Thursday, February 5, 2015

List of Billboard #1 Jazz Albums of 1977



In 1977, Billboard published a top 40 Jazz Albums list in the 2nd and 4th issue of every month but one: for some reason, charts were not published in the August 13 and August 27 issues.  Instead, one chart was printed that month in the August 20 issue.  Go figure.  I should also mention that the October 8 list was simply a reprint of the previous list of September 24.  In any case, a total of 175 albums charted that year; 9 hit the top spot.  Here's a chart of the #1 jazz albums of that year:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 15 Breezin' George Benson
January 29 A Secret Place Grover Washington, Jr.
February 12
February 26 In Flight George Benson
March 12
March 26
April 9
April 23
May 14
May 28 Heavy Weather Weather Report
June 11 Conquistador Maynard Ferguson
June 25 In Flight George Benson
July 9 Free as the Wind The Crusaders
July 23
August 20
September 10
September 24
October 8
October 22 Nightwings Stanley Turrentine
November 12
November 26 Enigmatic Ocean Jean-Luc Ponty
December 10 Feels So Good Chuck Mangione
December 24

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