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Ever since I was about 12 years old when my parents bought me a clock radio I have been fascinated with music. I remember the pop/rock station I listened to would do a battle of the songs each week and I would listen to that clock radio for hours to find out what the biggest song was. This was in 1972 and that was a pretty good year for pop/rock music. Check out this top 10 from 1972:
- Superstition – Stevie Wonder
- Papa Was a Rollin Stone – the Temptations
- Smoke on the Water – Deep
- Lean on Me – Bill Withers
- Heart of Gold – Neil Young
- Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
- You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
- If You Don’t Know By Now – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
- I’ll Take You There – Staple Singer
- Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones
Just below that there’s You’re So Vain, Take It Easy, Reeling In the Years, Rocket Man, School’s Out, All the Young Dudes, I Can See Clearly Now, Listen to the Music, Ziggy Stardust, Summer Breeze, Frankenstein. And on and on (for a complete list click here)
The next formative thing that I remember was joining the Columbia Record Club. I got so many great records through that service. I got some crappy ones too, but I’d say my batting average was pretty good. What was especially cool about the record club was the variety of styles and genres you could choose from. I remember getting records by Simon & Garfunkel, Blood Sweat & Tears and Chicago. But I also got LP’s by Queen, Slade and the New York Dolls. There were so many popular styles in the 70’s and I think that’s why, to this day, I enjoy a broad range of music by artists both big and small.
The third important step in my musical journey occurred on June 7th, 1975 at the San Diego Civic Theater. That night I went to my first rock concert when Rush (Fly By Night tour) opened for Kiss (Dressed to Kill tour). Something clicked that night and I have been a big fan of live music ever since.