It doesn’t ‘feel’ like a half-century ! But it is indeed 50 years since 1971, and the 50th anniversary of some major musical milestones, that are well-worth celebrating. 1971 was a pivotal year when it became evident ‘The Sixties’ were over, and fascinating new sounds were emerging. Each of the ex-Beatles had solo hits; Tina Turner re-interpreted a late 60s CCR hit; and two dead 60s icons left us their finest works. The new decade’s new sounds emerged in singer-songwriters like Carole King and Joni Mitchell; in the proto-disco sound of ‘Shaft‘ by Isaac Hayes; in the big brass band rock of Lighthouse, and the chart debut of Elton John, who would be the 70s top superstar. Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On‘ was a defining song (and album) And ‘Canadian Content’ was launched as a government-mandated support system for the birth of a music industry in this country.
I look forward to sharing these songs and many others, in a 90-minute salute to the music of 1971 this Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30. In the show’s first hour – 2-3pm’s ‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘ – I’ll note Paul McCartney’s 79th birthday; Barry Manilow’s 78th; Boy George turning 60. Plus the Monterey Pop Festival. It’ll be a great show – I hope you’ll tune in. Cheers.