I didn’t start paying attention to music until 1980. My parents did not listen to rock: Dad liked Bach and Mom liked Anne Murray. So, I know very little about 70s rock. However, when it comes to the 80s, I can name that tune in 3 notes.
When I hear about 70s rock and great artists of the 70s, it always about Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd. Now and then, people throw in Ramones, Clash, Elvis Costello, Sex Pistols, and Blondie as notable. I guess Elton John was popular but not considered great or influential (?). Then you had the disco greats, if you can call them that.
So, what’s the deal with Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Grateful Dead, and Neil Diamond? Everyone knows of them, I guess they sold a ton, but they don’t get a lot of credit? respect? accolades? I’m not sure what the word is.
What are their places in rock history and lore?
As a side note, is Touch of Grey considered a good song by Dead fans, or is it considered a sellout?