Country music is one of those things that you either love or you hate, you just can’t be both. But in any case, it’s still considered as one of the beating hearts of American culture. Throughout the years, country music has evolved tremendously; from cowboys to honky tonk to bro-country and so on. Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, and more, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Which is why we’ve gathered the ultimate list of 70’s music legends that changed the way we forever look at the country music scene.
Scoff all you want but it only makes sense to kick off this list with “The Man in Black”. Granted he was already a powerhouse musician before the 70’s but his influence in the country music scene is the very definition of revolutionary. Aside from his music genius, Cash was an avid activist for Native American and prison reform causes, as well as the poor, the depressed, the hungry, the addicts, and the list could rattle on for miles. Sadly, in 2003 just four months after his adored wife June passed away, Cash also succumbed from compliacation with diabetes.
As most of us know, the Osmond’s are quite the show business family and undoubtedly you’ve seen Marie on their TV show the Osmonds. While Marie herself wasn’t a member of the family singing group, she did launch her own solo career in the 70’s and 80’s. Her 1973 single titled “Paper Roses” is still one of her best known works. Ever since, Marie’s success has only continued as an actress, author, and an avid philanthropist.