1976 – A judge says George Harrison is guilty of “unconscious plagiarism.” The melody of his hit “My Sweet Lord” was deemed to be a little too close to the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” for comfort.
1976 – They’re back in the saddle, and probably back on the needle, too. Aerosmith appear on the cover of today’s Rolling Stone.
1976 – The Rolling Stones play the Knebworth Festival before an audience of 200,000, saying it’s their last British show. If only.
1976 – Nick Lowe’s debut solo single, “So It Goes,” is released.
1976 – The legendary English label Stiff releases its first record, Nick Lowe’s “So It Goes” single. The label’s motto was “If it ain’t Stiff, it ain’t worth a f*ck.”
1976 – The selling of the Clash is in full swing as manager Bernie Leadon unveils the punk act. The Clash play an exclusive concert at a rehearsal hall in London. Those attending are members of Britain’s influential music press, who spread the word about the emerging act.
1976 – The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon, is admitted into a Miami hospital after collapsing.
1976 – Elton John sells out his first Madison Square Garden show. Impressive… Most Impressive.
1976 – Epic Records releases Boston’s self-titled first album. The album becomes the fastest-selling debut ever.
1976 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” & Kiki Dee. The song is the first on which John sings to hit No. 1 on the British charts.