The Way We Were In The 7o's
It's obvious to say that I certainly got loads of memorabilia of the 70's era specially in the late 70's wherein it was my growing up years. Those were my teenage happy goody days. Fun and lots of fun! I had so may vivid fond memories of this decade that until now I can still recall my high school days. he way I'm now, my attitude, my taste, my moods, my beliefs has a complete attribution to what I have witnessed and seen in the 70's. Indeed it has a very big influence to my growing up, to the society and culture I was brought up. It was a complete transformation process for me from my childhood days in the early 70's, to my teeange years in the late 70's to early 80's. So you can perhaps imagine the great impact of this famous decade on me. My eyes had witnessed the different events, the fabulous music and fashion of this decade that whenever I play the music of the seventies, makes me feel sweet sixteen again! Remember the song that we played when we fell in love for the first time? This page will take you for a journey through complicated times. It was a roller coaster ride to the seventies where a lot of historical events has highlighted it. To some it was a bumpy ride for them, while for others it was a smooth exploration of freedom It was an era of diversity and change. It saw the UK join the common market, the scandal of the Watergate which shocked the US, a more advance in the space development, it was the beginning of the real computer age, to top it all it was a positive decade ending the Vietnam War. As a young girl in the early 70's, how I was anxious to wear those mini skirt and clogs as a famous fashion even in my own country, The Philippines, but my mother won't let me indulge in those fashion, still as a child I need to wear those kiddy stuff! She said wait for few more years ! I have my first real taste of the baggy pants in the late 70's. Wow it was great! Dancing to the tune of Disco Inferno and Saturday Night Fever... The seventies tune will always live with us, always there to remind us of the people, the places, and the events of the 70's. From Simon and Garfunkel, Carpenters, David Cassidy,
Andy Williams, Neil Diamond, The Osmonds, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Jim Croche, America, Don Mclean, Seals and Croft, Mamas and Papas, Hair, Rolling Stones, Bread, Chicago, Tom Jones, John Denver, The Beatles, The Queen, The Jacksons, Roberta Flack, Olivia Newton John, Rod Stewart, Bee Gees, Blondie, The Three Degrees, Diana Ross, Gloria Gaynor, Barry Manilow, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, The Commodores, Kenny Rogers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Abba, Village People and a lot more.... Even as a kid in the 70's, I love watching news specially the foreign edition, watching it every night to see what was going on around the globe has given me a complete insight of the entire 70's. From the famous global leaders that headlined the daily evening news to the latest movies. I can still recall our first black and white television at home. I first saw the famous Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung founder of the Chinese Communist Party on the tele. Until the late 1977.. 1978, when I saw the famous film "Saturday Night Fever" with my school mates. Since that day I became an avid fan of the Bee Gees music. That film marked the start of my exciting and truly wonderful teenage life. Below are some of the highlights of each years, that I'm sure to most of you still rings a bell or might have totally forgotten by now. Share with in bringing back the nostalgic 70's. Where were you when this happened?
February 21st, Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" enters the UK charts. On March 1st, International Direct Dialing is available on all telephones in UK. On August the 26th, The second Isle of Wight Pop Festival begun featuring a performance by Jimi Hendrix. In Jordan, Palestinian terrorists hold 56 people hostage after blowing up 3 hijacked planes bound for the US on September the 12th.
1971 Hotel California
On January 10th, French Designer Coco Chanel dies aged 87 in Paris. Her famous No.5 CHANEL was named after her lucky number 5. On March the 16th, Simon and Garfunkel sweep the Grammy awards with 6 trophies. Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, declares Independence. On 17th June, Hewlett Packard have installed a coin-operated computer in an American Library. It cost 15 cents for 2.5 m inutes. Doors singer Jim Morrison dies of heart failure at home in Paris. On August 1st, The George Harrison-organised Concert for Bangladesh took place in New York's Madison Square Garden. The official visit to London by the Japanese Emperor Hirohito took place on October the 9th. First performance of Jesus Christ, Superstar in New York on 12th October. On December 17th, India won a two week war against Pakistan after the defeated President, Yahya Khan, accepted a cease fire.
On February 19th, America's 'A Horse with No Name' enters the US charts. 27th February, South Lebanon is attacked by Israel in a tit for tat assault. An earthquake in Iran killed an estimated 5,000 people, measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale on the 10th of April. May 29th, Nixon and Brezhnev sign the Moscow Pact, intended to reduce the risk of nuclear war. The once-contoversial, hippie musical, HAIR, closes on Broadway after 1,729 performances on July the 1st. August 31st, American swimmer Mark Spitz won five gold medals at the Munich Olympic Games. On December 15th, Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, starring Marlon Brando was released in Paris.
On January 23rd, Pres. Nixon declares a cease-fire after the warring sides in the Vietnam crisis finally agree a truce. On February the 14th, British Heavyweight is beaten by Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas. EMI launched their latest band, Queen, on the 9th of April. On June 25th Pres. Nixon is accused of a leading role in concealing White House involvement in the Watergate burglary. Kung fu film star Bruce Lee best known for his film Enter the Dragon, dies on July 19th. August the 18th, West End stores Harrods and Libertys are firebombed in attacks blamed on the IRA. On October 9th, Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce. Oil prices went up by 70 per cent as oil states punish the West over US support for Israel. On 14th November, Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips in a full military ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Skylab is now producing some very interesting results from its space -based experiments on the 16th of this month. December the 14th, John Paul Getty 111, teenage grandson of the oil tycoon, is released after being held by Italian kidnappers for six months. A ransom of $750,000 was demanded after his right ear was posted to the family.
On January people in the UK start working a three-day week, as a result of industrial disputes. On 28th of this month, Muhammad Ali beats Smokin Joe Frazier on points at Madison Square Garden. On May, there are reports that India has conducted its first atomic-bomb tests. Abba are at number 1 with Waterloo, Eurovision's song winning entry. On the 11th of the same month, the death toll in China is expected to exceed 20,000 after an earthquake in Sichuan and Yunnan border. May the 26th, mass hysteria grips the audience at a concert of David Cassidy, 1,000 fans needed medical attention. On 16th September, Shamed Nixon is granted a pardon by his successor despite suspicions over Watergate activity. On September the 23rd, Ceefax, the TV-based text-information service transmits on BBC television. The first UK's McDonald's hamburger restaurant opens in South London on October 1st.
January the 4th, Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, comes under heavy attack from Khmer Rouge guerillas led by Pol Pot. Anatoly Karpov, 23 year old Russian was the world's youngest chess champion on the 3rd April. On the 30th April, North Vietnam captures Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, after 20 years of fighting. Later known as Ho Chi Minh City. On June the 12th, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is convicted of electoral fraud. On the 9th September Czech tennis star, Martina Navratilova defects to the west. Christians and Muslims clash in bloody street battles as civil war decimates the Lebanese capital, Beirut on the 16th of September. On the 22 of the same month, a female assassin attempts to kill US President Gerald Ford. December 1st, Rock group Queen bring opera to the charts when 'Bohemian Rhapsody' reaches UK number 1.
1976 Dancing Queen
On January 8th, Chou En Lai dies- he was Premier of China since 1949. The world's first major-home computer convention has taken place in Alberquerqe, US on March. In the same month Apple releases its first computer. On 16th March Harold Wilson shocks the UK by resigning as Prime Minister. Abba's 'Fernando' single and greatest hits album top the charts on the month of June. September the 9th, Chairman Mao Tse-tung passed away, 800 million Chinese inhabitants are in mourning. On the 20th of the same month, A punk festival organized by Malcolm McLaren at Oxford Street, London including artists Clash and the Sex Pistols. On October the 4th, British rail introduce the HS125 train, the world's fastest diesel locomotive. Democrat Jimmy Carter beats Republican rival Gerald Ford in the US Presidential Election on November 2nd. 26th of the same month, Catholicism is no longer the official state e religion of Italy. On December New York film premieres: Bound for Glory on the 5th, King Kong on the 18th and A Star is Born on the 18th.
On March the 17th, Australia beat England by 45 runs in the centenary Test match in Melbourne. On April 22nd, the first fibre-optic telephone cables have gone into service in California, US. Rocky by Sylvester Stallone won 2 Oscars for Best Film and Best Director on 28th April. Hewlett Packard have announced an electronic calculator sometime in June. On July the 5th, Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is under arrest. The military take-over ends the general unrest in Pakistan. A power cut in New York causes chaos on the 13th of this month. On the 21st, Libya and Egypt are at war over shared territory. At the same time, Somalia invaded Ethiopia. Elvis Presley was found dead on the 16th of August. On 16th November, Steven Spielberg's 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind opens in New York. Finally on the 15th December, A legend is born in New York with the opening of Saturday Night Fever. The story focuses largely on the disco culture of America's youth starring John Travolta.
1978 How Deep is Your Love
On January, the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever soundtrack tops the US charts. On 15th February, Leon Spinks, the first man to take the world heavyweight boxing title from Ali. On April, Soap Opera Dallas hits TV screens and Superman on the big screen. On May 9th, Italy's five-times Prime Minister, Aldo Moro, his body was found in the back of a Renault in Rome. He had been shot. On September, The Grease soundtrack tops the US LP charts. The film version achieve world-wide success through songs such as 'Grease' and 'You're the One That I Want'. Muhammad Ali made history when he won the world title for the third time on the 15th September. On the 18th of the same month, Peace at Last with the historic Israel-Egyptian pact known as the Camp David Agreement , as US President. Jimmy Carter fought tirelessly to keep the talks going. A Polish Cardinal, Karol Wojtyla, is elected Pope after Pope John Paul 1 dies on his 33rd day in office. He was named John Paul 11 on the 16th of October. On the 4th November, Bread Panic buying in UK as the bakers went on strike. Millions of men, women and children take to the streets in a non-violent demonstration as calls for the abdication of the Shah of Iran. Instead they want the return of Ayatollah Khomeini, exiled for 14 years.
The famous Rubik's Cube went on sale on January. The Village People's Disco Anthem 'YMCA' tops the charts. The Shah of Iran is forced into exile by supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini. On the 23rd January, Space Invaders reaches the UK and visitors to amusement arcades go crazy. On the 31st of the same month, This is the winter of Britain's discontent. Unofficial strikes over the government's pay-restraint policy which limits rises to five per cent. Rubbish is piled high due to strikes. On February the 1st, Fanatics of The Ayatollah Khomeini regime, welcomed him back. Blondie's 'Heart of Glass was a number one hit. On March, Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive' knocks Elvis Costello's Oliver's Army from UK number 1. On 30th March, known IRA target, Tory MP Airey Neave is killed by a car bomb while leaving the House of Commons car park. On the 2nd April, 2,000 weighted skeletons are found in Cambodian lake near Phnom Pehn discovering all about the horrific truth behind Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. On May 4th, Margaret Thatcher becomes the UK's first female Prime Minister. On July, Skylab has burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere, nearly 7 years after its launch. On the first of this month The Sony Walkman, a portable cassette player goes on sale in Japan. Iraq has a new president, his name is Saddam Hussein on the 16th of July. On August the 9th, Brighton becomes the first British resort to open special area for nude bathers near to the town centre. On September Motorola, release the 68,000 series microchip which adds new power to Apple computers. On 4th November, about 100 Americans are taken hostage after Iranian fanatics overpower guards at the US embassy in Tehran. December the 18th, Mother Teresa of Calcutta is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Seventies era will always be there for us to remember and cherish. It will always be a clandestine love affair with the 70's. It is complex and exhilarating. The essence of what we once were in this two decades, , the 60's and 70's, will always be there. Young, vibrant, full of hopes for tomorrow. The music are still alive and enchanting. We have traveled to the most exciting times of our life and a brief reminiscent to this decades will surely add a bit of excitement in our quest for more rewarding achievement in our journeys to the new millennium era. We'll see you there.......
Here are some of my favorites in the 70's music:
1.Bridge Over Troubled Water
5.If you leave me now
6.Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
8.Close To you
9.Top of The World
10.Sweet Baby James
11.Father and Son
13.You've got a friend
15.Let it be
21.We May Never Passed This Way Again
25.We're all alone
26.Sometimes when We Touch
27.When Will I see You Again?
29.Everything I owned
31.How Deep Is Your Love?
32.More Than A Woman
33.Too Much Heaven
34.Saturday Night Fever
39.Never My Love
40.Aquarius/Let The Sunshine 41.Band On The Run
42.You're the Want That I Want
44.Don't Give Up on Us
45.Witchita Line Man
46.I Feel Love
47.I will Survive
48.Play That Funky Music
50.Dust In The Wind
Below are some of the seventies memorabilia:
Famous Micro Skirts of the 70's
International Direct Dialling first become available in UK on March 1970
Remember the trendy hotpants of the 70's?
Cher and Sony
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel of the 70's
The Second Isle Of Wight pop festival
Punks in London's Trafalgar Square
My Favorite David Cassidy, famous teenage heartthrob of the 70's
George Harrison with Ravi Shankar, Concert For Bangladesh
Doors singer Jim Morrison
Famous Controversial hippie musical 'Hair'
Kung Fu Superstar of the 70's Bruce Lee
The Royal Family at Princess Anne's wedding
London's Harrods Deptstore.
John Paul Getty III, teenage grandson of the oil tycoon
First Apple Computer
My Favorite Abba
Famous Chinese Chairman Mao Tse-tung
Pres Jimmy Carter
Boat People from Vietnam
The world goes crazy for Rubik's Cube
Iranian Students protesting at the US Embassy
Famous Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran
Blondie and her Band
Victorious Margaret Thatcher. 1979
My favorite singing duo 'The Carpenters'
Remember your friends at Sesame Street?
Abba's winning Eurovision entry 'Waterloo'
The Flamboyant singer Elton John with his famous 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'
Bee Gees 'Saturday Night Fever'
Blackbuster film 'Grease'