he hit her in the head with his motorcycle helmet.

In 1966, Tammi recorded the future classic “All I Do (Is Think About You),” written by a teenaged Stevie Wonder. Her version wasn’t released until 2010 on the compilation album Come On and See Me: The Complete Solo Collection.

In 1967, Tammi achieved success when she was partnered with Marvin Gaye. Their first recording “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was a hit on the charts, followed by many hit more hit records, including “Your Precious Love” “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You,” “If This World Were Mine,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “What You Gave Me,” and “The Onion Song.” Their last single together, “California Soul,” was released after Tammi succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 24 in 1970.

In 2015, it was announced that Kat Graham was cast to portray Tammi in a biopic about her life, but the project has been shelved.

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The Rolling Stones performing on Ready Steady Go! at Wembley Studios in London on October 7, 1966.

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Janis Joplin

sings

during a studio shoot for Eye magazine, which photographer Baron Wolman called the ‘Concert for One’ in Belvedere Street, San Francisco, January 1968.

Ike & Tina Turner portrait session, circa 1963.

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Ike & Tina Turner

(1965)

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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.