Old pictures.

After messing with iTunes today, I bring you…

Selections from the album art file!


Remember “The Original Kings of Comedy”? I liked the difference between old-school and hip-hop: In old-school, there’s five guys and one microphone, in hip-hop, 20 guys and everybody has a microphone. That’s David Ruffin on the far right, a man confident enough to rock both that suit and the glasses. Of course, if you could sing like him, you would, too. (I’d bet a dollar that picture was taken somewhere in Detroit, and I’d love to know where.)


Funny to think about, but this is what passed for bad-asses in the mid-’60s. More James Dean than John Lennon, but if a boy wearing boots like the one on the left came to pick up your daughter in 1964, you’d be right to worry. I like it because it looks like every one of those guys held a day job at a tool-and-die shop somewhere. And maybe they did.


The post-Diana Supremes, here. I love the hair, of course, and the black turtlenecks. If anything said, “It’s not the ’60s anymore,” this picture did. That’s Jean Terrell at the top, Cindy Birdsong on the right and ever-faithful Mary Wilson at left. Their first album, post-Diana, was called “Right On.” I like the ’70s Supremes for their lack of Diana-ness, but mostly for “Up the Ladder to the Roof” and “Nathan Jones.”

Posted at 5:34 pm in Popculch |

12 responses to “Old pictures.”

  1. basset said on February 21, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    care to guess, Nance, what Mitch Ryder’s real name was? or is, far as I know he’s still alive.

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  2. Danny said on February 22, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Mitch Ryder (born William S. Levise Jr., February 26, 1945, in Hamtramck, Michigan) is an American musician.

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  3. nancy said on February 22, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Mitch Ryder is, indeed, still alive, and his website has a German suffix. Odd:


    I guess he’s big in Europe.

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  4. LA mary said on February 22, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t have windows media player on my computer at work, or I could now be watching a free video on MSNBC of Joe Scarborough interviewing Danny Bonaduce about Britney Spears.

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  5. LA mary said on February 22, 2007 at 11:32 am

    If you click on Mitch’s “secret message” you see a message from him in English, but it has a p.s. in German.

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  6. nancy said on February 22, 2007 at 11:44 am

    It’s entirely possible he lives there now. Wouldn’t blame him — better beer, no speed limits, fans.

    Is there any child-star meltdown Danny B. hasn’t had something to say about?

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  7. LA mary said on February 22, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Mostly his own. He really is a tiresome person. I want a reality show starring some non famous person who has an effed up life. How about a stay at home mom who’s a secret alky or a doctor with a drug problem. I think they need to start videotaping every minute of their existence for us.

    On a day I was home with a sick kid or something, I saw Danny B on Dr. Phil. Phil was giving him a hard time about being so public about his problem, and in the process showing lots of clips of Danny being messed up. I think we need another show questioning Dr. Phil and Danny about Phil exploiting Danny. It could just go on forever, with everyone feeling they’re doing it all to enlighten people.

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  8. brian stouder said on February 22, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Mary – you can get your fix if you watch the ongoing Anna Nicole ‘miscarriage of justice’ (so to speak)

    Everybody – and most especially the judge! – in Anna Nicole’s case wants to be a star, and have their 15 minutes of coast-to-coast fame, literally over her dead body!

    When they make the movie about this (and they will!) – they should call it Voluptuous, Tumultuous (or some such)

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  9. LA mary said on February 22, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    I don’t deny I am a consumer of crap news, but it’s way over the top right now. The whole crop of drunken underpantsless 20 something girls is pretty depressing. It’s a weird idea of what’s sexy.

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  10. deb said on February 22, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    i remember, as an impressionable teen, being told that the sexiest women always left something to the imagination. what a quaint notion!

    it also reminds me of something our friend mark once said, after having his knees broken by a great beauty: “beautiful women should be left to men with no imagination.”

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  11. basset said on February 24, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    >>Mitch Ryder (born William S. Levise Jr., February 26, 1945, in Hamtramck, Michigan) is an American musician.

    no fair Googling.

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  12. Mike said on July 16, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Mitch Ryder Putting together his every 20 year American release as we speak ( Last one with John Mellen (Cougar) camp

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