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History of Rock, 1970-Present
John Covach, University of Rochester
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British and Canadian Singer-Songwriters
Notes taken on March 29, 2015 by Edward Tanguay
British/Irish singer-songwriters
Van Morrison
in group "Them"
had the hit "Gloria"
1968 album: Astral Weeks
1970 Moondance
1971 album: Tupelo Honey
Cat Stevens
1977 changed his name to Yusef Islam
early 1970s radio played a lot of Cat Stevens even in the States
1971 Tea for the Tillerman
1971 Teaser and the Firecat
1971 Peace Train
1971 Morning has Broken
features a classical piano introduction by Rick Wakeman of Yes
Rick Wakeman was offered position in David Bowie's band The Spiders from Mars but turned it down to be in Yes
Elton John
real name: Reginald Dwight
most important of the British singer song-writers
wrote with lyricist Bernie Taupin
auditioned for two progressive rock bands and failed
King Crimson
Gentle Giant
wrote songs together with Bernie Taupin
writing songs for other people
worked for Dick James
had earlier published Beatles music
1969 Empty Sky, first solo album
not released in U.S. until 1975
1970 Album: Elton John
first in U.S.
went to #4 because of "Your Song"
launched Elton John in the U.S.
very prolific
1973 Goodbye Yellowbrick Road
seventh studio album
double album, and there's not a bad song on the album
Bennie and the Jets
Candle in the Wind
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Canadian singer-songwriters
Joni Mitchell
comes out of folk background
spent time in Detroit in club
moved to Los Angeles, became part of the Laurel Canyon scene
started out writing songs for other people
wrote #8 hit for Judy Collins, "Both Sides Now" (1967)
like Dillon
1970 Ladies of the Canyon
"Big Yellow Taxi"
1971 Album "Blue," song "River"
delicate arrangement
1974 Court and Spark
Help Me (I think I'm falling in love again)
Neil Young
Buffalo Springfield out of Los Angeles
Crazy Horse
did an album with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
1970 third solo album: After the Gold Rush
Southern Man, became a staple on FM radio
referenced later in Sweet Home Alabama
"Southern Man don't need you anyhow"
they were offended by the way in which Neil Young seem to characterize Southerners
1972 Harvest, album
Heart of Gold
The Needle and the Damage Done
often thought of as an American song writer since so much of his career was focused around Los Angeles