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September 1978








Gloria Fajardo marries musician Emilio Estefan after a two-year romance, becoming Gloria Estefan on her 21st birthday.
The Jacksons, formerly known as the Jackson 5, enter the soul chart yet again with "Blame It on the Boogie," which will peak at #3.

Blue Notes lead vocalist Teddy Pendergrass performs at a "For Women Only" concert at New York City's Avery Fisher Hall. Women arriving for the concert are given white chocolate lollipops in the shape of a Teddy Bear.
Some 66,000 Dead Heads attend the Grateful Dead's Labor Day concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. The New Riders of the Purple Sage open the show.
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers member Joe Negroni dies at age 37. He is the third member of the '50s R&B group to die before the age of 38.
Ex-Sex Pistol bassist Sid Vicious performs at Max's Kansas City, New York City punk club, backed by ex-New York Dolls Jerry Nolan (drums), Arthur "Killer" Kane (bass) and the Clash's Mick Jones (guitar).

Shortly after seeing the London premiere of The Buddy Holly Story, Who drummer Keith Moon dies at age 31 after overdosing on Hemenephrin, a prescription drug that was supposed to have helped him withdraw from alcohol. Though Moon always earned his reputation as an incorrigible wild man, he was also highly respected by musicians -- including noted modern jazz drummer Elvin Jones -- for his unique, wide-open, crashingly polyrhythmic approach. In fact, Moon's technique of attacking the tom-toms and crash cymbals and ignoring the hi-hat and ride cymbals predated similar percussive innovations in the late Seventies and early Eighties by Phil Collins with Peter Gabriel, Dave Barbossa with Bow Wow Wow, and Bill Bruford with King Crimson. Though it seems that Moon's untimely death will surely mean the end of the Who, he will eventually be replaced by ex-Faces drummer Kenney Jones.
Public Image Ltd. -- the band formed by ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon (known as Johnny Rotten with the Pistols) and ex-Clash (before they ever recorded) guitarist Keith Levene -- releases its first single, "Public Image," which will become a big underground hit in America's new wave dance clubs and on American college and underground radio stations.
The Top Five
1. "Boogie Oogie Oogie" - A Taste of Honey
2. "Three Times a Lady" - Commodores
3. "Hot Blooded" - Foreigner
4. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - Olivia Newton-John
5. "Kiss You All Over" - Exile

A television series set in a New York City taxi garage and named, appropriately enough, Taxi, debuts on ABC-TV. Created by four alums of the Emmy-winning The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi will run for five seasons and earn three Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy awards in 1978, 1979 and 1980 for its heart, humor and genuine point of view.
Mork & Mindy, a Happy Days spinoff about an alien from the planet Ork who was rejected by his fellow citizens because of his sense of humor, debuts on ABC-TV. The sitcom provides the perfect vehicle for the zany comedic antics of Robin Williams, who will become a major Hollywood movie star in the next decade, and spawns a Saturday morning cartoon spinoff during the early 1980s.
Bob Dylan begins his longest American concert tour ever, in Augusta, Maine. He will play sixty-five dates in sixty-two cities in three months.
The Grateful Dead perform a concert before the pyramids of Egypt. The concert is recorded, but as of 1983 has yet to be released on record.
The four members of Kiss -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley -- release solo LPs simultaneously. They sell poorly, with Frehley's the most popular.
Linda Ronstadt's latest album, Living in the U.S.A., is released with an initial shipment of 2 million units; or, as music industry parlance would have it, the album "ships double platinum."
Veteran Memphis gospel-soul singer Solomon Burke makes a rare disco-era entry into the soul chart with "Please Don't Say Goodbye to Me," which will be on the chart for only four weeks, peaking at #91.
Ruth Etting, one of the great torch song vocalists of Broadway who became a star in The Ziegfeld Follies of 1927, dies at age 70. Etting had 62 pop hits between 1926 and 1937, including "Life Is a Song" and "Love Me or Leave Me," which was the title of the movie of her life in 1955 played by Doris Day
A federal judge rules that all sports reporters, regardless of sex, must be given equal access to atheletes, even in their locker rooms. Sports Illustrated writer Melissa Ludtke had filed a lawsuit last year after being banned by the New York Yankees during the World series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a lot of pundits have poked a lot of fun at the case. An unlikely women's rights pioneer, art history major Ludtke had started in sports after a reccommendation from ex-player and announcer Frank Gifford.
Pope John Paul I is found dead sitting up in his bed shortly before dawn, just 33 days into his papacy. The Vatican reports the 65-year-old pope most likely died the previous night of a heart attack. But conspiracy theories will begin to appear decades after his death alleging he was murdered inside the Vatican so the anti-Communist Cardinal Karol Wojtyla could succeed him.
Rick James' second big hit of the year, "Mary Jane," a thinly veiled celebration of the herb enters the soul chart, where it will peak at #3. James's previous hit this year, "You and I," had hit Number One for two weeks on July 22. Both hits are from James' breakthrough album, Come and Get It!

Brides of Funkenstein -- yet another offshoot of George Clinton's Parliament- Funkadelic empire -- enter the soul chart for the first time with "Disco to Go," which will peak at #7. It is taken from their debut LP, Funk or Walk, which will later reach #17 on the soul LP chart.

The Top Five
1. "Kiss You All Over" - Exile
2. "Boogie Oogie Oogie" - A Taste of Honey
3. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - Olivia Newton-John
4. "Three Times a Lady" - Commodores
5. "Summer Nights" - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

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