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This week …………. I love the 1970’s!

Series 1 – 1970’s E6#

The music of the 70’s was hopping, popping and bopping to the vibes and grooves of funk, soul, R&B, hard rock, hip hop, disco and soft rock, jazz fusions and it also witnessed the arrival of punk rock.

Quite often there is the long debate by the aficionado on the beauty of the music from the 70’s and how it WAS simply greater than anything before and after and this usually comes about because of the diversity of the tunes and of course the full on throttle of musical experimentation – l get it, l understand – however for me it was the music of the 70’s and 80’s alike that stormed the charts for popularity and spelled the way forwards for some of the biggest changes in musical culture and influence.

I can’t say l enjoyed the fashion of the 70’s that much – however it was just as diverse and as freeing as the music with tie dyes, peasant craft styles, military fashion, flares and bell bottoms, frayed denims, maxi and midi skirts and dresses. For much of the decade the fashion simply transitioned from the hippy style to peasant style and back and forth with headbands and chokers and scarves and hotpants. Fashion travelled also from conventional to non-conformist and revolutionary to casual chic, from mods to punks and from Teddy boys to metal heads. The 1970’s saw it all.

Some of the most popular groups had spilled over from the previous decade but equally many more groups were born to take up the missing artist gaps … The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gees, Chicago, Genesis, Roxy Music, Blondie, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Ramones, Slade, Alice Cooper, The Sex Pistols, Dire Straits, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the list of fantastic went on and on ….

Some of the best singers from this period also jumped over into the 80’s and pulled in from the 60’s …. Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Barry White, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, James Brown, Bob Marley, The Jackson 5, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Joni Mitchell … and many more wonderfully talented people.

What happened of significance in this period … well, we saw the end of the swinging sixties and by the middle of the decade we finally saw an end to the Vietnam war. However the Gay Liberation Movement thrived and blossomed with their achievements for equal rights. The Watergate Scandal was BIG news and a massive political scandal created by five burglars and it resulted in the end of President Richard Nixon, who resigned! The Cold War was a continuing concern on everyone’s minds. Margaret Thatcher became the first ever female Prime Minister in the UK in 1979 and kept office till 1990! The Beatles broke up at the start of the decade and Elvis Presley died towards the end. The serial killer Ted Bundy was caught in 1975 after his spate of horrific crimes of rape, murder and kidnapping between the years of 1974 – 1978 ended, and although he escaped ‘seemingly again and again’ he was always caught and was finally executed in 1989.

The 70’s brought us some fabulous movie moments from the following films too … The Towering Inferno, Assault on Precinct 13, The Muppet Movie, What’s Up Doc?, Last Tango in Paris, Smokey and the Bandit, Jaws, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Star Wars, The Godfather, Alien, Apocalypse Now, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, All The President’s Men, Papillon, The Exorcist, The Deer Hunter, Deliverance, Halloween, Don’t Look Now and so many more.

Some of the most well read and received books from this decade included … The Exorcist, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Shining, Roots, Watership Down, Salem’s Lot, Carrie, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, The Joy of Sex, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Thorn Birds, Shogun, The Lorax, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Day of the Jackal to name but a few.

Television programmes that were being enjoyed around the world included … M*A*S*H, Happy Days, The Rockford Files, Columbo, Taxi, The Six Million Dollar Man, Scooby Doo, The Brady Bunch, Starsky and Hutch, Little House on the Prairie, Charlie’s Angels, Mork and Mindy, The Dukes of Hazzard, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, Chips, Fantasy Island, Seasame street and more that so many of you probably remember, like me, all too well!

The following people were big celebrities and household names from this decade!

Jane Fonda, John Travolta, Diana Ross, Lynda Carter, Pam Grier, Jack Nicolson, Jane Seymour, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Cher, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman of which many are still with us today.

The 70’s was about the diversity and the rights of people …
The most popular music of the 1970’s was funk, soul, R&B, hard rock, hip hop, disco and soft rock, jazz fusions and it also witnessed the arrival of punk rock.

Today’s Top Ten most popular songs from the 1970’s were ….

Bridge over Troubled Water 1970
Bridge over Troubled Water” is a song composed by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by the duo and Roy Halee, the song was released as the follow-up single to “The Boxer” in January 1970. 
Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water -YouTube
Maggie May 1971
“Maggie May” is a song co-written by singer Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton, and performed by Rod Stewart on his album Every Picture Tells a Story, released in 1971.
Rod Stewart – Maggie May – YouTube
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 1972
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a 1957 folk song written by Scottish political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who later became his wife
Roberta Flack – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – YouTube
Crocodile Rock 1973
Crocodile Rock” is a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and recorded in summer 1972 at the Château d’Hérouville studio in France (it was listed as “Strawberry Studios” in the album’s credits), where John and his team had previously recorded the Honky Château album
Elton John – Crocodile Rock – YouTube
Time in a Bottle 1974
Time in a Bottle” is a hit single by singer-songwriter Jim Croce. 
Time in a Bottle – YouTube
Fame 1975
Fame” is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It was released on his 1975 album Young Americans and was later issued as the album’s second single by RCA Records in July 1975.
David Bowie – Fame – Live on the Cher Show – 1975 – – YouTube
You Should Be Dancing 1976
You Should Be Dancing” is a song by the Bee Gees, from the album Children of the World, released in 1976.
bee gees you should be dancing 1976 – YouTube
Dancing Queen 1977
Dancing Queen” is a Europop song by the Swedish group ABBA, and the lead single from their fourth studio album, Arrival.
Dancing Queen – Abba – Live 1977 – YouTube
Three Times a Lady 1978
Three Times a Lady” is a 1978 song by American soul group the Commodores for their album Natural High, written by lead singer Lionel Richie. It was produced by James Anthony Carmichael and the Commodores.
Commodores – Three Times A Lady – YouTube
Hot Stuff 1979
Hot Stuff” is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her seventh studio album Bad Girls (1979), produced by English producer Pete Bellotte and Italian producer Giorgio Moroder and released as the lead single from Bad Girls in 1979 through Casablanca Records.
Donna Summer — Hot Stuff – YouTube

So folks, there we go, some of the most listened to and popular songs from the 1970’s – hope you enjoyed the line up for this episode of Down Memory Lane – Series 1 – 1970’s E6#

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  1. Morning Rory 😊 Hope you’re well mate?
    The first time ever I saw your face. Wasn’t that the theme song for the movie. Play Misty For Me? The Clint Eastwood movie.

    1. The theme song I’m sure is “Misty”. “The First Time Ever…” features in a romantic scene in the middle of the picture. Ewan McColl reportedly hated that version – I think he hated all versions apart from his own; it was a very personal song he wrote for Peggy.

    2. Hey John, not bad thanks – hope you too are keeping well 🙂

      Play Misty for me – the song was indeed in the film for a particular romantic scene between Eastwood and Mills [see below]

      Ian is right though, the song you are thinking of is Misty by Erroll Garner …

      I remember watching Play Misty for Me years ago and thinking ‘dang, l hope l never meet anyone like that! Sadly my ex-wife, became something similar!! Well a toss up between Evelyn and Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction!

  2. Plaid and paisley polyester with platform pleather shoes… my childhood photos scare the bezeebers out of me 😱 Fashion in the 70s was courtesy of LSD I do believe.😂😂

    Great music though. Gotta agree that 70s & 80s were fantastic. But there’s good music in every decade😉

    1. Haha LSD Fashions, has a ring to it :0

      I agree, great music in all decades, however in a recent study, the 70’s and 80’s were listed by x number of countries as being the most memorable and …’understandable’ hahaha

  3. Some great music came out of the 70s, which you have so graciously shared. The fashions from that era were wacky but fun. I look back at some of my old modeling photos and LMAO! Excellent and comprehensive post, Rory!

    1. Hey Eugenia, many thanks – glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Yes, l too have looked back at the very few photos l have of that period and think ‘Dang, really, l wore that ……… OUT??” 🙂

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