Best Music Movies of 1976

1.

Bugsy Malone

4.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster dances and sings her way into our hearts.

Starring: Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi, Martin Lev, Paul Murphy, Sheridan Earl Russell, Albin 'Humpty' Jenkins, Paul Chirelstein, Andrew Paul ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1976-06-26
2.

The Song Remains the Same

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

The best of Led Zeppelin's legendary 1973 appearances at Madison Square Garden. Interspersed throughout the concert footage are behind-the-scenes moments with the band. The Song Remains the Same is Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden in NYC concert footage colorfully enhanced by sequences which are supposed to reflect each band member's individual fantasies and hallucinations. Includes blistering live renditions of "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love," "The Song Remains the Same," and "Rain Song" among others.

Starring: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin ..
Directed by: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot
Release date: 1976-11-05
Best Music Movies of 1976 : The Bette Midler Show: The Depression Tour
3.

The Bette Midler Show: The Depression Tour

3.8
8.3/10 IMDB

The Bette Midler Show is a HBO Video special of one of Bette Midler's tours entitled 'The Depression Tour', The video is of her show at the Cleveland Music Hall during February 1976. the show features many of Bette's popular songs, such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Friends", "In The Mood", "Hello In There", and "Lullaby of Broadway" As well as dazzling the audience with her spontaneous wit with her 'Wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes' and her special 'The Vicki Eydie Show'

Starring: Bette Midler, Charlotte Crossley, Ula Hedwig, Sharon Redd, Donald York ..
Directed by: Tom Trbovich
Release date: 1976-06-19
4.

Bound for Glory

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.

Starring: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, John Lehne, Randy Quaid, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, James Hong, Elizabeth Macey, Susan Vaill ..
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1976-12-05
5.

That's Entertainment, Part II

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, Clark Gable, Kathryn Grayson, Leslie Caron ..
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Release date: 1976-05-17
6.

The Ritz

3.8
6.9/10 IMDB

On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine can't find him. He arrives at the Ritz, a gay bathhouse.

Starring: Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, F. Murray Abraham, Treat Williams, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard, Paul B. Price, Bessie Love, George Coulouris, Dave King ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1976-08-12
Best Music Movies of 1976 : The Slipper and the Rose
7.

The Slipper and the Rose

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

In the tiny kingdom of Euphrania, the King and his court are most anxious to get Prince Edward wed. But Edward wants to marry for love. Meanwhile, young Cinderella finds life drastically altered with her father's death as she's forced to be a servant in her own house. But a cheery fairy godmother helps her with her impossible tasks, and even gets her to take an evening out at the King's bride-fin

Starring: Gemma Craven, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Hordern, Edith Evans, Christopher Gable, Annette Crosbie, Kenneth More, Sherrie Hewson, John Turner, Rosalind Ayres ..
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1976-03-24
8.

Sparkle

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The three Williams sisters start out singing in their church choir in Harlem in the late 1950s and become a successful girl group in the 1960s.

Starring: Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood, Tony King, Paul Lambert, Joyce Easton, DeWayne Jessie ..
Directed by: Sam O'Steen
Release date: 1976-04-07
9.

Heartworn Highways

3.5
8.0/10 IMDB

In this performance documentary highlighting several Country and Western music artists, the director James Szalapski has decided to let the music speak for itself, eschewing narration and interviews. A little comic relief is provided by a rambling, humorous introduction to a song sung by Gamble Rogers, and there are some down-home shots of the folks in Wigwam Tavern in Nashville. Many of the singers are entertaining in their own right, and there are interesting segments, such as one sequence in the Tennessee State Prison during a performance by David Allan Coe. Although filmed in 1976, the documentary was not released until 1981.

Starring: Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Peggy Brooks, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Charlie Daniels, Wayne Moss, Gamble Rogers ..
Directed by: James Szalapski
Release date: 1976-05-01
Best Music Movies of 1976 : The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
10.

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

3.4
7.3/10 IMDB

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a Halloween-themed television special starring Paul Lynde broadcast October 29, 1976 on ABC. It featured guest stars Margaret Hamilton in her first reprisal of her role as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Also guest starring are Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf, Tim Conway, Roz Kelly, Florence Henderson, rock band Kiss, Billy Barty as Gallows the Butler, Betty White and, in an unbilled surprise appearance, Donny and Marie Osmond. The special aired only once.

Starring: Paul Lynde, Florence Henderson, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Hayes, Billy Barty, Tim Conway, Tim Conway, Betty White, Paul Stanley, Paul Daniel Frehley ..
Directed by: Sid Smith
Release date: 1976-10-30

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