1970 in British music
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|1970s in music in the UK|
|Summaries and charts
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
|Top 10 singles
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
This is a summary of 1970 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.
- 4 January – The Who drummer Keith Moon fatally runs over his chauffeur with his Bentley while trying to escape a mob outside a pub. The death is later ruled an accident.
- 16 January – John Lennon's London art gallery exhibit of lithographs, Bag One, is shut down by Scotland Yard for displaying "erotic lithographs"
- 26 January – Simon & Garfunkel release their final album together, Bridge Over Troubled Water. It tops the album chart at regular intervals over the next two years, and becomes the best-selling album in Britain during the 1970s.
- 11 February – The film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, is premiered in New York City. The film's soundtrack album, including Badfinger's "Come and Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney), is released on Apple Records.
- 14 February – The Who records Live at Leeds in Yorkshire, England.
- 28 February – Led Zeppelin perform in Copenhagen under the pseudonym The Nobs, to avoid a threatened lawsuit by Count Eva von Zeppelin, descendant of airship designer Ferdinand von Zeppelin.
- 19 March – David Bowie marries model Angela Barnett.
- 21 March – British-born singer Dana wins the 15th annual Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with the song "All Kinds of Everything".
- 10 April – Paul McCartney publicly announces the break-up of The Beatles. His first solo album is released 10 days later.
- 8 May – The Beatles' last album, Let It Be, is released.
- 16 May – The Who release Live at Leeds which is their first live album. Since its initial reception, Live at Leeds has been cited by several music critics as the best live rock recording of all time.
- 23/24 May – Hollywood Festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme is staged featuring a line-up including The Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Free, and Jose Feliciano. Everyone is completely upstaged by the previously unknown Mungo Jerry, whose debut single "In the Summertime" becomes the best-selling hit of the year.
- 26-30 August – The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 takes place on East Afton Farm off the coast of England. Some 600,000 people attend the largest rock festival of all time. Artists include Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Jethro Tull.
- 17 September - Jimi Hendrix makes his last appearance, with Eric Burdon & War jamming at Ronnie Scotts Club in London. Hendrix dies the following day from a barbiturate overdose at his London hotel, aged of 27.
- 2 December - first production of Michael Tippett's opera The Knot Garden staged by the Royal Opera House.
- 28 December - Carl Davis marries actress Jean Boht.
|10 January 1970||"Two Little Boys"||Rolf Harris||3|
|31 January 1970||"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"||Lighthouse, EdisonEdison Lighthouse||5|
|7 March 1970||"Wand'rin' Star"||Marvin, LeeLee Marvin||3|
|28 March 1970||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||Simon & Garfunkel||3|
|18 April 1970||"All Kinds of Everything"||Dana||2|
|2 May 1970||"Spirit in the Sky"||Greenbaum, NormanNorman Greenbaum||2|
|16 May 1970||"Back Home"||England World Cup Squad||3|
|6 June 1970||"Yellow River"||Christie||1|
|13 June 1970||"In the Summertime"||Jerry, MungoMungo Jerry||7|
|1 August 1970||"The Wonder of You"||Presley, ElvisElvis Presley||6|
|12 September 1970||"The Tears of a Clown"||Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson and The Miracles||1|
|19 September 1970||"Band of Gold"||Payne, FredaFreda Payne||6|
|31 October 1970||Matthews' Southern Comfort||"Woodstock"||3|
|21 November 1970||"Voodoo Chile"||Jimi Hendrix Experience||1|
|28 November 1970||"I Hear You Knocking"||Edmunds, DaveDave Edmunds||6|
Singles (Covering 17th Jan to 19th Dec 1970)
- "In the Summertime" - Mungo Jerry
- "The Wonder of You" - Elvis Presley
- "Band of Gold" - Freda Payne
- "Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon and Garfunkel
- "Back Home" - England World Cup Squad
- "All Right Now" - Free
- "Wand'rin' Star" - Lee Marvin
- "Yellow River" - Christie
- "Tears of a Clown" - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
- "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" - Edison Lighthouse
- "All Kinds of Everything" - Dana
- "Lola" - Kinks
- "Can't Help Falling In Love" - Andy Williams
- "Groovin' With Mr. Bloe" - Mr. Bloe
- "Something" - Shirley Bassey
- "Woodstock" - Matthews Southern Comfort
- "Black Night" - Deep Purple
- "Neanderthal Man" - Hotlegs
- "Cottonfields" - Beach Boys
- "Honey Come Back" - Glen Campbell
- "Question" - The Moody Blues
- "Knock, Knock Who's There?" - Mary Hopkin
- "Sally" - Gerry Monroe
- "Two Little Boys" - Rolf Harris
- "Patches" - Clarence Carter
- "You Can Get It if You Really Want" - Desmond Dekker
- "It's All in the Game" - Four Tops
- "I Hear You Knocking" - Dave Edmunds
- "Voodoo Chile" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
- "Give Me Just a Little More Time" - Chairmen of the Board
- "Me and My Life" - The Tremeloes
- "Mama Told Me Not to Come" - Three Dog Night
- "Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" - Cliff Richard
- "I Want You Back" - The Jackson 5
- "Up Around the Bend" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- "Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
- "Let's Work Together" - Canned Heat
- "Rainbow" - Marmalade
- "Leaving On a Jet Plane" - Peter, Paul and Mary
- "Montego Bay" - Bobby Bloom
- "Indian Reservation" - Don Fardon
- "Daughter of Darkness" - Tom Jones
- "Everything Is Beautiful" - Ray Stevens
- "Young, Gifted and Black" - Bob and Marcia
- "Let It Be" - The Beatles
- "House of the Rising Sun" - Frijid Pink
- "I Don’t Believe in if Anymore" - Roger Whittaker
- "(They Long to Be) Close to You" - The Carpenters
- "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" - Poppy Family
- Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
- Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
- Easy Rider - Soundtrack
- Paint Your Wagon - Soundtrack
- Motown Chartbusters Vol. 3 - Various Artists
- Abbey Road - The Beatles
- Let It Be - The Beatles
- Deep Purple in Rock - Deep Purple
- McCartney - Paul McCartney
- Greatest Hits - Andy Williams
- At San Quentin - Johnny Cash
- A Question of Balance - The Moody Blues
- The Sound of Music - Soundtrack
- Paranoid - Black Sabbath
- Motown Chartbusters Vol. 4 - Various Artists
- Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Live in Las Vegas - Tom Jones
- Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
- Fire and Water - Free
- Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
- Sir Arthur Bliss – Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
- Alun Hoddinott
- Violin Sonata 2
- Cello Sonata 1
- Daniel Jones - String Trio
- William Mathias - Harp Concerto
- Stanley Myers - "Cavatina"
- Michael Tippett - Songs for Dov
- David Wynne - Duo for cello and piano
Film and Incidental music
- Frank Cordell - Cromwell, starring Richard Harris and Alec Guinness.
- Johnny Douglas - The Railway Children directed by Lionel Jeffries, starring Dinah Sheridan, Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Bernard Cribbins.
- Stanley Myers -
- William Walton - Three Sisters, starring Alan Bates, Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright.
- 31 January – Minnie Driver, actress and singer
- 1 March - Alison Stephens, mandolin player (died 2010)
- 27 March - Brendan Hill, drummer
- 11 April – Delroy Pearson, singer (Five Star)
- 16 April - Gabrielle, singer
- 19 June - MJ Hibbett, singer-songwriter
- 10 July - Jason Orange, singer (Take That)
- 11 August – Andy Bell, bassist
- 13 October - Paul Potts, concert tenor
- 21 October – Tony Mortimer, singer (East 17)
- 7 November – Neil Hannon, Northern Irish musician (The Divine Comedy)
- 12 December - David Horne, composer
- 14 December – Beth Orton, singer-songwriter
- 29 December – Aled Jones, boy soprano, later baritone
- 26 February - Ethel Leginska, English-American pianist, music teacher, composer and conductor, 84
- 20 July - Oda Slobodskaya, Russian-born British soprano, 81
- 29 July – Sir John Barbirolli, conductor, 70
- 6 September - Louie Pounds, actress and singer, 98
- November - J. Murdoch Henderson, fiddler, composer and music critic, 68
- 18 November - Gavin Gordon, singer, actor and composer, 68
- 31 December - Cyril Scott, composer and writer, 91
- date unknown
- Kendall, Alan. The Chronicle of Classical Music. Thames & Hudson, 2000: p. 247
- "All the Number One Singles: 1970". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1970". The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- ChartHeaven Charts taken from Music Week / Record Mirror
- Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra - Mathias Harp Concerto. Accessed 24 Oct 2014