Van Halen

Van Halen

The world has its fair share of talented rock musicians, but very few achieve the heights attained by Van Halen. With slick songwriting, a dose of lounge act humor, and one the finest guitarists of the genre, Van Halen has filled arenas for decades. Even when they replaced their iconic and flamboyant frontman, a move that would spell the demise of most bands, Van Halen continued forward undaunted, thrilling audiences around the world with incendiary performances that few have equaled. Continue reading...

Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band

With a string of hits like “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run” and “The Joker,” the Steve Miller Band came to epitomize the rock sound of the 70s. A blues guitarist at heart, Miller took these stylings into the pop realm and changed the sound of music forever. Millions of records sold later, many would consider him one of the greatest of his era. Continue reading...

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Class, for the next assignment you’ll need pen and paper and possibly a spreadsheet program to keep track of the tangled morass that is the story of Fleetwood Mac. Visual aids will be needed. Narrative threads will most likely get lost. Children will probably cry. But at least all of it will happen to a high-quality, bluesy rock soundtrack. Into the fray, then. Continue reading...

The Carpenters

The Carpenters

The upbeat pop songs and wholesome image of The Carpenters was in direct contrast to the many cutting edge and controversial musical acts in the 70s. Nevertheless, they managed to become one of the most enduring and popular artists in music history, churning out a steady stream of hit singles that have become classics, and making Karen Carpenter one of the most iconic voices in pop music. Continue reading...

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...