What’s happening folks, it’s S.D., your favorite OG (older gent) here!  Reflecting on some of my favorite musical artists of the 70’s (1970-1979).  It was during these times that I personally enjoyed the natural development and maturation of some already known R&B acts.  In addition to being introduced to new musicians from the “DISCO” era.

70s Music - SoulThese artists not only became known for creating songs that were able to inspire you to move your feet, but to also touch your mind & heart spiritually, with their rhythms complimenting the lyrical content.  Just like an onion, music with it’s categories and genres, is multi-layered.  Since we’re specifically addressing 70-79, my listing of influential artists and LPs comes from a personal perspective, without any chronological order or any attempt on my part, to rate one group or record better than another.  That’s left up to the critics (so- called experts) and also to YOU.  But if you’re anything like me, this list will generate joyous moments for reflections and opportunities, to research & rekindle what good music sounds like!!!

Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man AND What’s Goin On
Earth ,Wind and Fire – That’s the Way of the World
Curtis Mayfield – Superfly (Soundtrack)
O’Jays – Backstabbers
Brothers Johnson – Looking Out for #1
Chic – C’est Chic
Heatwave – Too Hot to Handle
Isley Brothers
Ohio Players
Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
Rufus (feat.- Chaka Khan) – Rufusized
Aretha Franklin -Sparkle (Soundtrack)
James Brown – Hot Pants AND The Payback
Noel Pointer – Phantazia
Main Ingredient
War – The World is a Ghetto
Jacksons70s Music - Peace & Love
Stevie Wonder
Isaac Hayes
Norman Connors – You are my Starship
Kool and the Gang
Bee Gees
Barry White
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Miracles (feat. Billy Griffin) – Renaissance
Al Green
Rare Earth
AWB (Average White Band)
Bootsy Collins
Angela Bofil
Phyllis Hyman
Patrice Rushen
Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws, Debra Laws, & Eloise Laws
Stephanie Mills
Teddy Pendergrass
Michael Henderson
Jeffrey Osborne
Patti LaBelle
Moments aka Ray, Goodman & Brown
Parliament – Funkadelic

70s Music - RadioGladys Knight & the Pips
Anita Baker
Dionne Warwick
Johnny Mathis

I’m looking forward to getting feedback on my listing, and encourage all to respond with their thoughts or opinions.  This S.D. saying, thank you for this time until next occasion, when we STEP INTO THE FUNK.


Steven Daniels

1 Comment

  • Miss CTD
    January 8, 2015

    Greetings from the Land of Funk Dayton Ohio. Growing up in Dayton was a real treat, so much talent, the street corner trios,garage bands, The OHIO Players, Slave, Sun, Phazo, Bootsey Collins, Roger Troutman and Zapp (Roger and the Human Body back then) Heatwave, Lakeside, just to name a few. The times were simpler yet troublesome as well. Thanks.

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