Why 1971 Was The Ultimate Year For Rock Music

by Norm Gregory on April 10, 2016

in 1971, Daily Items, Music

A writer claims that not only as there a greatest era of music – it can be narrowed down to a single year

I was born in 1950. As far as music goes, that’s the winning ticket in the lottery of life.I was 13 when The Beatles arrived, 15 when Bob Dylan recorded Like A Rolling Stone, the music for my teenage dances was provided by Motown and Stax and I was 19 at the time of Woodstock.More importantly, I turned 21 in 1971, the year that produced more classic albums than any other year before or since. I’m sorry, but it’s true.I’m not talking about the kind of “classics” revered by blokes who hang about second hand record shops.

Source: Mirror Online

The BBC reports . . .

1 Gary Burleigh April 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

Great Rock year okay. Great pop year. I don’t think so.

2 Kirk Wilde December 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Oh puleeze. The Big Year is SO subjective. It tends to be whenever you started really paying attention. Age 13-19. Or when you finally got liberated. 20-24.

8 tracks or 16 tracks don’t make hits. You can’t find anything more iconic than Chuck Berry on one track.

Hi, Gar and Normy. Still alive? Me too. Yes, Norm, I did apply at KJR. Every WA top 40 jock did. I think Lujack told O’Day that if he hired me, he’d quit.

I got a little revenge when we at KSND finally beat KJR (!) in one brief rating period. (KSND quickly disappeared when listeners discovered it had only 100 oldies.)

3 Norm Gregory December 4, 2016 at 1:06 am

I am speechless….

Where is that photo?

Oh.. here it is.

Soul Palace Bellingham

4 Steven Smith December 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm


I think Kirk captured the essence of what makes the best year. Lo and behold, for me, it was 1966 when I first started listening to the radio–you guys at Kpug such as Kirk, Gary, Harvey (Charlie) and you, a bit later Steve West! So my personal experience ties in well with his theory of the best being when you started paying attention. So what is with the house? Is it s Kpug jock dwelling? Then there was the apartment attached to the studio that later became Bob Pollack’s office when he came to town to manage the station himself…displacing Tincker, who had run it forever.

5 Norm Gregory December 4, 2016 at 1:57 pm

That was the house in Bellingham where Kirk and I lived. Way before I was in…. or … even thought about . . . being in radio.

Speaking of the attached apartment…. where the midday jock at the time lived. I was there one evening in December 1967. We were watching the Sonics game (their first season I believe) and KPUG was carrying games. The board op came in and announced that Otis Redding had died in a plane crash. Redding did not have a national hit until months later when “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” was released posthumously.

6 Gary Burleigh December 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm

So good to hear from you Kirk. Norm and I have fond memories of course of those nights at the Soul Palace being exposed to Otis and The Stones and food consumed from cans and too many cans of beverages.

I owe some much to you and Norm and Jim Tinker and Dick Stark for my meteoric rise in the business.

Actually I remember seeing Norm for the first time glaring into the big window from you music director’s office while I was playing Secret Agent Man.

7 Kirk Wilde December 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

When I said it’s subjective to designate a best music year or period, I didn’t mean that music criticism is useless. We’ll always need assessments of the quality of music. There are even objective determinants to apply to that noble occupation. And lacking that kind of expertise, continue to offer your impressions.

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