The spectrum of love themes was covered in 70s music - everything from platonic to self-love was the fabric of many hit songs. Some love songs struck a chord with our collective mindsets and hearts - Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the Oasis" was one of them. The 1973 hit single was written by award-winning songwriter David Nichtern and featured Native New Yorker Muldaur's captivating vocals, backed by seamless pop-soul instrumentation. It's Muldaur's best known hit and climbed the charts to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of '74.
While the 80s symbolized Wall Street greed and the fostering of type A personalities, the 70s represented laid-back, positive vibes and simplicity. Grammy-nominated "Midnight at the Oasis" is a sultry tune about a desert love affair. It encapsulates the carefree sexiness of the freewheeling 70s. While it was known as the "Disco Era," the 70s offered so much more than just disco musically. Some of the best music ever created blared from AM and FM radio stations during this time period. "Midnight at the Oasis" is a sensuous offering from the 70s catalog of never-to-be-replicated, genuinely good music.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.
31 May 2021
The Isley Brothers added smokiness and umbre to it. They’re not just singing the song, they’re living it.
3 March 2021
The song is simple in its approach. It has an uncomplicated melody, a catchy refrain and Withers’ dulcet vocals. Songs like this epitomize the 70s, full of happiness and love. Pop culture always defines eras. The movies, television shows and music mirror the times. “Lovely Day” symbolizes the 70s, but it’s eternal in its outlook.
20 November 2020
The 70s had some of the best slow jams. Love songs were actually about love. Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” from the album of the same title, is a worthy entry into the 70s catalog of golden love song hits. The silky tune blazed up the music charts in 1974 and remained at number one for a week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles…