Singer-Songwriters of the 70’s

Everyone knows the 1970’s were great years for singer-songwriters, but until I put together some playlists from that decade, I didn’t realize how large and impressive the list of artists actually is.  This is not so much an article, as it is a list to take us back to that golden time.  For each name listed, there are a couple of their 70’s song titles for reference.  You’ll probably remember most of these songs, and be reminded of more great songs by many of these artists.  The singer-songwriters are in no particular order, with legendary ones peppered-in throughout.

James Taylor…Fire And Rain, Shower The People

Jackson Browne…Doctor My Eyes, Running On Empty

Bob Dylan…Tangled Up In Blue, If Not For You

Cat Stevens…Wild World, Father And Son

John Denver…Rocky Mountain High, Take Me Home Country Roads

Joni Mitchell…Big Yellow Taxi, Help Me

Billy Joel…Piano Man, Just The Way You Are

Neil Young…Heart Of Gold, Like A Hurricane

Rod Stewart…Maggie May, You Wear It Well

Van Morrison…Domino, Moondance

George Harrison…My Sweet Lord, Isn’t It A Pity

Paul Simon…Kodachrome, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Bill Withers…Lean On Me, Ain’t No Sunshine

Karla Bonoff…Someone To Lay Down Beside Me, Lose Again

Harry Nilsson…Coconut, I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City

Neil Diamond…Song Sung Blue, I Am…I Said

Carly Simon…You’re So Vain, Anticipation

Carole King…It’s Too Late, You’ve Got A Friend

Randy Newman…Sail Away, Mama Told Me Not To Come 

Stevie Wonder…Superstition, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

Gordon Lightfoot…Sundown, Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald

John Lennon…Imagine, Instant Karma

Stephen Stills…Love The One You’re With, Change Partners

Dan Fogelberg…Longer, Leader Of The Band

Leon Russell…Tightrope, This Masquerade

Harry Chapin…Taxi, Cats In The Cradle

Elton John…Your Song, Rocket Man

Jim Croce…You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, Time In A Bottle

Kris Kristofferson…Me & Bobby McGee, Loving Her Was Easier

Gerry Rafferty…Baker Street, Right Down The Line

John Sebastian…Welcome Back, Stories We Could Tell

Jimmy Buffett…Margaritaville, Come Monday

Paul McCartney…Maybe I’m Amazed, Band On The Run

Don McLean…American Pie, Vincent 

Dave Mason…We Just Disagree, Feelin’ Alright?

John Prine…Angel From Montgomery, Hello In There

John David Souther…You’re Only Lonely, Faithless Love

J.J. Cale…Call Me The Breeze, Cocaine

Eric Clapton…Wonderful Tonight, Layla

John Fogerty…Almost Saturday Night, Rockin’ All Over The World

Jonathan Edwards…Sunshine (Go Away), It’s A Beautiful Day

Joan Baez…Diamonds & Rust, Winds Of The Old Days

Graham Nash…Chicago (We Can Change The World), Simple Man

Three of the best singer-songwriters had their own backing bands.

Bob Seger…Night Moves, Turn The Page

Tom Petty…Breakdown, Refugee

Bruce Springsteen…Born To Run, Thunder Road

It’s not a complete list of artists (the names are only from my collection), but it gives an idea of the abundance of singer-songwriters in the 1970’s.  You can find individual articles on many of these artists on this site.

Bonus:  To round out the information on the decade…great singer-songwriters could be found in 70’s bands.

Led Zeppelin, Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, The Allman Brothers Band, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chicago, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, America, Loggins & Messina, Supertramp, Bad Company, Steely Dan, Boston, Steve Miller Band, Foreigner, The Moody Blues, The Band, Heart, The Guess Who, Badfinger, Kiss, Deep Purple, Dire Straits, The Cars, Yes, and more.

Those were the days my friend.  We thought they’d never end.

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