Remembering the Band Breakups of the ’70s

Remembering the Band Breakups of the ’70s | Society Of Rock Videos

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No matter the era, music fans have found themselves captivated by the melodies and performances of various bands that have left an indelible mark on the industry. Yet, intertwined with the harmonies and rhythms are tales of conflicts and, inevitably, breakups. In the realm of ’70s music, a decade known for its diverse sounds and groundbreaking experimentation, we delve into the stories of eight bands that experienced the bitter sting of separation.

1. The Everly Brothers

There is a pattern of successful brother bands hitting the skids in rock and roll history. The Everly Brothers spent 20 successful years as a band until a Hollywood show in 1973 turned chaotic. Don Everly’s intoxicated state led to a poor performance, and Phil Everly, disgusted, broke a guitar over his brother’s head. They reunited years later for a nostalgia tour but still maintained a tense relationship.

2. Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars


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The Spiders, Bowie’s supporting band, were surprised when Bowie announced the breakup on stage in 1973. Bowie retired the Ziggy Stardust character, signaling his desire for artistic exploration beyond the character’s confines.

3. Sex Pistols


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Formed in London in 1975, the most controversial punk rock band dominated the British Invasion in just three years. In January 1978, after touring in the United States, Johnny Rotten announced the band’s breakup.

4. Black Sabbath


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Ozzy Osbourne’s departure in 1977 led to a series of lineup changes. The original lineup reunited in 1997 but officially ended in 2017. Ozzy Osbourne went on to become a metal solo superstar.

5. Simon & Garfunkel

The duo broke up in the ’70s, but reunions occurred over the years. Most of their appearances after the breakup were reunions, showcasing the enduring impact of their musical partnership.

6. Deep Purple


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A key influencer of hard rock and heavy metal, Deep Purple faced internal conflicts in the early ’70s. Disagreements led to the departure of singer Ian Gillan and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The surviving members eventually ended the group, and a new version emerged in 1984.

7. Creedence Clearwater Revival


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John Fogerty’s clash with other band members over creative control led to the band’s breakup. Bitter lawsuits and failed attempts at reunion marked the end of the original group, with Fogerty pursuing solo success.

8. The Beatles


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The international music phenomenon of the 1960s, The Beatles, faced their end when John Lennon left in 1969. The formal announcement came when Paul McCartney revealed his solo album in 1970, signaling the conclusion of the iconic band.

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