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The 1970s Era is Still a Memorable Time

Updated on March 11, 2017
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She is a Writer and Author. She's inspired by Eric Thomas, Les Brown, Charles Stanley, Myles Munroe, and Napoleon Hill.

The 1970's Fashion Trends

There are so many things to remember about the 1970s. You don't have to be born in the 70's, to know what was famous in that time. Just by watching television shows today that are based on the 1970s time frame, can bring back memories of it. Some people may remember their parents or their selves in photo albums, wearing 1970s fashion.

Many people back then wore: the stylish plat form shoes, Afros or mullets, flower prints on their clothes, butter fly collar shirts, painters pants, tight fitting bell-bottom pants, halter top blouses, miniskirts, one-piece swimsuits, hot pants (tight fitting shorts), and many other fashion trends.

One of the top fashion super models of the 70s was Janice Dickinson. Those fashion statements from that time are now famous party themes today; the 1970s costume parties of today. Almost everyone in the 70s were so friendly and free, it brought white people and black people into unity, by having parties, and by protesting the rights of "the people." Black people and white people also wore the same fashions in the seventies.

Charlie's Angels, 70's TV Show Sabrina, Kelly, and Chris
Charlie's Angels, 70's TV Show Sabrina, Kelly, and Chris

70s Music

Music of The 1970s

What comes to mind about music in that time is; "Soul Train" and "American Band Stand." Also the music from the movies; "Super Fly" and "Saturday Night Fever." In many of the 70s movies disco music is played with the glitter disco ball being the center of attraction.

I will run down a list of singers from the seventies, they are: Barry Manilow, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, The Jackson Five, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Diana Summer, The Bee Gee's, Gloria Gaynor, Blondie, Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown, Lionel Richie, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Ohio Players, Roger and Zapp, Kool and The Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Commodores, The Gap Band, Cher, Barbara Streisand, Dianne Warwick, Rod Stewart, and Tammy Wynette. I'm not done, also there were: Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Crystal Gayle, Elton John, The Beatles, David Bowie, Bob Marley, AC/DC, and many other 1970s singers and performers. This music is now considered "oldies but goodies" or "classics of the seventies."

1975 Chevrolet Corvette
1975 Chevrolet Corvette

1970's Cars

The cars we have today in 2012 are computerized and cute, like the new "Chrysler PT Cruiser's. The cars in the 70's were sturdier, and had real hard metal bumpers, that didn't bend in a minor accident. I like the 70's cars with the "let back roof tops," my dad and my uncles had one; It was cool. Some classic cars of the seventies are: Buick-LeSabre, Buick-Regal, 1977 Ford Pinto, 1975 Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang Cobra II, Chrysler Cordoba, Chevrolet Chevette, Toyota Corollas, 73 Dodge Pickup Truck, Chevy Vega, and other 70's vehicles. Most cars of the 70's are still on the road today, and they run really good. They hold gas longer because of the smaller gas tanks, than these new huge SUV's of today.

Toys and Games of the 70's

As children of the seventies we all remember playing with; crayons, Barbie dolls, race tracks, checkers, and others toys and games. But the toy I remember most is the "Hoppity Hop," the huge bouncy ball, which you sit on and hold on to the handle, and just hop around on it. If you’re from the 70's like I am, then maybe you remember the bouncy ball toy also. There are so many toys and games from the 70s, here are a few: Rubik's cube, matchbox cars, the skateboard released in 1975, of course roller skates, rock'em sock'em robots, etch-a-sketch, slinky's, view finders, scrabble, operation, clue, Lego's, monopoly, race bikes, sit & spin, calculators (were introduced), cassette radio's (advanced from 8-track tape players), and many more.

Pam Grier (Foxy Brown)
Pam Grier (Foxy Brown)

Those 70's TV Shows and Movies

Seventies TV Shows

A television series called "That 70's Show" is a comedy, it aired in 1998-2006, featuring Ashton Kutcher, is based on its title. This show has the fashion, cars, music, talk, and vibe of the 1970s.

Actual TV shows of the 70's are: Soul Train, The Jefferson's, All in the Family, Taxi, The Six Million Dollar Man, Saturday Night Live, ABC After School Specials, Spider Man, Wonder Woman, Bionic Man, The Incredible Hulk, Sanford and Son, Little House on the Prairie, The Facts of Life, Three's Company, The Brady Bunch, Different Strokes, The Price Is Right, Felix The Cat, Mighty Mouse, Fat Albert, Charlie's Angels (featuring Farrah Fawcett, and of course many others.

70s Movies

Also the movies were fun to watch, because some movies would have 70's music as a movie soundtrack. The 1970s movies were:

  • Rocky
  • The Wiz (featuring Michael Jackson)
  • Grease
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Foxy Brown (featuring Pam Grier)
  • The Bad News Bears
  • The Godfather
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
  • The Black Hole
  • American Graffiti
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy
  • Carrie
  • Jaws
  • Star Wars
  • Shaft
  • Blacula
  • Cooley High
  • Sparkle

There were many other 1970s movies as well. All the memories of the 1970s are still being thought of today; with 70's party themes, clothes, cars, and classic songs of the 70's.

Many people grew up as children in the 1970s, and still remember many memorable things of the 70s. A few things you many remember of the seventies are: beaded curtains, lava lamps, bean bag chairs, and roller skates.

Writing this article was fun; I hope my readers enjoyed it as well. Leave your comments, thanks for reading.


Watch video - Motown's Music of The 1970s

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      Moral Man 2 years ago

      The 1970s were memorable for me for many reasons. Tv shows, movies, books, and toys from this decade are highly treasured as well as music. Abba, Olivia Newton John, and John Denver are among my favorite 70s musicians, and Mark Hamill and Linda Blair are my favorite actors. Both Mark Hamill and Linda Blair appeared in the 70s movie, Sarah T-portrait of a teenage alcoholic, which is one of the finest movies ever made, although the subject matter is unpleasant and sad. Mark Hamill did Star Wars and Linda Blair did The Exorcist which are two of the most successful movies of all time.

      Kenner and Viewmaster were hot in the 70s. Perfection, Quiz-wiz, windup robots, and small electronic, handheld games were all fun to play with.

      Family Feud, Land of the Lost, Happy Days, Barney Miller, All in the Family, and Rankin/Bass animated specials such as The Year without a Santa Clause, The First Christmas, and The Hobbit are favorites of mine.

      One of my favorite books is a hard to find children's books published in 1970 called Three horn the Dinosaur, by author Cherney Berg. It has pretty illustrations in it and an lp record with a narrator who reads from the book. The yellowish Triceratops from the book's title is appealing.

      Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles, Crazy Cow, Alpha-bits, Cheerios, Corn Pops, Corn flakes, Grape Nuts, Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Cracker Jacks were all popular in the 70s and had toy surprises inside. The 1970s was a time of my childhood and a lot of the things back then are no longer available today.Kenner is discontinued and Viewmaster is limited. They don't make movies and they don't make TV shows and they don't make books today like they did in the 70s.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Trusouldj,

      Congratulation on being born in the 70's decade as well, fun memories for many. And congrats on making new CD's with the 70's in the mix. Thanks for commenting. Peace

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      trusouldj 6 years ago from Indiana

      The movie, "Failure To Launch" inspired me to revisit the decade of my birth (the 70s); when SARAH JESSICA PARKER'S character mentions that she visits a particular furniture store mostly for the music they play: a blend of Adult Contemporary, Smooth Jazz and 70s singers and songwriters. So I've been making some very pleasant personal CDs based on this criteria, to pleasing results.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Mulberry, Glad you enjoyed this hub, thanks for the visit.

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      mulberry1 6 years ago

      I grew up during the 70's too. You've captured a lot of the memories here, it was fun.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Feenix, Glad you really like this hub also. Peace

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      feenix 6 years ago

      Brinafr3sh, I loved this hub just like I loved being a hip young dude in the '70s. Back then, I wore my hair in one of those "Jackson 5 Afros", and I also wore platform shoes, bell-bottom pants and those colorful fitted shirts with the big "fly-away" collars.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      @ Mib56789 and James A Watkins, agreed, the 70s were one of the best decades to live in. Thanks for your comments.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I very much enjoyed this journey back to the Seventies. Thank you for an excellent Hub. There was a lot of great music, that's for sure. I enjoyed living in this decade.

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      The 60s and 70s were the most defining decades in America. Of course that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.