1977 was the year that saw the first Star Wars film, now called A New Hope. It completely smashed all box office records becoming the highest grossing film of all time. Television viewers tuned in to watch Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, and Three’s Company. Debby Boone was all over the radio airwaves with her megahit “You Light Up My Life”. Toys Micronauts and Mattel’s hand-held game electronic football were selling like hotcakes. New York City had a blackout that lasted 25 hours and resulted in looting. The United States returned the Panama Canal to Panama. And the first Apple II computers went on sale.
Five Canadian albums released in 1977, yes, that’s 40 years ago, struck double platinum: Angele Arsenault‘s Libre, Burton Cummings‘ My Own Way to Rock, Raffi‘s More Singable Songs, Triumph‘s Rock ‘n Roll Machine, and, winning the Album of the Year Juno the following year, Dan Hill‘s Longer Fuse. 1977 certainly doesn’t win any awards for album covers. They were shaggy. They were sweaty. But as we know, it’s what’s under the covers that rocks.