• The Village Voice Pazz & Jop Music Critics poll begins tabulating singles in addition to albums. Ian Dury’s “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” is the winner with Graham Parker’s Squeezing Out Sparks named best album.
  • Inspired by The Village Voice personals, Rupert Holmes writes “Escape,” better known as “The Pina Colada Song.”
  • The Voice begins working with Fountain House, an organization that rehabilitates the mentally disabled and provides employment, an association which is still in place today.
  • Manhattan, a Woody Allen film about a divorced New Yorker who dates a high school student and later falls for his best friend’s mistress, hits theaters. It stars Diane Keaton and Mariel Hemingway.
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