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January 1 – Bill Graham closes San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom following a New Year’s Eve performance by the Blues Brothers and the Grateful Dead. During a New Year’s Eve concert in Cleveland, Ohio, Bruce Springsteen is injured when a fire-cracker is thrown onstage from the audience.
January 4 – The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, best known for its connections to the early days of the Beatles, reopens.
January 6 – ABC’s American Bandstand featured the debut of the “Y.M.C.A. dance” using the hand gestures forming the letters YMCA during a broadcast with the Village People.
January 9 – The Music for UNICEF Concert in held in New York City at the United Nations, starring The Bee Gees. Highlights are aired the following evening on NBC.
January 13 – Singer Donny Hathaway dies after falling 15 stories from his hotel room in New York City. According to Hathaway’s record company, Atlantic, the singer had been having some psychological problems.
January 15 – MCA Records purchases ABC Records for a reported $20 million.
February 2 – Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is found dead from an overdose, a day after being released on bail from Rikers Island prison.
February 7 – The Clash kick off their first concert on their first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside San Francisco, California. Bo Diddley opens the show and the Clash open their set with the song “I’m So Bored with the U.S.A.”. Stephen Stills becomes the first major rock artist to record digitally, laying down four songs at The Record Plant in Los Angeles.
February 10 – Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” hits #1 on the Billboard magazine charts, and stays there for 4 weeks.
February 11 – 43 million viewers watch “Elvis!” on ABC, a made for TV movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis.
February 15 – Minnie Riperton appears on the Grammys as a presenter with Stephen Bishop. The Bee Gees collect 4 Grammys for Saturday Night Fever.
February 23 – Dire Straits begin their first U.S. tour in Boston.
February 24 – Friedrich Cerha’s completion of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is premiered at the Opera Garnier in Paris. Singer Johnnie Wilder, Jr. of Heatwave is paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
February 26 – B.B. King becomes the first blues artist to tour the Soviet Union, kicking off a one-month tour there.
March 2 (to March 4) – Weather Report, The CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Stephen Stills, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Billy Joel, plus Cuban acts Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Elena Burke, Los Papines, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón play at the historic three-day Havana Jam festival at the Karl Marx Theater, in Havana, Cuba.
March 5 – MCA Records dissolves ABC Records.
March 10 – James Brown performs at the Grand Ole Opry.
March 15 – Elvis Costello gets into a heated argument with members of Stephen Stills’ touring entourage at a Holiday Inn in Columbus, Ohio. After Costello makes disparaging remarks about America, he is punched by Bonnie Bramlett. Costello suffers a wave of negative press coverage after the incident is made public.
March 21 – The Pretenders sign a contract with Sire Records.
March 23 – Van Halen releases their second album, Van Halen II.
March 27 – Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd, ex-wife of Clapton’s friend George Harrison.
March 31 – The Eurovision Song Contest, the biggest music festival in the world, takes place for the first time in a country outside Europe – Israel. The show is broadcast live from Jerusalem to Europe and a few countries in Asia. The big winner of this night is Israel for the second time in a row. The winning song is “Hallelujah” sung by Gali Atari and the backing group Milk and Honey. A few months after winning the song had been translated into more than 82 languages, and broke a new record by entering the Guinness Book of Records as the most translated song in the world.
April 2 – Kate Bush begins her first, and to date, only tour. She becomes the first artist to use a wireless microphone, enabling her to sing and dance at the same time.
April 6 – Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton.
April 7 – 110,000 people attend the California Music Festival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Performers include Aerosmith, The Boomtown Rats, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent and Van Halen.
April 12 – Mickey Thomas replaces Marty Balin as the lead singer of Jefferson Starship.
April 13 – During a concert by Van Halen in Spokane, Washington, David Lee Roth collapses from exhaustion. A local doctor treats him for a stomach virus and advises him to “calm down”.
April 22 – The New Barbarians and The Rolling Stones perform two concerts in Oshawa, Ontario to benefit the CNIB, as part of Keith Richards’ 1978 sentence for heroin possession.
April 24 – The New Barbarians open their US tour at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
April 27 – Ozzy Osbourne is fired as lead singer of Black Sabbath. He is replaced in May by Ronnie James Dio.
May 2 – The Who play their first concert following the death of drummer Keith Moon. The band performs with new drummer Kenney Jones at London’s Rainbow Theatre.
May 8 – Iron Maiden, Samson, and Angel Witch share a bill at the Music Machine in Camden, London. Critic Geoff Barton coins the term “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” in a review of the show for Sounds magazine.
May 19 – Three of the four ex-Beatles perform on the same stage, as Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr jam with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Mick Jagger and others at a wedding reception for Clapton at his Surrey home.
May 21 – Elton John plays the first of eight concerts in the Soviet Union.
June 1 – Alternative Tentacles record label established by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, and Joy Division release their album Unknown Pleasures.
June 8 – Marianne Faithfull marries Ben Brierly of The Vibrators.
June 9 – The Bee Gees tie The Beatles with a record six consecutive number one singles in the U.S. with “Love You Inside Out”.
June 28 – Bill Haley makes his final studio recordings at Muscle Shoals, Alabama. (He dies in 1981.)
July 1 – The Sony Walkman goes on sale in Japan.
July 7 – The Bee Gees play to a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium as part of their Spirits Having Flown tour.
July 10 – Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion by a Los Angeles judge.
July 12 – “Disco Demolition Night“, an anti-disco promotional event for a Chicago rock station involving exploding disco records with a bomb, causes a near-riot between games during a baseball major league doubleheader, forcing the cancellation of the second game.
July 28 – Aerosmith and Ted Nugent headline the World Series of Rock at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Also on the bill are Journey, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and the Scorpions. Following the concert, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry quits the group after an argument with bandmates.
July 31 – 250,000 turn out in Central Park for a free concert by James Taylor in a campaign to restore Sheep Meadow.
August 4–11 – British rock band Led Zeppelin play what are to be their last British concerts (until 2007) at Knebworth in Hertfordshire. Total attendances for the two concerts approached 400,000.
August 18 – Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter are married at Carter’s Los Angeles home.
August 25 – “My Sharona” by The Knack hits #1 on the Billboard charts. This is the first time in over a year that a song hits #1 that is not either a disco song or a ballad, signalling the potential resurgence of rock.
September 1 – INXS perform in public for the first time, at the Oceanview Hotel in Umina, New South Wales.
September 2 – U2 enters the studio for the first time to record a locally released single.
September 13 – ABBA begins ABBA: The Tour in Edmonton, Alberta, leading off a month of dates in North America.
September 16 – The single “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang is released. Its success marks the commercial emergence of hip hop music.
September 17 – Ontario Court of Appeals rejects a government appeal against the previous year’s sentencing of Keith Richards, which allowed him to avoid jail time for his 1977 arrest in Toronto for heroin possession.
September 19-23 – Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) stages a series of five No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden. Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, James Taylor and Carly Simon are among the participants.
September 22 – The NewMusic, a Canadian weekly music and culture program, makes its début on Citytv.
September 27 – Elton John collapses on stage at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles County, California while performing “Better Off Dead”. He refuses to stop the show and resumes playing fifteen minutes later.
October 10 – Joe Perry officially leaves Aerosmith.
November 16 – Infinity Records is shut down and absorbed into parent company MCA.
November 26 – Bill Haley & His Comets perform at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, in a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II. This was Haley’s final recorded performance of “Rock Around the Clock”.
December 3 – In Cincinnati, Ohio, a stampede for seats at Riverfront Coliseum during a Who concert kills 11 fans (band members were not made aware of the deaths until after the show).
December 26-29 – The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea are held over four nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London to raise funds for victims of war in Cambodia. Queen, The Who, The Clash, Wings, Elvis Costello and members of Led Zeppelin all take part.
December 31 – The eighth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by The Oak Ridge Boys, Village People, Chic, Blondie and Barry Manilow.
Also in 1979
The Welsh Philharmonia becomes the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera.
Michael Schenker leaves Scorpions during their tour in France and was replaced by Matthias Jabs.
Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants.
Ry Cooder releases the first pop/rock record made entirely using digital recording technology, “Bop Til You Drop”.
EMI’s first digital recording – at Abbey Road Studios – of a non-classical music track is released – UK jazz-funk duo Morrissey–Mullen covered the Rose Royce hit Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. Released as a limited edition vinyl EP.
Disco reigns supreme in 1979, with several #1 hits from The Bee Gees and Donna Summer that year. Several artists who were not regarded as dance/disco acts, scored major successes by releasing disco singles, including New Wave band Blondie with their first US number one single “Heart of Glass”, Rod Stewart with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and rock band Electric Light Orchestra go disco this year with their UK #1 LP Discovery. Country star Kenny Rogers also issues a disco influenced album, entitled Kenny. Hard rock band Kiss also has a disco hit this year with “I Was Made For Lovin You”.
Elton John reunites with lyricist Bernie Taupin after a three-year break. The duos recent songs are recorded in August 1979, to be released a year later on “21 at 33”.
November 30, Pink Floyd released “The Wall” rising to top spot on the US charts for fifteen weeks.
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 would 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 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 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 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 that 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 band mates
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 30 – Thin Lizzy officially announces that Gary Moore has replaced Brian Robertson on guitar
August 26 – 80,000 concertgoers attend Mosport Speedway in Ontario for the first “Canada Jam Festival”, featuring sets by the Doobie Brothers, Commodores, Kansas, Village People, Dave Mason, the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Triumph
September 7 – The Who drummer Keith Moon dies in a central London flat after a prescription drug overdose at the age of 32
September 14–16 – The Grateful Dead perform three shows in Giza, Egypt, very close to the Sphinx and Great Pyramid
October 12 – Nancy Spungen, the American girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is found dead in a hotel room of a stab wound. Sid is arrested and charged with her murder
October 24 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards pleads guilty to the charge of possessing heroin in Toronto in 1977
October 29 – Michael Schenker plays his final show with UFO in Stanford, California before leaving the group to rejoin Scorpions
November – A now sober Alice Cooper releases the album From the Inside, which tells of his stay in rehab for alcoholism
November 25 – Aerosmith cuts a concert short after Steven Tyler suffers cuts to his face from a bottle that shatters upon hitting a stage monitor
November 27 – Def Leppard’s permanent drummer Rick Allen joins the band at the age of 15
December – Matthias Jabs joins Scorpions, replacing Uli Jon Roth.
December 31 – The seventh annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with performances by Barry Manilow, Village People, Chuck Mangione, Tanya Tucker and Rick James
CBS airs New Year’s Eve with Guy Lombardo for the final time, nearly two years after the band leader’s death and ending a 22 year run that began in 1956
Kenny Rogers continues his highly successful solo career with the single (and album) “The Gambler” and will go on to star in no less than 5 movies based around the song.
In the UK, singles sales are at their all-time high this year, boosted by the simultaneous peak of the disco and punk phenomena and the success of singles from the movie Grease.
Mozambique holds its first National Dance Festival, involving half a million people.
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Take Back The Night
|7||12||P!NK Featuring LILY ALLEN
|8||9||MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS Featuring MARY LAMBERT
The Other Side
Wake Me Up
|11||14||RIHANNA Featuring DAVID GUETTA
We Can’t Stop
|13||33||LABRINTH Featuring EMELI SANDE
Beneath Your Beautiful
Gone, Gone, Gone
|15||6||DAFT PUNK & PHARRELL
|16||22||FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Come & Get It
|18||38||FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE Featuring NELLY
|20||11||CALVIN HARRIS & ELLIE GOULDING
I Need Your Love
What About Love
See You Again
Little Bit Of Everything
|25||17||JAY-Z Featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
I Want Crazy
Mind Your Manners
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Can’t Hold Us
When I See This Bar
All Kinds of Kinds
Best I Ever Had
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Parking Lot Party
|37||24||KE$HA Featuring WILL.I.AM
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Jump Right In
Ohh La La
Drinks After Work
I Got You
Wasting All These Tears
Tie It Up
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This Is The New Year
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My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Lighten Up)
Crash My Party
Chloe (You’re The One I Want)
I Love It
|59||49||WALK OFF THE EARTH
We’re An American Band
|63||62||HUNTER HAYES Featuring JASON MRAZ
Everybody Got Somebody But Me
Made In The U.S.A.
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Everything Has Changed
Best Song Ever
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Turn The Night Up
You Don’t Need Me
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January 1 – US Bell System is broken up.
January 1 – Alexis Korner, British blues musician and broadcaster (b. 1928) Died
January 13 – Nathaniel Motte, American songwriter, performer, singer, music producer, film composer, instrumentalist, and playwright (3OH!3)
January 21 – Jackie Wilson, American singer (b. 1934) Died
January 24 – The Apple Macintosh is introduced.
January 30 – Kid Cudi, American hip hop artist
January 30 – Luke Kelly, Irish folk singer (b. 1940) Died
February 11 – Aubrey O’Day, American singer and actress
March 7 – Brandon T. Jackson, American stand-up comedian, actor and rapper
March 25 – March 25 – Katharine McPhee, American Idol finalist
March 30 – Anna Nalick, American singer
April 1 – Marvin Gaye, American singer (b. 1939) Murdered
April 10 – Mandy Moore, American singer and actress
April 15 – British comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a massive heart attack and dies while live on TV.
April 22 – Amelle Berrabah, British singer (Sugababes)
April 24 – Tyson Ritter, American singer/songwriter (The All-American Rejects)
April 26 – Count Basie, American musician and composer (b. 1904) Died
April 27 – Patrick Stump, American singer (Fall Out Boy)
May 4 – Little Boots, English pop singer
May 16 – Andy Kaufman, American comedian (b. 1949) Died
May 20 – Naturi Naughton, American singer and actress
June 15 – Meredith Willson, American composer (b. 1902) Died
June 17 – John Gallagher Jr., American actor, singer and dancer
June 23 – Duffy, Welsh singer
June 30 – Fantasia Barrino, American singer
July 4 – Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (b. 1949) Died
July 6 – Lauren Harris, English singer
July 6 – D. Woods, American R&B singer, dancer, and actress
July 14 – Philippe Wynne, American musician (b. 1941) Died
July 19 – Harry Stockwell, American actor and singer (b. 1902) Died
July 24 – Armando Morales Barillas, Nicaraguan guitarist (b. 1936) Died
July 25 – Big Mama Thornton, American singer (b. 1926) Died
July 29 – Fred Waring, American bandleader (b. 1900) Died
August 3 – Carah Faye Charnow, American singer for the band Shiny Toy Guns
August 13 – James Morrison, English singer/songwriter and guitarist
August 21 – Melissa Schuman, American singer and actress
September 3 – Arthur Schwartz, American composer (b. 1900) Died
September 6 – Ernest Tubb, American singer (b. 1914) Died
September 12 – September, Swedish singer and songwriter
September 16 – Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer
September 20 – Steve Goodman, American folk musician and songwriter (b. 1948) Died
September 26 – Keisha Buchanan, British singer (Sugababes)
September 27 – Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer
September 28 – Melody Thornton, American singer (Pussycat Dolls)
October 3 – Ashlee Simpson, American singer and actress
October 6 – Joanna Pacitti, American singer
October 24 – Walter Woolf King, American singer and actor (b. 1899) Died
October 25 – Katy Perry, American singer and actress
October 27 – Kelly Osbourne, English singer
November 16 – Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906) Died
November 16 – Leonard Rose, American cellist (leukemia) (b. 1918) Died
November 24 – Trey Songz, American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor
December 15 – Jan Peerce, American tenor (b. 1904) Died
December 16 – Laura More (Muncey), British singer
December 22 – Four African-American youths (Barry Allen, Troy Canty, James Ramseur, and Darrell Cabey) board an express train in The Bronx borough of New York City. They attempt to rob Bernhard Goetz, who shoots them. The event starts a national debate about urban crime in the United States.
December 23 – Alison Sudol, American singer/songwriter and pianist known professionally as A Fine Frenzy
December 29 – Leo Robin, American composer (b. 1900) Died
Summer 1984 – Crack, a smokeable form of cocaine, is first introduced into the Los Angeles area and soon spreads across the United States in what becomes known as the Crack Epidemic.
January 1 – The euro is established.
January 25 – Robert Shaw, American conductor (b. 1916) Died
January 31 – The popular TV series Family Guy premieres on Fox.
February 6 – Jimmy Roberts, American singer (b. 1924) Died
February 12 – U.S. President Bill Clinton is acquitted in impeachment proceedings in the United States Senate.
February 15 – Big L, American rapper (b. 1974) Died
March 2 – Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939) Died
March 8 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914) Died
March 29 – For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark, at 10,006.78.
March 29 – Joe Williams, American singer (b. 1918) Died
April 12 – Boxcar Willie, American country music singer (b. 1931) Died
April 14 – Anthony Newley, English actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1931) Died
April 26 – British T.V presenter Jill Dando, 37, is shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London.
April 26 – Adrian Borland, British musician and producer (b. 1957) (The Sound) Died
April 27 – Al Hirt, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1922) Died
May 1 – The pilot episode of the television series SpongeBob SquarePants airs on Nickelodeon.
May 3 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time, at 11,014.70.
May 5 – Microsoft releases Windows 98 (Second Edition), from 1998.
May 19 – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing Star Wars film.
June 1 – Napster, a revolutionary music downloading service, debuts.
June 5 – Mel Torme, American singer (b. 1925) Died
July 1 – Guy Mitchell, American singer (b. 1927) Died
July 11 – Helen Forrest, American jazz singer (b. 1917) Died
July 22 – The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
July 29 – Anita Carter, American singer (b. 1933) Died
August 3 – Leroy Vinnegar, American musician (b. 1928) Died
August 31 – Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G4.
September 9 – Sega Dreamcast was released as well as Sonic Adventure.
October 9 – Milt Jackson, American musician (b. 1923) Died
October 26 – Hoyt Axton, American actor and singer-songwriter (b. 1938) Died
November 18 – Doug Sahm, American musician (b. 1941) Died
November 30 – The ExxonMobil Corporation merger is completed, forming the largest company in the world.
November 30 – Charlie Byrd, American Jazz musician and classical guitarist (b. 1925) Died
December 3 – Scatman John, American musician (b. 1942) Died
December 10 – Rick Danko, Canadian musician (b. 1943) Died
December 26 – Curtis Mayfield, American musician and composer (b. 1942) Died
December 31 – The U.S. turns over complete administration of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian Government, as stipulated in the Torrijos-Carter Treaty of 1977.
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January 1 – Townes Van Zandt, American folk singer (b. 1944) Died
January 5 – Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist (b. 1912) Died
January 23 – Richard Berry African-American singer and composer (b. 1935) Died
January 31 – Johnny Klein, American drummer (b. 1918) Died
February 13 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 7,000 for the first time, gaining 60.81 to 7,022.44.
February 23 – Tony Williams, American musician (b. 1945) Died
February 28 – North Hollywood shootout: Two robbers wearing kevlar body armor armed with AK-47s containing armor-piercing bullets injure 17 police officers and civilians in a gun battle. The incident sparked debate on the appropriate firepower for United States patrol officers to have available in similar situations in the future.
March 9 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (b. 1972) Died
March 10 – La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929) Died
March 17 – Jermaine Stewart, American singer (b. 1957) Died
April 8 – Laura Nyro, American singer and composer (b. 1947) Died
April 19 – El Duce, American singer and drummer (b. 1958) Died
April 21 – A Pegasus rocket carries the remains of 24 people into earth orbit, in the first space burial.
April 27 – Andrew Cunanan murders Jeffrey Trail, beginning a murder spree that lasts until July and ends with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
June 6 – In Lacey Township, New Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler kills her newborn baby in a toilet.
June 13 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
June 21 – Rebecca Black, American singer
June 28 – Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907) Died
July 1 – The United Kingdom hands sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.
July 15 – Spree killer Andrew Cunanan shoots fashion designer Gianni Versace to death outside Versace’s Miami, Florida residence.
July 16 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 63.17 to close at 8,038.88. It is the Dow’s first close above 8,000. The Dow has doubled its value in 30 months.
July 17 – The F.W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
August 10 – Conlon Nancarrow, American-born composer (b. 1912) Died
August 16 – Greyson Chance, American singer, songwriter and pianist
August 21 – Be Here Now, the third album from English rock band Oasis, becomes the fastest selling album in UK history.
August 31 – Death of Diana, Princess of Wales: Diana, Princess of Wales is taken to hospital after a car accident shortly after midnight, in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris. She is pronounced dead at 3:00 am.
September 6 – The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place at Westminster Abbey, watched by over 2 billion people worldwide.
September 18 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American blues singer (b. 1920) Died
September 19 – Rich Mullins, American musician (b. 1955) Died
October 5 – Arthur Tracy, American singer (b. 1899) Died
October 12 – John Denver, American musician (b. 1943) Died
October 19 – Glen Buxton, American guitarist (b. 1947) Died
November 1 – Alex Wolff, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor
November 12 – Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the World Trade Center 1993 bombings.
November 15 – Saul Chaplin, American composer (b. 1912)
November 22 – Michael Hutchence, Australian musician, INXS (b. 1960) Died
December 2 – Michael Hedges, American composer and guitarist (b. 1953) Died
December 19 – James Cameron’s Titanic, the highest-grossing film of all time until his other film Avatar, premieres in the US.
December 21 – Amie Comeaux, American country singer (b. 1976) Died
This edition of Feature Year – 1996.
January 15 – Les Baxter, American musician and composer (b. 1922) Died
January 20 – Gerry Mulligan, American musician (b. 1927) Died
January 25 – Jonathan Larson, American composer and playwright (b. 1960) Died
February 9 – The element Copernicium is discovered.
February 16 – Brownie McGhee, American musician (b. 1915) Died
February 21 – Morton Gould, American musician and composer (b. 1913) Died
February 28 – Canadian singer Alanis Morissette wins the top honor, Album of the Year award, at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. She is the youngest person to ever win this award, a record she held until 2010.
March 15 – Olga Rudge, American violinist (b. 1895) Died
March 31 – Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American musician (b. 1958) Died
April 4 – Larry LaPrise, American songwriter (b. 1912) Died
May 17 – Kevin Gilbert, American musician, composer, and record producer (b. 1966) Died
May 21 – Paul Delph, American musician and producer (b. 1957) Died
May 24 – Jacob Druckman, American composer (b. 1928) Died
May 25 – Brad Nowell, American musician (b. 1968) Died
June 13 – An 81-day standoff between the Montana Freemen and FBI agents ends with their surrender in Montana.
June 15 – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (b. 1917) Died
June 23 – The Nintendo 64 video game system is released in Japan.
July 2 – Lyle and Erik Menendez are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
July 12 – Jonathan Melvoin, American musician (b. 1961) Died
July 16 – John Panozzo, American drummer (b. 1948) Died
July 27 – The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills 1 and injures 111.
July 29 – Jason Thirsk, American bass player (b. 1967) Died
August 6 – The American punk rock band The Ramones play their last show.
August 11 – The British rock band Oasis plays the biggest free-standing concert in UK history at Knebworth, Hertfordshire.
August 13 – David Tudor, American pianist and composer (b. 1926) Died
August 20 – Rio Reiser, German rock musician and singer (b. 1950) Died
August 23 – Osama bin Laden writes “The Declaration of Jihad on the Americans Occupying the Country of the Two Sacred Places,” a call for the removal of American military forces from Saudi Arabia.
September 9 – Bill Monroe, American “father of bluegrass” music (b. 1911) Died
September 13 – Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor also known as “2Pac” (b. 1971) Died
September 17 – Spiro Agnew, American politician, 39th Vice President of the United States (b. 1918) Died
November 5 – Eddie Harris, American Jazz musician (b. 1934) Died
November 30 – Tiny Tim, American musician (b. 1932) Died
December 10 – Faron Young, American singer (b. 1932) Died
December 20 – Steve Jobs’ company NeXT is bought by Apple Computer, the company co-founded by Jobs.
March 5 – Priscilla Paris, American singer (b. 1953) Died
March 7 – Paul Winfield, American actor (b. 1941) Died
April 29 – The last Oldsmobile rolls off of the assembly line.
May 6 – The series finale of Friends airs on NBC.
May 24 – North Korea bans mobile phones
June 5 – Ronald Reagan, American politician and actor, 40th President of the United States (b. 1911) Died
June 10 – Ray Charles, American singer and musician (b. 1930) Died
July 6 – Syreeta Wright,American singer,songwriter (b.1946) Died
July 9 – Isabel Sanford, American actress (b. 1917) Died
July 21 – Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929) Died
August 6 – Rick James, American musician (b. 1948) Died
August 12 – New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announces that he is “a gay American” and will resign effective November 15, 2004.
August 13 – Julia Child, American chef (b. 1912) Died
August 18 – Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922) Died
August 26 – Laura Branigan, American singer (b. 1957) Died
September 15 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist (The Ramones) (b. 1948) Died
September 24 – Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington D.C. in 2005.
October 5 – Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian and actor (b. 1921) Died
October 10 – Christopher Reeve, American actor and activist (b. 1952) Died
November 1 – Mac Dre, American rapper (b. 1970) Died
November 7 – Howard Keel, American singer and actor (b. 1919) Died
November 13 – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, American rapper (b. 1968) Died
December 7 – Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914) Died
December 8 – Dimebag Darrell, American guitarist (b. 1966) Died
December 26 – One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history hits Southeast Asia, when the strongest earthquake in 40 years hits the entire Indian Ocean region. The massive 9.3 magnitude earthquake, epicentered just off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, generates enormous tsunami waves that crash into the coastal areas of a number of nations including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The official death toll in the affected countries stands at 186,983 while more than 40,000 people are still missing.
December 27 – Hank Garland, American guitarist (b. 1930) Died
December 30 – Artie Shaw, American musician (b. 1910) Died
January 1 – The Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to United States copyright law.
January 9 – AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
January 23 – Terry Kath, American rock musician (Chicago) (b. 1946) Died
February 1 – Hollywood film director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees to France, after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
February 5–February 7 – The Northeastern United States blizzard of 1978 hits the New England region and the New York metropolitan area, killing about 100 and causing over US$520 million in damage.
February 22 – Jenny Frost, English singer (Atomic Kitten)
March 6 – American porn publisher Larry Flynt is shot and paralyzed in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
March 10 – Benjamin Burnley, American musician (Breaking Benjamin)
April 7 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter decides to postpone production of the neutron bomb – a weapon which kills people with radiation but leaves buildings relatively intact.
April 7 – Duncan James, English singer (Blue)
April 9 – Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club 7)
April 28 – Nate Richert, American musician and former actor
May 1 – Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer (b. 1903) Died
May 5 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds gets his 3,000th major league hit.
May 21 – Adam Gontier, lead singer of Canadian band Three Days Grace
May 23 – Scott Raynor, Drummer and founding member of Blink-182
June 12 – Serial killer David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam,” is sentenced to 365 years in prison.
June 29 – Nicole Scherzinger, American pop lead singer (Pussycat Dolls)
July 20 – Elliott Yamin, American singer
August 4 – Frank Fontaine, American comedian and singer (b. 1920) Died
August 6 – Pope Paul VI dies in Castelgandolfo.
August 6 – Freeway, American rapper
August 7 – Eddie Calvert, American musician (b. 1922) Died
August 24 – Louis Prima, Italian-American singer and actor (b. 1910) Died
August 26 – Pope John Paul I succeeds Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope.
August 30 – Swizz Beatz, American record producer and rapper
September 7 – Keith Moon, English drummer (The Who) (b. 1946) Died
September 12 – Ruben Studdard, American singer
September 24 – Ruth Etting, American singer (b. 1896) Died
September 28 – Pope John Paul I dies after only 33 days of papacy.
October 9 – Nicky Byrne, Irish musician (Westlife)
October 16 – Pope John Paul II succeeds Pope John Paul I as the 264th pope. He is the first Polish pope in history.
October 23 – Maybelle Carter, American singer (b. 1909) Died
October 28 – Justin Guarini, American singer
October 30 – Matthew Morrison, American actor and singer
November 7 – Mark Read, English singer (A1)
November 9 – Sisqó, American actor and singer
November 19 – Matt Dusk, Canadian jazz musician & singer
December 13 – The first Susan B. Anthony dollar enters circulation.
December 21 – Shaun Morgan, lead singer of South African band Seether