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About The Artists

Most singers and songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s were born during or just after World War II.  As such, they were on the leading edge of the Baby Boomer generation. They were raised by parents born during the Great Depression who, because of their experiences, taught their children to be independent, self-reliant, free thinkers which profoundly influenced their music. These artists vividly expressed through their music what people were experiencing during those turbulent times.  Raw emotions of love, anger, fear, frustration and hopes & dreams for a better world were common themes in the lyrics of the music of the 60’s & 70’s.

The music of artists such as Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne and John Lennon had meaning and purpose often protesting war and injustice or singing of life’s challenges and inequities.  Some artists focused on their musical style as much as on their lyrics, experimenting with non-traditional rock instruments such as the organ, mandolin, harmonica, tambourine, electric keyboard, synthesizer, and steel guitar.

Many Motown artists including The Temptations and James Brown along with mainstream groups like Chicago and The Eagles incorporated brass into their arrangements to give their music a unique and rich sound. Other artists used concert orchestras to add elegance and sophistication to their arrangements.  The Beatles, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and “Sunset Grille” by The Eagles are great examples of intricate arrangements combined with orchestration. Incorporating the London Bach Boys Choir into the Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” took rock to a whole new level.

Unforgettable harmony distinguishes groups like the Beach Boys, The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Eagles and The Bee Gees while expressive choreography and perfectly performed dance routines added flair and showmanship to the music of many Soul/Motown artists such as James Brown, the Temptations, The Four Tops, and The Jackson 5.  Some artists were able to combine great music with meaningful lyrics. Not surprisingly, they remain the most recognized and successful 60’s and 70’s artists today – The Rolling Stones, Elton John, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett are but a few who have enjoyed musical careers spanning three to four decades.

The music of the 60’s and 70’s is timeless because it has both style and substance. The music sparks the imagination with its stories and its messages. It talks about growing up, finding love, raising a family, living life, and confronting war, racial injustice, and other social issues. Perfect harmony makes the music easy to listen to while the rhythm and beat makes it even easier to dance to.