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Golden Years

Paul Fitzpatrick: London, May 2021

Every generation tends to think there era was best.

And why wouldn’t they… typically, every era has access to more ‘stuff’ and better lifestyle choices than the previous one.

For our generation (late Baby-Boomers born between 1954-1964), I think we hit the sweet spot culturally…. particularly when it comes to music.

My musical awareness began around 1968, just in time to catch the Beatles, and all the brilliant 70s artists that followed.
I look back now and realise that the 70s wouldn’t have been so prolific without the 60s…. with The Beatles, Dylan, Hendrix, Motown, Stax and the Laurel Canyon scene inspiring what was to follow.

And what was to follow was pretty special…….

The Rolling Stones, The Who, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, The Eagles, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, The Doobie Brothers, Roxy Music, T-Rex, Little Feat, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklyn, Carole King, Carly Simon, Bob Marley, Parliament/Funkadelic, Bobby Womack, Pink Floyd, Al Green, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Queen, McCartney, Lennon, Harrison , Yes, Genesis, AWB, The Bee Gees, Deep Purple, Linda Ronstadt, Curtis Mayfield, George Benson, Rory Gallagher, John Martyn, Todd Rundgren…. and many more

Whether you were a fan of some of these acts or not, the one thing they all shared was a prolificacy of output…. amazingly they all managed to release multiple albums of exceptional quality, whilst still finding time to compose, record, tour, collaborate and live a 70s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, with all the excesses that entailed.

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I’m with the band – On the road with Zep

Indeed, there was so much quality being produced in the 70s that for the first five or six years of the decade it seemed like there was a landmark release every other week.

Take 1971 as an example.

  • The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
  • Carole King – Tapestry
  • Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
  • David Bowie – Hunky Dory
  • Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
  • Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story
  • John Lennon – Imagine
  • Joni Mitchell – Blue
  • The Who – Who’s Next
  • T Rex – Electric Warrior
  • Cat Stevens – Teaser and the Firecat
  • The Doors – LA Woman
  • Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
  • The Faces – A Nods as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse
  • James Brown – Sex Machine
  • Don McLean – American Pie
  • Gil Scott Heron – Pieces of a Man
  • Jethro Tull – Aqualung
  • Pink Floyd – Meddle 
  • James Taylor – Mud Slide Slim 
  • Isaac Hayes – Shaft 
  • Yes – Fragile
  • Paul McCartney – Ram 
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71 A Classic Year

Included in this list from 71 are two of the top three albums of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine….
Marvin Gaye’s – What’s Going On and Joni Mitchell’s – Blue.
Both seminal and often cited as landmark recordings by other artists and critics, but in truth just two excellent albums from a catalogue of exquisite releases.
There is a neat book about the quality of the music released in 1971 by David Hepworth who describes the year as ‘the most creative in popular music’

Anther remarkable thing about the 70s was the diversity of the music.

Rock, pop, soul, reggae, jazz, punk, folk, glam, funk….. it was one big melting pot where you could find Benny Hill rubbing shoulders at the top of the charts with Jimi Hendrix, Abba with Pink Floyd, and The Wombles with Stevie Wonder.

The 70s record buying public represented a ‘broad church’ of musical styles and tastes and they were all represented in the weekly top 30.

There was also a constant flow of talent breaking through in the 70s.
Take the chart below from July 1972 and you will see the emergence of a few acts making their chart debuts that month, who went on to do pretty well….
Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, Alice Cooper, ELO

Another barometer of how good an era is, can be measured I think, by the interest in it from future generations.

Based on my own anecdotal evidence, I have a daughter who loves Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye as much as she loves Beyonce or John Mayer and I have sons who dig Steely Dan, The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder as much as they dig Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters or Kanye West.

That only happens when the music is timeless…..

Talking of timeless music, the updated 70s Jukebox links are below.
There are 250 songs on the master playlist now, with the common thread being that they are all singles that would almost certainly have been playing on a jukebox somewhere in the 70s.

Thanks to everyone who contributed, it’s a playlist that’s been curated by you and not surprisingly our choices have proved to be a microcosm of the record buying public with a wide range of tastes and musical styles covered.

It was clear from the song choices coming through at the start that there were two distinctive threads –
Soul/Disco
Classic Pop/Rock

Therefore I’ve prepared two playlists….

1) The Ultimate Playlist which is the master playlist and features all 250 songs, tracks 1-150 are classic pop/rock songs and tracks 151-250 are soul/disco tracks…. select shuffle and it will churn out 17 hours of hit after hit, just like a great jukebox should.

2) The Boogie Nights Playlist features the 100 soul/disco tracks taken from the master playlist which you can boogie or smooch to….. just like a night up Joannas or your favourite 70s nightclub of choice!

Within each playlist I have tried to group the songs in a running order that makes sense but if you’re like me you’ll probably just hit ‘shuffle’, pour out your beverage of choice and boogie round the kitchen like it’s 1975…

To save the playlist to your Spotify library….. press the Spotify icon in the top right hand corner of the playlists above and when you’ve been transferred to the playlist on your own Spotify account, click the Heart icon to save the playlist to your library.

Teenage kicks – Sandro Pallisco

Where were you brought up:
Croy then Bonhill, Dumbarton 

Secondary school:
St Patrick’s High School

Best mate at school:
Ronnie Dalgleish

Funniest memory from school:
Eating half a Vienna loaf & pie at lunch time from Peter’s shop.

First holiday with your mates in UK:
Basketball summer camp at St Andrew’s. Mark Arbuckle was there and so were a few of my basketball friends from school, many of us are still mates today.
Memory of that trip was managing to get served in a pub when we were sixteen. Would be circa 1973.

The West Dunbartonshire Globetrotters…

First holiday with your mates abroad:
Rhodes 1979 with 4 friends, Robert Ellis, Jim McAllister, Billy Smith and Andy Mclelland.
My memory is driving to Lindos spending the day on the beach drinking lots of Ouzo and lager and getting sunstroke 🙂

First job:
Panel Beater at Gael Motors Dumbarton 4 years

70s musical hero:
David Gilmour

70s musical memories:
I was the drummer in a 70s rock band. We were known as The Rez Band playing venues all over Scotland and north England.
We used to play a venue in Dunoon with lots of US military guys who loved our versions of Smoke on the Water and LA Woman by the Doors, and we liked playing there as they served authentic American Budweiser!

One of our favourite gigs was at the Strathpeffer Pavilion, near Dingwall which was a fantastic venue as they also provided accommodation. On the first night some of the band and crew went out on the town to party and came back in the wee small hours only to find themselves locked out.
Myself and Frank the lead guitarist were the only ones who made it home before the doors were locked.
In the morning we heard the boys shouting to be let in so we waited for about half an hour or so before shouting “morning campers” and creased ourselves when we realised they were wearing speaker covers because it was so bloody cold.
They weren’t too happy about having to spend the night in a van in arctic conditions so we thought it best not to tell them that we had sneaked a few people into the dorm and we’d had our own wee party.

A night that wasn’t so much fun was when our lead singer started a riot at Oban town hall because someone was giving his girlfriend a bit of undue attention. He leapt from the stage like Iggy Pop and punched the guy before a riot ensued.
Some of us even spent the night in the local cells.
A night never to be forgotten… or repeated!

I Predict a Riot…. The Rez Band

Favourite single:
Another Brick in the Wall

Favourite album:
Wish you were here

First gig:
Nazareth Apollo Glasgow. 

Favourite movie in 70s:
The Godfather

You looking at me?
damn…. wrong film!!

Who was your inspiration in 70s:
Pink Floyd

What do you miss most from the 70s:
Long hair

What advice would you give your 14yr old self:
Savour the moment before it’s gone

70s pub session with 4 people from 70s:
David Gilmour, Freddie Mercury, Glen Campbell and Rachel Welch.
It would have to be at a music venue in Glasgow, somewhere like the Burns Howff.

Sandro Pallisco – Still rockin’