Pop Queens of the 70’s

By | May 11, 2009

When thinking about the Queens of Pop music of the seventies the first one that comes to mind is the King, Carole King. Carole King was born Carole Klein in 1942. She along with her then husband, Gerry Goffin, pen some of the greatest pop hits of the early 70s, “Will You Still Love Me, Tomorrow”, “The Loco-Motion”, ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and many others. In 1971 she released what could be called the best album by a female artist. Tapestry. It certainly was one of the big albums of the 70s remaining at number one for 15 weeks and 6 years on the Album Charts.

Carly Simon was born a rich kid, her father was Richard L. Simon co-founder book publisher Simon & Schuster. In the early 1960s she recorded with her older sister Lucy and together they had a minor hit “Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod”. In 1971 she released her first solo album, which was also a self titled album. It featured the hit “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be”. Her second album Anticipation had a hit with the single of the same name, but it was a song from her third album, No Secrets that produced the song “You’re So Vain”. A song as mysterious today as it was in 1972 since she has never said who would think, “This song is about you”. Shortly later she married James Taylor. Although at times the marriage was rocky they did make nice music together.

Linda Ronstadt at one time was called the Queen of Rock. In the 1960s she was the lead singer of the folk group Stone Poneys and releasing the popular song “Different Drum” in 1967. Beginning in 1969 she began recording as a solo artist and her fourth album Heart Like A Wheel was a breakaway hit. It featured her highest charting song “You’re No Good”. Throughout the rest of the 70s and on she was a music superstar.

Stevie Nicks and her boyfriend Lindsay Buckingham were recoding together when Buckingham was invited to be a part of Fleetwood Mac replacing their departing guitarist Bob Welch. He agreed only if they would also take Stevie Nicks. Their first album with the group was Fleetwood Mac and would have the Nicks songs “Rhiannon” and “Landslide”, two songs that propelled the group to musical superstars after 8 years.

No one would disagree that the The Queen of Disco is Donna Summer. She started her career as a backup singer, and in 1975 she was working with Giorgio Moroder. Together they put together the Disco song ‘Love to Love you Baby”. this was the first of a series of hits for Summer as she topped the charts with his disco inspired songs.

We have the Queen of Rock and the Queen of disco and while Aretha Franklin will always be the Queen of Soul, she really deserves the simple title of Queen. She began recording in the 1960s and even today her voice is a strong as ever. From 1968 until 1975 she won the Grammy Award each year for Best R&B Artist. In all she has won 18 Grammy’s. One of her biggest songs, although not recorded in the 70s, was the Carole King/Gerry Goffin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”.


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