The '70s were an artist's decade, where more and more artists and bands were being recognized. You could go into a record store and see albums from people you had never heard of, and a week later they were an international powerhouse. The '70s were probably the greatest musical decade ever. During the early '70s, rock 'n roll groups like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin emerged as the most popular.
Zeppelin introduced the world to hard rock while still keeping to their blues roots doing Willie Dixon covers like "You Shook Me". In 1971, rock suffered some of its greatest loses when The Beatles disbanded and Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison all died. The deaths were related in one way: drugs. This shaped the way people thought about '70s rock. During the mid '70s glam rock saw its first beginnings, and the phrase "bash and strut" was coined. The first glam rock or heavy metal band was KISS. KISS used makeup and lots of pyrotechnics to produce a stage show like no other before seen.
The sixties belonged to the Beatles but the '70s went to the Stones. Never before had there been a band with so many good qualities: great musicians, great albums, and most importantly one of the greatest live shows ever. After the beginning of the '70s, it would be hard to top the earlier artists of the decade. As the '70s came to a close, a new dance craze began to sweep the world. Disco combined dance rhythms and funk to make a certain beat that people had never heard before. New disco bands began to emerge. The Bee Gees and KC and the Sunshine Band were among the most popular. Disco was a big hit in the dance clubs of America. Disco probably was the gas for the greatest night club ever, Studio 54. The '70s were also when teen idols began to re-emerge. What we thought had died when Sinatra's and Elvis's fame as idol began to fade, but it didn't. Magazines like 'Tiger Beat' could take a average day kid and make him the only thing on a teenage girl's mind in a matter of weeks. As you can see, the '70s was a decade of musical variety. The seventies influenced the the '80s the '90s and will most likely influence the future of music.
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