Media in the Seventies
Media has forever changed the way people live today and it changed lives in the seventies. In the seventies the media was important because they were able to show what happened in Vietnam and the people that wanted to forget the war could listen to music to get away. In the seventies there also was a lot of new shows that became popular along with big bands.
One of the first major bands to appear in the seventies was named Chicago. There first album was in sixty-nine, but they never really got noticed until there second album called Chicago. This album went all the way to the top and was voted album of the year by Cashbox magazine. In 1970 religious themes started to appear in songs like "spirit in the sky," and "let it be." The Beattles also had there last film called "Let it Be," which premiered in London. The Beattles were so big that in one year they had 2 hit albums. The number one single of 1970 was "Bridge Over Troubled Water," by Simon and Garfunkel and they also had one of the top albums of the year. The Jackson 5 had three hit singles in the top 40, this was a great accomplishment for these young superstars.
In 1970 there was a lot of good movies and television shows. One of the major shows was called M*A*S*H, and this show is still running today, however it originally stated as a movie. Another oldie that is still on the air is Hawaii five - 0.
In the early seventies Alice cooper emerged into his own type of rock now known as "shock rock," and this is when rock started spreading into different sub-catogories such as jazz rock, latin rock, and religious rock. The year of 71 is when Michael Jackson split from the Jackson 5 to try his career as a solo singer and his first hit was titled "got to be there." Don Mclean released a album called "American Pie," this single shot him to number one on the charts and is to this day the longest single in history to get there running at an amazing 8 minutes long.
Nineteen seventy two was a great year for Led Zepplin he hit the charts with power scoring three hit singles Black Dog, Rock and Roll, and the classic Stairway to Heaven. The Godfather was at the top in 72 and it is still known by people that weren't even around back then. This is also the year that the famous comedy "Stanford and Son," came on.
In 73 Elvis had a great performance at the Aloha Satellite Show. This was a benefit concert and some people would say that it was his most memorable performance. That record actually hit number one on the top albums. This was the first year that the government actually required that FM radios were installed in cars. The amazing horror film "The Exorcist," was released and it became one of the most popular movies of that year. This year M*A*S*H became a television show that entered the charts at number four.
Every year you watch TV and see some types of reward ceremony and in 74 one was created by Dick Clark named the American Music Awards. Bill Haley and His Comets re-released "(were gonna) rock around the clock," and it became a number one hit just like it had before. M*A*S*H had dropped one spot to number five, but it still is a show that we watch now on television.