Year 1976 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 13 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
  • Jan 17 "I Write the Songs" cover by Barry Manilow hits #1

Music Awards in 1976

  • Jan 31 3rd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win
  • Feb 28 18th Grammy Awards: "Love Will Keep Us Together" Record of the Year; Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist
  • Mar 1 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win
  • Apr 3 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • Oct 11 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins

Musicians Married in 1976

  • Mar 20 American rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico
  • Apr 14 American singer and actress Doris Day (54) weds restaurateur Barry Comden; divorce in 1982
  • May 10 "KISS" former lead guitarist Ace Frehley (25) weds Janette Trerotola

Musicians Divorces in 1976

  • Jun 23 American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson (34) divorces 2nd wife Diane Clatworthy (28), after 6-1/2 years of marriage
  • Nov 24 American singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

More Weddings & Divorces in Music