Decade - 1970s

What factors influenced music in the 1970s?



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Factors influencing music of the 1970's

Dance clubs saw a resurgence in the 70's with Studio 54 in New York - a place where anybody who was anybody would want to be seen. The disco dance craze was marked by strong Latino sounds like the rhumba and cha cha, which gave a new relevance to pair dancing, where couples actually touched one another in a romantic and seductive way. Strong instrumental sounds with heavy string sections were prevalant (i.e., Love Unlimited orchestra, and all of Barry White's phenomenal music) in conveying a romantic sound with an upbeat tempo perfect for dancing the night away. Women wore slinky and clingy dresses for maximum impact on the dance floor, and the guys would strut their stuff in patterned shirts, wide lapels and gold chains. Disco dancing also gave men equal time in showing off their own talents, rather than simply being the prop who twirls the partner. Disco was serious business where couples rehearsed their routines for Friday night clubbing. The "glitz factor" may have been a bit over the top, but people had fun. Some don't agree that the seventies turned out quality long lasting music, but I happen to think it did. Listen to the top groups like Earth, Wind & Fire, Tavares, Bee Gees, K.C. & the Band, and you have a party that today's bands would be hard pressed to match!