Exploring the Past: Vintage Images Reveal History's Dynamic Sides

By Sarah Norman | March 28, 2024

Adam Ant and Rick James backstage at a taping of 'Solid Gold' in 1981

The faces of the groovy era you will see in this collection of photographs are nostalgic, inspiring, and intriguing. Behind their very public lives were real people with lives that were filled with excitement, heartache, highs, and lows. As you scroll through these slides and learn about the actors, singers, models, and other celebrities of the 1950s. 1960s. 1970s, and beyond, you will appreciate the achievements and contributions they made to our pop culture. 

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Remember Adam Ant? The English singer was a leader of the new wave genre in the early to mid-1980s. With his funky style and unique voice, he and his group, Adam and the Ants, were chart toppers in the UK with three back-to-back number one hits. A forerunner of the second wave of the British Invasion, Adam Ant parlayed his musical popularity into an acting career. In this photo, Adam Ant is posing with singer Rick James whose musical styles were quite different than his. Rick James was known for his bend of rock and funk. 

Did someone order a tongue sandwich? Mike Douglas, Gene Simmons and Cher in a publicity shot for 'The Mike Douglas Show' in 1979

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Gene Simmons of the band Kiss was known for his freakishly long tongue, vomiting fake blood on stage, and adopting a demon-like persona when he was playing his bass guitar. In this pic, we see Simmons and Cher as guest stars on The Mike Douglas Show. Did you know that Simmons and Cher dated in the late 1970s and even lived together? During the time they were in a relationship, however, Simmons fell in love with singer Diana Ross, who he later lived with as well. These two weren’t the only girls in Simmons’ life. He has claimed to have slept with a many as 5,000 women in his lifetime.