9 Vintage Heartthrobs – Then and Now

If you were a teenage girl in the 1970s, I am sure you will remember these heartthrobs! You probably had their posters on the walls of your bedroom (or hidden in your closet if your Mom didn’t approve). You probably had dreams of being their girlfriend, and you might have written their names over and over again on your school notebooks…. Mrs. Shaun Cassidy, Mrs. Shaun Cassidy, Mrs. Shaun Cassidy…..

Let’s take a look at some favorite 1970s heartthrobs, and what they look like today (in no particular order – well, okay… maybe a little bit of a favorite order – LOL). 

Shaun Cassidy

Shaun started out on General Hospital at 5 years old. He really became popular in the late 1970s in the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew Mysteries alongside Parker Stevenson. He continued acting until the mid-1990s. He began writing and producing TV series and movies in the early 1990s and has been active doing that ever since. I like him best for his song “Be My JayDee Baby” (seriously, the song is “Be My Baby”, but I liked singing it with my name instead of “baby”). 

David Cassidy

David started his TV acting career in the late 1960s – everyone remembers him best as “Keith” on the Partridge Family. He made all the teenage girls swoon when he was singing hits like “I Think I Love You“. He remains an accomplished actor and musician to this day.

Donny Osmond

Everyone remembers the Osmond Brothers. Especially Donny. Donny with the dreamy eyes and bright smile. Donny singing “Go Away Little Girl“. Donny singing “Puppy Love“. *sigh* Donny still has his youthful good looks and continues to perform and appear on TV. 

Davy Jones

Davy started out as an actor in the 1950s, moved on to American broadway before he joined with the wildly popular group “The Monkeys”. Sadly, he passed away in 2012 at the age of 66, but leaves behind a great legacy. One of my favorite songs Davy sang is “Daydream Believer“.

Bobby Sherman

Bobby started out in TV in the late 1960s, but really became a heartthrob when he joined the Teen Idol Tour with Peter Noone and Davy Jones. You might remember his hit songs “Little Woman“, “Julie Do You Love Me“, and “Easy Come Easy Go“.  He was also a Captain in the Los Angeles Police Department and San Bernardino Sherrif’s Department.

Andy Gibb

As well as acting in many TV shows in the 1970s, Andy and his brothers were wildy successful as the “The Bee Gees”. Remember Andy’s hit “I Just Want To Be Your Everything“? Andy had a difficult time with his rapid rise to stardom, and sadly, we lost Andy in 1988, but his songs live on. 

Leif Garrett

Leif started acting in the late 1960s and has been in dozens and dozens of movies and TV shows throughout his life. In the late 1970s, he turned to a singing career and was best known for his disco hit, “I Was Made for Dancing“. 

John Travolta

When you hear the name John Travolta you immediately think of his dancing prowess in Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Pulp Fiction. But do you remember him in Welcome Back, Kotter as Vinnie Barbarino? Hubba hubba! He continues acting to this day. 

Rick Springfield

Rick’s been in a TON of TV shows, and is probably best known for his role as the dreamy Dr. Noah Drake in the show General Hospital. But I will always remember him as a heartthrob musician singing “Jessie’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers“. 

Who was your favorite heartthrob from the 1970s? Share in a comment below!


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  1. That’s quite a list of teenaged crushes, JD. I’ll bet Bobby Sherman was a hit at the LAPD karaoke parties in his later life. 🙂

  2. Bobby Sherman was also on Here Comes the Brides. A television series based in the early settlement in Seattle

  3. Thanks for the memories. The bulk of my allowance was spent on that magazine. My bedroom was wall papered with Donny Osmond posters.

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