1971

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Jan

2

  • George Harrison has the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks with All Things Must Pass

4

  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s Exhortatio for chorus premiered in Jerusalem

5

  • George Rochberg’s Sacred Song of Reconciliation for bass-baritone singer and orchestra premiered in Jerusalem
  • Edmund Rubbra’s Symphony No.8 premiered in Liverpool

8

  • Adriano Lualdi (85) dies in Milan

11

  • Mary J Blige born (New York, NY) American R&B singer, songwriter
  • Tom Rowlands born (Henley, Oxfordshire) English dance music producer, electronic musician, DJ. Member of the Chemical Brothers.
  • Charles Wuorinen’s A Song to the Lute in Musicke for soprano and piano premiered in New York

17

  • Kid Rock aka Robert James Ritchie born (Romeo, MI) American rock singer, songwriter, rapper, guitarist, actor.

18

  • Warwick Braithwaite (75) dies in London

19

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Ut re mi for piano premiered in London
  • Neil Young’s album Live at Massey Hall 1971 is recorded in Toronto

20

  • Gary Barlow born (Frodsham, Cheshire) English pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of Take That and solo artist.
  • Questlove aka Ahmir Khalib Thompson born (Philadelphia, PA) American hip hop DJ, drummer, record producer, writer. Founder member of the Roots and solo artist.

24

  • Marius Constant’s ‘mimodrama’ Candide, featuring Marcel Marceau, premiered in Hamburg
  • Ernst Krenek’s Duo for flute, double bass and tape premiered in Palm Desert, CA

25

  • Alexander Goehr’s Concerto for Eleven for eleven players premiered on Brussels radio
  • Henri Pousseur’s Invitation à L’Utopie for speaker, two female voices, chorus and instruments premiered on Brussels radio

26

  • Helge Sten aka Deathprod born (Røros, Norway) Norwegian electronic music producer, musician, composer.

28

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Concerto per orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Havergal Brian’s opera Agamemnon premiered in London, lib. Aeschylus

29

  • Matthias Pintscher born (Marl, Germany) German composer, conductor.
  • Hans Werner Henze’s oratorio Das Floss der Medusa premiered in Vienna

30

  • Henri Tomasi (69) dies in PAris
  • George Harrison has the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with My Sweet Lord

31

  • Bruno Maderna’s Juilliard Serenade / Tempo Libero II for chamber orchestra premiered in New York

releases

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain? / Hey Tonight (Fantasy)
  • Four Tops – Just Seven Numbers / I Wish I Were Your Mirror (Motown)
  • Grateful Dead – Truckin’ / Ripple (Warner)
  • Isaac Hayes – The Look Of Love / Ike’s Mood I (Enterprise)
  • Elton John – Your Song / Into the Old Man’s Shoes (DJM UK)
  • Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary / Funkier Than a Mosquita’s Tweeter (Liberty)
  • Booker T. & the MG’s – Melting Pot (Stax)
  • Chicago III (Columbia)
  • Alice Cooper – Love It To Death (Straight)
  • Focus – In and Out of Focus (Polydor Netherlands)
  • John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat – Hooker ‘n Heat (Liberty)
  • Freddie Hubbard and Ilhan Mimaroglu – Sing Me A Song Of Songmy (Atlantic)
  • Janis Joplin – Pearl (Columbia)
  • Popol Vuh – Affenstunde (Liberty Germany) Electronic band formed in Munich in 1970. Florian Fricke, Frank Fiedler (synth) Holger Trülzsch, Bettina Fricke (perc)
  • Gil Scott-Heron – Small Talk at 125th and Lenox (Flying Dutchman)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kurzwellen (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)

Popol Vuh

Feb

1

  • Bob Hilliard (53) dies in Los Angeles
  • Harry Roy (71) dies in London

2

  • Carl Ruggles’s Evocations for orchestra premiered in New York

5

  • Charles Remue (67) dies in Brussels
  • Eric Burdon & War part company

6

  • George Harrison has the UK number one album for the first of eight weeks with All Things Must Pass
  • Richard Thompson leaves Fairport Convention

7

  • Dock Boggs dies in Norton, VA on his 73rd birthday

9

  • Timothy Archambault born (Willimantic, CT) American composer, architect, flautist.

10

  • Benjamin Britten’s Five Waltzes for piano premiered on BBC radio

11

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Compases para preguntas ensimismadas for viola and orchestra premiered in Basel
  • Luigi Nono’s Ein Gespenst geht um in der Welt for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered on WDR radio, Cologne

12

  • Charles Koechlin’s Le voyage chimérique for flute and piano premiered posthumously in Lyons

15

  • Betsy Jolas’s Lassus ricercare for ten instruments premiered in Paris

16

  • Jack Rose born (Virginia) American folk, blues, rock and avant-garde guitarist. Member of Pelt and solo artist. Died 2009
  • Weather Report make their first recordings in New York for their self-titled Columbia album. Joe Zawinul (p) Wayne Shorter (ss) Miroslav Vitous (b) Alphonse Mouzon (d, vo) Airto Moreira (perc)

18

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Helsinki
  • Siegfried Matthus’s Piano Concerto premiered in Berlin

19

  • Gil Shaham born (Urbana, IL) Israeli-American classical violinist.

21

  • Ulysses Kay’s Aulos for flute, two horns, strings and percussion premiered in Bloomington, IN

22

  • Lea Salonga born (Pampanga, Philippines) Filipina mezzo-soprano singer, musical theatre actress.
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Stanza I for soprano, guitar, harp, piano, celesta and vibraphone premiered in Tokyo

25

  • R. Murray Schafer’s Music for the Morning of the World for soprano and tape premiered in Montreal
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Dritte Region der Hymnen mit Orchester no.22 1/3 for orchestra and tape premiered in New York

26

  • Erykah Badu aka Erica Wright born (Dallas, TX) American R&B and jazz singer, songwriter.
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Meridian for mezzo-soprano, six sopranos and ensemble premiered in London

27

  • Rozonda Thomas aka Chilli born (Atlanta, GA) American R&B singer. Founder member of TLC.
  • Janis Joplin has the Billboard number one album for the first of nine weeks with Pearl
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Morceau de concours for trumpet and tape premiered in Turin
  • Virgil Thomson’s Pilgrims and Pioneers for orchestra premiered in New York

28

  • Nigel Godrich born (England) English record producer. Worked with Radiohead and member of Atoms for Peace.
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Landscape for piano and tape premiered in Perth

publications

  • James Blades’s book Percussion Instruments and their History published by Faber and Faber in London

releases

  • Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On? / God Is Love (Tamla)
  • Temptations – Just My Imagination / You Make Your Own Heaven Or Hell Right Here On Earth (Gordy)
  • John Cale & Terry Riley – Church of Anthrax (CBS UK)
  • Can – Tago Mago (United Artists Germany)
  • Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda (Impulse!)
  • Crazy Horse (Reprise) Rock band formed in Columbus, GA in 1969. Danny Whitten (vo, g) Billy Talbot (b, vo) Ralph Molina (d, vo)
  • David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name (Atlantic)
  • Miles Davis – A Tribute to Jack Johnson (Columbia)
  • Egg – The Polite Force (Deram UK)
  • Faces – Long Player (Warner Bros UK)
  • Carole King – Tapestry (Ode)
  • Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride (Windfall)
  • Carly Simon (Elektra)
  • Soft Machine – Fourth (CBS UK)
  • UFO – Flying (Beacon UK)
  • Uriah Heep – Salisbury (Island UK)
  • The Yes Album (Atlantic UK)

Virgil Thomson 1896-1989

Mar

1

  • Thomas Adès born (London) English pianist, composer, conductor.

3

  • Alfred Desenclos (59) dies in Paris

5

  • Led Zeppelin play Stairway to Heaven live for the first time in Belfast
  • Vincent Persichetti’s Sinfonia: Janiculum op.113 for orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

6

  • Ulysses Kay’s Parables for chorus and chamber orchestra premiered in Kansas City, MO
  • The Soul to Soul concert takes place in Accra, Ghana featuring Wilson Pickett, Santana, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Ike & Tina Turner, Roberta Flack, Staple Singers and Guy Warren. A documentary film is made about the event directed by Denis Sanders

7

  • Harold McNair (39) dies in London of lung cancer
  • Otto Luening’s Sonata for violin solo no.3 premiered in New York
  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Most Important Man premiered in New York, lib. Menotti
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Chamber Concerto for tuba premiered in New York

8

  • Francis Wolff (63) dies in New York following a heart attack

12

  • (& 13th) The Allman Brothers Band’s live album Fillmore East is recorded in New York. Duane Allman (g) Gregg Allman (org, p, vo) Dickey Betts (g, vo) Berry Oakley (b) Jai Johanny Johanson, Butch Trucks (d, perc)
  • Ulysses Kay’s opera The Capitoline Venus premiered in Urbana, IL, lib. Dvorkin
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Turris Campanarum Sonatium–The Bell Tower for percussion premiered in London

13

  • Arlester “Dyke” Christian (27) shot dead in Phoenix, AZ
  • Jim Morrison leaves the Doors and moves to Paris

14

  • David Diamond’s Overture no.2 “A Buoyant Music” for orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

15

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Riten premiered in Wiesbaden

16

  • The 13th Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, the first to be broadcast live on television (ABC). Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel is both album of the year and record of the year. Other winners include The Carpenters, Marty Robbins, T-Bone Walker, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, the Delfonics and BB King

17

  • Piero Coppola (82) dies in Lausanne, Switzerland

18

  • George Olsen dies in Paramus, NJ on his 78th birthday

19

  • Barbara Morgenstern born (Berlin) German electronic musician, singer, keyboard plater, producer.
  • Jean-Marie Beaudet (63) dies in Ottawa
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Stille und Umkehr for orchestra premiered posthumously in Nuremberg

20

  • Janis Joplin has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Me and Bobby McGee
  • T.Rex have the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Hot Love

21

  • Nan Wynn (55) dies in Santa Monica, CA of cancer

25

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Sound effects for the musical Flibbertygibbet premiered in Ogden, UT

28

  • Morey Field (55) dies in a fire at his home in Denver, CO

29

  • Richard Chartier born (Arlington, VA) American composer, electronic musician, sound artist.
  • Attila Csihar born (Budapest) Hungarian rock singer. Worked with Tormentor, Mayhem, Burial Chamber Trio, Sunn O))) and Aborym.

30

  • Aulis Sallinen’s Chorali op.22 for 32 winds, percussion, harp and celesta premiered in Helsinki

releases

  • Chi-Lites – (For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People / Trouble’s A-Comin’ (Brunswick)
  • Dave & Ansel Collins – Double Barrel / Version (Techniques UK)
  • Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye / She’s Good (Motown)
  • Neil Young – When You Dance I Can Really Love / Sugar Mountain (Reprise)
  • Amon Düül II – Tanz der Lemminge (Liberty Germany)
  • Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate (Columbia)
  • Flamin’ Groovies – Teenage Head (Kama Sutra)
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson (Philips France)
  • Herbie Hancock – Mwandishi (Warner Bros)
  • Jimi Hendrix – The Cry Of Love (Track UK) posthumous collection of tracks recorded 1968-70
  • Humble Pie – Rock On (A&M UK)
  • Jethro Tull – Aqualung (Island UK)
  • Last Poets – This Is Madness (Douglas)
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie – She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina (Vanguard)
  • Staple Singers – Staple Swingers (Stax)
  • Steeleye Span – Please to See the King (B & C UK)
  • James Taylor – Mud Slide Slim (Warner Bros)

Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate (Columbia)

Apr

1

  • Method Man aka Clifford Smith born (Hempstead, NY) American rapper. Member of the Wu-Tang Clan and solo artist.
  • William Bergsma’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Karel Husa’s Apotheosis of this Earth for band premiered in Ann Arbor, MI

2

  • Rod Stewart begins recording the album Every Picture Tells a Story in London. Rod Stewart (vo, g) Ronnie Wood (g, steel g, b) Martell Brandy, Sam Mitchell, Martin Quittenton (g) Pete Sears (p, celeste) Ian McLagan (org, p) Dick Powell (vln) Danny Thompson, Andy Pyle (b)
    Micky Waller (d) plus Lindsay Raymond Jackson (mand) Ronnie Lane (b, vo) Kenney Jones (d) Long John Baldry, Maggie Bell, Madeline Bell (vo)

3

  • The Temptations have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Just My Imagination

4

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concordanza for chamber ensemble premiered in Royan, France
  • Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical Follies opens on Broadway (522 performances)

5

  • Betsy Jolas’s Sonate à 12 for twelve solo voices premiered in Royan, France
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Synaphaï for piano and orchestra premiered in Royan, France

6

  • Igor Stravinsky (88) dies in New York of heart failure
  • André Boucourechliev’s Tombeau op.13 for clarinet and percussion or piano premiered in Royan, France
  • Betsy Jolas’s Remember for english horn or viola and cello premiered in Royan, France
  • Rolling Stones Records is launched as part of the band’s new deal with Atlantic
  • Carly Simon plays her first show opening for Cat Stevens at the Troubadour in Los Angeles
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Charisma for clarinet and cello premiered in Royan, France

11

  • Oliver Riedl born (Schwerin, Germany) German rock bass guitarist. Founder member of Rammstein.

12

  • Wynton Kelly (39) dies in Toronto during an epileptic fit

13

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Sonata no.3 for violin and piano premiered in Albany, NY

15

  • Miguel Matamoros (76) dies in Havana
  • Francis Lai’s music for Arthur Hillers film Love Story wins the best original score Oscar at the 43rd Academy Awards

17

  • Carmen Lombardo (68) dies in Miami of cancer
  • György Ligeti’s Far From Home for women’s chorus premiered in Stockholm

18

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Prologue for tenor and ensemble premiered in London

23

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Mänadentanz for orchestra premiered in Bielefeld
  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Kontrakadenz for orchestra premiered in Stuttgart

24

  • Alejandro Fernández born (Guadalajara, Mexico) Mexican folk and pop singer.
  • Morton Feldman’s On Time and the Instrumental Factor for orchestra premiered in Dallas
  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto da camera for orchestra premiered in Rochester, NY

25

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Staatstheater, a szenische Komposition for chamber orchestra premiered in Hamburg

29

  • Tamara Johnson-George born (Brooklyn, NY) American R&B singer, actress, author (SWV).
  • Siniša Vuco born (Split, Croatia) Croatian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, bass guitarist.
  • Aribert Reimann’s opera Melusine premiered in Schwetzingen, Germany. Lib. Claus Henneberg after Ivan Goll

30

  • Darren Emerson born (Hornchurch) English dance music DJ, producer. Member of Underworld from 1990 to 2000.

releases

  • Beginning Of The End – Funky Nassau parts 1 and 2 (Alston)
  • Funkadelic – You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks / Funky Dollar Bill (Westbound)
  • Isaac Hayes – Never Can Say Goodbye / I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You) (Enterprise)
  • Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar / Bitch (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Candi Staton – Too Hurt to Cry / Mr. and Mrs. Untrue (Fame)
  • Anne Briggs (Topic UK)
  • Captain Beefheart – Mirror Man (Buddah) recorded 1967
  • Caravan – In the Land of Grey and Pink (Deram UK)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Four Way Street (Atlantic) recorded live in various locations in Jun and Jul 1970
  • Doors – LA Woman (Elektra)
  • Flower Travellin’ Band – Satori (Atlantic Japan) Rock group formed in Tokyo in 1968. Joe Yamanaka (voc, hca) Hideki Ishima (g) Jun Kowzuki (b, g) Joji Wada (d)
  • Groundhogs – Split (Liberty UK)
  • Donny Hathaway (Atco)
  • Jackson 5 – Maybe Tomorrow (Motown)
  • Kluster – Eruption (KS Germany) 200 copies pressed.
  • Pearls Before Swine – City of Gold (Reprise)
  • Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones)
  • Tangerine Dream – Alpha Centauri (Ohr Germany)
  • Temptations – Sky’s the Limit (Gordy)
  • Thin Lizzy (Decca UK) Rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Eric Bell (g) Brian Downey (d) Phil Lynott (b, vo)
  • Melvin Van Peebles / Earth, Wind and Fire – Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Stax)
  • War (United Artists)
  • Stevie Wonder – Where I’m Coming From (Tamla)

Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces Of A Man (Flying Dutchman)

May

1

  • Surgeon aka Anthony Child born (Northamptonshire) English electronic musician, DJ, producer, composer.
  • Dave And Ansel Collins have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Double Barrel
  • Thea Musgrave’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra premiered in Glasgow

3

  • Mario Davidovsky wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Synchronisms no.6

4

  • Benjamin Britten’s song suite Who are these Children? For voice and piano premiered in Edinburgh
  • Isang Yun’s Namo for three sopranos and orchestra premiered in Berlin.

6

  • Harry Cox (85) dies in Norfolk
  • Dickie Valentine (41) killed in a car crash near Crickhowell, Wales

7

  • Peter Askim born (Copenhagen) Danish composer, conductor, bassist, teacher.

8

  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for the first of five weeks over two runs with Sticky Fingers
  • Isang Yun’s Glisées for cello premiered in Zagreb.

9

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Probe for an improvising collective premiered in Høvikodden, Norway

12

  • Mick Jagger marries Bianca Macias in St Tropez

13

  • Robert Erickson’s Cradle for three sets of tuned tube drums and instrumental ensemble premiered in Fullerton, CA
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s cantata Night in Memphis premiered in Zagreb
  • Stevie Wonder renogotiates his contract with Motown having reached the age of 21

15

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have the Billboard number one album for one week with 4 Way Street

16

  • Rachel Goswell born (Fareham) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Slowdive, Mojave 3 and solo artist.
  • Benjamin Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave premiered on BBC television, lib. M. Piper
  • Fritz Werner’s Oratorium nach Worten der Heiligen Schrift [oratorio after Bible words] for choir and orchestra premiered in Heilbronn, Germany

17

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Der langwierige Weg in die Wohnung der Natascha Ungeheuer [The lengthy way into the home of Natasha Beast] premiered in Rome, lib. G. Salvatore
  • Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s musical Godspell opens Off Broadway (2124 performances)
  • Joan Tower’s Six Variations for cello premiered in New York.

19

  • Vivian Fine’s Sounds of the Nightingale premiered in Bennington, VT
  • Thea Musgrave’s Primavera for soprano and flute premiered in Zagreb
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s The Creation for vocal soloists, chorus and tape premiered in Salt Lake City, UT

21

  • Ned Rorem’s Fables: Five Very Short Operas premiered in Martin, TN, lib. de la Fontaine
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s ballet Love 201 for rock band and prerecorded sounds premiered in Canberra

22

  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Sticky Fingers

23

  • Gottfried von Einem’s opera Der Besuch der alten Dame [The Visit of the Old Lady], lib. Friedrich Dürrenmatt, premiered in Vienna
  • Roger Sessions’s cantata When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d for choir and orchestra premiered in Amherst, MA, lib. Walt Whitman

24

  • William Bergsma’s Changes for woodwind quintet and orchestra premiered in Seattle

27

  • Lisa Lopes aka Left-eye born (Philadelphia, PA) American R&B singer. Founder member of TLC. Died 2002

28

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Utrenia for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Münster (complete version)

29

  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Brown Sugar

30

  • Marcel Dupré (85) dies in Meudon, France

31

  • Max Trapp (83) dies in Berlin

releases

  • Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul / It’s I Who Loves You (Not Him Any More) (King)
  • Carpenters – Rainy Days & Mondays / Saturday (A&M)
  • Carole King – It’s Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move (Ode)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – I Don’t Want To Do Wrong / Is There A Place? (Soul)
  • Jean Knight – Mr Big Stuff / Why I Keep Living These Memories (Stax)
  • John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step on You Again / Sometimes It’s Not Enough (Fly UK)
  • Freda Payne – Bring The Boys Home / I Shall Not Be Moved (Invictus)
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie – Soldier Blue / Until It’s Time For You To Go (Vanguard)
  • Supremes – Nathan Jones / Happy (Motown)
  • Beaver & Krause – Gandharva (Warner Bros)
  • Anthony Braxton – For Alto (Delmark)
  • Edgar Broughton Band (Harvest UK)
  • Carpenters (A&M)
  • Comus – First Utterance (Dawn UK) English folk-rock band formed in London in 1969. Roger Wootton (vo, g) Andy Hellaby (b. vo) Bobbie Watson (vo, perc) Glenn Goring (g, vo, perc) Colin Pearson (vln, vla) Rob Young (fl, ob, hand d)
  • Karen Dalton – In My Own Time (Just Sunshine)
  • Duke Ellington – New Orleans Suite (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Tamla)
  • Roy Harper – Stormcock (Harvest UK)
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips – If I Were Your Woman (Soul)
  • Leo Kottke – Mudlark (Capitol)
  • Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney – Ram (Apple UK)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Curtis Live (Curtom) Recorded live in New York in Jan 1971
  • Les McCann & Eddie Harris – Second Movement (Atlantic)
  • Eugene McDaniels – Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse (Atlantic)
  • Osibisa (MCA UK) Anglo-Ghanaian band formed in London in 1969. Teddy Osei (sax, fl, vo) Mac Tontoh (tp, vo) Sol Amarfio (d, vo) Loughty Lassisi Amao (tp, perc) Robert Bailey (keys) Spartacus R (b) Wendell Richardson (g, vo)
  • Pink Fairies – Never Never Land (Polydor UK) Rock band formed in London in 1970 from the remnants of the Deviants. Paul Rudolph (g, vo) Duncan Sanderson (b) Russell Hunter (d) Twink (d, vo)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Thembi (Impulse!)
  • Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stimmung (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – Zero Time (Embryo)
  • Weather Report (Columbia)
  • Bill Withers – Just As I Am (Sussex)
  • Joe Zawinul – Zawinul (Atlantic)

Roy Harper b.1941

Jun

2

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s An Imaginary Landscape for brass, eight basses and percussion premiered in London

5

  • Mark Wahlberg aka Marky Mark born (Boston, MA) American actor, film producer, rapper. Member of New Kids on the Block in 1984 and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch from 1989 to 1993. Brother of Donnie Wahlberg (b.1969).
  • Grand Funk Railroad break the box office record set by the Beatles in 1966 when they sell out Shea Stadium in 72 hours, grossing $306,000
  • Paul And Linda McCartney have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Ram
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Sternklang no.34, park music for five groups premiered in Berlin

6

  • Charles Ives’s Postlude in F for small orchestra premiered posthumously in New Haven, CT

7

  • Ben Pollack (67) commits suicide in Palm Springs, CA by hanging

9

  • Erika Miklósa born (Kiskunhalas, Hungary) Hungarian soprano singer.
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Voice for flute premiered in Tokyo

11

  • Bert Ambrose (74) dies after collapsing at the Yorkshire television studios in Leeds where he was recording a programme

12

  • Joseph Emmett Mainer (72) dies in Buncombe County, NC
  • Franz Schubert’s incomplete opera Sakuntala, lib. Neumann, premiered in Vienna

15

  • Miloslav Kabelác’s Symphony no.8 ‘Antiphonies’ premiered in Strasbourg

16

  • Tupac Shakur born (New York, NY) American rapper. Died 1996
  • Ellaline Terriss (100) dies in London following a fall at her nursing home
  • Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Les trois souhaits premiered in Brno, lib. G. Ribemont-Dessaignes

17

  • Paulina Rubio born (Mexico City) Mexican pop singer, actress.
  • Cliff Edwards (76) dies in Los Angeles

18

  • Libby Holman (67) commits suicide in Stamford, CT by carbon monoxide poisoning

19

  • Carole King has the Billboard number one album for the first week of fifteen with Tapestry & the Billboard number one single for the first week of five with It’s Too Late / I Feel the Earth Move

20

  • Isang Yun’s opera Geisterliebe [ghostly love] premiered in Kiel, lib. H. Kunz
  • (to 24th) The second Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring David Bowie, The Edgar Broughton Band, Fairport Convention, Family, Gong, Hawkwind, Henry Cow, Joan Baez and Traffic

21

  • Ludwig Schmidseder (66) dies in Munich

26

  • Guillermo Uribe Holguín (91) dies in Bogota
  • Benjamin Britten’s Canticle IV “The Journey of the Magi” for three voices and piano premiered in Snape
  • Emerson Lake & Palmer have the UK number one album for one week with Tarkus

27

  • The Fillmore East in New York closes with a final show featuring the The Allman Brothers Band, The Beach Boys and Mountain

30

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s From Stone to Thorn for mezzo-soprano, basset horn, guitar, harpsichord and percussion premiered in Oxford

releases

  • Doors – Riders On The Storm / The Changeling (Elektra)
  • Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me / Sad Tomorrows (Tamla)
  • Rolling Stones – Wild Horses / Sway (Rolling Stones)
  • Diana Ross – Surrender / I’m a Winner (Motown)
  • Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes / You Got The Love I Need (Gordy)
  • Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again / I Don’t Even Know Myself (Track UK)
  • Ash Ra Tempel (Ohr Germany) Experimental rock band formed in Berlin in 1971. Manuel Göttsching (g) Klaus Schulze (keys, d) Hartmut Enke (b)
  • Terry Callier – Occasional Rain (Cadet)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (Manticore UK)
  • Fairport Convention – Angel Delight (Island UK)
  • The Flying Burrito Bros (A&M)
  • Bert Jansch – Rosemary Lane (Transatlantic UK)
  • Joni Mitchell – Blue (Reprise)
  • Stephen Stills 2 (Atlantic)

John McLaughlin b.1942

Jul

1

  • Melissa ‘Missy’ Elliott born (Portsmouth, VA) American rapper, R&B singer, songwriter, producer.

2

  • Edward Ballantine (84) dies in Oak Bluffs, MA
  • Kurt Weill’s Recordare for chorus premiered posthumously in Utrecht

3

  • Jim Morrison (27) found dead in a Paris hotel room. No autopsy was carried out, so no cause of death was ever confirmed

4

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Praeludium for woodwind, bass and percussion premiered in Amsterdam.
  • The Fillmore West in San Francisco closes with a final show featuring Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Grateful Dead

6

  • Louis Armstrong (69) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Agnetha Fältskog marries Björn Ulvaeus in Verum, Sweden. They divorce in 1979

8

  • Charlie Shavers (50) dies in New York of throat cancer
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Cassiopeia for percussion and orchestra premiered in Chicago

9

  • Jim Morrison’s funeral takes place in Paris

12

  • Shulamit Ran’s Concert Piece for piano and orchestra premiered in Tel Aviv

20

  • DJ Screw aka Robert Earl Davis, Jr. born (Bastrop, TX) American hip hop DJ, record producer, rapper. Died 2000

21

  • Marcus Eoin Sandison born (Edinburgh) Scottish producer, electronic musician. Member of Boards of Canada. Brother of Mike Sandison (b.1970)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg born (London) Anglo-French actress, singer. Daughter of Serge Gainsbourg (1928-91) and Jane Birkin (b.1946).
  • William Bolcom’s Frescoes for two keyboard players premiered in Montreal.

22

  • The second Glastonbury Festival takes place with the Edgar Broughton Band, Gong, David Bowie, Hawkwind, Fairport Convention & Family

23

  • Alison Krauss born (Decatur, IL) American country singer, songwriter, violinist.

24

  • Alan Rawsthorne (66) dies in Cambridge
  • Ned Rorem’s opera Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, lib. G. Stein, premiered in Philadelphia
  • T.Rex have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Get It On

31

  • James Taylor has the Billboard number one single for one week with You’ve Got a Friend

releases

  • Derek and The Dominos – Layla / Bell Bottom Blues (Polydor UK)
  • Al Green – Tired Of Being Alone / Get Back Baby (Hi)
  • Laura Lee – Women’s Love Rights / Her Picture Matches Mine (Hot Wax)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up / Give It Up (Buddah UK)
  • Rod Stewart – Reason to Believe / Maggie May (Mercury UK)
  • T. Rex – Get It On / There Was a Time / Raw Ramp (Fly UK)
  • Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine / Harlem (Sussex)
  • Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (Capricorn) recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York on 12 & 13 Mar 1971
  • Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality (Vertigo UK)
  • Chi-Lites – (For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People (Brunswick)
  • Deep Purple – Fireball (Harvest UK)
  • Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (Westbound)
  • Gentle Giant – Acquiring the Taste (Vertigo UK)
  • Peter Hammill – Fool’s Mate (Charisma UK)
  • Isaac Hayes – Shaft (Enterprise)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (Atlantic)
  • MC5 – High Time (Atlantic)
  • Moody Blues – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Threshold UK)
  • Diana Ross – Surrender (Motown)
  • Mark Spoelstra – This House (Fantasy)
  • Strawbs – From the Witchwood (A&M UK)
  • The Undisputed Truth (Gordy) Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1970. Joe Harris, Billie Rae Calvin, Brenda Joyce

Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (Westbound)

Aug

1

  • The Concert For Bangladesh, organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangladesh, takes place at Madison Square Gardens, New York. Acts appearing include Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton and Ravi Shankar

3

  • DJ Spinderella aka Deidra Muriel Roper born (Brooklyn, NY) American hip hop DJ, record producer, rapper. Worked with Salt ‘n’ Pepa.
  • Yuri Fayer (81) dies in Moscow

4

  • Kenneth Leighton’s Organ Concerto premiered in Cambridge

7

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s The Fields of Sorrow for two sopranos, winds, vibraphone and two pianos premiered in Dartington, Devon

12

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’ opera Yerma premiered in Santa Fe, NM, lib. F.Garcia Lorca

13

  • King Curtis (37) stabbed to death after an argument outside his apartment building in New York

14

  • The Moody Blues have the UK number one album for one week with Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

17

  • Tab Smith (62) dies in St Louis, MO

18

  • Richard D James aka Aphex Twin born (Limerick, Ireland) English producer, electronic musician, DJ.
  • Tom Middleton born (Cornwall) English producer, electronic musician, DJ. Worked as Global Communication and Jedi Knights with Mark Pritchard and solo.
  • Oliver Knussen’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Lenox, MA

21

  • Oliver Knussen’s Rosary Songs for soprano and trio premiered in London
  • Diana Ross has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with I’m Still Waiting

24

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Aroura for twelve strings premiered in Lucerne

25

  • Felix da Housecat aka Felix Stallings born (Chicago) American DJ, dance producer.
  • Ted Lewis (79) dies in New York of lung failure

26

  • Thalía aka Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda born (Mexico City) Mexican pop singer, songwriter, actress.
  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s Tempus destruendi / Tempus aedificandi for chorus premiered in Siena, Italy
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Persépolis for tape premiered in Persepolis, Iran

27

  • Felix da Housecat aka Felix Stallings Jr born (Chicago) American dance music DJ, producer.
  • Lil Armstrong neé Hardin (73) dies in Chicago

28

  • Tony Clarke (31) is killed in Detroit in a domestic incident by his estranged wife Joyce
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s operas Uno dei dieci & L’Iscariota, both libs Malpiero, premiered in Siena, Italy

30

  • Maria Baptist born (Berlin) German classical and jazz pianist, composer, teacher.
  • John Lennon leaves the UK for the final time and flies to New York
  • Altaf Mahmud is captured by the Pakistan army during the Bangladesh war of independence

31

  • Vadim Repin born (Novosibirsk, Russia) Russian concert violinist.

releases

  • Carpenters – Superstar / Bless The Beasts & Children (A&M)
  • Joni Mitchell – Carey / This Flight Tonight (Reprise)
  • Persuaders – Thin Line Between Love & Hate / Thigh Spy (Atco). Vocal group formed in New York in 1969. Douglas Scott, Willie Holland, James Holland & Charles Stoghill
  • War – All Day Music / Get Down (United Artists)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago – Les Stances a Sophie OST (Nessa)
  • Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (Brother)
  • Gene Clark [White Light] (A&M)
  • Al Green Gets Next To You (Hi)
  • The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions (Chess)
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia) Jazz fusion group formed in New York in 1971. John McLaughlin (g) Rick Laird (b) Billy Cobham (d) Jan Hammer (keys) Jerry Goodman (vln)
  • John McLaughlin – My Goal’s Beyond (Douglas)
  • New Riders of the Purple Sage (Columbia)
  • Shuggie Otis – Freedom Flight (Epic)
  • Stackridge (MCA UK)
  • Who – Who’s Next (Track UK)

Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia)

Sep

4

  • Bruno Maderna’s Ausstrahlung for tape, soprano, flute, oboe and orchestra premiered in Persepolis, Iran
  • Paul & Linda McCartney have the Billboard number one single for one week with Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

8

  • Leonard Bernstein’s musical theatre piece Mass premiered in Washington, DC, lib. S. Schwartz and Bernstein

9

  • David Bowie signs to RCA after they are impressed by the tapes for the Hunky Dory album he recorded whilst label-less in April

10

  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra begins a three week tour of the USSR
  • Alberto Ginastera’s opera Beatrix Cenci premiered in Washington, DC, lib. Shand & Girri

11

  • Richard Ashcroft born (Wigan, Lancashire) English rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Verve.
  • Joe Jordan (89) dies in Tacoma, WA
  • Samuel Barber’s Fadograph of a Yestern Scene for two voices and orchedstra premiered in Pittsburgh

12

  • John McGuire’s Decay for Eight French Horns premiered in Utrecht

16

  • Morton Feldman’s The Viola in My Life IV for viola and orchestra premiered in Venice

17

  • Dimitri Shostakovich has a second heart attack

18

  • Anna Netrebko born (Krasnodar, Russia) Russian soprano singer.
  • The Who have the UK number one album for one week with Who’s Next (only week)
  • Malcolm Williamson’s opera The Stone Wall premiered in London. Lib. Williamson

19

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s song cycle Gesänge for voice and piano premiered in Karlsruhe

20

  • John Tavener’s Responsorium in memoriam Annon Lee Silver for two mezzo-sopranos, chorus and two flutes premiered in Birmingham

21

  • John Cage’s Sixty-two Mesostics re: Merce Cunningham premiered in Athens

22

  • Samuel Barber’s The Lovers for baritone, chorus and orchestra, text Pablo Neruda, premiered in Philadelphia
  • Walter Piston’s Concerto for flute and orchestra premiered in Boston

23

  • Fritz Werner’s Suite Concertante for trumpet, string orchestra and percussion op. 48 premiered in Heilbronn, Germany

25

  • Deep Purple have the UK number one album for one week with Fireball
  • Lejaren Hiller’s String Quartet no.5 in Quarter Tones premiered in Binghamton, NY
  • Darius Milhaud’s Suite en sol for orchestra Premiered in Marin County, CA

28

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Missa super L’homme armé for speaker and ensemble premiered in Perugia

unk

  • Altaf Mahmud (40) tortured and killed by the Pakistan army after being captured in Bangladesh

releases

  • Alice Cooper – Under My Wheels / Desperado (Warner Bros)
  • Band – Cahoots (Capitol)
  • Cluster (Philips Germany) Electronic group formed in Berlin in 1971 after Conrad Schnitzler left Kluster. Dieter Moebius (org, electronics) Hans-Joachim Roedelius (org, cel, electronics) Conny Plank (electronics)
  • Sandy Denny – The North Star Grassman and the Ravens (Island UK)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Future Games (Reprise)
  • Guru Guru – Hinten (Ohr Germany)
  • Isley Brothers – Givin’ It Back (T-Neck)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Bark (Grunt)
  • T.Rex – Electric Warrior (Fly UK)
  • John Lennon – Imagine (Apple)
  • Santana [III] (Columbia)
  • Cat Stevens – Teaser and the Firecat (Island UK)
  • Wishbone Ash – Pilgrimage (Decca UK)
  • Bobby Womack – Communication (United Artists)

Sandy Denny – The North Star Grassman and the Ravens (Island)

Oct

1

  • Kenneth Leighton’s Dance Overture premiered in Edinburgh

2

  • Rod Stewart has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks and the UK number one album for the first of six weeks over two runs with Every Picture Tells A Story and also the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with Maggie May / Reason To Believe

3

  • Aaron Copland’s Duo for flute and piano premiered in Philadelphia

4

  • Brian Transeau aka BT born (Rockville, MD) American producer, electronic musician, DJ, singer.
  • (to 7th) Pink Floyd begin a four day shoot at the Roman Ampitheatre, Pompeii, near Naples, for the Live at Pompeii film
  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Con Antonio Machado for voice and piano premiered in Seville
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s How the Stars Were Made for percussion ensemble premiered in Canberra

6

  • Kalevi Aho’s String Quartet No.3 premiered in Helsinki
  • William Grant Still’s We Sang Our Songs for chorus and piano, written for the centenary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, premiered in Nashville, TN
  • Stefan Wolpe’s Piece for Trumpet and Seven Instruments premiered in New York

8

  • Pierre Henry’s ballet Mouvement-Rhythme-Étude: Barre-fiction dediee a Maurice Béjart premiered in Brussels

9

  • Rod Stewart has the UK number one single for the first week of five with Maggie May / Reason To Believe making him the first artist to top both the US and UK singles and albums charts simultaneously

10

  • Evgeny Kissin born (Moscow) Russian concert pianist.

11

  • Bob Copper’s A Song for Every Season: A Hundred Years of a Sussex Farming Family is published in London
  • Charles Wuorinen’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Chicago

12

  • Gene Vincent (36) dies in Newhall, CA from a ruptured stomach ulcer
  • Ernst Krenek’s Messe Gib uns den Frieden for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hamburg
  • Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Broadway (711 performances)

14

  • Dominick Argento’s opera Postcard from Morocco premiered in Minneapolis, lib. Jon Donahue

16

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Trans no.35 for orchestra and tape premiered in Donaueschingen

17

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Actions for Fourteen Jazz Instruments premiered in Donaueschingen

18

  • Ernst Krenek’s Three Sacred Pieces for chorus; Three Lessons for chorus & Orga-nastro for organ and tape premiered in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ten Russian Folksongs premiered in in Magnitogorsk, Russia
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Duel for orchestra premiered on Radio Hilversum, Netherlands

20

  • Snoop Dogg aka Calvin Broadus born (Long Beach, CA) American rapper, record producer, actor.
  • Melvin Van Peebles’s musical Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death opens Off Broadway (325 performances)

21

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Chöre für Doris no.1/11; Drei Lieder no.1/10 for alto and chamber ensemble & Choral no.1/9 for chorus premiered in Paris
  • Joan Tower’s Prelude for Five Players premiered in New York

22

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Formel no.1/6 for 29 instruments & Sonatine for violin and piano premiered in Paris
  • Isang Yun’s Dimensionen for organ and orchestra premiered in Nuremberg

23

  • Jean-Claude Éloy’s Kâmakalâ for three orchestral groups, five choral groups, with three conductors premiered in Paris

24

  • Carl Ruggles (95) dies in Bennington, VT of pneumonia

25

  • Midori Gotō born (Osaka) Japanese-American concert violinist.
  • Isang Yun’s Piri for oboe premiered in Bamberg

28

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Eucalypts II for flute, oboe and harp; Munari by Munari for percussion & Stanza II for tape and harp premiered in Paris
  • The Cairo Opera House burns down in its centenary year

29

  • Duane Allman (24) dies in MAcon, GA in a motorcycle accident
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Winter for orchestra premiered in Paris

30

  • Dawn McCarthy born (Spokane, WA) American folk and avant-garde singer, songwriter, guitarist, percussionist, autoharp player. Worked as Faun Fables
  • Osvald Chlubna (78) dies in Brno, Czech Rep.
  • John Lennon has the Billboard number one album for one week and the UK number one album for the first week of two with Imagine

releases

  • Chi-Lites – Have You Seen Her / Yes I’m Ready (Brunswick)
  • Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady / Oh Me Oh My (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues / Wholy Holy (Tamla)
  • Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft / Café Regio’s (Enterprise)
  • Melanie – Brand New Key / Some Say (I Got Devil) (Neighborhood)
  • Joni Mitchell – California / A Case Of You (Reprise)
  • Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23 / Ice Cold Daydream (Epic)
  • Staple Singers – Respect Yourself / You’re Gonna Make Me Cry (Stax)
  • Who – Behind Blue Eyes / My Wife (Decca)
  • Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands / Sweet Wanomi (Sussex)
  • Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band – No Roses (Pegasus UK)
  • Focus – Moving Waves (Imperial Netherlands)
  • Grateful Dead [Live] (Warner Bros)
  • Hawkwind – In Search of Space (United Artists UK)
  • Incredible String Band – Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air (Island UK)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Roots (Curtom)
  • Don McLean – American Pie (United Artists)
  • Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey (Warner Bros)
  • Mickey Newbury – ‘Frisco Mabel Joy (Elektra)
  • Pentangle – Reflection (Transatlantic UK)
  • Pink Floyd – Meddle (Harvest UK)
  • John Prine (Atlantic)
  • Uriah Heep – Look At Yourself (Island UK)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts (Charisma UK)

Van Der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts (Charisma)

Nov

1

  • Duane Allman’s funeral takes place in Macon, GA. The remaining Allman Brothers Band play a short tribute set joined by Dr John and Delaney Bramlett

3

  • Gary McFarland (38) dies after his drink was spiked with methadone at a bar in New York
  • Norman Jewison’s musical film Fiddler on the Roof opens starring Chaim Topol. Music by John Williams and Jerry Bock

4

  • The Rainbow opens in Finsbury Park, London with a show by the Who

5

  • Jonny Greenwood born (Oxford) English rock guitarist, producer, songwriter, film soundtrack composer. Founder member of Radiohead. Brother of Colin Greenwood (b.1969).
  • Roger Sessions’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra premiered in New York

6

  • Joey Beltram born (New York, NY) American dance music producer, DJ, electronic musician.
  • Cher has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves
  • Isaac Hayes has the Billboard number one album for one week with Shaft

10

  • Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer’s film 200 Motels opens starring the Mothers of Invention and Ringo Starr

13

  • Santana have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Santana III
  • Slade have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Coz I Luv You

15

  • Arthur Butterworth’s From the Four Winds for orchestra and organ premiered in Huddersfield

16

  • Thea Musgrave’s Impromptu no.2 for flute, oboe and clarinet premiered in Cardiff

18

  • Humphrey Searle’s Labyrinth op.56 for orchestra premiered in Birmingham

20

  • Isaac Hayes has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Theme from Shaft

22

  • Zez Confrey (76) dies in Lakewood, NJ

23

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Canzona I for choir and orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Sofiya Gubaidulina’s Fairy-Tale Poem for orchestra premiered in Moscow

26

  • Ned Rorem’s Ariel for soprano, clarinet and piano, text Sylvia Plath, premiered in Washington

28

  • Little Junior Parker (47) dies in Blue Island, IL from a brain tumour
  • Otto Luening’s Fugue for organ premiered in Washington

29

  • Heinz Tiessen (84) dies in Berlin

releases

  • Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever / Pieces of Dreams (United Artists UK)
  • Beach Boys – Surf’s Up / Don’t Go Near the Water (Brother)
  • Can – Spoon / Shikako Maru Ten (United Artists Germany)
  • Grateful Dead – Truckin’ / Ripple (Warner Bros)
  • Al Green – Let’s Stay Together / Tomorrow’s Dream (Hi)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – Make Me the Woman That You Go Home To / It’s All Over But the Shoutin (Soul)
  • John Kongos – Tokoloshe Man / Can Someone Please Direct Me Back to Earth (Fly UK)
  • Don McLean – American Pie parts 1 and 2 (United Artists)
  • Diana Ross – I’m Still Waiting / A Simple Thing Like Cry (Motown)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair / Luv ‘n’ Haight (Epic)
  • T. Rex – Jeepster / Life’s a Gas (Fly UK)
  • Temptations – Superstar / Gonna Keep On Tryin’ Till I Win Your Love (Gordy)
  • Betty Wright – The Clean Up Woman / I’ll Love You Forever (Alston)
  • Kevin Ayers – Whatevershebringswesing (Harvest UK)
  • Beginning Of The End – Funky Nassau (Alston) Funk group from Nassau, Bahamas. Ray Munnings (org) Roy Munnings (g) Frank Munnings (d) Fred Henfield (b)
  • Anne Briggs – The Time Has Come (CBS UK)
  • Alice Cooper – Killer (Warner Bros)
  • Miles Davis – Live / Evil (Columbia) One disc of studio recordings and one disc live. Live tracks recorded in Washington, DC on 19 Dec 1970
  • Faces – A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse (Warner Bros)
  • John Fahey – America (Takoma)
  • Fairport Convention – Babbacombe Lee (Island UK)
  • Roberta Flack – Quiet Fire (Atlantic)
  • Genesis – Nursery Cryme (Charisma UK)
  • Happy End – Kazemachi Roman (URC Japan) Folk rock band formed in Tokyo in 1969. Haruomi Hosono (b, vo, keys) Eiichi Ohtaki, Shigeru Suzuki (g, vo) Takashi Matsumoto (d)
  • Isaac Hayes – Black Moses (Enterprise)
  • Elton John – Madman Across the Water (DJM UK)
  • Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies (RCA UK)
  • Led Zeppelin [IV] (Atlantic UK)
  • John Martyn – Bless the Weather (Island UK)
  • Moondog 2 (Columbia)
  • Nilsson Schmilsson (RCA)
  • Laura Nyro – Gonna Take a Miracle (Columbia)
  • Harry Partch – Delusion of the Fury (Columbia)
  • Pearls Before Swine – Beautiful Lies You Could Live In (Reprise)
  • Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces Of A Man (Flying Dutchman)
  • Carly Simon – Anticipation (Elektra)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On (Epic)
  • Ten Years After – A Space in Time (Chrysalis UK)
  • Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Island UK) recorded 9/71
  • War – All Day Music (United Artists)
  • Yes – Fragile (Atlantic UK)

Harry Partch – Delusion of the Fury (Columbia)

Dec

1

  • Vivian Fine’s Two Neruda Poems premiered in Bennington, VT
  • Galt MacDermot, John Guare and Mel Shapiro’s musical Two Gentlemen of Verona opens on Broadway (614  performances)

2

  • Punch Miller (77) dies in New Orleans
  • Aulis Sallinen’s Symphony No. 1 premiered in Helsinki

3

  • Henry Cowell’s Concerto for Rhythmicon and Orchestra premiered posthumously in Palo Alto, CA
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s De natura sonoris II for orchestra premiered in New York
  • Steve Reich’s Drumming for percussion, female voices and piccolo premiered in New York

4

  • Led Zeppelin have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Led Zeppelin [IV]
  • Sly & the Family Stone have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Family Affair
  • The Montreux Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, catches fire and burns during a performance by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention when a fan fires a flare gun into its rafters. The incident inpires the Deep Purple song Smoke on the Water

7

  • Benjamin Frankel’s Symphony No. 8 premiered in Liverpool

9

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Helsinki

10

  • György Ligeti’s Melodien for orchestra premiered in Nuremberg
  • Frank Zappa breaks an ankle and suffers other serious injuries including a crushed larynx after being pushed into the orchestra pit by a member of the audience at the Rainbow, London

11

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Devils for orchestra & The Boy Friend for soprano and 13 instruments premiered in London

15

  • Imani aka Emandu Rashaan Wilcox born (Compton, CA) American rapper. Member of the Pharcyde and solo artist.
  • Betsy Jolas’s Musique d’hiver for organ and orchestra premiered in Baden-Baden

16

  • Paul van Dyk born (Brandenburg) German DJ, dance music producer.

18

  • Sly & the Family Stone have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with There’s a Riot Goin’ On
  • T.Rex have the UK number one album for the first of eight weeks over two runs with Electric Warrior

21

  • Charlie Fuqua (61) dies in New Haven, CT

22

  • Fred Guy (74) dies in Chicago

24

  • Ricky Martin aka Enrique Martín Morales born (San Juan, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican pop singer, songwriter.
  • The New York Dolls play their first show at a homeless shelter in New York

25

  • Dido Armstrong born (London) English pop singer, songwriter.

28

  • Max Steiner (83) dies in Los Angeles
  • Ray Dolby receives a US patent for his noise reduction system

30

  • Bob Marley and the Wailers sign to Island Records

31

  • Dominick Argento’s opera Colonel Jonathan the Saint premiered in Denver, lib. John Olon-Scrymgeour

releases

  • John Barry – The Persuaders / The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair (Columbia)
  • Faces – Stay With Me / Debris (Warner Bros UK)
  • Quincy Jones – Ironside / Cast Your Fate To The Wind (A&M)
  • Led Zeppelin – Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop (Atlantic)
  • Plastic Ono Band – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) / Listen, the Snow Is Falling (Apple)
  • Supremes – Floy Joy / This Is the Story (Motown)
  • Undisputed Truth – You Make Your Own Heaven Or Hell Right Here On Earth / Ball Of Confusion (Gordy)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago – People In Sorrow (Nessa)
  • David Bowie – Hunky Dory (RCA UK)
  • The Electric Light Orchestra (Harvest UK)
  • Freddie Hubbard – First Light (CTI)
  • King Crimson – Islands (Island UK)
  • Carole King – Music (Ode)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Blacknuss (Atlantic)
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips – Standing Ovation (Soul)
  • Pharaoh Sanders – Black Unity (Impulse!)
  • Steeleye Span – Ten Man Mop (Chrysalis UK)
  • Wings – Wild Life (Apple)

Pharaoh Sanders b.1940

Date unknown

  • James Yorkston born (Kingsbarns, Fife) Scottish folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, banjo player.

releases

  • Françoise Hardy – La Question (Sonopresse France)
  • Pierre Henry – Mise En Musique Du Corticalart De Roger Lafosse (Philips France) recorded live in Paris between 15 & 21 Feb 1971
  • Kluster – Zwei-Osterei (Schwann)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Mantra (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)

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