FLOWER POWER of the 70s
With Vietnam still going on we moved into a new era of music.
Peace and Rebellion all at once.
Colors and Symbols of the season were simple, but spoke to many.
Style of life became casual and comfortable.
Gone were most of the heels, girdles and rules our mothers had followed.
Music still played a valuable way to express our feelings, as we converted those vans of the 60s into buses. In some cases, we still couldn't part with them. Traveling from venue to venue become a summer journey to experience the ultimate festival.
8 TRACKS, need I say more.
Somethings were just not meant to be.
Rock n' Roll, R& B, Soul, Country and many more genre, provided such a wonderful variety of music to choose from. Some such as Punk were just coming to being.
The 70s were all about the WHOLE album. You had to listen to it from beginning to end. Picking out one song in the middle made no sense. It was the whole experience. As the minds of youth, looked into the
(we thought the answers we in there)
for the answers. Some were found, some not.
The introduction of TAB, one of the first Diet Pops came into being.
We were drinking it like there was no tomorrow. Little did we know just how bad it was for us.
Towards the end of the 70s, Straight hair was on it's way out.
Along came Farrah and the rest was history, as we moved into the 80s.
So, without further ramblin', my picks
FLOWER POWER of the 70s
War Edwin Starr
Shaft Isaac Hayes
Baba O'Riley The Who
American Pie Don McLean
Long Train Runnin' The Doobie Brothers
Aqualung (Live) Jethro Tull
The Wind Cat Stevens
Orange Blossom Special The Charlie Daniels Band
Midnight Rider The Allman Brothers Band
Money Pink Floyd
One Three Dog Night
He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother The Hollies
I Feel The Earth Move Carole King
Does Anybody Really Know What Time...? Chicago
Smoke on the Water Deep Purple
Icarus - Borne On Wings Of Steel Kansas
American Woman The Guess Who
Piano Man Billy Joel
Can't You See The Marshall Tucker Band
Over The Hills And Far Away Led Zeppelin
Layla Eric Clapton
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Genesis
Imagination Earth Wind & Fire
Angry Eyes Loggins & Messina
Slow Ride Foghat
Long Distance Runaround Yes
Cracklin' Rosie Neil Diamond
Ain't No Mountain High Enough Diana Ross
It's So Easy Linda Ronstadt
You Should Be Dancing The Bee Gees
I Wanna be Sedated The Ramones
The follow history brief is from the above link.The 1970s saw the rise of disco music, which dominated popular music during the last half of the decade. In response to this, rock music became increasingly hard edged with artists such as Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath -- now referred to as Heavy Metal music.
In Europe, there was a surge of popularity in the early decade for glam rock. The mid-seventies saw the rise of punk music from its protopunk/garage band roots in the 1960s and early 1970s. Major acts include the Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, and The Clash. Both of these trends would increase in popularity in the 1980s. The highest-selling album was Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon. It remained on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart for 741 weeks.
The first half of the 1970s saw many jazz musicians from the Miles Davis school achieve cross-over success through jazz-rock fusion. In Germany, Manfred Eicher started the ECM label, which quickly made a name for 'chamber jazz'. Towards the end of the decade, Jamaican reggae music, already popular in the Caribbean and Africa since the early 1970s, became very popular in the U.S. and in Europe, mostly because of reggae superstar and legend Bob Marley.
The late '70s also saw the beginning of hip hop music with the song "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang. Country music remained very popular in the U.S. In 1977 it became more mainstream after Kenny Rogers became a solo singer and scored many hits on both the country and pop charts.
Minimalism also emerged, lead by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Michael Nyman. This was a break from the intellectual serial music of the tradition of Schoenberg which lasted from the early 1900s to 1960s. Experimental classical music influenced both art rock and progressive rock as well as the punk rock and New Wave genres.
Other significant events in music include:
1970: This year saw the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin within a month of each other. The Grateful Dead release both Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. The Beatles break up.
1971: This year saw the deaths of both Jim Morrison (The Doors) and Duane Allman (Allman Bros. Band). Songwriter Carole King releases her Tapesty album.
1972: Smokey Robinson leaves The Miracles to go solo.
1973: Led Zeppelin's tour is a record breaker. Pink Floyd release Dark Side Of The Moon.
1974: Bob Dylan & The Band tour together.
1975: Rod Stewart officially quits The Faces. Bruce Springsteen releases Born To Run.
1975: The Garden Bell graduated from high school
1976: Stevie Wonder's album Songs In The Key Of Life wins five Grammy awards. Frampton Comes Alive is released.
1977: The Disco influence is felt as Saturday Night Fever becomes a best selling album. Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell is released. On August 16, Elvis Presley dies.
1978: Van Halen release their first album.
1979: The Who release two movies and go on tour--during which eleven fans are trampled to death at their Cincinnati concert.
As I have already headed over into the
DISCO BALL CRaZe of the 80s
I beginning to like some of the great music and bands I forgot all about.
(Probably, posted on Sunday)
For those of you who are worried, I still found a few minutes last night to add a few new rows.
I began to think about those Ponchos of the 70s...ROFL...
Have a great weekend, my friends.
Where have all the children gone?
UPDATED - to add the link to the history part. I did not write all that and should give credit where credit is due. The beginning is mine. I was there and lived some of it. Not all of it, some of it. No magic carpet rides for The Garden Bell.