I was a wee baby in the 70s but I still remember some of that music so vividly.
Vivid, kind of like the clothing that the biggest acts wore during that time frame.
A bit of Liberace, Elton John, George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic and the rest.
But my favorite music is more rhythm and blues and I want to share some favorites with you.
This music reminds me of riding along with my dad and listening to this music on the radio. In fact when I rented a limo in San Diego last year, I created a playlist and it was really a great time to reflect on the really important things in life. I didn’t think about riding in a car that had a hole in the floor. All I remember is the good times and the love that I have for my dad.
Patti Labelle, “Lady Marmalade.” I have no idea what she was saying. Even to this day, I have no idea what she was talking about.
What’s a Lady Marmalade? For some reason, I think it might be about a lady of the night. You know what mean… But those old videos are hilarious. The makeup and the costumes where crazy. The stacked shoes…no need to say more.
Cheryl Lynn, “Got To Be Real.” Doesn’t seem like this song is as old as some of the others that I have listed. Must have been the late 70s. I was even starting to sing along with the radio at this time.
Earth Wind and Fire, “September.” This must be one of the most recognizable songs that Earth Wind and Fire have. Its such a happy tune and it is used on commercials constantly. Earth, Wind and Fire videos are also incredible.
Commodores, “She’s a Brick House.” Now this would get my father jumping. He was pretty stoic but I guess “She’s a Brick House” reminded him of some good times. He would snap his fingers and start rocking from side to side. It makes me smile to even think about him listening to the 8 track player of the Commodores. He would stand there with the spatula in his hand, hovering over the grill and flipping the ribs and chicken and sipping on a Budweiser. I sat nearby in one of those old school woven lawn chairs that he would later fold up and stick in the closet or the utility room.
Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing” “Let’s Get it On” and “Mercy, Mercy Me.” Now of course, I didnt know what Marvin was talking about but it was smooth sound and my parents seemed to really like it…
Jackson 5, “A B C.” Back when all of my classmates had a crush on one or two of the Jackson 5…And “I Want You Back” which just made a comeback with a song on the soudtrack for the recent Marvel flick, “The Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together.” In the 70’s I had never had relationship, never had a crush, never begged anyone to let’s stay together…But Al Green was talking my launguage.
Stevie Wonder, “Signed Sealed Delivered.” In fact this was one of my favorites in college in the 90s. I really ddidnt appreciate Stevie Wonder until I was in high school. My mother and one of her friends dragged me and a friend to a Stevie Wonder concert when we were in 10th or 11th grade. I was not happy. But it was fabulous. Stevie put on a fantastic show and the stage rotated so everyone had a great seat.
The Isley Brothers, “Who’s That Lady.” My dad loved this song. It is a catchy song and the electric guitar is incredible. That falsetto voice of Ronald Isley is amazing. In fact, I was just riding along in the car with my daughter 2 days ago and we were singing along with this song. As soon as he started singing, my 11 year old jumped up and started singing. I know I’m doing something right when my daughter recognizes some of the great songs.
Honorable Mentions for the Sexy 70s
Bill Withers, “Lean On Me”
Box Scaggs, “Lowdown”
Johnny Nash,”I Can See Clearly Now”
Send me a note if you have some favorites you want to arm wrestle over….