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British and Canadian Singer-Songwriters
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British/Irish singer-songwriters
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           
early 1970s            played a lot of Cat Stevens even in the States
1971 Tea for the                   
1971 Teaser and the Firecat
1971 Peace Train
1971 Morning has             
features a                    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             
most important of the British singer song-writers
wrote with lyricist Bernie             
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                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 "         Song"
launched Elton John in the U.S.
very prolific
1973 Goodbye                        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          background
spent time in                in club
moved to Los Angeles, became part of the Laurel              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          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          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              and the Damage Done
often thought of as an                  song writer since so much of his career was focused around Los Angeles

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Another 1960s rock-and-roll classic gem sung from the heart discovered via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class: "Gloria is a rock song classic written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison's band Them in 1964 and released as the B-side of "Baby, Please Don't Go". The song became a garage rock staple and a part of many rock bands' repertoires. It is particularly memorable for its "G–L–O–R–I–A" chorus. It is easy to play, as a simple three-chord song, and thus is popular with those learning to play guitar."
Another progressive rock gem via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class: "Gentle Giant was a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980 and known for the extreme complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members. The band's onetime stated aim was to "expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular." While never achieving the commercial heights of progressive rock contemporaries such as Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant was considered to be one of the most experimental bands in the genre, and one of the most experimental rock bands of the 1970s."
Early Elton John, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class with cello, harp and piano: "The album "Elton John" was the second album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1970. However, because it was his first album released in America, many people assumed it was his first album, as Empty Sky was not released in the US until 1975."
From the not-to-be-missed department, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class: "Van Morrison is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician whose live performances at their best were described as mystical and transcendental. Much of Morrison's music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, while an equal part of his catalog consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative."
Via tonight's History of Rock and Roll Class, Classic Joni Mitchell live (1970) on piano playing her song "Woodstock" with personal introduction, what a beautiful voice, talking or singing:
1970s: Hippie Aesthetic, Corporate Rock, Disco, and Punk
British Blues-Based Bands and the Roots of Heavy Metal
American Blues Rock and Southern Rock
The Era of Progressive Rock
Jazz Rock in the 70s
Theatrical Rock: KISS, Bowie, and Alice Cooper
American Singer-Songwriters of the 70s
British and Canadian Singer-Songwriters
Country Rock's Influence on 1970s Music
Black Pop in the 1970s
Sly Stone and His Influence on Black Pop, Funk, and Psychedelic Soul
Motown in the 1970s
Philadelphia Sound and Soul Train
Blaxploitation Soundtracks
The Uniqueness of James Brown
Bob Marley and the Rise of Reggae
The Backlash Against Disco
1975-1980: The Rise of the Mega-Αlbum
Continuity Bands in the 1970s
Rock and Roll in the Second Half of the 1970s
U.S. Punk 1967-1975
1974-77: Punk in the UK
American New Wave 1977-80
British New Wave 1977-80
The Hippie Aesthetic: 1966-1980
The Rise of MTV
Michael Jackson: MTV's Unexpected Boon
Madonna as Disruptive Shock Artist
Prince and Janet Jackson
Other Groups Who Benefited from MTV
1980s New Traditionalists and New Wave
1980s New Acts, Old Styles and Blue-Eyed Soul
1970s Progressive Rock Adapts to the 80s
1980's Heavy Metal
1980s Heavy Metal and L.A. Hair Bands
1980s Ambitious Heavy Metal
The Beginning of Rap
1980s: Rap Crosses Over to Mainstream
Late 1980s Hard Core Rap
Punk Goes Hardcore
Late 80s Indie Rock Underground
1990s: The Rise of Alternative Rock
1990s Indie Rock and the Question of Selling Out
1990s Metal and Alternative Extensions
Hip-Hop in the 1990s
Classic Rock of the 1990s
1990s Jam Bands and Britpop
Female Singer-Songwriters of the 1990s
The Rise of Teen Idols in the 1990s
1990s Dance Music