1979 – James Taylor plays New York’s Central Park for free to show his support for a campaign to restore the park’s Sheep Meadow.
1979 – The World Series of Rock is held at Cleveland Stadium, with Journey, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy.
1979 – Before the Cooper’stown restaurant in Phoenix, there was Alice Cooper’s Indian Art Store in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today it’s hit by a firebomb that destroys $200,000 worth of merchandise. Cooper blames disco fans.
1979 – Today’s Rolling Stone reports on the popularity of promotional videos, citing David Bowie’s “Boys Keep Swinging” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as examples.
1979 – Little Richard now known as the Reverend Richard Pennman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring ‘If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.’
1979 – Electric Light Orchestra takes out advertisements dedicating the release of “Don’t Bring Me Down” to Skylab.
1979 – Guitarist Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy, to be replaced by future Ultravox member and “Do They Know It’s Christmas” songwriter Midge Ure.
1979 – Minnie Riperton dies of cancer at the age of 30. She is a member of Stevie Wonder’s backup group, Wonderlove, in 1973. Her biggest solo hit is the million-selling No. 1 song “Lovin’ You” in 1975.
1979 – Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice joins Whitesnake this day in rock history!
1979 – Los Angeles’ Bruin Theatre hosts the premiere of Rust Never Sleeps, a concert film directed by Neil Young.
1979 – Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in jail for income tax evasion.