History / 70s Music

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by DreamJazz, Apr 28, 2003.

  1. So here is the deal, I have a presentation to do with a group in my History class in High School, we have to do the 70s.

    Specifically for me, the music of the 70s. So any input please, preferibly from people who lived it. What was happening in music...who were the Funk, Disco big name artists ? Who was coming up in the Rock scene ? how was the style of the music evolving ? Was hip hop being heard of or was that more in the 80s ?

    This is very important to me, as there are no really good specific websites on the internet that I can find. Please help, I'll be very greatful.

  2. Hip-Hop was definately more in the 80's. Though I think Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was out around 1979.

    Don't forget about the contrast of over the top "glam rock" compared to all the introspective folksy male singer/songwriters.
  3. Hardrock (Deep Purple, Zed Leppelin, etc.) and Heavy Metal were born in the '70s, just as Punk.
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    As for hip hop, The Fatback Band's "King Tim The 3rd" preceeded "Rapper's Delight". Both coming out in '79.

    You also had Southern Rock. With bands like Skynyrd, Molly Hatchett, .38 Special, Dixie Dregs, ARS, Mother's Finest, etc., Southern Rock was a REALLY big deal.

    Disco, well, what can I say? It started mostly in the Black and Latino clubs in the larger cities like NYC, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, and LA. When the "mainstream" got ahold of it, it was bastardized and cheapened, like everything else it gets ahold of, and made it a cheap joke in American music history. Some of the bigger artists were: Sylvester, Chic (they also did R&B as well as funk), Dan Hartman had a big hit with "Instant Replay", of course you had the Village People, The Weather Girls, Donna Summers. Queen, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart even had disco hits. Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", was one of the biggest songs.

    My fave, Funk, was the s#@t in the early to mid '70's! Bands like P Funk, GCS, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Mutiny, Kool & the Gang, E,W&F, Zapp, Ohio Players, Bar Kays, etc. were in their heyday. Even Bluesman Johnny "Guitar" Watson go into it with "Real Mutha' For Ya".

    Good God! An era that I grew up in, is a HISTORY subject for you?! :eek:
  5. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
  6. That's a very interesting site!
  7. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Have a look at the Bass Guitar page - plenty of room for development there, especially the list of bassists and what they've contributed.

    Bear in mind though that the Wikipedia asks that contributors try and maintain a neutral point of view - it's an attempt to build a shared encylopedia, not a discussion forum like Talkbass.

  8. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    My thoughts exactly!
  9. watspan

    watspan Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    "The 70's" covers a lot--i'd agree with much of what was posted above, but i'd also add in Fusion Music--i remember listening to a lot of Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Jean Luc Ponty, Passport, Stanley Clark, Chick Corea, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Brian Auger's Oblivian Express etc.

    In a rock vein: james gang, mountain, doobie brothers, styx, uriah heep, deep purple, humble pie, the Who, stones, lynyrd skynyrd, steely dan, tommy bolin, Montrose, Grand Funk, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck

    Damn, now I need to replace all this stuff with cd's:D
  10. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Alright, back to the coffins you old farts! Who said you could climb out? :mad:

    I can hardly imagine such a dark time in the history of mankind when cell phones, videogames, web forums or internet porn weren't widely available. Ye gods, it must have been horrible! What DID you actually do for leisure back then? :confused:
  11. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    It was also a time for singer-songwriters, many but not all of whom were based in El Lay. I have friends that still listen a lot to James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, post-Garfunkel Paul Simon, etc.

    In rock, you can't leave out Little Feat (at least I can't) or the Allman Brothers. This was also the era of Boston, and of Edgar Winter's White Trash. There was a good bit of prog too--earlier Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Emerson Lake & Palmer. Jethro Tull!

    And my lord, you can't talk about the 70s without talking about Stevie Wonder, who did some monumental work in this decade. And Marvin Gaye too.
  12. ...plus early electronic music; Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Human League and stuff like that.
  13. In the mid/late '70s, along with Punk: New Wave music a la "Japan" and "The Police".
  14. To Watspan, thanks for jogging my memory with mention of Brian Augers Oblivian Express. Loved their stuff. Just dug out their Second Wind album ,still sounds great.
    To DreamJazz, the 70's IMO was a great decade in pop music history. I could talk (not type however) for days about music of the 70's,yeah I'm an old fart too. Dig as deep as you want into the music of the 70's and you'll find alot of innovative stuff in every genre ,pop, rock ,soul, funk, jazz fusion,and yes even disco.
    While I didn't care for alot of the rock stuff of the late 70's , I can recall that unlike nowadays , it seemed that musical talent was required to get a recording contract.
  15. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Seems like too broad a topic for me. Maybe you could talk about one genre, or one genre in relation to the socio-political times. Or, even narrower, what about Marvin Gaye's revolutionary album "What's Going On?" released, I believe, in 1973.

    I'm sure you could do quite an extensive paper on just that one album, let alone ALL music of the ENTIRE decade!
  16. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    The 3 greatest albums ever, IMO, were released in the '70's. "Darkside Of The Moon", "What's Going On", & "That's The Way of the World".
  17. watspan

    watspan Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    One of the best concerts i ever saw was in '75 in Milwaukee--Brian Auger's Oblivion Express opened for Herbie Hancock & Headhunters w/ the amazing Paul "action" Jackson on Bass!!!

    Also saw the Who twice on the Who by Numbers tour w/ Kieth Moon!!!
  18. watspan

    watspan Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    How's this for a line-up: In '75 or 76 in milwaukee i saw the following show: Ted Nugent/Aerosmith/Edgar Winter's White Trash w/ Rick Derringer!!!:D (Dan Hartman on bass, i believe)Too Good!
  19. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Dont forget about bands like Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Van Halen......