History, as defined by Merriam Webster, is the study of past events, particularly human affairs. Here at Groovy History, we like to put our own spin on things, bringing you the most rad, psychedelic and you guessed it, groovy pictures from the 20th century. No matter what decade you're from, no matter if you're a flower child or disco baby, Groovy History has something for you. Here are some of the rarest and most fascinating pictures from our collection.
Born on August 4th 1961 (an only child) to a white American mother (Dunham) and a black Kenyan father (Obama Sr) in Hawaii, Barack grew up in a culturally and ethnically diverse family (European, African and Asian). After four years of being together, his parents would then divorce.
His father married a third time back in Kenya and was said to only visit Obama Jr. once in Hawaii before he was killed in a car accident. Obama’s mother Ann, also met a new man, who she also married. She moved to Indonesia for him bringing Barack along, and they eventually settled in Jakarta.
Barack was sent back to live with his grandparents in Honolulu at the age of 10 and did very well in school. His academic success is often attributed to the training he was given by his step father Lolo Soetoro. His mother and sister remained in Indonesia until Ann got sick and returned to Hawaii. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with ovarian and uterine cancer in 1995, when Obama was thirty four years old.
Brigitte Bardot was a French triple-threat, born in Paris during the 1930’s. She sang, acted and modeled and eventually became one of the best known sex symbols the world would ever know. Early on in her life, she wanted to be a dancer, having been enrolled in ballet classes.
She would eventually give it up to become and actress at the young age of 16. By 1957, she was known around the world for appearing in the film ‘And God Created Woman’. She went on to star in several more French films, and was even nominated for a BAFTA award.
Despite her fame, Brigitte was under fire several times for ‘inciting racial hatred’ and even being reportedly fined five times.
Brigitte met actor Sean Connery while the two filmed the Western movie Shalako. Filmed in Spain, the movie followed Connery’s character on his quest while he saves Brigitte who played a damsel in distress. Despite the two stars being in the film, it was deemed not as successful as other Western films being made in Europe at the time.
Johnny Allen Hendrix or James Marshall Hendrix was arguably one of the best rock and roll artists that the world ever saw. The rock and roll hall of famer was best known for the way he played the electric guitar.
Two years before he began performing, Jimi Hendrix was enlisted in the US Army. He was granted an honorable discharge after a year and moved to Tennessee where he began to play. He was soon playing with the Isley Brothers, Little Richard and Curtis Knight.
In 1966, he signed with his first manager who helped him land three songs on the UK top ten hits. After his third studio album, Electric Ladyland, hit number one in the US, Jimi Hendrix was a household name and was being booked for all the major events, including Woodstock.
In 1969, he headlined the show and became the world’s highest paid performer at the time. Sadly, Jimi died a little over a year later, not even having reached his full potential, at the young age of 27. He is still being talked about today.