Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1978 (Part I)

January 21, 2019
Editor In Chief

January 14 – The Sex Pistols play their final show (until a 1996 reunion) at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom.
January 16 – Elton John appears on this week’s People (magazine) without his trademark glasses. John will still wear glasses occasionally for the next ten years until wearing them permanently again.
January 21 – As Saturday Night Fever becomes a cultural phenomenon, the soundtrack hits #1 on the Billboard Charts, where it will stay until July.
January 23 – Terry Kath, guitarist and founding member of rock band Chicago, dies from an accidental gunshot wound to the head from a gun he thought was unloaded, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles; he is 32 years old.
January 25
Electric Light Orchestra kick off their “Out of the Blue” world tour in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Bob Dylan makes his directorial debut in the surrealist film Renaldo and Clara, shot during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
January 26 – Workers at EMI’s record processing plant in England refuse to press copies of The Buzzcocks’s second single “What Do I Get?” because of its flipside, “Oh Shit”. The single is eventually pressed and goes on to become the band’s first hit.
January 28 – By request, Ted Nugent autographs his name into a fan’s arm with a bowie knife in Philadelphia.
February 4 – Elton John appears as the guest star on The Muppet Show.
February 10 – Van Halen debuts with a self-titled album; Eddie Van Halen introduces a powerful new sound and technique to world, while David Lee Roth is ushered in as the front man.
March 18 – California Jam II is held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in California. Over 300,000 fans come to see Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Santana, Dave Mason, Foreigner, Heart and more.
April 22
In the Eurovision Song Contest in Paris, France, victory goes to Israel’s entry “A-Ba-Ni-Bi”, performed by Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta.
The “One Love Peace Concert” is held in Kingston, Jamaica, headlined by Bob Marley, making his first concert appearance since December 1976.
Steve Martin performs the original “King Tut” on Saturday Night Live; also this night, The Blues Brothers make their first appearance on the show.
May 6 – The Knack is formed (first album released in 1979).
May 13 – Barry Gibb becomes the only songwriter in history to have written 4 consecutive #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart.
May 18 – The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey, is released. It would win the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score, and earn a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Busey) and Best Sound.
May 25 – In a performance used for The Kids Are Alright, The Who play their last show with Keith Moon.
June 10 – The Rolling Stones begin their 25-date US summer tour in Lakeland, Florida.
June 13 – The Cramps play a free concert for patients at the Napa State Mental Hospital.
June 16 – The film adaptation of the musical Grease, opens in theaters and is a box office hit.
June 20 – Grace Slick splits with Jefferson Starship the day after a disastrous concert in Hamburg, Germany, in which a heavily intoxicated Slick verbally abused the crowd and groped various fans and bandmates.
June 29 – Peter Frampton is nearly killed in a car accident in The Bahamas, suffering multiple broken bones, a concussion, and muscle damage.
July 1 – The first Texxas Jam is held over the July 4 long weekend at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The first day features Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, Heart, Journey, Head East, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Eddie Money, Van Halen and Walter Egan. Sunday consists of Willie Nelson headlining his sixth annual Fourth of July picnic.
July 19 – Dead Kennedys play their first concert, at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, California.
July 21 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a much-hyped musical film starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees performing the music of The Beatles, opens in theaters. The film is savaged by critics and proves a box office disappointment.
July 29 – Glenn Goins, one of the lead vocalists for the band Parliament-Funkadelic dies of Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age of 24.
July 30 – Thin Lizzy officially announces that Gary Moore has replaced Brian Robertson on guitar.

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