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Rock and Roll 1972

It all began with the popularity of many R&B artists like Isaac Hayes and other legends like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and others. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” Al Greene

Sammy Davis, Jr. scored a big hit with “Candy Man”.

Artists like Neil Young, Three Dog Night, and America recorded hits as easy listening. “Heart of Gold’ Neil Young

Glam rock was all the rage in Britain with T. Rex “Rock On”

The Rolling Stones were touring again in the U.S. for the first time since 1969 promoting their latest album Exile on Main Street  “Sweet Virginia”

For two whole months, the most popular song of the year was by Don McLean ‘American Pie”


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  1. In 1972 I was 24 and had been married for 2 years. It was the 70s! C’mon, another great decade of music. I will say that I was not familiar with T Rex. Another great post. I’d like to see a post about 70s disco…maybe I’ll do it myself!

    • Glad you enjoyed this, Linda. I am writing about the music of the 1970s. Disco music is entirely different. I did a post once on the music of Saturday Night Fever. You have a point there, Linda. Since I am doing all kinds of music I will research disco and add it to my musical posts. At that time I was living in NYC and it was a really wild and crazy time but I could only disco toward the end of the 1970s when I was old enough to get into the clubs.


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