Aug 06, 2020
By Gene Stevens
50th anniversaries are ‘golden’. Let’s revisit 1970 for some ‘golden memories’ – some are bitter, some are sweet, and most are ‘bittersweet’, bringing a nostalgic lump to the throat for those of us who remember. It’s also a fascinating look back at history for those who can’t quite remember. The Viet Nam War was raging and 4 students were killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University; Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act during our FLQ Crisis, and the first-ever ‘Earth Day’ gave a spark to the environmental movement.
It was a changing of the guard in pop music as The Beatles announced their break-up, Diana Ross left the Supremes and Randy Bachman left the Guess Who; and Paul Simon left Art Garfunkel, or was it the other way around? Jimi and Janis also left us – forever. But 1970 was also the debut for some of the most exciting and enduring artists of the future including Elton John, James Taylor, The Carpenters, Anne Murray and The Jackson Five. Please join me for a couple hours with an incredible year – 1970.
As well, our first hour spotlight – ‘This Week in Zoomer Music’ – features the network debut of ‘American Bandstand’ as well as Chubby Checker’s first televised performance of ‘The Twist’. We’ll also remember Marilyn Monroe and Jerry Garcia – both icons met their end this week. Every week is packed with fascinating events – and great music – so, please join me this Sunday from 1 to 4:30, for ‘Vintage Favourites’.