It’s funny where things take you. Michael and I were having a conversation, and somehow it turned to talking about Magic Dick, the harmonica player for J. Geils Band. His picture is below.
After the obligatory internet picture search, this in turn led us to discuss how much he looks like Jeff Lynne (founder of E.L.O.) – pictured below.
Then of course, we began talking about the afro. We went back and forth for a bit trying to decide who had the better ‘fro, and ultimately decided that Magic really rocked the fro, while Jeff was more of a loose, long curly mop.
This in turn had me looking at other famous afro’s of the 70’s…the first stop is always Wikipedia, whose official “definition” is:
“An Afro, sometimes shorted to 'fro and also known as the "natural", is a hairstyle worn naturally by people with lengthy kinky hair texture or specifically styled in such a fashion by individuals with naturally curly or straight hair. The hairstyle is created by combing the hair away from the scalp, allowing the hair to extend out from the head in a large, rounded shape, much like a halo, cloud or ball. In persons with naturally curly or straight hair, the hairstyle is typically created with the help of creams, gels or other solidifying liquids to hold the hair in place. Particularly popular in the African-American community of the mid-to-late 1960s, the hairstyle is often shaped and maintained with the assistance of a gap-toothed comb colloquially known as an afro pick.”
Some other great afro’s of the 70’s:
Who can forget Billy Preston?
As a lifelong Yankee fan, I always thought Oscar Gamble cultivated quite the ‘fro…
And who can forget the Jacksons?
Truth be told, back in the 70’s (when I had more hair), it was quite curly and I had an afro going strong…complete with an afro pick. Maybe I’ll dig up some pictures for later.
How is any of this relevant to wine? It’s not. But we are nothing if not diverse!
- Lance Cerutti