For Pride month we listen to a playlist of songs mostly from small independent labels in the 1970's and 80's emerging from the gay liberation movement, then we listen to the first album containing openly gay subject matter to be released by a major record label, Caravan Tonight by Steven Grossman (Mercury Records, 1974).

 

Lezzie Queer | Judith Carsello | Gay & Straight Together | 1981

Closet Queen | Harrison Kennedy | Hypnotic Music | 1972

Stand Up For Your Rights | International Gay Society | 1977

When Will The Ignorance End | Blackberri | Walls To Roses: Songs of Changing Men | 1979

There’s A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere | Peter Grudzien | The Unicorn | 1995

Back In The Closet Again | Lavender Country | Lavender Country | 1973

Unfinished Business | New Harmony Sisterhood Band | …And Ain’t I A Woman? | 1977

Crazy | Kathy Fire | Songs of Fire: Songs of a Lesbian Anarchist | 1978

A Gay Song | Everyone Involved | Either/Or | 1973

Good To Be Gay | Tom Robinson Band | Strong Love - Songs Of Gay Liberation 1972-81 | 2012

Caravan Tonight | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Out | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Five O’Clock Song | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Christopher’s Blues | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Song To Bonnie | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Song To That M&M Man | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

You Don’t Have To Be Ashamed | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Many Kinds of Love | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Can’t…Papa Blues | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Circle Nine Times | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974

Dry Dock Dreaming | Steven Grossman | Caravan Tonight | 1974