1976 – Abba knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘Mamma Mia.’ Queen’s single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had enjoyed a nine week run at the top of the charts, by coincidence, Abba’s single contains the famous “mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go” line.
1976 – David Bowie sues his former attorney, alleging that Michael Lippan took a 15 percent agent’s fee instead of the customary 10 percent. Bowie’s suit also claims that after his dismissal, Lippan withheld $475,000 in earnings from the singer.
1976 – The Beatles’ nine-year contract with EMI expires. Didn’t they break up…? I guess EMI was in denial.
1976 – Diana Ross went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Theme From Mahogany’, the singers third US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK.
1976 – Bob Dylan started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Desire’ his third US No.1.
1976 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Theme from `Mahogany’ (Do You Know Where You’re Going to),” Diana Ross. A screening committee for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences initially rules the song is not good enough to be considered for an Oscar. The decision is rescinded and it gets a nomination.
1976 – Born on this day, Emma Bunton, Baby Spice, The Spice Girls, (1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single ‘Wannabe’, 2001 UK No.1 solo single ‘What Took You So Long’).
1976 – Barry Manilow scored his second US No.1 single with ‘I Write The Songs’, written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnson.
1976 – Earth Wind and Fire started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Gratitude’.
1976 – Born on this day, Stuart Fletcher, The Seahorses, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Love Is The Law’).
1976 – Paul Simon auditioned for The London SS, the band went on to become The Clash.