Old issues of Billboard Magazine are now available on Google Books. Here's the top of the classical album chart for May 21, 1977:
- The Great Pavarotti. London.
- Jean-Pierre Rampal & Claude Bolling. Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano.
- Pachelbel Kanon: Two Suites. Fasch: Two Symphonies. Paillard Chamber Orchestra. RCA.
- Puccini. Tosca. Montserrat, Caballe, Carreras, Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Philips.
- Puccini. La Boheme. Pavarotti, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. London.
- Holst. The Planets. Tomita. RCA.
- Meyerbeer: La Prophete. Horne, Royal Philharmonic. Columbia.
- Bolling: Concerto for Classic Guitar and Jazz Piano. Lagoya. RCA.
- Luciano Pavarotti. The World's Favorite Tenor Arias. London.
- Ravel. Bolero. Chicago Symphony Orchestra. London.
- Barber: Vanessa. Steber, Bedda, Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra.
- Vaudeville: Songs of the Great Ladies of the Musical Stage. Morris, Bolcom. Nonesuch.
we're going out to a movie tonight, probably smoky and the bandit although there's another new movie, star wars, that might be good. last week, i went with you know who and her friend to see a star is born. it was ok. a buddy and i have also agreed to split the cost of stevie wonder's songs in the key of life; i think it's finally on sale at sears. i'll tape it and he can have the lp.
2009 update: Weather Report's Heavy Weather is #30 on the pop album chart for that week. Other surprising jazz notables in the top 100 include Maynard Ferguson, Return to Forever, George Benson, Bob James, Ronnie Laws, Herbie Hancock's VSOP, and Al DiMeola. In hindsight, the music wasn't all that good but at least it was popular.