70's Music Revisited

Remembering the Music of the 1970's

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Month: August, 2008

Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

August 29, 2008 | 1979, Country, Male

In late 1978 Kenny Rogers recorded what would become his signature song. The Gambler, Kenny Roger as the singer is the narrator and not the Gambler, is an old gambler who sits with Rogers on a ‘train bound for nowhere’. The song reached Number 16 on the Pop Charts and was a Number 1 Country […]

Heart – Barracuda

August 27, 2008 | 1977, Group, Top 40

Ann and Nancy Wilson were hot and the group rocked.

Gary Wright – Dream Weaver

August 26, 2008 | 1976, Male, Top 40

Gary Wright was the keyboard player of the Progressive Rock band Spooky Tooth when they broke up for the second time in 1974. He went solo and recorded the album Dream Weaver which featured just himself on synthesiser/keyboard and Jim Keltner on drums. Wright has said that he was inspired to write the song after […]

Chicago – Mother

August 21, 2008 | 1971, Album Cuts, Group

Chicago released their first album in 1969, their 2nd in 1970 and their 3rd in 1971. But unlike most groups each of these albums were 2 record sets, so you could say that in three years they had released six records. Chicago III is not considered one of their best albums, perhaps because side 4 […]

Blondie – Denis

August 17, 2008 | 1977, Group

Plastic Letters was the second Album by the Punk band Blondie. Denis, a remake of the 1960′s pop song Denise by Randy & the Rainbows was an European hit reaching Number 2 on the UK charts. It was the only song released from the Plastic Letters LP in the US, but it failed to chart.

C.W McCall – Convoy

August 16, 2008 | 1976, Male, Top 40

Advertising man Bill Fries created the character C.W. McCall for Old Home Bread brand of the Metz Baking Company in 1972. C.W. McCall was the trucker who, along with his dog Sloan and his adventures at the Old Home Cafe. From those commercials came the first songs and an Album in 1975. During the height […]

Herb Albert – Rise

August 13, 2008 | 1979, Male, Top 40

Herb Albert was the leader and played the trumpet from the 1960′s group Herb Albert and the The Tijuana Brass. In the ’70′s he was the ‘A’ in A&M records, one of the biggest record companies of the decade with acts like the Carpenters, Styx and many others. He also release a couple of solo […]

Chuck Mangione – Feel So Good

August 12, 2008 | 1978, Male, Top 40

1978 was the height of the Disco Era, but there were many other genres being played during this time. One unusual hit came from Jazzman Chuck Mangione. This version is of the 4 minute edit, on the album it was over 8 minutes long, from an appearance on Midnight Special.

Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft

August 11, 2008 | 1971, Male, Top 40

In tribute to the great artist who passed away at the age of 65 on August 10, 2008. Your music will last forever. This is from a live appearance in 1973.

Barry Manilow – Mandy

August 8, 2008 | 1975, Male, Top 40

The song was not written by Barry Manilow, but it became his first hit. The song originally was titled Brandy when it was a minor UK hit in 1971 by another artist.

John Denver – Follow Me

August 7, 2008 | 1974, John Denver, Male

John Denver was one of the biggest artist of the early 1970′s. Before his 1971 hit Take Me Home (Country Roads) he was known more as a song writer. He wrote the Peter, Paul and Mary hit Leaving on a Jet Plane. Follow Me was one of his best songs. This is from a 1974 […]

Kiki Dee – I Got The Music in Me

August 6, 2008 | 1974, Female, Group, Top 40

Kiki Dee’s solo hit on Elton John’s Rocket Records

Jim Croce – I Got a Name

August 4, 2008 | 1973, Jim Croce, Male, Top 40

One day before the release of Jim Croce’s third Album, I Got a Name, was released he died when the charter plan that he, Maury Muehleisen, and George Stevens, the comic who was the show’s warm up act were flying to the next concert site.  All on the plane died when it failed to gain […]

Paper Lace – The Night Chicago Died

August 2, 2008 | Commentary

Paper Lace’s next release was The Night Chicago Died, a fictionalized account of the Chicago East Side during the gangster age of the 1920′s. This is a tribute that someone put together to the song and Paper Lace. Wasn’t able to find a live version performed by Paper Lace themselves.