Rock Stars of the 1970s: Power Chords and Long Hair


By: Nathan Chandler

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As the psychedelic '60s began to show their age, a new era of rock n' roll emerged. The '70s saw the end of the Vietnam War, the end of the idealistic counterculture and a heavier take on rock. Bands like Black Sabbath, The Who and Pink Floyd all found massive success. How much do you know about '70s rock stars?

Which 70s rock star sometimes joined forces with Crosby, Stills & Nash?

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young occasionally came together to form a 70s supergroup. Young intermittently played with the CSN for decades.


Keith Moon was a drummer for which 70s rock band?

Moon played on some of The Who's biggest songs but couldn't control his substance use. He spiraled into alcoholism and died from an overdose of a drug meant to ease the suffering of alcohol withdrawal.


Why was lead singer Ozzy Osbourne kicked out of Black Sabbath in 1979?

Osbourne's drug use was the stuff of legends. Ronnie James Dio stepped in for Osbourne, but the band's glory days disappeared along with Osborne.


Which rock star was NOT part of the Genesis lineup?

Clapton was never part of Genesis. But both Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel played a huge role in this band's success in the 70s.


Which band managed to endure in spite of a terrible plane crash that took the lives of several members?

In 1977, a plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed due to a mechanical malfunction and loss of fuel. The surviving members took a break before reuniting.


Which artist released a 1970 album titled "Moondance"?

In 1970, Van Morrison released "Moondance," a relatively happy album that did well on the Billboard charts. Morrison, of course, is known for "Brown-Eyed Girl."


John Bonham played which instrument for Led Zeppelin?

Bonham played drums for the band in the 70s as it rose to fame. Sadly, he died from excessive drinking when he was just 32 years old.


Billy Gibbons is a guitarist and vocalist for which band?

Billy Gibbons has been with ZZ Top since its inception. The band released its debut album in 1971.


Which band invented a character named "Pink" for one of their albums?

Pink Floyd invented the "Pink" character for "The Wall," an album that outlines the downfall and redemption of a troubled man.


Rudolf Schenker formed which band?

Rudolf Schenker found the Scorpions in Germany in the late 60s. The band was well-known for its hard rock sound in the 70s and 80s.


Walter Becker and Donald Fagen formed which 70s band?

Becker and Fagen enjoyed enormous success as Steely Dan. Both men are known for their dedication to perfection in the studio.


What year did Bruce Springsteen first appear on the cover of both "Newsweek" and "Time" magazines?

In 1975, Bruce Springsteen struck gold with "Born to Run," launching a long-lasting career of rock stardom. Springsteen found success as a solo artist and also with the E Street Band.


In the 1970s, Alice Cooper left the West Coast to make a home in which city?

The guys in Alice Cooper didn't fit into the peace-and-love vibe of the West Coast. They took their shock rock concept to Detroit and began their rise to fame.


In what year did the Talking Heads release the album titled "Talking Heads: 77"?

"Talking Heads: 77" was released in 1977. But their first Talking Heads gig was in 1975, when the band opened for the Ramones at CBGB.


Before he played with The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty was part of which group?

In the 1970s, Mudcrutch made a name for itself with its Southern rock sound. The band broke up, though, eventually leading to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers -- the rest is history.


Which 70s artist was sometimes called "The Thin White Duke"?

David Bowie was continually reinventing himself. In the 70s he cast off his Ziggy Stardust persona and became the Thin White Duke.


What year did Pink Floyd release its iconic album called "The Dark Side of the Moon"?

"The Dark Side of the Moon" was released in 1973. The famous album, which features a refracting prism on the cover, is considered one of the most influential recordings of all time.


How long did "The Dark Side of the Moon" remain the Billboard chart?

"The Dark Side of the Moon" stayed on the Billboard chart for nearly 14 years. It's still considered the second-best selling album in history.


Which musician launched the Isolar II world tour in 1978?

Bowie had spent much of the early to mid-70s in a haze of cocaine use. With Isolar II, he sobered up and went on a highly successful world tour, playing for nearly 1 million people.


In the late 70s, why did Joe Perry leave Aerosmith?

The band's interpersonal conflicts were legendary. Perry left after one particularly heated exchange and went on to start a solo career. A few years later, he rejoined the band.


What was the original name of the Steve Miller Band?

Miller has always been the driving force behind the band, which started out as the Steve Miller Blues Band. He eventually removed the "Blues" part of the name in order to find a wider audience.


Which band released an album titled "Tales from Topographic Oceans" in the 70s?

In 1973, Yes unveiled "Tales from Topographic Oceans," as a double vinyl album. It was very successful and climbed as high as No. 6 on the Billboard chart.


How old was Duane Allman when he died in a motorcycle crash in 1971?

Duane Allman was a co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band. He was renowned for his amazing guitar work, but he died at the tender young age of 24.


Tony Iommi helped form which famous rock band?

Iommi was a guitarist and primary songwriter for Black Sabbath. He teamed up with three other Englishmen, including Ozzy Osbourne, and the four began their journey into heavy metal.


The "Toxic Twins" were a pair of hard-partying rock stars who appeared in which group?

The Toxic Twins were Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, of Aerosmith. Both men were known for their substance abuse, which affected their personal and professional lives.


Which rock star is the only one to have played in every lineup of King Crimson since the band's inception?

Robert Fripp is the only member of King Crimson to have played in every one of the band's lineups since the late 60s. He's been a part of the group for more than four decades.


How many No. 1 hits has Neil Young charted during his career?

Young has been playing for decades but only topped the charts once. His biggest hit was "Heart of Gold," a song from 1972's "Harvest."


Which Allman Brothers Band album is dedicated to the late Duane Allman, who died in a motorcycle accident?

"Eat a Peach" was the band's third studio album. It was the last album to contain any music created by the deceased Duane Allman.


Drummer Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose just before he was supposed to go on tour with which band?

Whitten was preparing to go on tour with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, but he couldn't get a handle on his drug abuse. The band sent him away to sober up but he was dead within days.


Martin Barre was a major contributor to which band?

Barre joined forces with Jethro Tull, which became one of the most adventurous bands of the 70s. He was known in part for his flute-playing abilities.


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