• The country was celebrating its 200th birthday.
• Jimmy Carter was elected as the 39th President of the United States
• Apple Computer became a company.
• Viking 2 gave us the first color pictures of Mars.
• The Tiananmen Square protests take place in China.
• It was the summer of the “Son of Sam” in NYC. (The case was reopened in 1996 and, as of 2004, it was still considered open.)
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “Rocky” “Carrie” & “The Omen”
• TV: “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Charlies Angels” and “MASH”
• Deep Purple & Grand Funk disband.
• IBM introduces the first Laser printer.
• Jimmy Carter was Time Magazine’s Man of The Year.
• Chairman Mao: (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976)
• Percy Faith: (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976)
• J. Paul Getty, Sr.: (December 15, 1892 – June 6, 1976)
• Wild Cherry was really a hard rock band.
• As the story goes…Wild Cherry had a regular gig at the 2001 Club in Pittsburgh,and with Disco big at the time, their sound didn't go over well. After one show, an audience member shouted, "Play some funky music, white boy." Frontman Rob Parissi decided they should, and wrote down the phrase on a bar order pad. They recorded it with a Disco sound - drum and bass mixed way up front. The band was concerned about the lyrics, but Parissi insisted on keeping them.
• Parissi got the idea for the group's name from a box of cough drops he saw when he was in the hospital.
• The song sold over two and a half million copies in the US alone; it was Wild Cherry's only hit.
• Here’s Wild Cherry and Play That Funky Music the Number 1 at 1 from September 1976.