In the music
- Soul Train premieres on television on 15th February in the United States. The show's first performance is by Gino Vannelli.
- In May Stevie Wonder performs before 125,000 people at the Washington Monument as part of Human Kindness Day festivities
- David Mancuso starts the first ever record pool (a means for record companies to distribute promos to DJs).
- Donna Summer hits big with the worldwide disco classic Love To Love You Baby after meeting producer Giorgio Moroder
- In the USA The Temptations land their staggering 14th No 1 hit with Shakey Ground, achieving more number ones than any other band in history.
- George Clinton's Parliament release the now legendary Mothership Connection. This is now seen as the album that put P-funk on the map.