1976 in music

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Jimmy McCulloch (left) and Paul McCartney (right) of "Wings" in 1976
Patti Smith in 1976


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Events[edit]

January–February[edit]

March–April[edit]

May–June[edit]

July–August[edit]

September–October[edit]

November–December[edit]

Also in 1976[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Desire Bob Dylan -
6 Frampton Comes Alive! Peter Frampton Live
8 Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2 Elvis Presley Compilation
Songs for the New Depression Bette Midler -
12 Wanted! The Outlaws Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson,
Jessi Colter & Tompall Glaser
Compilation
23 Station to Station David Bowie -
30 Futuristic Dragon T.Rex -
Aftertones Janis Ian -
Born to Die Grand Funk Railroad -
From Every Stage Joan Baez Live
Havaña Daydreamin' Jimmy Buffett -
How Dare You! 10cc -
If the Shoe Fits Pure Prairie League -
Inner Worlds Mahavishnu Orchestra -
Jessi Jessi Colter -
Let the Music Play Barry White -
Look into the Future Journey -
Lovin' and Learnin' Tanya Tucker -
M.U. - The Best of Jethro Tull Jethro Tull Compilation
Native Sons Loggins and Messina -
Release Henry Gross -
Run with the Pack Bad Company -
Sandman Harry Nilsson -
Second Childhood Phoebe Snow -
Thoroughbred Carole King -
To the Hilt Golden Earring -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Gimme Back My Bullets Lynyrd Skynyrd -
A Trick of the Tail Genesis -
7 Jesse Come Home James Gang -
10 Diana Ross Diana Ross -
Smokey's Family Robinson Smokey Robinson -
14 Dreamboat Annie Heart US; released in Canada Oct. '75
17 Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) Eagles Compilation
29 Come on Over Olivia Newton-John -
Classical Barbra Barbra Streisand -
Full of Fire Al Green -
It's All in the Movies Merle Haggard -
Reflections Jerry Garcia -
Smile Laura Nyro -
The Sound in Your Mind Willie Nelson -
Starcastle Starcastle -
Sunburst Finish Be-Bop Deluxe -
The Third Reich 'n Roll The Residents -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 2112 Rush -
5 Nobody's Fools Slade -
10 Wings of Love The Temptations -
15 Destroyer Kiss -
16 I Want You Marvin Gaye -
18 A Love Trilogy Donna Summer -
19 Takin' It to the Streets The Doobie Brothers -
22 The Sun Sessions Elvis Presley Recorded 1954–'55
23 Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest -
25 Wings at the Speed of Sound Paul McCartney and Wings -
26 Amigos Santana -
Jailbreak Thin Lizzy -
31 Presence Led Zeppelin -
American Pastime Three Dog Night -
Blue for You Status Quo -
Captured Live! Johnny Winter Live
Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll Nazareth -
Give Us a Wink Sweet -
Illegal Stills Stephen Stills -
Just for the Record Ray Stevens -
Kingfish Kingfish -
Locked In Wishbone Ash -
Love & Understanding Kool & The Gang -
Mackintosh & T.J. Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson Soundtrack
Moonmadness Camel -
Robin Trower Live Robin Trower Live
Silk Degrees Boz Scaggs -
You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind Joe Walsh Live

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
9 Hideaway America -
12 Live Bullet Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Live
16 Moondawn Klaus Schulze -
22 Blow Your Face Out The J. Geils Band Live
23 Black and Blue The Rolling Stones -
Garvey's Ghost Burning Spear -
Interview Gentle Giant -
Ramones Ramones -
Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! Jethro Tull -
25 Watashi no Koe ga Kikoemasuka Miyuki Nakajima -
30 Here and There Elton John Live
Rastaman Vibration Bob Marley & The Wailers -
All I Can Do Dolly Parton -
Faithful Todd Rundgren -
If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules Budgie -
Let Your Love Flow The Bellamy Brothers -
A Little Bit More Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show -
Pat Travers Pat Travers -
Steppin' Out Neil Sedaka -
Still Life Van der Graaf Generator -
Stingray Joe Cocker -
Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootsy's Rubber Band -
Wedding Album Leon and Mary Russell -
Young and Rich The Tubes -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Rocks Aerosmith -
14 High Voltage AC/DC International debut
17 Rainbow Rising Rainbow -
18 Helluva Band Angel -
Warren Zevon Warren Zevon -
20 Changesonebowie David Bowie Compilation
21 Agents of Fortune Blue Öyster Cult -
27 Sparkle Aretha Franklin Soundtrack
29 Rose of Cimarron Poco -
Balls of Fire Black Oak Arkansas -
Contradiction Ohio Players -
Fly Like an Eagle Steve Miller Band -
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee Elvis Presley -
Harvest for the World The Isley Brothers -
I'm Nearly Famous Cliff Richard -
A Kind of Hush Carpenters -
Nine on a Ten Scale Sammy Hagar -
No Earthly Connection Rick Wakeman -
No Heavy Petting UFO -
The Royal Scam Steely Dan -
Slow Down World Donovan -
Tales of Mystery and Imagination The Alan Parsons Project -
T Shirt Loudon Wainwright III -
Turnstiles Billy Joel -
Wired Jeff Beck -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
7 All Things in Time Lou Rawls -
Rock 'n' Roll Music The Beatles Compilation
14 Chicago X Chicago -
18 Unorthodox Behaviour Brand X -
25 Alice Cooper Goes to Hell Alice Cooper -
Softs Soft Machine -
Whistling Down the Wire Crosby & Nash -
26 Two for the Show Trooper -
28 15 Big Ones The Beach Boys -
Airborne The Flying Burrito Brothers -
Another Passenger Carly Simon -
Are You Ready for the Country Waylon Jennings -
Farther Along Spirit -
High and Mighty Uriah Heep -
Hot on the Tracks Commodores -
In the Pocket James Taylor -
Long Hard Ride The Marshall Tucker Band -
A Night on the Town Rod Stewart -
R.E.O. REO Speedwagon -
The Runaways The Runaways -
School Days Stanley Clarke -
Shake Some Action Flamin' Groovies -
Shouting and Pointing Mott -
Spitfire Jefferson Starship -
Starz Starz -
Steal Your Face Grateful Dead Live
Summertime Dream Gordon Lightfoot -
Take the Heat Off Me Boney M -
...That's the Way It Is Harry Nilsson -
Yes We Have No Mañanas (So Get Your Mañanas Today) Kevin Ayers -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Beautiful Noise Neil Diamond -
20 I've Got You Gloria Gaynor -
21 The Originals Kiss Compilation
24 Olias of Sunhillow Jon Anderson -
25 Boston Boston -
Anthology The Jackson 5 Compilation
Best of BTO (So Far) Bachman–Turner Overdrive Compilation
Child in Time Ian Gillan Band -
Diamond in the Rough Jessi Colter -
Howlin' Wind Graham Parker and the Rumour -
More Than Ever Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Music, Music Helen Reddy -
My Love Affair with Trains Merle Haggard -
Sincerely Dwight Twilley Band -
Surreal Thing Kris Kristofferson -
Trick Bag The Meters -
Year of the Cat Al Stewart -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 What a Lemon Gasolin' -
9 Good Singin', Good Playin' Grand Funk Railroad -
18 Man in the Hills Burning Spear -
19 Coming Out The Manhattan Transfer -
27 The Roaring Silence Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
Amigo Arlo Guthrie -
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music Hawkwind -
Bigger Than Both of Us Hall & Oates -
Hasten Down the Wind Linda Ronstadt -
Honor Among Thieves Artful Dodger -
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius -
The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers -
My Name Is Jermaine Jermaine Jackson -
No Reason to Cry Eric Clapton -
Second Thoughts Split Enz -
Spirit John Denver -
Super Ape The Upsetters -
This One's for You Barry Manilow -
Viva! Roxy Music -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Blackheart Man Bunny Wailer -
13 Hard Rain Bob Dylan Live
One More from the Road Lynyrd Skynyrd Live
17 Ringo's Rotogravure Ringo Starr -
20 Long May You Run The Stills-Young Band Stephen Stills and Neil Young
22 Triumph Triumph -
25 Technical Ecstasy Black Sabbath -
28 The Song Remains the Same Led Zeppelin Live 1973
Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder -
29 All the World's a Stage Rush Live
Barefoot Ballet John Klemmer -
Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Rose Royce Soundtrack
Children of the World Bee Gees -
The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein Parliament -
Dedication Bay City Rollers -
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC Australia
Here's Some Love Tanya Tucker -
Joan Armatrading Joan Armatrading -
Jump on It Montrose -
Keeping in Touch Anne Murray -
Let's Stick Together Bryan Ferry -
The Power of Music The Miracles -
Private Eyes Tommy Bolin -
Small Change Tom Waits -
Spirit Earth, Wind & Fire -
Stupidity Dr. Feelgood Live
Troubadour J.J. Cale -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
11 Arrival ABBA -
Four Seasons of Love Donna Summer -
Hoppkorv Hot Tuna -
16 Johnny the Fox Thin Lizzy -
22 Blue Moves Elton John -
Night Moves Bob Seger -
23 On the Road to Kingdom Come Harry Chapin -
24 Calling Card Rory Gallagher -
25 Land of the Midnight Sun Al Di Meola -
29 Zoot Allures Frank Zappa -
Big Beat Sparks -
Burton Cummings Burton Cummings -
Chestnut Street Incident Johnny Cougar -
Chicken Skin Music Ry Cooder -
Crystal Ball Styx -
Deep Cuts Strawbs -
Don't Stop Believin' Olivia Newton-John -
Free-for-All Ted Nugent -
Gold Ohio Players Compilation + 2 new tracks
I'd Rather Believe in You Cher -
It Looks Like Snow Phoebe Snow -
Leftoverture Kansas -
Love's a Prima Donna Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel -
Made in Europe Deep Purple Live
New England Wishbone Ash -
A New World Record Electric Light Orchestra -
Night Shift Foghat -
Part 3 KC and the Sunshine Band -
Radio Ethiopia Patti Smith Group -
Rock and Roll Heart Lou Reed -
Some People Can Do What They Like Robert Palmer -
World Record Van der Graaf Generator -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Greatest Hits James Taylor Compilation
2 Water Babies Miles Davis Recorded 1967–'68
4 Imaginary Voyage Jean-Luc Ponty -
5 All This and World War II Various Artists Soundtrack
8 The Best of George Harrison George Harrison Compilation
9 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -
11 Rock and Roll Over Kiss -
18 Have a Good Time Al Green -
19 Thirty Three & 1/3 George Harrison -
21 Virgin Killer Scorpions -
27 The Jacksons The Jacksons -
A Star is Born Barbra Streisand Soundtrack
Best of the Doobies The Doobie Brothers Compilation
Dance Pure Prairie League -
Efter endnu en dag Gasolin' -
Endless Flight Leo Sayer -
Gulf Winds Joan Baez -
Hejira Joni Mitchell -
Is This Whatcha Wont? Barry White -
Open Sesame Kool & the Gang -
Play 'n' the Game Nazareth -
The Pretender Jackson Browne -
The Roots of My Raising Merle Haggard -
Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas The Allman Brothers Band Live

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Still Stills: The Best of Stephen Stills Stephen Stills -
8 Hotel California Eagles -
10 A Day at the Races Queen -
Wings over America Paul McCartney and Wings Live
23 Wind & Wuthering Genesis -
Blondie Blondie -
Brass Construction II Brass Construction -
Dawn Eloy -
Oxygène Jean Michel Jarre France
Waylon Live Waylon Jennings Live

Release date unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1976.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 ABBA Dancing Queen 1976 Sweden UK 1 – Aug 1976, US BB 1 – Jan 1977, Netherlands 1 – Aug 1976, Sweden (alt) 1 – Aug 1976, France 1 – Aug 1976, Norway 1 – Aug 1976, Éire 1 – Sep 1976, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Apr 1977, POP 1 of 1977, US BB 2 of 1977, Germany 2 – Aug 1976, Party 2 of 2007, US CashBox 3 of 1977, Switzerland 3 – Aug 1976, Australia 3 of 1976, Austria 4 – Sep 1976, RYM 4 of 1976, Canada 6 – Jan 1977, South Africa 10 of 1976, Europe 14 of the 1970s, OzNet 31, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1976, Italy 65 of 1976, Scrobulate 82 of pop, Germany 99 of the 1970s, Acclaimed 122, RIAA 148, Rolling Stone 171, Belgium 224 of all time, WXPN 847
2 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 1976 United Kingdom UK 1 – Dec 1991, Canada 1 – Mar 1976, Netherlands 1 – Dec 1975, Éire 1 – Dec 1975, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Oct 1976, Europe 1 of the 1970s, RYM 1 of 1975, US BB 2 of 1992, Australia 2 of 1976, Virgin 2, France 3 – Nov 1975, Belgium 3 of all time, Switzerland 4 – Feb 1976, Norway 4 – Jan 1976, Poland 4 of all time, TOTP 5, POP 5 of 1992, OzNet 6, 8 in 2FM list, Scrobulate 9 of rock, Germany 10 – Jan 1976, Austria 14 – Feb 1992, TheQ 16, Sweden (alt) 18 – Feb 1976, US CashBox 22 of 1992, US BB 33 of 1976, Acclaimed 63, WXPN 90, Rolling Stone 163
3 Chicago If You Leave Me Now 1976 United States UK 1 – Oct 1976, US BB 1 – Aug 1976, Canada 1 – Sep 1976, Netherlands 1 – Oct 1976, Éire 1 – Dec 1976, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jul 1977, Sweden (alt) 2 – Nov 1976, France 3 – Oct 1976, Austria 3 – Jan 1977, Switzerland 3 – Jan 1977, Germany 3 – Jan 1977, Norway 4 – Nov 1976, Australia 10 of 1977, South Africa 11 of 1977, US CashBox 14 of 1976, POP 18 of 1976, Italy 25 of 1977, RYM 31 of 1976, Europe 41 of the 1970s, Germany 168 of the 1970s, OzNet 449
4 ABBA Fernando 1976 Sweden UK 1 – Mar 1976, Netherlands 1 – Mar 1976, Austria 1 – Apr 1976, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1976, Australia 1 of 1976, Germany 1 – Mar 1976, Australia 1 for 14 weeks Nov 1976, Sweden (alt) 2 – Apr 1976, Norway 2 – Apr 1976, South Africa 5 of 1976, Canada 7 – Sep 1976, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1976, France 10 – Apr 1976, US BB 13 – Sep 1976, Germany 15 of the 1970s, Italy 23 of 1976, Scrobulate 33 of Swedish, POP 35 of 1976, RYM 36 of 1976
5 Elton John Kiki Dee Don't Go Breaking My Heart 1976 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jul 1976, US BB 1 – Jul 1976, Canada 1 – Jun 1976, France 1 – Aug 1976, Éire 1 – Aug 1976, Australia 1 for 1 weeks Apr 1977, Netherlands 2 – Aug 1976, Sweden (alt) 3 – Sep 1976, South Africa 3 of 1976, Switzerland 4 – Sep 1976, US CashBox 5 of 1976, Norway 5 – Aug 1976, Australia 5 of 1976, Germany 5 – Sep 1976, Austria 8 – Oct 1976, Italy 25 of 1976, RYM 50 of 1976, Germany 313 of the 1970s, OzNet 522

Chronological table of US and UK number one hit singles[edit]

US number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
"Saturday Night" – Bay City Rollers (1)
"Convoy" – C. W. McCall (1)
"I Write the Songs" – Barry Manilow (1)
"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" – Diana Ross (1)
"Love Rollercoaster" – Ohio Players (1)
"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" – Paul Simon (3)
"Theme from S.W.A.T." – Rhythm Heritage (1)
"Love Machine" – The Miracles (1)
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)The Four Seasons (3)
"Disco Lady" – Johnnie Taylor (4)
"Let Your Love Flow" – The Bellamy Brothers (1)
"Welcome Back" – John Sebastian (1)
"Boogie Fever" – The Sylvers (1)
"Silly Love Songs" – Paul McCartney & Wings (5)
"Love Hangover" – Diana Ross (2)
"Afternoon Delight" – Starland Vocal Band (2)
"Kiss and Say Goodbye" – The Manhattans (2)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" – Elton John & Kiki Dee (4)
"You Should Be Dancing" – Bee Gees (1)
"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" – KC and the Sunshine Band (1)
"Play That Funky Music" – Wild Cherry (3)
"A Fifth of Beethoven" – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band (1)
"Disco Duck" – Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots (1)
"If You Leave Me Now" – Chicago (2)
"Rock'n Me" – Steve Miller Band (1)
"Tonight's The Night" – Rod Stewart (7 weeks 1976 + 1 week 1977), best seller of the year
"Bohemian Rhapsody" – Queen (5 weeks 1975 + 4 weeks 1976)
"Mamma Mia" – ABBA (2)
"Forever and Ever" – Slik (1)
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" – The Four Seasons (2)
"I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" – Tina Charles (3)
"Save Your Kisses for Me" – Brotherhood of Man (6), best seller of the year
"Fernando" – ABBA (4)
"No Charge" – J. J. Barrie (1)
"Combine Harvester (Brand New Key) " – The Wurzels (2)
"You to Me Are Everything" – The Real Thing (3)
"Forever and Ever" – Demis Roussos (1)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" – Elton John & Kiki Dee (6)
"Dancing Queen" – ABBA (6)
"Mississippi" – Pussycat (4)
"If You Leave Me Now" – Chicago (3)
"Under the Moon of Love" – Showaddywaddy (3)
"When a Child is Born" – Johnny Mathis (1 week 1976 + 2 weeks 1977)

Other significant singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Other notable songs[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

References[edit]