70s Music Icons: 15 Singers and Bands We Still Adore
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The 1970s was a transformative period in music history, birthing a plethora of genres and legendary artists whose influence reverberates even today. From the rise of disco to the reign of hard rock, the 70s brought forth an eclectic range of musical styles that captivated audiences worldwide.
Here, we delve into the lives and legacies of 15 iconic singers and bands from the 70s that continue to hold a special place in our hearts.
Pink Floyd, although formed in the mid-60s, truly came into their own during the 70s. The release of their groundbreaking album “The Dark Side Of The Moon” in 1973 catapulted them to international acclaim. This psychedelic and progressive rock masterpiece remains a favorite among both old and new fans. Additionally, the band’s Roger Waters-led era, marked by the release of “The Wall,” solidified their status as music legends. Their enduring influence is exemplified by the widely speculated synchronization of “The Dark Side Of The Moon” with the classic film “The Wizard Of Oz.”
Hailing from England, Led Zeppelin reshaped the rock landscape with their fusion of rock, blues, and folk. The release of the enigmatic “Stairway To Heaven” in 1971 etched them into rock history. Their influence resonates through the decades, with their hard rock sound becoming a benchmark for future generations of rock bands.
Three Dog Night
Not only did Three Dog Night host the inaugural New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, but they also gifted us the timeless anthem “Joy To The World.” Their brand of American rock from the late 60s found its zenith in the 70s, with this single becoming a staple of the era’s music scene.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers made waves in the late 70s with hits like “Refugee.” Their folk-rock sound laid the foundation for the music landscape of the 80s and 90s, inspiring a generation of musicians.
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival, commonly known as CCR, dominated the early 70s with their unique brand of rock. Despite facing internal conflicts, their impact on pop and rock music remains undiminished.
Diana Ross transitioned seamlessly from the Supremes to a solo career that defined the 70s. Her solo debut boasted hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Love Hangover,” establishing her as a force in the music world.
Marvin Gaye’s departure from the Motown system at the onset of the 70s signaled the start of a remarkable solo career. His self-produced masterpiece “What’s Going On” became a timeless album, with Rolling Stone even deeming it the greatest album of all time in 2020.
Willie Nelson spearheaded the outlaw country movement of the 70s, steering away from the Nashville music scene’s conventions. Albums like “Shotgun Willie” and “Red Headed Stranger” solidified his reputation as a country music trailblazer.
Dolly Parton’s journey from the 1960s culminated in a meteoric rise during the 70s. Hits like “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” cemented her status as a country music icon transcending genres.
The Eagles, an American rock band formed in 1971, soared to prominence with a string of hits during the 70s. Songs like “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy” have become anthems, firmly entrenching them in the rock and roll hall of fame.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, born in the late 60s, found their signature sound and left an indelible mark on the Southern rock genre in the 70s. Their album “Pronounced ‘Leh-‘nerd ‘Skin-‘nerd” and hits like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird” became anthems of the era, tragically ending with a plane crash that claimed the lives of several band members.
The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band’s impact on Southern rock during the 70s is undeniable. Their album “Brothers and Sisters” reached number 1, while their enduring hits like “Ramblin’ Man” and “Jessica” solidified their place in rock history.
Bob Seger’s ascent to fame began in the 70s with albums like “Night Moves” and “Stranger In Town.” His soulful rock sound resonated with listeners, and songs like “Night Moves” and “Still the Same” became anthems for a generation.
Steve Miller Band
Steve Miller Band, originating from San Francisco, captivated audiences with hits like “The Joker” and “Fly Like an Eagle.” Their unique sound, blending rock with blues and psychedelia, carved a niche in rock history.
Peter Frampton’s journey from ‘Humble Pie’ and ‘The Herd’ to a solo career defined by hits like “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Show Me the Way” showcased his prowess as a guitarist and songwriter. His album “Greatest Hits 1974-78” remains a testament to his enduring impact.