Not much commentary this time, since I think the videos speak for themselves. I will say this, though -- the early 1970s had a reputation as being a time when music wasn't that good, especially coming off the glory of the 1960s. It's not really true, though - especially when you are talking about what was then called Soul. Here are four fine examples -- good tunes all, with some really alarming fashion choices.
First up, it's The Main Ingredient, from an appearance on Soul Train, with their biggest hit:
One of the biggest hits of 1972 was this one from Joe Tex. Pay particular attention to the somewhat esoteric outfits on the gals dancing behind ol' Joe.
Those two were happy. But it wasn't all happy. Consider this cautionary tale from the O'Jays, even if you get distracted by the impeccable tailoring on display.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest Motown acts of the 1960s, the Temptations, were still around and they had one of their biggest hits with this one, also a cautionary tale, written and produced by Norman Whitfield, who died on Tuesday.
They don't write 'em like that any more. Well, mostly they don't.
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