By Jack Sharkey, November 10, 2017
Singer-songwriters and serious musicians marketed as Bubblegum acts ruled the airwaves, but a new force - Southern Rock, the anti-Disco - was starting to steal its share of the market.
Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede This massive hit from the Swedish pop group Blue Swede is also possibly one of the most subversive drug-culture songs to hit the airwaves in the 1970s. The beginning and Middle 8, and most of the lyrical references, are overt odes to a popular recreational activity of the time, but it was such a light and bouncy song coming out of the dashboard speakers of every mom's Country Squire station wagon that no one really caught on.
Waterloo - ABBA Sweden's most popular pre-IKEA export that year was 1974's Eurovision (think American Idol with more countries and better music) winners ABBA. The foursome would go on to absolutely own pop radio for the next six years.
Sweet Home Alabama Lynryd Skynyrd The Allman Brothers Band started the Southern Rock movement, but they were a jazz-infused Blues band. Lyrnyrd Skynyrd was a dangerous rock and roll band and so they stole the mantle of Kings of Southern Rock. Watching and listening in retrospect, the whole thing is incredibly dated, but maybe there were no hidden meanings or deep thoughts, or maybe there were and we all just missed them, either way, the band was kick-ass. This concert was a mere three months before a plane crash in Mississippi decimated the band.
I Got A Name - Jim Croce Singer-songwriters were big business in the early 1970s and none was bigger than Jim Croce. The Philadelphia native had been knocking around since 1966, when he was just seventeen. During the summer of 1973 he began to make some inroads with a few hit singles and television appearances, but it wasn't until the album I Got A Name was released on December 1 of that year that Croce became a household name - ten weeks after his death in a plane crash in Louisiana.
Seasons In the Sun - Terry Jacks A Beligan tune Le Moribond by Jacques Brel with lyrics by American port Rod McKuen, the maudlin Seasons in the Sun was originally pitched to Brian Wilson who turned it down. Canadian singer-songwriter recorded it and sold over 10,000,000 copies of the single.
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