Friday, February 5, 2016

In The 1970s Earth Wind And Fire

updated February 2016

The founder of soul group Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, has died in the US, his brother has said.
White, 74, died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Thursday morning. He suffered from Parkinson's Disease.
His band had a series of hits including September, Boogie Wonderland, Shining Star and After the Love has Gone.

The singer-songwriter was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1992 but his condition was reported to have got worse in recent months.
Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

 In 1976, Maurice took over the reins of producing the Emotions and it was with this combo that the album Rejoice was released in 1977. Rejoice peaked at number 7 and number 1 on the pop and R&B charts and spawned the singles "Best of My Love" and "Don't Ask My Neighbors" which reached number 1 on the Pop and R&B charts and number 7 on the R&B charts respectively.


This Chicago based group started as a band back in 1969 and was put together by Maurice White an bandleader, producer and musician. Maurice is also in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Another member was Phil Bailey, who had a No.1 duet with Phil Collins in the 1980s. Along with Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn and Al McKay the group entered into the 70s music.

Selling ninety million albums and winning several Grammy awards and a host of others the band are for sure are of the soundtrack of the 70s teenagers. Although they had moderate U.S. hits it was not until 1976 that they achieved UK single success.

Saturday Night was the first single written by White, Bailey and McKay and came from the album Spirit on Columbia Records which went double platinum in America.


      

Moving on to 1978 when the group touched the UK charts again with Fantasy from the album All N  All and was nominated for a Grammy award.




A smaller hit that year was Got To Get You Into My Life reaching No. 33, but the next single was their highest UK single hit getting to No.3 with September from the album I Am. It was the first song Willis wrote with the band, and quite a learning experience. Says Willis: "Their stuff was very much based on Eastern philosophies, an incredibly positive outlook on life; the lyrical content of their songs was not typical of what would have been in Soul music at that time. So when I left the studio that first day, Maurice gave me the name of a book, it was called The Greatest Salesman In The World, and he sent me to the Bodhi Tree, which is a very spiritual bookstore here in L.A. I got that and a bunch of other books that the saleswoman said was the philosophy. And what went from being a very simple experience turned into, for me, an incredibly complex experience. 


    

1979 saw the group dominate the single and album charts. The first hit single of the year was Boogie Wonderland with the Emotions. This is a classic disco in the 1970s and with the help of the Emotions a band  of ladies who had a 1977 UK hit in 1977 with Best Of My Love. This classic form Earth Wind And Fire appears to have gone GOLD everywhere.

Allee Willis: "It was 1978, and every song had 'boogie' in the title. And I was always someone who really wanted to be different. I was a journalism major in college, and I didn't like song lyrics that didn't hold up as kind of stories if you were to just happen to read them and didn't hear the music. And the series of 'boogie' songs that were coming out lyrically were especially stupid to me, even though I loved and still love disco music more than any music that ever existed. So I really wanted to write a disco song, but I wanted it lyrically to be almost in a different genre than what the standard was. So we kept thinking of other ways that we could use the word 'boogie' other than just to dance."



    


Boogie Wonderland got to No.4 as did the next single called After The Love Has Gone and won a Grammy for the writers  Foster, Graydon and Champlin. The very last top thirty hit of the 1970s was Star yet another release from the LP I Am.

Retro Countdown: 1979-02-10 UK Top 40


Thursday, February 4, 2016

In The 1970s Stranglers

Time to go back to the punk era in the 1970s and one of the best punk groups to come from that time. The Stranglers were formed in Guildford in the mid-70s as the Guildford Stranglers. It is fair to say the group were very aggressive and would probably not have agreed with punk label that they got at the time.

The original members in the first couple of years consisted of Jet Black the drummer, Jean Jaques Brunel on bass. Hugh Cornwall use to be in Fairport Convention, Hans Warmling was the founder member of the group  and died in a boat accident in 1995. Dave Greenfield was the last member.

The group had its first top twenty hit in 1977 with Peaches with one of the most famous intros in the 1970s.. The song had so many sexual terms that the single was highly edited for radio play and in some cases was banned.


This was followed by a top ten hit in the same year called Something Better Change from the album No More Heroes. This became the very next single too and the song even mentions Shakespeare in the lyrics. 

1978 saw the group remain high in the British single charts with a fast moving song called 5 Minutes which peaked at No.11. The song is about a real rape that took place in 1977 at one of the band members accommodation.

   

Staying in the sleazy area they came up with another single in the same year called Nice And Sleazy from the album Black and White. The last single of the year was Walk On By.

Moving on to 1979 and the last top twenty in the 1970s was Duchess. The video was banned by the BBC because the band had dressed up as choir boys.

   


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

In The 1970s Tom Robinson

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Tom Robinson was born in the UK back in 1950 and in the 1970s made a big name for himself as a protester in song. Tom knew he was gay from about thirteen years of age and  led him to a nervous breakdown later in his teen years.

In 1973 he moved to London  and became a member of a group called Cafe Society and had an unsuccessful recording session with Ray Kinks. When that failed Tom became a well known member of the London gay scene in 1976. It was at this time he formed his group the Tom Robinson Band which also included Danny Kustow who would later join Jam.

Other members included Brian Taylor who appeared on New Faces in 1976 with a group that included Annie Lennox.  Two other members of Tom Robinson Band were Mark Ambler and Stan Tracey.





 In 1978they had an EP in the charts which had on it the song Glad To Be Gay and dates back to 1976 when Tom wrote the song for that years Gay Pride. The song was banned by the BBC and is now considered a gay anthem. The other track on the EP was Don't Take No For An Answer which received most of the air play.

Here is Tom in a 1978 interview

The last single for the group was a smaller hit only getting to No. 33 with Up Against The Wall.

Years later Tom is now married.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In Memory Hal David

Hal David was born in New York in 1921 and in 1957 he met Burt Bacharach and between them they wrote some of the greatest standards in the 1960s and in the 1970s. The 1960s hits included Casino Royale,  What's New Pussycat, Alfie and dozens and dozens more.

As early as 1972 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and of course many of their songs won Grammy Awards.

Below are just a few of the classic songs that has made their unique music writing relationship a corner stone of popular music.

(They Long)To Be Close To You a 1970 hit by Johnny Mathis and and for the Carpenters.

Walk On By by Stranglers from 1978.

  

You'll Never Get To Heaven by Stylistics
I'll Never Fall In Love Again by Dionne Warick

In Memory Max Bygraves

English singer and entertainer died in September 2012 aged 89 in Australia. Max Bygraves was born in 1922 as Walter William Bygraves. He became one of Britain's biggest and most well paid stars of the 50 and 60s and had several chart hits including Tulips From Amsterdam and Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be.

But in the 1970s Max had a 1973 hit with his cover version of Deck Of Cards. The song dates back to the 40's and tells the story of an American Soldier and his deck of cards that he uses as a sort of bible. The original went high in the U.S. charts in 1948 by Texas Tyler, but it was the version by Wink Martindale that sold the most in 1959.


    

Max during the 1970s hosted the UK game show Family Fortunes.

In The 1970s Billy Joel

William Martin Joel (Billy Joel) was born in 1949 in  New York and in his long career has notched up 150 million records sold and been nominated for nearly two dozen Grammy awards and won six. He is probably in every Hall of Fame there is too.

At fourteen he was in a group called the Echoes and in the 1970s he signed up with Artie Ripp's Family productions  and released his first solo album called Cold Spring Harbor. round the same time of 197 he would sing under another name Bill martin for gigs around in LA.

Back under his own name he recalled an album called Piano Man in 1972 and the single of the same name went in the U.S. top thirty in 1973. In the UK it did not get in the top 100!

The song went gold and the very first single to have a real impact in the UK went gold too. The single was not until 1977 with Just The Way You Are which was also a hit for Barry White in the 1970s.

The song came from the album The Stranger and won two Grammy Awards. The song was about Elizabeth  Weber his manager and wife. Billy, never really like the song, but was persuaded to put it on the album.





The UK follow up from the same album was Movin" Out Today (Anthony's Song) but did not make it in the UK top thirty. The next single Only The Good Die Young failed to make the top thirty.


She's Always A Woman was yet another single release in the UK for 1977 and made No. 29. This was also a song about his wife who was negotiating to get him out of serious financial problems.

 

1978 saw Billy only have one single hit in the UK with My Life from the album 52nd Street. Members of the band Chicago were backing Joel on this track.

  

Believe it or not that was the last top thirty hit for Billy in the 70s. Although in the 80s he would have several top ten hits and a No.1 too.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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In Memory Terry Wogan

Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, after a short illness, his family has confirmed.
In a statement, they said: "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.
"He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time."
BBC director general Tony Hall said: "Terry truly was a national treasure."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

In The 1970s The Real Thing

The group The Real Thing featured four UK friends called Chris Amoo, Kenny Davis, Ray Lake (deceased) and Dave Smith who formed the group in 1970. However, they did not have any success until they appeared on the TV show New Faces just after Kenny left. They did well and were signed up to PYE.

The Real Thing - http://theofficialrealthing.com, a Liverpool based vocal group, had its origins in the Merseybeat boom of the 1960s. Lead Singer Eddie Amoo was a former band member of The Chants, whose beat singles gathered considerable critical acclaim, although they failed to chart. After continuing to record for various record labels, the band name was eventually dropped.

They were spotted by an ex-Radio Luxembourg DJ, Tony Hall, who played a significant part in their early career development. Even so, success was not immediate, and contracts they signed with a couple of major record labels came to nothing. Then, in 1975, they signed to Pye Records. Touring as backing singers with David Essex for a spell also helped to increase their profile.

This led to a big No.1 song in 1976 called You To Me Are Everything written by Michael Denne and Ken Gold.



   

The follow up hit managed to get to No.2 in 1976 with I Cant Get By Without You which came from their album The Real Thing and made a perfect summer hit in the 1970s.



  
At this point the group over peaked and in 1977 they had a No. 16 hit with You'll Never Know What You Are Missing. The next top twenty hit was in 1978 with Whenever You Want My Love from the album Step Into The World I Can Feel The Force.

It looked like the life of the group was coming to an end as a couple of minor hits followed. Then in 1979 they came back with a disco classic marching all the way to No.5 with Can You Feel The Force?
Can you feel the force?
Can you feel the force?
Can you feel the force?

Whoo oo oo ooo Can you feel the force?
Whoo oo oo ooo Can you feel the force?

There's a mood spreading round the world today
Can you feel the force?
It's with you in your work or at your play
Can you feel the force?
They're cleaning up the streets throughout the world
Can you feel the force?
Ghetto folk have had the final furl
Can you feel the force?


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Retro Countdown: 1977-01-29 UK Top 40


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In The 1970s John Miles

John Miles was born as John Errington in 1949 in Jarrow in the UK. John really came to prominence when in 1975 he had his first UK single hit called Highfly. The single was not really to have been released by John needed something urgently to sing for a TV show so Highfly was available. Good choice.

But his huge hit came in 1976 with groundbreaking song Music reaching No. 3 in the charts.John Miles wrote this in Leeds when he had some time to kill and his song writing partner at the time Bob Marshall wasn't around. He claims it only took him half an hour to write. In the U.S. the song was dramatically cut down on length.

Johns friend Alan Parson was the producer on this single of course Alan was the same Alan as from the Alan Parsons Project.



Amazingly, after such a classic he only had one more single in the 1970s with Slow Down from his album Stranger In The City. Slow Down was a little bit disco.

In The 1970s The Fatback Band

The Fatback Band came to life in New York City in 1970. The group was a blend of jazz funk and soul and disco that had a bigger than expected impact on the British charts in the 1970s. The group consisted at the start of Bill Fatback Curtis, George Williams, Billy Hamilton, Earl Shelton and Johnny King. The group had a turnstile of members during the 70s and 80s.

UK single wise the group made an impact in 1975 with a No 40 hit called Yum Yum (Gimme Some)  on the Polydor label. But the breakthrough hit was later that year with (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop charting at No. 18 from the album Raising Hell.


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But the next single the same year was the biggest hit getting as high as No. 10 with Do The Spanish Hustle.

In the 1970s Rubettes

The Rubettes were formed in 1973 by Wayne Bickerton writer, executive and record producer. It was Wayne that wrote the 50s style Sugar Baby Love song, which was originally intended as a Eurovision Song Contest record. But he decided instead to offer it to the 50s style teddy boy group Showaddywaddy. They turned it down.

Wayne decided to put a group of session singers and make it happen himself. So along with Tony Wadington he recorded the song which went on to be a hit in the UK (No. 1) and the U.S. Globally the song sold three million singles. The recording had Paul DaVinchi on the high vocals, but Paul did not perform with the band. However, Paul did have solo single success in the 1970s though. Alan Williams did the high notes on the live events and Top Of The Pops.


The single was a huge success, and the band all dressed in white suits and matching berets on their hands ahead also set a trend and a brand.Still in 1974 they had a hit with Tonight which was a slower single but still got to No. 12 in the charts.

The other band members, including Peter Ameson, Bill Hurd, Tony Thorpe, Mick Clarke and John Richardson were now on Top Of The Pops so often that their faces would become very recognizable.

In The 1970s Bernie Flint

ITV in the UK had a huge find a star show called Opportunity Knocks hosted by Hughie Green. The show spawned many top bands in the 1970s including Showaddywaddy. But they also found some great singer songwriter too. One of these was Bernie Flint from Lancashire who was born 1952.
Bernie was in the Navy and at the rime of the 1977 TV show as a window cleaner who was propelled to the charts by his twelve weeks of wining the viewers vote for the show. In those days people had to write in and vote.

Bernie only had one top twenty hit in the UK but was a regular gust singing many songs during 1977 and 1978. He also introduced a TV show called Pop Gospel and his albums went gold and silver.
I Don't Want To Put A Hold On You reached No. 3 in the UK in 1977.

    

His follow up hit Southern Comfort was a radio play single but never made the top thirty.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top Ten Best Selling Single of 1970


Here are the offical UK charts for the best selling single of the year 1970.

Elvis was No. 1 with a song written in 1959 by Baker Knight and had been a hit several times by others in the 1960s

   1
The Wonder Of You
   2
Christie
Yellow River  video
   3
   4
Freda Payne
Band Of Gold
   5
Shirley Bassey
Something
   6
Lee Marvin
Wanderin' Star 
   7
Norman Greenbaum
Spirit In The Sky 
   8
Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water 
   9
England World Cup Squad
   10
All Right Now

UK Top 50 Singles of 1975


SwitchBack - charts from the 1970s


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In The 70s Supertramp

The group was formed in 1969 as Daddy, but luckily they changed their name to become one of the most popular British groups in the 1970s. Supertramp sold over 60 million albums, of which 20 million was just for Breakfast In America in 1979. Group member Rick Davies was vocalist and writer, and he also had a friend called Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Roger Hodgson was also in the group from the very beginning and was responsible for writing some of the biggest hits for the group, including Dreamer and Give A Little Bit.The band had their first album in 1970 called Supertramp and appeared at the Isle Of Wight festival that year. Money problems and other band members coming and going did not really get the band off to the right start.

Longer term members included John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg and Douggie Thompson.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

In The 1970s Wizzard

The ex-member of the sixties group The Move was Roy Wood who went on to form one of the most popular glam groups of the 1970s. Wizzard was formed by some members of ELO and the Move, and was inspired by writing disagreements between Roy and the ELO’s Jeff Lynne.

Roy Wood was born in Birmingham in 1946 and in the 1970s even wrote a song for the UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, but the song came last in the national selection process. Roy went out on the road with Wizard playing at Wembley area no less; Roy had a solo hit called Dear Elaine in 1973 which reached No. 18 in the UK. A slower song called Forever was released afterwards and got to No. 8.

In The 1970s Robert Knight

Born in the U.S. in 1945. He had very little single hits in the early 1960s, but in 1967 he scored with a great song called Everlasting Love on the Rising Son label, and written by the record owners  Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden. Cason use to be a backing singer for Elvis and even Kenny Rogers, he also had a hit in the sixties under the name Gary Miles .

Saturday, January 23, 2016

In The 1970s Terry Jacks

Canadian Terry Jacks was born in Winnipeg back in 1944. At eighteen he was very good on the guitar and had formed his own group called the Chessmen, who scored a few Canadian top ten hits in the mid 1960s. In 167 he joined The Poppy Family where he met fellow band member Susan Pesklevits, who would soon become Susan Jacks. The group had hits in the U.S. and Canada.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In The 1970s Roy C


Roy Charles Hammond (Roy C) was born in 1939 in the U.S. and in 1965 he recorded this single under his own record label, but under the name Roy Hammond. It became a hit in 1966 and again in 1972 when released on Black Hawk Records. The sound of bullets on the record was ricochet shots.


Top of the Pops 1978 (780330)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

In Memory Donna Summer

She was the Queen of 70s Disco. She really was the soundtrack to our 1970s disco lives throughout the trendy 1970s.

She was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in 1948 in Boston, where at the age of ten, she was a regular performer at her local church.She later joined musical show, like Godspell and Showboat. Later she moved to Europe and became a member of the Viennese Folk Opera.

In 1971 and 1972 she released a few singles into the European markets. Her break came when she was singing on backing vocals with Three Dog Night where she met Giorigo Moroder an Italian record producer and composer.

With Groovy records she released her very first album under the name Donna Summer called Lady Of The Night which was a hit in Belgium.

In Memory Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees

Robin Gibb one of the most famous groups in the world died from cancer in May 2012 after a very courageous battle with cancer. Robin was 62, and with his brothers was born on the Isle of Man in the UK. From there they all moved to Manchester and then on to Australia where they started there career as a trio with his twin brother Maurice (Died in 2003) and Barry the only surviving singing brother. The younger brother Andy had a solo career in the 1970s, but he died in 1988.

Robin had huge success in the 1960s with his brother, and he also had a brief solo career too after a dispute with his brother. But lucky for the world of pop they soon got back together as the Bee Gees.

THIS FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH THE DAY AFTER ROBIN DIED

In The 1970s Kenny

Kenny were a mid 1970s boy band that had several hits that rarely get played on the gold stations anymore. Coming from a group called Chuff, they developed into Kenny thanks to the guidance of an established band manager. The manager was Peter Walsh who was involved with  the Tremeloes in the 60s and the 70s saw him guiding Marmalade and Hot Chocolate.

The group was made up of Rick Driscoll, Andy Walton, Chris Lacklison, Chris Redburn and Yan Style. The main writers for the group were Bill Marin and Phil Coulter who between them were responsible for hits like Back Home, Forever And Forever and Shangalang.

The first single it 1973 was really a minor hit called Heart Of Stone.

The groups first hit was The Bump. Most of the vocals for all their hits came from Barry Palmer who was never credited for his work on the singles. The Bump  has us all dancing and bashing our butts against each others butts.

The Bay City Rollers actually recorded this first.




The groups K as in Kenny was very much lie the Kellogg's logo and caused a small dispute with the company.

The Bump got to No. 3 (1974) and the next single Fancy Pants got to No. 4 in 1975. It was just as much fun as the first single.

In The 1970s Barry Blue


Now there is no doubt he was a good looking guy in the 1970s. But Barry Blue was much more than just a pretty face too. He was born as Barry Ian Green in London in 1950, and as a teenager was working for Tim Rice. He also worked in the mid 160s for the heavy metal group Uriah Heap.

He also wrote and produced for Mott The Hoople and Heatwave.

Barry was also a song writer and he wrote the Lynsey De Paul hit Sugar Me. Lynsey died in 2014.

Barry was signed up to Bell records in 1973 and had his first hit with Dancing On A Saturday Night which filled the disco floors in 1973 school discos.  A No. 2 UK hit.
  



In the same year Barry came back with  No. 7 hit with Do You Wanna Dance, which although it did not chart as high as his previous single many believed to be a better song.

In The 1970s Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack was born in 1937 in the U.S., and during her teenage years she was a very accomplished classical piano player. She later excelled at school and went on to be a teacher in Washington D.D., where she also taught private piano lessons and performed in clubs at the weekends.

In 1968 she was discovered and started to make albums. Her first being First Take that went to No. 1 in the U.S.which had The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face which would later become a huge hit in the 1970s, in part thanks to Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me in 1971.

Roberta released several singles in 1970, but all failed to make an impact, although her album Chapter Two made some U.S. charts.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In The 1970s Paul Anka



Paul Albert Anka was born in 1941, and was on the same level as the brat pack. He was a huge teen idol in his time, and of course helped write My Way. Paul was a huge star in the 1960s, but he still had a very big influence in the 1970s too.

For instance, he wrote the 1970 hit for Tom Jones called She’s A Lady, he also wrote  a TV theme that would be heard night after night in the U.S, as he wrote the theme to the chat show the Johnny Carson Show. Donny Osmond had a 1972 hit called Why, the flip side which got a lot of radio play was Lonely Boy another Paul Anka written hit. He also wrote the huge Donny Osmond single Puppy Love, but Paul had written the song and had a hit with it in 1960. But his writing was being heard by the 1970s audiences.

In 1974 Paul had his first 1970s chart hit with You’re Having My Baby, which now is remembered as a chauvinist record, but at the time it seemed to be a happy record about a man delighted his wife was having his (their) baby.


 

The U.S. was the prime place for hits in the 1970s for Paul, as he had only had one in the UK, but the U.S. notched up five top ten singles including the No.1 Times Of Your Life which was a spin-off of a Kodak advertising jingle written by Paul. It was so successful it was made into a single.

Paul’s last top ten hit in the U.S. came in 1978 with This Is Love.

The My Way song by Sinatra charted in the 1970s, and was a French single that Paul reworked for English lyrics. And when Sinatra sings that song you can feel the hairs on the back of your neck go all the way up. Yes, Paul Anka did make a very big impression on music of the 1970s.


In The 1970s Mott The Hoople


Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, has died aged 67 in January 2016..
He was a founder member of the group, best known for classic tracks Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes.
The latter was written and produced by David Bowie, who sang backing vocals on the track.

In the 1960s the main backbone of the group was called The Doc Thomas Group and toured in the UK and Europe. They toured under several names during that time.

Island manager Guy Stevens gave the group a new lead singer called Ian Hunter and Guy named the group Mott The Hoople after reading a book in prison. The group played from 1969 but did not have any major chart hits. It was thanks to David Bowie that the group was saved when he gave them the big hit of 1972 called All The Young Dudes.

The song written by Bowie referred in the lyrics to UK retailer Marks and Spencers and that had to be changed. Now both versions are played.


The song went to No. 3 in the UK charts in 1972 and in 1973 the group had several classic hits. The first of those was a strange titled song called Honaloochie Boogie and written and sung by Ian Hunter himself. The single reached No. 12 and came from the album Mott. The next hit also came from the album and reached No. 10 with All The Way From Memphis and again written by Ian Hunter. The song is about a guitar being delivered to the wrong place, which was all part of the frustration of the glam rock era.




The last single of the year would get as high as No.8  and would be  their last top ten single in the 1970s. The song was Roll Away The Stone from the album Hoople and features Lynsey De Paul on backing vocals and the lead singer was Mick Ralphs who left the group just after recording this track. 

1974 saw the last top twenty hit single with The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll and the lyrics refer to authorities trying to make the group perform at a lower volume. No chance of that.



Ian Hunter left the group in 1975 and had solo hits in the charts. Michael Ralphs went on to join Bad Company

70s Music Groups The Eagles- Glenn Frey


Glenn Frey died in January 2016 from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ucerative Colitis. Frey was a founding member of the group.

 The Eagles were one of the great forces of 1970s rock. They may not have had the dynamics of Led Zeppelin or the tangled relationships of Fleetwood Mac, but they dominated the airwaves. AM radio would play the hits, filled with flawless harmonies, while FM stations would spin the longer, unedited album cuts.
Frey emerged as one of the band's chief songwriters, the Lennon to Don Henley's McCartney. He penned their breakout hit Take It Easy - a song as laid back as its title suggests - with Jackson Browne. But later singles, including Take It To The Limit and Hotel California, were group efforts, while the two front men would share vocal duties - Frey's supple tones a perfect counterpoint to Henley's rasp.
In the US, they scored five number one singles and four number one albums; while their greatest hits sold 30 million copies.

Formed in 1971 in California this is a group that is always mentioned when talking about music IN THE 1970S. It was 1972 when the album Eagles appeared and in the U.S. the hit singles the Witchy Woman written by Don Hendley and Bernie Leadon ( left The Eagles in 1975) group members themselves.

The second hit from the album was Take It Easy written by Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne. Jackson also wrote the Jackson Five song Doctor My Eyes.