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Four score and seven years before the Gettysburg Address, the Founding Fathers brought forth a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Two hundred years into the grand experiment, liberty was all the rage in the nation they had founded, but liberty from the burden of conceiving children was perhaps it most popular expression. "Don't you hesitate, my virgin child/Spread your wings and I'll come inside for a while." In Tonight's The Night, the year' s biggest hit, Rod Stewart the Lovelorn (think Maggie May) gave way officially to Rod Stewart the Lustful, cementing his membership in the constellation Shape-Shifter and marking those born in 1976 with his indelible love tattoo. But consider the interesting case of Barry Manilow, the year's Opposing Star and a man who could not have been created more unequal to Rod Stewart, but a man with his own animal charms. Perhaps it is his presence in the pop universe of 1976 that explains why the micro-generation born in that year may not necessarily express its rampant sexuality in the ways one normally expects. Particularly if they fall under the influence of the vehicular cryptosexuality of the year's Wildcard Star: the trucka-rap pioneer C. W. McCall.

BirthdatesBirthstar Birthsong
Jan 1-Jan 3Bay City Rollers Saturday Night
Jan 4-Jan 10C. W. McCall Convoy
Jan 11-Jan 17Barry Manilow I Write The Songs
Jan 18-Jan 24Diana Ross Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)
Jan 25-Jan 31Ohio Players Love Rollercoaster
Feb 1-Feb 21Paul Simon 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Feb 22-Feb 28Rhythm Heritage Theme From S.W.A.T.
Feb 29-Mar 6The Miracles Love Machine (Part 1)
Mar 7-Mar 27The Four Seasons December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
Mar 28-Apr 24Johnnie Taylor Disco Lady
Apr 25-May 1The Bellamy Brothers Let Your Love Flow
May 2-May 8John Sebastian Welcome Back
May 9-May 15The Sylvers Boogie Fever
May 16-May 22Paul McCartney (and Wings) Silly Love Songs
May 23-Jun 5Diana Ross Love Hangover
Jun 6-Jul 3Paul McCartney (and Wings) Silly Love Songs
Jul 4-Jul 17Starland Vocal Band Afternoon Delight
Jul 18-Jul 31The Manhattans Kiss And Say Goodbye
Aug 1-Aug 28Elton John and Kiki Dee Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Aug 29-Sep 4The Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing
Sep 5-Sep 11KC and the Sunshine Band (Shake, Shake, Shake) Your Booty
Sep 12-Oct 2Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
Oct 3-Oct 9Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band A Fifth Of Beethoven
Oct 10-Oct 16Rick Dees and His Cast Of Idiots Disco Duck
Oct 17-Oct 30Chicago If You Leave Me Now
Oct 31-Nov 6Steve Miller Band Rock 'N Me
Nov 7-Dec 31Rod Stewart Tonight's The Night



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