Rest in peace, Marty Balin: Jefferson Starship, “Miracles” (1975)

(Above: Balin with the rest of the Airplane on the cover of Surrealistic Pillow.) Marty Balin, one of the founding members of the Jefferson Airplane, passed away yesterday at the age of 76. No cause of death has been given. Balin, along with Paul Kantner, Jack Casady, and - of course - Grace Slick, formed … Continue reading Rest in peace, Marty Balin: Jefferson Starship, “Miracles” (1975)

Dark of moon on the 6th of June: C.W. McCall, “Convoy” (1975)

(Above: the sort of thing that might be in your grandparents' cupboard.) In the mid-1970s in America it was hard to escape the citizens band (CB) radio craze. A simple hobby allowing ordinary people to communicate back-and-forth with each other wirelessly (this was a pre-cellphone time, after all) became a national obsession almost overnight. T-shirts … Continue reading Dark of moon on the 6th of June: C.W. McCall, “Convoy” (1975)

The song that inspired this blog – Simon and Garfunkel, “My Little Town” (1975)

So what was the song playing when I thought "I should share these thoughts?" Oddly enough, it was "My Little Town" by Simon and Garfunkel. The song made it to #9 on the national charts in late 1975.  (Word of warning - expect a lot of chart stuff on this blog. The dissertation that I wrote is … Continue reading The song that inspired this blog – Simon and Garfunkel, “My Little Town” (1975)