70's Popular Music (under the radar)

By:  john-russell  •  3 months ago  •  50 comments

70's Popular Music (under the radar)

Songs that were popular but not mega hits please

The Harder I Try - Free Movement

Sufficiently Breathless - Captain Beyond

Sail On Sailor - The Beach Boys

Not In A Million Years - Gilbert O' Sullivan 


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1  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Slow Dancer - Boz Scaggs

Las Vegas Turnaround - Hall And Oates

Dean Moriarty
2  Dean Moriarty    3 months ago

3  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Spaceman - Harry Nilsson

4  Freefaller    3 months ago

B-52's Rock Lobster

4.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Freefaller @4    3 months ago

5  MrFrost    3 months ago

Jeremy Retired in NC
6  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 months ago

I think popular really depends on your social circles.  My friends and myself were never big on artists like B52's, Fleetwood Mac or the stones. 

6.1  MrFrost  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6    3 months ago

Yea, honestly I wasn't a fan of Fleetwood Mac either, but I had to listen to it all the time because of my older sibs... Kinda grew on me a little later in life but then so did... Ministry, CoC, Megadeath. Metallica, Slipknot, Pantera, Sepultura, etc. Hell, i'll even listen to Adelle from time to time.  

Jeremy Retired in NC
6.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  MrFrost @6.1    3 months ago

Hell, my music collection goes from the Beach Boys and Gladys Knight to Mayhem to Tim McGraw to Emenim (don't have much tolerance for much rap).  

7  JBB    3 months ago

Except Jeremy's headbanger stuff I have all of this on vinyl. Love Boz Skaggs...

Ever listen to Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music?

Jeremy Retired in NC
7.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JBB @7    3 months ago

Never said my taste in music was for everybody.

It's all good though.

8  JBB    3 months ago

BTO - Bachman Turner Overdrive...

8.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  JBB @8    3 months ago

9.1  Texan1211  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9    3 months ago

I liked all of those , but my favorite had to be that harmonica on Heart Of Gold. Loved that!

10  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Buzz posted links to

Imagine by John Lennon

Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Heart of Gold by Neil Young

You're So Vain by Carly Simon

My Sweet Lord by George Harrison


Maggie May by Rod Stewart

pat wilson
10.1  pat wilson  replied to  JohnRussell @10    3 months ago

All good ones.

Buzz of the Orient
10.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @10    3 months ago

Okay John, if you're looking for "under the radar" one of my favourite 70s songs was Solsbury Hill, by Perter Gabriel.  Perhaps not as popular as the ones I listed above, but because it was not played often, it was played for many years.  The repeating musical phrase is mesmerizing, and the words were extremely meaningful to Gabriel, who used to walk and jog there in that spot near Bath, England, where it was reputed there was once a temple to Apollo, the Goddess of Music and Verse.  It has been said that the song is autobiographical - I have never tired of hearing it.


Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing stretching every nerve
Had to listen had no choice
I did not believe the information
(I) just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom boom boom
"Son," he said "Grab your things,
I've come to take you home."

To keep in silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut
So I went from day to day
Tho' my life was in a rut
"Till I thought of what I'd say
Which connection I should cut
I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey" he said "Grab your things
I've come to take you home."
Back home.

When illusion spin her net
I'm never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free
Watched by empty silhouettes
Who close their eyes but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
I will show another me
Today I don't need a replacement
I'll tell them what the smile on my face meant
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey" I said "You can keep my things,
they've come to take me home."

11  Texan1211    3 months ago

Last Resort by The Eagles.

Indian Sunset by Elton John.

Family of Man by Three Dog Night.

Vincent by Don McLean.

He Thinks He'll Keep Her by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

11.1  MrFrost  replied to  Texan1211 @11    3 months ago
Last Resort by The Eagles.

Great tune. 

12  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Vincent- Don McLean

13  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Stand Tall- Burton Cummings

14  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Keep That Same Old Feeling - The Crusaders

Perrie Halpern R.A.
15  Perrie Halpern R.A.    3 months ago

Buzz of the Orient
15.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @15    3 months ago

That's probably the biggest longest blank space I've ever seen on this site.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
15.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.1    3 months ago

Aww sorry Buzz.. and the next one isn't better. Let me see if I can find some of it on Chinese youtube:

The first two are unfindable. They are The Doobie Brothers: It keeps you running and America: Daisy Jane

Here is the next one:



The next one is Boz Scaggs: Georgia



Buzz of the Orient
15.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @15.1.1    3 months ago

Thanks. All I need to see is the title and the musician, and if its available here I can open it.  The last two links are the same - Grey Seal.

17  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Sail On White Moon - Boz Scaggs

18  dave-2693993    3 months ago

Moon Shadow - Cat Stevens

Perrie Halpern R.A.
18.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  dave-2693993 @18    3 months ago

Great Song!

I love the story tellers of the 70's. They just don't do that anymore. I might drop a few in here:

OK, I better stop... I could just go on and on. 

Buzz of the Orient
18.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @18.1.1    3 months ago

Lots of great music, Perrie.  Of course I'm most familiar with Gord Lightfoot's songs - for a couple of years we lived only 5 houses apart. However, of all the ones you posted, the one that knocked me over was Don McLean's Vincent.  That was the first time I heard it.  When I was a kid my uncle gave me a big coffee-table book on Van Gogh's works, telling the story and providing many images and explanations.  I'm sorry I left it in storage in Toronto.  And then there is the movie Lust for Life, but McLean has done a wondrous vision of him.

18.1.3  dave-2693993  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @18.1    3 months ago

Good stuff Perrie.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
18.1.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1.2    3 months ago

The first time I heard that song was in England in 1971. I had always love Van Gogh's works, but I never knew anything about his life, other than cutting off his ear. That song made him so alive and it's so beautiful. 

I figured you would know your fellow Canadian. I had no idea that he lived so close to you. Very cool. My grandma lived down the 6 houses down the road from John Entwistle, who was the bassist for the who. He was very nice and even played football with us when we were kids. 

Perrie Halpern R.A.
18.1.5  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  dave-2693993 @18.1.3    3 months ago

Thanks Dave! 

pat wilson
19  pat wilson    3 months ago

Moody Blues, all of it.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
19.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  pat wilson @19    3 months ago

Me too!

19.1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @19.1    3 months ago

The theme song for my senior prom in 1973 was KNIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN by The Moody Blues. Still love that song!

20  dave-2693993    3 months ago

20.1  MUVA  replied to  dave-2693993 @20    3 months ago

21  MUVA    3 months ago

22  MUVA    3 months ago

23  Ed-NavDoc    3 months ago

The Unicorn Song by the Irish Rovers.

24  Texan1211    3 months ago
Carol King Tapestry
25  dave-2693993    3 months ago

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Mama

26  MUVA    3 months ago

27  Ed-NavDoc    3 months ago

Who'll Stop The Rain by Credence Clearwater Revival.

28  Ed-NavDoc    3 months ago

Here's a interesting one. Anybody ever heard SURVIVAL by Osibisa.

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29  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    3 months ago

Formed in 1969, 50 Million album sales and their recent album after 50 years together was simply amazing. These guys should be in the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame and it speaks to the credibility as the Rock In Roll Hall of fame continues to induct rap, pop and R&B artists who have sold a fraction of the albums. Ridiculous.


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