[Note from Sam: Today, my dad’s taking over recommendations to bring you the best 70’s songs that were never on the radio. Thanks for the tunes, Dad!]
Being one of eight children growing up in the 60s & 70s, one might expect that your older siblings would have had a heavy influence in your musical tastes. In my case, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Other than my older sisters listening to the local top 40 station play Elvis, the Beach Boys, Herman’s Hermits and the Beatles, I was left to fend for myself. My father was a career National Guard employee so hippies were not allowed in the family. It was only later that I learned about Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and the rest of the Woodstock era groups. My list focuses on the 70s. I hope you enjoy!
Album: Teaser and the Firecat by Cat Stevens, 1971
Song: “Tuesday’s Dead“
Starting Middle School in the early 70s, not knowing Alice Cooper was a man could get you added to the “not cool” list. So could not being allowed to stay up late to watch “In Concert” and “Midnight Special,” where I was first introduced to Cat Stevens playing “Moonshadow.” My first song was on the same album and remains a favorite to this day.
Album: Poems, Prayers and Promises by John Denver, 1971
Song: “Poems, Prayers and Promises“
John Denver exploded on the scene in the early 70s and created a weird dynamic where teachers and kids were listening to the same music. His popularity led me to explore his earlier work and this one is second on my list.
Album: Souvenirs by Dan Fogelberg, 1974
Song: “Part of the Plan“
Dan Fogelberg had many hits over his career including my first favorite telling me to be who I must. Dan died of prostate cancer in 2007 that could have been diagnosed earlier with regular screening, don’t wait to see the doctor!
[Uhhh, thanks for the tip, Dad.]
My personal apology to myself for not including my other favorites, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Rush, Boston, Chicago, Foreigner, Steeley Dan, The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor CSNY and the list goes on. Creating a musical list that describes your tastes in 10 songs is really hard. Can you do it?
Listen to the full playlist here.