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1970s Music

Nick Drake, The Poet And Jazz-Folk Innovator We Weren't...

June 19, 2021

Nick Drake was born in 1948 in colonial Burma; his father Rodney had moved there in the 1930s to work for the Bombay Burmah Corporation, and while there, he ...

Rumours: The Fleetwood Mac Masterpiece Forged In Chaos

June 17, 2021

In 1967, Fleetwood Mac was formed in London by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood, and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. After bassist John McVie joined the g...

Will The Circle Be Unbroken -- When The Hippies Jammed ...

June 9, 2021

They Began In An Entirely Different GenreThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band started as a psychedelic string band, and after three albums, they had only had one minor...

Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' -- Story Behind The Most E...

June 3, 2021

Many people prefer a short and sweet approach to music. The band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and their all-time classic “Free Bird” definitely don’t agree with those peo...

Oh No, It's Devo! (What Was Up With Those Weird Art Pun...

May 18, 2021

Devo performs at the Phoenix Theater in August 1980 in Petaluma, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images) Devo was never your typical rock ba...

Diana Ross: Young Supreme Hit Maker, Then And Now

March 26, 2021

Posed studio portrait of Diana Ross circa 1970. (Photo by RB/Redferns) Diana Ross, born and bred in Detroit, came to fame as the lead singer of Motown’s number one gro...

The Night Marc Bolan (T. Rex) Made Glam Rock The Next B...

March 24, 2021

TOP OF THE POPS Photo of Marc BOLAN and T REX, Marc Bolan (Photo by Ron Howard/Redferns) For his first appearance on the British music show Top of the Pops Ma...

'I Am Woman' By Helen Reddy Brought Feminism To The Pop...

December 9, 2020

Helen Reddy in 'Midnight Special' in January 1973. Photo by: Paul W. Bailey/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank With six words -- "I am woman, hear me roar" -- Australian sin...

Bette Midler: Divine Miss M And Movie Rose, Then And No...

December 1, 2020

Left: Midler as caricatured on the cover of her self-titled second album. Right: Midler at the 17th Grammy Awards in 1975. Sources: Amazon; Photo by Ron Galella...

Patti Smith: 'Horses' And The Life Of A Garage-Rock Pun...

November 10, 2020

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 09: Patti Smith posed in Amsterdam, Netherlands on October 09 1976 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns) Patti Smith, punk p...

Bruce Springsteen, 'Born To Run,' And The Lawsuit That ...

July 27, 2020

Bruce Springsteen backstage at Hammersmith Odeon, London before his first UK show, 18th November 1975. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images) With t...

Carole King's Tapestry: Story And Trivia Of A Songwrite...

June 19, 2020

Left: Carole King and her cat photographed in her Laurel Canyon home for the cover of 'Tapestry.' Right: King in record producer Lou Adler's office holding the ...

Tom Jones, The Unusual Star With The Biggest Voice: Sto...

June 7, 2020

Tom Jones performing in Atlanta in 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Roaring out of Wales with a show-stopping baritone, Tom Jones became fa...

Rupert Holmes: Biography Of A Man Who Was More Than Pin...

February 24, 2020

ritish-born American singer-songwriter, musician and writer, Rupert Holmes, by the Thames at Richmond, London, 30th December 1975. (Photo by Michael Putland/Get...

'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green: Song Meaning, Lyrics...

February 12, 2020

Al Green performing on stage, holding a rose, circa 1974. (Photo by Echoes/Redferns) With the 1972 hit "Let's Stay Together," Al Green struck a perfect balanc...

'Knock Three Times' By Dawn: Lyrics And Strange Story O...

January 23, 2020

Tony Orlando and Dawn circa 1975. L-R: Telma Hopkins, Tony Orlando, Joyce Vincent Wilson. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) "Knock Three Times" became a #1 hit ...

'Margaritaville:' History, Lyrics And Meaning Of The Mo...

January 20, 2020

Jimmy Buffet performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 30, 1989. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns) Ji...

Barry Manilow's 'Mandy' Was Originally 'Brandy.' But Wa...

January 18, 2020

Barry Manilow performing on Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell, airdate: October 11, 1975. Photo by Ann Limongello/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images P...

Ronnie Van Zant Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Predicted His Own Dea...

January 15, 2020

Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd in a recording studio, August 12, 1977. Photo by Tom Hill/WireImage When Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant died in a plane cr...

Carly Simon: A Young And Sexy '70s Songbird, Then And N...

January 13, 2020

Left: Carly Simon poses for a portrait on March 15, 1971 in London, England. Right: Simon in a publicity photo, circa 1977. Sources: Ed Caraeff/Getty Images; Wi...

That One Time Queen Met The Queen In 1974 (And Everyone...

July 30, 2019

British rock band Queen posing with a woman, September 1974. Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images Queen, the group that would give us "Bohemian Rhapsody" and...

John Lennon And Yoko Ono: A Love Story That Creeped His...

July 19, 2019

John Lennon, sporting a short haircut, and his wife Yoko Ono among the spectators at the Watergate hearings 6/27. At the witness table was John Dean III. Source...

Why Isn't Suzi Quatro In The Rock Hall Of Fame? The Fir...

July 17, 2019

Left: Suzi Quatro on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1975. Right: On stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1978. Sources: eBay; David Redfern/Redferns via G...

ABBA Conquers The World In The 1970s: How Swede It Was

June 6, 2019

1979: Swedish musical group ABBA performing on stage, (L-R:) Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad sing while Benny Andersson plays the accordion....

100 Top Male Singers Of The '50s, '60s, And '70s Who Ch...

February 13, 2019

Musical tastes change, but influence lasts forever. A list of the top 100 male singers of the '50s, '60s and '70s that shaped music history pulls in artists ...

'Brand New Key' by Melanie: 'Roller Skates' Were Never ...

August 31, 2018

Some songs from the '70s don't get a lot of radio love anymore -- that was the case in 1997 with Melanie's "Brand New Key." Then Boogie Nights came along, a ...