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“Revved up like a deuce” causes stir with American radio audiences in 1977

On February 19, 1977, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for singles. The song “Blinded by the Light” had been at #3 the previous week, but after 14 weeks on the charts, … Continue reading

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KVNO-FM’s The Last Radio Show: My First Two Feature Albums

I came across an envelope with notes and materials from my days as a disc jockey on The Last Radio Show, the late night, student-programmed radio show that closed the broadcast day for classical music station KVNO, 90.7 FM, in … Continue reading

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And you may not think I care for you when you know down inside that I really do (the Bee Gees start a run of #1 hits in 1977)

On Dec. 24, 1977, “How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees topped the Billboard Hot 100 and reigned at #1 for three weeks. Barry Gibbs and his younger twin brothers, Robin and Maurice, had begun singing and performing … Continue reading

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If you got a place like that to go, you just have to go there (Joni Mitchell, 1977)

On Dec. 13, 1977, Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released her ninth album, Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter. It was a double album of songs that continued Mitchell’s journey into jazz improvisations and world music, something she had begun on her seventh … Continue reading

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Dear Lord, I sincerely hope you’re coming ’cause you really started something (Elvis Costello, 1977)

On Dec. 3, 1977, My Aim Is True, the debut album from Elvis Costello landed on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart at #139. It would peak at #32 (the album had been released during the summer in the … Continue reading

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Gino Vannelli — A Pauper in Paradise (1977)

On Nov. 19, 1977, the highest ranked “new entry” for the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart was A Pauper in Paradise by Gino Vannelli. The LP debuted at #94 and, after 11 weeks, peaked at #33. A Pauper in … Continue reading

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You think I know nothing of the modern world (power-pop-punk trio The Jam, 1977)

On Nov. 18, 1977, The Jam released their second LP, This Is the Modern World, just six months after the release of their successful debut, In the City (reported to have been recorded in 11 days). Critics complained that This … Continue reading

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