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RockBoar.com Picture    Soft rock is a style of light, melodic, radio-friendly Rock music which gained huge commercial success in the 1970s. It employs clean, highly polished production values and arrangements, often led by piano and/or acoustic guitar, aided by bouncy, harmonious bass guitar and with smooth, restrained use of electric guitar.

     Soft rock was often derived from folk rock, using acoustic instruments and putting more emphasis on melody and harmonies. Major artists included Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Hollies, James Taylor and Bread. Soft rock songs generally tend to focus on themes like love, everyday life and relationships.

    The Carpenters' hit version of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" was released in the summer of 1970, followed by Bread's "Make It with You", both early examples of a softer sound that was coming to dominate the charts. This eventually reached its commercial peak in the mid-to-late 1970s with acts such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Chicago, Toto, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Air Supply, Seals and Crofts, America and the reformed Fleetwood Mac, whose "Rumours" (1977) was the best-selling album of the decade.

Soft Rock bands starting with 'S': 7 bands in database

Bill Schwartz Quartet (Canada)Cat Stevens (United Kingdom)
Rod Stewart (United Kingdom)Sherbet (Australia)
Slik (United Kingdom)Squires (Canada)
Stealers Wheel (United Kingdom)

Soft Rock artists starting with 'S': 44 artists in database

Adam SeymourAdrian Scott
Alan SandowAndrew Steele
Barry SullivanBobby Sproul
Brian ScottBruce Shay
Chris SmithClive Shakespeare
Comrie SmithDave Sinclair
David SpringfieldEric Stewart
Geoff SwettenhamGrace Slick
Jack SundrudJan Schelhaas
Jeff SteeleJohn Stark
Ken SmythKevin Savigar
Larry SivleyMark Schulman
Mike StevensPat Soriano
Paul SaurinPaul Smith
Pete SearsPeter Swettenham
Richard SinclairRick Seratte
Rod StewartSam See
Sammy StittShigeru Suzuki
Steve SchusterSteve Swindells
T. M. StevensTim Smith
Timothy B. SchmitTony Sciuto
Trey SabatelliWally Stocker
 

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