On This Day

Events in Music in 1977

  • Jan 9 Revival of George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater, NYC, after 122 performances
  • Jan 12 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances

Album Release

Jan 14 RCA releases David Bowie's 11th studio album, "Low"

  • Feb 4 "Rumours" 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released (Grammy Album of the Year)
  • Feb 4 Wings release their single "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  • Feb 5 "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • Feb 5 "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • Feb 5 "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • Feb 5 "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • Feb 5 Comedy album "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • Feb 10 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Feb 13 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 239 performances
  • Feb 13 "Ipi Tombi" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Feb 13 "Robber Bridegroom" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 145 performances
  • Feb 17 Kalakuta Republic, commune of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, burnt to the ground by soldiers in Lagos

Music Single

Feb 18 George Harrison releases music single "True Love", from his "33-1/3" album

  • Feb 18 American rock band KISS play their first concert in their hometown venue of Madison Square Garden in New York City
  • Feb 19 19th Grammy Awards: "This Masquerade"and Starland Vocal Band win

#1 in the Charts

Feb 19 Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's song "Blinded By The Light" goes to #1

  • Feb 20 Revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady" closes at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, after 377 performances
  • Feb 24 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win

Music History

Feb 27 Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession in Canada

Music History

Feb 27 Swedish pop group ABBA arrives in Australia for the first time, sparking "ABBA-mania"

  • Mar 4 Roger Sessions' 6th Symphony premieres (in fully completed form) in New York City with José Serebrier conducting the Juilliard Orchestra

Film and TV Awards

Mar 5 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

  • Mar 18 The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"

Music Concert

Mar 23 Elvis Presley begins his final concert tour

Tony Awards

Mar 24 Lily Tomlin is the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show in "Appearing Nitely" (special Tony award 1977)

Music History

Mar 26 Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"

  • Apr 2 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes to No. 1 & stays atop charts for 31 weeks
  • Apr 6 Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released
  • Apr 11 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" single released by Waylon Jennings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1977)
  • Apr 17 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 18 Musical revue "Side by Side by Sondheim" opens at Music Box, NYC; runs for 390 performances

  • Apr 21 C Strouse & M Charnin's musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • Apr 30 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances

Music Premiere

May 2 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I"', with Yul Brynner reprising the role he created in 1951, opens at Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 695 performances

  • May 6 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • May 7 "Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 75 performances
  • May 7 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • May 21 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances
  • May 21 Electric Light Orchestra releases "Telephone Line" in the UK; it would peak in the Top 10 in the UK and US

#1 in the Charts

May 21 Stevie Wonder's single "Sir Duke", a tribute to Duke Ellington and other musical influences of Wonder's, begins a 3-week run at #1

  • May 25 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released

Film Release

May 25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, first released

Music History

May 27 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

  • May 31 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
  • Jun 6 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert at Calabasas Park Country Club & Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to benefit the United Way

Music History

Jun 7 During the Queen's Jubilee, the Sex Pistols attempt to perform on a boat on the River Thames, but are forced to stop by the police

  • Jun 11 "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC and the Sunshine Band peaks at #1
  • Jun 12 "Pippin" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1944 performances
  • Jun 16 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway

Music History

Jun 18 Sex Pistols johnny rotten & Paul Cook, beaten by a group of rabble-rousers outside of a London pub

  • Jun 26 Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career

Historic Publication

Jun 30 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss

  • Jul 4 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • Jul 10 "Happy End" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 75 performances

Music History

Jul 27 John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US

Music History

Jul 30 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

  • Aug 7 Gary Geld and Peter Udell'c musical "Shenandoah", based on the film of the same name, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC after 1,050 performances and 2 Tony Awards
  • Aug 27 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 947 performances

Album Release

Aug 29 Iggy Pop releases his second album "Lust for Life", a collaboration with David Bowie

  • Sep 4 "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • Sep 15 revival of musical "Man of La Mancha" opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 124 performances

Music Single

Sep 16 Ringo Starr releases single "Drowning in Sea of Love" in the UK

  • Sep 17 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" is #1 for 19th straight week
  • Sep 20 "Estrada" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Sep 23 "I Just Fall in Love Again" single released by The Carpenters
  • Sep 24 "Estrada" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Sep 29 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1

Music History

Sep 29 James Brown's band walks out claiming they were underpaid & overworked

  • Sep 29 Peter Schats circus opera "Houdini" premieres in Amsterdam

Music History

Sep 29 Columbia Records releases "The Stranger", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's fifth studio album; it becomes the label's all-time best selling non-compilation record

  • Sep 30 Ringo Starr releases album "Ringo the 4th"

Hall of Fame

Oct 1 Elton John honored by Madison Square Garden's MSG Hall of Fame

Music History

Oct 3 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 66 performances

  • Oct 5 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances

Music History

Oct 7 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits progressive rock band Genesis

  • Oct 10 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins

Sports History

Oct 14 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem prior to World Series Game 3 at Dodger Stadium; criticised for casual attire but ranked by Washington Examiner as second-best rendition ever at a sporting event

  • Oct 14 Rock band Kiss release their 2nd live album "Alive II"
  • Oct 15 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Oct 15 "Serpentine Fire" single released by Earth, Wind & Fire (Billboard Song of the Year 1978)
  • Oct 20 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick

Music Premiere

Oct 29 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "The Act", starring Liza Minnelli, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 233 performances and wins a Tony Award

  • Nov 6 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • Nov 11 Wings release "Mull of Kintyre" & "Girl's School"
  • Nov 21 "All 'N All" 8th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1978)

Music Premiere

Nov 23 Revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 96 performances

Album Release

Dec 13 Asylum Records releases "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 9th studio album;

Music History

Dec 23 British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens formally converts to Islam, taking the name Yusuf Islam

  • Dec 31 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • Dec 31 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances