1970

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Jan

1

  • Rosie Deutsch (77) dies in Los Angeles of heart failure

2

  • Eric Whitacre born (Reno, NE) American composer, conductor, teacher.

3

  • Aylmer Buesst (86) dies in St Albans, Hertfordshire
  • Davy Jones announces he is leaving the Monkees
  • B.J. Thomas has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head

4

  • Clayton McMichen (69) diesin Battletown, KY
  • Albin Swoboda, Jr. (86) dies in Stuttgart
  • Keith Moon of the Who accidentally runs over and kills his chauffeur Neil Boland whilst trying to escape a gang of skinheads ouside a pub in Hatfield, Hertfordshire

5

  • Robert Gerhard (73) dies in Cambridge of emphysema
  • Ernst Krenek’s Fivefold Enfoldment for orchestra premiered in Bonn

8

  • John Cage’s Cheap Imitation for piano premiered in New York

9

  • Giannis Christou dies on his 44th birthday in Athens in a car crash

12

  • Zack de la Rocha born (Long Beach, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, activist. Member of Rage Against the Machine from 1991 to 2000 and from 2007.
  • Raekwon born aka Corey Woods (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper. Member of the Wu-Tang Clan and solo artist.

13

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Eight Lessons for Keyboards premiered in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Sub tuam protectionem for piano premiered in London

14

  • Harry M. Woods (73) dies in Glendale, AZ
  • Diana Ross and the Supremes play their last show together at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas
  • William Walton’s Improvisations on an Impromptu by Benjamin Britten for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

15

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.8 premiered in Brighton

16

  • Philip Glass’ Music in Fifths for small ensemble premiered in New York

17

  • Billy Stewart (32) dies in a car accident in Smithfield, NC along with three of his band members.
  • David Matthews’s Three Songs op.1 for soprano and orchestra premiered in London

19

  • Jacob Druckman’s Orison for organ and tape premiered in New York
  • Shulamit Ran’s O the Chimneys for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello, piano, percussion, and tape premiered in New York

20

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s operas Don Tartufo bacchettone [Don Tartufo the bigot] & Rappresentazione e festa di Carnasciale e della Quaresima [Representation and festival of Carnasciale and Lent] premiered in Venice, both libs. Malipiero

22

  • Carlisle Floyd’s opera Of Mice and Men, lib. Floyd after John Steinbeck, premiered in Seattle

24

  • James Sheppard (29), lead singer of Shep and the Limelites, is found dead in his car on the Long Island Expressway. He had been beaten to death
  • Aaron Copland’s Happy Anniversary for orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

25

  • Jane Bathori (92) dies in Paris
  • William Grant Still’s Choreographic Prelude for flute, piano, strings and orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

26

  • Kirk Franklin born (Fort Worth, TX) American Gospel singer, choir director, writer.

28

  • Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies split up

29

  • William Schuman’s In Praise of Shahn for orchestra by William Schuman premiered in New York

30

  • Henryk Górecki’s Four Preludes for piano premiered in Katowice

31

  • Slim Harpo (46) dies in Baton Rouge, LA following a heart attack
  • David Diamond’s choral symphony To Music premiered in New York
  • Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968 (orchestral version) premiered in Munich
  • The Jackson 5 have the Billboard number one single for one week with I Want You Back

releases

  • Brook Benton – A Rainy Night In Georgia / Where Do I Go From Here? (Cotillion)
  • Black Sabbath – Evil Woman / Wicked World (Fontana UK)
  • Chairmen Of The Board – Give Me Just A Little More Time / Since The Days Of Pigtails (Invictus). Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1967. General Johnson, Eddie Custis, Danny Woods & Harrison Kennedy
  • Jimmy Cliff – Vietnam / She Does It Right (Trojan UK)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop The Rain / Travelin’ Band (Fantasy)
  • Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) / Down Is Up, Up Is Down (Philly Groove)
  • Donny Hathaway – The Ghetto parts 1 and 2 (Atco)
  • Jethro Tull – The Witch’s Promise / Teacher (Island UK)
  • Les McCann & Eddie Harris – Compared To What / Cold Duck (Atlantic)
  • Maytals – Pressure Drop / Smoke Screen (Trojan UK)
  • Originals – The Bells / I’ll Wait For You (Soul). Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1966. Freddie Gorman, Walter Gaines, CP Spencer & Henry Dixon
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water / Keep The Customer Satisfied (Columbia)
  • Temptations – Psychedelic Shack / That’s The Way Love Is (Gordy)
  • Jr Walker & the All Stars – Gotta Hold On to This Feeling / Clinging to the Thought That She’s Coming Back (Soul)
  • Stevie Wonder – Never Had a Dream Come True / Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares (Tamla)
  • David Ackles – Subway to the Country (Elektra)
  • Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs (Harvest UK)
  • Chicago (Columbia)
  • Deep Purple / RPO – Concerto for Group and Orchestra (Harvest UK) recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 24 Sep 1969
  • Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief (Island UK)
  • Family – A Song for Me (Reprise UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – This Girl’s in Love with You (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – That’s the Way Love Is (Tamla)
  • MC5 – Back In The USA (Atlantic)
  • Meters – Look-Ka Py Py (Josie)
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service – Shady Grove (Capitol)
  • Wayne Shorter – Super Nova (Blue Note)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water (Columbia)
  • Dusty Springfield – A Brand New Me (Atlantic)
  • Tony Williams Lifetime – Turn It Over (Polydor)

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Feb

1

  • Blaž Arnic (69) dies in a car crash in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Oliver Knussen’s Symphony in One Movement premiered in London
  • Gordon Mumma’s Conspiracy Eight for computer and eight manipulators premiered in Cambridge, MA

2

  • Jacob Druckman’s Animus II for soprano, two percussionists and tape premiered in Paris
  • The Faces play their first show in Southampton. Rod Stewart (vo) Ronnie Wood (g) Ian McLagan (keys) Ronnie Lane (b) Kenney Jones (d)

4

  • James Murphy born (Princeton Junction, NJ) American producer, electronic musician, singer. Founder member of LCD Soundsystem.

5

  • Elliott Carter’s Concerto for Orchestra premiered in New York

6

  • Nino Rota’s opera La visita meravigliosa [the wonderful visit] premiered in Palermo, lib. Nino Rota

7

  • Led Zeppelin have the UK number one album for one week with Led Zeppelin II
  • Bruno Maderna’s Grande Aulodia for orchestra premiered in Rome

9

  • Pierre Henry’s Cérémony for tape premiered in Paris

11

  • Emil Ábrányi (87) dies in Budapest
  • Charles Ives’s In Re Con Moto et al. for string quartet and piano premiered in New York

12

  • Ishman Bracey (69) dies in Jackson, MS
  • André Souris (70) dies in Paris

13

  • Vivian Fine’s Fantasy for Cello and Piano premiered in New York
  • (& 14th) The Grateful Dead play two shows at the Fillmore East which are recorded for the Bear’s Choice live album

14

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Love 200 for voice, rock band and orchestra premiered in Sydney
  • Sly & the Family Stone have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Everybody Is a Star
  • The Who play Leeds University, recording the show for the album Live At Leeds

15

  • Karel Husa’s Concerto for brass quintet and strings premiered in Buffalo, NY

17

  • Alfred Newman (69) dies in Los Angeles of emphysema
  • Luciano Berio’s This Means That… for electronic sources premiered in New York

18

  • Andy Williams born (Manchester) English rock drummer. Founder member of Doves.
  • Jez Williams born (Manchester) English rock guitarist. Founder member of Doves.

19

  • Pavel Ludikar (87) dies in Vienna
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Piece for Orchestra No. 1 premiered in Wroclaw

20

  • Albert Wolff (86) dies in Paris
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Three Rituals for two or four percussionists, film and lights premiered in London

21

  • Simon & Garfunkel have the UK number one album for the first of 33 weeks over eight runs with Bridge over Troubled Water, the best selling album of both 1970 and 1971

22

  • Bruno Maderna’s radio opera From A to Z premiered in Darmstadt (staged version)

24

  • Darrell Banks (31) shot dead in Detroit by policeman Aaron Bullock who was having an affair with Banks;’ girlfriend Marjorie Bozeman
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Symphony No. 4 premiered in Helsinki

25

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Adapting to the Times for cello and piano premiered in Amherst, MA

26

  • Linda Brava aka Linda Lampenius born (Helsinki) Finnish classical violinist.
  • Ethel Leginska (83) dies in Los Angeles
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Acustica for 2-5 players and tape premiered in Cologne

28

  • Led Zeppelin play a show in Copenhagen billed as the Nobs owing to a threatened lawsuit from the von Zeppelin family
  • Simon & Garfunkel have the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with Bridge over Troubled Water

releases

  • Band – Rag Mama Rag / The Unfaithful Servant (Capitol)
  • Tim Buckley – Happy Time / So Lonely (Straight)
  • Frijid Pink – House of the Rising Sun / Drivin’ Blues (Deram UK)
  • Jackson Five – ABC / The Young Folks (Motown)
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Instant Karma! / Who Has Seen the Wind? (Apple)
  • Rare Bird – Sympathy / Devil’s High Concern (Charisma UK) Prog rock band formed in London in 1969. Steve Gould (vo, b, g) Dave Kaffinetti, Graham Field (keys) Mark Ashton (d)
  • Rare Earth – Get Ready / Magic Key (Rare Earth)
  • Supremes – Up The Ladder To The Roof / Bill, When Are You Coming Home (Motown). 1970 line-up: Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, Jean Terrell
  • Atomic Roooster (Charisma UK)
  • Black Sabbath (Vertigo UK) Rock band formed as Earth in Birmingham in 1968. Ozzy Osbourne (vo) Tony Iommi (g) Geezer Butler (b) Bill Ward (d)
  • Doors – Morrison Hotel / Hard Rock Cafe (Elektra)
  • Van Morrison – Moondance (Warner Bros UK)
  • Move – Shazam (Regal Zonophone UK)
  • Randy Newman -12 Songs (Reprise)
  • Here Comes Shuggie Otis (Epic)
  • Rod Stewart – An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (Vertigo UK)
  • Morton Subotnick – Touch (Columbia)
  • James Taylor – Sweet Baby James (Warner Bros)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other (Charisma UK)

Black Sabbath (Vertigo)

Mar

1

  • Lucille Hegamin (75) dies in New York

5

  • John Frusciante born (New York, NY) American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer, film producer. Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988 to 1992 and from 1998 to 2009 and solo artist.
  • Arnold Bax’s Roscatha for orchestra premiered posthumously in London

6

  • George Crumb’s Madrigals Book III for soprano, harp, bass and percussion & Madrigals Book IV for soprano, wind, harp, bass and percussion premiered in New York

7

  • Vladislav Adelkhanov born (Tbilisi) Georgian classical violinist
  • Simon & Garfunkel have the Billboard number one album for the first of ten weeks with Bridge over Troubled Water

9

  • Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Anthony Asquith Prize for the score to the film Z

10

  • Kenneth Leighton’s Piano Concerto No.3 premiered in Birmingham
  • Roger Reynolds’s …between… for orchestra and electronic sound generators premiered in Chicago

11

  • The 12th Grammy Awards held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. The Fifth Dimension win record of the year for Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In and album of the year is awarded to the eponymous debut by Blood, Sweat and Tears. Other winners include Joe South, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Wendy Carlos, John Barry, Burt Bacahrach, Henry Mancini, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Wes Montgomery, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin and the Isley Brothers

14

  • Mary Ann Ganser (22) dies in New York, possibly of encephaltitis or a barbiturate overdose
  • Ernst Krenek’s Six Profiles for orchestra premiered in Fargo, ND

15

  • Samuel Adler’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Dallas
  • Gary Geld, Peter Udell, Ossie Davis and Philip Rose’s musical Purlie opens on Broadway (688 performances)

16

  • Tammi Terrell (24) dies in Philadelphia from a brain tumour
  • Luc Ferrari’s installation Music Promenade premiered in Paris

17

  • Queen Latifah aka Dana Owens born (Newark, NJ) American rapper, singer, actress.
  • Jack Beeson’s opera My Heart’s in the Highlands premiered in New York. Lib. Beeson after William Saroyan

18

  • Roger Sessions’s Rhapsody for orchestra premiered in Baltimore

19

  • David Bowie marries Angela Barnett in Bromley, Kent

20

  • Walter Bricht (65) dies in Bloomington, IN of emphysema
  • George Rochberg’s Eleven Songs for voice and piano premiered in Oberlin, OH, text Paul Rochberg
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Pole für zwei no.30 for two players and two shortwave receivers premiered in Osaka

21

  • Pierre Henry’s Cérémony II for tape & Fragments pour Artaud premiered in Royan, France
  • Luigi Nono’s Y estonces comprendió for six female voices, chorus, tape and electronics premiered on RAI radio, Rome
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Expo für drei no.31 for three players and three shortwave receivers premiered in Osaka

22

  • André Boucourechliev’s Archipel 4 op.10 for piano premiered in Royan, France
  • Thea Musgrave’s Memento vitae – Concerto in Homage to Beethoven premiered in Glasgow

23

  • Carlos Chávez’s Clio, a symphonic ode premiered in Houston

24

  • Maseo aka Vincent Mason born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, producer, DJ. Founder member of De La Soul.

26

  • Michael Wadleigh’s music documentary film about the 1969 music festival Woodstock opens

27

  • Mariah Carey born (Huntington, NY) American pop singer, actress.

28

  • Simon & Garfunkel have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Bridge over Troubled Water

30

  • Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Lee Adams, and Charles Strouse’s musical Applause opens on Broadway (896 performances)

releases

  • Beatles – Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) (Apple UK)
  • David Bowie – The Prettiest Star / Conversation Piece (Mercury UK)
  • James Brown – Funky Drummer parts 1 and 2 (King)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Woodstock / Helpless (Atlantic)
  • Tyrone Davis – Turn Back The Hands Of Time / I Keep Coming Back (Dakar)
  • Four Tops – It’s All In the Game / Love (Is the Answer) (Motown)
  • Funkadelic – I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody’s Got A Thing / Fish, Chips & Sweat (Westbound)
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – The Onion Song / California Soul (Tamla)
  • Guess Who – American Woman / No Sugar Tonight (RCA)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips – You Need Love Like I Do (Don’t You) / You’re My Everything (Soul)
  • MC5 – Shakin’ Street / The American Ruse (Atlantic)
  • Freda Payne – Band Of Gold / The Easiest Way To Fall (Invictus)
  • John Cale – Vintage Violence (Columbia)
  • Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Prince Heathen (Fontana UK)
  • Alice Cooper – Easy Action (Straight)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu (Atlantic)
  • Egg (Deram UK) Prog rock band formed in London in 1969. Dave Stewart (keys, tone generator) Mont Campbell (b, vo) Clive Brooks (d)
  • Faces – First Step (Warner Bros UK)
  • Funkadelic (Westbound) Funk band formed in Detroit in 1968. George Clinton (vo) Eddie Hazel, Lucius Ross (g, vo) Ray Monette (g) Billy Nelson (b, vo) Bob Babbitt (b) Mickey Atkins, Bernie Worrell (org) Ramon Fulwood (d) plus session players
  • Gong – Magick Brother (BYG France)
  • The Isaac Hayes Movement (Enterprise)
  • Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsies (Track UK) recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York on 31 Dec 1969 and 1 Jan 1970
  • Joni Mitchell – Ladies of the Canyon (Reprise)
  • Mountain – Climbing (Windfall)
  • Wilson Pickett – Right On (Atlantic)
  • Temptations – Psychedelic Shack (Gordy)
  • Trees – The Garden of Jane Delawney (CBS UK) Folk rock band formed in 1969. Bias Boshell (b, g, vo) Celia Humphries (vo) Barry Clarke, David Costa (g) Unwin Brown (d)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex – A Beard of Stars (Regal Zonophone)

Trees – The Garden of Jane Delawney (CBS)

Apr

1

  • Ringo Starr is the only Beatles member present at the band’s final recording session, taping drum overdubs for the album Let It Be

3

  • George Crumb’s Night of the Four Moons for alto, alto flute, banjo, electric cello and percussion by premiered Springfield, PA

4

  • Mixmaster Mike aka Michael Schwartz born (San Francisco, CA) American hip hip DJ, Turntablist. Worked with the Beastie Boys and solo.

5

  • Miho Hatori born (Tokyo) Japanese rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Member of Cibo Matto from 1994 to 2001. Also worked with Gorillaz.

7

  • Burt Bacharach’s music for George Roy Hill’s film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid wins the best original score Oscar at the 42nd Academy Awards
  • Vivian Fine’s Paean for narrator, chorus, six trumpets and six trombones premiered in Bennington, VT

8

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s The Laying in the Tomb for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Altenburg, Germany
  • Aulis Sallinen’s Violin Concerto premiered in Helsinki

9

  • John McEntire born (Portland, OR) American rock drummer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist. Member of Bastro, Tortoise and Sea & Cake.

10

  • Q-Tip aka Kamaal Ibn John Fareed aka Jonathan Davis born (New York) American rapper, DJ, producer. Member of A Tribe Called Quest from 1985 to 1998 and solo artist.
  • Ralph Escudero (71) dies in Puerto Rico
  • Paul McCartney issues a press statement announcing that The Beatles have split up

11

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Let It Be

13

  • Per Nørgård’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Aarhus, Denmark
  • William Schuman’s Anniversary Fanfare for brass and percussion premiered in New York
  • Mikis Theodorakis is released after 20 months imprisonment by the Greek fascist government.  He is flown to France for treatment of his tuberculosis. His wife and children remain in Greece as hostages

14

  • Michael Nesmith announces his decision to leave the Monkees
  • Pauline Oliveros’ Music for Expo ‘70 for tape premiered in Osaka

15

  • Henryk Górecki’s Musiquette 4 “Trombone Concerto” for trombone, clarinet, cello and piano premiered in Vienna

17

  • Redman aka Reggie Noble born (Newark, NJ) American rapper.
  • Vincent Persichetti’s The Creation for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in New York

19

  • Charles Koechlin’s Stèle funéraire for one person playing piccolo, flute and alto flute premiered posthumously in Verrières-le-Buisson, France

20

  • Perry Bradford (77) dies in New York

21

  • Earl Hooker (40) dies in Chicago of tuberculosis
  • Elton John plays his first solo show supporting Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Roundhouse, London

22

  • Howard Hanson’s The Mystic Trumpeter for chorus, narrator and orchestra premiered in Kansas City, MO

23

  • Adeline Genée (92) dies in London

24

  • Otis Spann (40) dies in Chicago of liver cancer
  • Grace Slick, invited to a class reunion at the White House by President Nixon’s daughter Tricia, is turned away when her “plus one” turns out to be actiivist Abbie Hoffman

25

  • Luciano Berio’s Chemins IIb for orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • Duke Ellington’s New Orleans Suite premiered at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • The Jackson 5 have the Billboard number one single for the first week of two with ABC

26

  • Tionne Watkins aka T-Boz born (Des Moines, IO) American R&B singer. Member of TLC from 1990 to 2003.

27

  • George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company opens on Broadway (705 performances)

28

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Ringing Changes for twelve percussionists premiered in Wayne, NJ.

releases

  • Edgar Broughton Band – Out Demons Out / Momma’s Reward (Harvest UK)
  • James Brown – Brother Rapp parts 1 and 2 / Bewildered (King)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Run Through the Jungle / Up Around the Bend (Fantasy)
  • Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin & John / How Can I Forget? (Tamla Motown UK)
  • Moody Blues – Question / Candle of Life (Threshold UK)
  • R Dean Taylor – Indiana Wants Me / Love’s Your Name (Rare Earth)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees / The Boat Of Millions Of Years (Charisma UK)
  • Neil Young – Cinammon Girl / Sugar Mountain (Reprise)
  • Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (Columbia)
  • Doris Duke – I’m a Loser (Canyon)
  • Bill Evans – Alone (Verve)
  • Flying Burrito Brothers – Burrito Deluxe (A&M)
  • Four Tops – Still Waters Run Deep (Motown)
  • Jethro Tull – Benefit (Island UK)
  • Elton John (DJM)
  • Last Poets (Douglas)
  • Paul McCartney – McCartney (Apple)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Jewels Of Thought (Impulse!)
  • Candi Staton – I’m Just a Prisoner (Fame)
  • Cat Stevens – Mona Bone Jakon (Island UK)
  • Ten Years After – Cricklewood Green (Deram UK)
  • Bobby Womack – My Prescription (Minit)

The Last Poets (Douglas)

May

2

  • Norman Greenbaum has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Spirit In The Sky

4

  • Gregg Alexander aka Gregory Aiuto born (Grosse Pointe, MI) American pop songwriter, singer, record producer, musician. Member of the New Radicals from 1997 to 1999.
  • Charles Wuorinen becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music at 32. The winning work is Time’s Encomium
  • Four students are shot dead by the National Guard at Kent State University, OH. Neil Young responds with the song Ohio (see 21 May).

7

  • Steve Reich’s Four Organs & Phase Patterns both for four electric organs premiered in New York
  • Gunther Schuller’s children’s opera The Fisherman and His Wife premiered in Boston, lib. Updike

8

  • Pierre Henry’s Gymkhana Formule I for tape premiered in Paris
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Piano Sonata no.4 premiered in Buffalo, NY
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Time’s Encomium for synthesized sound premiered in Albany, NY (complete version)

9

  • Ghostface Killah aka Dennis Coles born (Staten Island, NY) American rapper. Member of the Wu Tang Clan and solo artist.
  • The Guess Who have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with American Woman / No Sugar Tonight

10

  • (to 24th) The Stooges record Fun House at Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles. Iggy Pop (vo) Ron Asheton (g) Dave Alexander (b) Scott Asheton (d) Steve Mackay (sax)

11

  • Johnny Hodges (62) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Mikis Theodorakis’s wife and children escape from Greece to Sicily and then on to join him in Paris

13

  • Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s film Let It Be, a documentary about the Beatles in the studio opens

16

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have the Billboard number one album for one week with Déjà Vu

18

  • Gary William Friedman, Will Holt, Robert H. Livingston, Herb Schapiro and Stephen M. Joseph’s musical The Me Nobody Knows opens on Broadway (208 performances)

19

  • Alexander Goehr’s Symphony premiered in London
  • Thea Musgrave’s Elegy for violin and cello premiered in Santa Barbara, CA

21

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young record Young’s song Ohio in Los Angeles in response to the Kent State shootings on 4 May. Stills’ anti-Vietnam War anthem Find the Cost of Freedom is also taped. Neil Young, Stephen Stills, David Crosby (g, vo) Graham Nash (org, vo) Calvin Samuels (b) John Barbata (d)
  • Otto Luening’s Sonata for violin solo no.2 premiered in New York

23

  • The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with Let It Be
  • The Grateful Dead play their first gig outside the US at The Hollywood Rock Music Festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. Traffic, Black Sabbath, Free and Jose Feliciano are among the other acts appearing
  • Paul McCartney has the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with McCartney

24

  • Darius Milhaud’s Stanford Serenade for oboe and orchestra premiered in Stanford, CA
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s opera Hus med dubbel ingång [The house with two doors] premiered in Stockholm, lib. Rosenberg

25

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Music for Japan for orchestra premiered in Osaka

28

  • Gottfried Michael Koenig’s Übung für Klavier premiered in Bremen

29

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 premiered in Helsinki

30

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Klangwehr (I) for military band premiered on Radio Bremen

31

  • William Bolcom’s Dark Music for timpani and cello premiered in Washington, DC
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ ballet Nocturnal Dances premiered in London

releases

  • Carpenters – Close to You / I Kept On Lovin’ You (A&M)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach Your Children / Carry On (Atlantic)
  • Fleetwood Mac – The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) / World in Harmony (Reprise)
  • Free – All Right Now / Mouthful of Grass (Island UK)
  • Impressions – Check Out Your Mind / Can’t You See (Curtom)
  • Jackson Five – The Love You Save / I Found That Girl (Motown)
  • Lost Generation – The Sly, The Slick & The Wicked / You’re So Young But You’re So True (Brunswick). Vocal group formed in Chicago in 1969. Lowrell Simon, Fred Simon, Jesse Dean, Larry Brownlee
  • Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime / Mighty Man (Pye UK) Rock band formed in London in 1968. Ray Dorset (vo, g) Colin Earl (p) Mike Cole (b) Paul King (bjo, jug)
  • Temptations – Ball Of Confusion / It’s Summer (Gordy)
  • Three Dog Night – Mama Told Me Not To Come / Rock & Roll Widow (Dunhill / ABC). Rock band fomed in Los Angeles in 1968. Mike Allsup (g) Jimmy Greenspoon (keys) Joe Schermie (b) Floyd Sneed (d) Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, Cory Wells (vo)
  • Eric Burdon and War – Spill the Wine / Magic Mountain (MGM)
  • Amazing Blondel (Bell UK) Progressive folk band formed in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire in 1969. John Gladwin, Edward Baird and Terence Wincott – all multi-instrumentalists and singers
  • Beatles – Let It Be (Apple)
  • Tim Buckley – Lorca (Elektra)
  • Shirley & Dolly Collins – Love, Death & the Lady (Harvest UK)
  • Grant Green – Carryin’ On (Blue Note)
  • Groundhogs – Thank Christ for the Bomb (Liberty UK)
  • Andrew Hill – Lift Every Voice (Blue Note)
  • Jackson Five – ABC (Motown)
  • Elvin Jones – Poly-Currents (Blue Note)
  • Carole King – Writer (A&M)
  • King Crimson – In the Wake of Poseidon (Island UK)
  • Rare Earth – Ecology (Rare Earth)
  • Diana Ross (Motown) recorded 9/69 to 3/70
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Telemusik / Mixtur (Deutsche Grammophon Germany) Recorded 1966-67
  • Eric Burdon Declares “War” (MGM) Burdon with War, a funk rock band formed in Long Beach, CA in 1969. Lee Oskar (hca) Lonnie Jordan (keys) Eric Burdon (vo) Papa Dee Allen (perc) Harold Brown (d) B.B. Dickerson (b, vo) Howard E. Scott (g, vo) Charles Miller (fl, ts)
  • Who – Live At Leeds (Track UK) recorded live at Leeds University on 14 Feb 1970

Shirley and Dolly Collins – Love, Death and the Lady (Harvest)

Jun

1

  • Michael Sandison born (Edinburgh) Scottish producer, electronic musician. Member of Boards of Canada with brother Marcus Eoin (b.1971)..

2

  • B-Real aka Louis Freese born (South Gate, CA) American rapper, actor. Founder member of Cypress Hill.

3

  • Ray Davies flies from New York to London to re-record one word in the song Lola to comply with the BBC’s position on advertising. Coca- Cola is changed to Cherry Cola
  • Anton Webern’s Two Pieces for cello and piano & Cello Sonata premiered posthumously in Cleveland, OH

4

  • Richie Hawtin born (Banbury) Canadian techno producer, DJ, electronic musician. Also works as Plastikman.
  • Benjamin Frankel’s Symphony No. 7 premiered in London

5

  • John Cage, David Tudor & Gordon Mumma’s First Week of June premiered in Paris

6

  • Syd Barrett plays his first show since leaving Pink Floyd at the Olympia, London, accompanied by David Gilmour

7

  • The Who perform their rock opera Tommy at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York

8

  • André Boucourechliev’s Ombres (Hommage à Beethoven) op.12 for strings premiered in Toulouse

9

  • Ed Simons born (London) English producer, electronic musician, DJ. Member of the Chemical Brothers.
  • Bob Dylan is awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Princeton University

10

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Tactil for three for three pianos and a plucked string instrument premiered in Bergamo

11

  • Gottfried Michael Koenig’s Funktion Grau for tape premiered in Stockholm

13

  • Cheryl Clemons née Gamble aka Coko born (New York, NY) American R&B and Gospel singer. Member of SWV.
  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first week of four with Let It Be & the Billboard number one single for the first week of two with The Long and Winding Road
  • Mungo Jerry have the UK number one single for the first week of seven with In The Summertime

14

  • Eric Clapton’s group playing a charity concert at the Lyceum in London adopt the name Derek & the Dominoes
  • Roy Harris’s Peace and Goodwill to All for chorus, brass, organ and percussion premiered in Bel Air, CA

16

  • Heino Eller (83) dies in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Lonnie Johnson (81) dies in Toronto from complications following a 1969 car crash
  • (to 21st) Black Sabbath record the album Paranoid in London. Ozzy Osbourne (vo) Tony Iommi (g) Geezer Butler (b) Bill Ward (d)

17

  • Vincente Minnelli’s musical film On a Clear Day You Can See Forever opens starring Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand. Music by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane
  • (to 21st) The Montreaux Jazz Festival takes place in Montreaux, Switzerland. Acts appearing include Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Mann, Santana, Son House and Yusef Lateef

18

  • Calvin Boze (53) dies in Los Angeles following a long illness

19

  • D-Nice aka Derrick Jones born (New York, NY) American rapper, producer, photographer. Worked with Boogie Down Productions.

22

  • Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimmarón for speaker, baritone, flute, guitar and percussion premiered in Aldeburgh

24

  • Arthur Bliss’s Cello Concerto premiered in Aldeburgh
  • Blake Edwards’ musical film Darling Lili opens starring Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson. Music by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer

25

  • Duke Ellington’s ballet The River premiered in New York
  • Luigi Nono’s Voci destroying Muros for sopranos, speakers, women’s chorus and orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

27

  • The Jackson 5 have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with The Love You Save
  • Ernst Krenek’s opera Sardokai, oder Das kommt davon [Sardokai or that’s what happens] premiered in Hamburg, lib. Krenek
  • (& 28th) The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music is held in Shepton Mallet, Somerset with Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, Pink Floyd, Canned Heat, Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane, The Mothers of Invention, Dr. John, The Moody Blues and Fairport Convention

29

  • Mikis Theodorakis’s oratorio March of the Spirit premiered in london, lib. Sikelianos

30

  • Benjamin Britten’s A Fanfare for DW for brass premiered in London

releases

  • David Bowie – Memory of a Free Festival parts 1 and 2 (Mercury UK)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Ohio / Find The Cost Of Freedom (Atlantic)
  • Deep Purple – Black Night / Speed King (Harvest UK)
  • Kinks – Lola / Berkeley Mews (Pye UK)
  • Fotheringay – Peace In The End / Winter Winds (Island UK)
  • Spinners – It’s A Shame / Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music (VIP)
  • Edwin Starr – War / He Who Picks A Rose (Gordy)
  • Cat Stevens – Lady d’Arbanville / Time / Fill My Eyes (Island UK)
  • Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours / I’m More Than Happy (Tamla)
  • Beaver & Krause – In A Wild Sanctuary (Warner Bros)
  • Edgar Broughton Band – Sing Brother Sing (Harvest UK)
  • Deep Purple In Rock (Harvest UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Self Portrait (Columbia)
  • Embryo – Opal (Ohr Germany) Progressive rock and jazz group formed in Munich in 1969. Core members: Christian Burchard (d, keys) Edgar Hoffmann (sax, fl)
  • Fotheringay (Island UK) Folk rock band formed in London in 1970. Sandy Denny (g, p, vo) Trevor Lucas, Jerry Donahue (g, vo) Pat Donaldson (b, vo) Gerry Conway (d)
  • Free – Fire and Water (Island UK)
  • Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (Warner Bros)
  • Roy Harper – Flat Baroque and Berserk (Harvest UK)
  • Freddie Hubbard – Red Clay (CTI)
  • Meters – Struttin’ (Josie)
  • Pretty Things – Parachute (Harvest UK)
  • Soft Machine – Third (CBS UK)
  • Steeleye Span – Hark! The Village Wait (RCA UK) Folk group formed in London in 1969. Maddy Prior (vo) Tim Hart (g, vo) Ashley Hutchings (b) Gay Woods (vln, perc, vo) Terry Woods (g, concertina, vo)
  • Tangerine Dream – Electronic Meditation (Ohr Germany) Electronic group formed in Berlin in 1967. Edgar Froese (g, org, p, tape) Conrad Schnitzler (cel, vln, typewriter) Klaus Schulze (d, perc)
  • McCoy Tyner – Expansions (Blue Note)
  • Uriah Heep – Very ‘eavy…Very ‘umble (Vertigo UK) Rock band formed in London in 1969. David Byron (vo) Mick Box (g) Ken Hensley (g, keys) Paul Newton (b) Nigel Olsson (d)

Poster for 1970 Bath Festival

Jul

3

  • Audra McDonald born (Berlin) American musical theatre and classical singer, actress.
  • Casey Kasem’s The American Top 40 is first broadcast on KDEO in San Diego. At its height, it is syndicated to more than 500 radio stations
  • (to 5th) The second Atlanta International Pop Festival takes place in Byron, GA. Acts appearing include the Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, BB King, Led Zeppelin, Mountain and Procol Harum

6

  • Brian McBride born (Irving, TX) American producer, electronic musician. Member of Stars of the Lid and solo artist.

7

  • Charles Tobias (71) dies in Manhasset, NY
  • Humphrey Searle’s Zodiac Variations for orchestra premiered in Cheltenham
  • William Walton’s A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table for voice and orchestra premiered in London

8

  • Beck Hansen born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, musician
  • Alexander Goehr’s opera Shadowplay premiered in London, lib. Cavander after Plato
  • Michael Tippett’s The Shires Suite for chorus and orchestra premiered in Cheltenham

9

  • John Tavener’s Coplas for vocal soloists, chorus and tape premiered in Cheltenham

10

  • Jason Orange born (Manchester) English pop singer, songwriter, dancer, actor. Founder member of Take That.

11

  • Bob Dylan has the UK number one album for one week with Self Portrait
  • Three Dog Night have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Mama Told Me (Not to Come)
  • The soundtrack to the film Woodstock is the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks

12

  • L. Wolfe Gilbert (83) dies in Los Angeles
  • Geirr Tveitt’s house in Norheimsund, Norway is destroyed by fire, taking with it some 80% of his written works

13

  • Morton Feldman’s Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety for twelve players premiered in Honolulu
  • Evan Parker (ss, ts), Derek Bailey (g) and Han Bennink (perc) record the improvised album The Topography of the Lungs, the first release on Bailey’s Incus label

16

  • R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Vancouver

17

  • Bob Dylan and manager Albert Grossman part company

20

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Algorithms I for nine instruments and tape premiered in Paris (second version)
  • Roger Reynolds’s Again for two sopranos, two flutes, two trombones, two basses, percussion and tape premiered in St. Paul de Vence, France

23

  • Lou Harrison’s At the Tomb of Charles Ives for ensemble premiered in Aspen, CO

25

  • The Carpenters have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Close to You

27

  • Albert Ayler makes his final recordings live at the St. Paul De Vence in Paris. Mary Maria (ss, vo) Albert Ayler (ts, ss) Call Cobbs (p) Steve Tintweiss (b) Allen Blairman (d)

29

  • John Barbirolli (70) dies in London of heart failure
  • Jonel Perlea (69) dies in New York

30

  • George Szell (73) dies in Cleveland, OH of bone marrow cancer
  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto madrigal for two guitars and orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

31

  • Booker Ervin (39) dies in New York from kidney disease
  • The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca Records expires

releases

  • James Brown – Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine parts 1 and 2 (King)
  • Clarence Carter – Patches / Say It One More Time (Atlantic)
  • Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4 / Where Do We Go From Here (Columbia)
  • Jimmy Cliff – Wild World / Be Aware (Island UK)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lookin’ Out My Back Door / Long as I Can See the Light (Fantasy)
  • Grateful Dead – Uncle John’s Band / New Speedway Boogie (Warner)
  • Matthews’ Southern Comfort – Woodstock / Scion (Uni UK)
  • Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi / Woodstock (Reprise)
  • Rare Earth – (I Know) I’m Losing You / When Joanie Smiles (Rare Earth)
  • Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough / Can’t It Wait Until Tomorrow (Motown)
  • Stooges – Down on the Street / I Feel Alright (Elektra)
  • Colosseum – Daughter of Time (Vertigo UK)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (Fantasy)
  • Fairport Convention – Full House (Island UK)
  • Funkadelic – Free Your Mind…And Your Ass Will Follow (Westbound)
  • Donny Hathaway – Everything Is Everything (Atco)
  • Humble Pie (A&M UK) Rock band formed in London in 1967. Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton (vo, g) Greg Ridley (b) Jerry Shirley (d)
  • Lee Morgan – The Sixth Sense (Blue Note) recorded 1967
  • Michael Nesmith – Magnetic South (RCA)
  • O’Jays – In Philadelphia (Neptune)
  • Parliament – Osmium (Invictus)
  • Stooges – Fun House (Elektra)
  • Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die (Island UK)
  • Yes – Time and a Word (Atlantic UK)

Jimmy Cliff b.1948

Aug

1

  • Elvis Presley has the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with The Wonder Of You
  • Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg’s film Performance, starring Mick Jagger and James Fox, opens

5

  • Otto Hardwick (66) dies in Washington, DC

6

  • Ingolf Dahl (58) dies in Frutigen, Switzerland

8

  • Blood, Sweat & Tears have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Blood, Sweat & Tears 3
  • Janis Joplin buys a headstone for Bessie Smith whose Philadelphia grave had been unmarked since her death (see 26 Sep 1937)

10

  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann (52) commits suicide in Frechen, Germany
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Buxtehude: Also hat Gott die Welt geliebet for soprano, flute, keyboard, violin and cello  premiered in Dartington, Devon

11

  • Andy Bell born (Cardiff) Anglo-Welsh rock guitarist, singer, bass guitarist, songwriter. Member of Ride from 1988 to 1996, Hurricane #1 from 1996 to 1999, Oasis from 1999 to 2009 and Beady Eye from 2009.

12

  • Kurt-Heinz Stolze (44) dies in Munich
  • Luciano Berio’s Opera premiered in Santa Fé, NM, lib. Berio
  • Janis Joplin makes her final concert appearance with the Full Tilt Boogie Band in Boston

17

  • The first episode of Soul Train airs on WCIU-TV in Chicago featuring the Chi-Lites, Jerry Butler and the Emotions. It goes national in 1971 and runs until 2006

19

  • Mario Davidovsky’s Synchromisms no.6 for piano and electronics premiered in Lenox, MA

21

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Seasons for percussionists and tape premiered in Osaka

22

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival have the Billboard number one album for the first of nine weeks with Cosmo’s Factory
  • The Moody Blues have the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with A Question Of Balance
  • Pauline Oliveros’ Music for T’ai Chi for accordion, two cellos and three voices premiered in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

23

  • Emerson, Lake and Palmer play their first show in Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • Lou Reed leaves the Velvet Underground. His final show is recorded on the Live at Max’s Kansas City album

25

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Signals for clarinet and tape premiered in Edinburgh
  • Elton John plays his first US show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles

26

  • (to 30th) The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 takes place on East Afton Farm. An estimated 600,000 people attend, a world record for a rock festival. Acts appearing include Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Chicago, Richie Havens, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Jethro Tull.
  • Derek and the Dominoes begin recording Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs in Miami. Eric Clapton (g, vo) Duane Allman (g) Jim Gordon(d, p) Carl Radle (b, perc) Bobby Whitlock (keys, g, vo)
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Atem for woodwind and tape premiered in Darmstadt

29

  • Edwin Starr has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with War

31

  • Debbie Gibson born (Brooklyn, NY) American pop singer, songwriter, actress.

releases

  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid / The Wizard (Vertigo UK)
  • Four Tops – Still Water (Love) / Still Water (Peace) (Motown)
  • Jackson Five – I’ll Be There / One More Chance (Motown)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Mexico / Have You Seen the Saucers (RCA Victor)
  • Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Express Yourself / Living on Borrowed Time (Warner Bros)
  • Band – Stage Fright (Capitol)
  • Beach Boys – Sunflower (Brother)
  • James Brown – Sex Machine (King)
  • Canned Heat – Future Blues (Liberty)
  • Carpenters – Close To You (A & M)
  • Eric Clapton (RSO UK)
  • The Delfonics (Philly Groove)
  • Doors – Absolutely Live (Elektra)
  • Fairfield Parlour – From Home to Home (Vertigo UK)
  • Bill Fay (Deram UK)
  • Roberta Flack – Chapter Two (Atlantic)
  • Aretha Franklin – Spirit In The Dark (Atlantic)
  • Guru Guru – UFO (Ohr Germany) Rock band formed in Heidelberg, Germany in 1968. Mani Neumeier (vo, d) Ax Genrich (g) Uli Trepte (b)
  • Hawkwind (Liberty UK) Rock band formed in London in 1969. Dave Brock (g, keys, vo) Nik Turner (sax, fl, vo) Huw Lloyd-Langton (g, vo) John A. Harrison (b, vo) Dik Mik (syn) Terry Ollis (d)
  • Moody Blues – A Question of Balance (Threshold)
  • Mothers Of Invention – Weasels Ripped My Flesh (Reprise)
  • Organisation – Tone Float (RCA Victor Germany) Experimental rock band formed in Düsseldorf in 1967. Ralf Hütter (org) Florian Schneider-Esleben (fl, vln, perc) Basil Hammoudi (perc, vo) Butch Hauf (b, perc) Alfred Mönicks (d, perc)
  • Pearls Before Swine – The Use of Ashes (Reprise)
  • Bob Seger – Mongrel (Capitol)
  • Mavis Staples – Only for the Lonely (Volt)
  • Supertramp (A&M UK) Rock band formed in London in 1969. Rick Davies (vo, keys) Roger Hodgson (vo, g, keys, b) Richard Palmer-James (g) Keith Baker (d)
  • Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed & Delivered (Tamla)
  • Neil Young – After The Goldrush (Reprise)

Toru Takemitsu 1930-96

Sep

2

  • Kees van Baaren (63) dies in Oegstgeest, Netherlands

3

  • Al Wilson (27) dies in Los Angeles of a drug overdose, officially recorded as suicide

6

  • Louie Pounds (98) dies in Southsea, Hampshire

8

  • Neko Case born (Alexandria, VA) American country and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the New Pornographers from 1999 and solo artist.

11

  • Dominick Argento’s Tria Carmina Paschalia for female chorus, harp and guitar premiered in St. Paul, MN

12

  • Ottilie Sutro (98) dies in Baltimore, MD
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival have the UK number one album for one week with Cosmo’s Factory
  • Smokey Robinson And The Miracles have the UK number one single for one week with Tears Of A Clown

14

  • Mark Webber born (Chesterfield) English rock guitarist, film historian. Member of Pulp from 1995 to 2002.

17

  • Jimi Hendrix makes his last public appearance, jamming with Eric Burdon at Ronnie Scott’s club in London

18

  • Jimi Hendrix (27) dies in London from an overdose of barbiturates
  • Maxwell Davis (54) dies in Los Angeles
  • Dmitri Shostakovich has a second heart attack

19

  • The first Glastonbury Festival is held as the Pilton Festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring T Rex, Al Stewart and Stackridge
  • Pierre Boulez’s cummings ist der Dichter [cummings is the poet] for soprano and orchestra premiered in Ulm
  • Morton Feldman’s The Viola in My Life I premiered in London
  • Freda Payne has the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Band Of Gold
  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out
  • Diana Ross has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

20

  • Leo Rowsome (67) dies suddenly whilst adjudicating a fiddle competition in Co. Sligo, Ireland

21

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Dream for violin, clarinet and piano premiered in Sydney

22

  • (to 26th) Leonard Cohen records the album Songs of Love and Hate in Nashville, TN. Leonard Cohen (vo, g) Ron Cornelius (g) Charlie Daniels (g, b, vln) Elkin “Bubba” Fowler (g, bjo, b) Bob Johnston (p) Corlynn Hanney, Susan Mussmano (vo)

23

  • Ani DiFranco born (Buffalo, NY) American singer, songwriter, guitarist, poet.

25

  • Yefim Golyshev (73) dies in Paris
  • The musical drama series The Partridge Family is first shown on ABC television starring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy

28

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Shivaree for brass and percussion premiered in New York

29

  • Alan Bush’s opera Joe Hill; the Man who Never Died, lib. Bush after Barrie Stavis, premiered in Berlin

30

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Berlin

unk

  • The Modern Lovers play their first show in Boston, MA. Line-up: Jonathan Richman (vo, g) John Felice (g) Rolfe Anderson (b) David Robinson (d)

releases

  • Can – Soul Desert / She Brings the Rain (Liberty Germany)
  • Delfonics – When You Get Right Down To It / I Gave To You (Philly Groove)
  • Fairport Convention – Now Be Thankful / Sir B Mackenzie’s Daughter’s Lament… (Island UK)
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears Of A Clown / Promise Me (Tamla)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – El Condor Pasa / Why Don’t You Write Me (Columbia)
  • Cat Stevens – Moon Shadow / Father and Son (Island UK)
  • James Taylor – Fire and Rain / Anywhere Like Heaven (Warner Bros)
  • Temptations – Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite The World) / Hum Along And Dance (Gordy)
  • Allman Brothers Band – Idlewild South (Capricorn)
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid (Vertigo UK)
  • Byrds – Untitled (Columbia) One disc of studio recordings and one recorded live in New York on 28 Feb & 1 Mar 1970
  • Can – Soundtracks (Liberty Germany)
  • Caravan – If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You (Decca) Prog rock band formed in Canterbury in 1968. Pye Hastings (g, vo) Dave Sinclair (keys) Richard Sinclair (b, vo) Richard Coughlan (d)
  • Flamin’ Groovies – Flamingo (Kama Sutra)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Kiln House (Reprise UK)
  • Impressions – Check Out Your Mind! (Curtom)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (Curtom)
  • Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! (Decca UK) live album recorded in Baltimore and New York on 26, 27 & 28 Nov 1969
  • Santana – Abraxas (Columbia)
  • Spinners – Second Time Around (VIP)
  • Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley (Vertigo UK)
  • Jr. Walker & the All Stars – A Gasss (Soul)

Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (Curtom)

Oct

1

  • Petar Konjović (87) dies in Belgrade
  • Jimi Hendrix’s funeral takes place in Renton, WA
  • György Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto for 13 instrumentalists premiered in Berlin

2

  • Norman Dello Joio’s Evocations for chorus and orchestra premiered in Tampa, FL

4

  • Janis Joplin (27) dies in Los Angeles from a heroin overdose
  • George Frederick McKay (71) dies in Stateline, NV
  • Robert Erickson’s Oceans for trumpet and tape premiered in San Diego, CA

5

  • Slimkid3 aka Trevant Jermaine Hardson born (Los Angeles, CA) American rapper. Member of the Pharcyde.

6

  • Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Triplo Concerto a tre for nine soloists premiered in New York

7

  • Pauline Oliveros’ Bog Road with Bird Call Patch for tape & To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of the Desperation for chamber orchestra premiered in Holland, MI

10

  • Black Sabbath have the UK number one album for one week with Paranoid
  • The first issue of music paper Sounds is published in London

11

  • Anis Fuleihan (70) dies in Palo Alto, CA

12

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Rain for orchestra premiered in Sydney
  • Michael Tippett’s Songs for Dov for tenor and orchestra premiered in Cardiff

14

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for cello and orchestra premiered in London

17

  • The Jackson 5 have the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with I’ll Be There
  • Stefan Wolpe’s Form IV for piano premiered in New York

18

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mantra no.32 for percussion and ring modulators premiered in Donaueschingen

19

  • Sherman Yellen, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s musical The Rothschilds opens on Broadway (505 performances)

20

  • Charles Wuorinen’s A Message to Denmark Hill for baritone, flute, cello and piano bpremiered privately in New York

21

  • Pierre Boulez’s Eclat/Multiples for orchestra premiered in London

22

  • Arnold Bax’s Cathaleen-ni-Hoolihan for orchestra premiered posthumously in London

23

  • George Crumb’s Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) for electric string quartet premiered in Ann Arbor, MI

24

  • Jeff Mangum born (Ruston, LA) American rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Led Neutral Milk Hotel and worked solo.
  • David Matthews’s Stars op.3 for chorus and orchestra premiered in London
  • Darius Milhaud’s Musique pour Graz for chamber orchestra premiered in Graz
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Kosmogonia for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Pink Floyd have the UK number one album for one week with Atom Heart Mother
  • Santana have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks over two runs with Abraxas

25

  • Guillermo Portabales (59) dies after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Puerto Rico
  • John Corigliano’s Poem in October for tenor and instrumental octet, text Dylan Thomas, premiered in New York

26

  • John Cage’s Song Books, solos for voice 3-92 premiered in Paris
  • Ernst Krenek’s Doppelt beflügeltes Band for two pianos and tape premiered in Graz

30

  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s Sicut umbra for mezzo-soprano and twelve instruments premiered in Washington, DC
  • Jean-Claude Éloy’s Faisceaux-Diffractions for 28 instrumentalists premiered in Washington, DC

31

  • Milton Babbitt’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Washington, DC
  • George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children for soprano and small ensemble premiered in Washington, DC
  • Led Zeppelin have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Led Zeppelin III
  • Matthew’s Southern Comfort have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Woodstock
  • Michelle Phillips marries actor Dennis Hopper. The marriage lasts eight days

releases

  • Byrds – Chestnut Mare / Just A Season (Columbia)
  • Chairmen Of The Board – Pay To The Piper / Bless You (Invictus)
  • Elton John – Your Song / Take Me to the Pilot (Uni)
  • King Floyd – Groove Me / What Our Love Needs (Chimneyville)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Chile // Hey Joe / All Along The Watchtower (Track UK)
  • Van Morrison – Domino / Sweet Janine (Warner)
  • Supremes – Stoned Love / Shine On Me (Motown)
  • T. Rex – Ride a White Swan / Is It Love / Summertime Blues (Fly UK)
  • Stevie Wonder – Heaven Help Us All / I Gotta Have a Song (Tamla)
  • Neil Young – Only Love Can Break Your Heart / Birds (Reprise)
  • Kevin Ayers – Shooting at the Moon (Harvest UK)
  • Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band – Lick My Decals Off, Baby (Straight)
  • Derek and the Dominoes – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Polydor UK)
  • Dr Strangely Strange – Heavy Petting (Vertigo UK)
  • Bob Dylan – New Morning (Columbia)
  • Four Tops – Changing Times (Motown)
  • Genesis – Trespass (Charisma UK) Prog rock band formed at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey in 1967. Peter Gabriel (vo) Anthony Phillips (g) Tony Banks (keys) Mike Rutherford (b) John Mayhew (d)
  • Charlie Haden – Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse!)
  • Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection (DJM UK)
  • Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic UK)
  • Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother (Harvest UK)
  • UFO 1 (Beacon UK)
  • Townes Van Zandt – Delta Momma Blues (Poppy)
  • Frank Zappa – Chunga’s Revenge (Bizarre)

Townes Van Zandt 1944-97

Nov

5

  • Albert Ayler disappears in New York
  • Ronald Neame’s musical film Scrooge opens starring Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans and Kenneth More. Music by Leslie Bricusse

6

  • Hugh Wood’s String Quartet No.2 premiered in Cardiff

7

  • Neil Hannon born (Derry) Irish pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianinst, writer. Founder member of the Divine Comedy.
  • Led Zeppelin have the UK number one album for the first of four weeks over two runs with Led Zeppelin III

9

  • Susan Tedeschi born (Boston, MA) American blues and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • William Grant Still’s Symphony no.5 premiered in Oberlin, OH

10

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 premiered in Helsinki
  • Richard Rodgers, Peter Stone and Martin Charnin’s musical Two by Two opens on Broadway
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Soviet Militia for band premiered in Moscow

14

  • Aaron Copland’s Ceremonial Fanfare for brass premiered in New York

15

  • Susie Ibarra born (Anaheim, CA) American jazz and avant-garde drummer, percussionist, composer. Worked with Matthew Shipp, William Parker, John Zorn, Pauline Oliveros, Derek Bailey and others.
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Eucalypts I for flute, oboe, harp and strings premiered in Zurich

16

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Overture for a Happy Occasion premiered in Launceston, Tasmania

17

  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Octet for two oboes, four violins, timpani and piano premiered in Leningrad

18

  • Kalevi Aho’s String Quartet No.2 premiered in Helsinki
  • Philip Glass’ music for the play Red Horse Animation premiered in New York

19

  • Maria Yudina (71) dies in Moscow
  • Gordon Mumma’s Communication in a Noisy Environment premiered in New York

20

  • George Antheil’s La femme 100 têtes for piano premiered in Berkeley, CA
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Nenia: the Death of Orpheus for soprano, three bass clarinets, piano and crotales premiered in London

21

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience have the UK number one single for one week with Voodoo Chile

23

  • Gottfried Michael Koenig’s Funktion Violett for tape premiered in Utrecht

24

  • Jerome Froese born (Berlin) German multi-instrumentalist, electronic musician. Member of Tangerine Dream from 1990 to 2006. Son of Edgar Froese (b.1944)
  • George Rochberg’s Symphony no.3 premiered in New York

25

  • Albert Ayler‘s (34) body is found in New York’s East River. He is thought to have commited suicide by jumping off the ferry to Ellis Island, NY

28

  • Bob Dylan has the UK number one album for one week with New Morning
  • Dave Edmunds has the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with I Hear You Knocking

29

  • Charles Ives’s The Yale-Princeton Football Game for small orchestra & The General Slocum for orchestra premiered posthumously in New York, both arranged by Gunther Schuller
  • Henri Pousseur’s Croisées des couleurs croisées for female voice, piano, tape and radios premiered in New York

30

  • Thea Musgrave’s From One to Another for viola and tape premiered in Los Angeles
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Two Sketches for Computer Piece no.2 premiered in New York

releases

  • Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman? / Troubles A-Comin’ (Brunswick)
  • Chicago – Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? / Listen (Columbia)
  • Alice Cooper – Eighteen / Body (Warner Bros)
  • George Harrison – My Sweet Lord / Isn’t It a Pity (Apple)
  • Kinks – Apeman / Rats (Pye UK)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – If I Were Your Woman / The Tracks Of My Tears (Soul)
  • Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song / Hey Hey What Can I Do (Atlantic)
  • Curtis Mayfield – If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Gonna Go / The Makings Of You (Curtom)
  • Python Lee Jackson – In a Broken Dream / Doing Fine (Young Blood UK)
  • Santana – Black Magic Woman / Hope You’re Feeling Better (Columbia)
  • Edwin Starr – Stop the War Now / Gonna Keep On Tryin’ ‘Til I Win Your Love (Gordy)
  • Stephen Stills – Love the One You’re With / To a Flame (Atlantic)
  • Allman Brothers Band – Idlewind South (Atco) 
  • Amazing Blondel – Evensong (Island UK)
  • Amon Düül II – Yeti (Liberty Germany)
  • Syd Barrett – Barrett (Harvest UK)
  • Robbie Basho – Venus in Cancer (Blue Thumb)
  • David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (Mercury)
  • Tim Buckley – Starsailor (Straight)
  • Ornette Coleman – The Art of the Improvisers (Atlantic)
  • Judy Collins – Whales & Nightingales (Elektra) 
  • Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (Island UK)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Island UK) Prog rock group formed in London in 1970. Keith Emerson (keys) Greg Lake (b, g, vo) Carl Palmer (d)
  • Fat Mattress II (Polydor UK)
  • Gentle Giant (Vertigo UK) Prog rock group formed in London in 1970. Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Kerry Minnear, Gary Green, Phil Shulman and Martin Smith
  • Grateful Dead – American Beauty (Warner Bros)
  • Eddie Harris – Free Speech (Atlantic)
  • George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (Apple)
  • Isaac Hayes – To Be Continued (Enterprise)
  • Wizz Jones – The Legendary Me (The Village Thing UK)
  • Kinks – Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround (Part One) (Pye UK)
  • Kluster – Klopfzeichen (Schwann Germany) Experimental group formed in Berlin in 1969. Conrad Schnitzler, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius. Renamed Cluster in 1971 when Schnitzler left
  • Kraftwerk (Philips Germany)  Electronic group formed in Düsseldorf in 1970. Ralf Hütter (org) Florian Schneider-Esleben (fl, vln, perc) Andreas Hohmann, Klaus Dinger (d)
  • Little Feat (Warner) Rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1969. Lowell George (vo, g, hca) Bill Payne (vo, keys) Roy Estrada (b) Richie Hayward (d)
  • Jackie McLean – Demon’s Dance (Blue Note)
  • John & Beverley Martyn – The Road to Ruin (Island UK)
  • Van Morrison – His Band and the Street Choir (Warner Bros)
  • Pentangle – Cruel Sister (Transatlantic UK)
  • Minnie Riperton – Come to My Garden (GRT)
  • Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (Epic)
  • Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (Island UK)
  • Stephen Stills (Atlantic)
  • Velvet Underground – Loaded (Cotillion)

Amon Düül II – Yeti (Liberty)

Dec

2

  • Michael Tippett’s opera The Knot Garden premiered in London, lib. Tippett

3

  • Matt Haimovitz born (Bat Yam, Israel) Israeli-American cellist, teacher. Founder of Oxingale Records.
  • Ned Rorem’s Concerto in Six Movements for piano and orchestra premiered in Pittsburgh
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Suite from Music for Films for tape premiered in Ogden, UT

4

  • Ernst Krenek’s Piano Piece in 11 Parts premiered in Chicago

5

  • Pierre Henry’s Mouvement-Rythme-Etude premiered in Toulouse
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Loyalty for male chorus premiered in Tallinn

8

  • Arnold Bax’s Spring Fire for orchestra premiered posthumously in London
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Cello Variations I for cello premiered in Philadelphia

9

  • Vincent Persichetti’s Night Dances for orchestra premiered in Kiamesha Lake, New York

11

  • Wolfgang Reitherman’s animated film The Aristocats opens. Music by George Bruns, Richard and Robert Sherman, Floyd Huddleston, Al Rinker and Terry Gilkyson
  • Gunther Schuller’s Museum Piece for early instruments and orchestra premiered in Boston

12

  • Jim Morrison’s plays his final gig with the Doors in New Orleans
  • Smokey Robinson And The Miracles have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Tears Of A Clown

13

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet no.13 premiered in St Petersburg

14

  • Beth Orton born (Norwich) English folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Elmer Schoebel (74) dies in Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in Washington, DC

17

  • Darius Milhaud’s Six danses en trois mouvements for two pianos premiered in Paris

20

  • Jacques Demy’s musical film Peau d’Âne [Donkey Skin] opens starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais and Jacques Perrin. Music by Michel Legrand

21

  • Jonathan Cole born (Welwyn, Herts) English composer, teacher
  • Elvis Presley meets President Nixon at the White House and receives a badge of a Federal Narcotics Agent

22

  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Villancicos y canciones de Navidad for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in León

23

  • Karine Polwart born (Banknock, Stirling) Scottish folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, bouzouki player.

24

  • Will Oldham born (Louisville, KY) American rock and country singer, songwriter, actor.

26

  • George Harrison has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with My Sweet Lord

28

  • Franz Mittler (77) dies in Munich

29

  • Aled Jones born (Bangor) Welsh boy treble, baritone singer, broadcaster.

30

  • Sister Bliss aka Ayalah Bentovim born (London) English dance DJ, producer. Founder member of Faithless.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khatchaturian and eight other Soviet intellectuals sign a letter asking for clemency for activist Angela Davis who is currently on trial in California

31

  • Ray Henderson (74) dies in Greenwich, CT
  • Arsenio Rodríguez (59) dies in Los Angeles of pneumonia
  • Cyril Scott (91) dies in Eastbourne
  • Paul McCartney files in the London High Court a legal suit to dissolve the Beatles partnership

releases

  • Diana Ross – Remember Me / How About You (Motown)
  • Atomic Rooster – Death Walks Behind You (Charisma UK)
  • Vashti Bunyan -Just Another Diamond Day (Philips UK)
  • Ry Cooder (Reprise)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (Fantasy)
  • Free – Highway (Island UK)
  • King Crimson – Lizard (Island UK)
  • John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band (Apple)
  • Nico – Desertshore (Reprise)
  • Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band (Apple)
  • John Renbourn – The Lady and the Unicorn (Transatlantic UK)
  • Candi Staton – Stand By Your Man (Fame)
  • T. Rex (Fly UK)
  • Ten Years After – Watt (Chrysalis UK)
  • Trees – On the Shore (CBS UK) 
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – H to He Who Am the Only One (Charisma UK)
  • Wailers – Soul Rebels (Trojan UK) Rocksteady and reggae band formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963. Bob Marley (vo, g) Bunny Wailer (vo, perc) Peter Tosh (vo, g, p)
  • Scott Walker – Til the Band Comes In (Philips)
  • Eric Burdon & War – The Black-Man’s Burdon (MGM)
  • Wishbone Ash (Decca) Rock band formed in Torquay, Devon in 1969. Andy Powell, Ted Turner (vo, g) Martin Turner (vo, b) Steve Upton (d)
  • Robert Wyatt – The End of an Ear (CBS UK)

Vashti Bunyan b.1945

Date unknown

releases

  • Anthony Braxton (BYG Actuel France)
  • Kenny Burrell – Asphalt Canyon Suite (Verve)
  • Evan Parker, Derek Bailey & Han Bennink – The Topography of the Lungs (Incus UK)
  • Steve Reich – Four Organs / Phase Patterns (Shandar France)
  • Mayo Thompson – Corky’s Debt to His Father (Texas Revolution)
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