In a long and very interesting article entitled ‘The 70s Were Much More Than The Disco Decade,’ Jane Scott (The Plain Dealer,) discussed the many different styles prevalent in those years. This article was originally published in The Plain Dealer on August 29th, 1995.
“The ’70s was the decade that offered the greatest variety in pop and rock music. The recordings ranged from three-minute radio singles you danced to, to long-playing records you listened to; from Bruce Springsteen to the Bee Gees, from the Allman Brothers to Journey, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon. And how can you get more varied than Elton John, the Jackson 5, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Neil Young, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar, Hall and Oates, Jefferson Starship, John Denver, the James Gang, James Taylor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kiss, and the Raspberries?”
“Michael Jackson,” she says, “was only eleven when the 5th Dimension had 1970’s first Number One single, ‘Blowing Away.’ But in 1971 the soft-spoken singer shook up Public Hall with the Jackson 5’s million-seller, ‘I Want You Back.’ He said he was having fun staying up late on tour; he was able to stay up two hours past his usual bedtime. Michael was still a little shy three years later at a Jackson 5 luncheon date with five contest winners, arranged by The Plain Dealer’s, ‘The Happening,’ column. He didn’t say much, but he smiled a lot.
Michael’s career began then and continues even now.”
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