The ’60s and ’70s were a two of the most influential decades in history for fashion, music, and individuality. Yes, it was a crazy time, but it was a time of love and individualistic styles as well. It’s known as the Groovy Era and it was a time full of incredibly unique characters that just couldn’t help but to spread joy. From film, television, music, and theater, the whole lot of them were in on the groove that just drove people wild (sometimes a little too wild…. looking at you, Woodstock). We’ve gathered loads of nostalgic photos from those era that will make you miss those days, even if you were born long after.
1. Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda found her stardom during the 1960’s with films such as “Cat Ballou” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Newsday called her “the loveliest and most gifted” of the actresses at the time. Before she knew it, she became an internationally-recognized sex symbol. In this picture, Fonda is seen shopping at a local grocery store in the late ’60s. Fonda grew to even greater heights in the ’80s with her first exercise video, which shockingly became the highest-selling VHS ever. She went on to make 22 more exercise videos and a slew of successful movies. Fonda is currently starring in the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie, opposite Lily Tomlin.
2. The Beatles
The Beatles weren’t just a band; they were a revolution and one of the biggest music acts of not only the Groovy Era but all time. They formed in 1960 and consisted of band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The Beatles single-handedly created a new culture in the 1960s and swept everyone away with Beatlemania. The band is the best-selling group in the history of music, having sold over 800 million albums. All four members have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
3. The Original SNL Cast
5. David Bowie and Cher- 1975
In what some people have called one of David Bowie’s most memorable TV appearances, he appeared on Cher’s variety show to perform a medley of different songs. Some people criticized the song choice, calling it “all over the place” but it went over well with viewers. “On paper, it looks a little cheesy, but if you’ve not seen it we think you’ll agree that both singers’ performances are sincere and heartfelt. It shouldn’t have worked, what with Cher’s house band performing the backing and the choice of snippets performed, but it did,” Bowie’s website stated.
6. Virna Lisi
7. Marvin Gaye & Michael Jackson
This historical photo from the Groovy Era marks the time Marvin Gaye, the King of Soul, met Michael Jackson, the soon-to-be King of Pop. By this time Jackson had already left the Jackson 5 to branch out on his solo career. Jackson made his professional debut back in 1964 along with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon in the Jackson 5. He quickly became known as the “King of Pop” for his hits in the late ’70s and ’80s and holds the record for the best-selling album of all time, Thriller.
8. Natalie Wood
9. Sharon Tate
Sharon Tate was named one of Hollywood’s most promising newcomers and was widely known for her performance as Jennifer North in the cult classic film Valley of the Dolls. She debuted in 1966 with the movie Eye of the Devil. Tate’s performance in Valley of the Dolls earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She married director and producer Roman Polanski in January of 1968. Less than a year later she was murdered by Manson Family cultists. She was eight and a half months pregnant at the time of her death.
10. Robin Williams
11. John Lennon & Yoko Ono- 1969
There is nothing more groovy than peace and love, something that John Lennon and Yoko Ono knew all too much about. This is a picture of them on their honeymoon in Amsterdam during which they famously staged an in-bed protest against the Vietnam War. The couple also planned another “Bed-In” protest in the United States but were denied entry. Instead, they held the protest in Montreal, Canada instead. John Lennon went on to lead a very successful career as a solo artist after The Beatles broke up.
12. Nico & Lou Reed- 1966
13. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is widely considered one of the most important figures in the history of bodybuilding and it wouldn’t have been the Groovy Era without this muscle man. He was at the height of his bodybuilding career during the late ’60s and ’70s. Schwarzenegger won the title of Mr. Olympia a total of seven times and won the title of Mr. Universe three times. From there he moved on to become a famous actor and then later governor of the state of California.
14. Jacques Dutronc and Françoise Hardy- 1960s
15. On the Way to Woodstock- 1969
The legendary Woodstock Festival was the epitome of the Groovy Era. Over 400,000 people attended the festival to celebrate love, peace and good music. This picture shows people on their way to the festival as others camp out on the side of the road. Joni Mitchell said that “Woodstock was a spark of beauty where half-a-million kids saw that they were part of a greater organism.” It’s estimated that around one million additional people tried to make it to Woodstock but the traffic was so bad they turned back.
16. Martin Luther King meets Malcolm X- 1964
17. The Mickey Mouse Club
This is a photo of the first meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club all the way back in 1955. Today it might look like a picture of a terrifying cult meeting, but back in the day, the Mickey Mouse Club was all the rage among youngsters. It was a variety show but frequently featured specials with kids and teens facing challenges that they would need to overcome — not to mention that the show launched the careers of many popular stars. The Mickey Mouse Club continued throughout the Groovy Era and helped shape the entire generation.
18. Ali MacGraw
19. Elizabeth Taylor
Actress, businesswoman and humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor was the face of classic Hollywood through the 1960s. She was even named the seventh-greatest female screen legend. Surprisingly, she started her film career with a short-term contract with Universal Pictures. From there Taylor moved on to MGM where she caught her breakthrough role in 1944’s National Velvet and became one of the most popular teen actresses. She then made history for being paid a record-breaking $1 million for her role in the epic 1963 film Cleopatra.
20. Dovima and Jean Patchett
21. Brigitte Bardot – 1964
Fashion icon and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot was one of the biggest stars of the ’50s and ’60s. The French star embodied everything the Groovy Era stood for. Bardot starred in 47 films during her career and recorded more than 60 songs. She retired in 1973. In this photo Brigitte Bardot is seen on the set of the 1965 movie Viva Maria! cooling her feet while on a break from filming. The photo was taken in 1964 and her role in the movie won Bardot a nomination for a BAFTA for Best Foreign Actress.
22. Farrah Fawcett on ‘The Sonny & Cher Show’ – 1977
It wouldn’t have been the ’70s without the iconic Farrah Fawcett. This is a picture of her appearance on The Sonny and Cher Show in 1977. Fawcett stormed onto TV sets all across the world in the ’70s and eventually landed her most memorable role. Fawcett’s most memorable role was on Charlie’s Angles. Apart from acting, Fawcett was also a successful model. Her iconic red swimsuit poster became the bestselling pin-up poster in history. Her hair style also became an international trend, being dubbed the “Farrah-do” or “Farrah-flip”.
23. Elizabeth Montgomery – Circa 1965
Elizabeth Montgomery was on TV screens all around the world during the Groovy Era enchanting viewers on the hit series Bewitched. Montgomery is best known for her role as Samantha Stephens on the series, as well as playing her hippie cousin Serena. Bewitched ran from 1964 to 1972 and was easily one of America’s favorite TV shows. The show even ranks as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. This rare vintage photo was taken just one year after Montgomery debuted as Samantha on Bewitched.
24. Angie Dickinson – 1962
Angie Dickinson had an amazing six-decade career on the big screen. She managed to capture our hearts in the over 50 films she acted in, and that’s not counting all of Dickinson’s TV show appearances. She appeared in over 60 TV series during her career. In this photo from 1962, Dickinson is seen sitting on a Vespa. Angie Dickinson rejected the Marilyn Monroe-style of platinum blonde sex-symbolism, as she felt it would limit her options in the acting world. Yet still, she ended up becoming a sex-symbol in her own right.
25. Britt Ekland – 1966
Swedish actress and singer Britt Ekland is a staple of the 1960s and 1970s. She appeared in several critically-acclaimed roles and established herself as a sex-symbol with the 1971 film Get Carter, in which she was cast as the leading female role. But apparently, Ekland wasn’t always a beauty, apparently. According to her, she was an unattractive child. “I was very heavy. God, I was brutal-looking. I always tried to be funny to make up for the fact that I was fat and ugly,” she said.
26. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in Saint Tropez– 1971
This is a picture of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, both founding members of The Rolling Stones, at Jagger’s wedding to Bianca Moreno. There was reportedly confusion as to who the best man was and four people claimed the title. The wedding was also rife with last minute obstacles, seeing as the couple was unaware of French law and what was needed to be done in order to officially marry in the country. The wedding was later described as, “the shabbiest free-for-all in the history of both rock and marriage and skin-crawlingly embarrassing for all the key participants.”
27. Paul Newman in Venice – 1963
This is a picture of superstar Paul Newman boating down the canals of Venice, Italy back in 1963. Newman is best-known for his roles in the classic movies The Hustler, Hud, Harper, Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Paul Newman ruled the silver screen during the ’60s and ’70s and was responsible for founding multiple charity organizations as well as businesses. He founded Newman’s Own food company, as well as the Safe Water Network, which helps to provide drinking water solutions to those in need. Away from the screen, he was also a race car driver!
28. Meryl Streep
You might not think of Meryl Streep as an actress from the Groovy Era, but she has been snatching awards for her amazing skills ever since the early 1970s and she is still wowing fans to this day. She has even been named the “best actress of her generation.” Out of 21 Academy Award nominations (a record!), she has won three and has also been awarded eight Golden Globes out of 31 nominations. This groovy actress is still going strong today and we will surely see some more awards coming to her in the future.
29. Audrey Hepburn
Film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn was at the height of her game during the Groovy Era. She is ranked as the third-greatest female screen legend by the American Film Institute. Hepburn rose to stardom with her role in the film Roman Holiday. Hepburn went on to star in the classic movies Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, My Fair Lady and Wait Until Dark. This far-out star was also known for her vast amount of humanitarian work with UNICEF in some of the poorest areas of Africa, South America and Asia.
30. Alfred Hitchcock & Kim Novack
This is a picture of director Alfred Hitchcock and actress Kim Novak on the 1958 film Vertigo. The film is based on the novel “From Among the Dead” by Boileau Narcejac. Kim Novak wasn’t actually the first choice for the part though. Hitchcock’s first pick for the lead role was Vera Miles, but she had to drop out of the running after she became pregnant. The film has been recognized as a “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress.
31. Fashion Trends
Looking at your parents’ old photos can raise all sorts of feelings– you might have stumbled across some interesting images, to say the least. But some of these photos can almost guarantee your parents had a decent sense of style, charisma or some side of them you’ve never seen before. Even if you don’t think your parents looked as cool in their youth as these photos, then they probably didn’t care much how they looked, which, in turn, makes then cool already.
32. Rebel Couple
33. Cars In The 70’s
The women in the photograph became known around the internet as “Camero Mom”. Her son posted the photo of his mom posing on a 1975 Camero and it went viral, accumulating over 5 million views on Imgur. This kid knew his mom looked cool in the 70’s and thought that everybody should see this photo that does well to epitomize the 1970’s.
34. Neon Lives On
35. 60’s Heartthrob
This photo may look like a professional model from today, but this photograph was actually taken in the late 1960s. The son of the photo’s subject uploaded the photo online and people were going crazy for this 60s heartthrob.
36. Florida Beach Teens
37. Venice Beach Kids
This photo was taken on Venice Beach in the 1970’s. The two boys pictured above are named Kevin and Robbie, and they both portray the care-free lifestyle of Venice back in the day.
39. High-waisted Jeans
Remember high-waisted jeans? They were everywhere in the 1970s! Believe it or not, this style is making a small comeback in today’s fashion world. Who knows, maybe her style will be what everybody is wearing in a few more years. We just have to give it a little more time.
40. Tube Socks, Too
41. Wedding Joint
If this isn’t the most 70s wedding photo, then we don’t know what is. Whether it’s the wedding dresses, long hair or the joints… we can’t tell.
43. Crop Tops
More Florida beach photos from the 80s! These girls are out enjoying the laid-back beach life, looking as 80s as it gets.
44. Music Festival
45. They Have Class
Roger Moore and Catherine Bach pose for this classy photo in 1977. Roger Moore is best known for his portrayal of James Bond in the 1970s and 1980s. He is the longest-serving James Bond character to date. Moore starred in Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985).
Robert Herman captures candid photos of people who reside in the city from 1978 on. Pictured here is a young punk couple during the height of the punk movement.
47. Hair Three Scoops High
Is it just me or does everyone in the 80s look like they’re in the middle of filming a John Hughes movie?
48. Camera Guy
Taken in 1965, this photo features a guy in a suit and sunglasses riding a skateboard through Central Park. This is the level of cool hipsters today could probably never surpass.
50. Church Goers
This photo was snapped on the South Side of Chicago in 1941, it’s safe to say these guys were probably the best dressed at church that day.
51. Risqué Business
Taken in the 1950s, these plunging necklines probably broke a few guys’ necks.
52. Snazzy Threads
Brooklyn born photographer, Jamel Shabaz, documents the rise of hip-hop culture in his hometown during the 80s.
53. Ice Cat
This photo was taken in 1937 of a man ice skating in a full suit! He’s definitely the coolest cat on the ice.
54. What Happens In Paris…
Can you believe this wasn’t staged? Taken in 1951, this cool couple were captured dancing Be-Bop at the Vieux Colombier Theater in Paris.
55. Singing In The Rain
Have you ever seen anybody look this stylish while it’s pouring rain? We think not!
56. Life Guard
Taken in Brighton Beach, New York from 1901-1906. Imagine if life guards STILL had to wear outfits like this?
57. Animal Lover
Taken in 1956, this photo shows animals being used as part of medical therapy.
58. Bathing Suit Broad
Taken in 1907, Annette Kellerman promotes women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit. She was soon after arrested for indecency.
59. Disney Land
This photo captures the fun and fancy-free life of an employee cafeteria in Disney Land in 1961!
60. Spray Tan
61. Space Chimp
This very happy Chimp is smiling after a very successful mission to space in 1961!
62. Hitchin’ A Ride
63. Roller Skates
Along with the tube socks and the high-waisted shorts, bell bottoms and rollerskates behind a pinball machine epitomizes the 70s so well.
64. Beach Bums
65. The Power Of Cigarettes On The Youth
In 1989, Sally Mann captured this photo of a young girl looking like she’s smoking a cigarette, but she is actually pretending to smoke a candy cigarette. Candy cigarettes were popular in the 20th century because they allowed children to pretend to be like their elders. These candies were often made out of bubblegum or chocolate, which became really popular with kids. The candies became a controversial topic since then, and they have been banned in many countries around the world.