By 1979, there was no longer a Daily Mirror Pop Club Reader Awards ceremony – just The British Rock & Pop Awards. The 1978 ceremony was held in early 1979 at the Café Royal, London, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was presented by Bob Wellings and David Jensen, and was broadcast by the BBC on 11th April 1979 (possibly live, although this isn’t definite) with a simulcast on BBC Radio 1.
Best Female Singer
Winner: Kate Bush
Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality
Winner: Ian Dury
Presented by Dusty Springfield, with a brilliant blooper when she announces the “best grope”.
Winner: Bee Gees, represented at the event by Robin Gibb
Best Male Singer
Winner: Leo Sayer
Winner: Electric Light Orchestra, for Out of the Blue
Winner: Gerry Rafferty, for Baker Street
Radio 1 DJs’ Award
Winner: Nick Lowe
Nationwide Golden Award
Winner: Barron Knights
The end credits from the ceremony, including footage from the awards, can be viewed here:
Other presenters of awards included Dave Dee, Georgie Fame, Mary Hopkin, and Hank Marvin. The BBC TV series Nationwide covered the event on 15th February and 29th March.
Top of the Pops resident dancers Legs & Co performed a dance medley of Rod Stewart‘s D’Ya Think I’m Sexy, Bee Gees‘ Night Fever, Brian and Michael‘s Matchstalk Men and You’re the One That I Want from Grease. Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra performed the music.
- British Rock & Pop Awards 1976-1978
- BFI record for the BBC broadcast
- BBC Genome record for the original broadcast
- BFI record for Nationwide coverage: 15th February; 29th March
- Gerry Rafferty Facebook group, showing a line up of all the winners
- Image of Kate Bush receiving her award
- Music and TV Video Archives (no longer online)
- LegsAndCo.blogspot.com (no longer online)
- Hmong Hot (no longer online)
- One for the Dads (no longer online)
- Archive Today (no longer online)