Category: classic rock


In September 1963, during a rare break between touring and recording, George Harrison paid a visit to his sister, Louise, who was now living in Benton, Illinois, as well as taking in a flying visit to NYC. 

Five months before The Beatles’ explosive appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, George, in full Beatle suit, could mingle blissfully anonymous among Americans on his sight-seeing trip. He is captured in photos taken by his brother Peter on the viewing platform on the Empire State building, and the roof deck of the Pickwick Arms Hotel in Manhatten.

Today, near the interstate exit-ramp, there’s a large cut-out of George next to the road into Breton, celebrating his visit.


Marc Bolan of T. Rex, 1973, by Roger Bamber/Shutterstock, via rollingstone

Debbie Harry of Blondie, at the El Mocambo in Toronto. Photo by Patrick Harbron.

Elton John reeceiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, October 23, 1975, by Maureen Donaldson, via rollingstone

John Lennon, 1971 by Spud Murphy, via Yoko at commondreams

More Birdshirt Montreux, October 28, 1972, sources: [x][x]

Marc Bolan, by Anwar Hussein #adorable

Cass Elliot: Cleopatra in Palm Springs, by Henry Diltz. I found this at Henry’s Facebook page, where, of all the hundreds of iconic photos he’s famous for, and hundreds more you’ll fall in love with as you explore his work, THIS is his poster image.  

“Gary Burden and I took Cass out to the Palms Springs desert in a limo to take this picture for an album cover. It never got used for the cover, but it was a billboard on Sunset Strip. The oud in the picture was bought for me in Egypt by my father, however, it was a designer oud and couldn’t actually be tuned. Bummer for me, but good for the picture.”

Joni Mitchell, Mariposa Folk Festival, Toronto 1970, by Jeff Goode