1973

<1972 …. 1974>

Jan

2

  • Speckled Red (80) dies in St Louis, MO

3

  • Wilbur de Paris (72) dies in New York

5

  • Queen record their first radio session for BBC Radio One’s John Peel Show

6

  • Carly Simon has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with You’re So Vain

7

  • Thea Musgrave’s ballet Scorpius premiered in Glasgow

8

  • Sean Paul aka Sean Henriques born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican pop and reggae singer.

12

  • Hande Yener born (Istanbul) Turkish pop singer, songwriter.
  • Werner Egk’s Moira Musik in C for orchestra premiered in Nuremberg

13

  • Juan Diego Flórez born (Lima) Peruvian tenor singer.
  • Carly Simon has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with No Secrets

14

  • Elvis Presley’s Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite television special is beamed to over forty countries
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Speculum Speculi for sextet premiered in Grand Forks, ND

16

  • Clara Ward (48) dies in Los Angeles following a stroke

17

  • Ted Koehler (78) dies in Santa Monica, CA

18

  • The Rolling Stones play a benefit concert in Los Angeles for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake that occurred on 22 Dec 1972. $350,000 is raised

23

  • Kid Ory (86) dies in Honolulu, HI
  • Elliott Carter’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in New York
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Con voce for three mute players premiered in Berlin

24

  • Lejaren Hiller’s String Quartet no.6 premiered in New York

25

  • Vincent Persichetti’s A Lincoln Address for narrator and orchestra premiered in St. Louis

26

  • Luke Vibert born (Redruth) English producer, electronic musician, DJ. Worked as Plug, Wagon Christ, Kerrier District, Amen Andrews etc.

27

  • Stevie Wonder has the Billboard number one single for one week with Superstition

29

  • Johannes Paul Thilman (67) dies in Dresden

30

  • Lejaren Hiller’s A Triptych for Hieronymous for actors, dancers, projections, tape and orchestra premiered in Brockport, NY
  • Kiss play their first show at the Coventry Club, Queens, New York

unk

  • The Ensemble l’Itinéraire formed in Paris by composers Michaël Lévinas, Tristan Murail, Hugues Dufourt, Gérard Grisey and Roger Tessier
  • Rolf Liebermann appointed director of the Paris Opera, a post he holds until 1980

releases

  • Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song / Just Like A Woman (Atlantic)
  • Elton John – Daniel / Skyline Pigeon (DJM UK)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – Neither One Of Us / Can’t Give It Up No More (Soul)
  • Neu! – Super / Neuschnee (United Artists Germany)
  • O’Jays – Love Train / Who Am I (Philadelphia International)
  • Gram Parsons – She / That’s All It Took (Reprise)
  • Ann Peebles – I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down / One Way Street (Hi)
  • Aerosmith (Columbia)
  • Beach Boys – Holland (Brother)
  • Gene Clark – Roadmaster (A&M)
  • Embryo – Steig Aus (Brain Germany)
  • Free – Heartbreaker (Island UK)
  • Herbie Hancock – Sextant (Columbia)
  • Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Framed (Vertigo UK) Rock band formed in Glasgow in 1972. Alex Harvey (vo) Zal Cleminson (g) Hugh McKenna (p) Chris Glen (b) Eddie McKenna (d) Phil Kenzie (ts)
  • Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player (DJM UK)
  • Mickey Newbury – Heaven Help the Child (Elektra)
  • Gram Parsons – GP (Reprise)
  • Popol Vuh – Hosianna Mantra (Pilz Germany)
  • Bob Seger – Back In 72 (Reprise)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (Columbia)
  • Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston (Dragon UK)
  • The Late Great Townes Van Zandt (Poppy)

Gram Parsons – GP (Reprise)

Feb

1

  • John Tavener’s Variations on Three Blind Mice for orchestra premiered in London

3

  • Andy Razaf (77) dies in Los Angeles of cancer
  • Elton John has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Crocodile Rock

5

  • Morton Feldman’s Chorus and Orchestra II for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in London

7

  • Pixinguinha (75) dies in Rio de Janeiro
  • Larry Cohen’s film Black Caesar opens starring Fred Williamson. Soundtrack by James Brown

8

  • George Crumb’s Makrokosmos Vol. I for amplified piano premiered in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Perry Henzel’s movie The Harder They Come opens starring Jimmy Cliff. Soundtrack by Jimmy Cliff and others (see 8 Jul 1972)
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s ballet Kiusaukset premiered in Helsinki

9

  • Nicholas Schöffer (lights), Pierre Henry (music) & Alwin Nikolaïs’ (choreography) Kyldex 1 premiered in Hamburg

10

  • Elton John has the UK number one album for the first of six weeks with Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player

11

  • Morton Feldman’s Voices and Instruments II for three female voices, flute, two cellos and bass premiered in Buffalo, NY

17

  • Free play their final show in Hollywood, FL
  • War have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with The World Is A Ghetto

18

  • The first broadcast of the syndicated radio show King Biscuit Flower Hour is made with live sets by Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Bruce Springsteen

19

  • Joseph Szigeti (80) dies in Lucerne, Switzerland

20

  • Edmund Rubbra’s Symphony No.9 premiered in Liverpool

24

  • Manolo Caracol (63) dies in a car accident in Madrid
  • The Byrds play their final show in Passaic, NJ. Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, John York and Gene Parsons.
  • Roberta Flack has the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks over two runs with Killing Me Softly with His Song

25

  • Aulis Sallinen’s Symphony No. 2 Symphonic Dialogue premiered in Norrköping
  • Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical A Little Night Music opens on Broadway (601 performances) with Glynis Johns and Hermione Gingold

26

  • André Tanneberger aka ATB born (Freiberg, Germany) German DJ, producer.

27

  • Lucijan Marija Škerjanc (72) dies in Ljubljana, Slovenia

28

  • Terig Tucci (74) dies in Buenos Aires
  • Vincent Persichetti’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Philadelphia

releases

  • Beach Boys – Sail On Sailor / Only With You (Brother)
  • Can – Spoon / I’m So Green (United Artists Germany)
  • Chi-Lites – A Letter to Myself / Sally (Brunswick)
  • Deodato – Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) / Spirit Of Summer (CTI)
  • Faces – Cindy Incidentally / Skewiff (Mend the Fuse) (Warner Bros)
  • First Choice – Armed & Extremely Dangerous / Gonna Keep On Lovin’ Him (Philly Groove)
  • Dobie Gray – Drift Away / City Stars (Decca)
  • Al Green – Call Me (Come Back Home) / What a Wonderful Thing Love Is (Hi)
  • Neil Innes – How Sweet To Be An Idiot / The Age Of Desperation (United Artists UK)
  • New York City – I’m Doin’ Fine Now / Ain’t It So (Chelsea)
  • Ohio Players – Funky Worm / Paint Me (Westbound)
  • Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side / Perfect Day (RCA Victor)
  • Roxy Music – Pyjamarama / The Pride And The Pain (Island UK)
  • Slade – Cum On Feel the Noize / I’m Mee, I’m Now, an’ That’s Orl (Polydor UK)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Blinded by the Light / The Angel (Columbia)
  • Temptations – Masterpiece / instrumental (Gordy)
  • Blue Öyster Cult – Tyranny and Mutation (Columbia)
  • James Brown – Black Caesar (Polydor) Soundtrack to Larry Cohen’s film of the same name
  • Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies (Warner Bros)
  • Deep Purple – Who Do We Think We Are (Purple)
  • Electric Light Orchestra – ELO 2 (Harvest UK)
  • Fairport Convention – Rosie (Island UK)
  • Greenslade (Warner Bros UK) Prog rock band formed in London in 1972.  Dave Greenslade (keys) Tony Reeves (b) Dave Lawson (keys, vo) Andrew McCulloch (d)
  • Guru Guru (Brain Germany)
  • Roy Harper – Lifemask (Harvest UK)
  • Bert Jansch – Moonshine (Reprise UK)
  • Little Feat – Dixie Chicken (Warner Bros)
  • John Martyn – Solid Air (Island UK)
  • Soft Machine – Six (CBS UK)
  • Sparks – A Woofer in Tweeter’s Clothing (Bearsville) Pop and rock duo (sometimes full band) formed in Los Angeles in 1971. Brothers Ron and Russell Mael
  • Stooges – Raw Power (Columbia)
  • Temptations – Masterpiece (Gordy)
  • Traffic – Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory (Island)

John Martyn 1948-2009

Mar

1

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Roses for soprano and piano premiered in Moscow
  • John Lennon is granted a visa extension by the US Immigration Department

3

  • Elton John has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player
  • The 15th Grammy Awards are held in Nashville. Roberta Flack wins record of the year with The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and George Harrison and various artists win album of the year with the live set The Concert for Bangladesh. Other winners include Michel Legrand, Nino Rota, Muddy Waters, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Ellington, Harry Nilsson, Isaac Hayes and the Temptations

5

  • Paul Kletzki (72) dies in Liverpool

6

  • Ronald C. McKernan (27) dies in Corte Madera, CA of a gastrointestinal haemorrhage
  • John Lennon’s visa extension granted on 1 Mar is withdrawn

7

  • John Hammond suffers a (non-fatal) heart attack at a Bruce Springsteen show at Max’s Kansas City, New York
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Aus aller Welt Stammende [originating from around the world] for chamber enesemble premiered in Innsbruck

9

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stop (London version) for 19 instruments & Ylem no.37 for 19 players or singers premiered in London

10

  • Gilbert Amy’s D’un espace déployé [from an expanded space] for soprano and orchestra premiered in Paris

11

  • Walter Piston’s Fantasia for violin and orchestra premiered in Dartmouth, MA

13

  • Ernst Krenek’s Statisch und ekstatisch [static and ecstatic] for orchestra premiered in Zürich

14

  • Morton Feldman’s Voice and Instruments for soprano and orchestra premiered on Berlin radio
  • Stephen Stills marries Véronique Sanson in Guildford, Surrey

15

  • Luciano Berio’s Concerto for two pianos and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Don Taylor’s musical film Tom Sawyer opens starring Johnny Whitaker and Jodie Foster. Music by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and John Williams

16

  • Bruno Maderna’s opera Satyricon, lib. Strasfogel and Maderna after Petronius, premiered in Scheveningen, Netherlands

17

  • Kim Hiorthøy born (Trondheim) Norwegian electronic musician, composer, graphic designer, filmmaker, writer.
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Version 3 of Algorithms I for nine instruments and tape premiered in Rochester, NY
  • Charles Jarrott’s musical film Lost Horizon opens starring Peter Finch, John Gielgud, Liv Ullmann and Michael York. Music by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ mini-opera Notre Dame des fleurs [our lady of the flowers] premiered in London, lib. Maxwell Davies

18

  • Lauritz Melchior (82) dies in Santa Monica, CA
  • Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Michael Bennett’s musical Seesaw opens on Broadway (296 performances)

19

  • Brew Moore (48) dies in Copenhagen after falling down a flight of stairs
  • Michel Chion’s Requiem premiered in Paris

22

  • Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Concerto no.2 premiered in Indianapolis
  • Lejaren Hiller’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Zagreb

23

  • John Adams’ American Standards for orchestra & Christian Zeal and Activity for speaker and orchestra premiered in San Francisco
  • John Lennon ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities. He appeals and eventually receives residence rights on 27 Jul 1976

24

  • Alice Cooper has the UK number one album for one week with Billion Dollar Babies
  • The O’Jays have the Billboard number one single for one week with Love Train

25

  • S. Pouliot’s documentary film about Harry Partch, The Dreamer that Remains: a Study in Loving, premiered in La Jolla, CA

26

  • Noel Coward (73) dies in Port Maria, Jamaica of heart failure

27

  • Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell’s music for Charlie Chaplin’s film Limelight wins the best original score Oscar at the 45th Academy Awards
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Suite in Old Style for violin and piano premiered in Moscow
  • Udo Zimmermann’s opera Levins Mühle [Levin’s Mill], lib. Ingo Zimmermann, premiered in Dresden

28

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Trio no.3 for flute, cello and piano premiered in New York

29

  • Dr Hook and the Medicine Show, in caricature form, make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in honour of their satirical hit single Cover of the Rolling Stone

30

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Organ Concerto premiered in Huddersfield

releases

  • Charlie Rich – Behind Closed Doors / A Sunday Kind of Woman (Epic)
  • Steely Dan – Reeling In The Years / Only A Fool (ABC)
  • T. Rex – 20th Century Boy / Free Angel (EMI UK)
  • Tom Waits – Ol’ 55 / Midnight Lullaby (Asylum)
  • Wings – My Love / The Mess (Apple)
  • Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein / Undercover Man (Epic)
  • Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street / Hang On In There (United Artists)
  • Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life / Tuesday Heartbreak (Tamla)
  • Abba – Ring Ring (Polar Sweden) Pop group formed in Stockholm in Nov 1970. Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog
  • Ash Ra Tempel – Seven Up (Kosmische Germany)
  • Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas (Barclay France)
  • John Cale – Paris 1919 (Reprise UK)
  • Terry Callier – What Color Is Love (Cadet)
  • Chi-Lites – A Letter to Myself (Brunswick)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Penguin (Reprise)
  • King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Island UK)
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips – Neither One of Us (Soul)
  • Leo Kottke – My Feet Are Smiling (Capitol) recorded live in Minneapolis on 19 & 20 Dec 1972
  • Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (Atlantic UK)
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (Columbia)
  • Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (Harvest UK)
  • Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure (Island UK)
  • Todd Rundgren – A Wizard, a True Star (Bearsville)
  • T Rex – Tanx (EMI)
  • Tangerine Dream – Atem (Ohr Germany)
  • Tom Waits – Closing Time (Asylum)

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (Harvest)

Apr

2

  • Jascha Horenstein (74) dies in Minneapolis, MN following a heart attack
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Six Choruses for women’s or children’s voices with piano premiered posthumously in Moscow

3

  • Marija Gluvakov born (Senta, Serbia) Serbian classical pianist, teacher.

4

  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Sonata No. 4 premiered in St Petersburg

5

  • Terry Riley’s Persian Surgery Dervishes premiered in San Francisco

6

  • Vincent Persichetti’s Parable IX for band premiered in Des Moines, IO
  • Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Manchester

10

  • Aidan Moffat born (Falkirk) Scottish rock and electronica singer, songwriter, drummer, producer. Member of Arab Strap and worked as Lucky Pierre and solo.
  • Manfred Gurlitt (82) dies in Tokyo
  • The rebuilt Teatro Regio in Turin is inaugurated with a production of Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani [the Sicilian Vespers] directed by Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano

12

  • Karel Husa’s Apotheosis of this earth for chorus and orchestra premiered in  Ithaca, NY
  • Claude Whatham’s film That’ll Be The Day opens, starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Billy Fury

13

  • André Boucourechliev’s Amers op.15 for nineteen instruments premiered in La Rochelle, France
  • Morton Feldman’s Chorus and Orchestra I for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Cologne
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Eridanos for brass and strings premiered in La Rochelle

14

  • Led Zeppelin have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Houses Of The Holy
  • Vincent Persichetti’s Parable IX for alto saxophone premiered in  Kalamazoo, MI

15

  • Vivian Fine’s Concerto for Piano Strings and Percussion (One Performer) & Missa Brevis premiered in New York

16

  • Nino Bravo (28) dies in Villarrubio, Spain in a car crash
  • István Kertész (43) drowns while swimming in the sea at Herzliya, Israel
  • Alberto Ginastera’s cantata Milena, text Franz Kafka, premiered in Denver

17

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Helsinki
  • Elisabeth Lutyens’s opera Infidelio premiered in London, lib. Lutyens
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Harp Variations for harp, violin, viola and cello premiered in New York

18

  • Willie “The Lion” Smith (75) dies in New York

19

  • Morton Feldman’s Cello and Orchestra premiered in Royan, France

21

  • Arthur Bliss’s Metamorphic Variations for orchestra premiered in London
  • Alice Cooper has the Billboard number one album for one week with Billion Dollar Babies

23

  • Charles Dodge’s Extensions for trumpet and tape premiered in New York

24

  • Malcolm Williamson’s opera Genesis premiered in London. Lib. Williamson

26

  • Elton John launches Rocket Records, although he remains signed to DJM himself

27

  • Steve Reich’s Clapping Music for two humans premiered in New York
  • The Wailers begin their first headlining UK tour in Nottingham

28

  • The Faces have the UK number one album for one week with Ooh-La-La
  • Pink Floyd have the Billboard number one album for one week with The Dark Side of the Moon

releases

  • David Bowie – Drive In Saturday / Round And Round (RCA UK)
  • Alice Cooper – No More Mr. Nice Guy / Raped and Freezin’ (Warner Bros)
  • Spinners – One of a Kind Love Affair / Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You (Atlantic)
  • 10cc – Rubber Bullets / Waterfall (UK UK)
  • Ash Ra Tempel – Join Inn (Ohr Germany)
  • David Bowie – Aladdin Sane (RCA UK)
  • Eagles – Desperado (Asylum)
  • Faces – Ooh La La (Warner Bros)
  • Al Green – Call Me (Hi)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (Grunt / RCA) recorded live in Chicago and San Francisco in Aug and Sep 1972
  • Manassas – Down the Road (Atlantic)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Catch a Fire (Island UK)
  • Planxty (Polydor Ireland)
  • Conrad Schnitzler – Rot (KS Germany)
  • The Spinners (Atlantic)
  • Steeleye Span – Parcel of Rogues (Chrysalis UK)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings – Red Rose Speedway (Apple)

The Faces. L-R: Rod Stewart, Ian McLagan, Kenny Jones, Ron Wood, Ronnie Laine

May

1

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Mannheim 87.87.87 for chorus and organ premiered in New York

2

  • Gunther Schuller’s Poems of Time and Eternity for chorus and nine instruments premiered in Boston

3

  • Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.5 premiered in London

4

  • Gunther Schuller’s Six Early Songs for Lyric Soprano and Orchestra premiered in Boston

5

  • David Bowie has the UK number one album for the first of five weeks with Aladdin Sane
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Detto II for cello and chamber ensemble premiered in Moscow
  • Led Zeppelin set a new concert attendance record when 56,800 attend a show in Tampa, FL
  • Elvis Presley has the Billboard number one album for one week with Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite

6

  • Ernest MacMillan (79) dies in Toronto
  • Paul Simon begins his first solo tour of the US in Boston, MA

7

  • Elliott Carter wins the Pulitzer Prize in Music for the second time with his String Quartet no.3

8

  • Benjamin Britten undergoes heart surgery in London. During the operation he has a minor stroke which leaves him with reduced use of his right arm and ends his career as a performing pianist and conductor.

9

  • Ross Lee Finney’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Baltimore.

10

  • Benjamin Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave premiered in London, lib. M. Piper (staged version)

12

  • Led Zeppelin have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Houses of the Holy

13

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Variationen ohne Fuge for orchestra premiered in Hamburg.

14

  • Elmer Snowden (72) dies in Philadelphia

16

  • Steve Reich’s Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ & Six Pianos premiered in New York

17

  • Josh Homme born (Joshua Tree, CA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Member of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age.

19

  • Havergal Brian’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Brighton
  • Charles Koechlin’s Offrande musicale sur le nom de Bach for orchestra, organ and piano premiered posthumously on Radio Frankfurt
  • Darius Milhaud’s Promesse de Dieu for chorus premiered in Carlisle, PA
  • Darius Milhaud’s Sonata for harp premiered in Rocquencourt, France
  • Stevie Wonder has the Billboard number one single for one week with You Are the Sunshine of My Life

20

  • Roy Harris’s Cantata to Life premiered in Palo Alto, CA
  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s Suite for two cellos and piano premiered in New York.

21

  • Vaughn Monroe (61) dies in Stuart, FL following stomach surgery

23

  • Clive Davis is fired by Columbia Records for misuse of company money
  • Don Robey sells his labels Duke, Peacock and Backbeat to ABC Dunhill

25

  • Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is the first release on Richard Branson’s Virgin label
  • Gunther Schuller’s Five Moods for tuba quartet premiered in Bloomington, IN

26

  • Magdalena Kožená born (Brno) Czech mezzo-soprano singer.
  • J.C. Higginbotham (67) dies in New York
  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for one week with the compilation 1967-1970
  • Michael Tippett’s Piano Sonata no.3 premiered in Bath
  • The Edgar Winter Group have the Billboard number one single for one week with Frankenstein

27

  • Ilona Kabos (79) dies in London

28

  • Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (73) dies in Holm-Holstein, Germany

29

  • Tansy Davies born (Bristol) English composer.
  • Keith Fullerton Whitman born (Somerville, MA) American electronic musician, producer. Member of Hrvatski and solo artist.

releases

  • Carpenters – Yesterday Once More / Road Ode (A&M)
  • George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) / Miss O’Dell (Apple)
  • Diana Ross – Touch Me in the Morning / I Won’t Last a Day Without You (Motown)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Spirit Of The Night / For You (Columbia)
  • Kevin Ayers – Bananamour (Harvest UK)
  • Edgar Broughton Band – Oora (Harvest)
  • Carpenters – Now and Then (A&M)
  • Leonard Cohen – Live Songs (Columbia) recorded in 1970 and 1972 in London, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, the Isle of Wight and Tennessee
  • Doobie Brothers – The Captain and Me (Warner Bros)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – Head to the Sky (Columbia)
  • Gong – Flying Teapot (Virgin UK)
  • Peter Hammill – Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night (Charisma UK)
  • George Harrison – Living in the Material World (Apple)
  • Hawkwind – Space Ritual (United Artists UK) live album recorded in Liverpool and London on 22 & 30 Dec 1972 respectively
  • Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (Virgin UK) The first release on Virgin Records.
  • Popol Vuh – Seligpreisung (Kosmische Musik Germany)
  • Paul Simon – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (Columbia)
  • Tower of Power (Warner Bros)
  • Wishbone Ash – Wishbone Four (MCA)

Steve Reich b.1936

Jun

1

  • Robert Wyatt breaks his spine after attempting to leave a London party by climbing down a drainpipe and falling three storeys. He is left a paraplegic

2

  • Hidemaro Konoye (74) dies in Tokyo
  • Aaron Copland’s Threnody II: Beatrice Cunningham in memoriam for alto flute, two violins, viola and cello premiered in Ojai, CA
  • Lukas Foss’s Orpheus for violin or viola or cello and orchestra premiered in Ojai, CA
  • Paul McCartney & Wings have the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Red Rose Speedway and the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with My Love 

4

  • Ronnie Lane plays his last show with Faces at the Edmonton Sundown, London

5

  • Usko Meriläinen’s ballet Psyche premiered in Kuopio, Finland
  • Gram Parsons plays his final show in Philadelphia
  • Krzysztof Penderecki ‘s Canticum Canticorum Salamonis quod hebraice dicitur “Sid hasirim” for chorus and chamber orchestra premiered in Lisbon

10

  • Faith Evans born (Lakeland, FL) American R&B singer, songwriter, actress.

12

  • William Walton makes his last public performance as conductor in London

14

  • John Cage’s M: Writings ‘67-’72 published

15

  • (to 15 Jul) the first Istanbul International Music Festival is held to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic

16

  • Kliph Scurlock born (Topeka, KS) American rock drummer. Member of Flaming Lips.
  • Benjamin Britten’s opera Death in Venice premiered in Snape, lib. M. Piper

18

  • Ray Lamontagne born (Nashua, NH) American pop singer, songwriter, guitarist.

19

  • Richard O’Brien’s musical The Rocky Horror Show opens in London (2,960 performances) starring Tim Curry, Julie Covington and Richard O’Brien

20

  • Bruce Tate (36) dies in Los Angeles of cancer

22

  • Jacques Wolfe (77) dies in Brandenton, FL
  • Henryk Górecki’s Symphony no.2 “Copernican” for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in Warsaw.

23

  • George Harrison has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Living in the Material World
  • 10cc have the UK number one single for one week with Rubber Bullets 

28

  • Lukas Foss’s Fanfare for chamber orchestra and folk instruments premiered in Istanbul.

30

  • Ian Gillan quits Deep Purple to be replaced by David Coverdale
  • George Harrison has the Billboard number one single for one week with Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)

releases

  • David Bowie – Life On Mars / The Man Who Sold The World (RCA UK)
  • Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa / Lily (Atlantic)
  • Four Tops – Are You Man Enough? / Peace Of Mind (Dunhill/ABC)
  • Albert Hammond – Free Electric Band / You Taught Me To Sing The Blues (Mum UK)
  • Isley Brothers – That Lady parts 1 and 2 (T-Neck)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Concrete Jungle / Reincarnation Soul (Island UK)
  • Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love / Walk And Talk It (RCA Victor)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay / Thankful ‘n’ Thoughtful (Epic)
  • Stooges – Search & Destroy / Shake Appeal (Columbia)
  • Temptations – Plastic Man / Hurry Tomorrow (Gordy)
  • John Fahey – Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier’s Choice) (Takoma)
  • Carole King – Fantasy (Ode)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (Atlantic)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Back to the World (Curtom)
  • Willie Nelson – Shotgun Willie (Atlantic)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Fresh (Epic)
  • Weather Report – Sweetnighter (Columbia)

Manu Dibango b.1933

Jul

2

  • Betty Grable (56) dies in Santa Monica, CA of lung cancer
  • Brian Eno quits Roxy Music

3

  • Karel Ančerl (65) dies in Toronto
  • Laurens Hammond (78) dies in Cornwall, CT
  • David Bowie announces his retirement at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. It is in fact his Ziggy Stardust persona that he is retiring

4

  • Don Powell of Slade is critically injured in a car crash in Wolverhampton. His girlfriend Angela Morris is killed

6

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Jesse James for four solo voices and piano premiered in Buffalo, NY
  • Bruno Maderna’s Concerto for oboe and orchestra no.3 premiered in Amsterdam.

7

  • Billy Preston has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Will It Go Round in Circles

11

  • Andrew Bird born (Chicago) American rock, pop and folk singer, songwriter, violinist, guitarist.
  • Alexander Mosolov (72) dies in Moscow

13

  • The Everly Brothers split up

14

  • Margie Hendricks (38) dies of a heroin overdose

15

  • Buju Banton aka Mark Anthony Myrie born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican dancehall and reggae singer, deejay.
  • Clarence White (29) dies after being hit by a drunk driver in Palmdale, CA
  • Gunther Schuller’s Three Nocturnes for Orchestra premiered in Interlochen, MI

16

  • Darius Milhaud’s Ode pour Jérusalem for orchestra premiered in Jerusalem

17

  • Leanne Lyons born (New York, NY) American R&B singer. Member of SWV.

18

  • Walther Davisson (87) dies in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany

19

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Peterborough

21

  • Jim Croce has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Bad, Bad Leroy Brown 

23

  • Fran Healy born (Stafford) Scottish rock and pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of Travis.

24

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Purcell: Fantasia upon One Note for flute, clarinet, harpsichord, percussion, violin and cello premiered in London

27

  • (to 29th) Led Zeppelin play three shows at Madison Square Garden, New York which are filmed for the concert movie The Song Remains the Same and accompanying live album

28

  • Chicago have the Billboard number one album for the first week of five over two runs with Chicago VI
  • Luigi Nono’s Siamo la gioventù del Vietnam for chorus premiered in Berlin
  • The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen festival takes place in Watkins Glen, NY with performances by the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and the Band. An estimated 600,000 people attend

29

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Renaissance Scottish Dances for flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, cello and percussion & Si quis diligit me for alto flute, clarinet, celesta, crotales, viola and cello premiered in Dartington, Devon

30

  • Erich Katz (72) dies in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Gennadi Rozhdestvensky is appointed chief conductor of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for three years, the first time a Soviet conductor has been allowed to work full time for an orchestra outside of the Eastern Bloc

releases

  • Chi-Lites – Stoned Out of My Mind / Someone Else’s Arms (Brunswick)
  • Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On / I Wish It Would Rain (Tamla)
  • Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock / Bongolia (MGM)
  • New York Dolls – Personality Crisis / Trash (Mercury)
  • Steely Dan – Showbiz Kids / Razor Boy (ABC)
  • War – Gypsy Man / Deliver the World (United Artists)
  • Wings – Live and Let Die / I Lie Around (Apple)
  • James Brown – Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (Polydor) Soundtrack to Gordon Douglas’s film of the same name
  • Bob Dylan – Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Columbia) Soundtrack to Sam Peckinpah’s film of the same name
  • John Fahey – After the Ball (Reprise)
  • Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop (Westbound)
  • Genesis Live (Charisma UK) recorded live in Manchester and Leicester on 24 & 25 Feb 1973
  • History of the Grateful Dead Vol 1, Bear’s Choice (Warners) recorded live in New York on 13 & 14 Feb 1970
  • Donny Hathaway – Extension of a Man (Atco)
  • Pierre Henry – Machine Danse (Philips France)
  • Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes (RCA)
  • Jethro Tull – A Passion Play (Chrysalis UK)
  • New York Dolls (Mercury) Rock band formed in New York in 1971. 1973 line-up: David Johansen (vo, hca) Arthur Kane (b) Jerry Nolan (d) Sylvain Sylvain (g, p, vo) Johnny Thunders (g, vo)
  • Queen (EMI UK)  Rock band formed in London in 1970. Freddie Mercury (vo, p) Brian May (g, vo) John Deacon (b) Roger Taylor (d, vo)
  • Lou Reed – Berlin (RCA)
  • Rufus (ABC)  Funk band formed in Chicago in 1969 as Smoke. 1973 line-up:  Chaka Khan (vo) Dennis Belfield (b, vo) Al Ciner (g, vo) André Fischer (d, vo) Kevin Murphy (keys, b, cl, vo) Ron Stockert (keys, vo)
  • Steely Dan – Countdown to Ecstasy (ABC)
  • 10cc (UK UK)  Pop and rock band formed in Stockport, Cheshire in 1969, initially as a session group. Lol Creme, Eric Stewart (g, keys, vo) Graham Gouldman (b, vo) Kevin Godley (d, vo)
  • Bobby Womack – Facts of Life (United Artists)
  • ZZ Top – Tres Hombres (London)

Steely Dan: Donald Fagen b.1948 and Walter Becker b.1950

Aug

1

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero (91) dies in Treviso, Italy of heart failure

3

  • The Mercer Arts Center in New York collapses along with the adjoining Broadway Central Hotel

4

  • Eddie Condon (67) dies in New York

6

  • Tubby Hayes (38) dies in London during a heart operation
  • Memphis Minnie (76) dies in Memphis, TN following a stroke
  • William Bolcom’s Duo Fantasy for violin and piano premiered in Portland, OR
  • Stevie Wonder is left in a coma for four days after a log falling from a truck in front went through the windscreen of the car he was in causing severe head injuries

9

  • William Bolcom’s Summer Divertimento for orchestra premiered in Portland, OR
  • Karel Husa’s Concerto for trumpet and winds premiered in Storrs, CT

10

  • Lillian Roxon (41) dies in New York following a severe asthma attack
  • Valentin Alkan’s Grande Sonate for piano premiered posthumously in York

11

  • DJ Kool Herc DJs his first block party (his sister’s birthday) in the Bronx, New York where he mixes instrumental sections of two copies of the same record using two turntables. His friend Coke La Rock (b.1955) raps

13

  • Thea Musgrave’s Viola Concerto premiered in London

15

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Grimethorpe Aria for brass premiered in Harrogate
  • Norman Jewison’s musical film Jesus Christ Superstar opens starring Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

17

  • Jean Barraqué (45) dies in Paris of alcohol-related causes
  • Paul Williams (34) dies in a Detroit alleyway of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

18

  • Jethro Tull have the Billboard number one album for one week with A Passion Play
  • Diana Ross has the Billboard number one single for one week with Touch Me in the Morning

20

  • Carl Orff’s opera De Temporum Fine Comoedia premiered in Salzburg, lib. Orff

22

  • Beenie Man aka Anthony Moses Davis born (Kingston) Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, songwriter, deejay, producer.

26

  • 10cc play their first show in Douglas, Isle of Man

30

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera Apollo contra Marsyas premiered in Helsinki. Lib. Rautavaara

releases

  • Cockney Rebel – Sebastiane / Rock And Roll Parade (EMI UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door / Turkey Chase (Columbia)
  • Golden Earring – Radar Love / The Song Is Over (Polydor Netherlands)
  • Millie Jackson – It Hurts So Good / Love Doctor (Spring)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia / Window Raising Granny (Buddah)
  • Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand the Rain / I’ve Been There Before (Hi)
  • Rolling Stones – Angie / Silver Train (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Spinners – Ghetto Child / We Belong Together (Atlantic)
  • Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits / Help Him (United Artists)
  • Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground / Too High (Tamla)
  • Big Youth – Screaming Target (Trojan UK)
  • Paul Bley – Open, To Love (ECM Germany)
  • The Faust Tapes (Virgin UK) Work in progress music sold at 49p (the price of a 7″)
  • Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (Tamla)
  • Henry Cow – Leg End (Virgin UK)
  • Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock (Pride)
  • Isley Brothers – 3 + 3 (T-Neck)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – (pronounced ‘lĕh-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd) (MCA)
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra – Between Nothingness & Eternity (Columbia)
  • Van Morrison – Hard Nose the Highway (Warner Bros)
  • Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (Rolling Stones)
  • Sun Ra – Space Is the Place (Blue Thumb)
  • Undisputed Truth – Law of the Land (Gordy)
  • War – Deliver the Word (United Artists)
  • Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (Tamla)

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (Tamla)

Sep

1

  • Rod Stewart has the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with the compilation Sing It Again Rod

2

  • The “definitive” version of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no.8 premiered on BBC radio

3

  • Albert Nicholas (73) dies in Basel

4

  • Bascom Lamar Lunsford (91) dies in South Turkey Creek, NC following a stroke

5

  • Pierre Henry’s Corticalart III for tape premiered in Marseille.
  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera Tamu-Tamu premiered in Chicago, lib. Menotti

6

  • William Henry Harris (90) dies in Petersfield, Hampshire

8

  • The Allman Brothers Band have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Brothers and Sisters
  • Marvin Gaye has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks over two runs with Let’s Get It On

10

  • Allan Gray (69) dies in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

12

  • Dorota Miśkiewicz born (Kłodzko, Poland) Polish jazz and pop singer, songwriter, violinist.

13

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Autumn for biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra & Voyage for three biwas premiered in Tokyo

14

  • Nas aka Nasir Jones born (New York, NY) American rapper, actor, producer

15

  • Victor Jara (40) Executed by machine gun by the Fascist Pinochet regime in the Chile Stadium (now the Estadio Víctor Jara), Santiago, Chile
  • Boris Blacher’s opera Yvonne, Prinzessin von Burgund premiered in Wuppertal. Lib. Blacher after Witold Gombrowicz

17

  • Hugo Winterhalter (63) dies in Greenwich, CT of cancer

18

  • Mauricio Kagel’s 1898 for children’s voices and instruments premiered in Hamburg

19

  • Gram Parsons (26) dies in Joshua Tree, CA from a lethal cocktail of morphine and alcohol

20

  • Jim Croce (30) is killed when the planehe is aboard crashes on take-off at Natchitoches Airport, LA. Guitarist and songwriter Maury Muehleisen (24) is also among the six dead
  • Ben Webster (64) dies in Amsterdam while on tour

22

  • Péter Eötvös’s opera Harakiri premiered in Bonn. Lib. Eötvös
  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Fassade for orchestra premiered in Bonn
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Stone Litany, Runes from a House for the Dead for mezzo-soprano and orchestra premiered in Glasgow.
  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Goats Head Soup

23

  • Iannis Xenakis’ Evryali for piano premiered in New York
  • The Roxy Theatre opens in Hollywood, CA with a week of shows by Neil Young

29

  • Alfie Boe born (Fleetwood, Lancashire) English tenor singer.
  • Emma ‘Scout’ Niblett born (Nottingham) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer.
  • Grand Funk have the Billboard number one single for one week with We’re an American Band

30

  • Aaron Copland’s Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives) for piano premiered in Fort Worth, TX

unk

  • The Royal Northern College of Music opens in Manchester after a merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music (est.1893) and the Northern School of Music (est.1920)

releases

  • David Bowie – Sorrow / Amsterdam (RCA UK)
  • Bryan Ferry – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall / 2.H.B. (Island UK)
  • Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road / Screw You (DJM UK)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up / Slave Driver (Island UK)
  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – The Love I Lost parts 1 and 2 (Philadelphia International)
  • Dolly Parton – Jolene / Love, You’re So Beautiful Tonight (RCA)
  • Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl / I Feel Like Going Home (Epic)
  • Ringo Starr – Photograph / Down and Out (Apple)
  • Who – 5:15 / Water (Track UK)
  • Allman Brothers Band  – Brothers and Sisters (Capricorn)
  • Can – Future Days (United Artists Germany)
  • Chi-Lites (Brunswick)
  • Faust IV (Virgin UK)
  • Dave Holland – Conference of the Birds (ECM Germany)
  • Millie Jackson – It Hurts So Good (Spring)
  • Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes – Black and Blue (Philadelphia International)
  • Neu! 2 (Brain Germany)
  • Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (Columbia)
  • Thin Lizzy – Vagabonds of the Western World (Decca UK)
  • Frank Zappa – Over-Nite Sensation (Reprise)

Victor Jara 1932-73

Oct

3

  • Anthony Payne’s Phoenix Mass for chorus and brass premiered on BBC Radio 3

4

  • Isang Yun’s Ouverture for orchestra premiered in Berlin

9

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (52) dies in Philadelphia following a stroke
  • Carlos Chávez’s Initium for orchestra premiered in Akron, OH

10

  • Papanasam Sivan (83) dies

12

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Koto Music I for amplified piano and tape premiered in Sydney

13

  • Family play their farewell gig in Leicester
  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Goats Head Soup

14

  • Charles Ives’s Serenade for chorus premiered in New Haven, CT
  • Otto Luening’s Sonority Forms no.1 for orchestra premiered in North Bennington, VT

15

  • György Ligeti’s Clocks and Clouds for female chorus and orchestra premiered in Graz

16

  • Gene Krupa (64) dies in Yonkers, NY from leukaemia

17

  • OPEC ministers agree to an oil embargo that severely limits the amount of oil available to the west. Prices rise sharply, and among the consequences is a vinyl shortage

18

  • Judd Woldin, Robert Brittan, Robert B. Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg’s musical Raisin opens on Broadway (847 performances)
  • Isang Yun’s Trio for flute, oboe, and violin premiered in Mannheim

19

  • Charles Ives’s March no.3 for small orchestra & Decoration Day for violin and piano premiered in New Haven, CT

20

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Zwei-Mann-Orchester premiered in Donaueschingen
  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one single for one week with Angie
  • The Sydney Opera House is officially opened

22

  • Pablo Casals (96) dies in San Juan, Puerto Rico

23

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Evryali for piano premiered in New York

24

  • Laura Veirs born (Colorado Springs, CO) American folk and country singer, songwriter, guitarist, banjo player.
  • Duke Ellington’s Third Sacred Concert for soloists, choruses and players premiered in London

25

  • Sargis Barkhudaryan (86) dies in Tbilisi
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for violin and orchestra no.1 premiered posthumously in Chicago

27

  • Norman Allin (88) dies in Pontrilas, Herefordshire
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Midnight Train to Georgia

28

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Bassoon Variations for bassoon, harp and timpani premiered in Cambridge, MA

30

  • Dimitri Shostakovitch’s Six Songs on Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva  premiered in St Petersburg
  • Toru Takemitsu’s In an Autumn Garden for gagaku instruments premiered in Tokyo

31

  • David Matthews’s String Quartet No.1 premiered in Dartington, Devon

unk

  • Jacqueline du Pré is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

releases

  • John Lennon – Mind Games / Meat City (Apple)
  • Steve Miller Band – The Joker / Something to Believe In (Capitol)
  • O’Jays – Put Your Hands Together / You Got Your Hooks in Me (Philadelphia International)
  • Steely Dan – My Old School / Pearl Of The Quarter (ABC)
  • War – Me and Baby Brother / In Your Eyes (United Artists)
  • Wings – Helen Wheels / Country Dreamer (Apple)
  • David Bowie – Pin Ups (RCA UK) Covers album
  • Jackson Browne – For Everyman (Asylum)
  • Caravan – For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (Deram UK)
  • Billy Cobham – Spectrum (Atlantic)
  • Fairport Convention – Nine (Island UK)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Mystery to Me (Reprise)
  • Genesis – Selling England by the Pound (Charisma UK)
  • Grateful Dead – Wake of the Flood (Grateful Dead)
  • Guru Guru – Don’t Call Us We Call You (Atlantic Germany)
  • Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (Columbia)
  • Isaac Hayes – Joy (Enterprise)
  • Presenting I Roy (Trojan UK)
  • Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (DJM UK)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – Imagination (Buddah)
  • Kraftwerk – Ralf & Florian (Philips Germany)
  • John Martyn – Inside Out (Island UK)
  • Premiata Forneria Marconi – Photos of Ghosts (Numero Uno Italy)
  • Renaissance – Ashes are Burning (Sovereign UK)
  • Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – Diana & Marvin (Motown)
  • Klaus Schulze – Cyborg (Kosmische Musik Germany)
  • Soft Machine – Seven (CBS UK)
  • Staple Singers – Be What You Are (Stax)
  • Wailers – Burnin’ (Island UK)
  • Who – Quadrophenia (Track UK)
  • Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans (Atlantic)
  • Neil Young – Time Fades Away (Reprise)

Sydney Opera House

Nov

1

  • Neil Bogart launches Casablanca Records with Kiss the first signing

3

  • David Bowie has the UK number one album for the first of five weeks with Pin Ups

5

  • (to 9th) Bob Dylan records Planet Waves in Los Angeles, his only studio album for Asylum Records. Bob Dylan (vo, g, p, hca) Rick Danko (b, vln) Levon Helm (d, mand) Garth Hudson (keys, accdn, sax) Richard Manuel (keys, d) Robbie Robertson (g, b)
  • Jacqueline du Pré retires aged 28 due to her worsening multiple sclerosis
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Grand Union for cello and drums premiered in Chicago.

6

  • John Cage’s Etcetera for small orchestra, tape and three conductors premiered in Paris

10

  • Elton John has the Billboard number one album for the first of eight weeks with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  • Eddie Kendricks has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Keep on Truckin’

11

  • Darius Milhaud’s Ani maamin, un chant perdu et retrouvé for soprano, four speakers, chorus and orchestra premiered in New York

12

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet no.14 & Six Songs on Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva for alto and piano premiered in St Petersburg

13

  • Bruno Maderna (53) dies in Darmstadt of lung cancer
  • Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s musical Gigi opens on Broadway (103 performances)

14

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Birthday Canon for Richard Hall’s 70th Birthday for wind quintet premiered in Leeds

17

  • Gary Glitter has the UK number one single with I Love You Love Me Love (1st week of 4)

18

  • Aloís Hába (80) dies in Prague
  • Virgil Thomson’s Cantata on Poems of Edward Lear for soprano, baritone, chorus and piano premiered in Towson, MD

20

  • Allan Sherman (48) dies in Los Angeles of emphysema
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Interval for piano four hands premiered in New York

22

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Ceylon for small ensemble premiered in Metz

24

  • Henryk Górecki’s Three Dances for orchestra premiered in Rybnik, Poland
  • Ringo Starr has the Billboard number one single for one week with Photograph

25

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s An Ugrian Dialogue for violin and cello premiered in Helsinki

26

  • The New York Dolls play their first UK show at Biba’s Rainbow Room, London

27

  • Frank Christian (86) dies in New Orleans

29

  • William Walton’s Anniversary Fanfare for brass and percussion premiered in London

30

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Intermezzo for 24 strings premiered in Zürich
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Six Romances on Verses by British Poets for voice and orchestra premiered in Moscow
  • Isang Yun’s Konzertante Figuren for orchestra premiered in Hamburg

releases

  • Can – Moonshake / Future Days (United Artists Germany)
  • Faces – Pool Hall Richard / I Wish It Would Rain (Warner Bros UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – Until You Come Back To Me / If You Don’t Think (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – Come Get to This / Distant Lover (Tamla)
  • Billy Joel – Piano Man / You’re My Home (Columbia)
  • Roxy Music – Street Life / Hula Kula (Island UK)
  • Stevie Wonder – Living For The City / Visions (Tamla)
  • Ash Ra Tempel Starring Rosi (Kosmische Musik Germany)
  • Cockney Rebel – The Human Menagerie (EMI UK)
  • Electric Light Orchestra – On the Third Day (Warner Bros UK)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (Manticore UK)
  • Fripp & Eno – (No Pussyfooting) (Island UK)
  • Gentle Giant – In a Glass House (WWA UK)
  • Greenslade – Bedside Manners Are Extra (Warner Bros UK)
  • Pierre Henry – Cortical Art III (Philips France) recorded live in Marseille on 5 Sep 1973
  • Billy Joel – Piano Man (Columbia)
  • John Lennon – Mind Games (Apple)
  • O’Jays – Ship Ahoy (Philadelphia International)
  • Planxty – The Well Below the Valley (Polydor Ireland)
  • Return to Forever – Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy (Polydor)
  • Roxy Music – Stranded (Island UK)
  • Santana – Welcome (Columbia)
  • Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Next (Vertigo UK)
  • Ringo Starr – Ringo (Apple)

O’Jays – Ship Ahoy (Philadelphia International)

Dec

1

  • Kate Rusby born (Sheffield) English folk singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist.
  • The Carpenters have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Top of the World 

3

  • Emile Christian (78) dies in New Orleans
  • CBGB is opened in New York by Hilly Kristal. The full name of the club is CBGB & OMFUG or Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers. The club closes on 15 Oct 2006

4

  • Earle Brown’s Centering for violin and ten instruments premiered in Manchester

5

  • Morton Feldman’s For Frank O’Hara for flute/piccolo/alto flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello premiered in New York

7

  • Damien Rice born (Celbridge, co. Kildare) Irish folk and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood premiered in New York

8

  • Roxy Music have the UK number one album for one week with Stranded

10

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Sonata no.2 for violin and piano premiered in Warsaw

11

  • Mos Def aka Dante Terrell Smith born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, actor

13

  • Fanny Heldy (85) dies in Paris

15

  • Jermaine Jackson marries Berry Gordy’s daughter Hazel in Los Angeles
  • Charlie Rich has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with The Most Beautiful Girl
  • Slade have the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Merry Xmas Everybody

16

  • Jason Molina born (Lorain, OH) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Worked as Songs: Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Co. Died 2013

17

  • Patrick Hadley (74) dies in King’s Lynn, Norfolk of throat cancer

20

  • Bobby Darin (37) dies in Los Angeles during an emergency heart operation

22

  • Elton John has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

28

  • Mordecai Sandberg (76) dies in Toronto

29

  • Jim Croce has the Billboard number one single posthumously for two weeks with Time in a Bottle 

31

  • Malcolm Middleton born (Falkirk) Scottish rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Arab Strap and solo artist.
  • Henri Büsser (101) dies in Paris
  • AC/DC play their first show in Sydney. Line-up: Dave Evans (vo) Angus Young, Malcolm Young (g) Larry Van Kriedt (b) Colin Burgess (d)

unk

  • Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy

releases

  • Heptones – Book Of Rules / Version (Island UK)
  • Joni Mitchell – Raised On Robbery / Court And Spark (Asylum)
  • Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody / Don’t Blame Me (Polydor UK)
  • Spinners – Mighty Love parts 1 and 2 (Atlantic)
  • Neil Young – Time Fades Away / Last Trip to Tulsa (Reprise)
  • Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Vertigo UK)
  • James Brown – The Payback (Polydor)
  • Gong – Angel’s Egg (Virgin UK)
  • Magma – Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (Vertigo France) Prog rock band formed in Paris in 1969. Christian Vander (d, vo, org, perc) Jannick Top (b) Klaus Blasquiz (vo, perc) Jean Luc Manderlier (keys) Rene Garber (bcl, vo) Claude Olmos (g) plus chorus
  • Esther Phillips – Black-Eyed Blues (Kudu)
  • Temptations – 1990 (Gordy)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run (Apple)
  • Bobby Womack – Lookin’ for a Love Again (United Artists)

Magma – Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (Vertigo)

Date Unknown

releases

  • Agitation Free – 2nd (Vertigo Germany)
  • Pierre Henry – Prismes (Philips France) recorded live in Hamburg in Feb 1973
  • Fela Kuti – Afrodisiac (EMI Nigeria)
  • Fela Kuti – Gentleman (EMI Nigeria)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Aus Den Sieben Tagen (Deutsche Grammophon Germany) 7xLP box set – all were issued separately
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