Last night, the world received the news that Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy, had passed away at the age of 91. For decades, Hefner himself was both the leader and the embodiment of the lavish, socially and sexually forward-thinking lifestyle that the magazine purveyed, all the while building the magazine into a massive media and entertainment industry giant.Hef’s overarching legacy will be predominantly classified by scantily clad women in bunny outfits, the legendary Playboy Mansion and, of course, Playboy Magazine. But amidst the Playboy TVs and the Girls Next Door reality shows and the like, many may gloss over one of Hefner’s most substantive additions to the canon of American culture: his short-lived late-60’s TV show, Playboy After Dark. In a similar concept to his original TV show, Playboy’s Penthouse, each episode of After Dark was set at a “typical” party at Hefner’s house, complete with celebrities and Playboy Playmates who would then chat with their hose and perform for the “party’s” guests.The Grateful Dead Once Dosed The Crew Of ‘Playboy After Dark’ With LSDWhile the (actual) legendary parties at Hef’s house were less about the music than the general air of debauchery and permissiveness, Playboy After Dark managed to pack a truly incredible and diverse list of musicians into its short run of episodes, including The Grateful Dead, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Ike & Tina Turner, Sammy Davis Jr., Harty Nilsson, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, Steppenwolf, and more. The musicians would chat with Hef, perform a couple tunes, and join the party–some more-so than others, as The Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann would tell you. At that point in time, the LA soundstage on which the “Hefner’s place” set was built was not outfitted for live music performances, so many of the full-band appearances were mimed. But technical limitations aside, by consistently attracting such a star-studded roster of musicians to his show, Hefner made Playboy After Dark a beloved and lasting relic of popular music and culture at the end of the 1960’s that still feels just as entertaining more than 40 years later.Today, in Hefner’s memory, take a look back at some of the most memorable musical guests on Playboy After Dark during the show’s year(ish)-long run from early 1969-1970:James Brown (1969) – “If I Ruled The World”; “Say It Loud” (via YouTube user ishouldwinagrammy)::James Brown (1970) – “Georgia On My Mind”; “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” (via YouTube user ishouldwinagrammy):Sammy Davis Jr./Jerry Lewis – “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby” (via YouTube user Elmo Parsley):Steppenwolf – “Berry Rides Again” & more (via YouTube user Pete Cosmic)Deep Purple – “Hush” (via YouTube user AudioFidelity)Grand Funk Railroad – “Mr. Limousine Driver”; “Please Don’t Worry” (via YouTube user T.J. Ash)Rest in peace, Hef–There will never be another guy quite like you.
While money is always involved in making deals, Stanton chose the right fit instead of selling to the highest bidder.“I’ve never been one that’s motivated by trying to make the most money possible,” he said. “I think if you surround yourself with good people — and we’ve got a heck of a team here. I mean you look at the depth that we have on offense sitting in that meeting room this year when we came back, second, third, fourth-string guys that are real guys that could be starters potentially in other places.”Barring an injury, Stanton may not see the field in 2016, but he feels he is in a better position than other players around the NFL.“As a quarterback, I want to be on this team,” he said. “There’s starters that don’t have the same luxury that I have.” – / 23 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Asked when the Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer might hang it up, backup quarterback Drew Stanton didn’t reveal a lot. But he did lend insight to how he feels about his position with the team.Stanton signed a two-year deal in the offseason with earning the starting job in the back of his mind once Palmer retires, but he’s not going to throw Palmer under the bus for his own personal gain.“I have too much respect for Carson and everybody else in this organization to talk about it,” Stanton said on Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “My goal is to ultimately be a starting quarterback in this league for as long as I can.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments Share “Now, how you get there and what that looks like is completely different and individualized to that person,” he added. “I still have that as the ultimate goal for me and when that time comes, who knows, but I know if it comes here it will be for the right reasons and a great organization.”Since 2013, Stanton has found a home with the Arizona Cardinals and has no plans to leave.“I knew I wanted to come back here,” he said. “Obviously, being a part of this organization for the past three years and knowing the type of men that are running this organization and really the direction that it’s heading, I wanted to be a part of it.”In his eight starts with the Cardinals, Stanton went 5-3 and has been a solid backup to Palmer. He’s thrown for 1,815 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions since he joined the team.Even though he isn’t the starting quarterback, Stanton feels he made the right move.“It’s easy for me to come back and walk through these halls and go back in the meeting room, and that adjustment that doesn’t need to occur like it would somewhere else,” he said. “That, from my standpoint, and then also the ease of my family, made it a decision I felt really good about as soon as I knew it was the right one.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Drew Stanton, Cardinals quarterback Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton throws at practice on Aug. 2, 2016. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling