The 1970s was arguably one of the most defining decades in the history of the music industry. Following the counterculture of the 1960s, the 1970s welcomed a new era of music, from the cultural movement that was disco, to a heavier style of rock and the more experimental style of progressive rock, to the rebellious genre of punk, to a new level of artistry as R&B expanded into soul and funk. As culture and sounds were changing in the U.S. and beyond, countless artists emerged. So, this week, we’re throwing it back to some of the best moments from this week in April during the 1970s.
1973 – This year, Stevie Wonder gave a memorable live performance of “Superstition” on Sesame Street. The performance was not only child-friendly, but it embodied a sense of simple human joy and gave the world a glimpse of one of the greatest creative musical minds of all time.
1973 – Queen, the British rock band consisting of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deaconmakes, make their debut performance in London. Later developing a repertoire including the hits “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You,” to name a few, Queen is now regarded as one of the most popular and classic rock groups of all time.
1977 – English punk rock band, The Clash release their debut self-titled album, through CBS Records. Featuring the songs, “Janie Jones,” “Remote Control,” and “London’s Burning,” this record soon became one of the most widely celebrated punk albums of all time.
1977 – For any fans of Mamma Mia!, you’re probably familiar with the track, “Dancing Queen.” This year, the band ABBA reached #1 in the US, UK, and over ten other countries with this catchy single.
1978 – This year, The Police released “Roxanne” in the UK. Although BBC Radio refused to play it, the song eventually became the band’s first big hit after playing it on tour throughout America.
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