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January 3 Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits - Chicago
January 17 Gratitude - Earth, Wind & Fire
February 7 Desire - Bob Dylan
March 13 Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) - Eagles
April 10 Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton
April 17 Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) - Eagles
April 24 Wings at the Speed of Sound - Wings
May 1 Presence - Led Zeppelin
May 15 Black and Blue - The Rolling Stones
May 29 Wings at the Speed of Sound - Wings
June 5 Black and Blue - The Rolling Stones
June 19 Wings at the Speed of Sound - Wings
July 24 Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton
July 31 Breezin' - George Benson
August 14 Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton
September 4 Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
September 11 Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton
October 16 Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
This year was characterised by 4 albums hitting the top more than once.
Interesting to see that Frampton’s live album first hit the top in April, then dropped off and returned 3 months later. Four times it returned to the top spot. I doubt another record can claim such a performance.
But it was Stevie Wonder’s album that was the huge hit staying at the top for 11 weeks in 1976 and three more the following year making 14 in total and selling 5 million copies.
That Zeppelin only spent two weeks at #1 selling ‘just’ 3 million of Presence indicates the relatively unpopularity of that album despite it featuring Achilles Last Stand one of their most amazing numbers.
And this was George Benson's big year too. Breezin' was a lovely summer record.