Meatloaf

Meat Loaf

You might not think that naming yourself after a rectangle of hamburger would be the wisest of career moves, but rock and roll is a funny business. Meatloaf backed up his comical moniker with a set of vocal pipes that rivaled the best in the business, and songwriting skills that would make him one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. Continue reading...

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

Born Nathaniel Adams Cole in 1917, Nat “King” Cole was performing as early as 12 years old for his father’s church. Much to his parents dismay, he fell in love with jazz – a product of his jazz musician brothers. Eddie, Fred and Isaac - and got his professional start playing with his brother Eddie’s band, the Rogues of Rhythm. The prominence to which he would rise would alter the opinions and tastes of musicians and fans alike for years to come, breaking color barriers in the name of brilliance. Continue reading...

John Denver

John Denver

John Denver loved all things green, from the forests in his beloved Colorado mountain-scape to his frequent duet partner, Kermit the Frog. He was a skilled songwriter with fourteen gold records to his credit, and though his folk music might seem uniquely American, he was incredibly popular around the globe. The 70's certainly wouldn't have been the same without him, and it's hard to imagine Christmas without his TV specials. Continue reading...

Milli Vanilli

Milli Vanilli

With their fresh look, which included a preppy mix of blazers, bike shorts, Doc Martens and dreadlocks, it’s easy to understand why Milli Vanilli caused a sensation during the dance-pop explosion of the 80s. They might have even been destined for greatness were it not for a little sound glitch from a concert that proved their monumental undoing. Seemingly overnight, their star rose to astounding heights, then fell just as swiftly. Continue reading...

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Shut the door and turn on the black light lamp, it’s time to groove to Pink Floyd. A band that started out strange and esoteric and became even more strange and esoteric shouldn’t have known such success, but Pink Floyd were masters at bucking conventions. They had few hits, if the Billboard charts are anything to judge by, yet they still have an enormous following around the world. Continue reading...

AC-DC

AC/DC

The 70s filled the radio airwaves with a tide of mellow rock and disco, but if you prefered your music with a harder edge, you couldn't go wrong with just about any album from AC/DC. Overflowing with grinding guitars, catchy riffs, blood-curdling vocals and plenty of attitude, AC/DC was rock and roll in its purest form and their songs catapulted this Aussie band to the top of the charts on numerous occasions. Continue reading...

Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic

Novelty acts usually fade from the limelight after their fifteen minutes of fame are up (quick - who wrote "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"?), and any kid with a tape recorder and a spare afternoon can record a song parody. So how did a frizzy-haired California kid with an accordion turn novelty music into a platinum-selling, Grammy-winning, celebrity-spoofing career that has so far spanned almost four decades? Sure, Dr. Demento's radio show helped, but "Weird Al" Yankovic has survived for one simple reason: the guy is just flat-out funny. Continue reading...

The Clash

The Clash

The Clash weren’t just one of the best punk bands of the 1970’s – they were also one of the best bands, in general, of the 1970’s. The simple, three-chord punk anthems of their early career grew into highly ambitious, musically sophisticated tunes that brought together genres from rockabilly to rap, resulting in one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Continue reading...