Andre Gardner

Man, do I remember June of 1978. Animal House and Grease were in theaters, The Stones would played Stadium, and I just finished my last day of high school!! These albums dominated the rock chart on June 15, 1978:

  • 10. And Then There Were Three - Genesis

    What do you name the album you and your band made after two members left in a three year span? Genesis titled it And Then There Were Three after the departure of Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett. It would expose the band to a much bigger audience and, from there, their career took off. The album is #10 on the countdown.

  • 9. Stranger In Town - Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band

    Like he did on his previous album Night Moves, Bob Seger split his time working with both his Silver Bullet Band and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section on Stranger In Town, which was the #9 rock album on June 15, 1978.

  • 8. City To City - Gerry Rafferty

    Initially finding chart success with his former band Stealers Wheel, Gerry Rafferty became even bigger as a solo artist, thanks to this album.  City To City featured almost two dozen musicians and it was Rafferty’s apex, hitting #1 and going down in history as the album that knocked Saturday Night Fever off of the top spot. It drops this week to #8.

  • 7. Running On Empty - Jackson Browne

    The title of this album could be a reference to the tour buses Jackson Browne traveled on while he toured the U.S., or his energy level during that frantic two week stretch that was recorded for an album.  Regardless, Running On Empty is a great listen, and it was the #7 rock album on June 15, 1978.

  • 6. The Stranger - Billy Joel

    To say this was a make or break album for Billy Joel would be an understatement.  Had The Stranger not been a hit, Columbia would likely have dropped him from the label.  Instead, it was the biggest album he ever had.  Some nine months after it first entered the charts, it was still hanging in at #6. See you tomorrow, Billy!

  • 5. Foreigner - Foreigner

    Like Billy Joel’s The Stranger, Foreigner’s self-titled debut album would not leave the top 10.  It holds steady at #5 on June 15, 1978, 15 months after it came out.

  • 4. Champagne Jam - Atlanta Rhythm Section

    These former studio musicians-turned-rock stars, known as Atlanta Rhythm Section, had their biggest success with Champagne Jam, their seventh album, which peaked here at #4.

  • 3. Slowhand - Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton brought in legendary producer Glyn Johns, who’d worked with The Beatles, The Stones and The Who, among others, to tighten up hin and his band during recording, and together they made Eric’s most successful album called Slowhand. On June 15, 1978 it was #3 and features covering one of his favorites once again, JJ Cale.

  • 2. Earth - Jefferson Starship

    The fourth album released under the Jefferson Starship moniker would be their last with both Grace Slick and Marty Balin.  Earth was the band’s third top 10 album, peaking at #2 on June 15, 1978.

  • 1. London Town - Wings

    At the top of the chart this week is the sixth album from a band led by a guy who was in one of the biggest bands of all time before this one.  In true 70s fashion, a majority of this album was recorded on a yacht parked in the Virgin Islands. It would be the band’s fifth chart topper on the rock charts. #1 on June 15, 1978 was London Town by Paul McCartney And Wings.

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