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...

Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra

Classical music and rock and roll may seem polar opposites, but they actually pair quite well. The Beatles introduced the concept in the 60s, and in the decade that followed, Electric Light Orchestra followed in the Fab Four's footsteps, fusing the two genres and earning an impressive 27 Top-40 hits as a result. Continue reading...

Eurythmics

Eurythmics

The rise of MTV in the early 80s opened up a new venue for artists who could translate their musical vision into intriguing visuals. One of the best and most successful groups to rise to the challenge was Eurythmics, who racked up an impressive array of hits bridging the gap between electronica and soul, thanks to the pristine voice and colorful persona of frontwoman Annie Lennox. 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...

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

If you are under the impression that you've never heard Glen Campbell, you are probably mistaken. A gifted musician, vocalist and performer, the guitarist who fittingly came from Delight, Arkansas has delighted millions with his hit songs, movie and television appearances, and as one of the busiest session musicians in Hollywood during the 60s and 70s. Continue reading...

Hall and Oates

Hall & Oates

It's one thing to record a song that someone else has written and land a hit. It's another to actually write the hit song. If you are really lucky, it might happen once or twice. To do it repeatedly is something else entirely. With 63 singles under their belt and eighteen albums that have sold over 13 million units, Hall & Oates took their ability to write and perform catchy pop songs and soulful ballads and turned it into a career that has spanned four decades. Continue reading...

Hanson

Hanson

The most ubiquitous song during the summer of 1997 was the breakthrough hit “MMMBop” by the band Hanson. Yeah, we don’t know what it means either, but the sunny pop hit ruled the airwaves back then. The accomplishment is even more incredible when you consider that the performers weren’t old enough to shave. Or drive. Or have their braces off. Or ride a rollercoaster. The point is, they were really, really young. Continue reading...