Events in Music in 1977

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Jan 6 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • Jan 9 "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • Jan 12 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 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 "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 "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

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Feb 18 George Harrison releases "True Love"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

  • Feb 19 19th Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, Starland Vocal Band
  • Feb 20 "My Fair Lady" closes at St James Theater NYC after 384 performances
  • Feb 24 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win

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Feb 27 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards

Film tv awardsFilm 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)

Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • Mar 18 The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"
  • Apr 2 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes #1 & stays #1 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
  • Apr 18 "Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances
  • Apr 21 C Strouse & M Charnins musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • Apr 30 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances
  • May 2 "The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • May 6 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • May 7 "Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC 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 25 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released

Film release premierFilm 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

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • 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 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 "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Fat Woman)" by Joe Tex hits #12
  • Jun 11 "Dance & Shake Your Tambourine" by Universal Robot Band peaks at #93

  • Jun 11 "I Need A Man" by Grace Jones peaks at #83
  • Jun 11 "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & Sunshine Band peaks at #1
  • Jun 11 "Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold peaks at #7
  • Jun 11 "The Pretender" by Jackson Browne peaks at #58
  • Jun 11 "Watch Closely Now" by Kris Kristofferson peaks at #52
  • Jun 12 "Pippin" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1944 performances
  • Jun 16 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway
  • Jun 18 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten & Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 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

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

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Aug 7 "Shenandoah" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 1,050 performances
  • Aug 27 "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 947 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Sep 4 "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • Sep 15 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 124 performances
  • Sep 17 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" is #1 for 19th straight week
  • Sep 20 "Estrada" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Sep 24 "Estrada" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Sep 29 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1

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

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Oct 1 Elton John honored by MSG Hall of Fame

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 3 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial NYC for 66 performances
  • Oct 5 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • Oct 7 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis
  • Oct 10 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins
  • 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 Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Vanzant, Steve Gains, Cassie Gaines and Dean kilpatrick
  • Oct 29 "Act" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 233 performances
  • 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)
  • Nov 23 "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 96 performances
  • Nov 27 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 performances
  • 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