“Our good friend and family photographer, Ron Joy has left us. Ron took most of the pictures of yours truly that graced albums and magazine covers around the world. We will miss him.”
“I can’t even begin to tell you how many of his pictures are in my collection but I believe there are a thousand or maybe more. The last shoot we did was the One More Time recording sessions. We didn’t use his pictures for the cover because we went with the Steven Wayda shot instead since Playboy, essentially, had paid for the artwork. I’ll see if I can find any of those pictures as time goes on. This is a little raw now.
“When I was first starting out, just after the Bubblegum years, Ron came to a taping of a performance I was doing on The Hollywood Palace. He was working on a story for a magazine, I don’t remember which one. The next time I saw him was at a meeting where he showed me pictures of Raquel Welch who was on almost every magazine cover of the day and said,
‘I can do that for you.’
“Long story short, he did.” ~ Nancy (October 3, 2013)
From Nancy’s first appearance on the ABC-TV series The Hollywood Palace (March 19, 1966), one of Ron Joy’s photos of host Robert Goulet and Nancy…
In her 1985 book, Frank Sinatra, My Father, Nancy recognizes the important role that Ron Joy played at a pivotal time in her career:
“[...] just before ‘Boots’ hit, my friend Ron Joy, a wonderful photographer who was very publicity conscious, said, ‘I want to show you something.’ He took me to one of those stands that have the magazines from all around the world and he said, ‘Look at this.’ Almost every magazine he pointed to had Raquel Welch on the cover. He said, ‘This girl hasn’t done anything.’ I said,
‘What do you mean, she hasn’t done anything?’
“‘She really doesn’t do much of anything. She’s trying to break into films. She is very smart and she gets these photographers all over the world to photograph her and she’s on every magazine cover in the world. ‘That,’ he said, ‘is what we’re going to do.’ And we did. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, the Fourth of July, Bastille Day, whatever it was, he put me in appropriate costumes, did pinups, and sent them to magazines around the world. Those pictures helped me get rolling.”
Some of Nancy’s bikini images on magazine covers around the world…
Upper tier, left to right: Stern in Germany (June 1967); Showtime in the U.K. (August 1967); Brisbane TV Week in Australia (September 1967).
Lower tier, left to right: Eiga No Tomo ["Friends of the Movies"] in Japan (September 1967); back cover of Filmski Svet in Yugoslavia (August 1967); back cover of Cinémonde in France (July 1968).
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