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c. 1970

Rock stars hanging with their parents

Elton, Michael, Grace, Richie, and more, in vintage photos, as you've never seem them before

Eric Clapton with his grandmother Rose in the house he bought her in Surrey.

In the first post in our new collaboration with Retronaut, a site that creates small collections of vintage photos on eclectic themes, we look back at some rock and pop legends hanging at home with their parents.

“The thing that makes me mad about Frank is that his hair is curlier than mine — and blacker.”
Frank Zappa’s mom
c. 1970
Frank Zappa with his parents Francis and Rose Marie Zappa in his home, Los Angeles, California.
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“When he was four years old we used to put Reggie to bed in the day and get him up to play at night for parties.”
Elton John’s mom. (Elton was born Reginald Dwight)
c. 1971
Elton John with his mother Sheila and stepfather Fred Fairebrother at their apartment, London.
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“Grace and I have different sets of moral values but she’s her own person, and we understand each other.”
Grace Slick’s mom
Grace Slick with her mother Virginia Wing.
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“They won practically all the talent shows and I wasn’t surprised when they did make it.”
The Jacksons’ dad
c. 1971
The Jackson Five and their parents, Encino, California, Top left down: Michael, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, and Jackie, father Joe, and mother Katherine.
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c. 1971
Donovan with his parents.
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“Richie is the only one of my nine who’s really moved away. I can’t get rid of most of them.”
Richie Havens’ mom
c. 1971
Richie Havens with his parents, Richard and Mildred, at their home in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
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“He would bring people over and they would say, ‘You realize your son is brilliant,’ and I’d say, ‘Is he? I wish he was a bit more brilliant at keeping his room tidy.”
Ginger Baker’s mom
Peter “Ginger” Baker, drummer with rock band Cream, with his mother, Ruby Streatfield.
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“What I like best about him is that he seems to feel no need for me to be like him. Like he knows I get high. He doesn’t approve of it, but he doesn’t inflict his values on me.”
David Crosby
c. 1970
Singer David Crosby standing with his father Floyd in father’s house, Oja, California.
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c. 1970
Joe Cocker sits with his mother Marjorie, Sheffield, England.
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“I just managed to convince her that it was a worthwhile thing to do and when I did finally get the guitar, it didn’t seem that difficult to me.”
Eric Clapton
c. 1971
Eric Clapton with his grandmother Rose in the house he bought her in Surrey.
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