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The popstrological end of the Beatles, the Supremes, and Simon and Garfunkel signaled the end of an era in 1970, but the sudden and powerful impact of the Jackson 5 provided an optimistic, sugar-funk injection to a year ripe with potential causes of mopery (viz. the aforementioned breakups; Kent State; the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix). Still, the biggest stars rarely burn out without first casting off some of their energy into the pop universe. Indeed, in 1970 we see the first solo appearances of former Supreme Diana Ross and former Beatle George Harrison, heralding the birth of a brand-new popstrological grouping: the constellation Spin-Off, an entity known to inspire the kind of ambivalence that comes with realizing that while life may always go on, we sometimes know that the best is already behind us. Like the Jackson 5 themselves, the micro-generation born in this pivotal year may exhibit enormous gifts at a tender age. But the bright lights of youthful success can unmooor even the greatest of talents, so take heed, children of 1970, and never forget that for every Michael, there is also a Jermaine. Not to mention a Tito.

BirthdatesBirthstar Birthsong
Jan 1-Jan 24B. J. Thomas Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Jan 25-Jan 31The Jackson 5 I Want You Back
Feb 1-Feb 7Shocking Blue Venus
Feb 8-Feb 21Sly and the Family Stone Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody Is A Star
Feb 22-Apr 4Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Apr 5-Apr 18The Beatles Let It Be
Apr 19-May 2The Jackson 5 ABC
May 3-May 23The Guess Who American Woman
May 24-Jun 6Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful
Jun 7-Jun 20The Beatles The Long And Winding Road
Jun 21-Jul 4The Jackson 5 The Love You Save
Jul 5-Jul 18Three Dog Night Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
Jul 19-Aug 15The Carpenters Close To You
Aug 16-Aug 22Bread Make It With You
Aug 23-Sep 12Edwin Starr War
Sep 13-Oct 3Diana Ross Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Oct 4-Oct 10Neil Diamond Cracklin' Rosie
Oct 11-Nov 14The Jackson 5 I'll Be There
Nov 15-Dec 5The Partridge Family I Think I Love You
Dec 6-Dec 19Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Tears Of A Clown
Dec 20-Dec 31George Harrison My Sweet Lord



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