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Many of talk about the music and movies of yesterday: how good the talent was back then, how much they seemed to care about their craft and how bad we wish we could have been part of it at some point.  But was anyone taking stock with how fine some of them men were back in the day?  It’s no wonder that their shows would sell and women would throw their underwear at them while they were on stage or at a movie premiere. Check out our short list of old school actors and singers who were pretty easy on the eyes back in the day. Who’s your favorite old school artist or actor?


James Earl Jones

Can we talk about young James Earl Jones?  Had I been grown around this time and had a chance to get near him, I bet he would have all my little bit of money. Those eyes seem like they would just see through to your soul. There is something particularly fine about him in this picture.


Marvin Gaye

Marvin knew he was a handsome man. I’m convinced of that. That’s why when he performed a song he didn’t have to add too much pizazz to it (although his occasional hip dip or thrust never hurt).  The ladies loved him and would scream and pass out before he would even utter a word.


Billy Dee Williams

I can’t remember a time when Billy Dee wasn’t handsome.  He had women wishing they were Diana Ross in the movies or shoot, even the Colt 45 bottles he held on to in the commercials.  Women still love him now so that really goes to show you that he’s very well-preserved…and has good genes.

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence may not be as old school as the rest of the men on this list but his fineness in Boyz In The Hood is absolutely worth the mention.  Furious was not only a tough as nails father but he was also the man that all the ladies in the hood wanted.  I was young when this came out but I acknowledged he was what I’d imagine my “type” to be when I got old enough to have a type.

Harry Belafonte

Didn’t you just always know Harry would be, as the older ladies call it, a “cat daddy?”  He’s a West Indian man who had just enough of an accent to make women of all races a little more curious as to who he was and where he came from.  Singer India Arie has said that she’s had a crush on him since she was a young girl and she still has a crush on him now. I’m not mad at her because if you see Harry today, he’s still really handsome.

Sam Cooke

Same had a smile that lit up a room.  There was just something about him that made you want to know more about him. Maybe it was the semi-boyish looks or that voice that made you want to hug him or something (“A Change Is Gonna Come,” anyone?) but in reading about him, the ladies never failed to show their love for him.

Al Green

Way before he was saved, Al Green was a ladies man. He kept his shirts unbuttoned (when he actually wore shirts) and gold chains falling from his neck.  Al gave you everything he had to go along with his actual talent and seemed like he knew how to have a good time.  Even when you see him perform now on a toned down level, he usually gives a little wink that says. “You know what time it is.” Indeed, Al. Indeed.

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