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Song of the Year 1977

Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville


jimmy buffett 1977Jimmy Buffett's breakthrough album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes with the hit single Margaritaville. The song gained popular airtime boosting him from a successful local Key West storyteller to a pop icon still parotting about today. With 4 alums behind him Buffet found a new sound by putting country music to his Caribbean soul. This editor lived in Key West in 1974 and wore the grooves off of two copies of his album A1A. Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville website.


Billboard Top 40 of 1977


1. Tonight's The Night, Rod Stewart
2. I Just Want To Be Your Everything, Andy Gibb
3. Best Of My Love, Emotions
4. Love Theme From "A Star Is Born", Barbra Streisand
5. Angel In Your Arms, Hot
6. I Like Dreamin', Kenny Nolan
7. Don't Leave Me This Way, Thelma Houston
8. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher, Rita Coolidge
9. Undercover Angel, Alan O'Day
10. Torn Between Two Lovers, Mary MacGregor
11. I'm Your Boogie Man, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
12. Dancing Queen, Abba
13. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Leo Sayer
14. Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet
15. Telephone Line, Electric Light Orchestra
16. Whatcha Gonna Do?, Pablo Cruise
17. Do You Wanna Make Love, Peter McCann
18. Sir Duke, Stevie Wonder
19. Hotel California, Eagles
20. Got To Give It Up, Pt. 1, Marvin Gaye
21. Theme From "Rocky" (Gonna Fly Now), Bill Conti
22. Southern Nights, Glen Campbell
23. Rich Girl, Daryl Hall and John Oates
24. When I Need You, Leo Sayer
25. Hot Line, Sylvers
26. Car Wash, Rose Royce
27. You Don't Have To Be A Star, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
28. Fly Like An Eagle, Steve Miller Band
29. Don't Give Up On Us, David Soul
30. On And On, Stephen Bishop
31. Feels Like The First Time, Foreigner
32. Couldn't Get It Right, Climax Blues Band
33. Easy, Commodores
34. Right Time Of The Night, Jennifer Warnes
35. I've Got Love On My Mind, Natalie Cole
36. Blinded By The Light, Manfred Mann's Earth Band
37. Looks Like We Made It, Barry Manilow
38. So In To You, Atlanta Rhythm Section
39. Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
40. Enjoy Yourself, Jacksons


Top Albums of 1977


Abba - Arrival
Fleetwood Mac -Rumours
Clash - Clash
Talking Heads - 77
David Bowie - Heroes
Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks
Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
David Bowie - Low
J. Geils Band: Monkey Island
Bob Seger: Night Moves
Rick Danko: Rick Danko
Alan Parsons Project: I Robot
Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
Saturday Night Fever
Bob Marley and The Wailers - Exodus
Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
Ramones - Rocket to Russia
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Jackson Browne - Running on Empty
The Jam - In the City
Muddy Waters - Hard Again
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
Cheap Trick - In Color

The Grammy's


Record of the Year: Hotel California - Eagles


Album of the Year: Rumours, Fleetwood Mac


Song of the Year (tie): Love Theme From A Star Is Born - Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams, songwriters
You Light Up My Life - Joe Brooks, songwriter


Best New Artist of the Year: Debby Boone


Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: Handy Man - James Taylor


Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: Love Theme From A Star Is Born - Barbra Streisand


Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus: How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees


Best Rhythm and Blues Song: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer and Vini Poncia, songwriters


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male: Unmistakably Lou - Lou Rawls


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female: Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus Best of My Love - Emotions


Best Jazz Vocal Performance: Look to the Rainbow - Al Jarreau


Best Country Song: Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Richard Leigh, songwriter


Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: Lucille - Kenny Rogers


Best Country Vocal Performance, Female: Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle


Best Country Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group: Heaven's Just a Sin Away - The Kendalls


Simple dreams Linda Ronstat


Best Album Package: Simple Dreams - Kosh, art director



The Tony's (Musicals) 1977

annie 1977

Best Broadway Musical: Annie
Most Innovative Production Revival: Porgy and Bess
Best Actor Broadway Musical: Barry Bostwick, The Robber Bridegroom
Best Actress Broadway Musical: Dorothy Loudon, Annie
Best Actor Featured Role Broadway Musical: Lenny Baker, I Love My Wife
Best Actress Featured Role Broadway Musical: Dolores Hall, Your Arm's Too Short to Box with God
Best Director Broadway Musical: Gene Saks, I Love My Wife
Best Choreographer: Peter Gennaro, Annie
Best Score Broadway Musical: Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin, Annie

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Music News 1977

elvis presley 1977

An overweight 42 year Elvis Presley - having trouble standing on stage in his 1977 tour due to drug use - was found dead on the floor of his Graceland mansion bathroom from an overdose of prescription drugs. Washington Post Obit.


Forever Young


the band 1977The Band plays its Last Waltz filmed by Martin Scorcesse. Band members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel began as Bob Dylan's studio band and went on their own to become one of the top bands of all time. The Band Hall of Fame.



Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd looses members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines in a plane crash in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Lynyrd Skynyrd Crash.



Rock & Roll 1977


Fleetwood Mac, Go Your Own Way

fleetwood mac rumours 1977After years of personnel changes, Fleetwood Mac finds the right formula with the album Rumours. It becomes a mega hit and Grammy Album of the Year for band members Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks. Rumours the new Fleetwood Mac.

heart Little Queenie 1977With the song Barracuda on their second album called Little Queen, Heart's Wilson sisters - Ann on guitar and Nancy on vocals - change their venue from folk rock to hard rock to great critical and popular success. Barracuda becomes a classic rock classic.


Rhythm & Blues 1977


Exodus by Bob Marley and the Wailers


bob marley 1976


Rastafarian's from Jamaica Bob Marley and the Wailers break into the international pop market with the critically acclaimed album Exodus. In the same year Marley was diagnosed with Melanoma and passed away in 1981. Stand up for your Rights

Folk Rock 1977


Running on Empty Jackson Browne


jackson browne 1977


Running on Empty is songwriter Jackson Browne's best selling album. Unusual in that it is a live album of songs none of which appear on any of his previous five albums. Jackson Browne Website




Country & Western 1977


Lucille, Kenny Rogers


kenny Rogers 1977

Lucille became Kenny Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving his band The First Edition. It lead to the mega hit album The Gambler making Kenny Rogers the new King of Country. Kenny Rogers Website




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