One of the first articles we published on this website was about the songs we grew up with in the 1970s. In said article we made mention of the emerging group of Filipino artists whose works were beginning to challenge the dominance of foreign musicians in the local music industry. Recently we stumbled upon a post that expounds on this topic. Written by journalist-screenwriter-editor Jose “Pete” Lacaba, it was first published in the January 1978 issue of The Review and republished in the author’s blog called Ka Pete sa Patalim. We are reprinting the article as part of our continuing trip back in time.
Pamilyar ba sa inyo ang kantang ito ni Rey Valera? Isang tribute ito sa dekada at sa mga mang-aawit na nagturo sa ating mahalin ang sariling atin. Marami kaming natisod na mga awiting pinasikat hindi lamang ng mga na binabanggit ni Ginoong Varela kundi ng iba pang mang-aawit na sumikat sa ating kapanahunan . Amin silang idadagdag sa post na ito sa mga susunod na araw.
Kamakailan lamang ay nagpost kami ng Top 100 Songs ng taong 1978. Pero mga dayuhan lahat ang singers. Ngayon naman, pipilitin naming magbuo ng listahan ng mga kantang Pinoy na sumikat sa buong dekada ’70. Ito ang patikim: mga awit ni Eddie Peregrina, isang mang-aawit na talaga namang sikat na sikat noong tayo’y mga nene’t totoy pa.
Here’s a list of 100 songs that topped the charts in 1978, as compiled by Billboard. We are reprinting it to guide those who want to have all these hits in their collection. You may have forgotten some songs (and even some artists) so we will try our best to refresh your memory by embedding YouTube videos, like the one above, “I love the nightlife” by Alicia Bridges.
Remember “Penthouse Seven”, a popular dance show in the ’70s hosted by Archie Lacson? Watch these videos to refresh your memory. In the ’80s, it was renamed “Penthouse Live!”, with Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez as hosts.
Remember “Voltes V”? Many of us were hooked on this Japanese TV series, a certified smash hit in the country in the ’70s.
A backgrounder from Wikipedia: This anime television series was first aired on TV Asahi starting April 6, 1977. It was created by Tadao Nagahama as the second part of his “Robot Romance Trilogy” of the “Super Robot” genre. Conceived as a second part/remake of its predecessor “Combattler V”, it was released in Italy, Spain, and the Philippines, dubbed in their respective languages except initially in the Philippines, where the first airing, in 1978, was dubbed in English.
Here’s a video to refresh your memory (can you still sing along?):