Compost were an American jazz-rock band from N.Y.C. that released two albums on CBS/Columbia between 1971 and 1973. Members: Jack DeJohnette (vocals, keyboards, drums), Harold Vick (tenor saxophone, flute, bass violin, clarinet, piano), Jack Gregg (bass, guitar, vocals), Bob Moses (drums, vocals), Jumma Santos (congas, percussion) Discography: Compost (1971) Life Is Round (1973)

Chick Corea

Chick Corea (June 12, 1941 – Feb. 9, 2021) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader with a six-decade career that spanned the early 1960s to the late 2010s. He emerged as a backing player for Mongo Santamaria, Sonny Stitt, Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann, Hubert Laws, and Cal Tjader. As a solo artist, Corea […]


Chase was an American brass-rock band from Las Vegas that made the 1971–74 albums Chase, Ennea, and Pure Music on Epic Records. They ended in August 1974 when four members perished in the crash of their tour plane. Members: Bill Chase (trumpet), Ted Piercefield (trumpet, vocals, 1970-74), Alan Ware (trumpet, 1970-74), Jerry Van Blair (trumpet, […]


Catalyst was an American jazz-funk band that released four albums between 1972 and 1975. Their first, a self-titled release on Cobblestone, features future Weather Report bassist Alphonso Johnson. After the label was acquired by Muse Records, Catalyst released the albums Perception, Unity, and A Tear & A Smile. Members: Eddie Green (keyboards, vocals), Alphonso Johnson […]

Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Hutcherson (Jan. 27, 1941 — Aug. 15, 2016) was an American vibraphonist from Los Angeles. He was born Robert Hutcherson on January 27, 1941, in Los Angeles. His earliest exposure to jazz came from his brother, Teddy, a fan of drummer/bandleader Art Blakey and a friend of saxophonist Dexter Gordon. Hutcherson’s sister, Peggy, sang […]

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears were an American brass-rock/soul band from N.Y.C., formed in 1967 by Blues Project alumni Al Kooper and Steve Katz. After their 1968 Columbia debut Child Is Father to the Man, Kooper and trumpeter Randy Brecker departed for prolific solo and collaborative careers. In 1969, a revised lineup with vocalist David Clayton-Thomas […]

Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham (born May 16, 1944) is a Panamanian-American jazz-rock drummer who played in the bands Dreams, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Atmospheres during the early 1970s. Starting with his 1973 solo debut Spectrum, Cobham released eight albums on Atlantic and four on Columbia through 1979, including a live release in partnership with George Duke. He […]

Bangor Flying Circus

Bangor Flying Circus were an American psych-rock trio from Chicago that released a self-titled album on Dunhill in 1969. The band morphed into the jazz-rock trio Madura for two further albums during the early 1970s. Members: David “Hawk” Wolinski (bass, keyboards, vocals), Alan De Carlo (guitar, vocals), Tom Schiffour (drums, 1967-68), Michael Tegza (drums, percussion, […]

Essra Mohawk

Essra Mohawk — aka Sandra Elayne Hurvitz (born April 23, 1948) — is an American singer/songwriter from Philadelphia who released an album apiece at two-year intervals on Verve, Reprise, Asylum, and Private Stock between 1968 and 1976. Discography: Sandy’s Album Is Here at Last! (1968 • Sandy Hurvitz) Primordial Lovers (1970) Essra Mohawk (1974) Essra […]

Love Craft

H.P. Lovecraft were an American psych-rock band from Chicago that released two albums with accompanying singles on Philips in 1967/68. The lineup underwent numerous changes and disbanded in San Francisco in 1968. The following year, guitarist/frontman George Edwards and drummer Michael Tegza assembled a new lineup under the abbreviated name Lovecraft, which issued the album […]


Styx are an American symphonic/hard-rock band that released four albums on Wooden Nickel between 1972 and 1974, followed by seven albums and a live double-LP on A&M between 1975 and 1984. Members: Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards, accordion, 1961-99), Chuck Panozzo (bass, guitar, vocals, 1961-63, 1964-present), John Panozzo (drums, percussion, vocals, 1961-96), Tom Nardin (guitar, 1963-69), […]


Montrose was an American hard-rock band that released the 1973–74 albums Montrose and Paper Money with original singer Sammy Hagar, a future solo star and Van Halen frontman. His replacement, Bob James, fronted the 1975–76 Montrose albums Warner Bros. Presents Montrose! and Jump on It. Their namesake guitarist, Ronnie Montrose, cut solo instrumentals and spearheaded […]

Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult are an American hard-rock band from Long Island that released eleven studio albums and three live sets between 1972 and 1988 on Columbia. Members: Eric Bloom (guitar, vocals), Buck Dharma (lead guitar, vocals), Allen Lanier (rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass, 1970-85, 1987-2007), Albert Bouchard (drums, guitar, vocals, 1970-81), Joe Bouchard (bass, vocals, 1970-86), […]

George Benson

George Benson (March 22, 1943) is an American jazz-funk guitarist and singer from Pittsburgh. Discography: The New Boss Guitar of George Benson With The Brother Jack McDuff Quartet (1964) It’s Uptown (1966 • The George Benson Quartet) The George Benson Cookbook (1967 • The George Benson Quartet) Giblet Gravy (1968) Shape of Things to Come […]

Don Cherry

Don Cherry (Nov. 18, 1936 — Oct. 19, 1995) was an American avant-garde jazz trumpeter from Oklahoma City. Discography: Psychology (1963 • Bengt “Frippe” Nordström / Bosse Skoglund / Don Cherry) It Is Revealed (1963 • Prince Lasha, Sonny Simmons, Clifford Jordan & Don Cherry) New York Eye and Ear Control (OST, 1966 • Albert […]


Santana are an American Latin-rock jam band from San Francisco, formed in 1966 by guitarist Carlos Santana. Members: Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, vocals, 1966-72), Rod Harper (drums, 1966-67), Gus Rodriguez (bass, 1966-67), Michael Carabello (congas, 1966-67, 1969-71), Tom Frazier (guitar, 1966-67), Bob “Doc” Livingston (drums, 1967-69), David Brown (bass, 1967-71, 1974-76), Marcus […]

Pat Martino

Pat Martino (1944–2021) was an American jazz guitarist from Philadelphia. He first recorded behind saxophonist Willis Jackson on multiple mid-Sixties titles on Prestige Records, which issued his first five solo albums between 1967 and 1970. After his 1972 Cobblestone release The Visit!, Martino cut two albums for Muse Records and switched from post-bop to jazz […]

John Klemmer

John Klemmer (born July 6, 1946) is an American saxophonist and composer from Chicago. Discography: Involvement (1967 • The John Klemmer Quartets) And We Were Lovers (1968) All the Children Cried (1969) Blowin’ Gold (1969) Eruptions (1970) Constant Throb (1971) Waterfalls (1972) Intensity (1973) Magic and Movement (1974) Fresh Feathers (1974) Touch (1975) Barefoot Ballet […]

Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943 — Feb. 19, 2017) was an American guitarist who emerged in the late-1960s jazz-rock-psych combo The Free Spirits. During the mid-1970s, he led the jazz-rock supergroup The Eleventh House, cutting the albums Introducing, Level One, and Aspects. He also partook in Wolfgang Dauner’s Et Cetera with Colosseum drummer Jon Hiseman, […]

The Sons of Champlin

The Sons of Champlin were an American brass-rock-soul band from San Francisco, formed in 1965 by namesake vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter Bill Champlin. Members: Bill Champlin (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Tim Cain (saxophone, 1965-70), Terry Haggerty (guitar, 1965-77), John Prosser (bass, 1965-67), Jim Meyers (drums, 1965-67), Geoff Palmer (keyboards, alto saxophone, vibraphone, 1967-77, 1997-present), Jim […]


Stories was an American art-rock|pop band from N.Y.C. that released the 1972–73 albums Stories and About Us on Kama Sutra. After the departure of keyboardist and co-writer Michael Brown, singer Ian Lloyd took rein for the single “Brother Louie” and a third album, Traveling Underground. Brown hailed from baroque pop legends The Left Banke. Members: […]

Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson (June 15, 1941 — Jan. 15, 1994) was an American singer/songwriter from Brooklyn. Nilsson was born Harry Edward Nilsson III on June 15, 1941, in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. His paternal grandparents were circus performers who did “aerial ballet,” the title of his second proper album. He was especially close to his maternal grandparents; his […]

Michael Franks

Michael Franks (born Sept. 18, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter from La Jolla, Calif. Discography: Michael Franks (1973) The Art of Tea (1975) Sleeping Gypsy (1977) Burchfield Nines (1978) Tiger in the Rain (1979) One Bad Habit (1980) Objects of Desire (1982) Previously Unavailable (1983) Passionfruit (1983) Skin Dive (1985) The Camera Never Lies (1987) […]

Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester is an American singer–songwriter who released two 1973–74 albums on Bell Records, followed by nine albums between 1975 and 1983 on Arista. She first emerged under the auspices of Barry Manilow and Bette Midler and co-wrote many songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Manchester’s best known songs include “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue,” […]

The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer are an American vocal group from N.Y.C., formed in 1969 by swing enthusiast Tim Hauser. The original lineup, a five-piece with songwriter Gene Pistilli, issued one album of retro jazz and pop on Capitol in 1971. Hauser then recruited singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé, establishing the two man/two woman […]

Lori Lieberman

Lori Lieberman (born Nov. 15, 1951) is an American singer/songwriter who released four 1972–75 albums on Capitol Records and a 1978 fifth on Millennium. After a 16-year break from recording, she returned with three ’90s-era albums on Pope Music. Since 2003, she’s issued CDs on self-press Drive On Records. Her debut album features the earliest […]

Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro (Oct. 18, 1947 — April 8, 1997) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist from the Bronx. She debuted with the 1967 album More Than a New Discovery on Verve Folkways, then signed to Columbia for the 1968–70 albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, and Christmas and the Beads of […]

Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin (Dec. 7, 1942 — July 16, 1981) was an American singer/songwriter from Brooklyn. Discography: Heads & Tales (1972) Sniper and Other Love Songs (1972) Short Stories (1973) Verities & Balderdash (1974) Portrait Gallery (1975) On the Road to Kingdom Come (1976) Dance Band on the Titanic (1977) Living Room Suite (1978) Sequel (1980)

Gary Wright

Gary Wright (April 26, 1943) is an American singer, musician, and songwriter from Cresskill, N.J., who served as the co-vocalist and keyboardist in Spooky Tooth during two three-album periods between 1968 and 1974. Discography: Extraction (1971) Footprint (1971) Benjamin (OST, 1972) The Dream Weaver (1975) The Light of Smiles (1977) Touch and Gone (1977) Headin’ […]

Gary Ogan

Gary Ogan is an American singer/songwriter from Portland, Ore., who emerged in partnership with musician Bill Lamb on the 1972 Elektra release Portland. In 1977, he issued a self-titled album on Leon Russell’s Paradise Records label. His third album, Let Go the Heart, appeared on small-press Seagull Records in 1982. Gary Ogan taught himself to […]

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons are an American pop-rock band that first rose to fame in the early 1960s with a string of pop-vocal hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Dawn,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Candy Girl.” After the onslaught of Motown and the British Invasion, they updated their sound with the mid-’60s […]

Billy Joel

Billy Joel is an American pianist, singer, and songwriter from the Bronx who released the album Cold Spring Harbor on Family Productions Inc. in 1971, followed by 11 studio albums on Columbia between 1973 and 1993. Prior to his solo career, he recorded two albums with psych-rockers The Hassles, which splintered into the 1970 hard-rock […]

Cold Blood

Cold Blood was an American Bay Area brass-rock band that released the 1969/70 albums Cold Blood and Sisyphus on Bill Graham’s San Francisco Records label, followed by the 1972/73 titles First Taste of Sin and Thriller! and the 1974 Warner release Lydia, named after frontwoman Lydia Pense. Members: Larry Field (guitar), Lydia Pense (vocals), Danny […]

Cheryl Dilcher

Cheryl Dilcher (1949–2005) was an American singer/songwriter who emerged with the 1970 Ampex release Special Songs, followed by the 1973/74 A&M albums Butterfly and Magic. She retired after her 1977 fourth album, Blue Sailor. Background She was born Cheryl Aleta Dilcher on November 12, 1949, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, she took up songwriting […]

Carly Simon

Carly Simon (born June 25, 1943) is an American singer/songwriter from the Bronx who released eight albums between 1971 and 1979 on Elektra, followed by 1980s titles on Warner, Epic, and Arista. Simon first charted with “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” an evergreen ballad that won her the 1972 Best New […]

Bette Midler

Bette Midler (born Dec. 1, 1945) is an American singer and actress from Honolulu who rose to prominence on New York’s cabaret scene during the early 1970s. After starring in several Broadway productions (Salvation, Fiddler On the Roof, Tommy), she launched her singing career at the Continental Baths. Between 1972 and 1995, she released 10 […]

Andy Pratt

Andy Pratt is an American singer/songwriter from Boston, best known for the song “Avenging Annie” as his acclaimed 1976 album Resolution. Background He was born Andrew S. Pratt on January 25, 1947; the youngest of four children borne to educator Edwin Howard Baker Pratt (1913–1975) and Monte Carlo-born Aileen Kelly (1915–1976). The elder Pratt served […]


America is a rustic folk–pop combo, formed in 1968 in Watford, England, by American musicians. Members: Gerry Beckley (guitar, bass, piano, vocals), Dewey Bunnell (guitar, vocals), Dan Peek (guitar, bass, piano, vocals, 1968-77) Background During the mid-1960s, American teenagers Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek met at London Central High School at Bushey Hall. […]

The 8th Day

The 8th Day were an American soul-funk/psych band from Detroit that released two albums with accompanying singles on Invictus between 1971 and 1973. A decade later, the nameplate was resurrected for a third album on A&M. Members: Steve Mancha (vocals), Melvin Davis (vocals, drums), Antonio ‘Tony’ Newton (bass), Carole Stallings (vocals, electric violin), Anita Sherman […]

Lee Michaels

Lee Michaels is an American organist, singer, and songwriter who released six studio albums and a live disc on A&M between 1968 and 1973, followed by two mid-’70s titles on Columbia. He’s best known for his 1971 organ rocker “Do You Know What I Mean.” He was born Michael Olsen in Los Angeles on November […]

Buzzy Linhart

Buzzy Linhart (March 3, 1943 — Feb. 13, 2020) was an American musician and songwriter who released five albums between 1969 and 1981 and fronted the band Music on a 1971 release on Buddah. Early Life He was born William Charles Linhart in Pittsburgh, Penn., and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. From age seven, he played […]

The City

The City were an American folk-pop trio from Los Angeles that released the album Now That Everything’s Been Said on Ode Records in 1968. The band featured once-and-future James Taylor-sideman Danny Kortchmar, who would also play guitar in the jazz-rock combos The Section and Attitudes during the 1970s. Pianist/singer Carole King was already established as […]

Crazy Elephant

Crazy Elephant were an American psych-rock band from Camden, NJ, that released a self-titled album on Bell in 1969. Two years earlier, they self-released a single as The Livin’ End. Their album was produced by bubblegum stalwarts Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. Drummer Bob Avery hailed from garage-rockers The Music Explosion. Keyboardist Larry Laufer subsequently […]


Giants were an American Latin-funk supergroup that came together in 1971 for an all-star jam. Recordings from that session were released with later material on a self-titled album, issued by LAX Records in 1978. Members: Greg Errico, Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, Jose “Chepito” Areas, Herbie Hancock, Wendy Haas, Freddie Pool, Coke Escovedo, Lee […]

Kajanus & Pickett

Kajanus & Pickett were the rustic-folk/rock duo of Norwegian-born singer/guitarist Georg Kajanus and English keyboardist Phil Pickett. After releasing the album Hi Ho Silver! on Signpost/MCA in 1972, the pair formed half of the music-hall/pop band Sailor, which released five albums on Epic between 1974 and 1978. Kajanus first emerged in multinational folk-rockers Eclection, which […]

Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers (Aug. 16, 1944 — Feb. 18, 2013) was an English singer–songwriter who co-founded Soft Machine. After their 1968 debut album, he went solo with the 1969 Harvest release Joy of a Toy. Between 1970 and 1988, he released twelve albums. Island Records documented his all-star concert with Brian Eno, John Cale, and Nico […]

Amazing Blondel

Amazing Blondel were an English neo-medieval folk-rock trio from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, that debuted with a self-titled album on Bell in 1970, followed by four albums on Island during the ensuing three-year period. A trio of titles appeared on DJM during the mid-1970s, culminating with a live release that closed the band’s original period of activity. […]

Julian’s Treatment

Julian’s Treatment was an English psychedelic musical project headed by author and keyboardist Julian Jay Savarin. His sci-fi triology Lemmus: A Time Odyssey formed the basis of the 1970 double-album A Time Before This and its 1973 followup Waiters on the Dance. Members: Julian Jay Savarin (vocals, keyboards), John Dover (bass), Del Watkins (guitar), Jack […]

Cane and Able

Cane and Able were a North American soul-funk band that relocated to Paris and released two albums on Epic in 1972. Members: Worthington Brown (bass, vocals), Blinky Bostic (congas, timbales, percussion), George Carter (drums), Billy Ellis (flute, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone), Garland Edwards (guitar), French Thompson (lead vocals), Alan Reeves (piano, electric piano, […]


Pilot was an American soul-rock band that released a self-titled album in 1971 on RCA Victor. Members: Bruce Stephens (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Leigh Stephens (electric guitar), Martin Quittenton (acoustic guitar), Neville Whitehead (bass), Mick Waller (drums) Pilot formed in London in 1971 when two ex-members of American hard-rockers Blues Cheer, Bruce Stephens and Leigh Stephens […]

Ol’ Paint

Ol’ Paint was an American pop-rock band from Syracuse, NY, that released a self-titled album in 1971 on GWP Records, co-produced by Rupert Holmes. They featured brothers Andy and Richard Mendelson, who both joined the backing band of Andy Pratt and became soundmen. Members: Tony Caputo (vocals), Andy Mendelson (vocals, guitar, organ), Richard Mendelson (drums), […]