1979 – Born on this day, Corinne Bailey Rae, UK singer, songwriter, (2006 UK No. 2 single ‘Put Your Records On’, 2006 self-titled UK No.1 album). She is only the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at No.1 on the UK chart.
1979 – during a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.
1979 – The Police release their single “Roxanne.” It becomes their first American hit, peaking at No. 32.
1979 – The first tour of the U.S. and Canada by Dire Straits opens at the Paradise Club in Boston. The group logs 51 sold-out shows in 38 days.
1979 – The Clash opens its first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City.
1979 – Blondie scored their first UK No.1 album when ‘Parallel Lines’ started a four-week run at the top of the charts, featuring the singles ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ and ‘Sunday Girl.’
1979 – Singer and actress Brandy (Brandy Norwood) is born in McComb, Miss. Brandy’s famous braids are redone every two weeks with fake hair extensions to add thickness in a process which takes eight hours per sitting.
1979 – The No. 1 single in America today is Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Chart Topper!
1979 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Rod Stewart. The song is an international success, reaching No. 1 in 11 countries.