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#1 2016-05-23 11:07:58

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1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Hi guys...im not up on this period and was wondering if anyone knew where to start..some recommendations would be great..

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#2 2016-05-23 11:49:17

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Doobies, America, Three Dog Night kind of vibe ?


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#3 2016-05-23 12:08:02

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Exactly that really....Doobie Brothers is sounding good and what's lead me into it with the good synth and keys work..good rhythm section too

Also thought ventura highway sounded decent...I guess Stephen Stills qualifies too?

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#4 2016-05-23 12:48:13

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Climax Blues Band was big back then. Marshal Tucker Band. Boz Scags.


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#5 2016-05-23 12:50:04

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

"Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band. Probably epitomizes early 70s AM rock.

Fanny. Al Stewart. Hall and Oates. Tony Orlando and Dawn. ABBA. Wings. The Guess Who. The Carpenters. Steve Miller Band. Jim Croce. Mac Davis. Captain and Tenille. Elvin Bishop.

Oh, God, I'm starting to have some major flashbacks, not all of them good.

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#6 2016-05-23 12:55:56

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

What about Jefferson starship?

 

#7 2016-05-23 12:57:12

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Chipper wrote:

"Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band. Probably epitomizes early 70s AM rock.

Fanny. Al Stewart. Hall and Oates. Tony Orlando and Dawn. ABBA. Wings. The Guess Who. The Carpenters. Steve Miller Band.

Oh, God, I'm starting to have some major flashbacks, not all of them good.

I think this is what makes it rewarding there is some awful stuff but there's some pretty good stuff too

 

#8 2016-05-23 12:57:13

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Yep. Jefferson. If I ever hear Miracles again, it will be too soon. Blech.


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#9 2016-05-23 12:58:23

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

A lot of times, AM played the same people you'd hear on FM, just not quite the depth, i.e., the same Stones or Zep song over and over.

I do think there were some gems, bands that never really made it too big but that offered some nice tracks, e.g., "Signs," the Fanny songs. A lot of the early McCartney singles were amazing.

Bop wrote:

Chipper wrote:

"Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band. Probably epitomizes early 70s AM rock.

Fanny. Al Stewart. Hall and Oates. Tony Orlando and Dawn. ABBA. Wings. The Guess Who. The Carpenters. Steve Miller Band.

Oh, God, I'm starting to have some major flashbacks, not all of them good.

I think this is what makes it rewarding there is some awful stuff but there's some pretty good stuff too

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#10 2016-05-24 05:21:16

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

If you grew up in the 80s, you grew up in a world were K-Tel would be bringing out compilations and this was one of my favourites covering 70s and 80s American driving music:

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#11 2016-05-24 06:23:32

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Ha...I spent a lot of my younger years being driven around in a citreon safari being played that album
..doesnt My Angel is a Centrefold appear on that?

 

#12 2016-05-24 06:52:10

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

No, but Jack and Diane does.


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#13 2016-05-24 09:13:24

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

/\  Bop, are you wondering about 1970 specifically or about the entire '70s?


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#14 2016-05-24 09:48:23

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

No im really looking at those early 1970s groups..not so much the later years

 

#15 2016-05-24 14:37:00

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

There were some killer breaks made by the bands above. Back when I was a vinyl addict I used to love cutting my double copies of the Jack and Diane intro (and plenty more).

The best has got to be Steve Miller: Take the Money and Run, Fly Like an Eagle and Macho City are all superb (the whole tracks not just the breaks).


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#16 2016-05-24 15:54:40

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

here is my personal selection from the 1970 AM Top 100, I included the song's the highest chart position, these are tunes I liked both then and now:

Billboard Year End Charts 1970

5       Edwin Starr     War *****
9       Beatles     Let It Be *****
19       Sly and The Family Stone     Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again)***** really 1969 I know
22      Norman Greenbaum     Spirit In The Sky*****
24      Temptations     Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)*****
31        Stevie Wonder     Signed Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)*****
34       John Lennon     Instant Karma (We All Shine On)***
35      Clarence Carter     Patches***
36      Creedence Clearwater Revival     Lookin' Out My Back Door*****
45      Jaggerz     The Rapper
48       Badfinger     Come And Get It
52        Kinks     Lola*****
57        Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band     Express Yourself*****
67       James Taylor     Fire And Rain
71      Delfonics     Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)***
73      Creedence Clearwater Revival     Up Around The Bend*****
78        Mountain     Mississippi Queen
84      100 Proof Aged In Soul     Somebody's Been Sleeping
89      Creedence Clearwater Revival     Travelin' Band / Who'll Stop The Rain***
91       Temptations     Psychedelic Shack*****
93       Pacific Gas and Electric     Are You Ready?
94       Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young     Woodstock*****
95       Dionne Warwick     I'll Never Fall In Love Again***
98       B.B. King     The Thrill Is Gone***

plus:

Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Tears Of A Clown
Alice Cooper - Eighteen
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio
Stephen Stills - Love the One You're With


here's the bad news, a few real pains, mainly from the one-hitters, instant torture 1970-style:

Partridge Family - I Think I Love You

and

29     Bobby Sherman     Julie, Do Ya Love Me
40     Edison Lighthouse     Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
44     Eddie Holman     Hey There Lonely Girl
62     White Plains     My Baby Loves Lovin'
64     Brotherhood Of Man     United We Stand
81     Tee Set     Ma Belle Amie

Last edited by stanshall (2016-05-25 00:48:24)


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#17 2016-05-24 16:24:20

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

1971, same key as above:

the good, *** = still killer for me:

2     Rod Stewart     Maggie May***
5      Bee Gees     How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
9      Temptations     Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
11      Janis Joplin     Me And Bobby McGee
12     Al Green     Tired Of Being Alone
14     Undisputed Truth     Smiling Faces Sometimes***
15     Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose     Treat Her Like A Lady***
16      Rolling Stones     Brown Sugar*****
18      Jean Knight     Mr. Big Stuff*****
21       Marvin Gaye     What's Going On
22       Paul and Linda McCartney     Uncle Albert-Admiral Halsey***
23      Bill Withers     Ain't No Sunshine
28     Jerry Reed     Amos Moses*****
31     George Harrison     My Sweet Lord***
43     Ringo Starr     It Don't Come Easy***
46     Dramatics     Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
55     Ike and Tina Turner     Proud Mary*****
60     Paul McCartney     Another Day
62     Marvin Gaye     Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
63     Brewer and Shipley     One Toke Over The Line
64     8th Day     She's Not Just Another Woman
74     Jerry Reed     When You're Hot, You're Hot*****
75     Beginning Of The End     Funky Nassau*****
77     King Floyd     Groove Me*****
81     Dave Edmunds     I Hear You Knocking*****
82     Bee Gees     Lonely Days
84     Who     Won't Get Fooled Again*****
89     Isaac Hayes     Theme From "Shaft"*****
93     Wilson Pickett     Don't Knock My Love, Pt. 1*****

plus: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Power to the People

the bad and the ugly ....

aka the "if I have to hear this again I'm going to break something" department" ... some sorry tunes played by the radio morons but still, when you look at the good hits, you've got to admit it was a very good year on the AM dial .........

3     Carole King     It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move
4     Osmonds     One Bad Apple
7     Donny Osmond     Go Away Little Girl
10     Dawn     Knock Three Times
33     Ocean     Put Your Hand In The Hand
39     Cher     Gypsy, Tramps And Thieves
42     Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds     Don't Pull Your Love
53     Partridge Family     Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted
56     Chicago     Beginnings / Color My World
58     Stampeders     Sweet City Woman
59     Lobo     Me And You And A Dog Named Boo
61     Bread     If
71     Mac and Katie Kissoon     Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
72     Andy Williams     Love Story (Where Do I Begin)
83     Fortunes     Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again
87     Buoys     Timothy
88     Partridge Family     I Woke Up In Love This Morning
91     Neil Diamond     I Am..I Said

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#18 2016-05-24 21:35:45

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

1972 chart songs that are good according to me:

in this list the ones that I was truly into back in 1972 are asterisked:

the good:

4     Nilsson     Without You
6      Joe Tex     I Gotcha*
11      Al Green     Let's Stay Together
16     Luther Ingram     If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right*
17      Neil Young     Heart Of Gold*****
19     Staple Singers     I'll Take You There*****
21    Joe Simon     Drowning in the Sea of Love
22     Billy Preston     Outa-Space*
23     War     Slippin' Into Darkness*****
24      Hollies     Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
32     Moody Blues     Nights In White Satin
35     O'Jays     Back Stabbers*****
38     Mel and Tim     Starting All Over Again
39     Badfinger     Day After Day
43     Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band     Scorpio
46     Rick Nelson     Garden Party
47     Johnny Nash     I Can See Clearly Now
48     Elvis Presley     Burning Love*****
49      Betty Wright     Clean Up Woman*****
50     Argent     Hold Your Head Up
51     Chakachas     Jungle Fever
54     Al Green     Look What You Done For Me
56     T. Rex     Bang A Gong (Get It On)*
57     Paul Simon     Mother And Child Reunion*
60     Derek and The Dominos     Layla*
66     Nilsson     Coconut*
73     Three Dog Night     Never Been To Spain
75     Alice Cooper     School's Out*
79     Sly and The Family Stone     Family Affair*
80     Jimmy Castor Bunch     Troglodyte
82     Curtis Mayfield     Freddie's Dead*****
91     Yes     Roundabout*
99     James Brown     Good Foot, Pt. 1*****
100     Isley Bros.     Pop That Thang*

some AM chart hits of 1972 that made/make me cringe:

3     Don McLean     American Pie
14     Gallery     Nice To Be With You
20     Michael Jackson     Ben
27     America     A Horse With No Name
67     Donny Osmond     Puppy Love
90     Godspell     Day By Day
94     Don Mclean     Vincent

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#19 2016-05-24 21:54:40

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

1973 Billboard year-end top 100 charts:

first the personal faves, it was a great year for singles, the big ones in our house from back in the day, no revisionism, are asterisked:

this was a funky year   

4      Marvin Gaye     Let's Get It On*****
8     Billy Preston     Will It Go Round In Circles*****
13      Stories     Brother Louie
16      Edgar Winter Group     Frankenstein
17      Dobie Gray     Drift Away***
18      Sweet     Little Willy
21       Isley Bros.     That Lady***
23      Grand Funk Railroad     We're An American Band*****
24       Dr. John     Right Place, Wrong Time***
26      Stevie Wonder     Superstition*****
27       Paul Simon     Loves Me Like A Rock
30      Stealers Wheel     Stuck In The Middle With You
31       Three Dog Night     Shambala
32       O'Jays     Love Train
33       Barry White     I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More
35      Eddie Kendricks     Keep On Truckin' (Pt. 1)*****
38       Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kickers     Monster Mash*****
41      Doobie Brothers     Long Train Running
42      George Harrison     Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)***
43      Sly and The Family Stone     If You Want Me To Stay***
47      Spinners     Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
49      Gladys Knight and The Pips     Midnight Train To Georgia***
50      Deep Purple     Smoke On The Water***
51      Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show     The Cover Of Rolling Stone
55     War     The Cisco Kid*****
56     Wings     Live And Let Die***
60     Four Tops     Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got)
62      Stevie Wonder     Higher Ground***
63     Al Green     Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
65     Curtis Mayfield     Superfly*****
74     Paul Simon     Kodachrome
75     Timmy Thomas     Why Can't We Live Together
79     Allman Brothers     Ramblin Man***
82     Spinners     One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
84     Ohio Players     Funky Worm*****
85     Rolling Stones     Angie
90     Deodato     Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)
92     Pink Floyd     Money
93     War     Gypsy Man
94     War     The World Is A Ghetto*****
96     Edgar Winter Group     Free Ride*****
97     David Bowie     Space Oddity
100     Temptations     Papa Was A Rolling Stone*****

plus these monsters:

Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
John Lennon - Mind Games
Led Zeppelin - D'yer Maker
Rolling Stones - Heartbreaker
Al Green - Love and Happiness


these were terrible, according to me, back then, and now as well:

1     Tony Orlando and Dawn     Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
2     Jim Croce     Bad Bad Leroy Brown
19     Stevie Wonder     You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
28     Maureen McGovern     The Morning After
29     John Denver     Rocky Mountain High
34     Tony Orlando and Dawn     Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose
59     Carpenters     Sing
71     Bette Midler     Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
98     Albert Hammond     It Never Rains In Southern California

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#20 2016-05-24 22:05:40

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

1974, last early '70s year, AM chart faves of mine:

3     Love Unlimited Orchestra     Love's Theme
5      Jackson 5     Dancing Machine
6      Grand Funk Railroad     The Loco-Motion
7     MFSB     TSOP*****
9     Elton John     Bennie And The Jets
12     Kool and The Gang     Jungle Boogie*****
14      Stylistics     You Make Me Feel Brand New
19      Blue Magic     Sideshow
23     Charlie Rich     The Most Beautiful Girl
28     Gordon Lightfoot     Sundown
30     Eddie Kendricks     Boogie Down*****
38      George McCrae     Rock Your Baby*****
40     Steve Miller Band     The Joker*****
41      Gladys Knight and The Pips     I've Got To Use My Imagination*****
44     Brownsville Station     Smokin' In The Boy's Room
45      Stevie Wonder     Living For The City***
50     Hollies     The Air That I Breathe
51     Steely Dan     Rikki Don't Lose That Number
55     Barry White     Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
56     Rufus     Tell Me Something Good*****
59     Kool and The Gang     Hollywood Swinging*****
60     William Devaughn     Be Thankful For What You Got*****
67     Bobby Womack     Lookin' For A Love***
75     O'Jays     For The Love Of Money*****
76     Eric Clapton     I Shot The Sheriff
77     Paul McCartney and Wings     Jet***
78     Elton John     Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
88     Stevie Wonder     Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
92     Paul McCartney and Wings     Helen Wheels***
95     War     Me And Baby Brother*****

plus -Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock ' n' Roll
         Rolling Stones - Ain't Too Proud to Beg
         Bad Company - Can't Get Enough of Your Love
         Paul McCartney & Wings - Junior's Farm


the seriously disliked AM radio songs of 1974:

1     Barbra Streisand     The Way We Were
2     Terry Jacks     Seasons In The Sun
18     John Denver     Sunshine On My Shoulders
21     Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods     Billy Don't Be A Hero
24     Jim Croce     Time In A Bottle
26     Paul Anka     (You're) Having My Baby
39     Carpenters     Top Of The World
47     Paper Lace     The Night Chicago Died
62     Mocedades     Eres Tu (Touch The Wind)
86     Sister Janet Mead     The Lord's Prayer
97     Olivia Newton-John     I Honestly Love You

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#21 2016-05-24 22:25:02

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

1975, still had to listen to a lot of this stuff:

the AM goodness included:

6     Earth, Wind and Fire     Shining Star*****
7     David Bowie     Fame*****
16     Sweet     Ballroom Blitz*****
22     Labelle     Lady Marmalade
23     War     Why Can't We Be Friends?***
25     Stevie Wonder     Boogie On Reggae Woman*****
26     Freddy Fender     Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
27     Isley Brothers     Fight The Power, Pt. 1*****
29     Ozark Mountain Daredevils     Jackie Blue
30     Ohio Players     Fire*****
43     Billy Swan     I Can Help*****
46     Sammy Johns     Chevy Van
48     Barry White     You're The First, The Last, My Everything*****
58     B.T. Express     Express
59     Earth, Wind and Fire     That's The Way Of The World
64     K.C. and The Sunshine Band     Get Down Tonight***
75     Three Degrees     When Will I See You Again
80     B.T. Express     Do It (Til You're Satisfied)*****
81     Electric Light Orchestra     Can't Get It Out Of My Head
84     Rufus     You Got The Love*****
87     Ringo Starr     No No Song
91     Elton John     Someone Saved My Life Tonight
95     Dwight Twilley Band     I'm On Fire
96     Ringo Starr     Only You
97     Amazing Rhythm Aces     Third Rate Romance
98     Bachman-Turner Overdrive     You Aint Seen Nothin' Yet

and the mighty Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster*****
and Aerosmith - Walk This Way***


but as always there were also a lot of corny cheesy schmaltzy things that were very hard to take:

1      Captain and Tennille     Love Will Keep Us Together
5      Frankie Valli     My Eyes Adored You
8      Neil Sedaka     Laughter In The Rain
32     Carpenters     Please Mr. Postman
35     Barry Manilow     Mandy
36     Olivia Newton-John     Have You Never Been Mellow
39     Michael Murphy     Wildfire
44     Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds     Fallin' In Love
45     Morris Albert     Feelings
56     Phoebe Snow     Poetry Man
60     Styx     Lady
65     Joe Cocker     You Are So Beautiful
69     Orleans     Dance With Me
77     John Denver     Calypso
99     Frankie Valli     Swearin' To God

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#22 2016-05-24 23:45:33

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Thanks for putting in the time on that stan...the 70s musically to me is pretty much a grey area compared to the 60s which i feel like I know like the back of my hand, I shall study the lists.

 

#23 2016-05-25 01:57:47

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Yuca wrote:

There were some killer breaks made by the bands above. Back when I was a vinyl addict I used to love cutting my double copies of the Jack and Diane intro (and plenty more).

The best has got to be Steve Miller: Take the Money and Run, Fly Like an Eagle and Macho City are all superb (the whole tracks not just the breaks).

I use to like that Fly Like An Eagle.

Gladys Knight was wonderful too, kind of forgotten and underrated these days. She had an immaculate voice.

The Carpenters were interesting, as songs like Mr Postman were liked by everyone as I remember, even those hip to know better.

I can vaguely remember the period before 75, as we emigrated to Calgary in '75 and I can remember the Bay City Roller look. On returning to the UK, of the mid-to-late 70s I can remember those long drawn out Sunday afternoons walking through the suburbs and on the green belt, everywhere deadly quiet, the smell of Sunday roast, nothing happening, getting home in time for your dad coming in from the pub and an episode of The Love Boat. Bloody awful really.

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#24 2016-05-25 02:48:23

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Im very much enjoying the Doobie Brothers at the mo..I was speaking to the FinL last night and he said when the label were discussing with Steely Dan whether Mcdonald or Fagan should be the lead singer, Fagan said words to the effect of...do you want someone who sounds like white the Stevie Wonder or a screeching Jew? They went with the screeching Jew..which is not a bad thing as its given us two great bands instead of one...

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#25 2016-05-25 06:46:55

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Re: 1970 AM Radio Rock Bands

Two bands?


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