The Jimi Hendrix Album ‘Electric Ladyland’ is 50 years old this year and one of it’s controversial and banned covers back then featured a bevvy of naked beauties posing on a black background. Several years ago I got asked if I could identify any of the models and back then my knowledge was lacking, but now I’ve been asked again and on revisiting the cover I realize that I can now name several of the models and recognize several more.
Back then the cover photographer, David Montgomery, said he found the girls in The Speakeasy nightclub in London, which may be true. But I know those I’ve identified were also well known glamour models appearing in many of the magazines back then and worked for the likes of Harrison Marks and Russell Gay. I’ve numbered the models I can now identify and the list is below, plus a few I recognize and have images of but have no name.
The two blondes front left also look familiar, but can’t put a name to the lovely faces. Anyone recognize any other models?
One of the models named Reine Sutcliffe was interviewed in Melody Maker in 1968. “It makes us look like a load of old tarts. It’s rotten. Everyone looked great, but the picture made us look old and tired. We were trying to look too sexy, but it didn’t work out.”
Thanks to Les for contacting me and asking to look at it again 🙂
Another unknown model photographed by Harrison Marks that I thought I’d already posted but hadn’t! This model appears late in the Kamera run with her only appearing in the penultimate and final editions Kamera No.88 & No.89 (1968). This shot is from a number of negatives I have of her, but was also published in Kamera No.88 P20, but in a slightly retouched version. As you can see in this shot there is just a bit too much on show for publication back then, although they seem to have removed everything including the stubble in the printed version 🙂
Another model that always seemed to wear a wig when posing and I have this model down as Unknown Model No.38 in my list of unknown models
Update: I found her! This is actually 1960’s UK model Carol Marsden, so I’ll update everything and she’s no longer unknown 🙂
Zigrinda by Harrison Marks. She only appeared in Kamera No.87 (1968) and the glamour film ‘Zigrinda, Britain’s Top Stripper’. The three images from No.87 are all from the same set of her wearing the white hat and black push up bra, but as far as I’m aware this shot from my collection never got published?
Anna Verdi posing on the Casbah set for Harrison Marks and showing off her fabulous figure and full bush! Anna seems to have gone from a smooth mound back to full on bush in her career and in this shot she seems to be back to the full bush look 😉
The very endowed Ann Day posing for Harrison Marks in sheer black baby doll and heels! With the size of Ann’s tits there seems no point in wearing that little baby doll, as it hardly covers anything and shows everything, but suppose it’s all about the titillation 😉
Something for all of us currently in the UK and feeling the effects of storm Emma. Nicky Stevens posing in just a winter hat, boots and a hand warmer by a postbox by Harrison Marks. I’m not sure if this shot warms me up or just makes me feel colder, but a great view of Nicky either way! It’s cold and very snowy out there so stay safe and warm out there everyone 🙂
Shots of Nicky posing in the snow like this appeared on the November 1968 Kamera Calendar page and several magazines including Rogue.
Another tantalizing shot of Anna Verdi by Harrison Marks taken in his flat in 1968. I love this rear view shot of her kneeling in just stay ups presenting her beautiful arse for the camera and many admiring viewers. What an offering from Anna 😉
Another shot that I again posted back in 2014 from the published version that appeared in Femme No.11 (1968) here, but now I have the original negative.
A beautiful shot of Beryl Gilchrist in high resolution and for members in its original medium format size. The clarity between the two shots is stunning, but no difference in the two versions censorship wise, as Beryl is posing with her leg cleverly placed to hide anything that may need to be retouched! The published version was more tightly cropped on Beryl than this, but I prefer to see more of the ornate surroundings and harp in my shot. Not that we shouldn’t be focussing on Beryl’s slender naked figure, as it is rather nice to look at 🙂