#TBT: 1978 Art Rewind


This week on Throwback Thursday’s Art Rewind, we bring you the feathered hair and bell-bottom jeans of 1978. So impress your friends with your trivia chops, relive your glory days, or just find out what happened in the arts in 1978. And don’t forget to watch The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey on Thursday, October 16 at 8 ET/5 PT.

And Now Your 1978 Art Rewind…


1.  It’s the end of an era when the great American artists and Saturday Evening Post illustrator, Norman Rockwell, dies at the age of 84. Just one year earlier, Rockwell was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country.”


2.  Before it was a movie and even before it was a trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a radio series, broadcast for the first time in 1978 on BBC. The beloved series has since become a cult classic and then worldwide phenomenon…as well as this television series.


3.  “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees is the number one single of the year. Enough said.


4.  Steve Martin performs his famous “King Tut” sketch on Saturday Night Live. The song was so popular that it was released as a single selling over one million copies.


5.  Blondie releases its second and third studio albums. The third album, Parallel Lines, contains the hit single “Heart of Glass” and is ranked by multiple magazines as one of the best albums of all time.