Category: 1960s music

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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.

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Funk singer Betty Davis with her husband Miles Davis in front of one of his paintings at their home in New York City, October 1969.

Photos by Baron Wolman

Sam Cooke’s widow Marries Bobby Womack 77 Days Days After His Death

In February 1965, Sam Cooke’s widow Barbara Cooke and Bobby Womack made headlines when the announced they were getting married two months after Sam was killed. Before their wedding, Bobby told Jet (Feb 18, 1965):

 “You must remember I was Sam’s guitar player for a long time. We were very close. I actually feel that he would want me to do this. I stayed around her during the crisis. She really needed someone at the time. Love is love and that is what it is with us. When I told her how I felt she was shocked. It took her a while to get adjusted to the idea.” Asked how long it took Mrs. cook to give her consent to marriage, he added “three weeks to a month.”

Sam’s father objected to the marriage, stating: “What we don’t like is a 30-year-old woman, marrying this 20-year-old boy and bringing him in over Sam’s 11-year-old girl, Linda.” Bobby who was Sam’s protégé, played with his brothers in the group The Valentinos. After Bobby married Barbara, they were ostracized from their families and he faced hostile crowds. Bobby was pistol whipped and beat up by Sam’s brothers. Barbara and Bobby had a son named Vincent

(1966–1986) who later committed suicide, Barbara previously had a son named Vincent (1961–1963)

with Sam who drowned. Bobby and Barbara separated in 1970 after she shot at him when she discovered he was having an affair with his teenaged stepdaughter Linda. Linda later went on to marry Bobby’s brother Cecil Womack (ex-husband of Mary Wells) and they formed the duo Womack & Womack.

Jimi Hendrix performing at the Ackerman Union Ballroom, UCLA, on February 13, 1968.

Photos by Ed Caraeff

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The Rolling Stones at Green Park in London for a press call on January 11, 1967. 

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Vintage R&B Concert Posters

  1. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – September 27, 1955 
  2. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – August 8, 1957 
  3. Howard High School (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – April 4, 1960
  4. Royal Theatre (Baltimore, Maryland) – October 18, 1963

  5. Civic Auditorium (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – May 2, 1964 
  6. Auditorium Macon (Macon, Georgia) – August 1, 1964

  7. Charleston County Hall (Charleston, South Carolina) – April 21, 1965   
  8. Ellis Memorial Auditorium (Memphis, Tennessee) – August 6, 1966 
  9. Wooden Shoe Ballroom (Portland, Oregon) – March 5, 1967 
  10. Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, North Carolina) – April 28, 1968 

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Jimi Hendrix photographed by Ed Thrasher, 1969.

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The Ronettes photographed by Tony Gale, 1965.

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David Ruffin and

Tammi Terrell

After escaping an abusive relationship with James Brown, Tammi began a volatile relationship with David Ruffin, the lead singer of the Temptations, in 1965. In 1966, David surprised her with a marriage proposal.

However, when she announced their engagement on stage Davis became upset. Tammi was devastated once she discovered that he had a wife, three children and another girlfriend in Detroit. His drug use and infidelity led to them having public fights. Tammi was portrayed in the Temptations movie during the Motown picnic scene. It was claimed that

David

hit

Tammi

with a hammer or a machete, though this was denied by

Tammi’s family. Earl Van Dyke, leader of Motown’s Funk Brothers band, recalled seeing David beat up Tammi at the Motown

“Hitsville U.S.A.” headquarters. Her sister Ludie Montgomery also confirmed a story that David hit Tammi in the face with his motorcycle helmet, leading to the end of their relationship in 1967. Tammi went on to record classic duets with Marvin Gaye, but she unfortunately died from a brain tumor at the age of 24 in 1970. David died of a drug overdose in 1991.

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Vintage R&B Concert Posters

  1. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – November 6, 1956
  2. W.C. Taylor High School (Warrenton, Virginia) – March 8, 1962

  3. Toldeo Sports Arena (Toledo, Ohio) – November 5, 1963
  4. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – June 21, 1965
  5. Cinnamon Cider (Long Beach, California) – August 18, 1965
  6. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – September 20, 1965

  7. Apollo Theatre (Harlem, New York) – February 11, 1967

  8. Civic Auditorium (Knoxville, Tennessee) – November 25, 1967
  9. Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, North Carolina) – June 9, 1968