1977

Top Selling Singles

  1. Abba – Knowing Me, Knowing You
  2. David Soul – Don’t Give Up On Us
  3. Elvis Presley – Way Down
  4. Rod Stewart – I Don’t Want To Talk About It
  5. David Soul – Silver Lady
  6. Julie Covington – Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
  7. Donna Summer – I Feel Love
  8. Brotherhood Of Man – Angelo
  9. Leo Sayer – When I Need You
  10. The Manhattan Transfer – Chanson D’Amour

Christmas No.1: Wings – Mull of Kintyre

Top Selling Albums

  1. Abba – Arrival
  2. Diana Ross & the Supremes – 20 Golden Greats
  3. The Shadows – 20 Golden Greats
  4. Various Artists – Feelings
  5. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène
  6. Johnny Mathis – The Mathis Collection
  7. Bread – The Sound of Bread, Their 20 Finest Songs
  8. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
  9. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
  10. Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson – A Star Is Born

At the Box Office

  1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  2. The Spy Who Loved Me (Roger Moore, Barbara Bach)
  3. When the North Wind Blows (Henry Brandon, Herbert Nelson)
  4. A Star Is Born (Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson)
  5. A Bridge Too Far (Sean Connery, Ryan O’Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier)
  6. The Rescuers (Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn)
  7. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour)
  8. Airport ’77 (Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Joseph Cotten)
  9. The Deep (Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte)
  10. Sweeney! (John Thaw, Dennis Waterman)

Cost of Living

Average house price£12,628
Average salary £2,894
Average car price £2,350
Petrol 17p / litre
Pint of beer 38p
Packet of 20 Cigarettes 55p
Pint of milk 44p

In the News

  • The Ford Fiesta goes on sale in the UK. Chrysler Europe launched the Sunbeam,
  • Inflation has fallen slightly this year to 15.8%, but it is the fourth successive year that has seen double-digit inflation
  • Prime Minister was James Callaghan
  • Wimbledon was won by (Mens) Björn Borg (Womens) Virginia Wade
  • Red Rum wins the Grand National for the third time
  • Clive Sinclair introduces his new two-inch screen pocket television set, which retails at £175.
  • The 22nd Eurovision Song Contest is held in London. With Angela Rippon as the presenter, the contest is won by Marie Myriam representing France, with her song “L’oiseau et l’enfant” (“The Bird and the Child”); the British entry, Lynsey de Paul and Michael Moran’s “Rock Bottom”, takes second place.
  • It’s the Queens Silver Jubilee, to celebrate twenty-five years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, with a public holiday on 7 June
  • The tenth James Bond film – The Spy Who Loved Me – premieres in London. It is the third of seven films to star Roger Moore as James Bond, with Moore later calling the film his personal favourite
  • A new, smaller, £1 note is introduced.
  • Rock star Marc Bolan, (T. Rex) , is killed in a car crash in Barnes, London, two weeks before his thirtieth birthday
  • Freddie Laker launches his new budget Skytrain airline, with the first single fare from Gatwick to New York City costing £59 compared to the normal price of £186.
  • Firefighters go on their first ever national strike, in hope of getting a 30% wage increase
  • British Airways starts regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service

On the Telly

  • The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show on BBC 1 television attracts an audience of more than 28,000,000 viewers, one of the highest ever in UK television history
  • Colour television licences exceed black and white ones for the first time in the UK.
  • Morph, is introduced with the launch of BBC Television children’s series Take Hart with Tony Hart.
  • The original series of Top Gear begins as a local magazine format produced by BBC Midlands from its Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham, presented by Angela Rippon and Tom Coyne
  • The Krypton Factor makes its debut on ITV.
  • It’ll Be Alright on the Night is first aired on ITV
  • BBC1 airs the final episode of Dad’s Army.
  • Bruce Forsyth steps down as presenter of The Generation Game after six years
  • We were also still watching: Robin’s Nest, Quincy, M.E. , A Sharp Intake of Breath, The Professionals and Crackerjack

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