Captain and Tennille

Captain and Tennille

Despite the disparaging remarks of contemporary music critics, the middle-of-the-road pop stylings of Captain & Tennille made them one of the most successful pop duos of the 70s, racking up an impressive five gold albums, six gold singles, two platinum albums and a platinum single. It’s no wonder we see their likenesses used and parodied in media today. They meant something. Continue reading...

Culture Club

Culture Club

With the advent of MTV, bands that focused on visual style began to dominate the pop charts. Few were as visually stylish as Culture Club. Each member of the group wore colorful, new-wave togs, but Boy George was the most attention-getting by far: His gender-bending mix of makeup, hair-dye and frilly clothing (including dresses) made him a magazine-cover fixture. He also happened to be a fine songwriter, turning Culture Club into one of the most successful hitmaking bands of the 1980's. Continue reading...

Def Leppard

Def Leppard

There are few bands that exemplified the 1980's quite like Def Leppard. Their combination of pop and metal had its finger on the pulse of 80's record buyers. The high-tech sound they pursued on their albums helped define pop-music recording techniques of the 80's. They were also one of the first bands to take advantage of the possibilities of MTV by creating a string of videos that played up their good looks and youthful appeal to help sell their records. As a result, they became internationally successful and their sound and style set the tone for many future pop/metal acts. Continue reading...

Donna Summer

Donna Summer

In the royal court of disco, there was never really any mistaking that Donna Summer was the Queen. Many have tried to copy her passionate vocal abilities but few ever came close. With style and grace, and plenty of hard work, she adopted the genre as her own and left her mark with a catalog of endearing hits beloved by her many fans. Continue reading...

Donny and Marie

Donny and Marie

She was a little bit country, he was a little bit rock and roll, and they became one of the most successful brother/sister teams in entertainment history. Their wholesome mugs appeared regularly on television through the latter half of the 70s, and their wholesome music across the nation's radio stations. Make no mistake, Donny and Marie made their mark, and then some. Continue reading...

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

In the early 80's, MTV made it possible for image-conscious groups to become stars with a few well-made videos. Few bands took advantage of this the way Duran Duran did. Utilizing a string of sleek, cinematic videos that played up their teen-friendly charisma, the group rocketed to fame as one of the top attractions of early MTV. However, they could also back up their visual appeal with songs that married crafty, hook-laden pop melodies to elements of new wave and dance music. As a result, they became one of the top international pop groups of the 80's and have survived well into the new millennium. Continue reading...

Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire

Few groups defined the direction of r&b in the late 1970's as effortlessly well as Earth, Wind & Fire. Under the skilled hand of leader Maurice White, this talented group of musicians mixed several different styles of music into their own unique brand of pop-soul and earned countless hit albums and singles from the mid-70's to the early 80's. In the process, they became one of the most successful and influential r&b groups of all time. Continue reading...

Eight Track Tapes

Eight-Track Tapes

By today’s standards, where the world is filled with portable music emanating from iPods, the eight-track tape seems rather (click) antiquated. Big and bulky, the endlessly-looping tape contained within also had this annoying habit of (click) interrupting songs midway through with an audible click as they moved through each of their quadrants. Furthermore, the intended order of songs was often disrupted, and occasionally (click) long periods of silence lingered between tracks. Having said that, they allowed, for the first time, the ability to bring music of one’s choice into (click) an automobile, as well as a portable listening device – something previously impossible. Continue reading...