1907 ad. (Otto Of Rose?)
His pin ups are flirty and fun, and sometimes get caught in situations where the viewer gets a little peek-a-boo of her garment. His 1950’s pin ups are typical of the era, being inspired by the blonde bombshells of the time (Marilyn, Mansfield, etc). In terms of his artistic style, Edward did not receive any formal training, but his talents did not show this fact, and his skills are comparable with Gil Elvgren.
He spent his later years in Big Bear Lake, CA, where he had a studio and an art school.
Edward Runci (1921-1986)
Originally from Sicily, he moved to the US in the 1930s. He became a portrait artist in Hollywood. After WWII, his career really took off, not only was he an amazing painter of pin ups with oil paints for calendars, but he also created adverts for famous companies like Coca Cola. Interestingly, he also painted clowns, landscape scenes, and portraits of celebrities in Hollywood.
An extraordinary artist, Edward Runci received national fame as a pin- up and glamour artist. His daily association with legends such as Gil Elvgren made him one of the great successes of the pin-up genre.
No one knows for certain what exactly happened in the early hours of December 11, 1964. Cooke had been out the night before, reportedly drinking at a Los Angeles bar where he met a woman named Elisa Boyer. The pair hit it off and eventually ended up at the Hacienda Motel. There the couple had some type of altercation in their room, and Cooke then ended up in the motel’s office. He reportedly clashed with the motel’s manager, and the manager shot Cooke. Cooke died from his injury, which the manager claimed was inflicted in self-defense. It was later ruled justifiable homicide.
Thousands turned out to mourn the legendary singer. Ray Charles and Lou Rawls sang at his funeral in Los Angeles, and another service was held in his former hometown, Chicago. The year after his death, Cooke’s record company released his song “A Change Is Gonna Come.” He wrote this civil rights anthem in response to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” It was perhaps his most pointedly political song.
No matter the circumstances of his passing, Cooke left behind a tremendous musical legacy. It only takes a listen to recordings of his live shows, such as his 1963 performance at Miami’s Harlem Square Club, to recognize his contributions to soul music. And as a pop icon, Cooke has endured through his songs. Otis Redding and Al Green are among the artists who have covered his work. He was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1986.
Born on January 22, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Sam Cooke sang with the gospel group the Soul Stirrers before going on to land huge hits like “You Send Me,” “Wonderful World,” “Chain Gang” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.” Forging a link between soul and pop, he had a diverse repertoire that attracted both black and white audiences, and started his own record label and publishing company. Cooke died on December 11, 1964, in Los Angeles, California.
De Soto 1955 Ad
An Easter Collage.