Radio Hits of 1977

1977 Sports

*World Series Champions: New York Yankees
*Superbowl Champions: Oakland Raiders
*NBA Champions: Portland Trail Blazers
*Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
*U.S. Open Golf: Hubert Green
*U.S. Tennis: Guilermo Vilas/Christine Marie Evert
*Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bjorn Borg/Virginia Wade
*NCAA Football Champions: Notre Dame
*NCAA Basketball: Marquette
*Kentucky Derby: Seattle Stew

Fashion Icons:

Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lynda Carter, Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley.

Other Facts (1977)

1977: Elvis Presley dies at Graceland, his Memphis, Tenn. home. He was 42.
*Slim-Fast began selling in 1977 and, after initial hesitation by the FDA, was approved and came on strong in 1979 as a weight-loss product.
*Star Wars hits theaters--for the first time--and will go on to be the second highest-grossing film of all time.
*Nuclear-proliferation pact, curbing spread of nuclear weapons, is signed by 15 countries, including US and USSR.
*The Chia Pet is the registered trademark belonging to Joseph Enterprises, Inc., the manufacturers and originators of the Chia Pet.
*The space shuttle Enterprise makes its first test glide, from the back of a 747. Background: US Staffed Space Flights.
*The Big Ear radio telescope heard what many may consider a radio transmission from outer space from an intelligent extra-terrestrial source.
*"We are two wild and crazy guys" - Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live.
*The "Son of Sam" serial killer, David Berkowitz, was captured. Sam was his neighbor's dog, who told him to do the killing.
*The e.p.t. pregnancy test was available over the counter. Previously, there was an ancient Egyptian test that was right about 2 out of 3 times, involving peeing on barley and wheat, that could even tell the sex of the children.
*Maureen Weston, while in a rocking chair marathon, didn't sleep for 18 days and 17 hours.
*Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in an airplane crash.
*The Movie Saturday Night Fever sparks the disco inferno and the popularity of movie soundtracks.
*The Bee Gees release the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, which will go on to become the then best selling album of all time.
*"I love New York" - Slogan from NY State Dept. of Economic Development ad.
*Movies in 1977 included Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Julia.
*Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Anwar Sadat
*Miss America: Dorothy Benham (Edina, MN)
*Miss USA: Kimberly Tomes (Texas)
*Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Atari 2600 Console, Star Wars Toys, Chia Pets, Slime, Skateboards.
What Was On TV:
Laverne & Shirley (ABC), Happy Days (ABC), Three's Company (ABC), 60 Minutes (CBS), Charlie's Angels (ABC), All in the Family (CBS), Little House on the Prairie (NBC), Alice (CBS), M*A*S*H (CBS), One Day at a Time (CBS).


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Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, an immature young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discothèque, Karen Lynn Gorney as his dance partner and eventual friend, and Donna Pescow as Tony's former dance partner and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the king. His care-free youth and weekend dancing help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life with a dead end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents and his associations with a gang of macho friends. A huge commercial success, the film significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta, already well known from his role on TV's Welcome Back, Kotter, a household name.

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