Alice Cooper playing ping-pong with Santa
‘Tis the Season folks and as I’m getting ready to roll off Dangerous Minds for a week, I wanted to share some choice photos of famous folks dressed up like our savior, Santa Claus or in some cases, just hanging out with jolly old Saint Nicholas.
Marc Bolan as Santa Claus
I really never get tired of pursuing the Internet for vintage images of celebrities and musical icons doing stuff that we all do, but I think this post is a doozy. I had all but forgotten about that time Nancy Reagan sat on Mr. T’s lap (who was dressed as Santa) at the White House during Christmas in 1983. Didn’t you?
From icons like Frank Zappa to Marc Bolan, even John Waters being confronted by Santa as he’s trying to steal a rib roast, and Ginger Rogers looking downright Cockettish in a Santa beard, I’ve got your Christmas covered in photos that are funny, touching and simply weird. Which is exactly how I like to roll. Merry Christmas, Dangerous Minds readers and thanks for digging us this year.
Nancy Reagan and Mr. T at the White House during Christmas, 1983
John Waters and Santa - from the 2004 book, “A John Waters Christmas”
Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana
Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra from the 1964 film, Robin and the 7 Hoods
Former guitarist for The Runaways, hair metal goddess Lita Ford
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden
Baseball Hall of Fame member, the great Willie Mays
A young Johnny Thunders sitting on Santa’s lap