Soundtrack to this post: The Sirius/XM Yacht Rock Channel, of course (which is currently spinning “You’re The Only Woman” by Ambrosia)!
Mellow gold, life-FM, lite-rock, soft-rock and…YACHT ROCK. Whatever name you want to call it, its the great pop/rock music of the 70’s and 80’s that no one called “cool” and that ultimately made an impact: you know you still love it today. Come on, I defy you to listen to “Baby Come Back” by Player and not sing along – and not admit that it’s a great song.
A new book is the definitive look at the genre: THE YACHT ROCK BOOK: THE ORAL HISTORY OF THE SOFT, SMOOTH SOUNDS OF THE 70S AND 80S by Greg Prato. The book is the story of some of the biggest and best top pop gems of the 1970s and ’80s. And while some associate yacht rock’s biggest songs with one-hit wonder artists, several of rock’s most renowned artists fall under this category, too – including Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Toto, and more.
Yacht rock seemed to have become extinct by the early twenty-first century…until a comedic video series, simply titled Yacht Rock, went viral and introduced captain’s hats and blazers to a whole new generation – as well as the emergence of a popular cover band, the Yacht Rock Revue, and of course, Jimmy Fallon’s on-air admiration of all things yacht rock.
Now, yacht rock is one of the most celebrated ‘yesteryear’ styles of pop music, and has resonated with a new generation of musicians (including the Fred Armisen/Bill Hader-led Blue Jean Committee and soul/funk/electronica crossover act Thundercat) and a dedicated satellite radio channel. But despite all the hoopla, there has never been a book that told the entire story of the genre. Until now. Featuring interviews with many of the heavy hitters of the genre, including John Oates, Kenny Loggins, Don Felder, Walter Egan and dozens more, The Yacht Rock Book leaves no sail unturned. This is the definitive story of the yacht rock’s creation, rise, chart-smashing success, fall, and stunning rebirth.