SIR DUKE – STEVIE WONDER – 1977

NEWS
•    The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight above the Mojave Desert
•    Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th President of the United States
•    Gary Gilmore becomes first person executed in United States since 1967.
•    British Airways introduces a regular supersonic Concorde service between London and New York. 
•    The U.S. returns the Panama Canal back to Panama
•    The first oil flows through the Trans Alaskan Oil Pipeline and we finished building the World Trade Center in New York.
 
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
•    MOVIES: “Star Wars” “Annie Hall” and “Saturday Night Fever”.
•    TV:  “Laverne & Shirley” “60 Minutes”  and “Roots”
•    Oakland Raider’s are Superbowl XI Champs. The cost of the Superbowl ad $125,000.
•    The first ever Quadraphonic concert took place in London by Pink Floyd. Fleetwood Mac’s Grammy-winning album Rumours is released.
•    Kids were playing with the Atari 2600 console, Star Wars toys, and Slime.
•    Slim Fast began selling, The Chia Pet was introduced, and the e.p.t pregnancy test was available 
•    Hotties were Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lynda Carter, Cheryl Tieg and Christie Brinkley.  
•    Apple introduces the Apple II computer
•    Popular sayings were “We are two wild and crazy guys”- Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd from SNL, “Well, Excuuuuuse Me”- Steve Martin and “May the Force be with you”-Harrison Ford.

DEAD
•    A plane crash in Mississippi with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd on board kills Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.
•    Elvis Presley: January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977
•    Groucho Marx: October 2, 1890– August 19, 1977
•    Freddie Prinz

#1@1
•    Found on the album Songs in the Key of Life.
•    This song was written in tribute to Jazz legend Duke Ellington who died in 1974. He was a huge influence on Wonder as he was also a pianist.
•    The lyrics also refer to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald,
•    Stevie Wonder performed this recently at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert (June 4, 2012.)
•    Here’s Stevie Wonder and ”Sir Duke” your #1@1 on from  April 1977.


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