42 Photos That Best Capture The Groovy Era

By Sarah Norman | May 31, 2023

Hotpants and lace-up boots back in the 1970s.

When you think of the 60s, 70s, and 80s - one of the first things that comes to mind is how groovy everyone looked. During this era, you had some crazy great fashion styles such as hot pants, knee high leather boots, and feathered hair. Then you had a slew of celebrities, singers, and musicians that rocked our world. Need I mention Elvis Presley, Ann Margret, Sonny and Cher, and the Mamas and the Papas?

Imagine how cool it must have been to see Debbie Harry on stage for the very first time at the Whiskey-A- Go-Go as she fronted her band Blondie - or the thrill of watching Charlie's Angels before it became an international sensation. Well, we got 42 photos that captures that groovy era - with a lot amazing shots we're sure you've never seen before. So rub your eyes and get ready for a visual treat of some amazing shots from yesteryear. Ready? Let's go! 

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As far as pants go, my favorite are of the "hot" variety. Here's a publicity photo of British actress Madeline Smith - who is best known for the 1970 film The Vampire Lovers.

Hot pants emerged on the scene in the swinging 60's. In fact, the swinging fashion staple was created by British fashion designer Mary Quant. In the early 70's Southwest Airlines had their stewardesses decked out not only in hot pants - but also leather boots. The airline's motto was ‘sex sells seats,’ and, in a vastly different era, stewardesses were hired on the eye-pleasing nature of their legs and looks.  In 1971, LIFE Magazine summed up the trend this way: “Hot Pants: A short but happy career.”

Ike and Tina Turner pose by a painting of themselves in their home. (1974) 


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This does not look like a happy household. Ike and Tina look much happier in the painting they have of themselves on the wall right behind them. The two composed music together and were considered one of the hottest, most durable and potentially most explosive of all R&B ensembles.

Don't be fooled by this scene of domestic bliss. In her 1986 autobiography, I, Tina, the singer wrote years of domestic abuse by the hands of Ike - who broke her jaw during a bloody fight in a Las Vegas limo. Tina finally left Ike in 1976. The tale of the couple's turmoil relationship was turned into the 1993's What's Love Got to Do With It.