From the Author
Contrary to popular belief, something did happen between the breakup of the Beatles and the dawn of Disco; something wonderful and sometimes hilarious. After the relatively unified front of the late sixties (British Invasion, Motown), the years 1971-75 saw popular music split into dozens of genres and sub-genres. Top 40 radio had yet to be formatted, and in a given month you could find everything from heavy metal to bubblegum on the same station. July 1972 saw Eric Clapton, Wayne Newton, Aretha Franklin, Donny Osmond, Alice Cooper, Sammy Davis Jr., the Eagles, Elton John, Procol Harum, Bobby Vinton, Stevie Wonder, the cast of "Godspell", Cher, the Rolling Stones and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards sharing chart space. If you've ever sunk back into a lime green beanbag chair, guaged your state of mind with a mood ring, or felt the spongy support of an Earth Shoe beneath your feet, you need to revisit this era! It produced not only novelty hits like "The Streak", "Kung Fu Fighting" and "Troglodyte", but genuine innovators like Steely Dan, Randy Newman, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Al Green and Todd Rundgren.
About the Author
Don Breithaupt, a three-time Juno Award nominee, is a musician and journalist. He lives in Bolton, Ontario.
Jeff Breithaupt is a freelance writer and arts fundraiser; he lives in New York City.