Category: 1965

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The Four Tops playing basketball in New York City, 1965.

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

Photos by Curt Gunther

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Natalie Wood photographed by Bob Willoughby for The Great Race (1965)

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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.

Audrey Hepburn with Hat, 1965 – Ph. Douglas Kirkland

Brigitte Bardot, 1965 – Ph. Douglas Kirkland

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(Original Caption): Sharon Tate, American actress, aged 22, has just been signed for a co-starring role in new MGM film, Eye of the Devil (initially titled Thirteen), pictured at her flat in Eaton Square, London, Friday 17th September 1965.

Photos by Arthur Sidey

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.

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The Ronettes photographed by Tony Gale, 1965.

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The Beatles on the set of Help! (1965)