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UK Rock in the 70s Introduction

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 01  Into The Mystic - Van Morrison 1970

 02  Lola - The Kinks 1970

 03  Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress - The Hollies 1971

 04  When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin 1971

 05  All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople 1972

 06  Tumbling Dice - The Rolling Stones 1972  

 07  Whiskey In Th Jar - Thin Lizzy 1972

 08  You Wear It Well - Rod Stewart 1972 

 09  God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You - Argent 1973

 10 Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings 1973

 11  Money - Pink Floyd 1973

 12  Street Life - Roxy Music 1973

 13  The Ballroom Blitz - Sweet 1973

 14  Dreamer - Supertramp 1974

 15  Far Far Away - Slade 1974

 16  The Poacher - Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance 1974

 17   Blue Guitar - The Moody Blues 1975

 18  Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen 1975

 19  Fame - David Bowie 1975

 20  Make Me Smile - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 1975

 21  Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac 1975

 22  (Don’t Fear) The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult 1976

 23  Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton 1976

 24  Cocaine - Eric Clapton 1977

 25  Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra 1977 

 26  No More Heroes - The Stranglers 1977

 27  Rockin’ All Over The World - Status Quo 1977

 28  Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel 1977

 29  Baba O’Riley - The Who 1978

 30  David Watts - The Jam 1978

 31  Bad Case Of Lovin’ You (Docto, Doctor)

                                                                    - Robert Palmer 1979

 32  Doctor Doctor - UFO 1979

 33  The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan - Marianne Faithfull 1979

From the  end of the 1960s different forms of music were being developed and pursued. From the blues and psychedelic rock of the late 60s came progressive (prog) rock and hard rock and heavy metal.  

The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and the Who were examples of ‘60s rock bands taking their music into new territories. The electric guitar as a lead instrument became a prime mover with bands and artists providing rhythm and riffs in their solos.

Popular or mainstream rock used a more harmonious and melodic approach with a folk rock feel. Singer-songwriters were also making their mark with artists like Van Morrison, David Bowie and Paul McCartney.

In the early ‘70s Glam Rock with its flamboyant costumes and campy, theatrical performances provided a fun and popular style whilst retaining a rock format.


 Pub Rock developed mainly in London venues in the mid-70s. Influenced mainly by blues and R&B these bands provided the basis for the later punk and new wave movements. It was a rebellion against glam and prog with a more back-to-the-roots, down-to-earth style.

Punk Rock took the rebelliousness a stage further, almost back to the early days of rock’n’roll and rockabilly. Often playing as support to the Pub Rock groups, they built their own following through an outrageous and anarchic approach to their performances often leading to bans.

Mainstream appeal was provided by the New Wave of musicians who moved on from punk with a more experimental style. Styles including reggae, funk, disco, electronic rock etc.

More about the various genres during this era to come in later programs.