Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1969: The Zombies have a hit two years after they disbanded. Time of the Season hits #1 on the Cashbox chart and peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. This success prompts some members of the band to reunite. Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent writes Time of the Season — he will say that the line “What’s your name? Who’s your daddy? Is he rich like me” is inspired by George Gershwin’s Summertime lyric: “Your daddy’s rich . . .” Unlike most songs of the era, Time of the Season does not pound you with its refrain, confining itself to that simple “It’s the time of the season for loving.” What gets my attention is the opening bass riff / handclap / “ahhhhhhhhhhh.”
1973: Dr. Hook gets on the cover of Rolling Stone, mostly because he sings sarcastically about being on the cover of Rolling Stone. This blows Rolling Stone’s credibility decades before the publication finally cuts its own throat by reporting on a rape that never happened.