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Home grown soft rock bands of the 1970s

Some of the most influential and groundbreaking bands of the ’70s were formed by talented British musicians.

Here we take you down memory lane with some of our favourites:

10cc

Formed in 1972, Stockport, Cheshire the band consisted of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Crème and with five consecutive UK top-ten albums 10cc were one of the most popular groups of the early 70s.

10cc achieved phenomenal success with hits such as ‘Rubber Bullets’ (1973), ‘I’m Not in Love’ (1975), ‘The Things We Do for Love’ (1977) and ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ (1978).

Foreigner

Foreigner’s career has spanned more than three decades and sold over 80 million albums worldwide.

Formed in New York City in 1976 by English musician Mick Jones, the band underwent several personnel changes, but the initial members were Brits Mick Jones, Ian MacDonald and Dennis Elliot and Americans Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi.

Foreigner achieved success with hits such as ’Feels Like The First Time,’ ‘Cold As Ice,’ ‘Long Long Way From Home,’ (1977); ‘Hot Blooded,’ ‘Double Vision’, (1978); ‘Blue Morning, Blue Day,’ ‘Dirty White Boy,’ ‘Head Games’, (1979); ‘Urgent,’ ‘Juke Box Hero’, ‘Break It Up’ and one of their most popular ballads ‘Waiting for A Girl Like You’.

Their fifth album Agent Provocateur came out in late 1984. It gave Foreigner their only number one hit, the power ballad ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’.

Supertramp

Supertramp were an English rock band formed in London in 1970 by Rick Davies and Roger Hudson. Blending rock and pop styles, Supertramp achieved musical success with their third album Crime of the Century released in 1974 with singles such as ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Bloody Well Right.’

The band went on to have hits such as ‘Give a Little Bit’ (1977) but it wasn’t until 1979 that Supertramp reached superstar status with their acclaimed album Breakfast in America and the singles ‘Take the long way home’, the Logical Song’ and ‘Goodbye Stranger.’

Roxy Music

Brian Ferry, the son of a coal miner, formed Roxy Music in 1970 along with Graham Simpson.
Other longtime members of the band were Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Brian Eno, Eddie Jobson and John Gustafson.
Some of their early best known hit singles are ‘Virginia Plain’ (1972), ‘Mother of Pearl’ (1973), ‘All I Want is You’ (1974), ‘Love is the Drug’ (1975).

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