Ladies of the 70’s

With all the new music these days, some of the best hits gets left in the past but here at Cassette Radio, we love reminding you about those long-lost classics and the legends who performed them.

Cher

Cher stepped away from the Sonny & Cher limelight to create her own magic in the 70’s.  This marked the beginning of a long and very successful solo career.  With her distinctive vocal sound and raw and sultry image, Cher has remained at the forefront of popular culture for more than 40 years.

In the 70’s, Cher produced a number of major hit recordings including “Dark Lady”, “Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves”, “Half Breed”, “Bang Bang” and “Take Me Home”.

Kiki Dee

Kiki Dee had been recording for 10 years before she had a hit.  Once she became successful she then had the distinction of being one of the first artists signed to Elton John’s label Rocket Records and went on to enjoy worldwide fame and fortune as the female half of an Elton John duet.

Kiki had three major solo hits: “Amoureuse”, “I’ve Got The Music In Me” and her biggest hit, the duet with Elton John “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.

Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston’s voice has been described by Rolling Stone as “gospel-based pop” with “chilling precision and nuance of phrasing rare in soul music”.  Despite being recognised for her amazing voice, it took Thelma 10 years to have a hit but once she did it was a major one.  Her recording of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was a monster #1 around the world and is regarded as a genuine classic!!

The best of Thelma includes (obviously) “Don’t Leave Me This Way” plus “Love Machine”, “No One’s Gonna Be A Fool Forever” and “Saturday Night Saturday Morning”

Renée Geyer

Renee Geyer is an Australian performer who loves the blues and who you’d swear if you’d never seen her was a black woman.  A major artist in Australia only, she produced some major recordings that could just as easily been produced by some of the great Soul and R&B artists of the time.

Significant 70’s Renee includes “Stares And Whispers”, “Heading In The Right Direction”, “It’s A Man’s Man’s World” and “Say I Love You”.

Yvonne Elliman

Most people will know Yvonne Elliman as one of the artists featured on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack – but she had hits in her own right and had previously achieved the distinction of producing a hit from Rice/Lloyd-Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” soundtrack.

The best of Yvonne Elliman includes “I Don’t Know How To Love Him”, “Everything’s Alright”, “Love Me”, “Hello Stranger” and the classic “If I Can’t Have You”.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is an incredibly gifted singer/songwriter who successfully made the transition from country to mainstream pop to major celebrity.  Dolly is not only responsible for major hits in her own right but has written major hits recorded by others – including “I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston) and “Jolene” (Olivia Newton-John).

Dolly’s major 70’s forays include “Love Is Like A Butterfly”, “Baby I’m Burning” and “Here You Come Again”.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand has often been described as the singer with the perfect voice. Like Bette Midler, Barbra possesses a genuine ability to interpret a song and portray the story contained in the lyrics.  In the 1970’s, she perfectly combined her movie and pop careers to produce some genuine classics that were major worldwide hits.

Classic 70’s Barbra includes “The Way We Were”, “Evergreen”, “My Heart Belongs To Me” and the duets – “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” with Neil Diamond and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” with Donna Summer.

Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor was the original “Queen of Disco”, a title she ultimately bequeathed to the more successful Donna Summer.  Having said that, Gloria was responsible for some major hits that helped bring the Disco movement to the fore and are still guaranteed to get people to the dance floor 30 years later.

Gloria’s greatest are her 3 biggest hits: “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and “I Will Survive”.

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro may seem out of place in a list of ladies with her “leather tough girl” image. But she was an innovator and a pioneer who put the femme into Glam Rock, could rock with the best of them and became the inspiration for other female rockers including The Runaways, Joan Jett and Chrisie Hynde of The Pretenders.

Stand out tracks among Suzi’s amazing 70’s recordings include “Devil Gate Drive”, “Can The Can”, “Daytona Demon, “48 Crash”, “I May Be Too Young”, “Your Mama Won’t Like Me”, the Chris Norman duet “If You Can’t Give Me Love” and “She’s In Love With You”.

Bette Midler

Vocally, Bette can equally make you laugh or move you. She has an amazing ability to interpret and get inside a song and bring out the best of what the composer intended.

Other great recordings from Bette in the 70’s include her signature tune “Friends”, “Delta Dawn”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “In The Mood”, “Superstar”, “La Vie En Rose” and “I Shall Be Released”.

Blondie

As lead singer of Blondie, Deborah Harry brought sex, class and sophistication to the punk movement and made the genre more mainstream.  A beautiful looking woman, she was undeniably talented and highly theatrical and with her cohorts produced many recordings in the 70’s that are regarded as classics to this day.

Stand out moments from the 70’s include the immortal “Heart Of Glass”, “Rip Her To Shreds”, “In The Flesh”, “Hanging On The Telephone”, “Union City Blue”, “One Way Or Another” and “Denis”.

Donna Summer

In the 70’s, Donna Summer had the title “Queen of Disco”.  She certainly was responsible for many disco hits and was definitely at the classier end of the Disco spectrum.  Her records were innovative and topped the charts time after time.

Donna’s classic 70’s recordings include “Love To Love You Baby”, “I Love You”, “Last Dance”, “Love’s Unkind”, “MacArthur Park”, “Heaven Knows”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls” and “On The Radio”.

Olivia Newton-John

After she moved to the USA, which led to numerous hit recordings and worldwide star status which she enjoys to this day. And who can forget the famous “Grease” songs…

Olivia’s top recordings from the 70’s include classics such as “Take Me Home Country Roads”, “If You Love Me Let Me Know”, “Please Mr Please”, “Sam”, “I Honestly Love You”, “A Little More Love” and the “Grease” trilogy – “Hopelessly Devoted To You” plus Travolta duets “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights”.

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