One Year: 1977

Season 1: Bonus Episode 2
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Music’s Pivot Point in 1977

Hit Parade’s Chris Molanphy and One Year’s Evan Chung on Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, and the other artists who made their mark in 1977.

Episode Notes

In this Slate Plus episode for One Year, Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy and One Year producer Evan Chung discuss the music of 1977, from disco to punk to AM radio rock. Chung also discusses the music he’s been programming for this season of One Year, and what songs played a role in some of the history that’s been covered.

Mentioned in this episode:
Love Goes to Buildings on Fire by Will Hermes
Hit Parade’s Bee Gees episode
Hit Parade’s Donna Summers episode
One Year’s 1977 playlist

Production by Chau Tu.

Correction, Aug. 6, 2021: This page originally misspelled Donna Summer’s name.

About the Show

The people and struggles that changed America—one year at a time. In each episode, host Josh Levin explores a story you may have forgotten, or one you’ve never heard of before. What were the moments that transformed politics, culture, science, religion, and more? And how does the nation’s past shape our present?

The first season of One Year focuses on 1977, a year when gay rights hung in the balance, Roots dominated the airwaves, and Jesus appeared on a tortilla.

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  • Chau Tu is a former editor of Slate Plus.