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Singer-Songwriters

The original singer-songwriters of the classic 70s period, the sensitive folk types who brought a new intimacy and depth to radio in the Seventies.

What is Singer-Songwriter music?
A basic guide to the singer-songwriter genre, its best and most popular artists, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of popular music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

Carole King
Carole King began her illustrious career writing hits, mainly for girl-groups, at New York's famous Brill Building before launching the singer-songwriter movement in the 70s with her megahit "Tapestry" album and songs like "It's Too Late" and "I Feel The Earth Move." This Carole King profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular...

Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens enjoyed brief success as a folky teen idol in Swinging Britain, reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter with smashes like "Wild World" and "Peace Train," then converted to Islam and left the business for nearly three decades. This Cat Stevens profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

James Taylor
James Taylor practically defined the sensitive singer-songwriter of the Seventies with hits such as "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," not to mention his covers of early rock standards like "Handy Man" and "Mockingbird." This James Taylor profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Jim Croce
A profile of Jim Croce, the Seventies folk-pop troubadour who revitalized the story song with "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and touched hearts with ballads like "Operator" and "Time In A Bottle," only to be tragically taken away in a plane crash at the height of his popularity. This Jim Croce profile is one of a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

In the Spotlight: Randy Newman
Randy Newman began as the most iconolastic singer-songwriter of the '70s, crafting classic 19th-century Americana and West Coast pop into twisted hits like "Short People" and "I Love L.A." before becoming Disney and Pixar's favorite soundtrack artist. This profile, on the most important artists of rock's first generation, was written and...

Harry Nilsson: In the Spotlight
Harry Nilsson was the quintessential pop chameleon and singer-songwriter iconoclast in an era that was bursting with them, finding the occasional hit with songs like "Everybody's Talkin'," "Coconut," "Without You," and "Jump Into the Fire," but never reaching the superstardom he seemed destined for. This portrait of Harry Nilsson, including history, songs, chart hits, and trivia, is one of several bios on the most popular artists of rock's first era, written and compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.

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