- 2 February - This is the Savage Young Rutles was released
- 11 February - Barry Wom was to be married to his childhood sweetheart, Brenda Liola. Instead, he married another woman.
- 22 March - The compilation album The Early Rutles was released
- 29 July - The film Ouch! was released
- 6 August - The Soundtrack to the film Ouch! was released
- 15 August - The Rutles played the world's first outdoor rock and roll concert at Che Stadium in New York City
- 14 September - The French compilation album 14 Plus Grands Succès was released
- 25 September - The first episode of The Rutles: The Animated series was broadcast on The American Broadcast Channel (ABC)