Story songs were petering out in the 70s,many dramatic ones for years before in pop and country.
Some off the top of my head
Indiana wants me/ lobo
Timothy/ The buoys, about a mine disaster and cannibalism, the pr people tried to say it was their mule they ate, but we know better.
If/ Bread, about a boy, a forgetful girl, her diary and a tree, ahhhh when music meant something.
Seasons in the sun/ Terry Jacks, I can just see teen girls lying in bed weeping to this one.
Another category you might have to be really old to remember, DJs would put together phony reporter newsflashes, where the "reporter would ask questions, then use snippets of songs as replys, wooohoooo, barrels of monkeys, but it blended well with Three Dog Night, Grand funk, Bobby Sherman and others coming from a little AM radio while practicing with our little league team at Ricky culpepper field in East Point Ga. in the early 70s.