Vintage Musicians #4: Lounge Acts from the Seventies!

I write this post out of love for those musicians that performed at the local hotels back in the day, I really do - I'm not trying to be mean spirited.  Pictures of me in the mid-seventies aren't exactly photogenic either, if you know what I mean. In fact, I LOVE that these musicians didn't look polished for MTV.

I really miss the days when every hotel from Holiday Inn to Howard Johnson's to the non-chain local had a musical attraction in the lounge.  I'm not sure what killed that phenomenon - perhaps, people are in such a hurry these days that they don't have time to just sit, grab a smoke, drink, and listen to some tunes.  Maybe they just weren't cost effective.

Anyway, I came across some photographs of these lounge acts from a library, and thought I share them with you. I don't know most of their names, but whoever they are, their appearances are, quite frankly, breathtaking.... in a bad way.

 So, hold on tight, and get ready for some "not ready for MTV" musical acts of the 1970s. Enjoy!

This duo was called "Twice the Life".  I'm not sure why, but I picture the guy on the left spitting into his palm and then flattening his hair before the photo was taken.

(Group name: Mel, Bobbie and Larry). Bobbie is sporting some enormous hair! Meanwhile, Larry grabs himself.

I don't know the name of this group; but from the looks of them, they should've been called The Serial Rapists. 

I would love to see a VHI Behind the Music on this vertitable melting pot of musicians. 

I've heard that the backstage debauchery after a Dale Carmen Duo concert was simply legendary. In the book Hammer of the Gods, it states that the infamous "mudshark incident" can actually be traced back to both Robert Plant and Dale Carmen.  My own personal experience with the duo was when they opened for Maiden in Springfield back in '82. The police actually busted them on stage for possession and indecent exposure, and the whole crowd rioted.  You shoulda been there.   

Ah, yes.  The seventies were indeed the Golden Age of the Moustache.

Nice neck wear, fellas! Question: Which of these guys was romantically involved with the group's lone female?

A. They wish
B. Bwahaahahaha! In their dreams
C. Yeah right
D. Not if they were the last guys on earth
E. None of the above

(Correct Answer = E; All three were her personal sex slaves)

And here's a couple more for the road...


  1. GoatilocksMay 03, 2010

    Hopefully someone from the acts above will recognize themselves here and pop in to say hello ...

  2. Ah, the Good Ol' Days....

    Reminds me of Murph and the Magictones playing at the Holiday Inn in the Blues Brothers movie.

  3. From what I gather economics more than anything helped to bring a end to the lounge acts. I believe that the infamous Esteban (of crappy guitar quality fame) did the lounge route back in his day.

  4. Oh those are just too classic for words, jeepers the lady in the 3rd photo down - wonder how much hairspray she used?

  5. AnonymousMay 03, 2010

    Geez, scrolling down this thread post is about like driving the last twenty miles into into Branson!

  6. Somebody needs to get out more. I can name half a dozen places where these types of groups still play three nights a week. Of course they dress a little differently, and have different hair. Ever hear of Karaoke? It killed the lounge act.

    No, seriously, just down the road from here is a Holiday Inn that still has a lounge act all week.

  7. Good stuff. You had me with the first picture, but they just kept getting worse. I'm not trying to be mean either, but those are some faces that belong on the radio.

  8. I wonder how much DJs and cable TV had to do with the decline of the hotel lounge.

  9. It's funny how the aesthetics of our culture have changed and gotten so uptight and narrowly defined;as evidenced by some of the comments above