Song of the Year 1976
Hotel California moves the Eagles from folk rock to the all American Rock Band. The transition was mostly due to the replacement of Bernie Leadon with rocker Joe Walsh. That same year the Eagles Greatest Hits 1971 -1975 album was released to become the biggest selling album in America history. Perhaps no band has captured the musical essence of America better than the Eagles.
Billboard Top 40 of 1976
1. Silly Love Songs, Paul McCartney and Wings
Top Albums of 1976
Abba - Greatest Hits
The Grammy's 1976
Album of the Year: Songs in the Key of Life, - Stevie Wonder
Song of the Year: I Write the Songs - Bruce Johnston, songwriter
Best New Artist of the Year: Starland Vocal Band
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: Hasten Down the Wind - Linda Ronstadt
Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus: If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
Best Rhythm and Blues Song: Lowdown - Boz Scaggs and David Paich, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male: I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female: Sophisticated Lady - Natalie Cole
Best Jazz Vocal Performance: Fitzgerald and Pass Again - Ella Fitzgerald
Best Country Song: Broken Lady - Larry Gatlin, songwriter
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: (I'm a) Stand By My Woman Man - Ronnie Milsap
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female: Elite Hotel - Emmylou Harris
Best Country Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group: The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune) - Amazing Rhythm Aces
Best Album Package: Chicago X - John Berg, art director
Best Broadway Musical: A Chorus Line
Music News 1976
The Ramones - In Queens, New York Punk Rock takes the stage with Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone who were not related. Though never a commercial success they have became recognized as creative innovatorsand often rated at the very top of all time great bands of all time. Ramones 1976 review by Richard Hell.
Rock & Roll 1976
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
AC/DC (named after a logo on a vacuum cleaner) found a niche playing a simple brand of kickass rock and roll. Brothers Angus and Malcom Young on guitars, singer Bon Scott, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Marc Evans moved from their High Voltage/ TNT days in Austrialia to sign with Atlantic Records and a move to Europe with their second album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. The ACDC website
English Heavy Metal group Judas Priest became known as the Metal Gods with their first successful album Sad Wings of Destiny. Ian Hill of bass, Rob Halford vocals with guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing. The Judas Priest Website
2112 became the breakthrough Album for Canadian Heavy Metal band RUSH. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart make one hell of a lot of noise for just 3 guys.
Play that Funky Music White Boy
The biggest Funk hit of the year came from an all white rock band from Ohio called Wild Cherry . At a local disco bar a black audience member shouted "Play some funky music, white boy." Lead vocalist and guitarist Rob Parissi wrote it down, went into a studio and overnight changed their style to create one of the greatest disco funk songs of all time. Wild Cherry at Wiki
Heart - Dreamboat Annie
Heart began as a Seattle folk rock band with Nancy Wilson on vocals and sister Ann Wilson on lead guitar. Their first album Dreamboat Annie had two big hits, Magic Man and Crazy on You which were much subdued versions of what they were to put out only a year later. They were the first successful rock band led by women. The Wilsons at wiki.
Emmylou Harris broke out on her own with the albums Pieces of Sky and Elite Hotel putting a new sound to old C & W. After years of love and work with Gram Parsons who succumbed to an overdose she got a a band together, the Hot Band, and became one of Reprise Records top money makers for a generation. The Emmylou Harris website
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