Beatles to Bowie
The Who

The Who by Tony Frank, 1965
Tony Frank
© Tony Frank

Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Sandie Shaw

Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Sandie Shaw in Fabulous
Fleetway Publications Private Collection
© IPC+ Syndication


In 1965 Gered Mankowitz was invited by Andrew Loog Oldham to take a series of photographs of The Rolling Stones, and for the next two years would be their official photographer. The first session provided images for their American 'Satisfaction' tour programme and press advertisements for their third British album cover, Out Of Our Heads (September 1965) and their single, 'Get Off Of My Cloud' (October 1965).

Fashion permeated pop photography from the ultra-Mod clothes of The Small Faces, to Cilla Black's pleated mini-skirt and Petula Clark's full-length dress designed by Caroline Charles. Fabulous magazine (2 October 1965) ran a Carnaby Street fashion story featuring David Bowie (then Davie Jones) with model Jeanette (Jan De Souza). The Pop Art-inspired fashion of The Who was captured by Tony Frank against the tracks at Wembley Park Station.

Contemporary film and art also influenced the pop scene. Gerry Marsden appeared alone, without his Pacemakers, outside his childhood home in Liverpool, in Whitaker's film verité pose, while in London the photographer persuaded The Beatles to create auto-destructive art in a tableau built with the help of performance artist Stuart Brisley.