Category: 1971

Aretha Franklin’s Grammy Award for Best Female…

Aretha Franklin’s Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1971 single, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” one of 8 in a row she won from 1968-75, via Billboard

And here’s the performance from that year’s Grammy telecast, which aired March 15, 1972 from New York’s Felt Forum.

Glastonbury Fayre, 1971

Glastonbury Fayre, 1971

Aretha Franklin, working up a mighty sweat for…

Aretha Franklin, working up a mighty sweat for “Rock Steady,” released November 26, 1971, from the album Young, Gifted and Black.

monkiponken: I agree with Nick. They do make a…

monkiponken:

I agree with Nick. They do make a handsome couple 👌 And the most adorable <3

Carole King and her cat Telemachus, photograph…

Carole King and her cat Telemachus, photographed by Jim McCrary for her album Tapestry, released February 17, 1971.

American Pie, by Don McLean, released November…

American Pie, by Don McLean, released November, 1971.

Funny thing about this one: the single version is longer than the album version! The album version runs 8:33, but that was too long to fit on one side of a single in 1971. Instead, it’s split into sections of 4:11 (A-side) and 4:31 (B-side), to allow a little overlap when turning the record over.

It’s understandable that people bring up “American Pie” when the anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper (JP Richardson) comes around every Feb. 3, because that’s where the song starts. After that, though, it goes further into America, politics, religion, fantasy, reality, dreams, and more. As Don McLean said on his website:

Metaphorically the song continues to evolve to the present time. It is not a nostalgia song. American Pie changes as America itself is changing.

…but tumblr folks should also note two things.

1) Don McLean was a huge fan of Buddy Holly in high-school, and had no idea why the rest of the kids in his school didn’t get it. They didn’t even care when Buddy died.

I mean, I went to school and mentioned it and they said, ‘So what?’ So I carried this yearning and longing, if you will, this weird sadness that would overtake me…

Sound familiar? 

2) Maybe it was more than just “weird sadness.” Don has talked about wrestling with depression – which of course is different than being sad. “American Pie” was a huge hit, but that only made things worse. 

The success I got with ‘American Pie’ really threw me off. It just shattered my lifestyle and made me quite neurotic and extremely petulant. I was really prickly for a long time.

If the things you’re doing aren’t increasing your energy and awareness and clarity and enjoyment, then you feel as though you’re moving blindly. That’s what happened to me. I seemed to be in a place where nothing felt like anything, and nothing meant anything.

Literally nothing mattered. It was very hard for me to wake up in the morning and decide why it was I wanted to get up.

Sound familiar?

This really is one of the most amazing pop songs ever recorded, for so many more reasons than most people ever talk about.

twixnmix:

twixnmix:

Ebony magazine covers from 1971

callmethehunter: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Joh…

callmethehunter:

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant,
John Bonham, John Paul Jones
✨LED ZEPPELIN RULES✨

August 1971 at the Riot House, Los Angeles, by Jim Marshall

Black Sabbath, Circus Magazine, August 1971. T…

Black Sabbath, Circus Magazine, August 1971. They couldn’t possibly be more adorable.

please; a poor lemon peasant is in need of the…

please; a poor lemon peasant is in need of the royal lemon gang's imponderable and unbounded knowledge!! roberto's sunflower shirt (the t-shirt with the lil sunflower(patch?) on the chest) I've only seen it photographed in b&w or a washed-out/vintage-look so its hard to discern the actual color, does anyone have a good color picture of it? im dying to recreate it but its true color remains elusive -(if u search robert plant wife in google its the first picture with the sunflower shirt)

hello there my friend! 🍋🍋🍋
Ahhh! That’s so cool that you’re gonna make a copy of that shirt! It’s so iconic haha, if I had to guess its color, I feel like it’s a “friar brown” or “leather brown”- but that’s just my observation!

Let me leave you in the hands of the most senior members of the Golden God Squad, if anyone can help you find a high quality color photo of the sunflower shirt, it’s one of them!
Good luck!

@firethatgrewsolow
@callmethehunter
@waywaydowninside
@soundsof71
Can you help a sister out guys?
Thanks in advance!