Misogyny in the 197os! An advert for female underwear manufacturers Triumph in Bravo of 17 March 1977. The legend reads: “Smack – the tender correction”. In fairness Klaps (which really means “light smack”) is the name of the panty, so the image is a pun. Still, so much wrong with this ad…
The Bay City Rollers, with new member Pat McGlynn (second from right), on a poster in Bravo of 17 March 1977. McGlynn lasted for only a couple of months.
The readers’ charts in Bravo of 17 March 1977. For once, the German #1 beats the international chart-topper, with Marianne Rosenberg’s disco-lite hit Marleen (lyrically a complete rip-off of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”).
Boney M in Bravo of 17 March 1977
The cover of Bravo of 17 March 1977. That week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:
• Teenage actress Nastassja Kinski’s appearance in an episode if crime series Tatort
• Interview with Sweet’s singer Brian Connolly (“We should change our name”)
• How Boney M live
• Introducing new Bay City Rollers member Pat McGlynn
• Susan Dey on the set of her new TV series Love Me, Love Me Not
• Eddie And The Hit Rods in concert
• The Beatles Revival Band
• Slik’s “comeback”
• Spanish singer Jeanette with her hit “Porque te vas”
German rock singer Peter Maffay on a centre-spread poster in Bravo of 24 February 1977.
The shortlist of for the annual “Girl of the Year” contest in Bravo of 24 Feb 1977. Every year, ordinary teenage boys and girls would enter the contest. Forty girls and 40 boys would be shortlisted, for readers to vote their finalists. The winner would be elected by the crowd at a mega-concert event.
And look at entrant #24: actress Rebecca de Mornay. She came nowhere. Six years later she was a Hollywood star, appearing opposite Tom Cruise in Risky Business.
“Rebecca De Mornay (17) was born in California attends high school in Kitzbühel, Austria. at 1,67m in height and 55kg in weight, she likes to compose and write lyrics.”
German disco band Silver Convention on a back-page poster in Bravo of 24 February 1977. The trio was going to represent West-Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest (they’d finish 8th).
Disco singer Amanda Lear on a single-page poster in Bravo of 24 February 1977.
Lear was controversial because of rumours that she was born as a boy in Hong Kong. She apparently helped to promote that rumour to gain publicity, but when she became famous, it was not quite the image she wanted to project. So she posed nude for photos (also published in Bravo). If she indeed had a sex change, then her doctors deserve a Nobel Prize.
Her life story is extraordinary. Read about it HERE.
This poster featured on the German cover of Lear’s 1977 LP I Am A Photograph (see below)
German singer Jürgen Drews features on the cover of Bravo of 24 February 1977. That week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:
• Pink Floyd’s German tour (nobody will beat their show this year, apparently)
• Amanda Lear: “Sweeter than honey”
• A visit to the Scottish estate of Bay City Rollers manager Tam Paton
• German teens who love “guest workers” from Italy (Bravo encourages openness)
• Rocker Peter Maffay now does “country-rock”
• West-Germany’s new “Ice Princess”, Dagmar Lurz
• Five reasons why the Scorpions do the best live show of all German bands
• Charles Bronson’s new film