Federico Fellini was directing La Città delle donne (City of Women).
Francis Ford Coppola finished directing Apocalypse Now.
Dusty Springfield released Living Without Your Love.
It bombed. Later in the year, she recorded the singles “Baby Blue” and “Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees.”
E. L. Doctorow was preparing to publish Loon Lake (1980).
Earth, Wind & Fire released I Am.
Eddy Grant released Walking on Sunshine.
Elizabeth Bishop passed away (on 6 October).
Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie released A Classy Pair and A Perfect Match.
Elton John was in something of a career slump, having broken two years prior with Bernie Taupin; he released the cover album Victim of Love.
Eric Clapton married model and photographer (and ex-wife of George Harrison) Pattie Boyd (on 27 March).
Fleetwood Mac released Tusk.
Foghat, whose sales were starting to slip, released Boogie Motel.
Frank Miller debuted as the penciller of Daredevil (issue #158), at the time one of Marvel Comics’s worst-selling titles.
Frank Zappa founded Zappa Records and released Sleep Dirt
…his best-selling album Sheik Yerbouti
…and Joe’s Garage.
He also premiered his feature-length film Baby Snakes.