Music filled the air on Long Island in the 70s, from the dials on our radios, to our collections of 8-track tapes and 45s, to the vibrant local music scene on the island. Here, we explore the soundtrack of the era. And remember to check out Long Island 70s Radio too!

Oct 212013
Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

For the past five decades, Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House has served as the unofficial soundtrack for Halloween. Released by Walt Disney Productions in 1964, this collection of spooky sound effects and scary stories became an annual tradition throughout the 1970s and beyond, heard at countless Halloween parties and at homes awaiting the arrival of trick or treaters.

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Sep 192013
Sam Goody

The music fan of the 1970s didn’t have the plethora of resources that we enjoy today. Sure, the popular records of the time were sold at most department stores. But what if your tastes were a little more eclectic? Unless you had a decent independent record store nearby, your best bet was to head to your local Sam Goody, a mecca of sorts for the New York music aficionado.

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Aug 312013

Truth be told, WBAB wasn’t much of a radio presence throughout the 1970s. They were a modest rock and roll station struggling to find a voice. They might have remained mired in said obscurity were it not for a significant change in the decade’s final year. That’s when Bob Buchmann arrived, a voice who would help WBAB spread its wings and soar straight to the top.

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Aug 212013
Captain and Tennille

She had a pristine voice and a pretty smile; he was a gifted keyboardist with a penchant for sailor’s caps. Together, they became the Captain and Tennille. Throughout the 70s, the talented duo released a string of hit records and even starred in their own television variety show. And, much like a fairy tale, love has kept them together ever since.

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Jul 262013
Billy Joel

He is a superstar around the world, but Long Islanders have long embraced Billy Joel as one of their own. He emerged in the early 1970s and quickly established himself as one of the finest balladeers of a generation. A self-proclaimed piano man who always spoke to and for the working class, his music and storytelling are in a class all their own.

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Jul 112013
Good Rats

Editor’s note: On July 11, 2013, we learned that Peppi Marchello passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 68. All of us at Long Island 70s Kid are terribly saddened by this news and wish to convey our thoughts and condolences to his friends and family. He was a homegrown Long Island rock and roll legend and will be sorely missed.

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Jul 062013
Bay City Rollers

When it comes to invasive British bands, the Bay City Rollers didn’t achieve the longevity of their mop-topped predecessors, but they definitely made their mark in the 1970s. Thanks to a string of hits and a Saturday morning series, these Scottish rockers achieved teen heartthrob status, and their images were soon plastered on many a teenage bedroom walls.

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Jun 242013
Harry Chapin

Many people may remember Harry Chapin as the guy that sang “The Cats in the Cradle” in the 1970s, but Long Islanders still mourn the loss of this kind and gentle storyteller, a man who was one of their own, and whose selfless philanthropic efforts during his lifetime still resonate across the Island today.

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