SFMA History: 1970's

The recording industry continued to grow in south Florida in the 1970's. TK horns at Criteria, 1975Criteria was so busy it added two new rooms, Studio C and Studio D. Artists such as Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, and Black Sabbath were all coming to Criteria to record. The Bee Gees "Saturday Night Fever" was recorded at Criteria in 1977 and "That's the Way (I Like It)" by KC and the Sunshine Band was recorded in 1975.

Fort Lauderdale Symphony's Symphony Hall opened in 1977 at a cost of $350,000. The building was sold as part of the Florida Philharmonic bankruptcy and the site is now home to Stonegate Bank.

Several major non-musical events happened in south Florida in the 1970's. Many will remember the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, but that year south Florida also hosted both the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions.


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