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January 1977 - UK punk pioneers The Sex Pistols are dropped by their record label EMI for swearing on TV, in Feb. bassist Glen Matlock is replaced by Sid Vicious, in March they sign with A&M (shown above) only to be dropped by the label a week later. January 1977 - Pre-recorded cassette tapes equal vinyl album sales for the first time. February 1977 - The debut album by The Damned is released on Stiff Records. It is the first album released by a UK punk band. The album reaches #36 UK, but fails to chart in the US.February 1977 - American Bandstand celebrates it's 25th anniversary with a US primetime TV special featuring Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman, Johnny Rivers, Charlie Daniels and others.February 1977 - Sixties band leader Manfred Mann has a new band and scores a US #1 hit, UK #6 with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's song "Blinded by the Light".February 1977 - Television, a veteran band from the New York CBGB's club scene, release their debut album Marquee Moon. The album fails to chart in the US, but reaches #28 UK.March 1977 - With members from both the US and UK, rock band Foreigner deliver a US #4 debut album driven by two US Top Ten singles "Cold As Ice" and "Feels Like The First Time". The album and singles are less successful in the UK.March 1977 - The soundtrack to the movie remake of "A Star Is Born" delivers a US and UK #1 album and a #1 US, #3 UK single for Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen". The movie also stars singer songwriter Kris Kristofferson.March 1977 - Philadelphia blue eyed soul duo Hall & Oates have their first #1 US single with "Rich Girl" from their fifth album - Bigger Than The Both Of Us.April 1977 - Swedish pop vocal group Abba's single "Dancing Queen" is a #1 hit worldwide. It is their first US #1 and fourth UK #1 single.April 77 - Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours is their second #1 album in a row in the US, dominating the US charts at #1 for 31 weeks. It is also their first #1 album in the UK. The album features four US Top Ten singles including the US #1, UK # 24 single "Dreams". April 1977 - The debut album by UK punk band The Clash is released in the UK and reaches #12. CBS Records finds the album too crude for American tastes and doesn't release it in the US until 1979.April 1977 - Studio 54 opens in Manhattan and becomes the disco nightclub of choice for trendy celebrities. (Diana Ross shown above in the DJ booth)May 1977 - After recruiting 18 year old guitarist Michael Schenker from the Scorpions, British hard rockers UFO release their fifth album - Lights Out, which brings them international success at #23 US, #54 UK.May 1977 - The debut album from UK band The Jam yields a UK top forty hit with "In The City". The album reaches #20 UK, but fails to chart in the US.May 1977 - German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk add sequencers to their arsenal of synthesizers and build a unique sound for their sixth album Trans Europe Express #49 UK, #119 US.May 1977 - Detroit hard rock veteran Ted Nugent cracks the US Top 40 with the single "Cat Scratch Fever" and has a #17 US, #28 UK album.May 1977 - UK singer songwriter Leo Sayer hits #1 in both the US and UK with the single "When I Need You". This is second #1 US hit of 1977 having gone to #1 US, #2 UK with "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" in January.June 1977 - American rock band Ram Jam have a Top Ten UK and Top 20 US hit single with a cover version of Lead Belly's song "Black Betty".July 1977 - Chicago rock band Styx have a US Top Ten album, Grand Illusion, and a US Top Ten single "Come Sail Away". Neither chart in the UK.July 1977 - UK singer songwriter Elvis Costello's debut album on the independent label Stiff goes to #14 UK. It wouldn't be released in the US until 1978.July 1977 - The Grateful Dead veer towards progressive rock, adding strings, horns and a choir on their ninth studio album Terrapin Station.  August 1977 - Chicago trio of sisters, The Emotions, have a #1 US, #4 UK single with "Best of My Love" produced by Maurice White of the band Earth, Wind and Fire. August 1977 - American rock and roll pioneer Elvis Presley is found dead in his home in Memphis, TN at the age of 42.September 1977 - Former Hawkwind member Lemmy Kilmister forms Motorhead and speed up heavy metal on their self-titled debut album, produced by Dave Edmunds.September 1977 - Detroit rock vocalist Iggy Pop releases his second solo album - Lust for Life, his second colloboration with David Bowie. The album goes to #28 UK, #120 US.September 1977 - New York singer songwriter Billy Joel's fifth album - The Stranger is released and goes to #2 US, #25 UK with the single "Just The Way You Are" rising to #3 US.September 1977 - Rockford, IL rock band Cheap Trick's second album - In Color is released to modest sales in the US #73. In Japan they score a #1 single with "Clock Strikes Ten". September 1977 - American duo Steely Dan release their sixth album - Aja, which goes to #3 US, #5 UK on the strength of two top twenty hits "Peg" and "Deacon Blues".September 1977 - Another band from New York's CBGB's scene - Talking Heads release their debut album, which reaches #97 US, #60 UK.September 1977 - UK Glam Rocker, Marc Bolan of T.Rex is killed in a car crash outside London.October 1977 - The major label debut album by American artist Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell produced by Todd Rundgren, is released on independent label Cleveland Intl. It charts at #14 US, #10 UK and goes on to be one of the best selling albums of all time.October 1977 - After being dropped by two record labels, The Sex Pistols debut album is finally released on Virgin Records. The album goes to #1 in the UK, but doesn't break into the top 100 in the US.October 1977 - Pat Boone's daughter Debby lights up the charts with her #1 US single "You Light Up My Life". October 1977 - Lynyrd Skynyrd release the album Street Survivor, three days later singer Ronnie Van Zant and two other band members are killed in a plane crash. The album goes to #5 US, #13 UK and the single "What's Your Name" to #13 US. November 1977 - The album Slowhand by Eric Clapton is released and goes to #2 US, #23 UK driven by the three singles "Cocaine", "Wonderful Tonight" and "Lay Down Sally".December 1977 - Linda Ronstadt has a #1 US, #15 UK with her eighth solo album - Simple Dreams. She is the first artist since the Beatles to have two US Top Five singles at the same time..."Blue Bayou" and "It's So Easy".
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