Barry Manilow Profile

Barry Manilow live at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

You may consider the 1970s as the treasure trove of sentimental romantic ballads, known for their slick and lush production and sweeping, heart-stopping choruses. Up to now, they have remained popular. Several radio stations around the world still play these 1970s love songs, even many years after they faded from the Billboard … Read more

Guide to Disco

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If there’s one outstanding trend that came out from the 1970s, it’s definitely disco. The term “disco” goes beyond the style of music that dominated all the dance floors during the decade. As the genre exploded to mainstream popularity, it launched an extravagant fashion trend and a momentary escapist fare from either … Read more

Top British Bands of the 70s

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The 70s era was key to the British music scene especially the bands. Apart from the music being unique and iconic, the way the bands presented themselves played a huge part in their popularity. According to many, the dressing sense was quite awful but one couldn’t ignore the hits that climbed the … Read more

Learn About the Very Wild and Interesting Psychedelic Era

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The psychedelic era is considered to be one of the most colorful periods in human history, as the clothing trend and artworks that were created or produced in that era were full of colors that surprisingly blended well together. In addition to the colorful clothing and art, the psychedelic era was also … Read more

Artist Profile: Cher

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CherilynSarkisian, better known for her stage name Cher, is a singer, model, actress, and television actress that is most famous for her glamorous stage outfits and her unique and distinctive voice that is often described to be hard to replicate. Because of her six decades of success in the music industry, Cher … Read more

History of Bill Withers

Bill Withers

Smooth soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers achieved many chart hits in the early 1970s, including “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean On Me”. *** Early life and career Soul and R&B singer-songwriter William Harrison “Bill” Withers Jr. was born in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia on July 4, 1938. He … Read more

Top Male Pop Artists of the 70s

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Let’s admit it, musical tastes change, but its influence can last forever. Over the years, we had several music artists that helped shape the history of music. They are known or their talent and craftsmanship when it comes to expressing their emotions through songs. In different decades, we have witnessed how music … Read more

Artist Profile: Pink Floyd

Formed in 1965 in London, Pink Floyd was a rock band that became popular from London’s underground music scene in the late ‘60s. Since then, the group became one of the most influential and commercially successful bans in the music industry. The band was initially composed of Roger Waters on bass, Nick … Read more

Artist Profile: Pete Townshend

Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend or popularly known as Pete Townshend was an English singer, guitarist, co-founder and leader of the band the Who. During his career that spans over 50 years, he became one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Pete Townshend wrote several newspaper and magazine articles, books, … Read more

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Born on March 26, 1994. Diana Ross is one of the most successful American singers and artists of all time. She became popular because she was the lead singer of the 1960 all-female vocal group, The Supremes. The girl group is one of Motown’s most successful artists and one of the best … Read more

The 1970s: Rock vs. Disco

Introduction to Classic Rock The 1960s: Rock Music Comes of Age The 1970s: Rock vs. Disco The 1980s: John Lennon, Classic Rock Radio Stations and MTV Best Selling Classic Rock Artists and Bands Classic Rock – Influence on Culture Artists and Bands Symbols Dress and Fashion Movies Quotes and Commentary on Classic … Read more

Introduction to GQ

GQ

Introduction GQ was an American disco and R&B group who scored a handful of hits on the disco and R&B charts throughout the 70s music era, and they continued their hitmaking prowess in the 1980s. These hits include “I Do Love You,” “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),” and “Sad Girl,” all disco and oldies … Read more

Con Funk Shun

Con Funk Shun

Introduction Con Funk Shun is a funk and R&B band formed during the late 1960s. From a backup band, Con Funk Shun eventually came out on their own with their string of R&B chart hits during the 70s music era. Among their biggest hits are “Ffun,” which is now an obscure oldies … Read more

Introduction to Celebration (featuring Mike Love)

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Introduction Celebration was a short-lived group formed by Beach Boys’ Mike Love during the 70s music era, as his side project. The band also consisted of members from the rock group King Harvest (known for their catchy hit “Dancing in the Moonlight”), among others. The group scored their only hit with “Almost … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: John and Ernest

John and Ernest

Introduction John & Ernest were another of those “one hit wonder” acts, who scored short-termed popularity via the Top 40 hit “Superfly Meets Shaft” in 1973.  The novelty duo comprised of John Free and Ernest Smith.  But no sooner after their second single “Soul President Number One” , which failed to chart, … Read more

Introduction to Jan Hammer

Jan Hammer

Jan Hammer (born on April 17, 1948 in Prague) was a Czech composer, pianist and keyboardist known for his notable work on Miami Vice theme in 1988. He started to play at four and later had formal lessons at six. Though he also wanted to be a doctor like her father, Hammer … Read more

Rock Legends: The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

Introduction The Velvet Underground is not some typical oldies music/classic rock group. They are one of the most influential rock groups in the 20th century. And like many other influential rock groups, The Velvet Underground enjoyed little commercial success during their existence in the 60s and 70s music era. But as years … Read more

One-hit Wonders: Carl Douglas

Carl Douglas

Introduction Carl Douglas is an R&B and pop singer-songwriter, recording artist and “one hit wonder” from Jamaica known for his novelty hit “Kung Fu Fighting.” It became a big transatlantic hit during disco’s peak in the 70s music era. We explore a little bit more on Carl Douglas here in this article! … Read more

One-hit Wonders: Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry

Introduction Wild Cherry was a funk rock group hailing from Ohio. They are known for their single “Play that Funky Music,” a number one hit during the mid-70s music era. Although they went on to have minor hits such as “Baby You Don’t Know,” “Hot to Trot,” “Hold On,” and “I Love … Read more

The Short Life and Career of Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton

Introduction Minnie Riperton is most known for her 70s music era-hit “Lovin’ You” which features her very’ high “whistle register” vocals. Not only has it become an oldies music favorite, it is also a classic ballad for lovers of all ages. The singer with the unique multi-octave range reached the peak of … Read more

One-hit wonders: M

M

Introduction M was a new wave/synth pop “group,” a one-man project of English singer and musician Robin Scott. M gained international recognition for their hit “Pop Muzik.” It was a for the electro-pop and dance genre for it was new musical style during that day. It became a huge transatlantic hit during … Read more

One-hit wonders: The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls The Weather Girls are a female R&B and dance music duo originally consisting of Izora Armstead and Martha Wash. Initially known as Two Tons o’Fun, the Weather Girls scored a big hit and now- camp oldies classic hit (as well as party anthem and “gay anthem”) “It’s Raining Men” … Read more

One hit wonders: Starland Vocal Band

Starland Vocal Band

Introduction Starland Vocal Band is a now-defunct American pop and country band, known for their biggest hit “Afternoon Delight” during the 70s music era, where it topped the US Billboard Hot 100. Although they had minor hits such as “California Day” and “The Light of My Life,” Starland Vocal Band is most … Read more

One-hit wonders: Shocking Blue

Shocking Blue

Introduction Shocking Blue is a now-defunct classic rock band from The Hague, Netherlands, known for their international hit single “Venus”during the early 70s music era; in the States it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although they notched other hits, they are mostly considered as a one hit wonder especially … Read more

Artists Profile: Chairmen of the Board

Chairmen of the Board

Introduction Chairmen of the Board was an American soul group mostly active during the 70s music era. Their famous hits include “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” “Pay to the Piper,” “(You’ve Me) Dangling on the String,” and “Everything’s Tuesday.” They are considered one of the most popular and smoothest soul … Read more

Artists Profile: Cate Brothers

Cate Brothers

Introduction to Cate Brothers Oldies music fans will probably recognize the Cate Brothers. Consisting of twin brothers Earl and Ernest Cate (born on December 26, 1942), the Arkansas-based duo the Cate Brothers gained recognition for their one and only hit “Union Man” during the 70s music era. It entered the Top 40 … Read more

Artist Biography: C.J. and Company

C.J and Company

Introduction American disco group C.J. and Company achieved recognition for their disco hit “Devil’s Gun”  which peaked at #36 on the pop chart in during the 70s music era. Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1977, the act was produced by the “funk brothers” Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore. After gaining a brief … Read more

Artist Biography: Bram Tchaikovsky

Bram Tchaikovsky

Introduction Oldies music fans — especially classic rock enthusiasts in particular — may instantly remember Bram Tchaikovsky and his eponymous band. Bram Tchaikovsky is an English singer and musician, born Peter Bramall in 1950. Along with his self-titled band, he scored an American hit single with “Girl of My Dreams” in the … Read more

Artist Biography: Brass Construction

Brass Construction

Introduction Brass Construction is a now-defunct Brooklyn-based funk group formed in 1968. During the mid-70s music era they achieved a Top 20 hit with “Movin,” the biggest hit of their career and now one of the oldies music classic funk tunes. Much of their releases became minor hits including “Changin” (1976), “Ha … Read more

Artist Biography: Brewer & Shipley

Brewer & Shipley

  Introduction Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley are members of the folk duo Brewer & Shipley who are known for their Billboard top 10 pop hit “One Toke Over the Line” during the early 70s music era. Both Midwestern natives, the two musicians crossed paths in the West Coast where they began … Read more