1970s Classic Hits!

Last week I posted a medley of songs which were all introduced by great intros; either guitars, a bass, pounding drums, etc.

I am doing the same thing today but this time I am not asking you to see how quickly you can identify them. These songs are instantly identifiable so just sit back and enjoy them.

If you’re wondering why there are only five songs, remember these were all 1970s songs and by then, the 2-3 minute songs of the 60s had faded away in your rearview mirror.

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

Play buttons are on the left … Volume sliders are on the right

Classic 1970s Song Intros

The Kinks – Three Dog Night
Rod Stewart – The Who – Chicago

Comments (17)

  1. fred

    Ray I remember we drank champagne and danced all night(tasted like C-O-L-A) Ray for some reason I don’t remember La-La-La-La Lola!! You said Freddie it’s a mixed up,muddled up, shook up world! I remember I pushed her away just as Jeremiah the bull dod walked in and I remember you said he always had some great wine! Ray you were always a straight shootin’ son-of-a-gun but you did say he was a good friend of yours so we helped him drink his wine!!(better than that C-O-L-A)I never could understand a word he said yet I think when he sang Joy To The World I felt like I was in the deep blue sea!! But Ray we both loved it when he said he’d throw away the cars and the bars and WAR!! Not so bad being a straight shootin’ son-of-a-gun!! You said let’s catch that rainbow rider and see if we can wake up Maggie May!! I know she led you away from home and she stole your heart but Ray it’s late September and we both should be back at school!! Ray you told me you’d wish you never saw her face and stealin’ your Daddy’s cue was not a good idea I did like the Idea of finding a band that needed a helping hand!! Man Ray this song is a hard one!! The Who got really deep on this one!! All the teenagers at Woodstock got wasted strung out on acid and 20 had brain damage!! The real name is “Baba O’Riley”I believe it is a warning for kids today!(Ray would this be a good one for you to give us a history lesson???)Man talk about a Three Dog Night!! And Chigago says we can make it happen!! And you know they are right!! We can make things better!! So let’s save the children!! It amazes me how many song writers had such a way to put a message out!! love ya!!

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    1. Pat Conant

      Great job again, Fred. I do think you and Ray were drinking too much, and mixing Champagne and wine can not be good!

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      1. Ray (Post author)

        There was a time (long ago, fortunately) that I was drinking too much. Instead of champagne and wine (I disliked both), I was a whiskey man. Damn near took over my life but I stopped drinking 40 years ago. 🙂

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    2. Ray (Post author)

      Fred, I would pay big money to peer inside your head while you’re writing these stories. 🙂 I’ll say one thing. You still think young! God bless you for that. 🥰
      And now for the serious part. The title of Baba O’Riley – still mistakenly called “Teenage Wasteland” by virtually everyone – was a tribute to two of Pete Townshend’s biggest influences at the time: Indian spiritual guru Meher Baba and American minimalist composer Terry Riley.
      No one can deny that the sixties were a time of experimentation. People were searching for expanded consciousness in things like drugs. Everything came to a head at Woodstock. One theory about Baba O’Riley is that it is about the tumultuous sixties, but instead of celebrating that era, Townshend was calling attention to the insanity of it all. The irony was that some listeners took the words “Teenage Wasteland, yes! We’re all wasted” to be a teenage celebration!
      Roger Daltrey said in a recent interview that the song “speaks to generation after generation. The bridge – ‘Don’t cry, don’t raise your eye, it’s only teenage wasteland’ – if that doesn’t say more about the new generation, I don’t know what does. Social media is the new drug.”
      “The main advice I give youngsters is to be very aware of what you are getting into on social media. Because life is not looking down at screens, it is looking up. We are heading for catastrophe with the addiction that is going on in the younger generation. Your life will disappear if you are not careful. You are being controlled, and that is terrible.”
      And on that note … Love Ya!

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      1. Pat Conant

        It seems today that everyone is on their phones, young and old alike. Problem is twitter & facebook,etc control what you see. I worry about my grandsons, but on the positive side, they are both wrestlers and they love to hunt and fish, which takes up much of their time.

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        1. Ray (Post author)

          Your grandsons seem to have a firm grip on what’s important. ❤
          I can honestly say I have never used my phone for anything but phone calls. My phone has the capability to do much more but I’d rather be looking up than looking down. 🥰

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  2. Pat Conant

    For some reason “Jerimiah Was A Bullfrog”, has always been a “feel good” song for me. Maggie May was one of those songs that was played so much, that back in the day, I really got sick of it, but my husband loves anything by Rod Stewart. He does have a very distinctive voice. And, I think The Who, and Chicago could just be instrumental bands and still be hits.

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Pat 🥰
      I agree with every word you said! Calling Rod Stewart’s voice distinctive” is a very nice way of putting it. 🙂

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  3. Pat Conant

    I forgot to mention that the message of Chicago’s song sure could be used today!

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      It absolutely speaks to this generation!

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  4. fred

    Thanks Ray I wanted your perspective on Pete’s thoughts and why the song was written the way it was!! And you are so correct Ray the media does have so much control!! And I totally forgot about Riley!! And unfortunately we are still in trouble!!

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      We are very much in trouble, my friend.

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  5. Penny

    great medley Ray .. my favorite is Joy to the world … 🙂
    Dennis hated it when Maggie ever came on the radio, when I asked him why, he said the song was okay BUT when he came stateside after Vietnam it seemed like that was always playing on the radio and he got sick of it. (just a little Capron history)
    Gotta go watch these nasty storms passing through when I really would like to be in bed.
    Have a safe and warm night my friend.

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Penny 🥰
      There were times when it seemed like Maggie was played at least once an hour so I understand the way Dennis felt about it.
      Glad you enjoyed the medley but now I’m going to worry about those storms.
      Stay Safe!

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  6. Sandy Gaither

    Chicago has left my head spinning! This was great and I’ve always loved Three Dog Night I always thought they did such a good job! After reading all of the above blogs I’m not really sure what else I could say that would be any different than what’s been expressed. It was great I love being transported back in time and hearing things all over again! Rod Stewart, what a mess! I’ve always liked his songs, and have trained myself to listen to his voice. All of the above OK with me, and I appreciate everything you do Ray! You’re the best! ❤️

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    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Sandy ❤️
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I just love taking you back in time. ❤️

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  7. Jim

    One of my favorites. I love 70’s rock! Now more of a fan of Country. I just wonder how much of that is due to growing up? Rock makes me feel young again. Country makes me feel good about my political stature. It just constantly amazes me the influence that music has. When I’m feeling a little down and want to feel better I play music! Depends on what I need at that particular time…what I play. Music can be a true healer!

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