Est. 1997


ZZ Top Tres Hombres Album Art by
Bill Narum

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1970s


Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt: Rex Griffin, Gene Autry, A.P. Carter, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, Merle Travis, Ernest Tubb, Cindy Walker, Hank Williams and Bob Wills and many others were inducted as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame initial members.

1970 - Watch Muddy Waters and his world class musicians perform Honey Bee.

Watch Janis Joplin from Port Arthur, Texas perform Tell Mama. She  recorded her last song on October 1, 1970.
 
If you weren't convinced with the opening of
Don't Want You No More on the Allman Brothers Band first album, you were by the time they kicked in to It's Not My Cross to Bear.


Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Leslie West were just a few of the guitar players who performed at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival.

Sly and the Family Stone continued their string of hits with I Want to Take You Higher and Family Affair.

Did you know Tony Joe White wrote the Brooke Benton hit A Rainy Night In Georgia?

Joe South won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1970 for Games People Play.


Al Green + Willie Mitchell = Some of the finest grooves ever.

Don Henley left Texas for Los Angeles, California where he met Glenn Frey. In 1971, they started a band and called themselves Eagles. Their Greatest Hits (19711975) (1976) would become the best-selling album in the United States.

Jimmy Hall and Wet Willie moved to Macon, Georgia in 1970 to record for Capricorn Records

Jimmy Buffett lived in Nashville and wrote articles for Billboard.

Between 1971 and 1981, Bill Withers wrote and recorded Ain't No Sunshine (1971), Grandma's Hands (1971), Use Me (1972), Lean on Me (1972),  and Just the Two of Us (1981).

Isaac Hayes's score for the Motion Picture Shaft was the first funk soundtrack to win an Academy Award.

Gram Parsons  influence was key in the development of The Byrds, The Eagles, and The Rolling Stones. 

In 1972, Al Kooper moved to Atlanta and discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd at Funochio's. He produced their first three albums.

Formed in 1972 and signed to Capricorn Records, The Marshall Tucker Band hit Album Rock radio stations with gold and platinum LPs from 1973 to 1979.

Frankenstein by the The Edgar Winter Group reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the Week of May 26, 1973

June 1973 - Charlie Daniels released the single Uneasy Rider.

In 1973, Tom Petty leaves Gainesville, Florida for Los Angeles, California.

In 1973, Dr. John scored a commercial triumph with "In The Right Place."  Produced by Allen Toussaint and featuring The Meters as a backing band, it yielded two hits singles--"Right Place, Wrong Time" and "Such A Night."

In 1973, Marvin Hamlisch won an Oscar for the adaptation of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" for the The Sting.

Down in Texas, there was Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Freddie Fender, Asleep at the WheelJohnny Winter and Edgar Winter and Austin City Limits.

Mexican restaurants reported a unprecedented surge in new customers after the 1973 release of Tres Hombres by Z.Z. Top.

Sun Ra - Outer Space Employment Agency

Kent Finlay opened the doors of Cheatham Street Warehouse in June of 1974 as a music hall, to develop, perpetuate and promote Texas music in its most natural state - the honky-tonk.

A few months before Nixon announced his resignation as President of the United States, he dedicated Opryland USA, an amusement park in Nashville Tennessee. Please welcome to the stage, Richard Nixon playing God Bless America.

George Clinton was born in North Carolina and he knows what we want.

The first studio album by Emmylou Harris was Pieces of the Sky was released in 1975.

Jimmy Reed (September 6, 1925 August 29, 1976) passed away in Oakland, California on August 29, 1976.

A home entertainment revolution began in 1975 when the videocassette recorder was introduced. The VCR allowed people to watch movies & concerts at home when they wanted to and to record and watch their own videos. At its peak, some nine-out- of-10 households across the country had a VCR. This was the beginning of the end for Radio Stars.

The Staple Singers--Pops, with daughters Mavis, Yvonne, and Cleo scored top 40 hits in the 60s and 70s with I'll Take You There, Let's Do It Again, and Respect Yourself.

Newsweek said The Neville Brothers "poured out a stream of syncopated, funky riveting music that makes you dance and ache and cry inside."

The third album from Mother's Finest, Another Mother Further was an instant classic on Atlanta's 96Rock new Album-oriented rock FM Radio format.

1977 - Brick House by the Commodores may have one of the best snare drum sounds ever recorded.

R.E.M and The B-52s were mixing things up in Athens, Georgia.

The Sex Pistols made their U.S. debut in Atlanta, Georgia at The Great Southeast Music Hall.

 

MY MUSICAL LIFE
By Carl P. McConnell
 




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