1977 was a fabulous time when my music world exploded. I was thirteen years old, and I could afford to buy 45's with my allowance - I still have most of them! I would save up to buy albums, and here's a couple of favorites:
Out of the Blue - Electric Light Orchestra
I wouldn't have thought that ELO could surpass 1976's "A New World Record" with "Telephone Line" and "Livin' Thing", but "Out of the Blue" did just that. A double album masterpiece that featured "Turn To Stone", and "Sweet Talkin' Woman". I especially enjoyed "Concerto for a Rainy Day", which was one Side featuring a concept - starting out with "Standin' in the Rain' and ending with the song Lynne considers to be his greatest ELO achievement, "Mr. Blue Sky".
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
I have a vague memory of being at a party, and that "Rumours" was a favorite album of one of my crushes, Mike. He insisted on playing the album over and over, and nobody minded - except we'd fight over which side to play, because Side 1 with "Go Your Own Way" was the best in most of our opinions, but Side 2 did have "The Chain" and "You Make Lovin' Fun". Mike also turned me onto to Queen via "News of the World".
Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
Although I didn't buy any CT until Live at Budokan came out, I was exposed to Cheap Trick in 1977 when they appeared on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert. I remember my mother calling me to dinner, but I couldn't tear myself from the TV. I was mesmerized by the gorgeous Robin Zander singing "Elo Kiddies", the odd guitar player bouncing around the stage with his baseball cap, and the dark-haired handsome Tom Petersson on bass. I was fortunate that the next year my aunt won free tickets to every Pace sponsored concert for six months, so she took me to my first Cheap Trick concert - as well as Supertramp.
And then there were the singles I loved:
In the 70's Astroworld had the Boogie Fog, a small lighted dance area where park visitors could dance to the latest hits. Some of my favorites include:
Keep It Comin' Love, and I'm Your Boogie Man - K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Dancing Queen - Abba, Car Wash - Rose Royce, Strawberry Letter 23 - Brothers Johnson, Boogie Nights - Heatwave, How Deep is Your Love - BeeGees.
Giddy School Girls
These are sultry and sappy songs that featured a lot as we entered puberty:
Tonight's The Night - Rod Stewart, I Just Want To Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb, I'm In You - Peter Frampton, The Things We Do For Love - 10cc, Handy Man - James Taylor, You And Me - Alice Cooper.
I have to admit that as much fun as we would make of Leo Sayer even in the 70's, I still love "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and "When I Need You", a song that still makes me tear up for some reason. You Made Me Believe In Magic - Bay City Rollers (remember, I was a pre-pubescent 13 yr old!)
Barracuda - Heart, Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas, Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band, Cold As Ice - Foreigner, Give A Little Bit - Supertramp.
One Hit Wonders
These are in my 45 collection, but I've replaced with mp3s:
Undercover Angel - Alan O'Day, Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold, Smoke From A Distant Fire - Sanford Townsend Band, Jeans On - David Dundas, Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs.