1975

<1974 1976>

Jan

1

  • Ingmar Bergman’s television adaptation of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute is first shown on Swedish television.
  • Kraftwerk appear on BBC televsion’s Tomorrow’s World

3

  • Thomas Bangalter born (Paris) French producer, electronic musician, DJ. Member of Daft Punk.

4

  • Elton John has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

5

  • Anthony Payne’s Concerto for Orchestra premiered in London
  • Charlie Smalls, Timothy Graphenreed, Harold Wheeler, Luther Vandross, Zachary Walzer & William F. Brown’s musical The Wiz opens on Broadway (1672 performances)

6

  • Pink Floyd begin recording the album Wish You Were Here in London

8

  • Led Zeppelin sell out three nights at Madison Square Garden, New York inside four hours
  • György Ligeti’s San Francisco Polyphony for orchestra premiered in San Francisco
  • Edmund Rubbra’s Symphony No.10 premiered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

9

  • The Beatles & Co partnership is officially dissolved

12

  • John Harbison’s Elegiac Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra premiered in New York
  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Cantata after Tutshev and Blok for soprano and chamber orchestra premiered in Kiev

13

  • Elliott Carter’s A Fantasy About Purcell’s “Fantasia Upon One Note” for brass quintet premiered in New York

15

  • Benjamin Britten’s Canticle V “The Death of St. Narcissus” for solo voice and harp premiered at Schloss Elmau, Germany

16

  • Morton Feldman’s Instruments 1 for alto flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, trombone, percussion and celesta premiered on WDR radio, Cologne.

17

  • Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher born (Chelmsford) English producer, electronic musician, bassist.
  • Blondie play their first show supporting Television at CBGB, New York
  • Skitch Henderson is sentenced to six months gaol for tax evasion. He serves four.

22

  • Isang Yun’s Harmonia for orchestra premiered in Hereford

23

  • Greg Antonacci’s musical Dance With Me opens on Broadway (396 performances)

24

  • Keith Jarrett’s album The Köln Concert is recorded live at the Opera House, Cologne

26

  • Morton Feldman’s String Quartet and Orchestra premiered in Buffalo
  • Alan Yentob’s documentary film Cracked Actor about David Bowie is first shown on BBC television

30

  • Boris Blacher (72) dies in Berlin
  • Werner Egk’s Five Pieces for Brass Quintet premiered in Porto

31

  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Symposium for orchestra premiered in New York

releases

  • Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile / Another Journey (EMI UK)
  • Millie Jackson – If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right / The Rap (Spring)
  • Queen – Now I’m Here / Lily of the Valley (EMI UK)
  • Minnie Riperton – Loving You / The Edge Of A Dream (Epic)
  • Dr Feelgood – Down by the Jetty (United Artists UK) Rock band formed in Canvey Island in 1971. Wilko Johnson (g, p, vo) Lee Brilleaux (vo, g, hca) John B. Sparks (b) The Big Figure (d)
  • Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks (Columbia)
  • John Martyn – Sunday’s Child (Island UK)
  • Popol Vuh – Einsjäger & Siebenjäger (Kosmische Musik Germany)
  • Steve Reich – Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Klaus Schulze – Picture Music (Brain Germany)
  • Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day (Arista)
  • Steeleye Span – Commoner’s Crown (Chrysalis UK)
  • Temptations – A Song for You (Gordy)

Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks (Columbia)

Feb

1

  • Antwan André Patton aka Big Boi born (Savannah, GA) American rapper, songwriter, producer. Member of Outkast.

3

  • Umm Kulthum (70) dies in Cairo of nephritis

4

  • Natalie Imbruglia born (Sydney) Australian pop singer, actress, songwriter.
  • Louis Jordan (65) dies in Los Anglese following a heart attack
  • Einar Englund’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no.2 premiered in Helsinki

6

  • Tomoko Kawase born (Kyoto, Japan) Japanese rock singer, songwriter, actress. Member of the Brilliant Green and solo artist.

7

  • Matthew Shlomowitz born (Adelaide) Australian composer.

8

  • Roger Sessions’s 3 Choruses on Biblical Texts for choir and orchestra premiered in Amherst, MA

10

  • Dave Alexander (27) dies in Ann Arbor, MI of a pulmonary edema

13

  • Richard Loncraine’s film Slade in Flame opens starring Noddy Holder, Dave Hill, Don Powell, Jim Lea and Tom Conti. Music by Slade
  • Lou Reed is hit in the face with a brick as a show in Milan ends in a riot after being interrupted by fascist thugs

14

  • Boris Blacher’s opera Das Geheimnis das entwenden Briefes [the mystery of the stolen letter] premiered in Berlin. Lib. Herbert Brauer after Edgar Allen Poe

16

  • Charles Ives’s Invention in D for piano premiered in New York
  • Lou Reed’s show in Rome is abandoned when police use tear gas to disperse a fascist mob. The following night’s show in Bologna is cancelled

17

  • Eck Robertson (87) dies in Borger, TX

18

  • George Perle’s Songs of Praise and Lamentation for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in New York

19

  • Luigi Dallapiccola (71) dies in Florence of a pulmonary edema
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Vier Gedichte aus Atemwende for voice and piano premiered in Freiburg
  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Composition No. 1 “Dona Nobis Pacem” premiered in St Petersburg

20

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.3 (Sinfonia concertante No.1) premiered in Helsinki

21

  • Alvin Lucier’s Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas for voices, instruments, dancers and percussion premiered in New York

22

  • Saul Bihari (56) dies in Los Angeles following a series of strokes
  • Lionel Tertis (98) dies in London
  • The Average White Band have the Billboard number one album for one week with AWB and the Billboard number one single for one week with Pick Up the Pieces
  • Cockney Rebel have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Make Me Smile

23

  • Robert Lopez born (New York) American composer of musical theatre.
  • Maurice Ravel’s songs Ballade de la Reine morte d’aimer; Chanson du rouet; Si morne! & Chanson hébraïque plus Sérénade grotesque for piano & Sonata for violin and piano premiered posthumously in New York

26

  • Gunther Schuller’s Triplum II for orchestra premiered in Baltimore

27

  • Oliver Knussen’s Trumpets for soprano & three clarinets premiered in London

28

  • Neville Cardus (86) dies in London

29

  • Bob Dylan has the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Blood on the Tracks

releases

  • David Bowie – Young Americans / Sufragette City (RCA UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue / If You See Her, Say Hello (Columbia)
  • Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom / I Saw Her Standing There (DJM UK)
  • Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown / Baby I Love You So (Island UK)
  • Spinners – Living a Little, Laughing a Little / Smile, We Have Each Other (Atlantic)
  • AC/DC – High Voltage (Albert Australia)
  • Blue Öyster Cult – On Your Feet or on Your Knees (Columbia) live album recorded 1974 in various locations
  • Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare (Atlantic)
  • Peter Hammill – Nadir’s Big Chance (Charisma UK)
  • Emmylou Harris – Pieces of the Sky (Reprise)
  • Keith Hudson – Flesh of My Skin : Blood of My Blood (Mamba UK)
  • Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (Swan Song)
  • John Lennon – Rock ‘n’ Roll (Apple)
  • Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes – To Be True (Philadelphia International)
  • Rush – Fly By Night (Anthem Canada)
  • Grover Washington Jr – Mister Magic (Kudu)

Peter Hammill b.1948

Mar

1

  • Peter Bogdanovich’s musical film At Long Last Love opens starring Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd. Music by Cole Porter
  • The Eagles have the Billboard number one single for one week with Best of My Love
  • Robert Erickson’s Rainbow Rising premiered in San Diego, CA
  • The 17th Grammy Awards are held in New York. Olivia Newton-John’s I Honestly Love You wins record of the year and Stevie Wonder’s Fulfillingness’ First Finale wins album of the year. Other winners include Marvin Hamlisch, Richard Pryor, Mike Oldfield, Elvis Presley, Wings & Aretha Franklin

2

  • Richard Hell plays his final show with Television supporting the New York Dolls
  • Linda McCartney is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of marijuana
  • Gunther Schuller’s Four Soundscapes for orchestra premiered in Poughkeepsie, NY

4

  • El-P aka Jaime Meline born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, producer. Member of Company Flow and solo artist.
  • Cornel Chiriac (33) stabbed to death in a Munich car park by unknown assailant(s)

6

  • Pauline Oliveros’ Crow Two-A Ceremonial Opera premiered in San Diego

8

  • Peggy Zina aka Calliope Zina born (Athens) Greek pop singer, actress, pianist.
  • John Cage’s Child of Tree premiered in Detroit
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Bryce for flute, two harps, marimba and percussion premiered in Toronto

11

  • Philip Bezanson (58) dies in Hadley, MA

15

  • will.i.am aka William James Adams born (Inglewood, CA) American rapper, songwriter, producer, musician. Member of the Black Eyed Peas.
  • The Doobie Brothers have the Billboard number one single for one week with Black Water
  • Led Zeppelin have the UK number one album for one week with Physical Graffiti
  • Herbert Ross’s musical film Funny Lady opens starring Barbra Streisand and James Caan. Music by Fred Ebb, John Kander and Peter Matz

16

  • T-Bone Walker (64) dies in Los Angeles of pneumonia
  • Charles Ives’s March no.6 for piano premiered in New York

17

  • Jorge Boehringer born (Syracuse, NY) American avant-garde composer, sound installation artist.

20

  • Alberto Ginastera’s Turbae ad passionem gregorianam for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

21

  • Elliott Carter’s Duo for violin and piano premiered in New York

22

  • Lukas Foss and Joel Chadabe’s Chamber Music for percussion and electronics premiered in Buffalo
  • Led Zeppelin have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Physical Graffiti

23

  • The biggest benefit concert before Live Aid takes place in San Francisco in aid of the city’s education system. 60,000 turn up to see sets by Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Starship, Doobie Brothers, Neil Young, the Band and Bob Dylan among others

24

  • Virgil Thomson’s Family Portrait for brass quintet premiered in New York

26

  • Ken Russell’s film Tommy opens starring Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon and Robert Powell. Music by The Who

27

  • Fergie aka Stacy Ann Ferguson born (Hacienda Heights, CA) American pop singer, songwriter, fashion designer. Member of Black Eyed Peas and solo.
  • Arthur Bliss (83) dies in  London
  • André Boucourechliev’s Thrène op.16 premiered in Royan, France

28

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Musik im Bauch no.41 for six percussionists premiered in Royan, France

30

  • Oliver Knussen’s Choral for wind band premiered in New York

31

  • George Crumb’s Music for a Summer Evening premiered in New York

releases

  • Alice Cooper – Only Women Bleed / Cold Ethyl (Atlantic)
  • Emmylou Harris – Boulder To Birmingham / Too Far Gone (Reprise)
  • Major Harris – Love Won’t Let Me Wait / After Loving You (Atlantic)
  • Temptations – Shakey Ground / I’m A Bachelor (Gordy)
  • David Bowie – Young Americans (RCA UK)
  • John Cale – Slow Dazzle (Island UK)
  • Chicago VIII (Columbia)
  • Judy Collins – Judith (Elektra)
  • The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! (Epic) Rock band formed in New York in 1973. Ross Funicello, Scott Kempner (g) Stu King (d) Dick Manitoba (vo) Andy Shernoff (vo, b, keys)
  • Roberta Flack – Feel Like Makin’ Love (Atlantic)
  • Hatfield and the North – The Rotter’s Club (Virgin UK)
  • Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert (ECM Germany) recorded live in Cologne on 24 Jan 1975
  • Nils Lofgren (A&M)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Nuthin’ Fancy (MCA)
  • Parliament – Chocolate City (Casablanca)
  • Slapp Happy and Henry Cow – Desperate Straights (Virgin)
  • Steely Dan – Katy Lied (ABC)
  • Tangerine Dream – Rubycon (Virgin UK)
  • 10cc – The Original Soundtrack (Mercury UK)

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (Swan Song)

Apr

1

  • Pauline Oliveros’ A Ceremony of Sounds premiered in Grand Forks, ND

2

  • Pierre Boulez’s Rituel: in memoriam Bruno Maderna for orchestra premiered in London

3

  • Kraftwerk begin their first US tour in Rochester, NY

4

  • Albert Chamberland (88) dies in Montreal
  • Luigi Nono’s multi-media opera Al gran sole carico d’amore [to the blazing sun borne of love] premiered in Milan
  • George Rochberg’s Violin Concerto premiered in Pittsburgh

5

  • Henryk Górecki’s Amen for chorus premiered in Poznan
  • Minnie Riperton has the Billboard number one single for one week with Lovin’ You
  • Isang Yun’s An der Schwelle for baritone, female chorus, organ, flute, oboe, trumpet, trombone and percussion premiered in Kassel

7

  • Lucian Berio’s Chants Parallèles for tape premiered in Paris
  • Ritchie Blackmore plays his final show with Deep Purple in Paris. He quits to form his own band Rainbow. Tommy Bolin replaces Blackmore in the band

8

  • Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola’s music for Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Godfather Part II wins the best original score Oscar at the 47th Academy Awards
  • Aulis Sallinen’s Symphony No. 3 premiered in Helsinki

9

  • Lukas Foss’s Concerto for solo percussionist and orchestra premiered in Camden, NJ

11

  • Edwin Wendler born (Vienna) Austrian film composer.

12

  • Josephine Baker (68) dies in Paris of a brain haemorrhage
  • Elton John has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Philadelphia Freedom

13

  • David Del Tredici’s Adventures Underground for folk group and orchestra & Illustrated Alice for soprano and orchestra premiered in Buffalo, NY

14

  • Stefano Miceli born (Brindisi, Italy) Italian pianist, conductor.
  • Michael Flanders (53) dies of an aneurysm while on holiday in Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd, Wales
  • Ron Wood is confirmed as Mick Taylor’s replacement in the Rolling Stones

15

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Malta for tuba and tape premiered in San Diego

16

  • Ross Lee Finney’s Concerto for alto saxophone, winds, harp, celesta and percussion premiered in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Rumore e silenzio for harpsichord, celesta and percussion premiered in St Petersburg

17

  • Morton Subotnick’s Two Butterflies for amplified orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

22

  • Shulamit Ran’s Ensembles for 17 for soprano and instrumental ensemble premiered in Chicago

23

  • Jón Þór Birgisson born (Reykjavik) Icelandic rock singer, guitarist, composer. Member of Sigur Rós and solo artist.

24

  • Pete Ham (27) commits suicide by hanging at his home in Surrey

27

  • Volker David Kirchner’s opera Die Trauung [the wedding ceremony] premiered in Wiesbaden. Lib. Kirschner after after Witold Gombrowicz

28

  • George Rochberg’s Ukiyo-e for solo harp premiered in San Fransisco
  • Virgil Thomson’s The Courtship of Yongly Bongly Bo for voice and piano premiered in New York

30

  • The Heartbreakers play their first show supporting Wayne County at the Coventry in Queens, NY

releases

  • Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room (Evil Jam) (Charisma UK)
  • Kraftwerk – Autobahn / Kometenmelodie (Vertigo UK)
  • Van McCoy – The Hustle / Hey Girl Come And Get It (Avco)
  • Spinners – Sadie / Lazy Susan (Atlantic)
  • Abba (Polar Sweden)
  • Aerosmith – Toys In the Attic (Columbia)
  • Joan Baez – Diamonds & Rust (A&M)
  • Camel – The Snow Goose (Deram UK)
  • Funkadelic – Let’s Take It to the Stage (Westbound)
  • O’Jays – Survival (Philadelphia International)
  • Bob Seger – Beautiful Loser (Capitol)
  • Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Tomorrow Belongs to Me (Vertigo UK)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kreuzspiel · Kontra-Punkte · Zeitmasze · Adieu (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stop · Ylem (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Richard and Linda Thompson – Hokey Pokey (Island UK)

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

May

1

  • Ron Wood makes his first public appearance with the Rolling Stones when the band perform Brown Sugar on the back of a truck on 5th Avenue in New York

2

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Ave maris stella for flute, clarinet, piano, marimba, viola and cello premiered in Bath

3

  • Maksim Mrvica born (Šibenik, Croatia) Croatian classical pianist.
  • Chicago have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Chicago VIII

6

  • Luigi Nono’s Für Paul Dessau for tape premiered in Pisa

7

  • André Boucourechliev’s Concerto (for piano and orchestra) premiered in Lisbon

8

  • Enrique Iglesias born (Madrid) Spanish pop singer, songwriter, actor. Son of Julio Iglesias (b.1943)
  • Jack Johnson born (Oahu, HI) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, ukulele player, pianist, drummer, surfer.

9

  • Oliver Knussen’s Ophelia Dances for nonet premiered in New York

10

  • Torbjørn Bruntland born (Tromsø) Norwegian producer, electronic musician. Member of Röyskopp.
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Six Easy Pieces for violin and piano premiered in Buffalo
  • Karel Husa’s ballet The Steadfast Tin Soldier premiered in Boulder, CO
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin for bass and piano premiered in Moscow Conservatory Malyi Hall. It is his last public appearance.

13

  • Bob Wills (70) dies in Fort Worth, TX of pneumonia
  • Kurt Schwertsik’s opera Der lange Weg zur Großen Mauer [The Long Way to the Great Wall], lib. Richard Bletschacher, premiered in Ulm, Germany

16

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Atmen gibt das Leben no.39 [Breathing Gives Life] for chorus (first part) premiered in Hamburg

17

  • Earth, Wind & Fire have the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with That’s the Way of the World
  • Sinn Sisamouth is among hundreds of thousands of residents of Phnom Penh, Cambodia forced out into the countryside after the fall of the city to the Khmer Rouge
  • Tammy Wynette has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Stand By Your Man
  • Isang Yun’s Fragment for organ premiered in Hamburg

18

  • Leroy Anderson (66) dies in Woodbury, CT of cancer

21

  • William Bergsma’s In Space for soprano and instrumental ensemble premiered in Seattle

23

  • Peter Gabriel plays his last show with Genesis in St Etienne, France

24

  • Earth, Wind & Fire have the Billboard number one single for one week with Shining Star

25

  • Lauryn Hill born (South Orange, NJ) American R&B Singer, rapper, producer. Member of the Fugees and solo artist.

27

  • André Lauren Benjamin aka André 3000 born (Coral Springs, FL) American rapper, songwriter, musician, producer. Member of Outkast and solo artist.

28

  • William Bergsma’s Wishes, Wonders, Portents, Charms for chorus premiered in New York
  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera La cubana, oder Ein Leben für die Kunst [La cubana, or a life for art], lib. Enzensberger, premiered in Munich

29

  • Melanie Brown aka Mel B born (Leeds) English pop singer. Member of the Spice Girls and solo artist.
  • Maurice Duruflé suffers severe injuries in a car accident that lead him to give up performing and be predominantly housebound for the rest of is life

unk

  • Lemmy is fired by Hawkwind

releases

  • Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion / Uncle Salty (Columbia)
  • Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’ / Wind of Change (RSO)
  • Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy / Lovelight (Capitol)
  • Judy Collins – Send In the Clowns / Houses (Elektra)
  • Eagles – One of These Nights / Visions (Asylum)
  • Roy Harper – When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease / Hallucinating Light (Harvest UK)
  • Janis Ian – At Seventeen / Stars (Columbia)
  • Willie Nelson – Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain / Bandera (Columbia)
  • Parliament – Chocolate City / version (Casablanca)
  • War – Why Can’t We Be Friends? / In Mazatlan (United Artists)
  • Wings – Listen to What the Man Said / Love in Song (Capitol)
  • Be Bop Deluxe – Futurama (Harvest UK)
  • Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time (United Artists UK)
  • Henry Cow / Slapp Happy – In Praise of Learning (Virgin UK)
  • Steve Hillage – Fish Rising (Virgin UK)
  • Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (DJM)
  • Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today (Curtom)
  • Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions (Flying Dutchman)
  • Spirit – Spirit of ’76 (Mercury)
  • Wings – Venus and Mars (Capitol)
  • Robert Wyatt – Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (Virgin UK)

Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions (Flying Dutchman)

Jun

1

  • Charles Wuorinen’s A Reliquary for Igor Stravinsky for orchestra premiered in Ojai, CA

3

  • John Kander, Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse’s musical Chicago opens on Broadway (936 performances)

4

  • Frida Leider (87) dies in Berlin

7

  • Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet in D premiered in Snape

8

  • Talking Heads play their first show supporting the Ramones at CBGB, New York

9

  • Elton John has the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks over two runs with Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

13

  • Benjamin Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes for orchestra premiered in Snape
  • Ernst Krenek’s Auf-und Ablehnung [In and rejection] for orchestra premiered in Nuremberg

14

  • William Walton’s Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for chorus and organ premiered in Chichester

19

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Segmente for strings premiered in Bochum

20

  • Daniel Ayala Pérez (68) dies in Xalapa, Mexico

23

  • Kate ‘KT’ Tunstall born (Edinburgh) Scottish pop singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Alice Cooper falls off the stage during a concert in Vancouver, breaking six ribs

26

  • Marie-Nicole Lemieux born (Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec) Canadian soprano singer.
  • Basil Cameron (90) dies in Leominster, Herefordshire

27

  • Robert Stolz (94) dies in Berlin

28

  • Tim Buckley plays his final show in Dallas, TX
  • 10cc have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with I’m Not In Love
  • Wings have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks over two runs with Venus and Mars

29

  • Tim Buckley (28) dies in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose
  • Vincent Persichetti’s Parable XVI for viola premiered in Ypsilanti, MI
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Empreintes for orchestra premiered in La Rochelle

30

  • Cher marries Gregg Allman in Las Vegas

unk

  • Hatfield and the North split

releases

  • Be Bop Deluxe – Maid In Heaven / Lights (Harvest UK)
  • Judy Collins – Send In The Clowns / Houses (Elektra)
  • Isley Brothers – Fight The Power parts 1 and 2 (T-Neck)
  • Elton John – Someone Saved My Life Tonight / House of Cards (DJM UK)
  • Modern Lovers – Road Runner / It Will Stand (United Artists)
  • Neu! – Isi / After Eight (United Artists Germany)
  • 10cc – I’m Not in Love / Good News (Mercury UK)
  • Bee Gees – Main Course (RSO)
  • Chi-Lites – Half a Love (Brunswick)
  • Bob Dylan & The Band – The Basement Tapes (Columbia) recorded between Jun and Sep 1967 with the exception of three songs recorded without Dylan in 1970
  • Eagles – One of These Nights (Asylum)
  • Fairport Convention – Rising for the Moon (Island UK)
  • Roy Harper – HQ (Harvest UK)
  • Isaac Hayes – Chocolate Chip (HBS)
  • Isley Brothers – The Heat Is On (T-Neck)
  • Waylon Jennings – Dreaming My Dreams (RCA)
  • Neu! ’75 (Brain Germany)
  • Stephen Stills – Stills (Columbia)
  • The Tubes (A&M)
  • War – Why Can’t We Be Friends? (United Artists)
  • Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night (Reprise)
  • Frank Zappa – One Size Fits All (Discreet)

Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night (Reprise)

Jul

1

  • Sufjan Stevens born (Detroit, MI) American pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich is hospitalised after having a severe heart attack

5

  • Pink Floyd premiere their album Wish You Were Here at Knebworth, Herts. Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper also appear

6

  • 50 Cent aka Curtis James Jackson III born (Queens, NY) American rapper, actor.

9

  • Jack White born (Detroit, MI) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and solo artist.

10

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in Buffalo, NY

13

  • Ladislav Černý (84) dies in Dobříš, Czech Rep

14

  • Zutty Singleton (77) dies in New York

16

  • (to Aug 2nd) The CBGB Festival of Unrecorded Rock Talent takes place in New York featuring the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Mink DeVille, the Heartbreakers and Television among others

17

  • Mathangi Arulpragasam aka MIA born (London) English singer, songwriter, visual artist, activist.
  • (& 18th) Bob Marley and the Wailers play two shows at the Lyceum, London. Both are recorded for the album Live.
  • Aulis Sallinen’s opera Ratsumies [The Horseman], lib. Paavo Haavikko, premiered in Savonlinna, Finland

19

  • Lefty Frizzell (47) dies in Godlettsville, TN following a stroke
  • Wings have the Billboard number one album for one week with Venus and Mars and the Billboard number one single for one week with Listen to What the Man Said

20

  • Motorhead play their first show supporting Greenslade at The Roundhouse, London. Lemmy (vo, b) Larry Wallis (g, vo) Phil Taylor (d)

21

  • Cara Dillon born (Dungiven, Derry) Irish folk singer, songwriter, fiddler.

22

  • Aile Asszonyi born (Väike-Maarja, Estonia) Estonian soprano singer.

25

  • Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante’s musical A Chorus Line opens on Broadway (6137 performances – then a record)

26

  • The Eagles have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with One of These Nights
  • Van McCoy has the Billboard number one single for one week with The Hustle

31

  • Luciano Berio’s Call premiered in St. Louis
  • Fran O’Toole, Tony Geraghty and Brian McCoy of the Dublin based Miami Showband are murdered by Loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force terrorists in Bainbridge, Co, Down. Their van is stopped at a bogus British Army checkpoint, and they are ordered out. A time bomb is planted in the van, but explodes killing two terrorists. In the confusion, the five band members try to flee, but three are shot dead and one is seriously wounded

releases

  • David Bowie – Fame / Right (RCA UK)
  • Dr Feelgood – Back In The Night / I’m A Man (United Artists UK)
  • Fairport Convention – White Dress / Tears (Island UK)
  • Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Delilah / Soul In Chains (Vertigo UK)
  • Lonnie Liston-Smith – Expansions parts 1 and 2 (Flying Dutchman)
  • Tubes – White Punks On Dope parts 1 and 2 (A&M)
  • Caravan – Cunning Stunts (Deram UK)
  • Fleetwood Mac (Reprise)
  • Millie Jackson – Still Caught Up (Spring)
  • The Meters – Fire on the Bayou (Reprise)
  • Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger (Columbia)
  • Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (RCA)
  • Renaissance – Scheherazade and Other Stories (BTM UK)

Willie Nelson b.1933

Aug

2

  • The Eagles have the Billboard number one single for one week with One of These Nights

4

  • Robert Plant and his wife Maureen are seriously injured in a car crash on the island of Rhodes, Greece

8

  • Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley (46) dies in Gary, IN following a stroke

9

  • Dmitri Shostakovich (68) dies in Moscow following a third major heart attack linked to lung cancer
  • The Bee Gees have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Jive Talkin’

14

  • Jim Sharman’s film The Rocky Horror Picture Show opens starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon & Richard O’Brien. Music by Richard O’Brien and Richard Hartley
  • Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at a state funeral in Moscow

16

  • Peter Gabriel leaves Genesis

17

  • Georges Dandelot (79) dies in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, France

20

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s My Lady Lothian’s Lilte for mezzo-soprano and six players premiered in Dartington, Devon

21

  • Sam McGee (81) dies in a tractor accident on the family farm in Williamson Co, TN

23

  • Eliza Carthy born (Scarborough) English folk violinist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter. Member of the Watersons, Waterson-Carthy and solo artist. Daughter of Norma Waterson (b.1939) and Martin Carthy (b.1941).

25

  • Aulis Sallinen’s Kamarimusiikki I [chamber music I] premiered in Helsinki

30

  • Rod Stewart has the UK number one album for the first of seven weeks over two runs with Atlantic Crossing

31

  • Henryk Górecki’s Euntes Ibant et Flebant [Going they went and wept] for chorus premiered in Wroclaw

releases

  • Aerosmith – Walk This Way / Round and Round (Columbia)
  • Bad Company – Feel Like Makin’ Love / Wild Fire Woman (Island UK)
  • Four Seasons – Who Loves You / Who Loves You (Disco Version) (Warner Bros)
  • Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner / It Will Stand (United Artists UK)
  • Spinners – Games People Play / I Don’t Want To Lose You (Atlantic)
  • Rod Stewart – Sailing / Stone Cold Sober (Warner Bros)
  • Television – Little Johnny Jewel parts 1 and 2 (Ork)
  • Black Sabbath – Sabotage (NEMS UK)
  • Al Green Is Love (The Right Stuff)
  • Herbie Hancock – Man-Child (Columbia)
  • Harmonia – Deluxe (Brain)
  • Elvis Presley – The Sun Collection (RCA UK) recorded 1954-55
  • Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (Polydor)
  • Klaus Schulze – Timewind (Brain Germany)
  • Spinners – Pick of the Litter (Atlantic)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (Columbia)
  • Rod Stewart – Atlantic Crossing (Riva UK)

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (Columbia)

Sep

1

  • Omar Rodríguez-López born (Bayamón, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, filmmaker. Member of At the Drive In from 1993 to 2001 and Mars Volta from 2001 to 2012.
  • Kraftwerk play their first UK show at the Royal Festival Hall in London
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Quatrain for clarinet, violin, cello, piano and orchestra premiered in Tokyo

4

  • Mark Ronson born (London) English record producer, songwriter, DJ, guitarist, trumpeter, singer.
  • (& 5th) Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet band record the album Live Bullet live at the Cobo Hall, Detroit. Bob Seger (vo, g, p) Drew Abbott (g, vo) Alto Reed (sax, perc, vo) Robyn Robins (keys) Chris Campbell (b, vo) Charlie Allen Martin (d, vo)

6

  • Shelton Brooks (89) dies in Los Angeles
  • Glen Campbell has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Rhinestone Cowboy
  • Jefferson Starship have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks over four runs with Red Octopus
  • Rod Stewart has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Sailing

8

  • Antonio Bibalo’s opera Frøken Julie [Miss Julie], liub. August Strindberg, premiered in Århus, Denmark

9

  • Michael Bublé born (Burnaby, British Columbia) Canadian pop and jazz singer.
  • Kurt Weill’s String Quartet in b minor & Sonata for cello and piano premiered posthumously in Berlin

10

  • Hans Swarowsky (75) dies in Salzburg

12

  • Ernst Krenek’s Feiertags-Kantate for speaker, mezzo-soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in Berlin

13

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Ragtimes and Habaneras for brass premiered in London
  • The Isley Brothers have the Billboard number one album for one week with The Heat Is On

14

  • Tim Benjamin born (London) English composer, trombonist.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Sacred and Profane for choir premiered in Snape

15

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Five Chorale Preludes for soprano, clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet premiered in London.
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Mare nostrum, Entdeckung, Befriedung und Conversion des Mittelmeerraumes durch einen Stamm aus Amazonien [Mare nostrum, discovery, pacification and conversion of the Mediterranean region by a tribe from the Amazon] for baritone, tenor and six musicians playing more than 40 instruments premiered in Berlin

18

  • Broadway musicians go on strike for higher wages

19

  • Avet Terterian’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Yerevan, Armenia

20

  • Jack Beeson’s opera Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines premiered in Kansas City, MO. Lib. Sheldon Harnick after Clyde Fitch
  • David Bowie has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks over two runs with Fame
  • Lejaren Hiller’s A Portfolio for diverse performers and tapes premiered in Reykjavik
  • Janis Ian has the Billboard number one album for one week with Between the Lines

22

  • Franz Salmhofer (75) dies in Vienna
  • Ernst Krenek’s Drei Lieder for solo voice and piano premiered in Vienna

25

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Fete galante et pastorale [Gallant and pastoral celebration] for 6 or 13 instrumental groups and 13 tapes premiered in Warsaw
  • Jackie Wilson collapses on stage in Cherry Hill, NJ after suffering a massive heart attack. He remains in a coma for more than eight years

27

  • Charlie Monroe (72) dies in Reidsville, NC of cancer

30

  • Isang Yun’s Rondell for oboe, clarinet and bassoon premiered in Bayreuth

releases

  • Abba – SOS / Man In The Middle (Epic UK)
  • Eagles – Lyin’ Eyes / Too Many Hands (Asylum)
  • Waylon Jennings – Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way / Bob Wills Is Still the King (RCA)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman No Cry / Kinky Reggae (Island UK)
  • Roxy Music – Love Is the Drug / Sultanesque (Island UK)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run / Meeting Across The River (Columbia)
  • War – Low Rider / So (United Artists)
  • Can – Landed (Virgin UK)
  • Electric Light Orchestra – Face the Music (Jet UK)
  • Brian Eno – Another Green World (Island UK)
  • Edgar Froese – Epsilon in Malaysian Pale (Virgin UK)
  • Gentle Giant – Free Hand (Chrysalis UK)
  • Grateful Dead – Blues for Allah (Grateful Dead)
  • Jethro Tull – Minstrel in the Gallery (Chrysalis UK)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk – The Case Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color (Atlantic)
  • Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (Harvest UK)
  • Rush – Caress of Steel (Anthem Canada)
  • Thin Lizzy – Fighting (Vertigo UK)

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Oct

1

  • Al Jackson Jr (39) is shot dead by an intruder in his house in Memphis, TN
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for viola and piano premiered in St Petersburg. It is his final completed work
  • UNESCO sponsors the first International Day of Music

4

  • Karel Husa’s Piano Sonata no.2 premiered in Washington
  • Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer play together for the last time at a benefit concert in Kingston for the Jamaican Institute for the Blind
  • Pink Floyd have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks and the UK number one album for one week with Wish You Were Here

5

  • Lejaren Hiller’s A Preview of Coming Attractions for orchestra premiered in Buffalo

7

  • John Lennon wins leave to remain in the United States after the 1972 deportation order is overturned on appeal

8

  • David Matthews’s Symphony No.1 op.9 premiered in Stroud, Gloucs

9

  • Sean Lennon born (New York) American rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Film music composer, record producer. Son of John Lennon (1940-80) and Yoko Ono (b.1933).
  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Symphonic Hymn for orchestra premiered in Munich

10

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Dis-Kontur  for orchestra premiered in Stuttgart
  • Ken Russell’s biopic of Franz Liszt Lisztomania opens starring Roger Daltrey. Music by Rick Wakeman, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner

11

  • Ton de Leeuw’s Gending for gamelan orchestra premiered in Hilversum
  • Ned Rorem’s Assembly and Fall for oboe, trumpet, timpani, viola and orchestra premiered in Raleigh, NC
  • The strike by Broadway musicians ends
  • The first edition of Saturday Night Live is broadcast on NBC. Guests include George Carlin, Billy Preston and Janis Ian

12

  • The Faces play their final show at the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Seven Brightnesses for clarinet premiered in Williamsburg, VA

16

  • Vittorio Gui (90) dies in Florence
  • Pierre Henry’s Futuristie: un manifestation sonore et visuelle en hommage à Luigi Russolo [Futurist: a sound and vision event in honour of Luigi Russolo] premiered in Paris

17

  • Luciano Berio’s Chemins IV for oboe and eleven strings premiered in London
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.9 premiered in Sydney

18

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Kantrimiusik, Pastorale für Stimmen und Instrumente premiered in Donaueschingen
  • Simon & Garfunkel are reunited on the second edition of Saturday Night Live on NBC. They play three songs including new collaboration My Little Town

24

  • Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony no.26 premiered in San Jose, CA

25

  • Art Garfunkel has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with I Only Have Eyes For You

26

  • Elbridge Bryant (36) dies in Flagler County, FL of cirrhosis
  • John McGuire’s Frieze for Four Pianos premiered in Paris

27

  • Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of both Time and Newsweek

28

  • Oliver Nelson (43) dies in Los Angeles of pancreatitis

30

  • Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour kicks off in Plymouth, MA. Bob Dylan (vo, g, hca) Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Bob Neuwirth, Steven Soles (vo, g) Ronee Blakley (vo) T-Bone Burnett (g, p) Mick Ronson (g) David Mansfield (dobro, mand, vln, steel g) Scarlet Rivera (vln) Rob Stoner (b) Luther Rix (perc, d) Howie Wyeth (d, p)

unk

  • Malcolm Williamson appointed Master of the Queen’s Music

releases

  • Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman / 10538 Overture (Jet UK)
  • Justin Hayward & John Lodge – Blue Guitar / When You Wake Up (Threshold)
  • KC and The Sunshine Band – That’s the Way (I Like It) / What Makes You Happy (TK)
  • Miracles – Love Machine parts 1 and 2 (Tamla)
  • O’Jays – I Love Music parts 1 and 2 (Philadelphia International)
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / I’m in Love With My Car (EMI UK)
  • Diana Ross – Theme From Mahogany / No One’s Gonna Be A Fool Forever (Motown)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – My Little Town // Rag Doll / You’re Kind (Columbia)
  • Steeleye Span – All Around My Hat / Black Jack Davy (Chrysalis UK)
  • Dr Feelgood – Malpractice (United Artists UK)
  • Elton John – Rock of the Westies (DJM)
  • Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (Kling Klang Germany)
  • Charles Mingus – Changes One (Atlantic)
  • Charles Mingus – Changes Two (Atlantic)
  • Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn (Virgin UK)
  • Roxy Music – Siren (Island UK)
  • Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years (Columbia)
  • Sparks – Indiscreet (Island)
  • Steeleye Span – All Around My Hat (Chrysalis UK)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – Godbluff (Charisma UK)
  • Tom Waits – Nighthawks at the Diner (Asylum) recorded live in the studio on 30 & 31 Jul 1975
  • The Who by Numbers (Polydor)

Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (Kling Klang)

Nov

1

  • Elton John has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Island Girl
  • Virgil Thomson’s ballet Parson Weems and the Cherry Tree premiered in Amherst, MA

3

  • Charles Dodge’s In Celebration for synthesized voice premiered in New York

6

  • The Sex Pistols play their first concert at St. Martin’s School of Art in London

8

  • David Bowie has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Space Oddity
  • Elton John has the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Rock of the Westies

9

  • Samuel Adler’s Symphony no.5 “We are the Echoes” for mezzo-soprano and orchestra premiered in Ft. Worth, TX
  • John Corigliano’s Concerto for oboe premiered in New York

14

  • Artemi Ayvazyan (73) dies in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Walter Piston’s Bicentennial Fanfare for orchestra premiered in Cincinnati

15

  • William Bolcom’s Seasons for guitar premiered in Ann Arbor, Michigan

18

  • Bruce Springsteen plays his first UK show at the Hammersmith Odeon, London

20

  • Dierks Bentley born (Phoenix, AZ) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Jeffrey Lewis born (New York, NY) American folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, comic book writer.

21

  • Morton Feldman’s Piano and Orchestra premiered in Metz

22

  • Friedrich Blume (82) dies in Schlüchtern, Germany

23

  • Leonard Bernstein’s revue By Bernstein opens in New York

24

  • Minoru Miki’s opera Shunkinshō [A Portrait of Shunkin], lib. Jun Maeda, premiered in Tokyo

25

  • Paul Mealor born (St Asaph, Denbighshire) Welsh composer, teacher.

29

  • Queen have the UK number one single for the first of nine weeks with Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Silver Convention have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Fly, Robin, Fly

releases

  • Abba – Mamma Mia / Intermezzo #1 (Epic UK)
  • David Bowie – Golden Years / Can You Hear Me? (RCA UK)
  • Count Bishops – Speedball EP (Chiswick UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Hurricane parts 1 and 2 (Columbia)
  • Eagles – Take It to the Limit / After the Thrill Is Gone (Asylum)
  • Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing / A Warm Smile (RAK UK)
  • Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas / Humbug (Manticore UK)
  • Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes – Wake Up Everybody parts 1 and 2 (Philadelphia International)
  • Mike Oldfield – In Dulci Jubilo / On Horseback (Virgin UK)
  • Pere Ubu – 30 Seconds Over Tokyo / Heart Of Darkness (Hearthen) Avant-rock band formed in Cleveland, OH in 1975. David Thomas (vo) Peter Laughner, Tom Herman (g) Tim Wright (b) Scott Krauss (d) Allen Ravenstine (synth)
  • Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby / version (Oasis)
  • 10cc – Art for Art’s Sake / Get It While You Can (Mercury UK)
  • Walker Brothers – No Regrets / Remember Me (GTO UK)
  • Neil Young – Lookin’ for a Love / Sugar Mountain (Reprise)
  • The Band – Northern Lights – Southern Cross (Capitol)
  • John Cale – Helen of Troy (Island UK)
  • Guy Clark – Old No.1 (RCA)
  • Miles Davis – Agharta (Columbia) recorded live in Osaka on 1 Feb 1975
  • Brian Eno – Discreet Music (Obscure UK)
  • Little Feat – The Last Record Album (Warner Bros)
  • Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes – Wake Up Everybody (Philadelphia International)
  • Joni Mitchell – The Hissing of Summer Lawns (Asylum)
  • O’Jays – Family Reunion (Philadelphia International)
  • Queen – A Night at the Opera (EMI UK)
  • Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – From South Africa To South Carolina (Arista)
  • Patti Smith – Horses (Arista)
  • Supertramp – Crisis? What Crisis? (A&M)
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – Pour Down Like Silver (Island UK)
  • Neil Young – Zuma (Reprise)

Guy Clark b.1941

Dec

5

  • Ned Rorem’s Air Music for orchestra premiered in Cincinnati
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Prelude in Memory of DD Shostakovich premiered in Moscow

6

  • Phill Niblock’s Long Distance for cello premiered in Albany, NY
  • Paul Simon has the Billboard number one album for one week with Still Crazy After All These Years

7

  • Lou Harrison’s Symphony no.2 “Elegiac” premiered in Oakland

9

  • Frank Signorelli (74) dies in New York

11

  • Lee Wiley (67) dies in New York of colon cancer
  • Anthony Payne’s First Sight of Her and After for 16 voices, text: Thomas Hardy, premiered in London

14

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Cantus perpetuus for keyboard and percussion premiered in Moscow
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Fantasia for violin and piano premiered in Baltimore, MD

16

  • Viktor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis [the emperor of Atlantis], lib. Peter Kien, premiered posthumously in Amsterdam. It was written and rehearsed in Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia in 1943 but never performed due to its satirical subject matter. Both Ullmann and Kien were murdered in Auschwitz in 1944

17

  • Noble Sissle (86) dies in Tampa, FL
  • Hound Dog Taylor (60) dies in Chicago of lung cancer
  • Fess Williams (81) dies in New York

20

  • Joe Walsh joins the Eagles, replacing Bernie Leadon

24

  • Bernard Herrmann (64) dies in Los Angeles from cardiovascular disease
  • The first issue of Punk magazine, dated January 1976, is published. It runs to fifteen issues before closing in 1979

25

  • The first line-up of Iron Maiden rehearse for the first time, put together by bassist Steve Harris

27

  • Friedrich Wührer (75) dies in Mannheim
  • The Faces split is officially announced
  • Queen have the UK number one album for the first of four weeks over two runs with A Night At The Opera
  • The Staple Singers have the Billboard number one single for one week with Let’s Do It Again

unk

  • Teddy Darby (69) dies in East St Louis, IL

releases

  • Banbarra – Shack Up parts 1 and 2 (United Artists) Funk band from Washington, DC. Joseph Carter and Moe Daniels plus others?
  • Four Seasons – December ’63 (Oh What a Night) / Slip Away (Warner Bros)
  • Roxy Music – Both Ends Burning / For Your Pleasure (Island UK)
  • Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover / Some Folks Lives Roll Easy (Columbia)
  • Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby / Need-a-Man Blues (Casablanca)
  • Trammps – Hold Back The Night / Tom’s Song (Buddah) Soul / disco group formed in Philadelphia in 1972. Core members: Norman Harris (vo, g) Ronnie Baker (vo, b) Earl Young (vo, d)
  • AC/DC – TNT (Albert Australia)
  • Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey (Island UK)
  • Fripp & Eno – Evening Star (Island UK)
  • Emmylou Harris – Elite Hotel (Reprise)
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers Live! (Island UK) recorded live at the Lyceum, London on 18 & 19 Jul 1975
  • Parliament – Mothership Connection (Casablanca)
  • Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (RCA)
  • Tangerine Dream – Ricochet (Virgin UK) created from live recordings made during Oct 1975
  • Vangelis – Heaven and Hell (RCA)

Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey (Island)

Date unknown

  • Chris Corsano born (Englewood, NJ) American avant-garde drummer, percussionist, organist.

releases

  • Terry Allen – Juarez (Landfall) Original issue limited to 1000 copies
  • Big Youth – Dread Locks Dread (Klick Jamaica)
  • Gavin Bryars – The Sinking of the Titanic (Obscure UK)
  • Joe Gibbs & the Professionals – African Dub All-Mighty (Joe Gibbs Jamaica)
  • Manuel Göttsching – Inventions for Electric Guitar (Kosmische Musik Germany)
  • Fela Kuti – Confusion (EMI Nigeria)
  • Fela Kuti – Everything Scatter (Coconut Nigeria)
  • Fela Kuti – Expensive Shit (Soundsworkshop Nigeria)
  • Fela Kuti – He Miss Road (EMI Nigeria)
  • Bola Sete – Ocean (Takoma) recorded 1972
  • Yabby You – Conquering Lion (Micron Jamaica) 

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