Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Miss The Seventies

To go along with my poll, I'll let you know about my favorite decade. It's a tough decision because I love my life right now and wouldn't change a thing. But the decade I'm going to choose was before my daughter was born and before I met my wonderful husband.

With that said, the seventies were hard to beat. Hands down, that was the decade with the best music. No other decade has even come close. We also had the coolest muscle cars in the seventies--and who could forget the vans with the beds in the back. My boyfriend had one of those and it drove my father nuts. I was a good girl, though. Truly.

In the seventies, it was cool to tan, and boy, did I love having a dark tan. We didn't hear about aging our skin or the sun's causing skin cancer. We just lathered ourselves with slippery baby oil and had at it. For that reason, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves every time we were outside.

The hemlines were short, and more than once, my dad said, "Young lady, you are not leaving the house in that!" My uniform at the movie theater was equally short, as was my cheerleading skirt. Even the guys wore short shorts.

My favorite bands, Doobie Borthers and the Eagles, released amazing albums that decade and Elvis was still around. (I love Elvis, remember?) Many of us went to concerts, hung out at friends' homes, or were highly entertained by simply driving up and down Kearney Street.

Malls were safe and we never heard about pedophiles. We happily went trick or treating and sold Girl Scout cookies to complete strangers. We somehow made it through life without cell phones and computers. And we were thin because we were active. We ate home-cooked meals with our families and actually had face-to-face conversations.

Ah, those were the days. I loved--and miss--the seventies. What was your favorite decade and why?


  1. I love the seventies too, Beth. I graduated in the seventies, so that was a HUGE deal. Loved the music of Three Dog Night, Grassroots, Paul Revere and the Raiders, etc. Definitely ELVIS and THE BEATLES!|!!||!

    But I also love the 60's music. Still listen to it today.

  2. I loved the 50's and 60's but it's probably a generational "thing." Both you ladies are just babes, yet! Ha! Snicker!

    I'm still a Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, and Englebert Humperdink fan. Loved Bobby Vinton and Bobby Goldsboro, too. Bet you don't even know them. Oh, yes--Ed Ames, too.

    Still love saddle-oxfords, can-cans, and poodle skirts. Think it's great fun to attend a sock-hop.

    Great days! Great memories! However, I am grateful for where I am right now, also. Age does have some upsides--wouldn't want to do it all over again. Not too many regrets. Have enjoyed a good life.

  3. I'm with you, Ginny. I wouldn't want to do it all over again either. But I loved the 50's and 60's. A huge country music show came to Albuquerque every month or so (we called it the Grand Old Opry) put on by KRZY Radio...we saw all the big stars for about $2 per show...saw George Jones, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Hank Williams Jr. (he was sixteen years old), Loretta Lynn - the list goes on. Even saw Marty Robbins - somewhere I still have his autograph.

    I think my favorite was Jimmie Rodgers though. He was so handsome and had such a sweet voice...remember 'Honeycomb'? They tried to 'sneak' him out of the Civic Auditorium after his performance and he and his bodyguards went right in front of myself and friend Janet up in the 'cheap seats'. What a thrill! We could have reached out and touched him (we didn't though).

    We 'cruised' the three drive-in restaurants in Janet's '59 Chevy or my '56 Ford and visited there with boys and girls alike with no fear of anything. We hung on the fence to watch local rodeo and went to dances at the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Posse arena.

    Yes, I definitely vote for the 50's and 60's. They were awesome.

  4. I liked the late 60s and early 70s. I guess that is because I graduated in '72. I loved the bubble gum rock. Herman's Hermits, The Monkeys, Paul Reveree and the Raiders, Arlo Guthrie, Donovan, and even the Beatles. I did not like Elvis...to 50ish like my parents.

  5. This is fun. Thanks, ladies, for the great trips down memory lane. Can't wait to hear from more bloggers about their favorite decade.

    P.S. Ginny, I remember most of the singers you mentioned. :)

  6. I am happy with now. I went through the 40's music.Parents always had classical records and radio. We got our first TV (1949)when I was eight years old. Dad always said MARTHA RAY was going to fall out of her low cut gown and the night it happened they were out so he missed it.(No instant replay) She was a big band leader. The ice show was on weekly with skaters in a small circle of ice singing popular songs.
    The Hit Parade singers always did the top 10 songs each week. Snooky Lansen was one of them Gogi Grant and others.
    In the 70's Chuck Mangoni-Boots Randolph were favorites.
    Then I got to enjoy my sons music-Queen-Pink Floyd-Foreigner-and others.1997 I got involved with the Webster County Opry. This year 2010 we had the 13 th anniversary of the music show that is held monthly at the Rogersville Senior Center on the first Friday.
    Now I listen mostly to Gospel Music and am involved in lots of fun interesting activities. Enjoying life.

  7. This is so cool. Funny your dad missed that falling out moment, Jan. Bet he was sorry they weren't home.

    Thanks, everyone. Maybe we should put together a collective anthology of our favorite decade. Wouldn't that be fun and interesting to many age groups? I have too many writing projects right now, though. Maybe some day...