1979 in music

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Years in music: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1979.

Events[edit]

January–February[edit]

March–April[edit]

May–August[edit]

September–December[edit]

Also in 1979[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

See Musical groups established in 1979

Bands disbanded[edit]

See Musical groups disestablished in 1979

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Armed Forces Elvis Costello & The Attractions -
Look Sharp! Joe Jackson -
16 Accept Accept -
19 Sleep Dirt Frank Zappa -
25 Take Me Home Cher -
26 Bustin' Out of L Seven Rick James -
Valley of the Dolls Generation X -
- The Def Leppard E.P. Def Leppard EP
John Denver John Denver -
Living Without Your Love Dusty Springfield -
Madam Butterfly Tavares -
New Kind of Feeling Anne Murray -
No Mean City Nazareth -
Strangers in the Night UFO Live
We Are Family Sister Sledge -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Inflammable Material Stiff Little Fingers -
5 Spirits Having Flown Bee Gees -
19 Frenzy Split Enz -
20 George Harrison George Harrison -
21 Live (X Cert) The Stranglers Live
25 Lovedrive Scorpions -
26 The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle Sex Pistols Soundtrack
28 Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones -
- At Budokan Cheap Trick Live
Enlightened Rogues The Allman Brothers Band -
Force Majeure Tangerine Dream -
Hard Times for Lovers Judy Collins -
Under Heaven Over Hell Streetheart -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Manifesto Roxy Music -
3 Sheik Yerbouti Frank Zappa -
9 Angel Station Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
Even Serpents Shine The Only Ones -
15 Fate for Breakfast Art Garfunkel -
16 Bitanga i princeza Bijelo dugme -
Live at the Witch Trials The Fall -
17 Desolation Angels Bad Company -
19 L.A. (Light Album) The Beach Boys -
23 Van Halen II Van Halen -
24 Overkill Motörhead -
26 Go West Village People -
27 You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic Ian Hunter -
29 Breakfast in America Supertramp -
30 Just a Game Triumph -
Secondhand Daylight Magazine -
- Airwaves Badfinger -
Danger Money U.K. -
Feel No Fret Average White Band -
I Love You So Natalie Cole -
Remote Control The Tubes -
Rock n' Roll Nights Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
Squeezing Out Sparks Graham Parker and The Rumour -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Life in a Day Simple Minds -
5 Evolution Journey -
6 Euroman Cometh Jean-Jacques Burnel -
9 Cool for Cats Squeeze -
13 Black Rose: A Rock Legend Thin Lizzy -
20 Gimme Some Neck Ron Wood -
My Father's Eyes Amy Grant -
Y The Pop Group -
23 Bob Dylan at Budokan Bob Dylan Live
Voulez-Vous ABBA -
25 Bad Girls Donna Summer -
- The Bells Lou Reed -
It's Alive Ramones Live
Mission Accomplished But the Beat Goes On The Rezillos Live
New England New England -
New Values Iggy Pop -
Replicas Gary Numan and Tubeway Army -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Orchestral Favorites Frank Zappa -
8 Three Imaginary Boys The Cure -
17 Wave Patti Smith Group -
18 Do It Yourself Ian Dury & The Blockheads -
Lodger David Bowie -
21 Saxon Saxon -
22 Where There's Smoke... Smokey Robinson -
23 Diana Ross Diana Ross -
Dynasty Kiss -
30 Where I Should Be Peter Frampton -
31 Discovery Electric Light Orchestra -
- Flag James Taylor -
In the Skies Peter Green -
Let Me Be Good to You Lou Rawls -
Monolith Kansas -
Narita Riot Japan
Rhapsodies Rick Wakeman -
Rock 'n' Roll High School Various Artists Soundtrack
Shot Through the Heart Jennifer Warnes -
Spectral Mornings Steve Hackett -
State of Shock Ted Nugent -
The Undertones The Undertones -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Best of The J. Geils Band The J. Geils Band -
8 Back to the Egg Wings -
The Kids Are Alright The Who Soundtrack
Shades in Bed The Records -
9 I Am Earth, Wind & Fire -
Labour of Lust Nick Lowe -
Repeat When Necessary Dave Edmunds -
11 Get The Knack The Knack -
13 Candy-O The Cars -
Mingus Joni Mitchell -
15 Communiqué Dire Straits -
PXR5 Hawkwind -
Silent Letter America -
Unknown Pleasures Joy Division -
19 Mirrors Blue Öyster Cult -
21 Mick Taylor Mick Taylor -
22 Live Killers Queen Live
23 No Exit The Angels -
26 Live Killers Queen Live
- Another Taste A Taste of Honey -
Exposure Robert Fripp -
Life and Love Leon Russell -
Night Owl Gerry Rafferty -
One for the Road Willie Nelson and Leon Russell -
Secrets Robert Palmer -
Spy Carly Simon -
Survivors Samson -
Touch the Sky Carole King -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Rust Never Sleeps Neil Young and Crazy Horse -
6 The B-52's The B-52's -
10 Low Budget The Kinks -
17 Exposed Mike Oldfield Live
20 Nine Lives REO Speedwagon -
27 Highway to Hell AC/DC -
John Cougar John Cougar -
28 Down to Earth Rainbow -
30 Risqué Chic -
- Bop till You Drop Ry Cooder -
Circles & Seasons Pete Seeger -
Duty Now for the Future Devo -
First Under the Wire Little River Band -
Honest Lullaby Joan Baez -
Midnight Magic Commodores -
No Promises...No Debts Golden Earring -
The Original Disco Man James Brown -
Shake Hands with the Devil Kris Kristofferson -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Fear of Music Talking Heads -
Some Product: Carri on Sex Pistols Sex Pistols Interview collage
10 Off the Wall Michael Jackson -
Ghostown The Radiators -
13 Chicago 13 Chicago -
15 In Through the Out Door Led Zeppelin -
17 Drums and Wires XTC -
20 Slow Train Coming Bob Dylan -
27 Eve The Alan Parsons Project -
- Born Again Randy Newman -
5 J.J. Cale -
Into the Music Van Morrison -
Volcano Jimmy Buffett -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Flying Colors Trooper -
6 Ladies' Night Kool & the Gang -
La Diva Aretha Franklin -
7 Join Hands Siouxsie and the Banshees -
The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan -
Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile Cliff Richard -
11 Head Games Foreigner -
Kost u grlu Riblja Čorba -
14 Stormwatch Jethro Tull -
16 Top Priority Rory Gallagher -
17 Joe's Garage Frank Zappa -
Unleashed in the East Judas Priest Live
21 Boogie Motel Foghat -
Dream Police Cheap Trick -
The Raven The Stranglers -
Uncle Jam Wants You Funkadelic -
22 Three U2 EP
24 The Long Run Eagles -
25 Entertainment! Gang of Four -
One Voice Barry Manilow -
Singles Going Steady Buzzcocks Compilation
Solid State Survivor Yellow Magic Orchestra -
27 Recent Songs Leonard Cohen -
- Cut The Slits -
A Different Kind of Tension Buzzcocks -
The Glow Bonnie Raitt -
Kenny Kenny Rogers -
Live and Sleazy Village People Double LP; one disc live, one disc studio
Marathon Santana -
Night after Night U.K. Live
No. 1 In Heaven Sparks -
Oceans of Fantasy Boney M. -
154 Wire -
Out of a Dream Reba McEntire -
Satisfied Rita Coolidge -
Street Machine Sammy Hagar -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Return to Base Slade -
2 Reggatta de Blanc The Police -
Survival Bob Marley & The Wailers -
5 I'm the Man Joe Jackson -
Partners in Crime Rupert Holmes -
Quadrophenia The Who Soundtrack
8 A Curious Feeling Tony Banks -
9 The Fine Art of Surfacing The Boomtown Rats -
12 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Rod Stewart Compilation
Tusk Fleetwood Mac -
13 Victim of Love Elton John -
16 Fire It Up Rick James -
The Message Is Love Barry White -
19 Cornerstone Styx -
Damn the Torpedoes Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers -
One Step Beyond... Madness -
Prince Prince -
22 Prisoner Cher -
23 Mix-Up Cabaret Voltaire -
26 Dragnet The Fall -
27 Bomber Motörhead -
In the Heat of the Night Pat Benatar -
29 Greatest Hits Volume 2 ABBA Compilation
30 Journey through the Secret Life of Plants Stevie Wonder -
- Bee Gees Greatest Bee Gees Compilation
Broken English Marianne Faithfull -
Cut Above the Rest Sweet -
Eat to the Beat Blondie -
Flirtin' with Disaster Molly Hatchet -
Here Leo Sayer -
Hydra Toto -
I'll Always Love You Anne Murray -
Keep the Fire Kenny Loggins -
Lovehunter Whitesnake -
Magnum II Magnum -
Mr. Universe Gillan -
Reproduction The Human League -
The Specials The Specials -
Thighs and Whispers Bette Midler -
Wet Barbra Streisand -
Whatever You Want Status Quo -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Freedom at Point Zero Jefferson Starship -
Night in the Ruts Aerosmith -
9 The Soundhouse Tapes Iron Maiden EP
17 Setting Sons The Jam -
18 Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live
19 Joe's Garage Frank Zappa -
Live Rust Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live
23 Live! Coast to Coast Teddy Pendergrass Live
Metal Box Public Image Ltd. -
Platinum Mike Oldfield -
30 The Wall Pink Floyd -
- Brass Construction 5 Brass Construction -
Degüello ZZ Top -
Down on the Farm Little Feat -
ELO's Greatest Hits Electric Light Orchestra Compilation
Machine Gun Etiquette The Damned -
New York • London • Paris • Munich M -
No Nukes: The Muse Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future Various Artists Triple Live LP
Phoenix Dan Fogelberg -
Pretty Paper Willie Nelson Christmas
Sometimes You Win Dr. Hook -
We're the Best of Friends Natalie Cole & Peabo Bryson -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 On Parole Motörhead Debut
14 London Calling The Clash -
15 Sid Sings Sid Vicious -
27 Adventures in Utopia Utopia -
- The Best of Top of the Pops '79 Top of the Poppers -
Christopher Cross Christopher Cross -
Les Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest Hits Chic -
Quiet Life Japan -
Sabotage/Live John Cale Live
20 Jazz Funk Greats Throbbing Gristle -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1979.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Blondie Heart of Glass 1979 United States UK 1 – Jan 1979, US BB 1 – Mar 1979, Canada 1 – Mar 1979, Austria 1 – Mar 1979, Switzerland 1 – Feb 1979, Germany 1 – Feb 1979, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1980, Sweden (alt) 3 – Mar 1979, France 3 – Feb 1979, Australia 3 of 1979, Netherlands 5 – Feb 1979, Norway 5 – Mar 1979, RYM 8 of 1979, US CashBox 11 of 1979, US BB 1 of 1979, POP 13 of 1979, South Africa 15 of 1979, Italy 29 of 1979, Virgin 29, OzNet 30, Scrobulate 46 of 80s, Germany 54 of the 1970s, RIAA 217, Acclaimed 241, Rolling Stone 255
2 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive 1979 United States UK 1 – Feb 1979, US BB 1 – Jan 1979, US BB 1 of 1979, Canada 1 – Mar 1979, Éire 1 – Mar 1979, POP 2 of 1979, Sweden (alt) 3 – Apr 1979, Netherlands 4 – Mar 1979, Norway 4 – May 1979, Switzerland 7 – Apr 1979, Scrobulate 8 of disco, Germany 9 – Mar 1979, US CashBox 10 of 1979, France 10 – Mar 1979, South Africa 16 of 1979, Austria 17 – May 1979, Party 24 of 1999, Australia 25 of 1979, Italy 38 of 1979, Europe 66 of the 1970s, RYM 67 of 1978, RIAA 89, OzNet 155, Acclaimed 416, Rolling Stone 489
3 M Pop Muzik 1979 United Kingdom US BB 1 – Aug 1979, Sweden (alt) 1 – Jun 1979, Switzerland 1 – Jun 1979, Germany 1 – May 1979, Australia 1 for 3 weeks May 1980, UK 2 – Apr 1979, Austria 2 – Jul 1979, Netherlands 3 – May 1979, France 3 – Nov 1979, Norway 5 – Jun 1979, South Africa 5 of 1979, Canada 8 – Sep 1979, Australia 10 of 1979, US CashBox 15 of 1979, Italy 18 of 1979, US BB 40 of 1979, POP 40 of 1979, RYM 50 of 1979, Germany 59 of the 1970s, OzNet 888, Acclaimed 1691
4 Donna Summer Hot Stuff 1979 United States US BB 1 – Apr 1979, Switzerland 1 – May 1979, Australia 1 for 1 weeks May 1980, Canada 2 – Apr 1979, Sweden (alt) 2 – May 1979, Norway 2 – Jun 1979, France 3 – May 1979, Austria 3 – Jun 1979, US BB 4 of 1979, Scrobulate 5 of disco, Germany 6 – May 1979, POP 6 of 1979, UK 11 – May 1979, US CashBox 14 of 1979, Netherlands 14 – May 1979, Australia 17 of 1979, Italy 24 of 1979, RYM 88 of 1979, Rolling Stone 103, OzNet 124, Party 210 of 1999, Germany 246 of the 1970s, Acclaimed 717
5 Patrick Hernandez Born to Be Alive 1979 France Sweden (alt) 1 – Jul 1979 (20 weeks), France (SNEP) 1 – Feb 1979 (5 months), France 1 – Mar 1979 (5 weeks), Austria 1 – Apr 1979 (6 weeks), Norway 1 – Jul 1979 (17 weeks), Belgium 1 – Jan 1979 (18 weeks), Germany 1 – Mar 1979 (6 months), Canada RPM 1 for 2 weeks – Aug 1979, New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks – Oct 1979, RIANZ 1 – Sep 1979 (14 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 weeks – Oct 1979, France 1 for 15 weeks – Mar 1979, Germany 1 for 5 weeks – May 1979, France (InfoDisc) 4 of the 1970s (peak 1, 30 weeks, 1,412k sales estimated, 1979), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1979), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1979), Netherlands 5 – Feb 1979 (18 weeks), Switzerland 5 – Feb 1979 (13 weeks), Australia 5 of 1979, Springbok 6 – Aug 1979 (11 weeks), Italy 7 of 1979, UK 10 – Jun 1979 (14 weeks), POP 11 of 1979, Canada 12 – Jul 1979 (6 weeks), US BB 15 of 1979, US Billboard 16 – Jun 1979 (19 weeks), Record World 19 – 1979, Germany 20 of the 1970s (peak 1 25 weeks), Brazil 32 of 1979, Scrobulate 68 of disco, US Radio 108 of 1979 (peak 16 5 weeks), RYM 200 of 1979, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Sep 1979), Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1979

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

Other significant singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Japan Music Awards[edit]

Japan Record Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mi-Sex
  2. ^ "Alcohol, medication may have led to tenor's suicide". The Calgary Herald. March 7, 1979. p. B18. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Seventh Edition, Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky, Schirmer Books, New York, 1984, page 1178