Category: 1970s music

Debbie Harry photographed by Allan Tannenbaum …

Debbie Harry photographed by Allan Tannenbaum in New York City on November 27, 1978.

twixnmix: Ike and Tina Turner being interviewe…

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Ike and Tina Turner being interviewed in London, October 1975.

Photos by David Redfern

Betty Davis photographed by Baron Wolman …

Betty Davis photographed by Baron Wolman

for Rags Magazine, 1970.

David Bowie and his wife Angie Bowie photo…

David Bowie and his wife Angie Bowie photographed by Terry O’Neill, circa 1973.

Cher and David Geffen for Esquire (February …

Cher and David Geffen for Esquire (February 1975)

In the late 1960s, Geffen had entered the music publishing side of the business when, as singer-songwriter Laura Nyro’s manager, he created a publishing company for her songs. That was his first big break as a businessman. He sold the company to CBS for $4.5 million in stock in 1969. Geffen got half, and that allowed him to form Asylum Records with a roster that would come to include Joni Mitchell and the Eagles.

It took only a year for him to sell Asylum for $7 million to Warner Communications, where he would head the merged Elektra/Asylum Records. He was now a certified music tycoon.

But it was his relationship with Cher that brought Geffen into the public eye. Although he would later come out as gay, in 1973 at age 30 he’d fallen in love with Cher, then 27, and they became a couple.

“I was the first person to share his bed and to share his life,” she says in Tom King’s book about Geffen, The Operator. “People don’t believe that, or they don’t want to believe it, or they don’t understand how it could be. But we were really crazy about each other.” They would be together for two years.

Geffen’s first move was to free the singer from her onerous business arrangement with estranged husband Sonny Bono, under which she was required to work exclusively for Cher Enterprises, the company he controlled. Cher had no vote in decisions, even though she was the much bigger star. Geffen called the contract “slave labor.”

In short order, he had her quit The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. She separated from Bono and in time for the Grammys had a butterfly tattooed on her posterior to celebrate her emancipation.

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Ike and Tina Turner at home (1970)

Ike and Tina Turner at home (1970)

Carly Simon photographed by Jack Mitchell, 197…

Carly Simon photographed by Jack Mitchell, 1971.

Blondie cover shoot for Parallel Lines (1978…

Blondie cover shoot for

Parallel Lines (1978)

Photo by Roberta Bayley

Gary Numan photographed in London by Chalkie…

Gary Numan photographed in London by Chalkie Davies, 1979.

Happy Birthday Janet Jackson! Here she is pict…

Happy Birthday Janet Jackson! Here she is pictured in 1977.