1976 - The Year In Music

Three phrases: Frampton Comes Alive. Journeyman UK rocker Peter Frampton scores a ginormous hit with this reside double-album, spending 10 weeks at # 1 and turning into the best-selling album of 1976. It contains the smash hit singles "Child, I Love Your Means", "Do You Really feel Like I Do? ", And" Present Me The Means ".

The Eagles launch "Their Best Hits 1971-1975" in February and turns into the primary album to be awarded the brand new RIAA Platinum certification, given for gross sales of 1 million copies. The band then releases the brand new studio album "Lodge California" in December.

Saturday Night time Reside producer Lorne Michaels makes an on-air provide to pay the Beatles $ 3000 in the event that they reform on his present. Whereas definitely meant in jest, the present was seen by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, who have been collectively on the time in New York. Based on a Playboy interview with John Lennon, upon watching Lorne Michael's on-air plea, the pair virtually went to the present, however got here to the conclusion that the present can be over earlier than they arrived, however they have been each fairly drained by that point .

In March, Kiss launch "Destroyer", which makes the group's best-selling studio album ever. They're additionally immortalized by putting their footprints in cement outdoors Grauman's Chinese language Theater. The band then releases one other new studio album, "Rock & Roll Over", in November.

Jackson Browne's spouse commits suicide in March. This notably darkish interval influences a lot of the fabric that enterprises his new album, "The Pretender", which is launched in November.

"Fly Like An Eagle" turns into a success album (# three) and single (# 2) for the Steve Miller Band. Each the album and single additionally chart within the Prime 20 on the Black charts as nicely.

In April, the Ramones launch their own-titled debut album on Sire / ABC Information.

"Sara Smile" turns into the primary Prime 10 hit single for Corridor & Oates. Later within the 12 months, they rating their first # 1 single with "Wealthy Woman", from the "Larger Than Each of Us" album.

Graceland safety escorts Bruce Springsteen off the grounds after the rocker scaled a safety wall in an impromptu try to satisfy Elvis Presley.

Low-cost Trick signal to Epic Information and start work on their debut album with Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Starz, Knack, John Lennon, and so on.). John Lennon had initially been the band's first selection to supply. Lennon's supervisor on the time twisted the band's request with out introducing it to Lennon. When Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos labored with Lennon through the Double Fantasy classes, Nielsen advised Lennon that he'd been their first selection. Lennon responded, "I've carried out it." [Check out their live version of "Magical Mystery Tour."]

Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. kind a brand new band in Dublin known as "Suggestions", which is then modified to "The Hype", and, lastly, to "U2". [Check out "Life On A Distant Planet".]

Different bands who kind this 12 months embody the Conflict, Wire, Insanity, Foreigner, Era X, the Jam, Elvis Costello & the Sights, the Damned, the Remedy, and Black Flag.

Bands that broke up in 1976 embody Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, the Fairly Issues, Argent, Comfortable Machine, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Ike & Tina Turner additionally break up up and Roxy Music went on "official hiatus" till 1980.

Michael Bolotin releases "Each Day Of My Life", the second and remaining album utilizing his actual title. The album is a business disappointment and results in his resignation from RCA Information. He later modifications his title to Michael Bolton.

The Intercourse Pistols are signed to EMI Information.

Genesis launch "A Trick Of The Tail", their first album since Peter Gabriel's departure, marking Phil Collins' debut as lead singer. Whereas solely a average success, gross sales of this album have been twice that of earlier Genesis albums, which was fairly encouraging, because the band had been over $ 400,000 in debt by the point Gabriel left. [Check out "Entangled" from their '76 tour.]

Blondie releases their own-titled debt album in December. [check out these four cuts.]

Boston's debut album is launched in June, going gold (for gross sales of over 500,000 copies) solely two months later. Thus far, the album has offered over 19 million copies.

In November, with Robbie Robertson bored with touring and Richard Manuel recovering from a boating accident, The Band retire from reside efficiency with a remaining live performance on Thanksgiving Day in San Francisco. Director Martin Scorcese filmed the live performance and would see theatrical launch two years later as "The Final Waltz", with accompanying three-record soundtrack album. [Check out "The Weight" from their final performance.]

KC & The Sunshine Band launch their fourth album, "Half three", which incorporates the smash hit singles "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" (# 1), "I'm Your Boogie Man" and "Hold It Comin 'Love" (# 2).

ABBA's "Arrival" is their first UK # 1 album and US Prime 20 album, establishing the band as worldwide hit-makers with such singles as "Dancing Queen" (the largest hit of their profession, "Figuring out Me, Figuring out You", and "Cash, Cash, Cash".

Wings "At The Pace ??Of Sound" is launched together with the band's extremely anticipated '76 US tour and spends 7 weeks at # 1, and contains the # 1 singles "Foolish Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In".

Captain & Tennille rating three large pop hits from their second album "Music Of Pleasure"; "Muskrat Love" (# four), "Store Round" (# four), and "Lonely Night time (Angel Face)" (# three).

David Bowie reached # three on the Billboard Prime 200 Albums chart with "Station To Station". The only "Golden Years" was additionally a Prime 10 hit. The album was recorded in LA, a metropolis he attributes to the cocaine habit that hampered the following US tour, going as far as to say of LA, "The fucking place ought to be wiped off the face of the earth" (supply: NME) . [Check out this zany version of "Changes" from the '76 tour rehearsals.]

George Harrison loses the courtroom case whereby his tune, "My Candy Lord" was decided to have been plagiarized from the Chiffs' 1963 single, "He's So Advantageous". The Chiffs would later report their very own model of "My Candy Lord" to capitalize on the controversy. Subsequent courtroom disputes over damages would drag on for a few years, main Harrison to ultimately purchase the publishing rights to "He's So Advantageous".

Blue Oyster Cult launch "Brokers Of Fortune" in Might. It's most notable for that includes the band's hottest tune up to now, "(Don't Worry) The Reaper", which peaked at # 12 on the singles charts, however has continued as a staple of AOR and basic rock radio codecs.

Stevie Surprise's "Songs In The Key of Life" is launched in September and would go on to spend 14 weeks at # 1 and promote over ten million copies.