of the Year 1977
Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville
Jimmy 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.
Billboard Top 40 of 1977
1. Tonight's The Night, Rod Stewart
Top Albums of 1977
Abba - Arrival
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
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
Best Album Package: Simple Dreams - Kosh, art director
The Tony's (Musicals) 1977
Best Broadway Musical: Annie
Music News 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.
The 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
After 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.
With 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
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
Running on Empty Jackson Browne
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
Lucille, Kenny Rogers
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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