I think we all agree that the 70’s was one of the best times for music. Not just for pop and top 40, but for the local scene too. And we were fortunate to be growing up right in the midst of all this talent. Little did we know that these tunes would be forever ingrained in our memory – stirring up the emotions that we were feeling at the time – even to this day.
Isn’t music wonderful how it can transport us back in time?
And who doesn’t want to be taken back to the 70’s. It was such a “righteous” time!
Does this Kui Lee song take you back to prom night? It does for me. I can almost smell the 7-strand pikake lei that the girls were wearing and the maile lei on us guys.
This is a song from a little known band named George Street. Gail Mack is the singer and I think her voice is comparable to Karen Carpenter. She’s that good. Fortunately, Gail Mack and Gordon Kim are still performing today. Check out their website at: http://gailandgordon.com/ I had the privilege of talking story with Gail one night and I asked her about the story behind this song. Interestingly enough, it was after the song was written that all the events in the song happened.
This one’s for you Dancetta Feary. So many hits from Kalapana. But this is the first song from the first album. A classic.
Here’s another one that I love, love, love. Summer and New Year’s Eve – 1976
Country Comfort – Title cut: Sunlight, Moonlight. I had to have this album. If not for the mellow sounds of Country Comfort, but for the album cover of them cruising at the taxi stand just down the street from where I grew up. I still remember the black jitney cabs parked behind the building. And you know what? The songs from this classic album far outweighs my fondness for the album cover.
I saw these 2 guys playing at a party at someone’s house. They were awesome. When they came out with an album, I just had to have it. Toma/Natto made a name for themselves in the 70’s. And every so often, you can still catch Toma/Natto playing together today. Dave Toma and Richard Natto.
And a duo that was popular (to say the least) back in the 70’s whose music still lives on today: Cecilio & Kapono. Everyone – and I mean everyone – had their first album. When I hear this song, it always takes me back to the time we were coming home after spending a day – a Sunday – surfing on the north shore. The cassette was playing as we rode along the Windward coast, in the afternoon shadows of the Koolaus, heading back to our friends house where we’d hang out, maybe bar-b-que something, and watch the day – the whole weekend – come to a close.
Sometimes a song can be inspirational. Like when you come to a crossroad and don’t know what to do. Of course you want choose the right road. But unless you Follow Your Road, you may never know. Pauline Wilson and Seawind
I was fortunate to have this photo-op with Pauline Wilson.
And this medley from the Mackey Feary Band album (1978) – still messes with my emotions today. I’ll just leave it at that…
So what local bands, duo, solo artists from the 70’s did you listen to? There are so many more that I did not mention. And what songs of theirs are your favorites? What memory does that song bring to mind today? Don’t worry if you list something that someone else has already listed – each of us have a different reason for liking a song.