The Music Scene

Arizona artists help define '70s sound

Music was the true voice of this generation. At the dawn of the '70s, Arizona was still more country than city, and so was its music. Country soon gave way to country rock...rock, bluegrass and blues.
Arizona's musicians helped define '70s music nationwide. Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Alice Cooper, and The Tubes all had Arizona roots.

"Most of the people thought we were from San Francisco, but in Arizona we were always an Arizona band and we were always Arizona boys and we always have been. We all grew up here. And we became twisted because of Arizona." Fee Waybill, The Tubes
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KDKB - Free-form Radio

If music was the voice of this generation, KDKB and its predecessor KCAC were its megaphones.
AM Top 40 dominated popular radio of the day. That was until Bill Compton and his friends from Texas began broadcasting on KCAC, a humble daytime-only station. While KCAC was changing the radio landscape, it was failing financially. Dwight Tindle and Eric Hauenstein, two easterners looking to start their own radio station, purchased an easy-listening station in Mesa and hired Bill Compton and the rest of the staffers of KCAC. The Arizona radio and music scene changed...forever.

"KDKB with Bill Compton as music director was the most free-form radio I ever heard in my life, and literally disc jockeys could play what they wanted to play."
Jerry Riopelle, KDKB
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Disco Sound

In the latter half of the decade, it was a new generation coming of age, and with them came a new sound.

"I loved it. I loved the beat. I loved the clubs. I loved the dancin'. And I loved the shoes, those great big platform shoes."
Carol Lynde, Videographer

"Disco was the dreaded enemy of rock-'n-roll, you know? And the only album you were allowed to like was "Saturday Night Fever" because that was the "Sergeant Pepper" of disco."
Alice Cooper, Rock Star
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