MUSIC 162 CD 8 notes - MUSIC 162 - SPRING 2008 American Pop...

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MUSIC 162 - SPRING 2008 American Pop Song Shannon Dudley Listening Examples CD #8 The 1970s (I) A. Mainstream (AOR) Rock 1. Carole King [1971]: "It's Too Late" (Carole King) Singer-songwriters (e.g., James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman) formed another category of mainstream 1970s pop. Carole King -- former Brill Building songwriter -- scored the biggest success with her LP Tapestry, which was the #1 pop LP, spawned four top singles, appeared for 301 weeks on the charts, and eventually sold over 13 million copies. At the 1971 Grammy ceremonies, she won awards for Best Album, Best Female Vocalist, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Like most of the cuts on Tapestry, "It's Too Late" is a song about a highly personal experience (carefully designed to appeal to millions of listeners), framed with an intimate arrangement which focuses attention on King's voice and piano. Two weeks after the Rolling Stone's "Brown Sugar", "It's Too Late" moved into the #1 spot on the pop charts. 2. Elton John [1972]: "Crocodile Rock" (Elton John and Bernie Taupin) Elton John was the preeminent rock superstar of the 1970s, producing 15 gold albums, 23 singles in the Top 40, and 5 that reached #1. The son of a trumpeter in the English Royal Air Force band, Reginald Dwight won a piano scholarship at the age of 11. At age 17 he began playing with a London-based blues band called Bluesology; his stage name is derived from the names of two members of that band (Elton Dean and John Baldry). In 1967 he began his successful partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Elton's distinctive nasal tenor voice, gospel-chorded piano (inspired by Neil Sedaka), wild stage performances (derived from Jerry Lee Lewis), and extravagant public image (including a $40,000 collection of eyeglasses) propelled him to massive success. "Crocodile Rock", John's first #1 single, represents the rise of 50s nostalgia, packaged in a slick form befitting corporate rock of the 1970s. In order to evoke the 1950s, John uses doo-wop style singing and a strictly recreated (and therefore exaggerated) rock 'n' roll dance beat. 3. Stevie Wonder [1972]: "Superstition" (Wonder) Stevie Wonder is an African American singer/songwriter who got his start in Motown in the 1960s. Breaking with the constraints of Motown in 1971, he renegotiated his contract to give him full artistic control over his music. Wonder was able to do many of his recording and composing work himself, as we can see in his song, "Superstition". Wonder plays most of the instruments
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himself, through the process of overdubbing. A studio technique pioneered by Buddy Holly, overdubbing allows instruments and vocals to be added to an original master recording seperately and independent from each other. 4.
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