The Seventies

| This was the decade we joined the EEC, President Nixon resigned the US Presidency and a host of musical giants checked out for the final time:

1970: Rock legend Hendrix dies after party
Guitarist Jimi Hendrix has died after collapsing at a party in London. Police say there was no question of foul play. A number of sleeping pills were found at the house in Notting Hill Gate and they have been taken away for analysis.
Hendrix, 27, was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He will be remembered as a key figure in the music world who transformed electric guitar-playing using distortion, feedback and sheer volume to create a revolutionary new sound.

1970, The Beatles (without John Lennon) re-record vocals and a new guitar solo on the Paul McCartney song ‘Let It Be’ at Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. This session will be the final studio appearance for The Beatles, as a group. (The final date that all four of The Beatles were in the studio together is August 20, 1969).

1971: Doors’ singer Jim Morrison found dead
Jim Morrison, the lead singer of American rock group The Doors has died in Paris aged 27.He was found in a bathtub at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson. A doctor’s report stated the cause of death was heart failure aggravated by heavy drinking.

The last manned space mission to the Moon returned to Earth, bringing to an end the US programme of lunar exploration. The two Apollo 17 astronauts, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, completed their third lunar walk after a short ceremony in which they bade farewell to the Moon and unveiled a small commemorative plaque at the Taurus-Littrow valley. On it was written, “Here man completed his first explorations of the Moon, December 1972.”

1973: The United Kingdom became a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community.Ireland and Denmark also joined Britain in becoming the newest members of the community, bringing the total number of member states to nine.

1974: Richard Nixon announces he is stepping down as president of the United States – the first man ever to do so. He has announced his departure in the face of an imminent impeachment trial – and possible removal from office – over the Watergate affair.

1977: Rock and roll ‘king’ Presley dies
Elvis Presley, whose singing and style revolutionized popular music in the 1950s, has died. Presley, 42, was discovered slumped in a bathroom at his mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. He was rushed to the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis but was pronounced dead on arrival.

1977: T-Rex singer killed in car smash Pop star Marc Bolan has been killed in a car crash in south-west London. The 29-year-old former T-Rex singer was killed instantly when the car being driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes. Miss Jones – an American singer who had just returned from the US – broke her jaw and is suffering from shock.

1979: Sid Vicious dies from drugs overdose
Sex Pistols’ bass player Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York.
His mother, Anne Beverley, found him dead in bed with his sleeping girlfriend in an apartment in Greenwich Village this morning. There had been a party in the flat to celebrate Mr Vicious’ release on $50,000 bail  pending his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, last October.

The Music of the decade? Well that speaks for itself

I Will Survive – Gaynor, Gloria: Car Wash – Rose Royce: You See The Trouble With Me – White, Barry: Boogie Wonderland – Earth Wind & Fire
Ladies Night – Kool & The Gang: Get Up Offa That Thing – Brown, James: Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry: Kung Fu Fighting – Douglas, Carl
Love’s Unkind – Summer, Donna:  Knock On Wood – Amii Stewart: If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman: Can You Feel The Force – Real Thing
Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation: Funkytown – Lipps Inc: Yes Sir I Can Boogie – Baccara: I Love The Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma HoustonL Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – Temptations: Now That We’ve Found Love – Third World: Sunshine Day – Osibisa: Blockbuster – Sweet: Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) – Bay City Rollers: Crazy Horses – Osmonds: All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople
You Wear It Well – Stewart, Rod: Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel: Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd: All Right Now – Free: Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow: Because The Night – Patti Smith Group: This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us – Sparks: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Down In The Tube Station At Midnight – Jam: Back Of My Hand – Jags: Hurry Up Harry – Sham 69:Anything You Wanna Do – Eddie & The Hot Rods: Jilted John – Jilted John: Black Betty – Ram Jam: 5 7 0 5 – City Boy: Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh: Lady Marmalade – Labelle

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