1977 – Poet Allen Ginsberg visits his old friend Bob Dylan and the two tape several interviews together.
1977 – A 30 year old Rocker named Marvin Lee Aday, who uses the stage name Meat Loaf, releases his landmark album “Bat Out Of Hell”. Since that time, the LP has sold over 43 million copies worldwide.
1977 – Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed when their rented plane crashes in a swamp near Gillsburg, Miss. 20 October 1977, 6:55 pm. While flying from Greenville, South Carolina to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered Convair 240 aircraft crashed in a Mississippi swamp. The plane […]
1977 – The third game of the World Series opens with Linda Ronstadt singing the national anthem. The Los Angeles Dodgers are said to have personally requested her performance.
1977 – Bing Crosby dies of a heart attack at the age of 76. Crosby sold more than 300 million records and was featured in more than 50 movies. His recording of “White Christmas” tops Chart Toppers’s pop chart for a combined 14 weeks during three different years and sells more than 30 million records.
1977 – The Clash delay the start of a concert in Sweden after a bomb scare this day in rock history!
1977 – Jimmy Page plays down rumors of a Led Zeppelin split at the band’s Swan Song offices. He lashes out at the press, which accused him of dabbling in black magic.
1977 – Guitarist Steve Hackett leaves Genesis to start a solo career.
1977 – David Bowie releases Heroes, the second album in his trilogy recorded with Brian Eno. It peaks at No. 35. Rolling Stone applauds: “Eno clearly has effected a nearly miraculous change in Bowie.”
1977 – Gene Simmons picks up a platinum record for his self-titled solo debut this day in rock history!
1977 – The Electric Circus, a well-known punk club in Manchester, England, closes. The last concert there boasts a lineup of the Fall, Buzzcocks, Rip Off, Magazine, John the Postman, John Cooper Clarke, the Prefects, the Worst, Manufactured Noise, and Warsaw, who would later go on to be known as the mighty Joy Division.