The ’70s was an incredible decade for music. From punk and blues to funk and country, we have been graced with so many music legends from the era who continue to reign in fans decade after decade.
With the likes of Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton still influencing modern music stars of today, it’s no doubt that new artists will carry on adopting their country flair.
Let’s take a look back at some of your favorite country stars and what they’re doing today…
Country girl Dolly burst onto the music scene in the late ’60s but it wasn’t until 1973 when she released world renowned song “Jolene” that she got the recognition she deserved.
Dolly Parton Now
Parton has been keeping busy throughout her career and is considered the most honoured female country star of all time. As well as music, Dolly has credentials in other areas of the entertainment business including producing, acting and philanthropy.
Rabbitt became more established as a country star when he toured with the likes of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers in the late ’70s. His debut single “Every Which Way But Loose” really thrust him into the spotlight.
Eddie Rabbit 1941-1998
Unfortunately, Eddie died of lung cancer in 1998 but his contribution to country music was astounding. It was thought that the star had recorded albums and singles almost up to the day he died.
This country star was discovered by a Newsweek reporter during a performance in New York and even though she gained a lot of popularity, she had no proper hits – that was until she released her cover of classic hit “Runaway” and Raitt became an official star.
Bonnie Raitt Now
Nowadays Bonnie is still performing after being able to beat her alcoholism problem. She came 50th on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.
This country star burst onto the scene in 1970 with his hit song “Heart Over Mind” which hit number three on the Billboard charts. Tillis became part of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.
Mel Tillis Now
Tillis has stopped touring now that he’s a healthy 84-year-old but he was enlisted on the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Wells was one of the first female contributors to mainstream music with her hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”
Kitty Wells 1919-2012
Unfortunately, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner died in 2012 at the age of 92 due to complications following a stroke. Before her death, the awesome lady ran a country music station for 20 years from Madison, Wisconsin, and the song that made Wells famous was added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.
Dylan is considered one of the most popular singer-songwriters of all time after getting his start in the music industry with country group, The Band. He later launched his solo career which catapulted him to further stardom.
Bob Dylan Now
Dylan is constantly touring to this day and has racked up a dedicated following of fans. The multi-Grammy winning star has even won a Nobel Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Grant was always considered the “Queen of Christian Rock” as well as being a talented singer, songwriter, author, actress and media personality. She won six Grammy awards during her career!
Amy Grant Now
Nowadays, the star’s songs have gained even more popularity after being remixed by various DJs for house clubs – another credit to add to her ever-growing accolades.
Pride became the biggest artist signed to RCA Records since Elvis Presley. Amongst releasing singles such as “Just Between You and Me,” and “I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me,” he ended up winning a Grammy and his album went gold.
Charley Pride Now
Since having a tumour removed from his vocal chord in 1997, Pride’s live performances became even more memorable. Filmmakers are even planning on creating a biographic film of his life since his story is so unique.
Rondstadt has had a long, rollercoaster career in the country music industry. In the ’70s she won her first Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You).
Linda Rondstadt Now
The country star has since become a political activist and announced that unfortunately she has Parkinson’s disease and can no longer sing.
The Allman Brothers
This group became the most popular band in the US after releasing their debut album “Brothers and Sisters.”
The Allman Brothers Now
Due to their huge success, they opened the gateway for southern rock to artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Marshall Tucker Band.
Hank Williams Jr
Son of country music legend Hank Williams Sr, Junior didn’t get his big break until 1979 and went on to release a whopping 22 albums.
Hank Williams Jr Now
The now-known political activist continues to write and perform songs and has even penned tracks in support of Republican US Presidential nominees. The star caused quite the controversy during an interview in 2011 regarding Barack Obama’s presidency.
Even though she was signed with her family’s band in 1970, Marie decided to venture out on her own and released her own singles – the first American hit being “Paper Roses.”
Marie Osmond Now
This Osmond sister has had continued business success, becoming an affluent author, actress and doll creator! The awesome woman even helped to found the Children’s Miracle Network.
This tough cookie was one of the only women to break into the outlaw country music scene; she is known for her successful ’70s hit single “Help Me Make It Through the Night.”
Sammi Smith 1943-2005
Although her fame slowly faded away after the ’70s, she became a well known activist for Native American rights and went on to form an all Native American band. Unfortunately, Smith sadly died in 2005 due to complications with emphysema.
Cash was already a musical legend by the time the 1970s rolled around but this decade only boosted his publicity even more. The country star went on to host musical series The Johnny Cash Show which gained universal acclaim.
Johnny Cash 1932-2003
Everyone knows this talented man continued to tour around the world until his body literally couldn’t take it anymore. Cash unfortunately passed away in 2003, just three months after his beloved wife June.
After hitting the music scene in 1975, just one year later Harris had already won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her album Elite Hotel.
Emmylou Harris Now
This country star still continues to write and perform songs, she even collaborated with Rodney Crowell on an album titled “The Travelling Kind” which earned the pair an American Music Award for duo/group of the year.
The Mandrell Sisters
Barbara and her sisters Irlene and Louise were part of the Mandrell Family band in the late 60s- early 70s. Barbara was arguably the most talented and even had a number one hit in 1978 with ‘Sleeping Single in a Double Bed”. The sisters as a trio found their fame in an NBC show titled Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.
The Mandrell Sisters Now
The sisters (pictured with their Mother Mary Mandrell) have taken a step back from showbiz in recent years . Barbara was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009, despite having retired in 1997.