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Paying Dues To These Two Exceptional 1970s Bands

By Cynthia Newman

One of my favorite genres in the music world is the classic rock that came from a few decades ago. Many people always try to glorify the past with things, and they’re often incorrect.

I happen to agree with people who say this about music and classic rock. The music from this decade holds a truly special place in history, and it may be the most influential one as far as modern day music is concerned.

There are certain bands whose music served as the framework for the sounds of many other groups of the future. In fact, there are new bands that emerge every year whose sounds are reminiscent of the two groups that I’m about to cite.

First, there’s The Band, who might be my favorite of these two. This was an extremely talented group of musicians who started out as the backup group for Bob Dylan when he toured. That’s why they had the simple name that they do.

The Americana genre has been hugely popular for decades now, and much of it has to do with this band’s sound. They were the pioneers of this music style, and I still believe that no one’s managed to do it as well as they did.

Another often forgotten rock band from the 70s whose name rarely comes up on the list of the decade’s best bands is ELO. Jeff Lynne and the rest of the crew had a truly unique sound, one that few bands have been able to replicate to this day.

This is a band that penned dozens of popular hits, yet few people even know their name. Some of their songs are so commonplace that you’d be shocked you didn’t know of them if you heard their music.

ELO’s sound was truly unique for the time. They were the first rock band to blend the sounds of a symphony orchestra with rock and roll. On top of that, they used futuristic sounds that made the band seem light years ahead of many others.

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