# 1 Rock Act of the 70's?

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  1. Fred McMurray

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    Led Zeppelin - I have a long list of other great acts from that era - some of whom I appreciate more than LZ - but I think LZ is undisputed for the era, for the most part.
     
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  2. roachone

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    If you can remember then you aren't from the 70's!
     
  3. Zonk

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    Wings Over America was definitely a big show, man I wish I could have caught one. There was a period of time where they really dominated the airwaves.
     
  4. GibsonGeek

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    This.
     
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    1970's Top 10 Best Selling Albums Worldwide:

    1[​IMG]Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1970
    2[​IMG]Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - 1977
    3[​IMG]Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever - 1978
    4[​IMG]Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon - 1973
    5[​IMG]Led Zeppelin - Four Symbols (Led Zeppelin 4) - 1971
    6[​IMG]Pink Floyd - The Wall - 1979
    7[​IMG]Eagles - Hotel California - 1976
    8[​IMG]The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers - 1971
    9[​IMG]Grease: The Original Soundtrack - 1978
    10[​IMG]Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here - 1975

    Floyd is in the top 10 three times.

    In the top 100 albums of the 70's The Beatles, and Beatles member's solo projects, are there nine times.
     
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    Elton John was all over the radio in the 70s, and he was a very hard ticket to get during that time from what I remember, and as someone pointed out he was on the radio AM/FM all day long, and had a HUGE teen/women following as well as adults so idk I would say Zeppelin but I think Elton was maybe touring more and drawing way more as a result, idk how extensive LZ tours were, I know from reading that The Who toured much less than other big bands of the day mentioned here.
     
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    1. Led Zeppelin
    2. Pink Floyd
    3. Black Sabbath
     
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    Led Zepaverage, I like them, but had twenty+ other acts I would rather listen to or see. There were Led Zep core lovers and the rest were Zep posers, their favorite Zep song is Stairway, a fan fav, a teeny bopper fave, what I m trying to say is they had more fans than the bandwagon could hold and they were posers. This is my theory why ZEP was the biggest as many have suggested. They had the most intrigue. For me, Bowie, Yes, ELP, Rory Gallahgher, Hendrix, the Beatles, The kinks, Cream, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Still & Nash, Jeff Beck, for me, these were superior talents who were innovative and put on great shows. Why step backwards for Zep, but that is me. THe best thing about Zep for me was JPL, sorry. But yes I agree, they were #1 for all the wrong reasons in my book.
     
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    I was there and I disagree. I loved Zeppelin. It was almost all I listened to. But Zeppelin was not number one in sales or concerts.

    The question wasn't "Who do you think was the best band of the 70s" or of course I would have said zeppelin.
     
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    Led Zeppelin
    Pink Floyd
    Queen
    David Bowie

    Then:
    Black Sabbath
    Deep Purple
    Aerosmith
    Bruce Springsteen
    Rush
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
     
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    I think this is overall,

     
  15. Mickey_C

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    Oh so now it has morphed from who was technically the biggest act of the 70s, to who was your favorite 70s band?

    Zep. Easily. My favorite band of all time.

    Too bad they weren't the top selling act of the 70s, but I didn't care. Radio was lame and I couldn't go to concerts anyway.
     
  16. Grun

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    Here is the original question: who really is the #1 act you think?
     
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    I have to admit, Zep was pretty big back then. Wasn't my favorite either, I liked The Who, Floyd, Yes, and ELP a lot...also liked Elton John's early stuff and did get to see him back then.

    Me and my group of friends liked most of the bands mentioned already. I recall a lot of folks liking Fleetwood Mac and Boston then too.

    I look back now and I'm glad I got to see Zep, Yes, ELP, Floyd, EJ, The Dead, and a few others in their prime. I did miss The Who. Very tough to get a ticket to The Who.
     
  18. DustyRhodesJr

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    I would say the Eagles or the Stones.

    When either came out with a new album, it was almost like a celebration.

    Hotel California was leaked to radio a month or so before it came out, and
    that allowed "New Kid In Town" to be a huge hit before the album was even
    released.

    Similar thing with the Stones, Black and Blue came out to huge hoopla, and
    later on Some Girls did the same.
     
  19. Trebor Renkluaf

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    When did the Stones do the "Tattoo You" tour...was that 1980? Remember that, you had to send in an envelop with a check - random selection for tickets. I didn't get any, a guy I worked with got three sets. That was a massive event.
     

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