Tag: Bob Dylan

Monday, June 5, 2023 10pm ET: Feature LP: Bob Dylan – Shadow Kingdom (2023)

Shadow Kingdom is the 40th studio album and second soundtrack album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on June 2, 2023, through Columbia Records. It is Dylan’s first album of new studio recordings since his 2020 album Rough and Rowdy Ways. The songs were recorded at Village Recorder in West Los Angeles in early 2021 to accompany Alma Har’el’s film Shadow Kingdom: The Early Songs of Bob Dylan, which was shot later. Although no musicians are listed in the credits, various sources have identified the session players as consisting of veterans such as T Bone Burnett and Don Was. It is the only Dylan album in which he plays with a band that features no drums or percussion.

Shadow Kingdom consists of new recordings of 13 songs from the first half of Dylan’s career plus a new instrumental song titled “Sierra’s Theme”. The album was preceded by a single for “Watching the River Flow”, which was released on streaming platforms and as a YouTube video on April 13, 2023. The performance of “Forever Young” from Har’el’s film was released as a standalone video on June 2, 2023. The album received praise from critics.

  1. “When I Paint My Masterpiece” 4:25
  2. “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine” 3:32
  3. “Queen Jane Approximately” 5:14
  4. “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” 3:04
  5. “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” 4:26
  6. “Tombstone Blues” 5:00
  7. “To Be Alone with You” 3:10
  8. “What Was It You Wanted” 5:03
  9. “Forever Young” 3:15
  10. “Pledging My Time” 3:50
  11. “The Wicked Messenger” 2:56
  12. “Watching the River Flow” 3:00
  13. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” 2:49
  14. “Sierra’s Theme” 4:23

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Jeff Taylor – accordion
Greg Leisz – guitar, pedal steel guitar, mandolin
Tim Pierce – guitar
T-Bone Burnett – guitar
Ira Ingber – guitar
Don Was – upright bass
John Avila – electric bass
Doug Lacy – accordion
Steve Bartek – additional acoustic guitar

Monday, May 15, 2023 11pm ET: Feature LP: Bob Dylan – Empire Burlesque (1985)

Empire Burlesque is the 23rd studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on June 10, 1985 on Columbia Records. Self-produced, the album peaked at No. 33 in the U.S. and No. 11 in the UK.

Accompanied by multiple session musicians—including members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Howie Epstein—the album has a distinct “80s style” aesthetic. Fans and critics continue to debate the album’s merits, especially when compared to his 1960s and 1970s output.

  1. “Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)” 5:22
  2. “Seeing the Real You at Last” 4:21
  3. “I’ll Remember You” 4:14
  4. “Clean Cut Kid” 4:17
  5. “Never Gonna Be the Same Again” 3:11
  6. “Trust Yourself” 3:29
  7. “Emotionally Yours” 4:30
  8. “When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky” 7:30
  9. “Something’s Burning, Baby” 4:54
  10. “Dark Eyes” 5:07

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar (2, 4, 6, 8, 10), keyboards (1, 5), piano (3, 7), harmonica (10)
Peggi Blu – backing vocals (1, 4, 5)
Debra Byrd – backing vocals (5, 6)
Mike Campbell – guitar (2, 3, 6, 7)
Chops – horns (2)
Alan Clark – synthesizer (5)
Carolyn Dennis – backing vocals (1, 4, 5, 6)
Sly Dunbar – drums (1, 5, 8)
Howie Epstein – bass guitar (3, 7)
Anton Fig – drums (4)
Bob Glaub – bass guitar (2)
Don Heffington – drums (2, 9)
Ira Ingber – guitar (9)
Bashiri Johnson – percussion (2, 6, 8)
Jim Keltner – drums (3, 6, 7)
Stuart Kimball – electric guitar (8)
Al Kooper – rhythm guitar (8)
Queen Esther Marrow – backing vocals (1, 4, 5, 6)
Sid McGinnis – guitar (5)
Vince Melamed – synthesizer (9)
Jon Paris – bass guitar (4)
Ted Perlman – guitar (1)
Madelyn Quebec – vocals (3, 6, 8, 9)
Richard Scher – synthesizer (1, 5, 8, 9), synth horns (7)
Mick Taylor – guitar (1)
Robbie Shakespeare – bass guitar (1, 5, 6, 8, 9)
Benmont Tench – keyboards (2, 6), piano (4), Hammond organ (7)
Urban Blight – horns (8)
David Watson – saxophone (2)
Ronnie Wood – guitar (4)

Friday, March 31, 2023 2am ET: Feature Live LP: Bob Dylan – Hard Rain (1976)

Hard Rain is a live album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on September 13, 1976 by Columbia Records. The album was recorded during the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue.

The album was partly recorded on May 23, 1976, during a concert at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado; the penultimate show of the tour, the concert was also filmed and broadcast by NBC as a one-hour television special in September. (Hard Rain’s release coincided with this broadcast). Four tracks from the album (“I Threw It All Away,” “Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” “Oh, Sister,” and “Lay, Lady, Lay”) were recorded on May 16, 1976 in Fort Worth, Texas. Neither the album nor the television special was well received.

“Although the band has been playing together longer, the charm has gone out of their exchanges,” writes music critic Tim Riley. “Hard Rain…seemed to come at a time when the Rolling Thunder Revue, so joyful and electrifying in its first performances, had just plain run out of steam,” wrote Janet Maslin, then a music critic for Rolling Stone. In his mixed review for Hard Rain, Robert Christgau criticized the Rolling Thunder Revue as “folkies whose idea of rock and roll is rock and roll clichés.”

A representation of the earlier 1975 portion of the Rolling Thunder Revue was released in 2002 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue. A more comprehensive 14-disc collection entitled Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings was released in 2019 to coincide with the Netflix documentary-film Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.

Despite heavy promotion that placed it on the cover of TV Guide, NBC’s television broadcast of the May 23rd concert drew disappointing ratings. The album peaked at No. 17 in the U.S. and No. 3 in the UK. Hard Rain eventually earned gold certification.

  1. “Maggie’s Farm” 5:23
  2. “One Too Many Mornings” 3:47
  3. “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” 6:01
  4. “Oh, Sister” 5:08
  5. “Lay Lady Lay” 4:47
  6. “Shelter from the Storm” 5:29
  7. “You’re a Big Girl Now” 7:01
  8. “I Threw It All Away” 3:18
  9. “Idiot Wind” 10:21

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar, production
Gary Burke – drums
T-Bone Burnett – guitar, piano
David Mansfield – guitar
Scarlet Rivera – strings
Mick Ronson – guitar on “Maggie’s Farm”
Steven Soles – guitar, background vocals
Rob Stoner – bass, background vocals
Joan Baez – guitar, background vocals
Howard Wyeth – drums, piano

Monday 2/20/23 8pm ET: Feature LP: Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding (1968)

John Wesley Harding is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on December 27, 1967, by Columbia Records. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album marked Dylan’s return to semi-acoustic instrumentation and folk-influenced songwriting after three albums of lyrically abstract, blues-indebted rock music. John Wesley Harding shares many stylistic threads with, and was recorded around the same time as, the prolific series of home recording sessions with The Band, partly released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes, and released in complete form in 2014 as The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete.

John Wesley Harding was well received by critics and sold well, reaching No. 2 on the U.S. charts and topping the UK charts. Less than three months after its release, John Wesley Harding was certified gold by the RIAA. “All Along the Watchtower” became one of his most popular songs after Jimi Hendrix’s rendition was released in the autumn of 1968.

  1. “John Wesley Harding” 2:58
  2. “As I Went Out One Morning” 2:49
  3. “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” 3:53
  4. “All Along the Watchtower” 2:31
  5. “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” 5:35
  6. “Drifter’s Escape” 2:52
  7. “Dear Landlord” 3:16
  8. “I Am a Lonesome Hobo” 3:19
  9. “I Pity the Poor Immigrant” 4:12
  10. “The Wicked Messenger” 2:02
  11. “Down Along the Cove” 2:23
  12. “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” 2:34

Bob Dylan – acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals
Kenneth A. Buttrey – drums
Pete Drake – pedal steel guitar on “Down Along the Cove” and “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
Charlie McCoy – bass guitar

Monday 2/13/23 10am ET: Feature LP: Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Volume 17: Fragments – Time Out Of Mind Sessions 1996-1997 (2003)

The Bootleg Series Vol. 17: Fragments – Time Out of Mind Sessions 1996–1997 is a compilation album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The 15th installment in the ongoing Bob Dylan Bootleg Series, it was released by Legacy Records on January 27, 2023. The compilation includes a remix of the original Time Out of Mind album, outtakes, alternate versions and live recordings. The release comes in a two-CD standard edition and a five-disc box set. In addition to the CD releases, a 4-LP and 10-LP were released.

  1. “Love Sick (2022 Remix)” 5:21
  2. “Dirt Road Blues (2022 Remix)” 3:34
  3. “Standing in the Doorway (2022 Remix)” 7:41
  4. “Million Miles (2022 Remix)” 5:51
  5. “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven (2022 Remix)” 5:22
  6. “‘Til I Fell in Love with You (2022 Remix)” 5:15
  7. “Not Dark Yet (2022 Remix)” 6:27
  8. “Cold Irons Bound (2022 Remix)” 7:14
  9. “Make You Feel My Love (2022 Remix)” 3:30
  10. “Can’t Wait (2022 Remix)” 5:45
  11. “Highlands (2022 Remix)” 16:31
  12. “The Water Is Wide” (8/19/96, Teatro) Traditional 5:41
  13. “Red River Shore – Version 1” (9/26/96, Teatro) 6:50
  14. “Dirt Road Blues – Version 1” (1/12/97 Criteria Studios) 5:29
  15. “Love Sick – Version 1” (1/14/97, Criteria Studios) 5:12
  16. “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven – Version 2” (1/12/97, Criteria Studios) 5:01
  17. “Make You Feel My Love – Take 1” (1/5/97, Criteria Studios) 4:10
  18. “Can’t Wait – Version 1” (1/21/97, Criteria Studios) 4:51
  19. “Mississippi – Version 2” (1/11/97, Criteria Studios) 5:12
  20. “Standing in the Doorway – Version 1” (1/13/97, Criteria Studios) 7:06
  21. “Not Dark Yet – Version 1” (1/11/97, Criteria Studios) 7:12
  22. “Cold Irons Bound” (1/9/97, Criteria Studios) 6:07
  23. “Highlands” (1/16/97, Criteria Studios) 14:06

Tuesday 9/6/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Bob Dylan – Street Legal (1978)

Street-Legal is the 18th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on June 15, 1978, by Columbia Records. The album was a departure for Dylan, who assembled a large pop-rock band with female backing vocalists for its recording.

After receiving positive reviews on his previous album, Desire, Dylan was met with a more lukewarm critical reception for Street-Legal, though the album was still commercially successful, being certified as Gold in the US and Platinum in the UK. Many critics gave the album a more positive re-appraisal following its release in a remixed and remastered edition in 1999.

  1. “Changing of the Guards” 6:41
  2. “New Pony” :28
  3. “No Time to Think” 8:19
  4. “Baby, Stop Crying” 5:19
  5. “Is Your Love in Vain?” 4:30
  6. “Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)” 5:42
  7. “True Love Tends to Forget” 4:14
  8. “We Better Talk This Over” 4:04
  9. “Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)” 6:16

Bob Dylan – vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Douglas – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
David Mansfield – violin, mandolin
Alan Pasqua – keyboards
Billy Cross – electric guitar
Steven Soles – rhythm guitar, background vocals
Jerry Scheff – bass guitar
Ian Wallace – drums
Bobbye Hall – percussion
Carolyn Dennis, JoAnn Harris, Helena Springs – backing vocals
Steve Madaio – trumpet on “Is Your Love in Vain?”

Tuesday 5/24/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Bob Dylan Top 30 Hits

American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has released 39 studio albums, 95 singles, 17 notable extended plays, 52 music videos, 12 live albums, 15 volumes comprising The Bootleg Series, 19 compilation albums, 20 box sets, seven soundtracks as main contributor, twelve music home videos and two non-music home videos. Dylan has been the subject of six documentaries, starred in three theatrical films, appeared in an additional eight films and 10 home videos, and is the subject of the semi-biographical tribute film I’m Not There. He has written and published lyrics, artwork and memoirs in 11 books and three of his songs have been made into children’s books. He has done numerous collaborations, appearances and tribute albums. The albums Planet Waves and Before the Flood were initially released on Asylum Records; reissues of those two and all others were on Columbia Records.

Dylan has won many awards for his songwriting and performances, including the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for his entire body of work. For a list of these accolades, see List of Bob Dylan awards. Much of his music has been bootlegged; for an examination of this phenomenon, see Bob Dylan bootleg recordings.

1Like a Rolling Stone
2Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
3Rainy Day Women 12 & 35
4Lay Lady Lay
5Positively 4th Street
6Watching the River Flow
7I Threw It All Away
9Just Like a Woman
11Subterranean Homesick Blues
12Gotta Serve Somebody
13Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)
14Sweetheart Like You
15Tangled Up in Blue
17Everything Is Broken
19Mr. Tambourine Man
21Shot of Love
22Precious Angel
23All Along The Watchtower
24My Back Pages
25Is Your Love In Vain
26Maggies Farm
27False Prophet
28When The Deal Goes Down
29Changing of the Guards

Thursday 3/10/22 4pm ET: Feature LP (1975): Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks

Blood on the Tracks is the fifteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in January 1975 on Columbia Records. The album marked Dylan’s return to Columbia after a two-album stint with Asylum Records. Most of the lyrics on the album revolve around heartache, anger, and loneliness. Number one album for two weeks March 1 and March 8, 1975

The album, which followed on the resurgence of critical acclaim for Dylan’s work after Planet Waves, was greeted enthusiastically by fans and critics. In the years following its release it has come to be regarded as one of his best albums; it is common for subsequent records to be labeled his “best since Blood on the Tracks.”. It is also commonly seen as a standard for confessional singer-songwriter albums; though Dylan has denied that the songs are autobiographical, his son Jakob Dylan has stated: “The songs are my parents talking. In 2003, the album was ranked number 16 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and in 2004, it was placed at number 5 on Pitchfork Media’s list of the top 100 albums of the 1970s.

The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 charts and #4 on the UK Albums Chart. The single “Tangled Up in Blue” peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album remains one of Dylan’s best-selling studio releases, with a double-platinum US certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) (Wikipedia)

All songs written and composed by Bob Dylan.

1. “Tangled Up in Blue” 5:42
2. “Simple Twist of Fate” 4:19
3. “You’re a Big Girl Now” 4:36
4. “Idiot Wind” 7:48
5. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” 2:55
6. “Meet Me in the Morning” Sep 4:22
7. “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” 8:51
8. “If You See Her, Say Hello” 4:49
9. “Shelter from the Storm” 5:02
10. “Buckets of Rain” 3:22

Friday 12/10/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits (1967)

Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits is a 1967 compilation album of songs by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Released on March 27, 1967, by Columbia Records, in the non-productive period after Dylan’s motorcycle accident in 1966, it was the first compilation album of material by Dylan. It contains every Top 40 single Dylan had up to 1967, plus additional tracks, including songs not released as singles by Dylan. It peaked at No. 10 on the pop album chart in the United States, and went to No. 3 on the album chart in the United Kingdom. Certified five times platinum by the RIAA, it is his best-selling album in the U.S.

  1. “Rainy Day Women ♯12 & 35” 4:40
  2. “Blowin’ in the Wind” 2:51
  3. “The Times They Are a-Changin'” 3:16
  4. “It Ain’t Me Babe” 3:38
  5. “Like a Rolling Stone” 6:12
  6. “Mr. Tambourine Man” 5:31
  7. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” 2:22
  8. “I Want You” 3:09
  9. “Positively 4th Street” 4:12
  10. “Just Like a Woman” 4:53

Tuesday 10/12/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming (1979)

Slow Train Coming is the 19th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on August 20, 1979, by Columbia Records. Slow Train is the title song of the album. It was Dylan’s first album following his conversion to Christianity, and the songs either express personal faith, or stress the importance of Christian teachings and philosophy. The evangelical nature of the record alienated many of Dylan’s existing fans; at the same time, many Christians were drawn into his fan base. Slow Train Coming was listed at No. 16 in the 2001 book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

The album was generally well-reviewed by music critics, and the single “Gotta Serve Somebody” became his first hit in three years, winning Dylan the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1980. The album peaked at No. 2 on the charts in the UK and went platinum in the US, where it reached No. 3.

A high-definition 5.1 surround sound edition of the album was released on SACD by Columbia in 2003.

  1. “Gotta Serve Somebody” 5:22
  2. “Precious Angel” 6:27
  3. “I Believe in You” 5:02
  4. “Slow Train” 5:55
  5. “Gonna Change My Way of Thinking” 5:25
  6. “Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)” 3:50
  7. “When You Gonna Wake Up” 5:25
  8. “Man Gave Names to All the Animals” 4:23
  9. “When He Returns” 4:30

Bob Dylan – guitar, vocals
Barry Beckett – keyboards, percussion

Mickey Buckins – percussion
Carolyn Dennis – background vocals
Tim Drummond – bass guitar
Regina Havis – background vocals
Mark Knopfler – lead guitar
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio – French horn
Helena Springs – background vocals
Pick Withers – drums

Thursday 6/25/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)

Rough and Rowdy Ways is the 39th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on June 19, 2020, through Columbia Records. It is Dylan’s first album of original songs since his 2012 album Tempest, following a trio of albums that covered traditional pop standards.

The album was preceded by the singles “Murder Most Foul”, “I Contain Multitudes”, and “False Prophet”. Rough and Rowdy Ways was released as a double album, with the entirety of the second disc being dedicated to “Murder Most Foul”. It features contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills.

1. “I Contain Multitudes” 4:36
2. “False Prophet” 6:00
3. “My Own Version of You” 6:41
4. “I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You” 6:32
5. “Black Rider” 4:12
6. “Goodbye Jimmy Reed” 4:13
7. “Mother of Muses” 4:29
8. “Crossing the Rubicon” 7:22
9. “Key West (Philosopher Pirate)” 9:34
10. “Murder Most Foul” 16:54

Wednesday 2pm ET: Feature Year: 1976

January 5 – Former Beatles road manager Mal Evans is shot dead by Los Angeles police after refusing to drop what police only later find is an air rifle.
January 7 – Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for involuntary manslaughter in the 1974 drug-induced death of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
January 13 – A trial begins for seven Brunswick Records and Dakar Records employees. The record company employees are charged with stealing more than $184,000 in royalties from artists.
January 19 – Concert promoter Bill Sargent makes an offer of $30 million to the Beatles if they will reunite for a concert.
February 15 – Bette Midler bails seven members of her entourage out of jail after they are arrested on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession.
February 19 – Former Tower of Power lead singer Rick Stevens is arrested and charged with the drug-related murders of three men in San Jose, California.
February 20 – Kiss have their footprints added to the sidewalk outside Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater. February 24 – Having been released one week before, The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) compilation becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum by the RIAA. The new platinum certification represents sales of at least 1 million copies for albums and 2 million copies for singles.
March 4 – ABBA arrive at Sydney airport for a promotional tour in Australia.
March 6 – EMI Records reissues all 22 previously released British Beatles singles, plus a new single of the classic “Yesterday”. All 23 singles hit the UK charts at the same time.
March 7 – A wax likeness of Elton John is put on display in London’s Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
March 9 – The Who’s Keith Moon collapses onstage ten minutes into a performance at the Boston Garden.
March 15 – Members of The Plastic People of the Universe are arrested in communist Czechoslovakia. They were sentenced from 8 to 18 months in jail.
March 20 – Alice Cooper marries Sheryl Goddard in an Acapulco restaurant.
March 25 – Jackson Browne’s wife Phyllis commits suicide.
March 26 – In Paris, France, Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch breaks one of his fingers when he slips in his hotel bathroom after the final performance on the band’s European tour. The injury ended up delaying the band’s United States tour by three weeks.
April 3 – British pop group Brotherhood of Man win the 21st Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague, Netherlands, with the song “Save Your Kisses For Me”. It goes on to be the biggest selling Eurovision winner ever.
April 14 – Stevie Wonder announces that he has signed a “$13 million-plus” contract with Motown Records.
April 24 – Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels makes a semi-serious on-air offer to pay the Beatles $3000 to reunite live on the show. In a 1980 interview, John Lennon stated that he and Paul McCartney happened to be watching the show together at Lennon’s apartment in New York and considered walking down to the SNL studio “for a gag” but were “too tired”. On May 22, Michaels raises his offer from $3000 to $3,200.
April 28 – The Rolling Stones open their European tour in Frankfurt, Germany.
April 29 – When his tour stops in Memphis, Tennessee, Bruce Springsteen jumps the wall at Elvis Presley’s mansion, “Graceland”, in trying to see his idol. Security guards stop Springsteen and escort him off the grounds.
May 3 – Paul McCartney and Wings start their Wings over America Tour in Fort Worth, Texas. This is the first time McCartney has performed in the US since The Beatles’ last concert in 1966 at Candlestick Park. Paul Simon puts together a benefit show at Madison Square Garden to raise money for the New York Public Library. Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Cliff and the Brecker Brothers also perform. The concert brings in over $30,000 for the Library.
May 19 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is involved in a car accident northwest of London. Cocaine is found in his wrecked car. Richards is given a court date of January 12, 1977. Rumor spread by German press: ABBA members killed in plane crash, only Anni-Frid survived.
May 25 – Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour ends.
June – Former Spring Canyon keyboardist Mark Cook joins Daniel Amos.
June 6 – Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg suffer tragedy when their 10-week old son Tara dies of respiratory failure.
June 10 – Alice Cooper collapses and is rushed to UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles, three weeks before the Goes To Hell tour would begin. The tour is cancelled.
June 18 – ABBA perform “Dancing Queen” for the first time on Swedish television in Stockholm on the eve of the wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf to Silvia Sommerlath.
June 25 – Uriah Heep performs its last show with David Byron as lead singer in Bilbao, Spain. Byron is sacked shortly afterward.
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, and Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top draw 35,000 at Memphis Memorial Stadium.
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 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 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 & September 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 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 – In the UK, the Sex Pistols cause a national outcry after swearing on Thames Television’s Today show.
December 2 – The Bee Gees perform at Madison Square Garden and give 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.