Category: vegas

dollsofthe1960s: The wedding of Shirley Bassey…

dollsofthe1960s:

The wedding of Shirley Bassey and Sergio Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 12, 1968.

Exterior view the International Hotel and it…

Exterior view the International Hotel and it’s marquee which advertises performances by Elvis Presley, Wayne Cochran, and Ike & Tina Turner in Las Vegas, Nevada, late July or August 1969. Elvis performed 57 shows, usually two a day, between July 31 and August 28 at the newly opened hotel, then the largest hotel in the world.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 22: Heavyweight contender…

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 22: Heavyweight contender Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) taunts Sonny Liston who just defeated former champion Floyd Patterson to retain his heavyweight crown) on July 22, 1963 in Las Vegas Nevada.

He is also pictured with Sam Cooke

Tom Jones, Priscilla Presley, and Elvis Pr…

Tom Jones, Priscilla

Presley, and Elvis Presley at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on April 6, 1968.

twixnmix: Ike and Tina Turner photographed by…

twixnmix:

Ike and Tina Turner photographed by

Richard Busch in Las Vegas, 1969.

twixnmix: Ike and Tina Turner photographed by…

twixnmix:

Ike and Tina Turner photographed by

Richard Busch in Las Vegas, 1969.

twixnmix: Muhammad Ali with singer Sam Cooke during Floyd…

twixnmix:

Muhammad Ali with singer Sam Cooke during Floyd Patterson vs Sonny Liston fight at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, July 1963.

Jennifer Lopez for Paper Magazine

Jennifer Lopez for Paper Magazine

Elvis Presley during a press conference at the International…

Elvis Presley during a press conference at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 1, 1969.

Lola Falana photographed by Harry Langdon circa 1977 Born…

Lola Falana photographed by Harry Langdon circa 1977

Born Loletha Elayne Falana on September 11, 1942 in

Camden, New Jersey, Falana was the product of an industrious family. Her father left Cuba to become a welder in the United States where he met her mother.

She spent most of her earlier years in Philadelphia as an up-and-coming dancer while also singing in the local church choir. Lola was discovered in Harlem by Sammy Davis Jr. who her perform in 1964, he cast her as the lead dancer in his Broadway musical The Golden Boy .

She recorded her first single My Baby in 1965 for Mercury Records. Sammy Davis cast her in his film, A Man Called Adam, her first film role. In 1975 she was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Theater World Award

for the Broadway musical Dr. Jazz.

She went on to become the first black woman to model for a line of cosmetics that was not targeted solely at blacks, in the successful Faberge Tigress perfume ads. By the late 1970’s, Lola Falana became known as the “Queen of Las Vegas”. She performed for sold-out crowds

at The Sands, The Riviera, and the MGM Grand hotels. The Aladdin hotel offered her $100,000 a week to perform. At the time, Lola was the highest paid female performer in Las Vegas.

While still performing in Las Vegas, Lola joined the cast of a short-lived CBS soap opera, Capitol, as Charity Blake, a wealthy entertainment mogul. In 1983, she was appearing at Bally’s hotel and casino in Atlantic City and, while playing baccarat, won a minority stake in the New York Mets, a stake Lola held until she sold it in 1988 for $14 million dollars to Frank Cashen.