1979

Can you imagine Alice Cooper saying something bad about disco? On July 27, 1979, an Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona owned by Alice was hit by a fire bomb that was thrown through a rear window. Over $200,000 worth of native American artifacts were destroyed, as well as some of his gold records which […]

AC/DC released their fifth LP “Highway to Hell” on July 27, 1979 (it was their 6th LP in Australia). It was the last album featuring lead singer Bon Scott, who died early the following year on Tuesday, February 19, 1980. Prior to this LP, the band hadn’t had much success on American radio, so the […]

0n July 12, 1979, The Chicago White Sox played a home double-header against the Detroit Tigers. Well it was suppose to be a double-header. Then owner of the White Sox, Bill Veeck, was always doing fun promotions to try to increase attendance at home games. The top Rock and Roll radio station at the time […]

Neil Young and Crazy Horse released their “Rust Never Sleeps” LP on July 2, 1979. Most of the album was recorded live, then overdubbed in the studio. The bulk of the album was recorded live at San Francisco’s Boarding House and during the Neil Young/Crazy Horse tour in late 1978, with overdubs added later. Audience […]

The music world lost one of the greats, Lowell George on June 29, 1979. Lowell is best known for his work with Little Feat. But there was so much more to him. (This is from wikipedia): Initially funded by the sale of his grandfather’s stock, George’s first band The Factory formed in 1965 and released […]

On June 23, 1979, the battle was on between Rock and Disco. When the Billboard Album chart came out on that day, Supertramp’s LP “Breakfast In America” returned to the top spot. ‘Breakfast’ first went to #1 on the May 19th chart were it stayed until Donna Summer’s LP “Bad Girls” overtook it on the […]

It was on this day, back in the summer of 1979, that many people first heard the words (kinda) “M-m-m-my Sharona.” It was on that day that The Knack released their debut LP “Get The Knack.” The LP got an incredible amount of airplay and was a favorite in many clubs that were starting to […]

Van Halen released their second LP “Van Halen II” on March 23, 1979. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the singles “Dance the Night Away” and “Beautiful Girls”. To date, it has sold over five million copies in the United States. Recording of the album took place less than a […]

Frank Zappa released his classic LP “Sheik Yerbouti” on March 3, 1979. It was a live double album with studio elements made up of material recorded in 1977 and 1978. It was first released on Zappa Records. Sheik Yerbouti represented a major turning point in Zappa’s career. The first album to be released on his […]

On Feb. 5, 1979, The soundtrack LP to the film Saturday Night Fever reached sales of 25 million worldwide, making it the best-selling LP in history. Of course, that mark has since been surpassed (Thriller, Eagles Greatest Hit, Dark Side of the Moon etc). Disco was King in 1979. Well to some, others hated it. […]


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