Events in Music in 1979

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 2 Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • Jan 11 "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 12 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 26 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
  • Jan 28 "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances
  • Feb 3 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Pink Floyd premiere their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Feb 9 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • Feb 9 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 10 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Feb 11 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances
  • Feb 14 "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Feb 15 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
  • Feb 15 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 George Harrison releases "Blow Away"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 20 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Feb 23 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Feb 23 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
  • Mar 1 "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • Mar 4 "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 7 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Mar 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Mar 18 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Mar 23 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • Mar 24 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • Mar 31 24th Eurovision Song Contest: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey for Israel wins singing "Hallelujah" in Jerusalem
  • Apr 8 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 21 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Apr 24 Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" featuring the Ramones is released
  • Apr 27 George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 2 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • May 19 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • May 20 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances
  • May 20 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John
  • May 23 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • May 26 Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
  • May 29 Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres
  • May 31 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 31 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • Jun 1 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • Jun 3 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway
  • Jun 7 Rock n' roll musician Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion
  • Jun 8 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • Jun 13 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances
  • Jun 17 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • Jun 22 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit
  • Jun 25 "Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, crashes & kills a driver
  • Jun 30 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jul 13 George Harrison releases "Faster"
  • Jul 27 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Jul 31 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Aug 2 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Aug 2 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • Aug 5 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Aug 10 Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"
  • Aug 12 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 20 Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
  • Aug 23 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • Aug 25 "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances
  • Sep 2 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Sep 6 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • Sep 9 Sid Bernstein offers $½ billion for a Beatle reunion
  • Sep 18 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • Sep 18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • Sep 25 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances
  • Sep 27 Elton John, sick with flu, collapse on Hollywood Universal Ampitheater

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18

  • Oct 7 "1940s Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Oct 7 "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • Oct 8 J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 8 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Oct 11 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • Oct 17 "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • Oct 18 "Beatlemania" opens in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" premieres

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
  • Nov 2 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London
  • Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"
  • Nov 23 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks
  • Nov 25 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Nov 28 "King of Schnorrers" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Dec 13 "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
  • Dec 31 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts