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Enormous music festivals like Woodstock disappeared as quickly as they arrived, due to the inherent danger of attending. Riots, drugs, and violent crowds caused many potentially legendary festivals to be cancelled. Among the popular artists in 1970 year were Elton John, who arrived from England and the Jackson Five, hailing from “Motown” AKA Detroit, Michigan. Ranging from 12-19 years old, the Jackson 5, featuring 12-year-old Michael Jackson, captured imaginations across the country. Diana Ross left the Supremes for solo fame. Neil Diamond, hit it big with “Cracklin’ Rosie” while Simon and Garfunkel impressed audiences with “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” Johnny Cash won two Grammy awards for his song, “A Boy Named Sue.” Hard-rock group Three Dog Night ranked high on the national best-seller list. Elvis reappeared in concert, after making nearly 30 movies in the 1960s. Burt Bacharach gained new popularity with songs for TV and concerts. 1970 marked the end of an era. The Beatles diss...
Although glam rock and jazz were busy pushing boundaries, for the most part, 1971 was a year rife with nostalgia. The British Invasion rebooted, featuring several successful tours by several English artists. Black Sabbath, Elton John, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Bee Gees were just a few of the hugely popular English musicians. The Mamas and the Papas were rejuvenated, making a new album in hopes of a tour. Sonny and Cher came back into demand, as did Perry Como. The Beach Boys turned their music to an older audience, those who had listened to them in their earlier days. All of the former Beatles were successful this year, but none more than George Harrison, with “My Sweet Lord.” His epic, 3-vinyl box set titled “All Things Must Pass” is considered by many to be Harrison’s ultimate masterpiece. The Newport Jazz festival was cancelled, again due to violence. The Monterey Jazz festival avoided certain peril itself by directing its music toward an older audience. 1971 witnessed the death...
1972 saw the national emergence of “soul music.” At one point, the five top-selling records in the US and 11 of the top 20 albums were by African American artists. Leading the way was Isaac Hayes, with his smash hit from 1971, Shaft. Other legendary R&B artists at the top of their game were Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and even Sammy Davis Jr. got into the mix with “Candy Man” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. American rockers went a decidedly softer direction. Neil Young, Three Dog Night and America all released singles that could be described as easy listening. Not so in Britain. Glam rock was in full force as Ziggy Stardust and T. Rex strutted their stuff on stage. Fireworks and other startling effects brought a return to theatrics as Alice Cooper treated his concerts with all the pomp and circumstance of a Broadway play based in Hell. Along with the glamorous imagery and glittering costumes came a quality characterized by some observers as “Rock...
Reggae was making a breakthrough in the United States, headlined by the Wailers and Jimmy Cliff. Johnny Nash, an American, came out with “Stir It Up” and “I Can See Clearly Now,” the first American to have a popular reggae release. Rock owned a few perennial favorite bands like the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and Led Zeppelin. Paul McCartney released “Red Rose Speedway,” and another ex-Beatle, George Harrison, released “Living in the Material World,” with a few hit songs of its own. Helen Reddy, an Australian, sold millions of copies of her songs, “I Am a Woman” and “Delta Dawn” both topped the charts. The Newport Jazz Festival in New York City was very successful, with jazz enthusiasts coming from around the world to listen to 10 days of jazz music.
Elton John’s popularity soared in both the United States and the United Kingdom. At a concert in California, 75,000 tickets sold out within hours of becoming available. Bob Dylan reappeared in concert after a near 10-year hiatus. A motorcycle accident in 1966 prevented him from appearing, but once he was back, it was obvious that his talent was still unrivaled. Frank Sinatra made a few appearances during the year, drawing large crowds wherever he went. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young got back together again, after each of them had attempted to go off on their own. Stevie Wonder’s second album “Innervisions” was a massive success and Roberta Flack cashed in on her talents as well. A 12-hour rock show in Ontario, California, made record profits, grossing over $2 million, showcased the Eagles, radio personality Don Imus, and Seals & Crofts. The music world was saddened by the loss of 75-year-old Duke Ellington, one of the most influential jazz artists of all time.
Previously undiscovered Bruce Springsteen was a diamond in the rough. After releasing his first two albums into obscurity, his third exploded. “Born to Run” made over $1 million in less than two months. Elton John’s dominance on the rock landscape continued, filling the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, the first artist to do so since The Beatles. Stevie Wonder signed a record-breaking contract, a seven-year $13 million guarantee. Discothèques (or discos) appeared around the country, gaining more and more popularity, until even the radios had to copy the style. Discos were made for dancing; mainly soul music was played, with a strong bass and drum beat. Barry White, Gloria Gaynor, and Van McCoy were popular artists within the disco circles. Jazz was humming along nicely, with the forming of the World Jazz Association and the Las Vegas Jazz Society. Leaders of the jazz movement were such as Lonnie Liston Smith, Quincy Jones, Eddie Harris, and many more.
Paul McCartney finished a world tour with his band Wings. The tour, which had begun in Europe the previous year, ended with a tour of the United States and Canada, and was extremely successful. Eric Carmen was a popular new artist, playing multiple instruments while singing. Piano-playing crooner Barry Manilow was another popular artist. British-born Peter Frampton brought a little popularity to the United States, outselling Bob Dylan with his album “Frampton Comes Alive!” Electrified funk became a new musical genre, led by Wild Cherry and their lead singer/guitarist, Robert Parissi. Their single “Play That Funky Music” sold over a million copies. Jazz ruled, especially guitarist George Benson. He hit #1 in charts for popular, soul, and jazz music, with his album “Breezin’.” Other popular jazz artists included Nat Adderly, Milt Jackson, and Kenny Burrell.
Punk rock developed seriously for the first time, with bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones thrashing their way to success. Their crazy stage behavior and offbeat arrangements drew both praise and discouragement. Kiss popularized in 1977, drawing crowds of young people with their costumes and heavy rock style. Fleetwood Mac came into the clear for American audiences by adding new members and changing their traditionally blues style. By the end of the year, their two ridiculously successful albums had collectively sold over 11 million copies. James Taylor and his wife Carly Simon were successful in selling their own records, with his platinum record “JT” and her single “Nobody Does It Better.” The Commodores were also successful, with R&B hits like “Brick House” and “How Much Love.” Herbie Hancock helped organize a jazz tour with members of Miles Davis’ quintet and Freddie Hubbard in place of Davis on the trumpet. Their tour was less than overwhelming, going through Tokyo, Lond...
The Bee Gees exploded into the music world, selling more records than anyone thought possible. They also were the ushers for the disco era, as it was in full swing in 1978. The soundtrack for the movie Saturday Night Fever sold nearly 30 million copies. Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton blended their country with other styles of music. Parton pioneered more of a pop-country, while Nelson made his own rock-country mix. Bruce Springsteen reemerged with “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” considered by many to be one of the great rock albums of the decade. But Billy Joel was the most popular rock artist of the year. Joel sold over 6 million copies of his albums in the United States alone, topping the charts. Steely Dan created a platinum record of their own, “Aja,” which had a jazz-like feel to it. Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina split, and Loggins made a new album, the popular “Night Watch.” Jazz received a surge of popularity produced by the President. Jimmy Carter invited over 30 jazz instru...
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- Sex Pistols – ‘God Save The Queen’ Glen Matlock’s last appearance on a Sex Pistols record is, funnily enough, a bit overshadowed by all the other hoo-ha circling about.
- Fleetwood Mac – ‘Go Your Own Way’ Written by Lindsey Buckingham about his disintegrating relationship with bandmate and girlfriend Stevie Nicks, ‘Go Your Own Way’ channels desperation and heartbreak into one of rock’s most memorable choruses.
- The Clash – ‘London Calling’ The Clash always had a message to impart and what better than a bug-eyed apocalyptic warning? The “nuclear error” at Three Mile Island in the States could happen here too and Joe Strummer wanted us to know, driving the point home with those choppy guitars and vulpine howls.
- David Bowie – ‘Heroes’ Written by Bowie with Brian Eno, ‘”Heroes”‘ is a gorgeous, howling tribute to love in all its proud defiance – and specifically to the snog between producer Tony Visconti and his new, secret girlfriend.
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Opinion? He had a huge impact on the 70's scene. Besides selling sh**loads of records, he opened the door for the melody to get back out of the doldrums, put the POP back in pop music, and had a heck of a lot of fun doing it. If not for...
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oh man thats the hardest question yet...that was the era of music you know...but lets see..depends on what genre really but ill name a few the zombies, the hollies, The beatles, the rolling stones, bob dylan, cream, the four tops , the...
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