20 Memorable Historical Photos From The Groovy Era
The '60s and '70s, known as the Groovy Era, were regarded as the best decades in history for fashion, music, and individuality. It was a time full of unique characters that we couldn't forget. Here we collected loads of nostalgic Groovy Era photos that will make you miss those old days.
1. The Beatles
In 1960, four youths formed a band called the Beatles, which later became a legendary band of all time as it created a new culture in the 1960s and swept everyone away with Beatlemania. All four members have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As the best-selling group in the history of music, they have sold over 800 million albums.
2. Sharon Tate
Sharon Tate was known for her performance as Jennifer North in the cult classic film Valley of the Dolls, and this movie earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She was thought to be the most promising newcomer but was murdered by Manson Family cultists in 1968. Sadly, she was eight and a half months pregnant at the time of her death.
3. Natalie Wood
Actress Natalie Wood began acting at the age of four. She has appeared in many films like West Side Story, Splendor in the Grass, The Searchers, and Rebel Without a Cause. Natalie's constant efforts in the movie industry have eventually awarded her a Golden Globe Award for her role in the 1979 TV miniseries remake of From Here to Eternity.
4. Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda became famous for her performance in Cat Ballou, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? According to Newsday, she was the loveliest and most gifted actress on the scene at the time and soon became an internationally recognized sex symbol. Fonda grew to be more successful in the '80s and has starred in 22 more workout videos and a multitude of excellent movies.
5. John Lennon & Yoko Ono
In this classic photo, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were lying in a bathtub on their honeymoon in Amsterdam, during which they staged an in-bed protest against the Vietnam War. There is nothing more groovy than peace and love.
6. Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch was pictured performing in South Vietnam during the 1967 USO Christmas Tour. Her knit mini dress looked fashionable and deeply attracted soldiers' attention. Welch was known for her appearance in the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage and another film One Million Years B.C. She only had three lines in the entire movie but became a worldwide sex symbol for the fur bikini she wore in the movie.
7. David Bowie & Cher
One of David Bowie's most memorable TV appearances was when he showed on Cher's variety show to perform a medley of different songs. Although some people criticized the song, calling it "all over the place," it went over well with viewers.
8. Robin Williams
Comedy icon Robin Williams rose to his fame in the mid-1970s in the San Francisco Bay Area. His career soared later because of his humor and wackiness. He got his first big break into TV with Mork and Mindy and is forever remembered for starring in hit movies like Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Night at the Museum.
9. Nico & Lou Reed
Lou Reed, the lead guitarist and singer for the rock band The Velvet Underground and German musician Nico, were pictured here. The Velvet Underground band has been rated as one of the 100 most influential bands of all time by Rolling Stone and helped Nico form her successful solo career. The band's first album was entitled The Velvet Underground and Nico. Apart from a singer, Nico was also a model and actress and became a famous Warhol superstar during the 1960s.
10. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep was also a superstar in the Groovy Era. She had amazing performing skills and has been still wowing fans to this day. She even was named the "best actress of her generation." Meryl has received a record of 32 Golden Globe nominations and has won eight. She received her first Oscar nomination in 1978 and won one in 1979 for Best Supporting Actress, and another in 1982 for Best Actress.
11. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is widely thought to be the most crucial figures in the history of bodybuilding. It wouldn't be the Groovy Era without this muscular man. Arnold has won many titles, including seven times of Mr.Olympia as well as three times Mr.Universe. He later became a famous actor and won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actor for his performance in the film Stay Hungry.
12. Woodstock Festival
This picture shows people on their way to the festival - the Woodstock Festival, which was the epitome of the Groovy Era. On that day, over 400,000 people would join the activity to celebrate love, peace, and good music. It is said that about one million additional people tried to get there but had to return due to bad traffic.
13. Martin Luther King Meets Malcolm X
On March 26, 1964, the two African-American activists Martin Luther King and Malcolm X met, and the picture recorded this only meeting between them. They were discussing how to promote equality and battle racism but had conflicting ideas on how to get there. They were supposed to meet another week to resolve the race issue in the United States, but Malcolm X was assassinated before that.
14. The Mickey Mouse Club
This photo shows the first meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club in 1955, which became popular among youngsters and continued throughout the Groovy Era. It had significant effects on shaping the entire generation.
15. Ali MacGraw
Ali MacGraw rocked the Groovy Era with her role in Goodbye, Columbus. This film earned her a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer. Later the film Love Story won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was such a talented woman with many statues like actress, model, author, and animal rights activist.
16. Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor was named the seventh greatest female screen legend of all time and was regarded as the classic Hollywood face through the 1960s. She rose to fame from her role in 1944's National Velvet and became one of the most popular teen actresses. She then made history for being paid a sky-high price - $1 million for her role in the film Cleopatra.
17. Brigitte Bardot
The French star, Brigitte Bardot, was very dedicated to her career as she starred in 47 films and recorded more than 60 songs. She was the fashion icon and sex symbol of that Groovy Era. This photo was taken in 1964 when she was on the set of the movie Viva Maria.
18. Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Montgomery was best known for her role as Samantha Stephens and her hippie cousin Serena on the hit series Bewitched. This photo was taken one year after Montgomery starred as Samantha on Bewitched.
19. Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickinson has dedicated to her career for about six decades. She appeared in over 50 films and 60 TV series during her career. She once refused to accept Marilyn Monroe-style of platinum blonde sex-symbolism as she thought it would limit her choice of roles, and managed to end up becoming a sex symbol in her own right. This photo was taken in 1962 when Dickinson was sitting on a Vespa, which looked very cordial and vibrant.
20. Keith Richards & Mick Jagger
This photo was taken in 1971 when Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were at Jagger's wedding to Bianca Moreno. Keith and Mick were one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in history, and they co-founded a rock band named the Rolling Stone, which later became one of the most famous music bands in history.