Music – 1968 – The Temptations – You Got What I Need + Firefly + Butterfly + Sweet Talking Mama

The Temptations would settle into a group that consisted of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, and David Ruffin…..and the success that would follow the group would result in what would, in later years, would be frequently referred to as the “Classic Five”….as seen in the lineup in this video herewith. In January 1964, Smokey…

Music – 1978 – Todd Rundgren + Utopia – Caravan + Can’t Stop the Loving Action + Road To Utopia

    Utopia is an American rock band formed in 1973 by Todd Rundgren. During its first three years, the group was a progressive rock band with a somewhat fluid membership known as Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. Most of the members in this early incarnation also played on Rundgren’s solo albums of the period up to 1975. By 1976, the group was known…

Music – 1979 – The Rolling Stones – Beast Of Burden + Respectable + Shattered

“Beast of Burden“ is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones….which was featured on the 1978 album Some Girls…..when in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song # 435 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”….and # 433 on the 500 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time. The song was released as…

Music – 1978 – The Temptations – You Gota Smile So Bright + My Girl + Get Ready + Don’t Leave Girl

   The Temptations are an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960’s and 1970’s…..wherein the group’s work with producer Norman Whitfield began with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968….which pioneered psychedelic soul…..and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music.  The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies…

Music – 1978 – The Band – The Weight + Old Time Religion + The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down

The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals, fiddle), Garth Hudson (keyboards, accordion, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, drums, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals) and Levon Helm (drums, vocals, mandolin, guitar). The members of the Band first came together as rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’s Toronto, Ontario-based backing group, The Hawks, which they joined one by one between 1958 and 1963. In 1964, they separated from Hawkins…

Music 1975 – Todd Rundgren & Utopia – Love is the Answer + You May Think That I’m A Fool

Utopia is an American rock band formed in 1973 by Todd Rundgren. During its first three years, the group was a progressive rock band with a somewhat fluid membership known as Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.  Most of the members in this early incarnation also played on Rundgren’s solo albums of the period up to 1975….but by 1976, the group was known simply as…

Music – Jackson 5 – I Want You Back + I’ll Be There & Michael Jackson – Billy Jean

The Jackson 5 were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family….as the group was founded in 1964 in Gary, Indiana by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, with younger brothers Marlon and Michael Jackson joining soon after….who became among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following….as they were preceded by the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations.  The Jackson 5 have sold more…

Music – 1978 – Neil Diamond – Dry Your Eyes Plus Joanie Mitchel – Coyote

Neil Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor….who has 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts…..as Diamond has sold more than 100 million records worldwide….making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time….who has had ten # 1 singles to include….“Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Longfellow Serenade”, “I’ve Been This…

Music – 1978 – The Grateful Dead – If I Get My Way + Keep on Trucking

The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California….with a group ranging from quintet to septet….as the band is known for its eclectic style….which fused elements of rock, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, modal jazz, reggae, experimental music, psychedelia, and space rock for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams….and for their devoted fan base, known as “Deadheads”. “ “Their music”, writes Lenny Kaye, “touches on ground that most other groups…