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1976 Trivia

 Here is some Trivia from the 1976 year for those who are  interested.

Music Highlights:

         Bernie Leadon, original member of the Eagles since they were organized in 1971, leaves the group and is replaced by Joe Walsh.

         Because of booming record sales in recent years, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) creates a new platinum award, for singles that sell in excess of 2 million copies and an album that sells 1 million units. The first platinum single was Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" and the first platinum album went to the Eagles for their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.

         A Chorus Line opens on Broadway. It would become the longest-running musical in entertainment history.

         Lasers are used in a rock show for the first time, by the Who.

         Genesis begins its first tour of America.

         Bruce Springsteen, while playing in Memphis, tries to sneak into Graceland to see his idol Elvis Presley. He is stopped by security guards, who quietly lead him off the grounds, unconcerned that he is a major star.

         Paul McCartney begins his Wings over America tour, from which an album by the same name would be released a year later and zoom to number one.

         Donna Summer's American debut single in 1975, "Love To Love You Baby," smolders up the charts in 1976 as part of the disco explosion.

         Prior to the release of the album No Reason To Cry, Eric Clapton begins a concert tour of England, his first in years.

         Elton John plays for a week at New York's Madison Square Garden. The summertime concerts smash all attendance records.

 

 The Top 40 Singles:

1.     "Disco Lady" - Johnnie Taylor (First chart appearance: 3/6/76; Highest position: #1)

2.     "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" - Elton John and Kiki Dee (7/17/76; #1)

3.     "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry (7/31/76; #1)

4.     "Tonight's The Night" - Rod Stewart (10/23/76; #1)

5.     "Kiss and Say Goodbye" - The Manhattans (5/29/76; #1)

6.     "Silly Love Songs" - Paul McCartney and Wings (4/17/76; #1)

7.    "A Fifth Of Beethoven" - Walter Murphy (7/4/76; #1)

8.     "Love Machine (Part 1)" - The Miracles (12/13/75; #1)

9.     "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" - Paul Simon (1/3/76; #1)

10. "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" - The 4 Seasons (1/31/76; #1)

11. "Love Hangover" - Diana Ross (4/24/76; #1)

12. "Shake Your Booty" - K.C. & the Sunshine Band (7/31/76; #1)

13. "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" - England Dan & John Ford Coley (7/10/76; #2)

14. "Sara Smile" - Hall and Oates (8/14/76; #7)

15. "Boogie Fever" - Sylvers (3/13/76; #1)

16. "Afternoon Delight" - Starland Vocal Band (6/5/76; #1)

17. "Misty Blue" - Dorothy Moore (4/10/76; #3)

18. "Disco Duck" - Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots (9/4/76; #1)

19. "More, More, More" - Andrea True Connection (4/24/76; #4)

20. "Love Is Alive" - Gary Wright (5/15/76; #2)

21. "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" - Lou Rawls (7/10/76; #2)

22. "I Write The Songs" - Barry Manilow (11/22/75; #1)

23. "You Don't Have To Be A Star" - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis (10/23/76; #1)

24. "Dream Weaver" - Gary Wright (1/31/76; #2)

25. "If You Leave Me Now" - Chicago (8/21/76; #1)

26. "Fly, Robin, Fly" - Silver Convention (10/25/75; #1)

27. "Rock'n Me" - Steve Miller Band (9/4/76; #1)

28. "Get Closer" - Seals and Crofts (6/5/76; #6)

29. "Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen (2/7/76; #9)

30. "Welcome Back" - John Sebastian (4/10/76; #1)

31. "Theme From S.W.A.T." - Rhythm Heritage (1/10/76; #1)

32. "Get Up And Boogie" - Silver Connection (4/17/76; #2)

33. "Hot Line" - Sylvers (11/13/76; #5)

34. "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot (9/25/76; #2)

35. "You Sexy Thing" - Hot Chocolate (12/6/75; #3)

36. "Let 'Em In" - Paul McCartney and Wings (7/17/76; #3)

37. "Love Hurts" - Nazareth (1/3/76; #8)

38. "You Should Be Dancing" - Bee Gees (7/17/76; #1)

39. "Rubberband Man" - Spinners (10/2/76; #2)

40. "Take It To The Limit" - Eagles (1/17/76; #4)

     

 Top Albums:

  • Breezin' - George Benson
  • Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits - Chicago
  • Desire - Bob Dylan
  • The Dream Weaver - Gary Wright
  • Fleetwood Mac *
  • Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton *
  • Gratitude - Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - Eagles
  • History - America's Greatest Hits - America
  • A Night At The Opera - Queen *
  • A Night On The Town - Rod Stewart
  • Presence - Led Zeppelin
  • Silk Degrees - Boz Scaggs
  • Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder Grammy winner for Best Album of the year.
  • Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Wings

 20 Popular Movies:

1.     Rocky

2.     A Star Is Born

3.     King Kong

4.     Silver Streak

5.     All The President's Men

6.     Marathon Man

7.     Network

8.     The Omen

9.     Taxi Driver

10. The Song Remains The Same

11. Bugsy Malone

12. Bound For Glory

13. Harlan County, U.S.A.

14. The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane

15. The Outlaw Josey Wales

16. The Sentinel

17. Seven Beauties

18. The Shootist

19. Silent Movie

20. Car Wash

 

 The Top 20 Television Shows:

1.     Happy Days

2.     Laverne & Shirley

3.     The ABC Monday Night Movie

4.     M*A*S*H

5.     Charlie's Angels

6.     The Big Event

7.     The Six Million Dollar Man

8.     The ABC Sunday Night Movie

9.     Baretta

10. One Day at a Time

11. Three's Company

12. All in the Family

13. Welcome Back, Kotter

14. The Bionic Woman

15. The Waltons

16. Little House on the Prairie

17. Barney Miller

18. 60 Minutes

19. Hawaii Five-0

20. NBC Monday Night at the Movies


         
 News Highlights:

         Military spending in the world skyrockets to $300 billion a year.

         The Winter Olympics are held in Innsbruck, Austria.

         Barbara Walters is the first broadcaster to be offered a $1 million per-year contract to cohost the nightly news.

         Racial violence in black townships outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, is the worst in 15 years.

         Jimmy Carter, a "born-again" Baptist from Georgia, is the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

         From coast to coast, the United States celebrates its 200th birthday.

         Gymnast Nadia Comaneci of Romania is the darling of the Summer Olympics in Montreal. (Even the theme music played during her performances, released as a single, goes gold).

         In Philadelphia 28 people die of a mysterious virus dubbed "Legionnaire's disease."

         In a close election, Jimmy Carter is elected president over incumbent Gerald Ford.

         Austrian Kurt Waldheim begins serving his second term as secretary general of the United Nations.

 

 Sports Winners of 1976:

         Baseball: The Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Yankees 4 games to 0.

         Football: The Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 on January 9, 1977, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in Super Bowl XI.

         Basketball: The Boston Celtics beat the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2.

         Hockey: The Montreal Canadiens beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 2.