Song of the Year 1979
The Knack, My Sharona
Billboard Top 40 of 1979
1. My Sharona, The Knack
Top Albums of 1979
Blondie - Parallel Lines
The Grammy's 1979
Record of the Year: What a Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers
Album of the Year: 52nd Street, Billy Joel
Best New Artist: Rickie Lee Jones
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: 52nd Street - Billy Joel
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: I'll Never Love This Way Again - Dionne Warwick
Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus: Minute by Minute - Doobie Brothers
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male: Gotta Serve Somebody - Bob Dylan
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female: Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Best Rock Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group: Heartache Tonight - Eagles
Best Rhythm and Blues Song: After the Love Has Gone - David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female: Deja Vu - Dionne Warwick
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind and Fire
Best Disco Recording: I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Best Jazz Vocal Performance: Fine and Mellow - Ella Fitzgerald
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group: Duet - Gary Burton and Chick Corea
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band At Fargo, 1940 Live - Duke Ellington
Best Country Song: You Decorated My Life - Debbie Hupp and Bob Morrison, songwriters
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female: Blue Kentucky Girl - Emmylou Harris
Best Country Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group: The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
Best Album Package Breakfast in America - Mike Doud and Mick Haggerty, art directors
The Tony's (Musicals) 1979
Best Broadway Musical: Sweeny Todd
Outstanding Performance Actor Broadway Musical: Len Cariou, Sweeny Todd
Outstanding Performance Actress Broadway Musical: Angela Lansbury, Sweeny Todd
Outstanding Performance Featured Actor Broadway Musical: Henderson Forsythe, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Outstanding Performance Featured Actress Broadway Musical: Carlin Glynn, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Outstanding Direction Broadway Musical: Harold Prince, Sweeny Todd
Outstanding Choreography Broadway Production: Michael Bennett & Bob Avian, Ballroom
Best Score Broadway Musical: Stephen Sondheim, Sweeny Todd
Steve Dahl Disco Demolition Night
Radio Disc Jockey Steve Dahl talked the Chicago White Sox into allowing him to blow up some records in the center field of Cominskey Park between games of a twilight double header. The explosion was excessive, it started a fire and the rock fans threw thousands of records from the upper decks and 20,000 rock fans broke into the stadium to flood the field. Game 2 was canceled and the Sox forfeited to the Detroit Tigers. Though it was a big mess it did help put an end to the shallow Disco craze.
Who concert Stampede
Eleven fans were killed and 26 injured during a stampede for good seats before The Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was pretty much the end of general admission seating for concerts. The Cincinnati Who Stampede
Rock & Roll 1979
Cheap Trick, like The Knack, also embodied a form of retro Rock in retaliation against Disco which had overwhelmed the music business for two years too long. Lead singer Robin Zander, the crazy guitar guy Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson on base and Bun E. Carlos on drums. Cheap Trick still at it.
New Wave 1979
New Wave band Blondie with front lady Deborah Harry had a breakthrough hit with the song Heart of Glass. Through originally recorded in 1975 in a much slower tempo, the band re-produced it as a Disco song. Though it was very popular and sent the band to the top, they were accused of selling out to the dying disco dance craze. The band subsequently regained their gravitas and is till popular today. Blondie, new wave.
Pop (Disco) 1979
Donna Summers Bad Girls
Donna Summers, named The Queen of Disco sees the writing on the wall. Her Album Bad Girls includes new wave, funk and R&B as she moves away from her Disco brand.
Folk Rock 1979
Considered the breakthrough album from Tom Petty, Damn the Torpedoes contained the classic hit Refugee co written by Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campell. The album went to the top and was only out sold by Pink Floydd's The Wall.
Country & Western 1979
The Gambler, Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers reached super stardom with the song The Gambler. Written by Don Schlitz and preformed earlier by Bobby Bare, it was recorded by Rogers in 1978, won the Grammy in 1979 and became made for TV movie starring Kenny Rogers in 1980. Kenny Rogers Website
The Charlie Daniels Band has its biggest hit with the song The Devil Went Down to Georgia which was on the album Million Mile Reflections. Daniels took the old Robert Johnson crossroads story (Eric Clapton) and re-arranged it for a country audience concerning a fiddle rather than a blues guitar. Charlie Daniels has gone on to become a very vocal - and would it be fair to say - highly obnoxious Right-wing Christian Fundamentalist? The Charlie Daniels Right-wing Swill Page.
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