Category Archives: 1977

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love

First Hit #1: December 24, 1977 The Gibb family basically owned the top of the charts in early ’78 – with the exception of a few weeks where they subletted it out to Player – and for the first part … Continue reading

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Debby Boone – You Light Up My Life

First Hit #1: October 15, 1977 We go from the silly to the somewhat maudlin, with Debby Boone’s Light Up My Life. The song was written as a simple love song, but Boone said it was about god, which influenced … Continue reading

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Meco – Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band

First Hit #1: October 1, 1977 It’s only natural that the Star Wars theme managed to become a big hit in ’77. The film was one of those massive hits that becomes a cultural touchstone for a generation, and it … Continue reading

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The Emotions – Best of My Love

First Hit #1: August 20, 1977 Somehow, 1977 has settled into a certain groove, with a low key but fun dance sound emerging slowly. It could almost be read as a female response to Gibbs’ track, a song about a … Continue reading

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Andy Gibb – I Just Want to Be Your Everything

First Hit #1: July 30, 1977 Being the sibling of a big star is an odd situation. On one hand, it can’t help but open doors, as you’re connected to the other members of your family and have that name … Continue reading

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Barry Manilow – Looks Like We Made It

First Hit #1: July 23, 1977 This is a strange mess of a song. It seems like it should be sad, about people who should have moved on from their old relationship contemplating rekindling that, in spite of the rest … Continue reading

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