Thursday, December 17, 2009

Men With Hats

It's been said that when JFK appeared at his 1961 inauguration without a hat, that most American men quickly followed the trend by tossing their fedoras aside. The irony of this is that during the 60s, many singers made wearing a hat a part of their regular appearance. Since it's bitter cold and definitely hat weather in my neck of the woods today I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the funky headgear worn by rock and pop stars of the 1960s. They wore them well:

John Phillips
Phillips was rarely seen in concert or practice without his fur hat.




Bob Dylan
A big connoisseur of hats, including the very unusual top hat aka the Abe Lincoln.






John Lennon
Probably the first Beatle to be photographed wearing a hat. He started off with his trademark leather newsboy cap, then got funkier as the 60s and music got more psychedelic, and then returned to caps and berets in the 70s.





George Harrison




OK, so not a real hat per say, but an awfully cute shot:


Jimi Hendrix



Mick Jagger
Although he didn't wear them as often as these other dudes, Mick did occasionally wear hats in concert (this photo was taken in 1970) and for the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll special.



I would've loved to include Tom Petty, but he rose to fame in the 70s. If I missed anybody, please let me know!

7 comments:

Lidian said...

John Lennon rocked the hats all right. And Bob Dylan, sometimes. But John Phillips' furry hat reminds me of the one George Costanza wore in Seinfeld.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

I always wish I looked cool in hats!

That's a great bunch of hat photos you've found there!

He's not a pop star, but don't forget that other 60's icon: John Steed! He was almost never seen without his trademark bowler hat (at a time when they were falling out of fashion)!

Amy said...

oh yeah gotta love retro hats! The kermit one is pretty cool and funny.

GoRetroGirl said...

Lidian - yes, and it seems John Phillips wore that hat indoors no matter what the time of year which was a wee bit odd.

Richard - I think any guy looks good in a hat. Sometimes it's just about finding the right one. Ah yes, I know John Steed from The Avengers. Bowler hats are very dapper.

Anonymous said...

what's the last hat john lennon is wearing called?
is it just a type of beret with a peak and a button from the peak to the front?
thanks :)

Peach said...

what's the last hat john lennon is wearing called?
is it just a type of beret with a peak and a button from the peak to the front?
thanks :)

Adrian said...

Cool selection, The John Lennon Breton cap is my Fave. Reblogged, Facebooked and twitted this. Keep up the good work

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