Back in the day, before my parents went full metal totebagger and permaset the radio to NPR, I used to enjoy listening to a lot of 70s radio, both around the house and on family trips. This was in the time (the 70s, duh) when there was AM and FM radio. I still don’t understand the difference, except that AM has longer range and FM clearer reception (that’s right, isn’t it?), but I went to a great “AM Gold” show with my sister at Tony Starlight’s in Portland. They did a lot of Billy Joel, Elton John, and Neil Diamond, along with some gems like “Rock Me Gently”. It all sounded very 70s AM to me, but I don’t know…how was 70s AM radio different from FM radio? Did they play different songs? Or do people just like to say “AM radio” because they think it sounds cool and evocative.
And what’s your favorite distinctively 70s song? I’ll go with a two-way tie between Midnight at the Oasis and It Never Rains In Southern California.