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Revisit Over 200 Beautiful Moments In American Culture Like We Have Never Seen Before

Written by Lyra Radford

Looking back through times past can be just as entertaining as it is comforting. Especially during the 1960s and 1970s, so much happened between those decades. We put a man on the moon, pop culture icons favorites were in their prime, and music actually meant something.

America gained and then tragically lost one of its most charismatic leaders, John F. Kennedy. We had the hippie movement and Woodstock. The rise of rock ‘n’ roll brought some of the most talented musicians in history out of the woodwork and redefined what it was to make music.

Here we've gathered some iconic memories, some whimsical and amusing while others are powerful and may even leave you speechless. Collected here are over 200 photographs of some of the most meaningful moments and people in American culture in a way you have never seen them before.

Catherine Bach - Daisy Duke - early 80's...groovy baby, yeah!

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Pictured here is a young Catherine Bach in the early '80s. She's donning a pair of pink shorts that are perfect for her iconic character Daisy Duke from the hit series Dukes of Hazzard.

Originally, the producers were looking for more of a Dolly Parton lookalike to fill the role (which Bach was not) but with those gams it didn't matter, she was hired on the spot anyway.

Bach is also responsible for Daisy Duke’s attire, the early idea was to have her in a tight white turtleneck, go-go boots, and a poodle skirt. But Bach went ahead and threw together a T-shirt, a pair of cut-off denim shorts, with some high heels, and the rest is history. The television series aired on CBS from January 26, 1979, to February 8, 1985. Interestingly enough, while starring on The Dukes of Hazzard, Bach had her legs insured for $1,000,000. 

Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, 1978

Where soul met pop, Gaye, known for his soulful lyrics about love and tenderness, speaks to Jackson who had already made a name for himself in a more upbeat genre which provoked a more energetic audience than that of Gaye’s. Jackson had already left "The Jackson's" boy band at this point and began his sharp ascent to super stardom.

Michael Jackson went from being a part of the Jackson Five with his family to later moonwalking his way into a wildly successful solo career in 1971, which propelled him into pop icon status. He quickly became one of the biggest entertainers in the world and was eventually dubbed the "King of Pop."  

Arnold Schwarzenegger showing off his dance moves

Pictured here is the Terminator himself, back in his body builder days, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who knew back when Mr. Universe was getting down on the dancefloor at the hottest nightclub in New York, that he'd not only go on to become one of the most sought-after action stars in the country but that he was also the future governor of California.

Here on the dance floor of Studio 54, the native Austrian is showing this unknown woman how to awkwardly bust a move during the disco era. Odd pairings seemed to run rampant throughout the club. They had the most diverse mix of interesting people filling the place every night.  

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Lyra Radford

Writer

Lyra spends her days exploring all shades of history. In her writing, she covers topics ranging from the 'groovy' to the downright strange. She enjoys books, movies, and strong coffee. She also fancies herself the world's greatest air hockey player. She learned the ins and outs of writing and producing film/television at Palm Beach State and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University studying psychology and writing. Her work has been featured by some of the most prolific sites on the web and she is the author of the travel guide "Two-Days Exploring Haunted Key West".