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RIP: Gerry Goffin

June 19, 2014 | Commentary | By: 70sMusicFan

By the 70′s the songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin had already ended with the divorce of the couple. But that didn’t keep acts in the ’70s from covering hits that the do wrote in the ’60s.

Some of these included the Donny Osmond hits “Go Away Little Girl” and “Hey Girl” and Grand Funk’s “Locomotion”.

Press Release:

FEBRUARY 11, 1939 – JUNE 19, 2014

Los Angeles (June 19, 2014) – Gerald “Gerry” Goffin, the legendary lyricist who, with songwriting partner (and first wife) Carole King, was responsible for some of the greatest popular hits of the 20th Century, died at his home of natural causes early this morning, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The announcement was made by his wife Michele Goffin.

Carole King said in a statement: “Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship. He will be missed by his wonderful wife Michele, his devoted manager, Christine Russell, his five children, and six grandchildren.”

“His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say. If you want to join his loved ones in honoring him, look at the names of the songwriters under the titles of songs. Among the titles associated with me, you’ll often find Gerry’s name next to mine,” King added.

In addition to the several hits he wrote with King, Goffin also wrote songs such as “Do You Know Where You’re Going To (Theme from Mahogany)” and “Saving All My Love For You” with Michael Masser, “Who Put The Bomp” with Barry Mann, and “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” with Barry Goldberg.

RIP: Casey Kasem

June 15, 2014 | Commentary | By: 70sMusicFan

Sad news today hearing about the death of Casey Kasem.

For those of us who grew up in the 1970′s his voice is well know. America’s Top 40 as well as the original voice of Shaggy of Scooby Doo.

I spent many hours listening to the Top 40. Some of those were in the evening when I was suppose to be asleep in bed. The earphone was plugged into the little transistor radio as he announced the chart.

His voice is embedded in my mind as much as any of the sounds of the ’70s.

“Keep Your Feet On The Ground And Keep Reaching For The Stars”

Casey Kasem:
April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014

June 1974

June 4, 2014 | 1974, Commentary | By: 70sMusicFan

As the Class of ’14 at my old High School graduated and addressed by a member of the Class of ’74, I am thinking back on June of 1974. I was finishing my Sophomore year of High School, a year I term as my ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ year. Some could call it my ‘Happy Days’ phase, since my standard dress throughout the year was jeans, white tee and a jean jacket.

I was also moving away from my teeny bopper stage of music. So what was I listening to in June of 1974?

1974 saw a new strange craze on college campuses. It was called Streaking. In short, people would shed their clothes and run naked through crowds. Comedy recording artist Ray Stevens created a song that everyone seemed to be listening to.

Elton John had released in the fall of ’73 what many would call his greatest album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”. While he would soon release ‘Caribou’ Bennie and the Jets was leaving the single charts while Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on You was climbing them.

It was in 1974 that saw the release of possibly the best release by Paul McCartney and Wings, ‘Band on the Run’. The single was climbing the charts in June of 1974.

It was also the time that John Denver and Olivia Newton John was on top of the charts. Denver had just release his “Back Home Again” album and the song for his then wife Annie’s Song was on everyone lips. John’s If You Love Me (Let Me Know) was peaking in June of 1974.

Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime

April 12, 2014 | 1970, Group | By: 70sMusicFan

It was the summer of 1970 and everyone around the world was singing this little tune written by Ray Dorset and just thinking about the joys and the carefree days of summer.

The song was a Number 1 hit in their home county of England and peaked at Number 3 in the United States.

The group is considered a One-hit wonder, which in the US is true since other than a few low charting singles after this one, this was Mungo Jerry’s and Ray Dorset’s biggest hit.

Ray Dorset still continues to record and appear as Mungo Jerry.

The name Mungo Jerry comes from a character in T.S Eliot’s ‘Book Of Practical Cats’

Foghat – Slow Ride

April 4, 2014 | 1975, Group, Top 40 | By: 70sMusicFan

Slow Ride was the biggest hit for Foghat, it reached Number 20 on the charts and the Album that it came from Fool for the City was their biggest Album.

It is currently being used in a Firestone commercial.

The single version of the song was 1/2 the length (3:56) of the Album version (8:21)

Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water

April 3, 2014 | 1972, Album Cuts, Deep Purple, Group, Top 40 | By: 70sMusicFan

The opening to this song, currently used in a Bank of America commercial, is as familiar as any recorded during the 1970s.

The song was originally released on the “Machine Head” album released in 1972. But although it got radio play on FM radio it really didn’t become a big hit until it was the live recording release from the album “Made in Japan” released in the US in April of 1973.

It tells a true story of how the band in December of 1971 went to Montreux, Switzerland to record an album. The night before they were to begin recording Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention performed at the casino. The place caught fire when “some stupid with a flare gun” fired a flare that destroyed the entire casino complex.

Rolling Stone has ranked the song number 434 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight

March 30, 2014 | 1976, Number 1, One Hit Wonder | By: 70sMusicFan

Today it is used in a Taco Bell Commercial, but in 1976 it was one of the most popular songs of the summer. One that was loved by many then, but within a few years hated by many of those who loved it.

The Starland Vocal band was made up of the married couple Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert along with Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman. Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert had been working together for a number of years as Fat City and along with John Denver composed the 1971 hit song “Take me Home, Country Roads”.

It became a number-one U.S. Billboard Hot 100 single on July 10, 1976. It also reached number one in Canada.

The band would win the Best New Artist Grammy in 1977.

In the summer of 1977 the group was the host of a Summer Variety TV Series on CBS simply called The Starland Vocal Band Show.

While not the only song that the band released, they could still be considered a One-hit wonder since it was the only song of theirs that charted above 66.

RIP Lou Reed

October 28, 2013 | Commentary | By: 70sMusicFan

Lou Reed passed away on October 27, 2013. Lewis Allan Reed was born on March 2, 1942. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground.

After he left the Velvet Underground, Reed went on to have a solo career. In 1972 he released his second solo album Transformer, which was co=produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson. The single release “Walk on the Wild Side” was an ironic yet affectionate salute to misfits, hustlers, and transvestites and even with very suggestive lyrics on sex saw a good deal of airplay.

While I wasn’t a big fan of Lou Reed, there’s not doubt in my mind that his music influence many others. “Walk on the Wild Side” is one my all time favorite songs.

Monkees 2013 Summer Tour

April 30, 2013 | Commentary | By: 70sMusicFan

By the start of the 1970s the Monkees had pretty much already run their course. But their music was still being played and for those who became a teen during their heyday their records were still part of the collection.

The Monkees have announced a 24 date 2013 Summer tour. But does it really matter now?

With the death of Davy Jones last year, in my opinion the Monkees died. Yes there are three remaining members Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork, and for years Mike Nesmith hasn’t toured with the other members. But I don’t think his absent from the group is as important as that of Davy Jones.

Anyway I still hope that they have a successful tour.

Monkees announce tour dates for summer reunion shows

Monkees announce tour
April 29, 2013
By: Joann Scheffler

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The Monkees have announced the summer tour dates for their “A Midsummer’s Night with the Monkees” reunion tour. MSN reported on Monday, April 29 that Monkees’ band members Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork will be hitting the road this July for a 24-date tour.

Mickey Dolenz stated during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine,

“The reaction to the last tour was euphoric. It was pretty apparent there was a demand for another one.”

The Monkees’ reunion tour’s set list will include the bands hit songs in chronological order using video and personal photographs to tell the true story of the Monkees from the beginning.

The show will present the Monkees’ songs in chronological order, utilizing archival video and photographs to tell their story.

Fans will enjoy a walk down memory lane while listening to their all-time favorite classic hits such as “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer.”

In 2012 the Monkees’ tour include the group’s first American concerts with Michael Nesmith since he left the group in 1970.

“We always kept his songs in the set list,” stated Mickey Dolenz. “But when he sings the leads, it brings a whole different feel and dynamic to the band. … The two of us had such a nice blend on those early records. It was two-part harmonies like the Everly Brothers.”

Popular heart throb Monkee, Davy Jones, sadly, died in February of 2012, and the band’s last reunion tour following his death found the band paying tribute to him many times throughout the night.

“This time we probably won’t lean so heavily on the David situation,” says Dolenz. “I think we have to move on. Everybody has to move on. He’ll always be remembered and acknowledged, but possibly not as much as on that particular tour. We will, of course, still perform ‘Daydream Believer’ and all the other hits.”

As of 2012, their albums and singles have sold over 65 million copies worldwide.

The Monkee’s reunion tour tickets go on sale May 3.

The Monkee’s will be tour dates include:

7/15 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y.
7/16 Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston
7/17 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, N.J.
7/19 NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, N.Y.
7/20 Mann Music Theatre, Philadelphia
7/21 Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
7/23 Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, N.C.
7/24 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
7/26 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, Fla.
7/27 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, Fla.
7/28 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla.
7/31 Long Center, Austin, Texas
8/1 Arena Theatre, Houston
8/2 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas
8/3 Brady Theater, Tulsa, Okla.
8/5 Paramount Theatre, Denver
8/9 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Ariz.
8/10 Green Valley Events Center, Henderson, Nev.
8/11 Humphreys, San Diego, Calif.
8/12 Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, Calif.
8/14 Mountain Winery, Saratoga, Calif.
8/15 Uptown Theatre, Napa, Calif.

Three Dog Night – Shambala

April 6, 2013 | 1973, Group, Three Dog Night, Top 40 | By: 70sMusicFan

This Three Dog Night song is currently used in a Bank of America commercial.

Shambala was written by Daniel Moore and the version by Three Dog Night reached Number 3 on the Charts. As it turns out it would be their 2nd to last Top 10 song 1974′s The Show Must Go On would reach Number 4.

The song appeared on their 10th album, Cyan.

It was released by another artist and both versions would debut on the charts at about the same time, but the version done by B.W. Stevenson would peak at Number 66.

The song is about the mythical kingdom of Shambhala, which is mentioned in ancient texts of Tibetan Buddhism.

RIP – Joe South

September 7, 2012 | Commentary | By: 70sMusicFan

Joe South passed away on September 5, 2012 from natural causes stemming from a Heart Attach.

South was a song writer who wrote many hits of the 60′s and early ’70′s. A few of these are Billy Joe Royal’s songs “Down in the Boondocks”, “I Knew You When”, “Yo-Yo” (later a hit for the Osmonds), and “Hush” (later a hit for Deep Purple and Kula Shaker).

One of his biggest songs was “Games People Play”, recorded in 1968 and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

His career began in 1958 with the novelty hit “The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor”. During the 60′s he was also sideman playing guitar for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel.

Convoy – CW McCall

August 7, 2012 | 1976 | By: 70sMusicFan

CW McCall didn’t invent the Trucker Music that was popular in the mid-70s, but he did have one of its biggest hits with the song Convoy. The song followed the adventures of a convoy of trucks and other vehicles traveling across the country. A few years later the song was made into a movie starring Kris Kristofferson.

CW McCall is the pseudonym of William Dale Fries, Jr. who in 1973 while working as an Ad Man created a television advertising campaign advertising Old Home Bread for the Metz Baking Company. The advertisements featured a truck driver named C. W. McCall. The popularity of the songs such as “Old Home Filler-Up an’ Keep on a-Truckin’ Café”, “Wolf Creek Pass” and “Black Bear Road” lead to the release of the first album Black Bear Road.

Side Note:
Most of the songs done by CW McCall were written by Bill Fries (CW McCall) and Chip Davis, who formed Mannheim Steamroller during the same time, but it wasn’t until the 80′s when his ‘New Age’ music took off. However a touch of it can be heard in a couple of the songs of CW McCall especially in the song Aurora Borealis.

Coming soon to CD:
CW McCall’s first album Wolf Creek Pass/em> will be released on CD. It’s scheduled for August 26, 2012 and can be pre-ordered from amazon.

Also on the new release is a good portion of the follow up albums Black Bear Road and Wilderness. There are a total of 26 songs, some of which have never been released on CD.

RIP – Donna Summer

May 17, 2012 | Commentary, Disco, Donna Summer | By: 70sMusicFan

It has been reported by TMZ that Disco Queen Donna Summers has died at the age of 63.

She was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948.

The Grammy-winning singer had numerous hits in both the 1970s and 1980s, including “Last Dance,” “She Works Hard for the Money” and “Bad Girls.”

It is being reported that she was recording an Album while also being treated for breast cancer.

RIP – Dick Clark

April 19, 2012 | Commentary | By: 70sMusicFan

For many, especially those who were teens in the late 50s to the early 90s, their first introduction to Rock Music was through American Bandstand and Dick Clark. And unless you have been living under a rock you know that Dick Clark died of a heart attack on April 18, 2012.

When I was a teen, in the early 70s, American Bandstand was on Saturday. It along with the baseball game of the week was a Saturday staple.

Before Dick Clark started the Rockin’ New Year in 1972 it was Guy Lombardi who was on TV bringing in the New Year. That was fine, a favorite of the older generation, but Clark helped make it a Rocking New Year for our generation.

In the later 70s we remember him not only from Bandstand, but from the Pyramid, beginning at $10,000 and moving upward from there. He became a daily member of the family.

Is there anyone in the United States who don’t know or hasn’t been touched by Dick Clark? Probably not. The word legend is to often used, but when looking back on the life and career of Dick Clark, one can’t help but to use the word. He was a legend who lead a legendary life.

May he always be remembered.