1977 in music


1977 in music

Events

Bohemian Rhapsody is named 'The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years' by BPI.

In this year, the St. Magnus Festival was founded in Orkney by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Perhaps most important is the beginning of what has become known as the "punk explosion". 1977 saw the release of several pivotal albums in the development of punk music. Widely-acknowledged as masterpieces and among the earliest first full-length purely punk albums, the Ramones' "Rocket to Russia", the Jam's "In the City", Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life", the debut by the Clash, "The Clash", The Damned's "Damned, Damned, Damned", Wire's "Pink Flag", Richard Hell & the Voidoids' "Blank Generation", Elvis Costello's "My Aim Is True", the Dead Boys' "Young, Loud and Snotty", the Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols", and Television's "Marquee Moon" are usually considered their respective masterpieces, and kick-started punk music as the musical genre it eventually became. The year also saw the release of debut albums by bands often associated with, if not defined as, punk, such as Talking Heads' "", Suicide's "Suicide", and Motörhead's "Motörhead". The year was also the year of formation for the B-52's, Black Flag, Crass, Discharge and X.

The soundtrack to the film "Saturday Night Fever" was an enormous hit that established the Bee Gees (who had composed most of the tracks) as the most popular artists in the world, and the best-selling artist since the Beatles. "Saturday Night Fever" also moved disco music into the mainstream, and it dominated the charts for the next few years.

Jimmy Buffett's "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" is also especially notable in its inclusion of "Margaritaville", the biggest single of his career. This album helped establish Buffett as a popular artist, and earned him much of the rabid fanbase ("Parrotheads") that he eventually became known for. Billy Joel's "The Stranger" was enormously popular, and includes his beloved medly, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant". Lastly, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" is the most popular and critically acclaimed LP of the band's career; it is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

*January 1 - The Clash headline the gala opening of the London music club, The Roxy.
*January 12 - Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is fined 750 pounds for possession of cocaine which was found in his wrecked car on May 19, 1976. Richards was charged an additional 250 pounds for court costs and found "not guilty" of possession of LSD.
*January 26
**Patti Smith falls off the stage while opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Florida. Smith is rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches to close head lacerations. While recovering, Smith writes her fifth book of poetry, "Babel".
**Fleetwood Mac's original lead guitarist, Peter Green, is committed to a mental hospital in England after firing a pistol at a delivery boy bringing him a royalties check
*Alice Cooper enters rehab for his alcoholism, after ten years of drinking a pack of beer a day.
*January 27 - After releasing only one single for the band, EMI terminates its contract with the Sex Pistols.
*February 4 - "American Bandstand" celebrates its 25th anniversary on television with a special hosted by Dick Clark. An "all-star band" 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 perform "Roll Over Beethoven."
*February 14 - The B-52's make their debut at a party in Athens, Georgia
*February 15 - Sid Vicious replaces Glen Matlock as the bassist for the Sex Pistols.
*February 27 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police raid Keith Richards' Toronto hotel suite while he is sleeping and seize 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. Richards is arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to traffic, and possession of cocaine. He is released on $25,000 bail
*March 1 - Sara Lowndes Dylan files for divorce from her husband of 11 years, Bob Dylan.
*March 10 - A&M Records signs the Sex Pistols in a ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace. The contract is terminated on March 16.
*April 22 - Pink Floyd opened the North American leg of their "Animals" tour in Miami, Florida
*April 24 - Several artists including Joan Baez, Santana and others perform at a free concert for the inmates of California's Soledad Prison.
*April 25 - During a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Center, Elvis Presley makes what would turn out to be the last recordings he would ever make. Three songs recorded at the show would later appear (with overdubs), on the posthumously released album, "Moody Blue".
*April 26 - New York's disco Studio 54 opens.
*June - Founding of the Nikikai Opera Foundation.
*May 11 - The Stranglers and support band London start a 10 week national UK tour.
*June 12 - The Supremes performed for the last time together at Drury Lane Theatre in London and officially disbanded.
*July 24 - Led Zeppelin perform in Oakland at their last ever concert 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.
*September 16 - T. Rex frontman Mark Bolan is killed in an automobile accident.
*October 20 - A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in Mississippi, killing songwriter & vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and background vocalist Cassie Gaines.
*December 14 "Saturday Night Fever" appears in theaters, igniting a new popularity for Disco music.
*Kenny Rogers releases his album "Ten Years Of Gold" less than 12 months after scoring his first solo hit, following the break up of his pop/country band, The First Edition. The album features the original versions of his recent solo hits and re-recordings of First Edition classics.
*INXS forms in Sydney, Australia
*Black Flag forms
*The Kats forms in Hollywood, California
*The B-52's forms
*Crass forms
*Def Leppard forms in Sheffield, Yorkshire
*Whitesnake forms
*X (US) forms
*The Fall forms in Manchester, England
*The Meters break up
*Dire Straits is founded
*Stiff Little Fingers is founded
*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.
*Van Morrison releases a new album after a three-year absence
*Luv', a Dutch girl group, is formed

Albums released

*"Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!" - Bootsy's Rubber Band
*"Aja" - Steely Dan
*"The Alice Cooper Show" - Alice Cooper
*"Alive II - Kiss
*"Animals" - Pink Floyd
*"Bad Reputation" - Thin Lizzy
*"Barry Manilow Live" - Barry Manilow
*"Bat out of Hell" - Meat Loaf
*"Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted" - The Animals
*"The Best of Top of the Pops '77" - Top of the Poppers
*"Björk" - Björk
*"Blowin' Away" - Joan Baez
*"Blue Lights in the Basement" - Roberta Flack
*"Boats Against the Current" - Eric Carmen
*"Book of Dreams" - Steve Miller Band
*"Broken Blossom" - Bette Midler
*"BTO Live - Japan Tour" (live) - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
*"Bundle of Joy" - Freddie Hubbard
*"Cat Scratch Fever" - Ted Nugent
*"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" - Jimmy Buffett
*"Chic" - Chic
*"Chicago XI" - Chicago
*"The Clash" - The Clash
*"Cluster & Eno" - Cluster & Eno
*"Come in from the Rain" - Captain & Tennille
*"Damned, Damned, Damned" - The Damned
*"Dead Boys" - Young, Loud and Snotty
*"Deceptive Bends" - 10cc
*"Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" - Joni Mitchell
*"Draw the Line" - Aerosmith
*"Eddie Money" - Eddie Money
*"Elvis in Concert" (live) - Elvis Presley
*"Even in the Quietest Moments" - Supertramp
*"Equal Rights" - Peter Tosh
*"Exodus" - Bob Marley and the Wailers
*"Expect No Mercy" - Nazareth
*"A Fantasy Love Affair" - Peter Brown
*"A Farewell to Kings" - Rush
*"Focus con Proby - Focus
*"Foreigner" - Foreigner (debut)
*"Forever for Now" - April Wine
*"Frampton Comes Alive!" (live) - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
*"Freeways" - Peter Frampton
*"Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome" - Parliament
*"The Grand Illusion" - Styx
*"Going for the One" - Yes
*"The Golden Greats" - Sweet
*""Heroes"" - David Bowie
*"I Robot" - The Alan Parsons Project
*"I'm a Man" - Bo Diddley
*"I'm Glad Your Here With Me Tonight" - Neil Diamond
*"I'm in You" - Peter Frampton
*"(I'm) Stranded" - The Saints
*"The Idiot" - Iggy Pop
*"It Feels So Good" - The Manhattans
*"JT" - James Taylor
*"Just A Stone's Throw Away" - Valerie Carter
*"Just A Story From America" - Elliott Murphy
*"L.A.M.F." - Heartbreakers
*"Lace and Whiskey" - Alice Cooper
*"Leave Home" - The Ramones
*"Let There Be Rock" - AC/DC
*"Lights Out" - UFO
*"Little Criminals" - Randy Newman
*"Little Queen" - Heart
*"Live at Last" - Bette Midler
*"Live at the El Mocambo" - April Wine
*"Love for Sale"- Boney M.
*"Love Gun"- Kiss
*"Low" - David Bowie
*"Lust for Life" - Iggy Pop
*"Magida El Romi Vol. 1" - Magida El Roumi
*"Marlena" - Die Flippers
*"Marquee Moon" - Television
*"Message Man" - Eddy Grant
*"Montreux '77" - Ella Fitzgerald
*"Motörhead" - Motörhead
*"Moody Blue" - Elvis Presley
*"Moonflower" - Santana
*"My Aim Is True" - Elvis Costello
*"Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" - Sex Pistols
*"New Boots and Panties!" - Ian Dury
*"News of the World" - Queen
*"Next" - Journey
*"Nice to Be Around" - Rosemary Clooney
*"Night Moves" - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
*"No More Heroes" - The Stranglers
*"Now" - The Tubes
*"Off the Record" - Sweet
*"On Earth as It Is in Heaven" - Angel
*"Out of the Blue" - Electric Light Orchestra
*"Pacific Ocean Blue" - Dennis Wilson
*""-Parliament
*"Passage" - Carpenters
*"A Period of Transition" - Van Morrison
*"Peter Gabriel" - Peter Gabriel (solo debut)
*"Phyllis Hyman" - Phyllis Hyman
*"Pink Flag" - Wire
*"Plastic Letters" - Blondie
*"Point of Know Return" - Kansas
*"Prism" - Prism
*"Ram Jam" - Ram Jam
*"Quark, Strangeness and Charm" - Hawkwind
*"Rattus Norvegicus" - The Stranglers
*"Regeneration" - Roy Orbison
*"Rendezvous - Sandy Denny
*"Ringo The 4th" - Ringo Starr
*"Rocket to Russia" - The Ramones
*"Rockin' All Over the World" - Status Quo
*"Rumours" - Fleetwood Mac
*"Running On Empty" - Jackson Browne
*"Saw Delight" - Can
*"Seconds Out" (live) - Genesis
*"Simple Dreams" - Linda Ronstadt
*"Sin After Sin" - Judas Priest
*"Slowhand" - Eric Clapton
*"Songs from the Wood" - Jethro Tull
*"Spectres" - Blue Öyster Cult
*"Spiral" - Vangelis
*"The Stranger" - Billy Joel
*"Street Survivors" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
*"Streisand Superman" - Barbra Streisand
*"Suicide" - Suicide
*"Taken by Force " - Scorpions
*"" - Talking Heads
*"Tanz Samba mit Mir" - Tony Holiday
*"Tejas" - ZZ Top
*"Terrapin Station" - Grateful Dead
*"The Album" - ABBA
*"The Last Gunslinger Ballad" - Johnny Cash
*"The Rambler" - Johnny Cash
*"The Second Annual Report" - Throbbing Gristle
*"The Visitation" - Chrome
*"Trans Europa Express" - Kraftwerk
*"Victim of Romance" - Michelle Phillips
*"Virgin Killer" - Scorpions
*"Visitors" - Automatic Man
*"Watercolors" - Pat Metheny
*"Welcome to My World" - Elvis Presley
*"Works Volume I" - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest [http://tsort.info/music/yr1977.htm chart positions] in the charts of 1977.

Chronological table of US and UK Number One hit singles

US Number One Singles and Artist
(Weeks at Number One)
UK Number One Singles and Artist
(Weeks at Number One)
"Tonight's the Night" - Rod Stewart (7 weeks in 1976 + 1 week in 1977)
"You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)"- Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr (1)
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" - Leo Sayer (1)
"I Wish" - Stevie Wonder (1)
"Car Wash" - Rose Royce (1)
"Torn Between Two Lovers" - Mary MacGregor (2)
"Blinded by the Light" - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1)
"New Kid In Town" - The Eagles (1)
"Love Theme From "A Star Is Born" (Evergreen)" - Barbra Streisand (3)
"Rich Girl" - Hall & Oates (2)
"Dancing Queen" - ABBA (1)
"Don't Give Up On Us" - David Soul (1)
"Don't Leave Me This Way" - Thelma Houston (1)
"Southern Nights" - Glen Campbell (1)
"Hotel California" - The Eagles (1)
"When I Need You" - Leo Sayer (1)
"Sir Duke" - Stevie Wonder (3)
"I'm Your Boogie Man" - KC & The Sunshine Band (1)
"Dreams" - Fleetwood Mac (1)
"Got to Give It Up" - Marvin Gaye (1)
"Gonna Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky") - Bill Conti (1)
"Undercover Angel" - Alan O'Day (1)
"Da Do Ron Ron" - Shaun Cassidy (1)
"Looks Like We Made It" - Barry Manilow (1)
"I Just Want To Be Your Everything" - Andy Gibb (4)
"Best Of My Love" - The Emotions (5)
"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" - Meco (2)
"You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone (10), best selling single of the year"'
"How Deep Is Your Love" - Bee Gees (2 weeks in 1977 + 1 week in 1978)

"When A Child Is Born" - Johnny Mathis (1 week in 1976 + 2 weeks in 1977)
"Don't Give Up On Us" - David Soul (4)
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" - Julie Covington (1)
"When I Need You" - Leo Sayer (3)
"Chanson D'Amour" - The Manhattan Transfer (3)
"Knowing Me, Knowing You" - ABBA (5)
"Free" - Deniece Williams (2)
"I Don't Want to Talk About It/The First Cut Is the Deepest" - Rod Stewart (4)
"Lucille" - Kenny Rogers (1)
"Show You The Way To Go" - The Jacksons (1)
"So You Win Again" - Hot Chocolate (3)
"I Feel Love" - Donna Summer (4)
"Angelo" - Brotherhood of Man (1)
"Float On - Floaters (1)
"Way Down" - Elvis Presley (5)
"Silver Lady" - David Soul (3)
"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" - Baccara (1)
"The Name Of The Game" - ABBA (4)
"Mull Of Kintyre/Girl's School" - Wings, (5 weeks in 1977 + 4 weeks in 1978), best selling single of the year

Other significant singles and major hits

*"Alison" - Elvis Costello
*"All You Get from Love Is a Love Song" - The Carpenters
*"American Girl" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
*"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" - Elvis Costello
*"Another Star" - Stevie Wonder
*"April Sun In Cuba" - Dragon
*"As" - Stevie Wonder
*"Back Together Again" - Hall & Oates
*"Barracuda" - Heart
*"Black Betty" - Ram Jam
*"Blue Bayou" - Linda Ronstadt
*"Brick House" - The Commodores
*"California" - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
*"Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft" - The Carpenters
*"Cat Scratch Fever" - Ted Nugent
*"The Chain" - Fleetwood Mac
*"Christine Sixteen" - Kiss
*"Cold As Ice" - Foreigner
*"Complete Control" - The Clash
*"Coyote" - Joni Mitchell
*"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - Chic
*"Dancing In The Moonlight (It's Caught Me In The Spotlight)" - Thin Lizzy
*"Daybreak" - Barry Manilow
*"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" - AC/DC
*"Disco Inferno" - The Trammps
*"Do Anything You Wanna Do" - Eddie and the Hotrods
*"Do Ya" - Electric Light Orchestra
*"Don't Believe A Word" - Thin Lizzy
*"Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" - Crystal Gayle
*"Don't Stop" - Fleetwood Mac
*"Down To Zero" - Joan Armatrading
*"Dreamboat Annie" - Heart
*"Dreams" - Fleetwood Mac
*"Egyptian Reggae" - Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
*"Exodus" - Bob Marley and the Wailers
*"Fanfare for the Common Man" - Emerson Lake and Palmer
*"Father Christmas" - The Kinks
*"Feel the Need In Me" - The Detroit Emeralds
*"Feels Like The First Time" - Foreigner
*"Foreplay/Long Time" - Boston
*"(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)" - The Stranglers
*"Give A Little Bit" - Supertramp
*"Go Your Own Way" - Fleetwood Mac
*"God Save the Queen" - Sex Pistols
*"Going for the One" - Yes
*"Hard Luck Woman" - Kiss
*"Heaven On the Seventh Floor" - Paul Nicholas
*"Heroes" - David Bowie
*"Higher and Higher (Your Love Has Lifted Me)" - Rita Coolidge
*"Holidays in the Sun" - Sex Pistols
*"I Want You to Want Me" - Cheap Trick
*"In The City" - The Jam
*"Isn't She Lovely" - Stevie Wonder
*"It's So Easy" - Linda Ronstadt
*"Jamming/Punky Reggae Party" - Bob Marley and the Wailers
*"Jet Airliner" - Steve Miller Band
*"Juke Box Music" - The Kinks
*"Kill The King" - Rainbow
*"Lay Down Sally" - Eric Clapton
*"Let There Be Rock" - AC/DC
*"Lido Shuffle" - Boz Scaggs
*"Life In The Fast Lane" - The Eagles
*"Like a Hurricane" - Neil Young
*"Lonely Boy" - Andrew Gold
*"Lookin' After Number One" - Boomtown Rats
*"Love Is The Answer" - Utopia
*"Lovely Day" - Bill Withers
*"Magazine Madonna" - Sherbet
*"Magic Fly" - Space
*"Mannequin" - Wire
*"Marquee Moon" - Television
*"Mary Of The Fourth Form" - Boomtown Rats
*"Modern Love" - Peter Gabriel
*"More Than a Feeling" - Boston
*"Motorhead" - Motörhead
*"My Heart Belongs to Me" - Barbra Streisand
*"Native New Yorker" - Odyssey
*"Neat Neat Neat" - The Damned
*"No More Heroes" - The Stranglers
*"Nobody Does It Better" - Carly Simon
*"Oh Bondage Up Yours" - X-Ray Spex
*"On the Border" - Al Stewart
*"Peace of Mind" - Boston
*"Peaches/Go Buddy Go" - The Stranglers
*"Peg" - Steely Dan
*"Phoenix" - Wishbone Ash
*"The Pink Parker (EP)" - Graham Parker and the Rumour
*"Pourin' It All Out" - Graham Parker and the Rumour
*"Pretty Vacant" - Sex Pistols
*"Psycho Killer" - Talking Heads
*"Really Free" - John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett
*"Right Time of the Night" - Jennifer Warnes
*"Road Runner" - Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
*"Rock and Roll Never Forgets" - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
*"Rock Bottom" - Lynsey De Paul and Mike Moran
*"Rockaria!" - Electric Light Orchestra
*"Rockin' All Over the World" - Status Quo
*"Rose of Cimarron (EP)" - Poco
*"Runaway" - Bonnie Raitt
*"Sam" - Olivia Newton-John
*"Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll" - Ian Dury
*"She's Not There" - Santana
*"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" - The Ramones
*"Short People" - Randy Newman
*"Sleepwalker" - The Kinks
*"Solsbury Hill" - Peter Gabriel
*"Something Better Change/Straighten Out" - The Stranglers
*"So Into You" - Atlanta Rhythm Section
*"Sound And Vision" - David Bowie
*"Spanish Stroll" - Mink De Ville
*"Sweet Gene Vincent" - Ian Dury
*"Swingtown" - Steve Miller Band
*"The Pink Parker (EP)" - Graham Parker and the Rumour
*"Telephone Line" - Electric Light Orchestra
*"This Is Tomorrow" - Bryan Ferry
*"Tie Your Mother Down" - Queen
*"Tryin' to Love Two" - William Bell
*"2-4-6-8 Motorway" - Tom Robinson Band
*"Tulane" - Steve Gibbons Band
*"Tumbling Dice" - Linda Ronstadt
*"Uptown Top Ranking" - Althea and Donna
*"Walk This Way" - Aerosmith
*"Waiting In Vain" - Bob Marley and the Wailers
*"Watching The Detectives" - Elvis Costello
*"We Are the Champions" - Queen
*"We're All Alone" - Rita Coolidge
*"What Can I Say" - Boz Scaggs
*"What's Your Name" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
*"White Punks On Dope" - The Tubes
*"White Riot" - The Clash
*"Whole Wide World" - Wreckless Eric
*"Willow" - Joan Armatrading
*"Wonderous Stories" - Yes
*"Year of the Cat" - Al Stewart
*"You Make Loving Fun" - Fleetwood Mac
*"You're In My Heart" - Rod Stewart
*"You're My World" - Helen Reddy
*"Your Love Gets Me Around" - Ronney Abramson
*"Your Song" - Billy Paul

Published popular music

* "After The Lovin'" w. Richie Adams m. Alan Bernstein
*"Annie" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
*"Brazzle Dazzle Day" w.m. Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn, from the film "Pete's Dragon"
*"But The World Goes 'Round" w. Fred Ebb m. John Kander. Introduced by Liza Minnelli in the film "New York, New York"
* "Candle on the Water" w.m. Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn, from the film "Pete's Dragon"
* "Child In A Universe" w.m. Laura Nyro
* "Come In From The Rain" w.m. Melissa Manchester & Carole Bayer Sager
*"Easy Street" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
* "The Greatest Love of All" w. Linda Creed m. Michael Masser
*"Happy Endings" w. Fred Ebb m. John Kander. Introduced by Liza Minnelli, Larry Kert and chorus in the film "New York, New York"
* "Here You Come Again" w.m. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
*"I Don't Need Anything But You" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
*"I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
*"It's Not Easy" w.m. Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn, from the film "Pete's Dragon"
* "It's The Hard-Knock Life" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
* "Just the Way You Are" w.m. Billy Joel
*"Little Girls" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
*"The Love Boat" theme song" w.m. Norman Gimbel & Paul Williams
* "Love Is In The Air" w.m. George Young & Harry Vanda
* "Maybe" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
* "Maybe I'm Amazed" w.m. Paul McCartney
* "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" w.m. Billy Joel
*"N. Y. C." w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
*"A New Deal For Christmas" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
* "New York, New York" w.m. Fred Ebb & John Kander. Introduced by Liza Minnelli in the film "New York, New York"
* "Nobody Does It Better" w. Carole Bayer Sager m. Marvin Hamlisch
* "She's Always A Woman" w.m. Billy Joel
* "Someone's Waiting for You" w. Carol Connors & Ayn Robbins m. Sammy Fain from the film "The Rescuers"
*"Something Was Missing" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
* "Star Wars-Main Theme" m. John Williams from the "Star Wars" films
* "Stayin' Alive" w.m. Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb & Robin Gibb
* "Thank You For The Music" w.m. Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
*"There Goes The Ball Game" w. Fred Ebb m. John Kander. Introduced by Liza Minnelli in the film "New York, New York"
* "Tomorrow" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse, from the musical "Annie"
*"We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
*"You Won't Be An Orphan For Long" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse from the musical "Annie"
* "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse, from the musical "Annie"

Classical music

*Enrique Crespo - "American Suite No. 1"
*George Crumb - "Star-Child" (1977, revised 1979) for soprano, antiphonal children's voices, male speaking choir, bell ringers, and large orchestra
*Bengt Hambraeus - "Antiphonie: Cathedral Music for Organ"
*Arvo Pärt - "Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten"
*Tōru Takemitsu
**"A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden"
**"Water-ways" for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, two harps and two vibraphones
*Alexander Vustin - "In Memory of Boris Klyuzner"
*Isang Yun - "Concerto for Flute and Small Orchestra"

Opera

*Julian Livingston - "Twist of Treason"
*Thea Musgrave - "Mary, Queen of Scots"
*Donald Sosin - "Esther"

Musical theatre

* "The Act" Broadway production
* "Annie" (Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse) - Broadway production
* "I Love My Wife" Broadway production opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on April 17 and ran for 857 performances
* "I Love My Wife" London production opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre on October 6 and ran for 401 performances
* "The King and I"(Rodgers & Hammerstein) - Broadway revival
* "Privates on Parade" London production opened at the Aldwych Theatre on February 17 and ran for 208 performances
* "Side by Side by Sondheim" Broadway production
* "Oliver!" (Lionel Bart) - London revival

Musical films

* "A Little Night Music"
* "New York, New York" released on June 21 starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro
* "Pete's Dragon"
* "Saturday Night Fever"

Births

*January 28 - Tweety, Next
*January 28 - Joey Fatone, *NSYNC
*February 2 - Shakira, singer
*February 8
**Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, Linkin Park
**Nadia Turner
*February 11 - Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park, Fort Minor
*February 15 - Brooks Wackerman, Bad Religion
*March 2 - Chris Martin, Coldplay
*March 3 - Ronan Keating, Boyzone
*March 6 - Bubba Sparxxx, rapper
*March 7 - Paul Cattermole, S Club 7
*March 15 - Joseph Hahn, Linkin Park
*March 18 - Devin Lima, LFO
*April 9 - Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
*May 1 - Dan Regan, Reel Big Fish
*May 31 - Scott Klopfenstein, Reel Big Fish
*June 3 - Yuri Ruley, MxPx
*June 12 - Kenny Wayne Shepherd, guitarist
*July 14 - Gordon Cree, composer
*July 15 - Ray Toro, My Chemical Romance
*July 18 - Tony Fagenson, Eve 6
*July 28
**Coby Dick, Papa Roach
**Mark Stoermer, The Killers
*July 29 - Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley
*August 10 - Aaron Kamin, The Calling
*August 17 - Claire Richards, Steps
*August 31 - Craig Nicholls, The Vines
*September 4 - Ian Grushka, New Found Glory
*September 11
**Jon Buckland, Coldplay
**Ludacris
*September 13 - Fiona Apple, singer-songwriter
*October 2 - Jeremiah Rangel, Mest
*October 13 - Justin Peroff, Broken Social Scene
*October 16
**John Mayer, musician
**Chris Knapp, The Ataris
**Joanne Yeoh, violinist
*October 17 - Nicole Cabell, operatic soprano
*November 15 - Logan Whitehurst, one man band

Deaths

*January 1 - Michael Mann, violinist, son of Thomas Mann
*January 21 - Errol Garner, jazz pianist
*February 10 - Grace Williams, composer
*February 12 - Ernst Mehlich, German-Brazilian conductor and composer
*February 26 - Bukka White, blues guitarist and singer
*February 28 - Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, comic actor and singer
*May 22 - Hampton Hawes, jazz pianist
*May 30 - Paul Desmond, jazz saxophonist
*June 13 - Matthew Garber, former child star of "Mary Poppins", 21
*July 26 - Gena Branscombe, composer and conductor
*August 16 - Elvis Presley, singer, 42
*August 19 - Groucho Marx, comedian, actor, singer and performer
*September 13 - Leopold Stokowski, conductor
*September 16
** Marc Bolan, singer-songwriter, car crash
** Maria Callas, operatic soprano, 53
*October 13 - Shirley Brickley, the Orlons
*October 14 - Bing Crosby, singer and actor
*October 20 - Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd (Plane crash)
*November 5 - Guy Lombardo, violinist and bandleader
*November 9 - Panagiotis Kapodistrias, actor, script writer
*November 14 - Richard Addinsell, "Warsaw Concerto" composer
*December 5 - Rahsaan Roland Kirk, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer
*December 25 - Charlie Chaplin, actor and composer
*December 30 - St. Louis Jimmy Oden, blues singer

Awards

Grammy Awards

*Grammy Awards of 1977

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

*Eurovision Song Contest 1977


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