Keyboard and guitars share an interesting spot in the modern band in that both play rhythm and lead, sometimes at the same time.
Check out these riffs that put keyboards front and center and still resonate with music fans today.
Art Rock was known for sounds featuring a wide array of keyboards, and musician Rick Wakeman was responsible for many of these sounds. He worked with guitarist Steve Howe to release two albums in 1971 and also collaborated with David Bowie.
Earl Van Dyke
He was the lead keyboardist for Motown Record session musicians The Funk Brothers during the ‘60s and ‘70s, and he played keyboards on Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album “What’s Going On.”
A gifted singer, he was also known for his keyboard work. In 1971, he released “Outa-Space,” a chart-topping radio hit. His sound would evolve, inspiring other keyboardists into the late ‘70s.
British artist Cat Stevens released “Morning Has Broken,” adding in a touch of flair on the keyboard inspired by guitar sounds.
The iconic singer released his fourth album “Hunky Dory” in 1971, featuring lots of keyboard on tracks like “Life on Mars?” and “Changes.”
In 1971, The Doors released their sixth album, “LA Woman,” which included the hit “Riders on the Storm.” It was the final album to feature singer Jim Morrison before his death on July 3, 1971.
The Beatles Going Solo
After the Beatles broke up, the band members embarked on solo careers. John Lennon released his “Imagine” album in 1971, a year after Paul McCartney announced the band’s breakup.
1971 saw Elton John release a soundtrack to the movie “Friends,” a live album “11-17-70,” and at the end of the year “Mad Man Across the Water.”
As a solo artist, Carole King was known for her second album, “Tapestry,” which featured the track “You’ve Got A Friend.” The veteran writer also composed another version of “You’ve Got A Friend” for James Taylor.