1976

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Jan

4

  • Otto Luening’s A Wisconsin Symphony for orchestra premiered in Milwaukee

5

  • Mal Evans (40) is shot six times and killed in Los Angeles by police. His girlfriend had phoned to tell them that he had a gun and was threatening to kill himself. It turned out to be an air rifle

6

  • Afrasiyab Badalbeyli (68) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan

7

  • Colin Matthews’s Partita for solo violin premiered in Birmingham

8

  • Jenny Lewis born (Las Vegas, NV) American folk and country singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress. Member of Rilo Kiley and solo artist.
  • George Baker (90) dies in Hereford

9

  • Graham Parker signs to Vertigo Records

10

  • Howlin’ Wolf (65) dies in Hines, IL of kidney disease

11

  • Benjamin Britten’s song suite A Birthday Hansel premiered in Schloss Elmau, Germany
  • Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical Pacific Overtures opens on Broadway (196 performances)

13

  • Seven employees of Brunswick and Dakar Records are put on trial for theft of nearly $200,000 from their artists

14

  • Juan d’Arienzo (75) dies in Buenos Aires

15

  • Nina Makarova (67) dies in Moscow
  • Joe Walsh plays his first show with the Eagles in New Zealand after replacing Bernie Leadon
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Tashi for clarinet, violin, cello and piano premiered in Colorado Springs

16

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s Fantasia for cello and orchestra premiered on RAI radio, Turin

18

  • Friedrich Hollaender (79) dies in Munich
  • Morton Feldman’s Four Instruments for piano, violin, viola and cello premiered in New York

19

  • Concert promoter Bill Sargent makes an offer of $30 million to the Beatles if they will reunite for a concert
  • Gunther Schuller’s Little Brass Music for trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba premiered in Boston
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s ballet The Dreamers premiered in Moscow

21

  • Emma Bunton born (London) English pop singer. Member of the Spice Girls.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s String Quartet No. 4 premiered in Espoo, Finland

23

  • Paul Robeson (77) dies in Philadelphia following a stroke

24

  • Diana Ross has the Billboard number one single for one week with Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)
  • Nino Rota’s opera Torquemada premiered in Naples, lib. E. Trucchi

25

  • Chris Kenner (46) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack

28

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Phlegra for 11 instruments premiered in London

29

  • Jesse Fuller (79) dies in Oakland, CA of heart failure

30

  • Mance Lipscomb (80) dies in Navasota, TX following a stroke

31

  • Buster Brown (64) dies in New York
  • Evert Taube (85) dies in Stockholm
  • Abba have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Mamma Mia
  • Ohio Players have the Billboard number one single for one week with Love Rollercoaster

releases

  • Burning Spear – Old Marcus Garvey / Tradition (Island UK)
  • Joni Mitchell – In France They Kiss on Main Street / Boho Dance (Asylum)
  • Bruce Springsteen -Tenth Avenue Freeze Out / She’s The One (Columbia)
  • Walker Brothers – No Regrets / Remember Me (GTO UK)
  • Who – Squeeze Box / Success Story (Polydor UK)
  • Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish (Harvest UK)
  • David Bowie – Station to Station (RCA UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Desire (Columbia)
  • Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive! (A&M) recorded live in California and New York state between 13 Jun and 22 Nov 1975
  • 10cc – How Dare You! (Mercury)

Emmylou Harris b.1947

Feb

2

  • (to 19th) the Ramones record their self-titled debut album for Sire in New York. Joey Ramone (vo) Johnny Ramone (g) Dee Dee Ramone (b, vo) Tommy Ramone (d)
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Deploration for flute, cello and drums premiered in Tübingen

5

  • Rudy Pompilli (51) dies in Brookhaven, PA of lung cancer

6

  • Vince Guaraldi (47) dies in Menlo Park, CA following a heart attack

7

  • Bob Dylan has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Desire
  • Paul Simon has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

10

  • Roy Harris’s Bicentennial Symphony 1976 (Symphony no.13) for chorus and orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

12

  • Skip Martin (59) dies in Los Angeles
  • Clifton Williams (52) dies in Miami of cancer
  • The Sex Pistols play their first major London show supporting Eddie & the Hot Rods at the Marquee
  • This Heat play their first show in Hampstead, London. Charles Buller, Charles Hayward and Gareth Williams

13

  • Leslie Feist born (Amherst, Nova Scotia) Canadian rock singer, songwriter, instrumentalist. Member of Broken Social Scene and solo artist.

19

  • Former Tower of Power lead singer Rick Stevens is arrested and charged with the drug-related murders of three men in San Jose, CA

20

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Blind Fiddler for voice, flute, clarinet, keyboards, guitar, percussion, violin and cello premiered in Edinburgh
  • Howard Hanson’s Fanfare and Chorale for orchestra premiered in Cincinnati
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Colloquy for solo instruments, orchestra and tape premiered in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Retours-Windungen for 12 cellos premiered in Bonn
  • The Rough Trade record shop opens in Ladbroke Grove, London

22

  • Florence Ballard (32) dies in Detroit of coronary thrombosis

24

  • Charles Wilfred Orr (82) dies in Painswick, Gloucestershire
  • Leonard Bernstein and A.J. Lerner’s musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue premiered in Philadelphia
  • Elliott Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell premiered in New York
  • The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) is the first album to be certified platinum for sales of one million copies

25

  • Charles Ives’s Ragtime Dance no.3 for small orchestra premiered in New Haven, CT

26

  • John Cage’s Lecture on the Weather for instruments, voices, tape and film premiered in Toronto

27

  • Carlisle Floyd’s opera Bilby’s Doll, lib. Floyd, premiered in Houston

28

  • The 18th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Captain & Tennille win record of the year with Love Will Keep Us Together and Paul Simon wins album of the year for Still Crazy After All These Years. Other winners include Natalie Cole, Richard Pryor, Willie Nelson, Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, Janis Ian, The Eagles, Ray Charles, Silver Convention and Earth, Wind & Fire

29

  • Ja Rule aka Jeffrey Atkins born (New York) American rapper, actor.

releases

  • Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon / Sugar Daddy (Reprise)
  • Heptones – Love Won’t Come Easy / Mama Say (Island UK)
  • Kraftwerk – Radioactivity / Antenna (Capitol UK)
  • Genesis – A Trick of the Tail (Charisma UK)
  • Gong – Shamal (Virgin)
  • Guru Guru – Tango Fango (Brain Germany)
  • Residents – The Third Reich ‘n Roll (Ralph)

Residents – The Third Reich ‘n Roll (Ralph)

Mar

1

  • Jean Martinon (66) dies in Paris of bone cancer

6

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Bestiarium, Klangfarbeln auf zwei Bühnen [bestiary of tonal color on two platforms] premiered in Cologne

7

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlekin no.42 for clarinet premiered in Cologne

9

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Door of the Sun for viola & The Kestrel Paced Round the Sun for flute premiered in Guildford, Surrey
  • David Matthews’s Songs and Dances of Mourning op.12 premiered in Nottingham

10

  • The Jacksons sign to Epic Records after leaving Motown. They have to change their name from the Jackson 5 because Motown boss Berry Gordy registered a patent on that name

11

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Mikka ‘S’ for violin premiered in Orléans

13

  • Milton Babbitt’s Concerti for violin, small orchestra and tape premiered in New York

14

  • Busby Berkeley (80) dies in Palm Springs, CA

15

  • Czech band The Plastic People of the Universe are arrested and charged with “organized disturbance of the peace”. They are sentenced to betweenfrom 8 and 18 months in prison

16

  • Arthur Gunter (49) dies in Port Huron, MI of pneumonia

19

  • Paul Kossoff (25) dies following a drug related heart attack on a flight from Los Angeles to New York
  • Ivo Tijardović (80) dies in Zagreb
  • Benjamin Britten’s A Birthday Hansel for voice and harp premiered in Cardiff

21

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Hyperion for twelve instruments premiered in Adelaide

22

  • Anthony Payne’s A Little Passiontide Cantata premiered in London

25

  • Isang Yun’s Concerto for cello and orchestra premiered in Royan

26

  • Lejaren Hiller’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Buffalo
  • Karel Husa’s ballet Monodrama: Portrait of an Artist premiered in Indianapolis
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Theraps for bass premiered in Royan, France

28

  • Thea Musgrave’s Orfeo II for flute and 15 strings premiered in Pasadena, CA

29

  • Thea Musgrave’s Piano Sonata in E premiered in London
  • John Williams’s music for Steven Spielberg’s film Jaws wins the best original score Oscar at the 48th Academy Awards

30

  • Simon Green born (Leeds) English electronic musician, composer, producer. Works as Bonobo.

releases

  • Abba – Fernando / Hey Hey Helen (Epic UK)
  • Andrea True Connection – More, More, More parts 1 and 2 (Buddah)
  • Burning Spear – I & I Survive / Black Wa-Da-Da (Island UK)
  • Eddie & The Hot Rods – Writing On The Wall / Cruising (Island UK)
  • Pere Ubu – Final Solution / Cloud 149 (Hearthen)
  • Max Romeo – War In A Babylon / Revelation Dub (Island UK)
  • Diana Ross – Love Hangover / Kiss Me Now (Motown)
  • 10cc – I’m Mandy Fly Me / How Dare You! (Mercury)
  • Trammps – That’s Where The Happy People Go / version (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – I Want You (Tamla)
  • Led Zeppelin – Presence (Swan Song)
  • Max Romeo – Revelation Time (Tropical Sound UK)
  • Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees (Columbia)
  • Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak (Vertigo UK)
  • Wings at the Speed of Sound (Capitol)

Max Romeo b.1947

Apr

1

  • Jazzy B aka Jaswinder Singh Bains born (Nawanshahr, Punjab, India) Indian-Canadian bhangra singer, songwriter, actor.
  • The Buzzcocks play their first show at the Bolton Institute Of Technology. The power is turned off after three songs
  • David Diamond’s Concerto for violin and orchestra no.3 premiered in New York
  • William Walton’s Fanfare for the National for brass premiered in London

3

  • The 101ers supported by the Sex Pistols play the Nashville Rooms in London. Joe Strummer quits the band shortly after

6

  • Georg Hólm born (Reykjavik) Icelandic rock bass guitarist. Member of Sigur Rós.
  • Henryk Górecki’s Two Sacred Songs for baritone and orchestra premiered in Poznan
  • William Schuman’s Symphony no.10 “American Muse”; cantata Casey at the Bat for soprano, chorus and orchestra & The Young Dead Soldiers for soprano, horn, wind and strings premiered in Washington, DC

7

  • Jimmy Garrison (42) dies in New York of lung cancer

9

  • Phil Ochs (35) hangs himself in New York
  • Akio Yashiro (47) dies in Tokyo of heart failure

10

  • Peter Frampton has the Billboard number one album for the first of ten weeks over four runs with Frampton Comes Alive!

13

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Symphony No.5, Sinfonia Di Sfere premiered in London

19

  • Siegfried Matthus’s oratorio Laudate pacem premiered in Berlin

21

  • Humphrey Searle’s Contemplations for mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

22

  • Charles Ives’s Ragtime Dance no.1 for small orchestra premiered in New Haven, CT

23

  • Aaron Dessner born (Cincinnati, OH) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of the National and co-founder of Brassland Records. Twin brother of Bryce Dessner.
  • Bryce Dessner born (Cincinnati, OH) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of the National, Clogs and co-founder of Brassland Records. Twin brother of Aaron Dessner.
  • Vivian Fine’s Meeting for Equal Rights 1866 premiered in New York

24

  • Dominick Argento’s opera The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe premiered in St Paul, MN, lib. Charles Nolte
  • Led Zeppelin have the UK number one album for one week with Presence
  • Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians premiered in New York
  • Wings have the Billboard number one album for seven weeks over three runs with Wings at the Speed of Sound

25

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Paraphrase for piano, cello and drums premiered in Witten, Germany
  • Richard Rodgers, S. Harnick and S. Yellen’s musical Rex opens on Broadway but closes after 49 performances

28

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Fantasy for three pianos premiered in Buffalo

29

  • Jay Orpin born (Stockholm) Swedish pop songwriter, record producer.

releases

  • AC/DC – It’s A Long Way To The Top / Can I Sit Next To You Girl (Atlantic UK)
  • Johnny Cash – One Piece At A Time / Go On Blues (Columbia)
  • Count Bishops – Train Train / Taking It Easy (Chiswick UK)
  • Yvonne Fair – It Should Have Been Me / Tell Me Something Good (Motown)
  • Marvin Gaye – I Want You / instrumental (Tamla)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Johnny Was / Cry To Me (Island UK)
  • Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop / Havana Affair (Sire)
  • Rolling Stones – Fool To Cry / Crazy Mama (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years / I Do It For Your Love (Columbia)
  • Patti Smith – Gloria / My Generation (Arista)
  • Wings – Silly Love Songs / Cook of the House (Parlophone UK)
  • Albion Country Band – Battle of the Field (Island)
  • Burning Spear – Garvey’s Ghost (Island UK) Dub version of Marcus Garvey
  • Heptones – Night Food (Island UK)
  • Nils Lofgren – Cry Tough (A&M)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rastaman Vibration (Island UK)
  • Graham Parker – Howlin’ Wind (Vertigo UK)
  • The Ramones (Sire)
  • Rolling Stones – Black and Blue (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Rush – 2112 (Anthem Canada)
  • Klaus Schulze – Moondawn (Brain Germany)
  • Bob Seger – Live Bullet (Capitol) recorded live in Detroit on 4 & 5 Sep 1975
  • McCoy Tyner – Fly with the Wind (Milestone)
  • Van der Graaf Generator – Still Life (Charisma UK)

The Ramones (Sire)

May

1

  • Howard Hanson’s New Land, New Covenant for solo voices, chorus and organ premiered in Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Led Zeppelin have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Presence
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Psappha for percussion premiered in London

2

  • 12 Hommages à Paul Sacher premiered in Zürich, 12 pieces for cello ensemble composed to celebrate cellist Sacher’s 70th birthday. They are Puneña no. 2 by Alberto Ginastera; Thema und Variationen für Violoncello solo by Wolfgang Fortner; Capriccio by Hans Werner Henze; Drei Epigramme für Violoncello solo für Paul Sacher by Conrad Beck; 3 strophes sur le nom de Sacher by Henri Dutilleux; Sacher-Variationen by Witold Lutoslawski; Les mots sont allés by Luciano Berio; Variationen über das Thema eSACHERe by Cristóbal Halffter; Tema “Sacher” by Benjamin Britten; Transpositio ad infinitum für ein virtuoses Solocello by Klaus Huber; Chaconne für Violoncello solo by Heinz Holliger & Messagesquisse pour 7 violoncelles by Pierre Boulez

3

  • Wings open their first American tour in Fort Worth, TX. These are Paul McCartney’s first US shows since the Beatles played in 1966

4

  • Jim Robinson (83) dies in New Orleans of cancer
  • Leonard Bernstein and A.J. Lerner’s musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue opens on Broadway (7 performances)
  • William Walton’s Varii capricci for orchestra premiered in London

5

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Khoaï for harpsichord premiered in Cologne

6

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for bassoon and low strings premiered in Moscow

8

  • Martha Wainwright born (Montreal) Canadian folk and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Daughter of Loudon Wainwright III (b.1946) and Kate McGarrigle (1946-2010), sister of Rufus Wainwright (b.1973).
  • Valentino Bucchi (59) dies in Rome
  • Abba have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Fernando

9

  • Floyd Council (64) dies in Chapel Hill, NC following a heart attack

10

  • Stuart Braithwaite born (Glasgow) Scottish rock guitarist, composer. Founder member of Mogwai.
  • John Tavener’s Requiem for Father Malachy for solo voices, chorus and chamber ensemble premiered in London

11

  • William Bergsma’s Symphony no.2 “Voyages” premiered in Great Falls, MT

12

  • Rudolf Kempe (65) dies in Zürich

13

  • Isang Yun’s Trio for violin, cello and piano premiered in Mannheim

14

  • Keith Relf (33) dies after being electrocuted at his home in London
  • Colin Matthews’s Five Studies for piano premiered in London
  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s cantata Landscapes and Remembrances for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Milwaukee

15

  • György Ligeti’s Monument, Selbstportrait, Bewegung for two pianos premiered in Cologne
  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks over two runs with Black and Blue

16

  • Gene Kelly’s film celebration of MGM cinema, especially musicals, That’s Entertainment Part II opens
  • György Ligeti’s Six Miniatures for ten winds premiered in Schwetzingen
  • Luigi Nono’s Frammenti da Al gran sole carico d’amore for solo voices, chorus, orchestra and tape premiered in Cologne

17

  • Lars Gullin (48) dies in Vissefjärda, Sweden, following a heart attack

18

  • The official opening of the new IRCAM building takes place in Paris

19

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Zählen und Erzählen, Musiktheater für Unerwachsene [counting and storytelling, music theater for adults] premiered in Bonn

22

  • Edison Denisov’s Flute Concerto premiered in Dresden
  • Vivian Fine’s Teisho for wight solo singers or small chorus and string quartet premiered in Bennington, VT
  • Wings have the Billboard number one single for five weeks over two runs with Silly Love Songs

25

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s Fanfare for Charleston premiered in Charleston, SC

26

  • Maggie Teyte (88) dies in London
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Lament for Strings premiered in Wollongong, NSW

27

  • RJD2 aka Ramble John Krohn born (Eugene, OR) American producer, electronic musician, DJ, singer, composer.

28

  • Gordon Parks’s biopic Leadbelly opens starring Roger E. Mosley. Music by Fred Karlin
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Klavierstück no.5 premiered in Stuttgart

29

  • William Alwyn’s String Quartet no.2 ‘Spring Waters’ premiered in Norwich
  • Diana Ross has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Love Hangover
  • Arthur Rubinstein plays his last concert at London’s Wigmore Hall

30

  • Hugo Rignold (71) dies in London

31

  • The Who are declared the loudest ever rock band with volume levels recorded at 120 decibels at a gig at Charlton Athletic’s football ground The Valley in London

releases

  • David Bowie – TVC15 / We Are The Dead (RCA UK)
  • Double Exposure – Ten Per Cent (Walter Gibbons edit) / Ten Per Cent (Ken Cayre mix) (Salsoul). The first commerically issued 12” single
  • 101ers – Keys To Your Heart / 5 Star Rock ‘n’ Roll Petrol (Chiswick UK) Pub rock band formed in London in 1974. John “Woody” Mellor aka Joe Strummer, Clive Timperley (g, vo) Dan Kelleher (b, vo) Richard Dudanski (d)
  • Parliament – Tear The Roof Off Sucker / P Funk (Casablanca)
  • Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free / I Know (Warner Bros)
  • Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town / Emerald (Vertigo UK)
  • Aerosmith – Rocks (Columbia)
  • Blue Öyster Cult – Agents of Fortune (Columbia)
  • Dillinger – CB200 (Island UK)
  • Isley Brothers – Harvest for the World (T Neck)
  • Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle (Capitol)
  • Rainbow Rising (Polydor UK) 
  • Max Romeo & The Upsetters – War Ina Babylon (Island UK)
  • Steely Dan – The Royal Scam (ABC)

Thin Lizzy

Jun

1

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Hero premiered in Philadelphia, lib. Menotti

2

  • Morton Feldman’s Oboe and Orchestra & Voice, Violin and Piano premiered in Rotterdam

3

  • William Walton’s Roaring Fanfare for brass premiered in London

4

  • The Sex Pistols play the first of two shows at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, organised by Pete Shelley and Howard Trafford of the Buzzcocks (see also 31 Jul)

5

  • Aesop Rock aka Ian Matthias Bavitz born (Northport, NY) American rapper, producer.

6

  • Elisabeth Rethberg (81) dies in New York

7

  • Bobby Hackett (61) dies in Chatham, MA following a heart attack

9

  • Lejaren Hiller and Raveesh K Kumra’s Versions 3 and 4 of Algorithms II for nine instruments and tape premiered in Buffalo

10

  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Meditation for cello and chamber orchestra premiered in Kiev

12

  • Benjamin Britten is created a life peer as Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, the first composer to receive such an honour
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Alexanderlieder for mezzo-soprano, baritone and piano premiered in Cologne

14

  • Géza Anda (54) dies in Zürich of oesophageal cancer
  • Alberto Ginastera’s Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals for string orchestra premiered in San Juan, Puerto Rico

15

  • Gary Lightbody born (Bangor, Co. Down) Irish rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Snow Patrol.
  • The Sex Pistols record their first demos in Majestic studios in Clapham with Dave Goodman producing
  • Isang Yun’s Pièce concertante for chamber ensemble premiered in Hamburg

16

  • Benjamin Britten’s cantata Phaedra for mezzosoprano and orchestra premiered in Snape

17

  • Kilburn and the high Roads play their final show in Walthamstow supported by the Sex Pistols and the Stranglers
  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s children’s opera The Egg premiered in Washington, DC, lib. Menotti

18

  • Sinn Sisamouth (43) is murdered during the Khmer Rouge genocide of intellectuals in Cambodia
  • Abba give a private live performance in Stockholm for Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath on the eve of their wedding

21

  • Elisabeth Lutyens’s opera One and the Same premiered in York, lib. Lutyens

22

  • Frederick Delius’s Romance for cello and piano premiered in Helsinki

23

  • Toshiro Mayuzumi’s opera The Golden Pavilion, lib. Henneberg after Mishima, premiered in Berlin

24

  • Gunther Schuller’s Triptych for organ premiered in Boston

25

  • Johnny Mercer (66) dies in Los Angeles of a brain tumour

26

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Waves for clarinet, horn, two trombones and percussion premiered in Tokyo

27

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Berlin

28

  • Alexander Goehr’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in London

releases

  • Blondie – X Offender / In The Sun (Private Stock)
  • Eddie & The Hot Rods – Wooly Bully / Horseplay (Island UK) Pub rock band formed in Rochford, Essex in 1975. Barrie Masters (vo) Lew Lewis (hca) Dave Higgs (g) Paul Grey (b) Steve Nicol (d)
  • Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together / Sea Breezes (Island UK)
  • Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart / Snow Queen (Rocket)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Roots, Rock, Reggae / Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) (Island UK)
  • Queen – You’re My Best Friend / ’39 (EMI)
  • Boz Scaggs – Lowdown / Harbor Lights (Columbia)
  • Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music / The Lady Wants Your Money (Epic). Funk band formed in Mingo Junction, OH in 1970. Rob Parissi, Bryan Bassett (g, vo) Allen Wentz (b, synth, vo) Ronald Beitle (d, vo)
  • Wings – Let ‘Em In / Beware My Love (Parlophone UK)
  • Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action (Sire)
  • Edgar Froese – Macula Transfer (Brain Germany)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Give, Get, Take and Have (Curtom)
  • The Runaways (Mercury)
  • Rod Stewart – A Night on the Town (Riva UK)

Debbie Harry b.1945

Jul

3

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Midnight Carnival for tape premiered in St. Louis
  • Alan Hovhaness’s Violin concerto “Ode to Freedom” premiered in Washington, DC

4

  • The Clash play their gig supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield
  • Thea Musgrave’s Orfeo I for flute and tape premiered in Chichester
  • Anthony Payne’s The World’s Winter for soprano singer, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, harp and string trio premiered in London
  • The Ramones play the Roundhouse, London supporting the Flamin’ Groovies

6

  • The Damned play their gig supporting the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club, London
  • Throbbing Gristle play their first show at the Air Gallery in London

8

  • Alexander Goehr’s Psalm IV for soprano, chorus, viola, and organ & Fugue on the Notes of the Fourth Psalm for strings premiered in London

10

  • Rod Stewart has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with A Night On The Town (1st week of 2)

12

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera We Come to the River premiered in London, lib. E. Bond

13

  • Max Butting (87) dies in Berlin
  • Mark Perry prints up the first edition of fanzine Sniffin’ Glue

20

  • The Buzzcocks play their first full show supporting the Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

22

  • Kokia aka Akiko Yoshida born (Tokyo) Japanese pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, violinist, producer.

24

  • Elton John And Kiki Dee have the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
  • The Manhattans have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Kiss and Say Goodbye

25

  • The Dead Boys play their first show at CBGB in New York
  • Philip Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach, lib. Robert Wilson, premiered in Avignon

27

  • John Lennon receives his Green Card and with it US residency rights
  • William Schuman’s Amaryllis for strings premiered in Philadelphia
  • Bruce Springsteen sues his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of trust. The case lasts more than a year, before an out of court settlement is reached
  • Tina Turner files for divorce from husband Ike

31

  • George Benson has the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Breezin’

releases

  • Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing / Subway (RSO)
  • Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper / Tattoo Vampire (Columbia)
  • James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thing / Release The Pressure (Polydor)
  • Chicago – If You Leave Me Now / Together Again (Columbia)
  • Poco – Rose Of Cimarron / Tulsa Turnaround (ABC)
  • Rubinoos – I Think We’re Alone Now / As Long As I’m With You (Beserkley) Pop group formed in Berkeley, CA in Nov 1970. Jon Rubin, Tommy Dunbar (g, vo) Royse Ader (b, vo) Donn Spindt (d, vo)
  • Spinners – Wake Up Susan / If You Can’t Be In Love (Atlantic)
  • Steely Dan – Kid Charlemagne / Green Earrings (ABC)
  • Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak / Running Back (Vertigo UK)
  • Boston (Epic)
  • La Düsseldorf (Nova Germany) Avant-rock band formed in Düsseldorf in 1975. Klaus Dinger (vo, g, keys) Thomas Dinger (vo, perc) Hans Lampe (perc, electronics)
  • Parliament – The Clones of Dr Funkenstein (Casablanca)
  • Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers (Beserkley)
  • Al Stewart – Year of the Cat (RCA UK)

Sniffin’ Glue issue one

Aug

1

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Don Chisciotte, lib. Lorenzi and Paisiello, premiered in Montepulciano

4

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s Symphony no.1 “The Halcyon” premiered in Saratoga, NY

5

  • Eric Clapton causes controversy by making racist and pro-Enoch Powell statements during a concert in Birmingham. The incident inspires the formation of Rock Against Racism
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Amicizia! for seven players premiered in Montepulciano

6

  • Gregor Piatigorsky (73) dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer

7

  • Elton John And Kiki Dee have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

8

  • David Del Tredici’s In Wonderland premiered in San Francisco

11

  • Television sign to Elektra Records

13

  • Stiff Records is launched by Dave Robinson and Jake Riveria

19

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Kinloche His Fantassie for flute, clarinet, harpsichord, glockenspiel, violin and cello premiered in Dartington, Devon
  • Gunther Schuller’s Symphonic Tribute to Duke Ellington for drums, bass and orchestra premiered in Lenox, MA

21

  • The Rolling Stones headline a show at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire in front of 120,000 people. Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd and 10cc provide support
  • William Walton’s Fanfare for the National premiered on London Weekend Television
  • The first European Punk Rock Festival takes place at Mont de Marsan near Bordeaux. Acts appearing include the Damned, the Boys, Nick Lowe, Eddie and the Hot Rods, the Pink Fairies, the Count Bishops and Little Bob Storey

22

  • Kalevi Aho’s Chamber Symphony No.1 premiered in Helsinki
  • Usko Meriläinen’s Symphony No.4: The Anvil premiered in Tampere, Finland

24

  • Michael Head (76) dies in Cape Town

25

  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in Lucerne

26

  • Lotte Lehmann (88) dies in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Morton Feldman’s Routine Investigations for oboe, trumpet, piano, viola, cello and bass premiered in Venice

27

  • Mukesh (53) dies in Detroit following a heart attack
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Alone for violin premiered in Nuku’alofa, Tonga

28

  • Vivian Fine’s Romantic Ode premiered in Bennington, VT

29

  • Jimmy Reed (50) dies in Oakland, CA of respiratory failure
  • The Clash play their first London show at the Screen on the Green, Islington with the Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks

unk

  • Bonnie Davis (56) dies in New Jersey

releases

  • Abba – Dancing Queen / That’s Me (Epic UK)
  • Joan Armatrading – Love and Affection / Help Yourself (A&M UK)
  • Bootsy’s Rubber Band – I’d Rather Be With You / Vanish In Our Sleep (Warner Bros)
  • Can – I Want More / And More (Virgin UK)
  • Eddie & The Hot Rods – Live At The Marquee EP (Island UK)
  • Isley Brothers – Harvest For the World / instrumental (T-Neck)
  • Gordon Lightfoot – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald / The House You Live In (Reprise)
  • Nick Lowe – So It Goes / Heart Of The City (Stiff UK). First release on Stiff Records
  • Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded by the Light / Starbird No. 2 (Bronze UK)
  • Max Romeo – Chase The Devil / Upsetters – Croaking Lizard (Island UK)
  • Saints – Stranded / No Time (Fatal Australia) Rock band formed in Brisbane in 1974. Chris Bailey (vo, g) Ed Kuepper (g) Kym Bradshaw (b) Ivor Hay (d)
  • Aswad (Island)
  • Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band (Warner Bros)
  • Burning Spear – Man in the Hills (Island UK)
  • Johnny Clarke – Rockers Time Now (Virgin UK)
  • Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (RCA) Disco / swing group formed in New York in 1976. Cory Daye (vo) Stony Browder (g, p) Mickey Sevilla (perc) Andy Hernandez (vib) August Darnell (b)
  • Herbie Hancock – Secrets (Columbia)
  • Hawkwind – Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (Charisma UK)
  • Mighty Diamonds – Right Time (Virgin UK)
  • The Modern Lovers (Beserkley) recorded between 1971 and 1973
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Columbia)
  • Upsetters – Super Ape (Island UK)
  • Tapper Zukie – MPLA (Klik UK)

The Runaways

Sep

1

  • Ode Records president Lou Adler is kidnapped in his Malibu home, but is released after eight hours on payment of a $25,000 ransom. Two suspects are arrested

3

  • The Sex Pistols play their first concert outside the UK at the Chalet du Lac, Paris

4

  • Abba have the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Dancing Queen
  • Bee Gees have the Billboard number one single for one week with You Should Be Dancing
  • Fleetwood Mac have the Billboard number one album for one week with Fleetwood Mac

8

  • Joaquim Zamacois (81) dies in Barcelona

9

  • Siegfried Matthus’s Cello Concerto premiered in Dresden
  • JVC introduces the VHS home video system

12

  • Hans Werner Henze’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Berlin

14

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Symphony No.5 premiered in Helsinki

15

  • Alan Parker’s comedy musical Bugsy Malone opens starring Scott Baio and Jodie Foster. Music by Paul Williams

16

  • Elīna Garanča born (Riga) Latvian mezzo-soprano singer.

17

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Anakreontika for mezzo-soprano, alto flute, harpsichord, cello and percussion premiered in London

18

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Melancolia I for clarinet, harp and strings premiered in Glasgow
  • Morton Feldman’s Orchestra for orchestra premiered in Glasgow
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Automatophone premiered in Warsaw
  • Queen play a free concert in Hyde Park, London in front of around 150,000 people
  • Wild Cherry have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Play That Funky Music

20

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Royal Winter Music for guitar premiered in Berlin
  • (& 21st) The 100 Club Punk Festival takes place in Oxford Street, London. Both Siouxsie & the Banshees and Subway Sect make their live debuts. Other bands appearing are the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned, the Vibrators, the Stinky Toys and the Buzzcocks

25

  • Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr form U2 in Dublin, then called Feedback

26

  • Thea Musgrave’s Rorate Coeli for chorus premiered in London

30

  • Louis Fourestier (84) dies in Paris
  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • John Cage’s Renga & Apartment House 1776 for orchestra premiered simultaneously in Boston
  • Werner Egk’s Polonaise, Adagio & Finale for four winds and string quintet premiered in Munich

releases

  • Boston – More Than A Feeling / Smokin’ (Epic)
  • Residents – Satisfaction / Loser=Weed (Ralph)
  • Rose Royce – Car Wash / Water (Whitfield)
  • Runaways – Cherry Bomb / Blackmail (Mercury)
  • Spinners – The Rubberband Man / Now That We’re Together (Atlantic)
  • AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Atlantic UK)
  • Be Bop Deluxe – Modern Music (Harvest UK)
  • Guy Clark – Texas Cookin’ (RCA)
  • Stanley Clarke – School Days (Epic)
  • Dr Feelgood – Stupidity (United Artists UK) recorded live in Sheffield on 23 May 1975 and in Southend on 8 Nov 1975.
  • Bob Dylan – Hard Rain (Columbia) recorded live on 16 & 23 May 1976 in Fort Collins, CO
  • Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together (Island)
  • Funkadelic – Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (Westbound) recorded 1976
  • Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains the Same OST (Swan Song) Film soundtrack recorded live at Madison Square Gardens in New York between 27 & 29 Jul 1973
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More from the Road (MCA) recorded live in Atlanta, GA between 7 & 9 Jul 1976
  • O’Jays – Message in the Music (Philadelphia International)
  • Rose Royce – Carwash (MCA) Film soundtrack
  • Rush – All the World’s a Stage (Anthem Canada) recorded live in Toronto between 11 & 13 Jun 1976
  • Stills-Young Band – Long May You Run (Reprise)
  • June Tabor – Airs and Graces (Topic UK)
  • Vangelis – Albedo 0.39 (RCA)
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man (Island)
  • Tom Waits – Small Change (Asylum)
  • Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life (Tamla)

Poster for the 100 Club Punk Festival

Oct

1

  • Maud Karpeles (90) dies in London
  • David Bowie moves to Berlin

2

  • Quentin Jackson (67) dies in New York
  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Symphony No.1 & Symphony No.3 premiered in Kiev
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Piano Sonata no.2 premiered in Washington, DC

3

  • Herb Flemming (78) dies in New York
  • Victoria Spivey (69) dies in New York of an internal haemorrhage

5

  • Havergal Brian’s Symphony no.20 premiered in London on BBC radio. Completed in 1962

7

  • Siegfried Matthus’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Berlin
  • David Del Tredici’s Final Alice for soprano / narrator, folk group and orchestra premiered in Chicago

8

  • Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s Symphonic movement for large orchestra premiered in Ankara
  • The Sex Pistols sign to EMI Records

9

  • Dr Feelgood have the UK number one album for one week with Stupidity
  • Volker David Kirchner’s Orphischer Gesang I premiered in Mainz

10

  • Penguin Café Orchestra play their first gig supporting Kraftwerk at the Roundhouse, London
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Marginalia for orchestra premiered in Tokyo

11

  • Connee Boswell (68) dies in New York of stomach cancer

12

  • Konrad Boehmer’s Canciones del camino premiered in Rotterdam
  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for Orchestra no.2 premiered in Washington, DC

13

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Tashi for clarinet, violin, cello, piano and orchestra premiered in Cleveland

14

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Streichtrio [string trio] premiered in Heidelberg

15

  • Habib Wahid born (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Bangladeshi composer, songwriter, musician, producer.

16

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Five Klee Pictures for school orchestra premiered in London
  • Stevie Wonder has the Billboard number one album for the first of fourteen weeks over two runs with Songs in the Key of Life

17

  • George Crumb’s Dream Sequence (Images II) for violin, cello, piano, percussion and glass harmonica premiered in Brunswick, ME
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Soundscape for four soloists playing 4 zithers, 4 melodicas, 8 recorders, 8 sheep bells, 8 glasses, 4 mouth harmonicas; with amplification and tapepremiered in Graz, Austria

18

  • Throbbing Gristle headline an event playing alongside strippers and punk band Chelsea at the ICA, London

19

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s String Quartet No.1 premiered in London

20

  • Peter Clifton & Joe Massot’s Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains the Same opens

22

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Mi-parti for orchestra premiered in Amsterdam
  • Aulis Sallinen’s Kamarimusiikki II [chamber music II] premiered in Helsinki
  • Michael Schultz’s film Car Wash opens starring Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Antonio Fargas. Soundtrack by Norman Whitfield and Rose Royce

23

  • Leonard Lee (40) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack
  • Chicago have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with If You Leave Me Now
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Piano Concerto No. 1 premiered in Vienna
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Sub-Kontur [sub-contour] for orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen

26

  • Einar Englund’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Helsinki
  • Walter Piston’s Concerto for string quartet, winds and percussion premiered in Portland, ME

29

  • John Casken’s Thymehaze for alto recorder and piano premiered in Birmingham

30

  • John Casken’s Music for the Crabbing Sun for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord premiered in London

releases

  • Burning Spear – The Lion / Door Peep (Island UK)
  • Damned – New Rose / Help (Stiff UK)
  • Eddie & The Hot Rods – Teenage Depression / Shake (Island UK)
  • Elton John – Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word / Shoulder Holster (Rocket)
  • Pere Ubu – Street Waves / My Dark Ages (Hearthen)
  • Radio Birdman – Smith & Wesson Blues EP (Trafalgar Australia)
  • Ramones – I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend // California Sun / I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You (Sire)
  • Abba – Arrival (Polar Sweden)
  • Can – Flow Motion (Virgin UK)
  • Ry Cooder – Chicken Skin Music (Reprise)
  • Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record (Jet UK)
  • Funkadelic – Hardcore Jollies (Warner Bros)
  • Steve Hillage – L (Virgin UK)
  • Elton John – Blue Moves (Rocket)
  • Lou Reed – Rock and Roll Heart (Arista)
  • Bob Seger – Night Moves (Capitol)
  • Patti Smith – Radio Ethiopia (Arista)
  • Thin Lizzy – Johnny the Fox (Vertigo UK)
  • Van der Graaf Generator – World Record (Charisma UK)
  • Frank Zappa – Zoot Allures (Warner Bros)

Tom Waits – Small Change (Asylum)

Nov

3

  • Dean Dixon (61) dies in Zürich

5

  • The Rezillos play their first show in Edinburgh

8

  • John Dalton leaves the Kinks and is replaced by Andy Pyle

12

  • Walter Piston (82) dies in Belmont, MA following a heart attack

13

  • Chicago have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with If You Leave Me Now
  • Led Zeppelin have the UK number one album for one week with The Song Remains The Same
  • David Matthews’s Toccatas and Pastorals op.13 for two oboes, bassoon and harpsichord premiered in Oxford
  • Luigi Nono’s opera I turcs tal Friúl, lib. Pier Paolo Pasolini, premiered in Venice
  • Rod Stewart has the Billboard number one single for the first of eight weeks with Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)

15

  • George Rochberg’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Seattle

18

  • Richard Hell and the Voidoids play their first show at CBGB, New York

19

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Trio for violin, cello and piano premiered in Buffalo
  • Giacomo Manzoni’s Robespierre Suite for solo voices, string quartet, chorus and orchestra premiered in Turin
  • Avet Terterian’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Yerevan, Armenia

24

  • R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet no.2 “Waves” premiered in Vancouver

25

  • The Band play their farewell show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco with guest appearances by Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. It is filmed by Martin Scorsese and released as the Last Waltz

26

  • Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s opera Das Diplom [the diploma], lib. Luigi Pirandello, premiered in Ulm, Germany
  • Elisabeth Lutyens’s opera Isis and Osiris premiered in London, lib. Lutyens

27

  • Jean Grae aka Tsidi Ibrahim born (Cape Town) South African-American rapper, poet, producer.
  • Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata for guitar premiered in Washington, DC

29

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s O Notte for baritone and ensemble, text Michelangelo, premiered in Karlsruhe

releases

  • Abba – Money Money Money / Crazy World (Epic UK)
  • Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves / Grumblin’ Dub (Island UK)
  • Bob Seger – Night Moves / Ship Of Fools (Capitol)
  • Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK (EMI UK)
  • Thin Lizzy – Don’t Believe a Word / Old Flame (Vertigo UK)
  • Vibrators – We Vibrate / Whips And Furs (RAK UK) Punk band formed in London in 1976. Ian ‘Knox’ Carnochan (vo) Pat Collier (b) John Ellis (g) John ‘Eddie’ Edwards (d)
  • Stevie Wonder – I Wish / You And I (Tamla)
  • Jackson Browne – The Pretender (Asylum)
  • Miles Davis – Water Babies (Columbia)
  • Gladiators – Trenchtown Mix Up (Virgin UK)
  • George Harrison – Thirty Three & 1/ॐ (Dark Horse)
  • Joni Mitchell – Hejira (Asylum)
  • Graham Parker & the Rumour  – Heat Treatment (Vertigo UK) r
  • Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (Shelter)
  • Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – It’s Your World (Arista) recorded live in Boston, MA between 1 & 4 Jul 1976
  • Tangerine Dream – Stratosfear (Virgin UK)

Sex Pistols

Dec

1

  • The Sex Pistols are interviewed by Bill Grundy on ITV

3

  • Michael Colgrass’s Letter from Mozart for piano and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Bob Marley is among several people wounded when gunmen burst into his home in Kingston, Jamaica and open fire
  • A giant inflatable pig used for the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals LP escapes from its moorings by Battersea Power Station, London
  • The Stranglers sign to United Artists

4

  • Tommy Bolin (25) dies in Miami, FL when he suffocates due to excessive drug intake
  • Benjamin Britten (63) dies in Aldeburgh, Suffolk of heart disease

5

  • Hal Ashby’s biopic of Woody Guthrie Bound for Glory opens starring David Carradine
  • Karel Husa’s American Te Deum for singer, chorus and wind premiered in Cedar Rapids, IO
  • Bob Marley headlines the Smile Jamaica Concert in Kingston, just two days after being shot

6

  • Raymond Hanson (63) dies in Thornleigh, NSW of myocardial infarction

7

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Le Jardin Parfumé for piano premiered in London

8

  • Frank Pierson’s musical film A Star Is Born opens starring  Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Music by Kenny Ascher, Rupert Holmes, Roger Kellaway, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell, Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand

9

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Epeï for brass quartet, clarinet and bass premiered in Montréal

10

  • Generation X play their first show at the Central College of Art, London

12

  • Francesco Merli (89) dies in Milan

15

  • Colin Matthews’s Specula for flute, harp, viola and percussion premiered in Edinburgh

17

  • Pierre Schaeffer’s Le trièdre fertile for tape premiered in Paris

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Ave Rex angelorum for chorus premiered in Kirkwall, Orkney

19

  • Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Snape

20

  • Ned Washington (75) dies in Los Angeles
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Royal Winter Music: “first sonata on Shakespeare characters” premiered in Berlin

21

  • Generation X headline the opening night of the Roxy Club, London, supported by Siouxsie & the Banshees

24

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s cantata Rubáiyát premiered in Moscow

25

  • Armin van Buuren born (Leiden, Netherlands) Dutch dance music producer, DJ.

26

  • Kirill Karabits born (Kiev) Ukrainian conductor. Son of Ivan Karabyts (1945-2002).
  • Virgil Thomson’s Symphony no.3 premiered in New York

27

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Die Umkehrung Amerikas [The American inversion] premiered on WDR radio, Cologne

28

  • Freddie King (42) dies in Dallas, TX of heart failure
  • The Buzzcocks record the Spiral Scratch EP in Manchester for their own New Hormones label

30

  • Udo Zimmermann’s opera Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin [the owl and the flying princess], lib. Peter Hacks, premiered in Dresden

releases

  • Crime – Hot Wire My Heart / Baby You’re So Repulsive (Crime) Punk band formed in San Francisco in 1976. Johnny Strike, Frankie Fix (vo, g) Ron Greco (b) Ricky Williams (d)
  • Eagles – New Kid in Town / Victim of Love (Asylum)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way / Silver Springs (Warner Bros)
  • Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way / Today Will Soon Be Yesterday (Tamla)
  • Steve Miller – Fly Like An Eagle / Lovin’ Cup (Capitol)
  • Queen – Somebody to Love / White Man (EMI)
  • Racing Cars – They Shoot Horses Don’t They? / Four Wheel Drive (Chrysalis UK)
  • Blondie (Private Stock)
  • Eagles – Hotel California (Asylum)
  • Eddie & The Hot Rods – Teenage Depression (Island UK)
  • Genesis – Wind & Wuthering (Charisma UK)
  • Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène (Disques Dreyfus France)
  • Waylon Jennings – Waylon Live (RCA) recorded live in Austin, TX on 26 Feb & 25 Sep 1974
  • Queen – A Day at the Races (EMI UK)
  • McCoy Tyner – Focal Point (Milestone)
  • Wings Over America (Capitol) recorded live during May and Jun 1976

Eddie & The Hot Rods – Teenage Depression (Island)

Date unknown

releases

  • Jorge Ben – Africa Brasil (Philips Brazil)
  • Cluster – Sowiesoso (Sky Germany)
  • Pierre Henry – Musiques Pour Une Fête (Philips France) Recorded live in Paris on 11 Sep 1971
  • Bernard Herrmann – Taxi Driver OST (Arista) 
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Return Of The 5000 Lb. Man (Warner Bros)
  • Michael Nyman – Decay Music (Obscure UK)
  • Augustus Pablo – King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (Clock Tower Jamaica)
  • Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music from the Penguin Café (Obscure UK)
  • Popol Vuh – Aguirre (Ohr Germany) Soundtrack to Werner Herzog’s film Aguirre, the Wrath of God.
  • Popol Vuh – Letzte Tage, Letzte Nächte (United Artists Germany)
  • Tomasz Stańko – Balladyna (ECM Germany)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Chöre Für Doris · Choral · “Atmen Gibt Das Leben…” · Punkte Für Orchester (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Sternklang (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Trans (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)

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