Spotify recently removed Neil Young’s musical catalog from its platform. The move was announced after the legendary rock artist published a condemning letter, accusing the platform of spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines. In his letter, Young particularly cited the Spotify-exclusive podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, and claimed that Spotify has to choose one between him and Rogan. Spotify quickly obliged and chose Rogan, dropping him.
Honestly, there is no impact here! Though the Young vs. Spotify war has been described as a ‘culture victory’ for Rogan, it seems that there was no battle all along! Young was inspired by the open letter written to Spotify by 270 people — including scientists, professors, and healthcare professionals — regarding Rogan’s podcast. Within two days of Young’s ultimatum, Spotify removed Young from the platform, and Rogan’s position as the ‘golden boy’ of Spotify remained untouched. Young ranked 778th on Spotify’s most popular musical artist. Rogan, whose podcast still tops the charts in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia, has pledged to balance the more controversial viewpoints with other people’s perspectives.
Any positive possibility for Neil Young seems bleak, as it is unlikely that Spotify would ever exile Rogan, especially after getting him on board in May 2020 with a whopping $100 million for being exactly what he is — a constantly controversial shock-jock! It is also difficult for any musician to join Young in his threatened boycott, as musicians rarely own their own music. It’s the labels who give the final nod, and it is unlikely that major labels would permit dropping their contemporary stars from the Spotify charts, even if they support Young’s position. Even if the current top four artists of Spotify, Drake, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Bad Bunny, joined forces with Young and yanked their songs from the streamer, even then it’s unlikely that Spotify would bid adieu to the experience that is Joe Rogan.
American actor Clarke Gable is well known for his film Gone With the Wind, now a classic. Here, he can be seen playing golf at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs.
Gable used to visit Palm Springs when he wasn’t busy shooting his various projects. He used to stay at his Spanish colonial estate near the O’ Donnell Golf Club. His getaway home is famed for its provenance and is regarded as one of the finest properties of Palm Springs.
In this image, Olympic diver Mickey Riley can be seen riding a wooden horse at the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs as the guests look on. Also known as Michael Galitzen, Mickey was a regular visitor at the famed Palm Springs.
This acclaimed sportsman was also often seen playing a game of golf during his visit to this destination. Riley was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1977.
Mexican-American actress Raquel Torres was known for her films such as The Bridge of San Luis Ray, White Shadows in the South Seas, So This Is Africa, Go West, Young Man, Under a Texas Moon, and many more.
Here, she can be seen enjoying her downtime. Torres is seen playing a game of ping-pong, and looking absolutely ravishing while doing so. We hope she won that round and the entire game too.
American actress and diplomat Shirley Temple had a jet-setting career. The actress was known for her performances in films including Just Around the Corner, The Blue Bird, Kiss and Tell, and more. Temple was also one of the greatest child actors of her time.
This picture taken in Palm Spring is from Temple’s childhood days where she can be seen posing near the Desert Inn pool before taking a dip.
Music legend Frank Sinatra had back-to-back releases throughout the 1950s. Not as a Stranger, Young at Heart, and Guys and Dolls were just some of the projects Sinatra was part of during this period. People still listen to his songs with much fervor.
While Sinatra believed in working hard, he also believed in relaxing. Here, he can be seen exiting a plane in Palm Springs with his then romantic interest Ava Gardner.
I Love Lucy’s Lucille Ball was a frequent Palm Springs visitor. In this photograph, which was taken in 1930, Ball is posing by the pool and enjoying the fresh outdoors.
Totally at peace in this image, it’s no wonder why she and husband Desi Arnaz eventually built a weekend home in the desert oasis. Besides their personal abode, though, the famed couple also came up with their hospitality venture called Indian Wells Resort Hotel in Palm Springs.
Best known for Alfred Hitchcock’s mind-boggling film Rear Window, actress Grace Kelly was another frequent Palm Springs guest. In this photograph, taken in 1954, Kelly can be seen browsing the postcard rack on what seems to be a rather sunny day.
In 1956, Grace became a royal member after marrying Prince Rainier III. She came to be known as Princess of Monaco.
American comedian and radio/television personality Groucho Marx was known for his well-timed routines. He later formed The Marx Brothers Comedy Group along with his three siblings.
Marx was also one of the founding members of the elite club called Tamarisk Country Club. He often used to stay at the old Wonder Palms Hotel during his visit to Palm Springs. He looks pretty relaxed in this golf cart, doesn’t he?
American blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe was another regular face at Palm Springs. Here, she can be seen in the middle of a photoshoot in the backyard of her Palm Springs home.
In 2011, a 26-foot-tall statue of Monroe was created. The statue is actually a representation of one of the most famous images of the icon, taken from Billy Wilder’s film The Seven Year Itch. It first came to Palm Springs in 2012 as a rental for 26 months and was then moved to New Jersey in 2014. In 2021, however, the statue returned to Palm Springs and is now located in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Rebel Without a Cause actor James Dean wasn’t only an incredible actor, but a car-racing enthusiast as well. In this photograph, which was taken in 1955, Dean can be seen proudly posing with the three trophies that he won at the Palm Springs Road Race that year.
Unfortunately, the actor passed away that year in a vehicle mishap. Years later, Palms Springs Rendezvous — a boutique hotel — introduced a room in the theme of Rebel Without a Cause, in memory of the Hollywood heartthrob.
Golfer Arnold Palmer is intricately linked with the desert town of Palm Springs. In this (major) throwback picture, Palmer is seen receiving a peck on both his cheeks. The lady on his right is Debbie Reynolds while Gail Davis is on his left.
This picture was taken after he won a Desert Classic Golf tournament. In an interview with Desert Sun, the golfer expressed his love for Palm Springs by remarking “I just like it here.”
Grammy awards nominee Andy Williams was a part-time Palm Springs resident. He owned a residential property near La Quinta. Williams was also a golfer and hosted PGA tour Golf Tournament in San Diego for several years.
In this heart-warming photograph taken in 1970, he can be seen enjoying family time in Palm Springs surrounded by his wife Claudine Longet and his three adorable children — Noelle, Christian, and Robert.
Actress Farah Fawcett was another celebrity face to frequent the desert town of Palm Springs. In this photograph taken in 1978, Fawcett is seen with tennis player Vince Van Patten as they prepare for a celebrity tennis game held in Palm Springs.
On the professional front, Fawcett was seen in various projects throughout the ’70s such as An Almost Perfect Affair, Sunburn, and Charlie’s Angels — which made her a household name across the USA.
American pianist Liberace was a musical genius when it came to musical scores and composition. The musical legend was noted for his extravagant costumes and his signature candelabra, which he liked to place atop the lids of his piano.
In this photograph taken in 1980, he can be seen happily posing with his dogs at his Palm Springs Estate. How wonderful to be an owner of so many cute dogs.
Walt Disney is known for giving us precious childhood memories through his animated films and characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and more. He founded The Walt Disney Company and redefined the parameters of entertainment for kids and adults who were still kids at heart.
His Palm Springs retreat was one of his favorite haunts. It was built by Disney and his wife in 1965 and remained under their name until 2015. He seems to be deep in conversation here. Wonder what he’s saying!
American actor Tom Bosley was known for his projects such as The Jesse Owens Story, Pinocchio and The Emperor of the Night, Father Dowling Mysteries, Hidden Places, and One Tree Hill among many others.
Bosley, in this photograph, is seen posing with his wife as they enjoy their teatime together. Unfortunately, the actor passed away in 2010 at his Palm Springs estate.
American actress Suzanne Somers is most noted for her projects such as Three’s Company, Hollywood Wives, She’s the Sheriff, The Ropers, The Love Boat, and more. For a long time, the actress and her husband owned a home in Palm Springs.
The duo had purchased a property in 1977 and stayed there on an on-and-off basis for 43 years. In 2021, they sold their sprawling property for a whopping $8.5 million!
Known as the King of Cool, Steve McQueen owned a palatial property at Palm Springs. In this photograph, McQueen can be seen hanging in his Palm Springs home, as he puts some music on his record player.
McQueen first came to Palm Springs in 1963 in search of an ideal place to relax. He built his first home there at 811, Grace Circle. In 2016, his Palm Springs home was up for grabs at $4.59 million.
American actor Kirk Douglas is best known for his projects such as A Letter to Three Wives, The Last Sunset, Once Is Not Enough, Touched by an Angel, Take Me Home Again, and more. He also owned a residential property in Palm Springs.
In this photograph, he can be seen enjoying some family time with his wife and his tiny tot. In 2020, the actor’s home was given a Class 1 historic status by Palm Springs City Council.
American actor, comedian, and stunt performer Harold Lloyd was best noted for his roles in The Milky Way, The Cat’s Paw, Professor Beware, Movie Crazy, For Heaven’s Sake, and more.
He also owned an estate called Harold Lloyd Estate in Palm Springs. In this old photograph, Lloyd can be seen posing on the fountain in front of his estate. The good news is that his estate is available for rent on Airbnb. Would you care to rent it?
American singer Gene Autry is known for his musical compositions and for his namesake show The Gene Autry Show. This singing cowboy owned residential property at Palm Springs. There’s also a trail named after him in Palm Springs.
In this black and white photograph, he can be seen posing next to the Gene Autry signpost. Autry has taken off his hat as a gesture to thank the authorities for bestowing him with this honor.
American actor Gavin MacLeod is best known for his characters in shows and movies such as Hogan’s Heroes, Scruples, The Love Boat (as Captain Merill Stubing), and more.
Here, he’s on the cover of Palm Springs Life, a Palm Springs-based publication featuring news and happenings of the desert town. MacLeod is dressed as his The Love Boat character, Captain Merill Stubing. The actor passed away at his Palm Springs home at the age of 90.
Former football player and actor Fred Williamson is best recognized for his characters in Julia, Warriors of The Wasteland, Half Nelson, and more. When he’s not busy performing, Williamson can be found relaxing at his Palm Springs residence.
In this photograph, he’s hosting a segment called Desert Dunes. Williamson has had his home in this desert town since 1977 and doesn’t have any plans of selling it.
Actress Carol Channing is known for her projects such as The Love Boat, The Carol Burnett Show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Alice in Wonderland, The First Traveling Saleslady, and many others.
When you look at this picture, you will notice how good of a time she is having idling away in her Rancho Mirage home at Palm Springs. The star had purchased the property in 2008 and sold it in 2020 for a whopping $9,90,000.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Known for his killer good looks and acting chops, some of Brad Pitt’s noteworthy movies include Thelma & Louise, Ocean’s Twelve, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Babel, and more. The iconic actor has been known to frequent Palm Springs on many occasions.
Here, he can be seen with former wife Angelina Jolie and his kids, as they pose for an iconic W magazine photoshoot. Don’t they look like one happy family here?
American singer and songwriter Barry Manilow is known for his work in movies such as Thumbelina, Oliver & Company, Cranberry Christmas, and more. The musician has performed various concerts in Palm Springs throughout the years.
This year, he’s even due to perform in some fundraising concerts scheduled during the month of December. In this image, he can be seen posing with his black Labrador at his Palm Springs home.
American musician and attorney Hoagy Carmichael is known for his acting projects too. At one point in time, Hoagy was all over the silver screen in projects such as Laramie, The DuPont Show of The Month (as a narrator), The Man Who Bought Paradise, and more.
He often used to play piano at Thunderbird Country Club in Palm Springs. In the black and white photograph above, Hoagy can be seen posing with the piano at one such recital.
American musician Sonny Bono was not only known for his voice but his acting skills as well. Some of the acting projects in which Bono shined include Switch, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, and more. He was also a regular star face at Palm Springs.
In this black and white photograph, he can be seen attending one of the cultural festivals organized in the desert town that is Palm Springs. Besides that, Bono served as Mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992.