On this day: 8th June 1978


Your regular Saturday fix following the weekly Teacakes and Talk show on Stroud FM, I present you with your retro fix of music and news. And thus on this day in 1978 the main headline of the day…Woman takes world sailing record. Naomi James has broken the solo round-the-world sailing record by two days. Her 53 ft yacht Express Crusader crossed the finish line in Dartmouth at 0911 BST after almost nine months at sea. The 29-year-old also became the first woman to sail solo around the globe via Cape Horn – the classic “Clipper Route”. A huge crowd of well-wishers and a Royal Marines band welcomed the New Zealand born Devonshire sailor home after her 27,000 mile (43,452 km) journey.

And so to celebrate the year that was 1978 here’s what happened in music news. 

As Saturday Night Fever becomes a cultural phenomenon, the soundtrack hits #1 on the Billboard Charts, where it will stay until July

The Sex Pistols play their final show (until a 1996 reunion) at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom

In a performance used for The Kids Are Alright, The Who play their last show with Keith Moon

Elton John appears on this week’s People Magazine without his trademark glasses. John would still wear glasses occasionally for the next ten years until wearing them permanently again

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a much-hyped musical film starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees performing the music of The Beatles, opens in theaters. The film is savaged by critics and proves a box office disappointment

And in current affairs 

Regular radio broadcasts of British Parliament proceedings start.

Reinhold Messner (Italy) and Peter Habeler (Austria) made the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.

Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby, is born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK

Births: Myleene Klass from Hearsay, Duncan James from Blue and Ashton Kutcher.

Tune in next week your your fix of retro reminiscing



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