Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1977 (Part IV)

January 14, 2019
Editor In Chief

September 1 – World première at the Royal Albert Hall in London of the expanded version of Luciano Berio’s Coro
September 3 – Nearly 110,000 fans pack Englishtown Raceway in Old Bridge, New Jersey, for an 11-hour concert by Grateful Dead, Marshall Tucker Band and New Riders of the Purple Sage
September 15 – The third – and final – annual Rock Music Awards aired on NBC (Fleetwood Mac dominates, winning five awards while Linda Ronstadt receives the Best Rock Female Vocalist trophy for the third time.
September 16 – T.Rex frontman Marc Bolan is killed in an automobile accident
September 29 – Billy Joel’s The Stranger is released containing “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”, “Just the Way You Are” and “Only the Good Die Young”
October 3 – Elvis in Concert, a TV concert special filmed during Elvis Presley’s final tour, is aired on CBS. Canadian Channel CKND-DT simulcasted it.
October 5 – The bicentennial season of La Scala opens in Milan with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo
October 9 – Aerosmith cancels several tour dates after Joe Perry and Steven Tyler are injured by an M-80 explosive thrown onstage at the Philadelphia Spectrum, burning Tyler’s left cornea and cutting Perry’s left hand
October 20 – A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in a forest in Mississippi, killing songwriter & vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, background vocalist Cassie Gaines and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick and seriously injuring many of the remaining band members
October 27 – British punk band Sex Pistols release Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols on the Virgin Records label. Despite refusal by major UK retailers to stock it, it debuts at number one on the UK Album Charts the week after its release. In a promotional stunt the group perform on a boat on the River Thames shortly afterwards, only for the police to wait for them and make several arrests, including that of Malcolm McLaren, the band’s manager at this time
October 28 – British rock band Queen release the album News of the World
October 31 – The original version of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Jahreslauf is premièred at the National Theatre of Japan in Chiyoda, Tokyo, by the Imperial Gagaku Ensemble
November 25 – 10 Years of Rolling Stone, a television special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine, airs on CBS. Guests include Bette Midler, Art Garfunkel, Billy Preston, Melissa Manchester, and Keith Moon
November 30 – Bing Crosby’s final Christmas television special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, airs on CBS (containing the notable segment of Crosby joined by David Bowie for the duet “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”)
December 14 – Saturday Night Fever appears in theaters, igniting a new popularity for disco music and pushing it to the forefront of American pop culture, with the soundtrack to the film by Bee Gees (who had composed most of the tracks)
December 17 – Elvis Costello makes his American television début on Saturday Night Live as a last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols, who were refused visas to enter America. Costello is banned after substituting the scheduled performance of “Less than Zero” with “Radio, Radio” instead
December 31 – The sixth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with performances by Ohio Players, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Andy Gibb

Also in 1977
“Bohemian Rhapsody” named “The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years” by BPI
St Magnus Festival of the Arts founded in Orkney by local resident, composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
The Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe begins its annual festival based on the music of George Frideric Handel
Luigi Sagrati becomes president of the Unione Musicisti di Roma
The IRCAM Center, a scientific institute for music and sound and avant-garde electro-acoustical art music, opens in Paris
The Cars sign a contract with Elektra Records
Devo signs a contract with Warner Bros
Midnight Oil sign a contract with CBS Records
The Neville Brothers sign a contract with A&M Records
The Police sign a contract with A&M Records
Van Halen signs a contract with Warner Bros

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