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Surprising facts about the music industry in the '70s - Part One

With the advent of the '70s a lot changed: the music became louder and heavier, and its performers seemed no longer afraid of anyone or anything! And here are some of the most interesting episodes of that crazy period...

The Music Industry in the 70's - The Most Interesting Stories and Facts: Part One

The conservative public of the 1960s-who were literally infuriated by Elvis Presley and his wiggling hips, or by the Beatles with their black irony and ambiguous songs-was simply unaware of what lay ahead for the music industry. And what lay ahead was. The wild 70'sfilled with disorderly "love," illegal substances and rock'n'roll! The Stooges, with Iggy Pop at the helm, made the Beatles seem like "harmless dandelions".

With the advent of the '70s. A lot has changed.: Music became louder and heavier, and its performers seemed no longer afraid of anyone or anything! Managers and producers cheated on their bands, musicians struggled with substance abuse, and some idols were even involved in high-profile scandalsThe music industry at the time was unfortunately like that of the whole music industry. Unfortunately, this was the case with the whole music industry at that time. And here are some of the most interesting episodes of that crazy period...

Underage groupies were the norm

Jimmy Page and Lori Maddox
Jimmy Page and Lori Maddox

When R. Dean Taylor released the song "Shadow."In the case of the story of the passionate attraction to a 14-year-old girl, no one blinked an eye - such a situation seemed normal in that era. For example Jimmy Page, the legend of Led Zeppelin, dated a female fan for a long time. Lori Maddox. She was only 14 years old when she met Page, but for him, as for her - as for most musicians of that era - it was the norm. By the way: Page was never prosecuted for this relationship.

This "trend" seems to have been set by the king of rock 'n' roll Elvis Presleywho met his future wife Priscilla Presley when she was 14 (just a magical age). After their divorce in 1973, Presley went on to date another 14-year-old girl.

Managers deceived their charges

Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker
Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker

The '70s must have been a "golden period" for unscrupulous managerswho deceived their charges for profit, of course. Here is a vivid example...

Queen Group
Queen Group

Currently Queen are known as one of the most prolific rock bands in history. But even though they produced high-profile hits from the beginning, they went bankrupt in 1975. Drummer Roger Taylor commented that they could barely afford to buy new drumsticks! How is that possible? In the interview Taylor said:

"You see management riding around in limousines and you think, 'Wait, there's something wrong here!

Indeed, something was wrong. The owner of Trident Studios Norman SheffieldThe band's manager at the time, Queen, made a lot of money from the band's tracks while finding more and more ways not to pay the members. When it came to Freddie Mercury the reality of Sheffield's fraud came to light, Queen left Trident Studios. Frustrated and exasperated, Mercury wrote an exceptional song for the album Night at the Opera - "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)". Her text is pretty obvious:

"You suck my blood like a leech.
You spit on the law...
You took all my money, and it's not enough for you!
A misguided old donkey
With your stupid rules..."

Sonny and Cher played on camera

Sonny and Cher
Sonny and Cher

When Cher met Sonny Bono in 1963, she was 16 years old and he was 12 years older than her. But they became a star couple after their 1965 hit "I Got You Babe". By 1971 they had fame and... their own TV show called The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. The television program showed the couple's married life, and it ended with them singing "I Got You Babe" to each other. It was a hit, and the couple really needed it -- by now they had a baby and financial problems because of a failed movie project. But the show was selling a lie...

Cher later revealed that Sonny was "a hard man."and that she left him. "for a reason.". Bono did have a double standard: he often cheated on his wife, and by 1973 he was living with another. But for the sake of his show, he and Cher endured several more years of a toxic marriage. Eventually they divorced in 1975 - as expected, interest in their show plummeted.

Temptations were all over the place

sheri kerri
Sheri Carrie

In those years substances were more popular than alcohol. And many stars have fallen because of them...

In the '70s, most musicians left this world precisely because of substances - in one way or another. Some "overindulged."Some have mental problems and some have serious health problems. For example Elvis Presley died in his bathtub after taking "too much. It's scary to think how many talented performers died early due to drugs before they had a chance to make a name for themselves...

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