1972

<1971 1973>

Jan

1

  • Maurice Chevalier (83) dies in Paris
  • Carole King has the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Music

8

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony no.15 premiered in Moscow

9

  • Ted Shawn (80) dies in Orlando, FL

10

  • Sverre Jordan (82) dies in Bergen, Norway

15

  • Don McLean has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with American Pie

16

  • George Crumb’s Lux Aeterna for soprano, bass flute, recorder, sitar and two percussionists premiered in Richmond, VA

19

  • Michael Rabin (35) dies from a head injury sustained during a fall in his New York apartment

20

  • Jean Casadesus (44) dies in a car accident in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
  • Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon premiered live in Brighton. The performance is cut short, but the album is played in full the next night in Portsmouth

21

  • Chan Marshall aka Cat Power born (Atlanta, GA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Cornelius Cardew’s Paragraph 5 of The Great Learning, text Confucius, premiered in London
  • Roxy Music record their first BBC session for Radio One’s Sounds of the Seventies

22

  • Don McLean has the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks with American Pie

23

  • Big Maybelle (47) dies in Cleveland, OH in a diabetic coma
  • Elliott Carter’s Canon for 3: in memoriam Igor Stravinsky for trio premiered in New York

24

  • Gene Austin (71) dies in Palm Springs, CA of lung cancer

25

  • Otto Luening’s Eight Tone Poems for Two Violas premiered in Albany, NY

27

  • Mark Owen born (Oldham) English pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of Take That and solo artist.
  • Mahalia Jackson (60) dies in Evergreen Park, IL of heart failure

28

  • Tunde Jegede born (London) Anglo-Nigerian composer, multi-instrumentalist.
  • Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha premiered posthumously in Atlanta, GA (staged version)

29

  • Arnold Bax’s Cortège for orchestra premiered posthumously in London
  • The live concert recording Concert For Bangladesh is the UK number one album for one week

30

  • Paul McCartney writes and records the song Give Ireland Back To The Irish within 24 hours of the Bloody Sunday massacre when 13 Catholics were shot dead in Derry by British paratroopers

31

  • Mahalia Jackson’s funeral takes place in Chicago with around 40,000 people attending
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Canzona for twelve instruments premiered in New York

releases

  • David Bowie – Changes / Andy Warhol (RCA UK)
  • James Brown – Talking Loud And Saying Nothing parts 1 and 2 (Polydor)
  • Chicory Tip – Son of My Father / Pride Comes Before a Fall (CBS UK)
  • T Rex – Telegram Sam / Cadilac / Baby Strange (EMI UK)
  • War – Slippin’ Into Darkness / Nappy Head (United Artists)
  • Neil Young – Heart Of Gold / Sugar Mountain (Reprise)
  • Robbie Basho – Song of the Stallion (Takoma)
  • Blue Öyster Cult (Columbia) Rock band formed in New York in 1967. Eric Bloom (vo, g, keys) Albert Bouchard (d, vo) Joe Bouchard (b, vo) Allen Lanier (g, keys) Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (g, vo)
  • Jackson Browne (Asylum)
  • Captain Beefheart – The Spotlight Kid (Reprise)
  • Al Green – Let’s Stay Together (Hi)
  • Leo Kottke – Greenhouse (Capitol)
  • Kraftwerk 2 (Philips Germany)
  • Osibisa – Woyaya (MCA UK)
  • Esther Phillips – From a Whisper to a Scream (Kudu)
  • Premiata Forneria Marconi – Storia di un minuto (Numero Uno Italy)
  • Paul Simon (Columbia)
  • Temptations – Solid Rock (Gordy)
  • Undisputed Truth – Face to Face with the Truth (Gordy)

Joan Tower b.1938

Feb

1

  • John Cage, David Tudor & Gordon Mumma’s 52/3 for piano and electronics premiered in Brooklyn, NY

5

  • Georges Migot (84) dies in Levallois-Perret, France
  • Charles Ives’s Fantasia on Jerusalem the Golden for band premiered posthumously in West Caldwell, NJ
  • T.Rex have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Telegram Sam

6

  • Gavriel Mullokandov (71) dies in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

7

  • Amon Tobin born (Rio de Janeiro) Anglo-Brazilian producer, electronic musician, DJ.
  • Karel Husa’s Concerto for percussion and winds premiered in Waco, TX

9

  • Wings play their first show at the University of Nottingham on an 11 date tour of colleges where the band turns up unannounced and offers to play

10

  • Mr Scruff aka Andy Carthy born (Stockport) English hip hop and electronica DJ and producer, cartoonist
  • David Bowie unveils his Ziggy Stardust persona at a gig in Tolworth, South London
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Rage Over the Lost Beethoven for piano, tape and actors, text Parman, premiered in Buffalo, NY

11

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Partita for harpsichord, guitar, bass guitar, harp, double bass and chamber orchestra premiered in Rochester, NY

12

  • Al Green has the Billboard number one single for one week with Let’s Stay Together

13

  • Lukas Foss’s Ni Bruit Ni Vitesse for two pianos and two percussionists premiered in Buffalo, NY
  • Bob Fosse’s film Cabaret opens, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York. Music by John Kander and Fred Ebb
  • Hawkwind play a benefit concert for the Greasy Truckers at the Roundhouse, London. The gig is recorded for a live album with tracks by Man and Brinsley Schwarz. Silver Machine is also taped at the gig and remixed for release as a single.

16

  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Sonata No. 3 premiered in St Petersburg

17

  • Billie Joe Armstrong born (Oakland, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Green Day.
  • Taylor Hawkins born (Fort Worth, TX) American rock drummer, singer, songwriter. Member of Foo Fighters from 1997.
  • Gavriil Nikolayevich Popov (67) dies in Repino, Russia

18

  • Roxy Music play their first public show at the Hand and Flower pub, London

19

  • Lee Morgan (33) shot dead at Slug’s Saloon in New York by his common-law wife Helen More. More was committed to a mental institution afterwards
  • Chicory Tip have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Son Of My Father
  • Alvin Lucier’s The Duke of New York performed and recorded at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • The BBC bans Paul McCartney’s single Give Ireland Back to the Irish
  • Nilsson has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Without You

20

  • Herbert Menges (69) dies in London

21

  • Marie Dubas (77) dies in Paris

29

  • Saul Williams born (Newburgh, NY) American rapper, songwriter, producer
  • John Lennon’s visa expires beginning a three and a half year battle to stay in the USA

releases

  • James Brown – King Heroin / Theme From King Heroin (Polydor)
  • Jackson Browne – Doctor My Eyes / Looking Into You (Asylum)
  • Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face / Trade Winds (Atlantic)
  • Four Tops – A Simple Game / LA (My Town) (Motown)
  • Elton John – Tiny Dancer / Razor Face (Uni)
  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion / Paranoia Blues (Columbia)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Runnin’ Away / Brave & Strong (Epic)
  • Tangerine Dream – Ultima Thule parts 1 and 2 (Ohr Germany)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – Theme One / W (Charisma UK)
  • Wings – Give Ireland Back to the Irish / version (Apple UK)
  • Allman Brothers Band – Eat a Peach (Capricorn)
  • Ornette Coleman – Science Fiction (Columbia)
  • Ry Cooder  – Into the Purple Valley (Reprise)
  • Nick Drake – Pink Moon (Island UK)
  • John Renbourn – Faro Annie (Transatlantic UK)
  • Staple Singers – Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (Stax)
  • Neil Young – Harvest (Reprise)

Tangerine Dream – Zeit (Ohr)

Mar

1

  • Victor Babin (63) dies in Cleveland, OH
  • Vladimir Golschmann (78) dies in New York
  • Elisabeth Lutyens’s opera Time Off? Not a Ghost of a Chance! premiered in London, lib. Lutyens

2

  • William Walton’s Sonata for strings, an arrangement of String Quartet No. 2, premiered in Perth, Australia

3

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Canzona II for soprano and orchestra premiered in Tampere, Finland

4

  • Roger Smalley’s Monody for piano and electronic modulation premiered in London

8

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Cello Concerto no.1 premiered in Baltimore

11

  • Nilsson has the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Without You
  • Neil Young has the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks and the UK number one album for one week with Harvest

12

  • Bruno Maderna’s Venetian Journal for tape, tenor, and chamber ensemble premiered in New York
  • William Schuman’s Mail Order Madrigals for chorus premiered in Ames, IO

13

  • Common aka Lonnie Rashid Lynn born (Chicago) American rapper, actor, author.
  • Otto Luening’s Introduction and Allegro for trumpet and piano premiered in New York

14

  • (to 29th) Roxy Music record their eponymous debut album at Command Studios, London. Bryan Ferry (vo, keys) Brian Eno (synth, tape, vo) Andy Mackay (ob, sax, vo) Phil Manzanera (g) Graham Simpson (b) Paul Thompson (d)
  • The 14th Grammy Awards are held in New York. Carole King wins record of the year for It’s Too Late and album of the year for Tapestry. Other winners include Carly Simon, Vladimir Horowitz, Isaac Hayes, Kris Kristofferson, Muddy Waters, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin and Bill Withers

15

  • Thea Musgrave’s Soliloquy I for guitar and tape premiered in London

16

  • Jacob Druckman’s Windows for orchestra premiered in Chicago
  • Morton Feldman’s Three Clarinets, Cello and Piano premiered on BBC radio
  • Anton Webern’s Eight Orchestra Fragments & String Trio Movement premiered at the Fifth International Webern Festival in Vienna

17

  • Melissa Auf der Maur born (Montreal) American rock singer, bass guitarist, guitarist, photographer. Member of Hole and Auf der Maur.
  • George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae for flute, cello and piano premiered in Washington, DC

18

  • Darius Milhaud’s opera-oratorio Saint Louis, Roi de France, lib. Claudel and Doublier, premiered on RAI radio
  • Paul Simon has the UK number one album for one week with Paul Simon
  • Neil Young has the Billboard number one single for one week with Heart of Gold

19

  • George Perle’s Sonata quasi una fantasia for clarinet and piano premiered in Buffalo, NY

20

  • Alex Kapranos born (Almondsbury, Gloucestershire) Anglo-Greek-Scottish rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Franz Ferdinand.
  • Timbaland aka Timothy Mosley born (Norfolk, VA) American record producer, songwriter, rapper.
  • Lejaren Hiller’s A Cenotaph for two pianos premiered in Buffalo, NY
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Méditations sur la mystère de la Sainte Trinité premiered in Washington, DC

21

  • David McCallum, Sr. (74) dies in Arundel, Sussex

22

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Grat for cello premiered in Darmstadt

24

  • Bruno Maderna’s Aura for orchestra premiered in Chicago

25

  • America have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with America and the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with A Horse With No Name
  • Lindisfarne have the UK number one album for the first of four weeks with Fog On The Tyne

26

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Exotica for 6 singing instruments with 10 or more non-european instruments premiered in Munich

27

  • Sharkey Bonano (67) dies in New Orleans
  • Clarence Raybould (85) dies in Bideford, Devon

28

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Merlino mastro d’organi [Merlin the master of organs], lib. Malipiero, premiered in Palermo (staged version)

29

  • Monty Adkins born (Leamington, Warwicks) English composer, teacher

publications

  • Iannis Xenakis’s book Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition published by the Indiana University Press

releases

  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – Help Me Make It Through The Night / If You Gonna Leave (Soul)
  • Don McLean – Vincent / Castles in the Air (United Artists)
  • Esther Phillips – Home Is Where The Hatred Is / Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone (Kudu)
  • Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There / I’m Just Another Soldier (Stax)
  • Deep Purple – Machine Head (Harvest UK)
  • Who Will Save the World? The Mighty Groundhogs (United Artists UK)
  • Jethro Tull – Thick as a Brick (Chrysalis UK)
  • Charles Mingus – Let My Children Hear Music (Columbia)
  • Todd Rundgren – Something / Anything? (Bearsville)
  • Thin Lizzy – Shades of a Blue Orphanage (Decca)
  • Stevie Wonder – Music of My Mind (Tamla)
  • Cabaret OST (ABC)

Mauricio Kagel 1931-2008

Apr

2

  • Andrea Parker born (Kent) English electronic music producer, DJ, singer.

3

  • Ferde Grofé (80) dies in Santa Monica, CA

4

  • Stefan Wolpe (69) chokes to death on food in his New York apartment

5

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Music for harpsichord and percussion from the Collection of Mark Pekarski premiered in St Petersburg

6

  • Aaron Copland’s Threnody I for flute and string trio premiered on BBC radio
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet premiered on BBC radio

9

  • Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel for soprano, alto, chorus, viola, percussion and celesta premiered in Houston
  • Jule Styne, Bob Merrill and Peter Stone’s musical Sugar opens on Broadway (505 performances)

10

  • Michel Legrand’s music for Robert Mulligan’s film Summer of ’42 wins the best original score Oscar at the 44th Academy Awards

12

  • Şebnem Ferah born (Yalova, Turkey) Turkish singer, songwriter, guitarist.

14

  • Darius Milhaud’s opera-oratorio Saint Louis, roi de France [St Louis, king of France] premiered in Rio de Janeiro, lib. P. Claudel and H. Doublier (staged version)
  • Roger Sessions’s Concertino for Chamber Orchestra premiered in Chicago
  • Malcolm Williamson’s opera The Red Sea premiered in Totnes, Devon. Lib. Williamson

15

  • Roberta Flack has the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

16

  • The Electric Light Orchestra play their first show at The Fox and Greyhound pub in Croydon
  • Bruno Maderna’s Biogramma for orchestra premiered in Rochester, NY

17

  • Tony Parenti (71) dies in New York
  • Darius Milhaud’s ballet Vendanges [Grape Harvest] premiered in Nice

19

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Regular Sets of Elements in a Semi-Regular Situation for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

20

  • Stephen Marley born (Wilmington, DE) Jamaican-American reggae guitarist, singer, record producer. Son of Bob (1945-81) and Rita Marley (b.1946), brother of Ziggy Marley (b.1968).
  • Virgil Thomson’s opera Lord Byron premiered in New York, lib. J. Larson

22

  • Deep Purple have the UK number one album for the first of three weeks over two runs with Machine Head
  • William Walton’s Jubilate Deo for chorus and organ premiered in Oxford

23

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Epilogue for baritone, horn, four trombones and six tam-tams, text W. Shakespeare, premiered in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Fool’s Fanfare for speaker, two trumpets, two trombones, ukulele and two percussionists premiered in London

24

  • Corey Cerovsek born (Vancouver) Canadian violinist, pianist, mathematician.
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Chronometer for tape premiered in London

26

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Linaia-Agon for horn, trombone and tuba premiered in London

29

  • Roberta Flack has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with First Take

releases

  • David Bowie – Starman / Sufragette City (RCA UK)
  • Chi-Lites – Oh Girl / Being In Love (Brunswick)
  • Elton John – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long Long Time) / Holiday Inn / Goodbye (DJM UK)
  • Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice / Sweet Black Angel (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard / Congratulations (Columbia)
  • Bill Withers – Lean on Me / Better Off Dead (Sussex)
  • Bobby Womack – Woman’s Gotta Have It / Give It Back (United Artists)
  • Neil Young – Old Man / The Needle and the Damage Done (Reprise)
  • Amon Düül II – Carnival in Babylon (United Artists Germany)
  • Ash Ra Tempel – Schwingungen (Ohr Germany)
  • Big Star – #1 Record (Ardent) Rock group formed in Memphis in 1971. Alex Chilton, Chris Bell (g, vo) Andy Hummell (b, vo) Jody Stephens (d, vo) Disbanded 1974
  • Chi-Lites – A Lonely Man (Brunswick)
  • Dr. John’s Gumbo (Atco)
  • Gentle Giant – Three Friends (Vertigo UK)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (Reprise)
  • Manassas (Atlantic) Rock band formed in 1971. Stephen Stills, Chris Hillman (vo, g) Al Perkins (steel g, g) Calvin Samuels (b) Paul Harris (keys) Dallas Taylor (d) Joe Lala (perc). Disbanded 1973
  • Matching Mole (CBS UK) Prog rock band formed in Canterbury in Oct 1971. Robert Wyatt (d, vo, mellotron, p) Phil Miller (g) Bill MacCormick (b) David Sinclair (keys) Disbanded Sep 1972.
  • Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs (Deram Ireland) Folk rock group formed in Dublin (as a girl group trio) in 1965. Clodagh Simonds (vo, keys) Alison O’Donnell (vo) David Williams (g) Frank Boylan (b) William Murray (d). Disbanded 1973
  • Graham Nash – David Crosby (Atlantic)
  • Popol Vuh – In den Gärten Pharaos (Pilz Germany)
  • Lou Reed (RCA)
  • Nino Rota – The Godfather OST (Paramount)
  • Richard Thompson – Henry the Human Fly (Island UK)
  • Wishbone Ash – Argus (Decca UK)

Popol Vuh – In den Gärten Pharaos (Pilz)

May

2

  • Alec Empire aka Alexander Wilke-Steinhof born (Berlin) German producer, DJ, singer, musician. Founder member of Atari Teenage Riot and solo artist.
  • Stone the Crows lead guitarist Les Harvey is electrocuted on stage during a show in Swansea, Wales
  • Bruce Springsteen auditions for Columbia A & R man John Hammond and is signed by the label

3

  • Les Harvey (26) dies in Swansea from burns received when electrocuted on stage the previous night
  • Luc Ferrari’s audio-visual piece Allo, ici la terre [Hello, herein the earth] premiered in Bonn

4

  • Mike Dirnt aka Michael Ryan Pritchard born (Berkeley, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, bass guitarist. Founder member of Green Day.

5

  • Rev. Gary Davis (76) dies in Hammonton, NJ following a heart attack
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Intervall, no.6 of Für kommende Zeiten no.33 premiered in London
  • (to 7th) The Bickershaw Festival takes place in Wigan,Lancs. Bands appearing include The Grateful Dead, Dr John, Donovan, The Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Hawkwind, and Wishbone Ash

6

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Dunstable: Veni Sancte Spiritus for alto flute, clarinet, keyboards, glockenspiel, viola and cello premiered in London
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex have the UK number one album for one week with Prophets Seers And Sages The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows: Two previously issued albums paired as a double.

7

  • Havergal Brian’s Festival Fanfare for four horns, four trumpets, three trombones and two tubas premiered in Urbana, IL

12

  • Einar Englund’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Helsinki

13

  • John Cage’s Cheap Imitation for orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

14

  • Alexander Goehr’s Concerto for piano and orchestra premiered in Brighton
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Violin Variations premiered in New York

15

  • George Rochberg’s String Quartet No.3 premiered in New York
  • Malcolm Williamson’s The Musicians of Bremen for six male voices premiered in Sydney

16

  • Carlisle Floyd’s opera Flower and Hawk, lib. Floyd, premiered in Jacksonville, FL
  • Nancy Van de Vate’s An American Essay premiered in Knoxville, TN. Text by Walt Whitman

19

  • Rito Selvaggi (74) dies in Zoagli, Italy

20

  • T.Rex have the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with Bolan Boogie and the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Metal Guru

21

  • Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls born (New York, NY) American rapper. Died 1997

23

  • Grazyna Bacewicz’s Piano Quintet no.2 premiered in Salzburg

27

  • Ivete Sangalo born (Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil) Brazilian pop singer, songwriter, actress.
  • The Chi-Lites have the Billboard number one single for one week with Oh Girl
  • William Walton’s Five Bagatelles for guitar premiered in Bath

29

  • Sukshinder Shinda born (Birmingham) English bhangra singer, songwriter, record producer.
  • Margaret Ruthven Lang (104) dies in Boston, MA
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s masque Blind Man’s Buff premiered in London

releases

  • Jimmy Cliff – Trapped / Struggling Man (Island UK)
  • Alice Cooper – School’s Out / Gutter Cat (Warner Bros)
  • Eagles – Take It Easy / Get You in the Mood (Asylum)
  • Focus – Sylvia / Love Remembered (Imperial Netherlands)
  • Bettye Swann – Victim Of A Foolish Heart / Cold Day (In Hell) (Atlantic)
  • T Rex – Metal Guru / Thunderwing / Lady (EMI UK)
  • Stevie Wonder – Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) / I Love Every Little Thing About You (Tamla)
  • Beach Boys – Carl and the Passions “So Tough” (Reprise)
  • Caravan – Waterloo Lily (Deram UK)
  • Ornette Coleman – Skies of America (Columbia)
  • Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (Atlantic)
  • Four Tops – Nature Planned It (Motown)
  • Elton John – Honky Chateau (DJM UK)
  • Wizz Jones – Right Now (CBS UK)
  • Little Feat – Sailin’ Shoes (Warner)
  • The Meters – Cabbage Alley (Reprise)
  • Randy Newman – Sail Away (Reprise)
  • Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Uriah Heep – Demons and Wizards (Island UK)
  • Weather Report – I Sing the Body Electric (Columbia)
  • Bill Withers – Still Bill (Sussex)

The Meters

Jun

1

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s The Triumph of Time for orchestra premiered in London

2

  • Morton Feldman’s I Met Heine on the Rue Fürstenberg for female voice, flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello premiered in Berlin

3

  • Jethro Tull have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Thick as a Brick
  • The Staple Singers have the Billboard number one single for one week with I’ll Take You There

7

  • Aaron Copland’s 3 Latin American Sketches for orchestra premiered in New York

8

  • Jimmy Rushing (68) dies in New York of leukaemia
  • John Tavener’s Canciones Españolas for two counter-tenors, two flutes, percussion, organ and harpsichord premiered in London

9

  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Pájaros de primavera for guitar premiered in Tokyo
  • Bruce Springsteen signs to Columbia Records

10

  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for one week with Exile on Main St.

12

  • Bounty Killer aka Rodney Price born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, songwriter.
  • The Sound Broadcasting Act is passed in the UK, allowing licenses for 21 new commercial radio stations

13

  • Clyde McPhatter (38) dies in Teaneck, NJ from heart, liver and kidney failure

14

  • Richard T. Heffron’s documentary film Fillmore opens documenting the last days of the Fillmore West auditorium in San Francisco

15

  • André Boucourechliev’s Faces op.14 for two orchestras and two conductors premiered in Strasbourg

17

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Tombeau in memoriam Igor Stravinsky for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet premiered in London
  • Pierre Boulez’s …explosante-fixe… for flute, clarinet and trumpet premiered in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky premiered in London
  • Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan plays his final show with the Grateful Dead in Los Angeles
  • Don McLean has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Vincent
  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Exile on Main St.
  • Michael Tippett’s In memoriam Magistri for flute, clarinet and string quartet premiered in London

20

  • Pierre Henry’s Deuxième Symphonie pour seize groupes de haut-parleurs [Second Symphony for sixteen groups of speakers] premiered in Paris
  • Ernst Krenek’s Kitharaulos for oboe, harp, piano, percussion and strings premiered in Den Haag

22

  • Michael Tippett’s Symphony no.3 for soprano and orchestra premiered in London

23

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Exotica for non-European instruments premiered in Munich

28

  • Luigi Nono’s Como una ola de fuerza y luz [As a wave of strength and light] for soprano, piano, orchestra and tape, text Huasi, premiered in Milan

29

  • Josh Davis aka DJ Shadow born (San Jose, CA) American hip hop producer, DJ, composer.

releases

  • Carpenters – Goodbye to Love / Crystal Lullaby (A&M)
  • Al Green – I’m Still in Love With You / Old Time Lovin’ (Hi)
  • Hawkwind – Silver Machine / Seven By Seven (United Artists UK)
  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – I Miss You parts 1 and 2 (Philadelphia International)
  • Who – Join Together / Baby Don’t You Do It (Track UK)
  • Amazing Blondel – England (Island UK)
  • Aphrodites Child – 666 (Vertigo) Prog rock band formed in Athens in 1967. Vangelis Papathanassiou (keys) Demis Roussos (b vo) Loukas Sideras (d, vo) Anargyros “Silver” Koulouris (g). Disbanded 1972
  • David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (RCA UK)
  • James Brown – There It Is (Polydor)
  • Carpenters – A Song for You (A&M)
  • Ornette Coleman – Crisis (Impulse!) recorded 1969
  • Alice Cooper – School’s Out (Warner Bros)
  • Eagles (Asylum) Rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. Glenn Frey (vo, g, keys, hca) Don Henley (vo, d) Bernie Leadon (g, vo, bjo, mand, pedal steel) Randy Meisner (b, vo, g)
  • Funkadelic – America Eats Its Young (Westbound)
  • Herbie Hancock – Crossings (Warner Bros)
  • Isley Brothers – Brother, Brother, Brother (T-Neck)
  • Pink Floyd – Obscured by Clouds (Harvest UK) Soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder’s film La Vallée [the valley]
  • Roxy Music (Island UK)
  • Archie Shepp – Attica Blues (Impulse!)
  • Soft Machine – Fifth (Columbia)
  • Velvet Underground – Live at Max’s Kansas City (Atlantic) recorded live at Max’s Kansas City, New York on 23 Aug 1970
  • Bobby Womack – Understanding (United Artists)

David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (RCA)

Jul

1

  • Gordon Parks’s film Super Fly opens starring Ron O’Neal. Music soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield

3

  • Mississippi Fred McDowell (68) dies in Los Angeles of cancer

6

  • Isabelle Boulay born (Sainte-Félicité, Quebec) Canadian pop singer.

8

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Ketjak for six male voices premiered in Cheltenham
  • Bill Withers has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Lean on Me

10

  • Lovie Austin (84) dies in Chicago

12

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera Taverner, lib. Maxwell Davies, premiered in London

15

  • Elton John has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Honky Château

16

  • Morton Feldman’s Five Pianos premiered in Berlin played by Feldman, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Frederic Rzewski and David Tudor
  • Smokey Robinson plays his final show with the Miracles in Washington, DC.

18

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Violin Concerto premiered in London

19

  • Otto Luening’s Variations on Fugue and Chorale Fantasy for organ and tape premiered in Berkeley, CA

22

  • Pavel Bořkovec (78) dies in Prague
  • Hugo Kauder (84) dies in New York

29

  • John Tavener’s Little Requiem for Father Malachy Lynch for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Winchester

unk

  • David Fanshawe’s African Revelations for chorus, an early version of African Sanctus premiered at Sussex University, Brighton

releases

  • Chi-Lites – The Coldest Days Of My Life parts 1 and 2 (Brunswick)
  • Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes / One of the Boys (CBS UK)
  • O’Jays – Back Stabbers / Sunshine (Philadelphia International)
  • David Ackles – American Gothic (Elektra)
  • Edgar Broughton Band – Inside Out (Harvest UK)
  • John Cale – The Academy in Peril (Reprise)
  • Chicago V (Columbia)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy (Manticore UK)
  • Faust So Far (Polydor Germany)
  • Guru Guru – Känguru (Brain Germany)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Long John Silver (RCA)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Super Fly (Curtom)
  • Van Morrison – Saint Dominic’s Preview (Warner Bros)
  • Rod Stewart – Never a Dull Moment (Mercury UK)
  • Temptations – All Directions (Gordy)
  • T.Rex – The Slider (EMI UK)
  • McCoy Tyner – Sahara (Milestone)
  • Townes Van Zandt – High, Low and in Between (Poppy)
  • Frank Zappa – Waka/Jawaka (Reprise)
  • Various – The Harder They Come OST (Island UK) Soundtrack by Jimmy Cliff, The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Scotty, The Melodians & The Slickers

Peter Maxwell Davies b.1934

Aug

1

  • Isang Yun’s opera Sim Tjong premiered in Munich, lib. H. Kunz

4

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Concerto for amplified violin and orchestra premiered in Lenox, MA

5

  • Mezz Mezzrow (72) dies in Paris
  • David Del Tredici’s Vintage Alice for amplified soprano, folk group and chamber orchestra premiered in Saratoga, CA

8

  • Bruno Maderna’s Giardino Religioso for chamber orchestra premiered in Lenox, MA
  • Gunther Schuller’s Tre Invenzione for five groups of instruments premiered in Lenox, MA

9

  • A-mei aka Zhang Hui-mei aka Gulilai Amit born (Taitung, Taiwan) Taiwanese pop singer.

11

  • Morton Feldman’s Voices and Instruments for chorus and nine players premiered in Dartington, Devon

12

  • Del the Funky Homosapien aka Delvon Jones born (Oakland, CA) American rapper, producer. Worked with Deltron 3030 and solo.
  • Alice Cooper has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with School’s Out

14

  • Oscar Levant (65) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack

16

  • Emily Robison née Erwin born (Pittsfield, MA) American country singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of the Dixie Chicks from 1989. Sister of Martie Maguire (b.1969).

19

  • Chicago have the Billboard number one album for the first of nine weeks with Chicago V

20

  • Mike Bryan (56) dies in Los Angeles of leukemia
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Goldstaub from Aus den sieben Tagen premiered in Kürten, Germany

21

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Ecloga VIII for six male voices premiered in Edinburgh

24

  • Don Byas (59) dies in Amsterdam of lung cancer

25

  • Juan Carlos Paz (71) dies in Buenos Aires
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Tenebrae super Gesualdo for mezzo-soprano, guitar and instrumental ensemble premiered in London

26

  • Peter Maxwell Davies, Simon Bainbridge, and Oliver Knussen’s Music for a Silent Film for two pianos and percussion premiered in London
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Ekecheiria for tape premiered in Munich at the Olympic opening ceremony

27

  • Carlos Chávez’s cantata Prometheus Bound, text Trevelyan after Aeschylus, premiered in Aptos, CA

29

  • Lale Andersen (67) dies in Vienna following a heart attack
  • René Leibowitz (59) dies in Paris

30

  • John Lennon plays his final full length show at Madison Square Garden, New York

31

  • Morton Feldman’s Pianos and Voices for five pianos and five female voices premiered in Munich

releases

  • Allman Brothers Band – Melissa / Blue Sky (Capricorn)
  • James Brown – Get On The Good Foot parts 1 and 2 (Polydor)
  • Eagles – Witchy Woman / Early Bird (Asylum)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Freddie’s Dead / Underground (Curtom)
  • Van Morrison – Jackie Wilson Said / You’ve Got The Power (Warner Bros)
  • Roxy Music – Virginia Plain / The Numberer (Island UK)
  • Beaver & Krause – All Good Men (Warner Bros) recorded 1972
  • Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes (Philadelphia International) Vocal group formed in Philadelphia in 1954. Harold Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass, Bernard Wilson, Lawrence Brown & Lloyd Parks
  • O’Jays – Back Stabbers (Philadelphia International)
  • Klaus Schulze – Irrlicht (Ohr Germany)
  • Gil Scott-Heron – Free Will (Flying Dutchman)
  • Bob Seger – Smokin’ O.P.’s (Palladium)
  • Tangerine Dream – Zeit (Ohr Germany)

Cornelius Cardew 1936-81

Sep

2

  • Earle Brown’s Time Spans for orchestra premiered in Munich
  • Rod Stewart has the UK number one single for one week with You Wear It Well

3

  • Darius Milhaud’s Musique pour San Francisco for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

7

  • Sylvano Bussotti’s opera Lorenzaccio premiered in Venice. Lib. Bussotti after Alfred De Musset

9

  • Slade have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Mama Weer All Crazee Now

10

  • Luciano Berio’s E vò for soprano and chamber orchestra premiered in Arco, Italy
  • The Stooges begin recording Raw Power In London. The album is wrapped up on 6 Oct. Iggy Pop (vo) James Williamson (g) Ron Asheton (b, vo) Scott Asheton (d)

15

  • Ulvi Cemal Erkin (65) dies in Istanbul following a stroke

16

  • Peter Frampton plays his first solo show in New York opening for the J Geils Band
  • György Ligeti’s Double Concerto for flute, oboe and orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • Rod Stewart has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Never A Dull Moment

17

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Folk Music for orchestra premiered in Warsaw

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Ara coeli: Lullaby for Ilian Rainbow for guitar premiered in London

19

  • Robert Casadesus (73) dies in Paris
  • Hugh Wood’s Violin Concerto No.1 premiered in Liverpool

20

  • Morton Feldman’s Half a Minute It’s All I’ve Time For for clarinet, trombone, piano and cello premiered in Warsaw

21

  • Liam Gallagher born (Manchester) English rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Oasis and Beady Eye. Brother of Noel Gallagher (b.1967).
  • Arvo Pärt’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Tallinn

22

  • Artur Rother (86) dies in Aschau im Chiemgau, Germany

23

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Alphabet für Liège no.36, 13 musical scenes for soloists and duos premiered in Liège

24

  • Henryk Górecki’s Ad matrem for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Warsaw

26

  • Abba begin recording their first album in Stockholm

30

  • Shaan aka Shantanu Mukherjee born (Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India) Indian playback singer, songwriter, actor, television presenter.

releases

  • David Bowie – John I’m Only Dancing / Hang On To Yourself (RCA UK)
  • Alice Cooper – Elected / Luney Tune (Warner Bros)
  • Sandy Denny – Listen, Listen / Tomorrow Is a Long Time (Island UK)
  • Doobie Brothers – Listen to the Music / Toulouse Street (Warner Bros)
  • Spinners – I’ll Be Around / How Could I Let You Get Away (Atlantic)
  • T Rex – Children of the Revolution / Jitterbug Love / Sunken Rags (EMI UK)
  • Black Sabbath Volume 4 (Vertigo UK)
  • Sandy Denny – Sandy (Island UK)
  • Millie Jackson (Spring)
  • Pentangle – Solomon’s Seal (Reprise UK)
  • Return to Forever (ECM) Jazz fusion group formed in New York in 1972. Chick Corea (keys) Flora Purim (vo) Joe Farrell (sax) Stanley Clarke (b) Airto Moreira (perc)
  • Steeleye Span – Below the Salt (Chrysalis UK)
  • Cat Stevens – Catch Bull at Four (Island UK)
  • Lal and Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus (Trailer UK)
  • Yes – Close to the Edge (Atlantic UK)

Millie Jackson b.1944

Oct

5

  • Dominick Argento’s suite A Ring of Time for orchestra premiered in Minneapolis

11

  • Federico Ughi born (Rome) Italian avant-garde, jazz and rock drummer, session player.
  • Ernst Krenek’s Aulokithara for oboe, harp and tape premiered in Mainz

12

  • Sidney J. Furie’s film biopic of Billie Holiday, Lady Sings the Blues, opens starring Diana Ross. Music by Gil Askey and Michel Legrand
  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings premiered in Graz

13

  • Phil Seamen (46) dies in his sleep in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Hymn to St. Magnus for ensemble & JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in c# minor Book I for ensemble premiered in London

14

  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one single for one week with Ben

15

  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s Commiato for soprano and chamber ensemble premiered in Murnau

16

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival announce that they have split

17

  • Eminem aka Marshall Mathers born (Saint Joseph, MO) American rapper, songwriter, actor.
  • Tarkan Tevetoğlu born (Alzey, Germany) Turkish pop singer, songwriter, record producer.
  • Edgar V. Blanchard (57) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack
  • Billy Williams (61) dies in Chicago from complications resulting from diabetes
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Polytope de Cluny for tape premiered in Paris

18

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Cantus arcticus op.61 for orchestra premiered in Oulu, Finland

19

  • Prakazrel Samuel Michel aka Pras born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, actor, film producer. Member of the Fugees and solo artist.
  • Benjamin Frankel’s Pezzi Melodici op.54 for small orchestra premiered in Cheltenham

21

  • Chuck Berry has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with My Ding-A-Ling
  • Curtis Mayfield has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Super Fly

23

  • Wolfgang Fortner’s opera Elisabeth Tudor, lib. Matthias Braun, premiered in Berlin
  • Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s musical Pippin opens on Broadway (1944 performances)

25

  • Isang Yun’s Gagok for voice, guitar and percussion premiered in Barcelona

26

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Dinah and Nick’s Love Song for instrumental trio and harp & La Plage: Eight Arias of Remembrance to words of Robbe-Griller for soprano, three clarinets, piano and marimba premiered in Sheffield
  • Darius Milhaud’s Les momies d’Egypte for chorus premiered on Radio Graz

27

  • Elissa aka Elissar Zakaria Khoury born (Deir el Ahmar, Lebanon) Lebanese singer.
  • William Schuman’s Voyage for orchestra premiered in Rochester, NY
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Mikka for violin premiered in Paris

28

  • Brad Paisley born (Glen Dale, WV) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Darius Milhaud’s Musique de théâtre for band premiered in Drancy, France

unk

  • The E Street Band play together for the first time, touring with Brice Springsteen. Garry Tallent (b) Clarence Clemons (sax) Danny Federici (keys, accdn) Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez (d) David Sancious (keys)

releases

  • Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come / Many Rivers To Cross (Island UK)
  • Elton John – Crocodile Rock / Elderberry Wine (DJM UK)
  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – If You Don’t Know Me By Now / Let Me Into Your World (Philadelphia International)
  • O’Jays – 992 Arguments / Listen to the Clock on the Wall (Philadelphia International)
  • Osmonds – Crazy Horses / That’s My Girl (MGM). Pop and country group formed in Ogden, UT in 1958. Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Donny Osmond
  • Billy Paul – Me and Mrs. Jones / Your Song (Philadelphia International)
  • Bettye Swann – Today I Started Loving You Again / I’d Rather Go Blind (Atlantic)
  • Temptations – Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone / instrumental version (Gordy)
  • Tim Buckley – Greetings From L.A. (Warner Bros)
  • Can – Ege Bamyasi (United Artists Germany)
  • Captain Beefheart – Clear Spot (Reprise)
  • Miles Davis – On the Corner (Columbia)
  • John Fahey – Of Rivers and Religion (Reprise)
  • Genesis – Foxtrot (Charisma UK)
  • Al Green – I’m Still In Love With You (Hi)
  • Carole King – Rhymes & Reasons (Ode)
  • Moody Blues – Seventh Sojourn (Threshold UK)
  • Neu! (Brain Germany) Experimental rock duo formed in Düsseldorf in 1971. Michael Rother (g, b) Klaus Dinger (bjo, d, g)
  • John Prine – Diamonds in the Rough (Atlantic)
  • Santana – Caravanserai (Columbia)
  • Candi Staton (Fame)
  • Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill (ABC)
  • Scott Walker – The Moviegoer (Philips UK)
  • Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (Tamla)

Neu! (Brain)

Nov

1

  • Ivan Dixon’s film Trouble Man opens starring Robert Hooks.  Soundtrack by Marvin Gaye

2

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Violin Concerto no.2 premiered in Basel

3

  • Carly Simon marries James Taylor in New York

4

  • Johnny Nash has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with I Can See Clearly Now

5

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Piano Sonata No.3 premiered in Helsinki

7

  • Black Ace (64) dies in Fort Worth, TX of cancer
  • Olivier Messiaen’s La Fauvette des Jardins for piano remiered in Paris

9

  • Corin Tucker born (Eugene, OR) American rock singer, guitarist. Member of Sleater-Kinney.

10

  • Francis Chagrin (66) dies in London
  • Philip Glass’s Music With Changing Parts for small ensemble premiered in New York

11

  • Billy Murcia (21) dies in London drowning and suffocating on water meant to revive him from a drunken stupor
  • Berry Oakley (24) dies in a motorcycle accident in Macon, GA

12

  • Damien Jurado born (Seattle, WA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.

13

  • David Diamond’s Quintet for piano and strings premiered in New York

16

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Heliogabalus Imperator for orchestra premiered in Chicago

17

  • Kimya Dawson born (Bedford Hills, NY) American pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Moldy Peaches from 1999 to 2004 and solo artist.

18

  • Danny Whitten (29) dies in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose
  • Cat Stevens has the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Catch Bull at Four

20

  • Stefan Wolpe’s Piece for Trumpet and Seven Instruments premiered posthumously in New York

22

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Wedding Telegram (for Gary Kettel) for soprano and instrumental ensemble premiered in London

24

  • Hall Overton (52) dies in New York of cirrhosis

25

  • Chuck Berry has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with My Ding-A-Ling

28

  • Havergal Brian (96) dies in Shoreham, Sussex
  • Jimmy Lytell (67) dies in Kings Point, NY

29

  • Carl Stalling (81) dies in Los Angeles
  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Symphony No. 3 premiered in Jyväskylä, Finland

30

  • Hans Erich Apostel (71) dies in Vienna
  • The Dave Holland Quartet record the album Conference of the Birds for ECM in New York. Dave Holland (b) Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton (reeds, fl) Barry Altschul (perc, marimba)

releases

  • David Bowie – The Gene Genie / Ziggy Stardust (RCA UK)
  • Free – Wishing Well / Let Me Show You (Island UK)
  • Little Feat – Dixie Chicken / Lafayette Railroad (Warner Bros)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Superfly / Underground (Curtom)
  • Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On (I’m A Radio) / Urge For Going (Asylum)
  • Elvis Presley – Always On My Mind / Separate Ways (RCA Victor)
  • Carly Simon – You’re So Vain / His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin (Elektra)
  • Steely Dan – Do It Again / Fire In The Hole (ABC)
  • Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In The Jar / Black Boys In The Corner (Decca UK)
  • Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together / Funky Me (Glades)
  • War – The World Is A Ghetto / Four Cornered Room (United Artists)
  • Stevie Wonder – Superstition / You’ve Got It Bad Girl (Tamla)
  • Amon Düül II – Wolf City (United Artists Germany)
  • James Brown – Get On the Good Foot (Polydor)
  • Focus 3 (Imperial Netherlands)
  • Four Tops – Keeper of the Castle (Dunhill)
  • Gentle Giant – Octopus (Vertigo UK)
  • Grateful Dead – Europe 72 (Warner) recorded live in London, Copenhagen, Paris and Amsterdam between 8 Apr and 6 May 1972
  • Hawkwind – Doremi Fasol Latido (United Artists UK)
  • Matching Mole – Little Red Record (CBS UK)
  • Joni Mitchell – For the Roses (Asylum)
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken (EMI America)
  • Premiata Forneria Marconi – Per un amico (Numero Uno Italy)
  • Lou Reed – Transformer (RCA)
  • Return to Forever – Light as a Feather (Polydor)
  • Carl Simon – No Secrets (Elektra)
  • Stackridge – Friendliness (MCA UK)
  • Uriah Heep – The Magician’s Birthday (Island UK)
  • War – The World Is a Ghetto (United Artists) recorded 1972
  • Neil Young – Journey Through the Past (Warner Bros) Soundtrack album to Young’s film of the same name
  • Frank Zappa – The Grand Wazoo (Reprise)
  • Various – Nuggets (Elektra) recorded 1965-68. Double album compilation of US garage bands of the sixties (later expanded to a 4CD box set)

Dave Holland – Conference of the Birds (ECM)

Dec

2

  • The Temptations have the Billboard number one single for one week with Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone

3

  • Bill Johnson (100) dies in New Braunfels, TX

5

  • Kenny Dorham (48) dies in New York of kidney disease
  • Cornelius Cardew’s The East is Red for violin and piano premiered in Munich

6

  • Gunther Schuller’s Capriccio stravagante for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

7

  • Thomas Strønen born (Oslo) Norwegian jazz drummer, composer. Worked with Food, Humcrush, Maria Kannegaard and others.
  • Roxy Music play their first US show in Athens, OH

8

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Momente (1972 version) for soprano, four choruses and chamber ensemble premiered in Bonn

9

  • Tré Cool aka Frank Edwin Wright born (Frankfurt) American rock drummer, singer, songwriter. Member of Green Day from 1990.
  • The Moody Blues have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Seventh Sojourn

10

  • Brian Molko born (Brussels) Scottish-American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Placebo from 1994.

11

  • Gavin Bryars’s Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet for taped voice and orchestra premiered in London
  • Genesis play their first US show in Waltham, MA
  • Arthur Hiller’s film Man of La Mancha opens starring Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren. Music by Mitch Leigh and Laurence Rosenthal

14

  • Lukas Foss’s The Cave of the Winds for wind quartet and french horn premiered in New York

15

  • Herbert Eimert (75) dies in Düsseldorf
  • Colin Matthews’s Ceres for nonet premiered in Brighton

16

  • Billy Paul has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Me and Mrs. Jones

17

  • Erwin Dressel (63) dies in Berlin

19

  • George Rochberg’s Electrikaleidoscope for sextet premiered in New York
  • Barry Shear’s film Across 110th Street opens starring Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto. Soundtrack by Bobby Womack and JJ Johnson

20

  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Klangschatten – mein Saitenspiel [Sound shadow – my song] for three pianos and orchestra premiered in Hamburg

22

  • Vanessa Paradis born (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France) French pop singer, songwriter, actress, model.

25

  • Dud Bascomb (56) dies in New York

29

  • Hayes Alvis (65) dies in New York

31

  • The MC5 play their final show at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit

releases

  • Eagles – Peaceful Easy Feeling / Tryin’ (Asylum)
  • Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man / Don’t Mess With Mr T (Tamla)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) / Can’t Give It Up No More (Soul)
  • Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side / Perfect Day (RCA)
  • Residents – Santa Dog EP (Ralph)
  • Sensational Alex Harvey Band – There’s No Lights On The Christmas Tree, Mama, They’re Burning Big Louie Tonight / Harp (Vertigo UK)
  • Spinners – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love / Just You And Me Baby (Atlantic)
  • Wings – Hi Hi Hi / C Moon (Apple UK)
  • Robbie Basho – Voice of the Eagle (Vanguard)
  • Deep Purple – Made In Japan (Harvest UK) recorded live in Osaka and Tokyo between 15 and 17 Aug 1972
  • Deodato – Prelude (CTI)
  • Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man (Tamla) Soundtrack to Ivan Dixon’s film
  • Freddie Hubbard – Sky Dive (CTI)
  • Mississippi John Hurt – Last Sessions (Vanguard) recorded 1966
  • Bobby Womack and JJ Johnson – Across 110th Street (United Artists) Soundtrack to Barry Shear’s film

Eumir Deodato b.1943

Date unknown

  • The Brodsky Quartet formed in Middlesbrough

releases

  • Agitation Free – Malesch (Vertigo Germany)
  • Horace Andy – Skylarking (Studio One Jamaica)
  • Cluster II (Brain Germany)
  • Delia Derbyshire – Electrosonic (KPM) library music album recorded with Brian Hodgson under the pseudonyms Li De La Russe and Nikki St George
  • Philip Glass – Music With Changing Parts (Chatham Square)
  • Fela Kuti – Roforofo Fight (Jofabro Nigeria)
  • Fela Kuti – Shakara (EMI Nigeria)
  • Pierre Schaeffer / Pierre Henry – Symphonie Pour Un Homme Seul / Concerto Des Ambiguïtés (Philips France) recorded live in Paris on 26 Jul and 6 Sep 1955 respectively
  • Slapp Happy – Sort Of (Polydor Germany) recorded with Faust. Avant-rock band formed in Hamburg in 1972. Peter Blegvad (g, sax, vo) Dagmar Krause (vo, p, perc) Anthony Moore (g, keys, vo)

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