1979 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer.
1979 – Patrons looking to buy tickets to Genesis’ benefit show at L.A.’s Roxy are surprised to find the band itself manning the box office. Proceeds from the show go to local hospitals.
1979 – Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing is partly the result of a dispute with Petty’s record label, which had been purchased by MCA.
1979 – Elton John started a tour of Russia, the first Western star ever to do so.
1979 – Elton John plays Leningrad and becomes the first Western solo pop star to tour the Soviet Union.
1979 – Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s ex-wife, Patti Boyd. Harrison, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney are among the musicians who perform at the wedding reception.
1979 – Journey host The Midnight Special, with special guests the Jacksons and Herbie Hancock.
1979 – In San Francisco, Jefferson Starship play another free concert, this time introducing new singer Mickey Thomas. He’s the guy you hear on Starship classics like “We Built This City.”
1979 – Bob Dylan begins sessions for his album Slow Train Coming at the Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama.
1979 – On the last date of a US tour. The Boomtown Rats appeared at The Palladium in New York.
1979 – Peaches and Herb started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Reunited’, it made No.4 in the UK. Lyrics: HERB I was a fool to ever leave your side Me minus you is such a lonely ride The breakup we had has made me lonesome and sad I […]
1979 – The Who play their first gig since the death of Keith Moon at Rainbow Theatre, with Kenny Jones on drums. Simultainously: The Film Quadrophenia opens in London. Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, the second of the group’s two full-scale rock operas. Its story involves social, […]