1976 – The Sex Pistols play their first gig at London’s 100 Club. There are 50 people in the audience, including the next English person you meet.
1976 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Disco Lady,” Johnnie Taylor. The single is the first to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of more than 2 million copies. (The platinum standard is halved in 1989 to 1 million due to declining sales of singles.)
1976 – Born on this day, Dave Keuning, guitarist, The Killers, (2005 UK No.1 with their debut album ‘Hot Fuss’).
1976 – Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, appearing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer.
1976 – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and Alan Lancaster from Status Quo were arrested after an incident at Vienna Airport, all three were released on bail.
1976 – Jackson Browne’s wife Phyllis Major commits suicide. He is working on his Pretender LP.
1976 – On the campaign trail, Jimmy Carter tells the National Association of Record Merchandisers’ Scholarship Foundation Dinner his musical inspiration as governor of Georgia was Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin. He makes pertinent quotations from Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
1976 – David Bowie and Iggy Pop are busted for suspected marijuana possession in New York, but charges are later dropped.
1976 – Born on this day, Chester Bennington, vocals, Linkin Park, (2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘In The End’, 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album ‘Hybrid Theory’).
1976 – Alice Cooper married 19 year old Sheryl Goddard on this day in rock history! 1976 – Alice Cooper married 19 year old Sheryl Goddard. Cooper was briefly linked with sex symbol/actress Raquel Welch. Cooper then reportedly left Welch, however, to marry, on March 20, 1976, ballerina instructor/choreographer Sheryl Goddard, who performed in the […]
1976 – Paul Kossof guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler died of heart failure on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. Kossof had a long history of drug abuse. Free had the 1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘All Right Now’.
1976 – Gary Thain bass player with Uriah Heep died of a drug overdose aged 28.