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Elaine’s Music Picks: Pop, Folk, and Rock Singer/Songwriters of the 1970s


Would you like to listen to the music of iconic singer/songwriters who really hit their mark in the 1970s? Try one of these suggestions from Elaine the Reference Librarian. The music of these artists is still relevant today. Click the title to be taken to the catalog page, where you can then request the CD. It is noted if the album is also instantly available on Hoopla, which allows for instant downloading to your mobile device.


Court and Spark.  Artist: Joni Mitchell. This album, which contains a fusion of folk, pop, and jazz, is one of Joni Mitchell’s best known albums. (Also instantly available on Hoopla.

Greatest Hits.  Artist: James Taylor.  Greatest Hits remains a good sampler of Taylor’s more popular early work. (Also instantly available on Hoopla.)

Tapestry. Artist: Carole King. The Tapestry record is intensely emotional, and one of the most successful albums in pop music history.

Classic Hits. Artist: Jim Croce. Jim Croce was at the height of his popularity when he died in a plane crash at the age of 30. The 20 songs on this album contain the core collection of his masterful songs.

The Very Best of Judy Collins.  Artist: Judy Collins. The Very Best of Judy Collins is a good overview of her journey from folksinger to singer/songwriter to pop diva. 

The Best of Leon Russell. Artist: Leon Russell. Leon Russell’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrated with a collection of sixteen of his career-defining tracks, including collaborations with Willie Nelson and Elton John. 

The Very Best of Glen Campbell. Artist: Glen Campbell. This album is classic Glen Campbell. 

Tea for the Tillerman. Artist: Cat Stevens. This album has catchy pop melodies that are easy to sing along to. (Also instantly available on Hoopla.)

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Artist: Elton John. This album is a testament to Elton’s ’70s power as a star and a musician. (Also instantly available on Hoopla.)

The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt. Artist: Linda Ronstadt. Sixteen of the 21 songs on this album were culled from Linda’s 1970s heyday.

The Best of Carly Simon. Artist: Carly Simon. Carly Simon was among the pop royalty of the singer/songwriter era of the early ’70s. This album collects her most popular songs of the first five years of her solo career.  (Also instantly available on Hoopla.)

The Very Best of Jackson Browne. Artist: Jackson Browne. This album is for listeners who want a comprehensive overview of Browne’s songs without purchasing individual albums. (Also instantly available on Hoopla)

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