Wednesday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1977 (Part V)

January 16, 2019
Editor In Chief

January – The world’s first all-in-one home computer (keyboard/screen/tape storage), the Commodore PET, is demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago
January 1 – The Australian state of Queensland abolishes the inheritance tax.
January 3 – Apple Computer is incorporated.
January 6 – Record company EMI drops the controversial United Kingdom punk rock group the Sex Pistols.[1]
January 8 – Three bombs explode in Moscow within 37 minutes, killing seven. The bombings are attributed to an Armenian separatist group.
January 9
Rock band Toto is founded by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.
After having the best record in the National Football League since Al Davis took over his team in 1963, the Oakland Raiders finally won their first World Championship by beating the Minnesota Vikings 32–14 in Super Bowl XI.
January 10
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in eastern Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
Ocean Park opens in Hong Kong.
January 15 – Linjeflyg Flight 618 crashes into the Kälvesta area of Stockholm, killing all 22 on board.
January 17
Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah (the first execution after the reintroduction of the death penalty in the U.S.).
49 marines from the USS Trenton and USS Guam perished in the waters of the Barcelona harbour [1].
January 18
Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.
Australia’s worst railway disaster at Granville, near Sydney, leaves 83 people dead.
SFR Yugoslavia Prime minister Džemal Bijedić, his wife and 6 others are killed in a plane crash in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
January 19
U.S. President Gerald Ford, on his final full day in office, pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino (aka “Tokyo Rose”).
Snow falls in Miami (despite its ordinarily tropical climate) for the only time in its history. Snowfall has occurred farther south in the United States only on the high mountains of the state of Hawaii.
January 20 – Jimmy Carter is sworn in as the 39th President of the United States.
January 21 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter pardons Vietnam War draft evaders.
January 23 – Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India calls for fresh elections to the Lok Sabha and releases all political prisoners.
January 23 – Roots begins its run on ABC.
January 24 – The Massacre of Atocha occurs during the Spanish transition to democracy.
January 26 – Katimavik is founded as a volunteer service organization for Canadian youths.
January 28 – The Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 hits Buffalo, New York, and the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario.
January 31 – The Centre Georges Pompidou is officially opened by French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.
February
February 2 – The Congress party of India, led by Indira Gandhi, splits with Jagjivan Ram and other senior leaders, forming Congress for Democracy. This party later merges with the Janata Party.
February 3 – In northern Japan a blizzard piled snow on rooftops, causing many to collapse, killing at least 31 people.
February 4
Fleetwood Mac’s Grammy-winning album Rumours is released in the United States.
Eleven CTA commuters are killed when an elevated train derails from the Loop in central Chicago.
February 7 – The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 24 (Viktor Gorbatko, Yury Glazkov) to dock with the Salyut 5 space station.
February 12 – Actress Christa Helm is fatally stabbed on a sidewalk in West Hollywood. The perpetrator is never identified.
February 18 – American Space Shuttle program: First test flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise mated to the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
February 23 – Óscar Romero becomes Archbishop of San Salvador.
February 28 – Queen Elizabeth II opens the Parliament of New Zealand.
March
March 4 – The 1977 Vrancea earthquake in the Vrancea Mountains of Romania kills 1,500.
March 5 – Formula One driver Tom Pryce dies after colliding with a track marshal at the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami.
March 8 – The Australian parliament is opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia.
March 9 – Hanafi Siege: Approximately a dozen armed Hanafi Movement members take over 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., killing 1 person and taking more than 130 hostages (the hostage situation ends 2 days later).
March 10 – The rings of Uranus are discovered.
March 12 – The Centenary Test between Australia and England begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
March 15 – Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the PBS opera series Live from the Met both make their American television debuts. Pavarotti stars in a complete production of Puccini’s La Boheme.
March 18 – United States lifts ban on travel by U.S. citizens to Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam.
March 19 – Results of elections to the Indian Parliament are declared. Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party is routed by the opposition parties later to form the Janata Party.
March 21 – Prime Minister Indira Gandhi withdraws the state of emergency which was implemented on June 25, 1975.
March 26 – Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson.
March 27 – Tenerife disaster: A collision between KLM and Pan Am Boeing 747s at Tenerife, Canary Islands, kills 583 people. This becomes the deadliest accident in aviation history.
April
April 1 – The small market town of Hay-on-Wye declares independence from the UK, as a publicity stunt.
April 2 – Horse racing: Red Rum wins a record third Grand National at Aintree Racecourse.
April 4
Grundy, Virginia experiences a major flood that causes around $15 million in damages to 228 residential and commercial structures (to date the town is still recovering).
Southern Airways Flight 242 crashes on a highway in New Hope, Georgia, killing 72 people.
April 5 – Beginning of demonstrations in 10 cities across the U.S., the longest being the 3.5 week sit-in the San Francisco Federal Building to persuade President Jimmy Carter to implement the first Federal civil rights law for people with disabilities, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, without reinstituting the “separate but equal” doctrine.
April 7
German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by 2 Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light near his home in Karlsruhe. The “Ulrike Meinhof Commando” later claims responsibility.
The Toronto Blue Jays play their first game of baseball against the Chicago White Sox.
The Seattle Mariners play their first-ever game of baseball against the California Angels.

April 11: UK Silver Jubilee (25 red buses painted silver).
April 9 – Spain legalizes the Communist Party, which had been outlawed since 1939.
April 11 – London Transport’s Silver Jubilee AEC Routemaster buses are launched.
April 17 – Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans’ Christian Social Party gains eight seats in the lower house in parliamentary elections.
April 21 – Residents of Dover, Massachusetts report sightings of an eerie monster.
April 22 – Optical fiber is first used to carry live telephone traffic.
April 24 – In northern Bangladesh, a cyclone killed 13 people and injuring about 100 others.
April 27 – The Guatemala City air disaster kills 28 people.
April 28 – A federal court in Stuttgart sentences Red Army Faction members Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Jan-Carl Raspe to life imprisonment.
April 30
The Cold War between Cambodia and Vietnam evolves into the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.
Led Zeppelin sets a new world record attendance for an indoor solo attraction at the Pontiac Silverdome when 76,229 persons attend a concert here on the group’s 1977 North American Tour.

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

Saturday 3pm: Max 20th Century – 1977 (Part III)

January 12, 2019
Editor In Chief

More of the music from 1977.

Wednesday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1977 (Part II)

January 9, 2019
Editor In Chief

June 7
The Nikikai Opera Foundation is founded in Japan.
The Sex Pistols attempt to interrupt Silver Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II by performing “God Save the Queen” from a boat on the River Thames
June 12
Guitarist Michael Schenker vanishes after a UFO concert at The Roundhouse in London (he is replaced for several months by Paul Chapman)
The Supremes perform for the last time together at Drury Lane Theatre in London before officially disbanding
June 15 – The Snape Maltings Training Orchestra makes its London debut at St John’s, Smith Square
June 20 – Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart drives his Porsche over the edge of a canyon, suffering multiple broken bones but surviving as a tree breaks his fall
June 22 – Kiss are elected “most popular band in America” by a Gallup poll
June 26 – Elvis Presley sings his final concert before his death, at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana. Earlier that day, he received a plaque commemorating the two billionth pressing from RCA’s record pressing plant in Camden, New Jersey
July 9 – Donna Summer’s hit record “I Feel Love” is released in the UK; it was the first hit record to have an entirely synthesised backing track
July 13 – After a massive blackout hits New York City, NRBQ manages to play an all-acoustic set at The Bottom Line with flashlights taped to their microphone stands
July 22 – The first night of The Proms are broadcast by BBC Radio 3 for the first time in quadraphonic sound
July 26 – Led Zeppelin cancels the last seven dates of their American tour after lead singer Robert Plant learns that his six-year-old son Karac has died of a respiratory virus (The show two days before in Oakland proves to be the band’s last in the United States)
August 16 – Elvis Presley is found dead at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee
August 17 – Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland for the funeral of Elvis Presley had surpassed the number for any other event in the company’s history
August 18 – The funeral of Elvis Presley takes place.
August 20 – NASA’s unmanned probe Voyager 2 was launched carrying a golden record containing sounds and images representing life and culture on Earth, including the first movements of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Guan Pinghu’s Liu Shui, played on the guqin, and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”
September–December
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

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

January 7, 2019
Editor In Chief

January 1 – The Clash headline the opening night of London’s only punk rock club, The Roxy
January 20 – Jimmy Buffett’s Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes is released, featuring the biggest single of his career, “Margaritaville”
January 22 – Maria Kliegel makes her London debut at the Wigmore Hall, with a programme of Bach, Kodály, and Franck
January 26 – Patti Smith falls off the stage while opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Florida, and is rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches to close head lacerations
January 27 – After releasing only one single for the English punk rock band, EMI terminates its contract with the Sex Pistols in response to its members’ disruptive behaviour at London Heathrow Airport at the beginning of the month
February 4
Paul Desmond gives his last concert with Dave Brubeck, in New York.
American Bandstand celebrates its 25th anniversary on television with a special hosted by Dick Clark; an “all-star band”, performing “Roll Over Beethoven”, is made up of Chuck Berry, Seals & Crofts, Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, Johnny Rivers, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels, Doc Severinsen, Les McCann, Donald Byrd, Chuck Mangione and three members of Booker T and the MGs
Fleetwood Mac’s widely anticipated Rumours is released; it goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time
February 14 – The B-52’s give their first public performance at a party in Athens, Georgia.
February 15 – Sid Vicious replaces Glen Matlock as the bassist of the Sex Pistols.
March 1 – Sara Lowndes Dylan files for divorce from her husband of 11 years, Bob Dylan
March 4 & 5 – The Rolling Stones play two shows at the El Mocambo club in Toronto.
April – Van Morrison releases a new album, A Period of Transition, after a nearly three-year absence
March 10 – A&M Records signs the Sex Pistols in a ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace (The contract is terminated on March 16 as a result of the band vandalizing property and verbally abusing employees during a visit to the record company’s office)
April 21 – Jesse Winchester, who fled to Canada in January 1967 to avoid military service in Vietnam, performed a concert in Burlington, Vermont, his first on American soil in ten years (recently became free to return under the Presidential pardon given to all draft evaders)
April 22 – Pink Floyd open the North American leg of their “Animals” tour in Miami, Florida
April 24 – Several artists, including Joan Baez and Santana, perform at a free concert for 653 inmates of California’s Soledad Prison
April 26 – New York’s disco Studio 54 opens
May 2 – Elton John performed the first of six consecutive nights at London’s Rainbow Theatre, his first concert in eight months
May 7 – Having been postponed from April 2 because of a BBC technicians’ strike, the 22nd Eurovision Song Contest finally goes ahead in London’s Wembley Conference Centre
May 11 – The Stranglers and support band London start a 10-week national UK tour
May 12
Instruments made by all five members of the 17th- and 18th-century Guarneri family of violin makers are auctioned at Sotheby’s, with the top price of £105,000 paid for an instrument made in 1738 by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù
Virgin Records announced that they have signed the Sex Pistols (the group had been kicked off two previous labels in 4 months)
May 28 – Bruce Springsteen and Mike Appel reach an out-of-court settlement, ending the year-long legal battle that has blocked Springsteen’s ability to record new music
May 29 – Elvis Presley walks offstage in the middle of a concert in Baltimore, Maryland- the first time in his twenty-three year career he had done so. After receiving treatment from a physician, he reappeared onstage thirty minutes later
May 31 – The musical Beatlemania is premièred at the Winter Garden Theatre

Wednesday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1976 (Part V)

December 26, 2018
Editor In Chief

July 2
Composer Benjamin Britten accepts a life peerage, only a few months before his death.
Brian Wilson performs on stage with The Beach Boys for the first time in three years at a Day on the Green concert in Oakland, California.
July 4 – Many outdoor festivals and shows are held all over the United States as the country celebrates its bicentennial. Elton John performs for 62,000 at Shaffer Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, while The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac play for 36,000 at Tampa Stadium, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top draw 35,000 at Memphis Memorial Stadium and Elvis Presley performs for 11,974 at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
July 7 – 50,000 fans brave the rain in New York to attend a free Jefferson Starship concert in Central Park.
July 27 – Tina Turner files for divorce from husband Ike.
August 5 – Eric Clapton provokes an uproar over comments he makes on stage at a Birmingham concert, voicing his opposition to immigration using multiple racial slurs while exhorting the audience to support Enoch Powell and to “keep Britain white”.
August 11 – Keith Moon is rushed to hospital for the second time in five months, collapsing after trashing his Miami hotel room.
August 13 – The official ABBA logo with the reversed ‘B’ is adopted.
August 16 – Cliff Richard becomes one of the first Western artists ever to perform in the Soviet Union when he gives a concert in Leningrad.
August 21 – An estimated 120,000 fans pack Knebworth House to see The Rolling Stones. Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd and 10cc also perform.
August 25 – Boston release their eponymous debut studio album, Boston.
August 31 – A U.S. district court decision rules that George Harrison had “subconsciously” copied The Chiffons’ hit “He’s So Fine” when he wrote the song “My Sweet Lord”.
September–October
September 1 – Ode Records president Lou Adler is kidnapped at his Malibu home and released eight hours later after a $25,000 ransom is paid. Two suspects are soon arrested.
September 3 – Rory Gallagher joins the short list of Western popular musicians to perform behind the Iron Curtain with a show in Warsaw, Poland.
September 8 – In a candid interview appearing in the October 7 edition of Rolling Stone published today, Elton John publicly discloses his bisexuality for the first time.
September 14 – The one-hour Bob Dylan concert special Hard Rain airs on NBC, coinciding with the release of the live album of the same name.
September 18
Queen performs a massive free concert at London’s Hyde Park for over 150,000 people.
The second annual Rock Music Awards air on CBS. Peter Frampton wins Rock Personality of the Year, while Fleetwood Mac wins for Best Group and Best Album.
September 20-21 – 100 Club Punk Festival, the first international punk festival is held in London. Siouxsie and the Banshees play their first concert.
September 25 – Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr form a band called Feedback in Dublin. The band would later be renamed U2.
October 2 – Joe Cocker performs a duet of “Feelin’ Alright” with himself (as portrayed by John Belushi) on Saturday Night Live.
October 8 – English punk rock group the Sex Pistols sign a contract with EMI Records.
October 11 – Irish singer Joe Dolan is banned for life by Aer Lingus after an air rage incident en route to Corfu from Dublin.
October 20 – The Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains the Same premieres at Cinema I in New York.
October 31 – George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic begin “The P-Funk/Rubber Band Earth Tour” in Houston, a national live series highlighting one of the biggest and revolutionary stage shows in the history of the music industry (the rock group Kiss would be the other group to do a similar act), relying on elaborate costumes, special lighting and effects, and extremely large props including “the Mothership”, which would arrive and land on stage, all of what this band is generally known for. This live set would vary in length (on average of 3 to 5 hours long) and at high volume.
November–December
November 18 – Former Tower of Power lead singer Rick Stevens and another person are found guilty on two counts of murder.
November 23
Thin Lizzy are forced to cancel their U.S. tour when guitarist Brian Robertson injures his hand in a bar fight.
Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested after showing up drunk outside Graceland at 3 a.m., waving a pistol and loudly demanding to see Elvis Presley. Presley denied his request.
November 25 – The Band gives its last public performance; Martin Scorsese is on hand to film it.
November 26 – The Sex Pistols’ debut single “Anarchy in the U.K.” is released by EMI.
December 1 – The Sex Pistols appear on Thames Television’s Today show as a last-minute replacement for Queen. The group causes a national outcry after swearing on the show.
December 2 – The Bee Gees perform at Madison Square Garden and donate the proceeds to the Police Athletic League in New York. In January 1979, they will receive the Police Athletic League’s “Superstars of the Year” award.
December 3
A Pink Floyd album cover shoot in South London goes awry when a large inflatable pig balloon being used for the shoot breaks free of its moorings and drifts out of sight.
Bob Marley and several others are injured when gunmen burst into his home in Kingston, Jamaica and open fire.
December 8
The Carpenters air their “Very First Television Special” on ABC.
The Eagles release Hotel California.
December 12 – Ace Frehley is shocked on stage during a Kiss concert in Lakeland, Florida after touching an ungrounded metal railing. The incident inspires the song “Shock Me”.
December 31 – The fifth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with performances by Donna Summer, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Four Seasons, and KC and the Sunshine Band.
Also in 1976
The last practitioner of the rekuhkara form of throat-singing dies, in Hokkaido, Japan.
Tenor Franco Corelli retires from the stage at the age of 55.
Cheryl Byron performs rapso in calypso tents for the first time, beginning the popularization of rapso.
Peter Brown’s solo career begins.
Peter Tosh’s solo career begins.
Bunny Wailer’s solo career begins.
Leif Garrett’s solo career begins.
.38 Special’s musical career begins.
Y&T (Yesterday & Today)’s musical career begins.
Sergio Franchi becomes TV spokesman for Chrysler Corporation’s Plymouth “Volare” and media spokesman for Hills Brothers coffee.
Steve Martin signs a contract with Warner Bros.
Eddie Money signs a contract with CBS.
“Ten Percent”, by Double Exposure, becomes the first 12-inch single commercially available to the public (as opposed to DJ-only promotional copies).
The Chinese Music Society of North America is founded.
Gabin Dabiré embarks on a tour of Italy. – Wikipedia

Saturday 3pm: Max 20th Century – 1976 (Part III)

December 22, 2018
Editor In Chief

January 1 NBC officially replaces its snake and peacock logos with a “modern N,” composed of blue and red trapezoids—and nearly identical to the logo for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications’ TV network, prompting NET to sue NBC for trademark infringement.
January 11–12 Eleanor and Franklin, a two-part miniseries starring Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann, airs on ABC.
January 17 The Blues Brothers make their debut on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, singing Slim Harpo’s song “I’m a King Bee” in their Killer Bees costumes. Their first appearance as The Blues Brothers proper occurred in 1978.
February 1 The miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man debuts on ABC, becoming a critical and ratings success over its 12-episode run.
February 2 Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, and Art Carney reunite in an ABC special, The Honeymooners – The Second Honeymoon.
February 19 CBS affiliate KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington is given a “notice of termination” by the network, stripping KXLY-TV of its affiliation effective August 19. CBS cites business reasons (KXLY-TV had been airing several network programs out of pattern in recent years) as the reason they stripped KXLY-TV. In the end, CBS decides to affiliate with ABC affiliate KREM-TV, while KXLY-TV joins ABC. The move takes effect August 8 at the request of KREM-TV, who wanted to air ABC Sports’ entire coverage of the 1976 Summer Olympics.
February 29 The movie The Sound of Music is televised for the first time, on ABC.
CBS affiliates KRSD-TV in Rapid City, South Dakota and KDSJ-TV in Lead both shut down after a 5-year struggle over their unsatisfactory technical operations, which had rendered complaints from viewers, NBC (its former affiliation before 1970), and the Federal Communications Commission. Dakota Broadcasting Company assumes a construction permit for new stations on KRSD-TV’s channel 7 and KDSJ-TV’s channel 5, which respectively sign-on as KEVN and KIVV-TV on July 11. This in turn will give the Rapid City area its first full-time ABC affiliate (A full-time CBS affiliate will return to Rapid City in 1981 when the network’s Sioux Falls affiliate KELO-TV signs-on translator station K15AC (now KCLO-TV)).
April 1–2 Helter Skelter, a two-part adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi’s book about the Charles Manson case, airs on CBS, with Steve Railsback portraying Manson.
April 12 ABC airs its first Monday Night Baseball broadcast, taking over the package from NBC.
April 24 Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels makes an on-air offer to pay The Beatles $3,000 to reunite on the show. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were apparently watching the show together in New York City and considered walking down to the studio to accept the check. Michaels would raise his offer to $3,200 on SNL’s May 22 episode.
June 4 CBS broadcast Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns. This triple-overtime contest has since been heralded as the greatest NBA game ever played.
June 7 After several years providing commentaries for the show, David Brinkley joins John Chancellor as co-anchor of NBC Nightly News, an attempt by the network to bolster ratings against the CBS Evening News and to harken back to the success it had with The Huntley-Brinkley Report.
July 1 The pay TV network Showtime makes its debut, appearing only on a Dublin, California cable system. The network would expand nationally in 1978.
July 4 U.S. television networks present extensive coverage of nationwide events commemorating the country’s bicentennial.
July 11 KYCU-TV of Cheyenne, Wyoming (and its satellites) drop all NBC programs and switch to a primary ABC affiliation, which will last until 1984.
July 12 Family Feud premieres on ABC and would become daytime television’s number 1 game show within the next few years and beyond.
September 6 In an experiment, New York City station WOR-TV replaces its normal programming for 5 exclusive nights of British shows from Thames Television.
September 16 WECA-TV in Tallahassee, Florida begins broadcasting, giving the Tallahassee market its first full-time ABC affiliate.
September 23 The first of three debates between U.S. presidential candidates Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter air in prime time; they are the first presidential debates ever televised in color, as well as the first debates between major party nominees for U.S. President since 1960.
October 4 Newly arrived from NBC, Barbara Walters joins Harry Reasoner as co-anchor of the ABC Evening News. The pair have a noticeable lack of on-air chemistry, and by 1978 Reasoner would leave ABC to return to CBS and 60 Minutes.
October 11 Jane Pauley makes her debut on NBC’s Today.
October 29 WGTQ in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan signs-on as a full satellite of ABC affiliate WGTU in Traverse City, bringing the full ABC schedule to the Eastern Upper Peninsula.
November 7–8 The film Gone with the Wind makes its broadcast television debut on NBC; it would be the highest-rated program ever aired on a single network, only to be surpassed by Roots the following January.
November 9 The Museum of Broadcasting opens on the first 3 floors of the Paley Foundation building in New York City. The museum would later be renamed The Paley Center for Media.
November 13 The Carol Burnett Show airs Went with the Wind!, a movie parody of Gone With the Wind, five days after the film’s network TV debut. TV Guide ranked the sketch #53 on its list of “Top 100 Episodes of All Time”.
December 14 Barbara Walters airs her first interview special for ABC, with guests Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Barbra Streisand, and Jon Peters.
December 17 At 1:00 p.m. (ET), Atlanta, Georgia station WTCG-TV begins satellite transmission of its regular programming to four cable systems, thus becoming the first superstation.
December 31 President Gerald Ford presents the last of the Bicentennial Minutes on CBS; the vignettes had been airing nightly on the network since July 4, 1974.
Also in 1976 CBS’ Match Game is the #1 rated game show on daytime television for the fourth consecutive year.
The Olympics, broadcast from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, draw an estimated one billion viewers worldwide.
Matsushita introduces the VHS home video cassette recorder to compete with Sony’s Betamax system. – Wikipedia

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