Music Locations of the Seventies

This is a list of the places from songs of the seventies that have real-life counterparts.

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  • Babylon
    Rivers of Babylon was a hit for Boney M in the 70's, from their album "40 oz. to Freedom". Babylon was an ancient city of Mesopotamia located on the Euphrates River (no I didn't know either so I looked it up !)

  • Bay City Rollers
    name of pseudo glam rockers....location was bay city, michigan....northern half of the lower peninsula...frequent party site for michigan state and central michigan univ. students...oh yeah i was there too many tiimes

  • Carlton
    "Carlton", by 70's and 80's Australian group, Skyhooks. Taken from their album "Living in the 70's", Carlton is a suburb of Melbourne.

  • China Grove
    China Grove, suburb SE of San Antonio, TX.

  • Costafine Town
    Costafine Town is a sub-district of South Shields, a large town at the mouth of the river Tyne. It was a run-down working class area near the shipyards and docks on the banks of the river Tyne. South Shields is about 9 miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne a large city in the North-East of England.

  • Detroit
    KISS Detroit Rock City "You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City"

  • Hotel California
    "Welcome to the Hotel California" - "Hotel California, Eagles. There are actually several Hotel California's, located in : Santa Monica, California (I think this is the one the song refers to); Phuket, Thailand; Paris, France; Cannes, France; Barcelona, Spain; zurich, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany

  • In Ohio, (Kent State)
    Ohio Lyrics by Neil Young Recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, We're finally on our own. This summer I hear the drumming, Four dead in Ohio. During the Vietnam Era, National Guard troops fired on college students at Kent State University, in Ohio, on May 4th, 1970. These students were protesting against the war. Four students died: Alison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder were cut down in the crowd by bullets fired by the National Guard. Financial reparations did not alter the fact that US government troops shot down American children on American soil.

  • Khe Sanh
    Khe Sanh, by Australian group Cold Chisel, was taken from their 1983 album "East". Khe Sanh was the scene of a 77 day siege in the Vietnam War.

  • Luckenbach, Texas
    "Luckenbach, Texas" by Waylon Jennings. Luckenbach is actually a small Texan town. At the time, neither the song's composers nor Waylon had been there. Waylon finally made it there years after to do a show with Willie Nelson. Waylon on Luckenbach: "If you blink, you'll miss it..."

  • Marrakesh
    Marrakesh Express was a hit for Crosby, Stills & Nash in late 1969/early 1970. Marrakesh is a city in Central Morocco renowned for it's leather goods.

  • New York
    Godley & Creme (formerly of 10CC), had a hit in the late 70's with "An Englishman in New York", taken from their album, "Freeze Frame".

  • Parris Island
    Parris Island is mentioned in the song "Goodnight Saigon", from the Billy Joel album "The Nylon Curtain".

  • Sunset Grill
    Sunset Grill, Sunset Strip Los Angeles

  • Toorak
    "Toorak Cowboy", by 70's and 80's Australian group, Skyhooks. Taken from their album "Living in the 70's", Toorak is a suburb of Melbourne. The following lyrics give you an idea of the content of the rest of the song, and why 6 of the 10 debut tracks from the album were banned from radio play (remember it WAS the 70's) : "...Well he does all his grey ends, and he's got lots of gay friends, he is twenty-nine if he's a day.....and he wears tinted glasses and his girls have got tired asses, and if he's camp they wouldn't like to say...".

  • Winslow, Arizona
    "I was standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona" - "Take It Easy", The Eagles. Winslow is located approximately 100 miles (as the crow flies) above Phoenix, AZ, and is on the original Route 66. Here's the history of "The Corner": Located in downtown Winslow, Arizona is "The Corner", made famous by the song "Take It Easy". which was The Eagles first hit single in the 1970's, and put Winslow on the map. The verse "Standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona," draws visitors from far and wide to stand on the famous corner. "Standin' on a Corner" Park is located in historic downtown Winslow and features a life-size bronze statue and a two story mural illustrating the famous song. Read the inscribed bricks that pave the park and honor contributors. Winslow?s historic downtown district, museum, and souvenir shops, located right on the Mother Road, offer Route 66 and railroad memorabilia. Winslow was also a major hub for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Visit the restored La Posada Hotel, designed by Mary Colter, the famed Grand Canyon architect, this is the last of the great Harvey Houses of the 1930's. You can also visit Homolovi Ruins State Park northeast of town and the famous meteor crater, 25 miles west of town off I-40. And, of course, have your picture taken standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.

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