was the last labour prime minister until Margaret Thatcher won the
general election after a "Winter of Discontent" and put
the Tories into bat for the next 18 years.
was living in New York with Yoko, bringing up their son, four year
played their last ever British gigs to capacity crowds at Knebworth.The
resulting car gridlock after the first show was so great that, people
fell asleep at the wheels of their cars in the car park, unable to
move until the next morning.
Jones was using one of the most expensive keyboards in the world -
the £25,000 Yamaha "Dream Machine" (costing more than
the average house in 1979) which provided the strings and brass on
Zeppelins "In through the out door" album - Vinyl and cassette
only, of course, as CDs would not appear for another four years.
was nearing the end of his U.S. presidency, to be succeeded by Ronald
Francis became Britains first million pound footballer, and Brian
Cloughs' Nottingham Forest won the European cup against Swedens' Malmo
Ripper was still at large, and the Shah of Iran was forced into exile,
ending 2,000 years of "The Peacock Throne" - Ayatollah Khomeini
was about to become much better known to us all.......
radiation leak caused panic at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania,
and Ugandan dictator Idi Amin fled his country.
goodbye to Sid Vicious, actor Marion Morrison (better known as John
Wayne) and Lord Mountbatten, who was blown up by the IRA.
comedy and a new phrase - "political correctness" was just
around the corner......
Harrison mortgaged his home to raise the money to film "The Life
of Brian" after everyone else had turned it down. He appeared
in it briefly as "3rd Roman soldier", and the film profits
enabled his company "Handmade Films" to later produce "Time
Bandits, The Long Good Friday", and others.
recorders had just become available - This meant that for the first
time ever, you could record such top rated TV shows as "The two
Ronnies, The Muppets, Sale of the Century, Charlies' Angels, Celebrity
Squares and Tiswas"
the first bands to make use of this new technology was Blondie, who
issued their "Eat to the Beat" album as a video album as
well as on vinyl.
singles included "Bright eyes" (six weeks at no. 1) "YMCA,
Heart of glass, I don't like Mondays, Message in a bottle" and
at no. 1 in the album charts who could forget "Oceans of Fantasy"
by Boney M? Phew.........