1970 in music

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Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

In 1970, 4,000 albums and 5,700 singles were released in the US.[5]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 The Madcap Laughs Syd Barrett -
5 Wings Upon Your Horns Loretta Lynn -
7 Encouraging Words Billy Preston -
Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today! Tony Bennett -
8 That's the Way Love Is Marvin Gaye -
9 Magic Christian Music Badfinger UK
15 Back in the USA MC5 -
A Brand New Me Dusty Springfield -
23 A Song for Me Family -
25 John Phillips (John, the Wolf King of L.A.) John Phillips -
26 Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel -
Chicago Chicago aka Chicago II
- American Woman The Guess Who -
Argent Argent -
Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Barbra Streisand Compilation
Hello, I'm Johnny Cash Johnny Cash -
John B. Sebastian John Sebastian Album recorded autumn 1968
On the Boards Taste -
One Day at a Time Joan Baez -
Sit Down Old Friend Dion -
This Girl's in Love with You Aretha Franklin -
The Ways to Love a Man Tammy Wynette -
Try a Little Kindness Glen Campbell -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
9 Burnt Weeny Sandwich The Mothers of Invention -
Zabriskie Point Various Artists Soundtrack
13 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath UK; released June 1970 in US
26 Hey Jude The Beatles Compilation; aka The Beatles Again
28 Moondance Van Morrison -
- Andy Williams' Greatest Hits Andy Williams Compilation
Atomic Roooster Atomic Rooster -
Black Gold Nina Simone Live
Climbing! Mountain -
The Great Songs of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison -
The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other Van der Graaf Generator -
Leon Russell Leon Russell -
Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends Screaming Lord Sutch -
Morrison Hotel The Doors -
Nilsson Sings Newman Harry Nilsson Randy Newman compositions
Ronnie Hawkins Ronnie Hawkins -
Shazam The Move -
Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum featuring hit title track
Sweet Baby James James Taylor -
12 Songs Randy Newman -
Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Lie: The Love and Terror Cult Charles Manson recorded 1967–'68
Psychedelic Shack The Temptations -
11 Déjà Vu Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -
13 A Beard of Stars Tyrannosaurus Rex -
23 Hello Darlin' Conway Twitty -
25 Band of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix Live
Vintage Violence John Cale -
27 Sentimental Journey Ringo Starr -
- Bloodrock Bloodrock -
Easy Action Alice Cooper -
Egg Egg -
First Step Faces -
Funkadelic Funkadelic -
The Isaac Hayes Movement Isaac Hayes -
Ladies of the Canyon Joni Mitchell -
Marriage on the Rocks/Rock Bottom The Amboy Dukes -
On Tour with Eric Clapton Delaney & Bonnie Live
Right On Wilson Pickett -
Silk Purse Linda Ronstadt -
Tom Rush Tom Rush -
Tonight I'm Singing Just for You Country Joe McDonald -
Watertown Frank Sinatra -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
9 Remedies Dr. John -
10 Elton John Elton John -
13 Farewell Diana Ross & The Supremes Live
16 Come To My Garden Minnie Riperton -
17 Brinsley Schwarz Brinsley Schwarz -
Cricklewood Green Ten Years After -
McCartney Paul McCartney -
20 Benefit Jethro Tull -
22 Live Iron Butterfly Live
26 Right On The Supremes -
28 What Love Has...Joined Together Smokey Robinson & the Miracles -
- Bitches Brew Miles Davis -
Burrito Deluxe The Flying Burrito Brothers -
Candles in the Rain Melanie -
CJ Fish Country Joe and the Fish -
Come Together Ike & Tina Turner -
Cucumber Castle Bee Gees -
Eric Burdon Declares "War" Eric Burdon & War -
Everybody's Out of Town B.J. Thomas -
Getting to This Blodwyn Pig -
The Grass Is Greener Colosseum US only
I Looked Up Incredible String Band -
It Ain't Easy Three Dog Night -
Live Cream Cream Live 1968 + 1 studio outtake
McLemore Avenue Booker T. & the M.G.s instrumental covers LP of Abbey Road
My Kind of Jazz Ray Charles -
Oh Happy Day Glen Campbell -
Open Blues Image -
Peacing it All Together Lighthouse -
Portrait The 5th Dimension -
Sit Down Young Stranger Gordon Lightfoot -
Tammy's Touch Tammy Wynette -
Zero She Flies Al Stewart -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Poco Poco -
8 ABC The Jackson 5 -
Let It Be The Beatles -
15 In the Wake of Poseidon King Crimson -
16 Live at Leeds The Who Live
- Diana Ross Diana Ross -
Everything is Beautiful Ray Stevens featuring hit title track
Fireworks José Feliciano -
Ginger Baker's Air Force Ginger Baker's Air Force Live
Hot Tuna Hot Tuna Live
I'll Never Fall in Love Again Peter Nero -
Quatermass Quatermass -
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Andy Williams -
Something for Everyone Sammy Davis, Jr. -
Tom Paxton 6 Tom Paxton -
Will You Visit Me on Sunday? George Jones -
Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More Various Artists Soundtrack
The World of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 In Rock Deep Purple -
5 Barclay James Harvest Barclay James Harvest -
Home Procol Harum -
6 Third Soft Machine -
8 Self Portrait Bob Dylan -
14 Workingman's Dead Grateful Dead -
19 From Home to Home Fairfield Parlour -
- Alone Together Dave Mason -
Are You Ready Pacific Gas & Electric -
Better Times Are Coming Rhinoceros -
Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Changes The Monkees -
Charley Pride's 10th Album Charley Pride -
Ecology Rare Earth -
Electronic Meditation Tangerine Dream -
Entrance Edgar Winter -
Fire and Water Free -
Fotheringay Fotheringay -
Gasoline Alley Rod Stewart -
Hark! The Village Wait Steeleye Span -
Kristofferson Kris Kristofferson -
Loretta Lynn Writes 'Em & Sings 'Em Loretta Lynn -
Memphis Petula Clark -
Norwood Glen Campbell Soundtrack
On Stage Elvis Presley Live
Open Road Donovan -
Parachute The Pretty Things -
Runt Runt / Todd Rundgren -
Struttin' The Meters -
Them Changes Buddy Miles -
Turn Back the Hands of Time Tyrone Davis -
Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble Uriah Heep -
Vehicle Ides of March -
We Made It Happen Engelbert Humperdinck -
You & Me Jerry Butler -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Cactus Cactus -
14 Supertramp Supertramp -
24 Time and a Word Yes -
25 Cosmo's Factory Creedence Clearwater Revival -
- Absolutely Live The Doors Live
Closer to Home Grand Funk Railroad -
Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow Funkadelic -
Full House Fairport Convention -
Fun House The Stooges -
Humble Pie Humble Pie -
James Gang Rides Again James Gang -
John Barleycorn Must Die Traffic -
The Last Puff Spooky Tooth -
Mona Bone Jakon Cat Stevens -
Mungo Jerry Mungo Jerry -
On the Waters Bread -
Osmium Parliament -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Future Blues Canned Heat -
7 A Question of Balance The Moody Blues -
Signed, Sealed & Delivered Stevie Wonder -
10 Weasels Ripped My Flesh The Mothers of Invention -
12 Chapter Two Roberta Flack -
14 Hawkwind Hawkwind -
17 Stage Fright The Band -
19 Close to You Carpenters -
31 After the Gold Rush Neil Young -
Sunflower The Beach Boys -
Come Saturday Morning The Sandpipers -
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton -
Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way Roy Orbison -
Just for Love Quicksilver Messenger Service -
Mad Dogs and Englishmen Joe Cocker Live
Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon Status Quo -
Metamorphosis Iron Butterfly -
Mongrel The Bob Seger System -
The Rill Thing Little Richard -
Sex Machine James Brown -
Something Shirley Bassey -
Spirit in the Dark Aretha Franklin -
Whales & Nightingales Judy Collins -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert The Rolling Stones Live
8 Third Album The Jackson 5 -
14 (Untitled) The Byrds -
18 Kiln House Fleetwood Mac -
Paranoid Black Sabbath UK; released January 1971 in US
19 Performance Various Artists Soundtrack
23 Idlewild South The Allman Brothers Band -
25 Beaucoups of Blues Ringo Starr -
30 A Pocket Full of Miracles The Miracles -
- Abraxas Santana -
Curtis Curtis Mayfield -
Death Walks Behind You Atomic Rooster -
Easy Does It Al Kooper -
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Album Glen Campbell -
If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You Caravan -
Johnny Winter And Johnny Winter -
Leftover Wine Melanie -
Loaded The Velvet Underground -
Mad Shadows Mott the Hoople -
The Magnificent 7 The Supremes & The Four Tops -
New Feelin' Liza Minnelli -
The Original Human Being Blue Cheer -
Share the Land The Guess Who -
Snowbird Anne Murray US debut; compilation

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin -
10 Atom Heart Mother Pink Floyd -
15 The Jackson 5 Christmas Album The Jackson 5 Christmas
19 New Morning Bob Dylan -
23 Chunga's Revenge Frank Zappa -
Trespass Genesis -
30 Tumbleweed Connection Elton John -
- The Andy Williams Show Andy Williams -
Bloodrock 2 Bloodrock -
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake and Palmer -
The First Lady Tammy Wynette -
The First 10 Years Joan Baez Compilation
The Johnny Cash Show Johnny Cash Live
Lick My Decals Off, Baby Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band -
New Ways but Love Stays The Supremes -
The Partridge Family Album The Partridge Family -
Shooting at the Moon Kevin Ayers -
Skid Skid Row -
Tapestry Don McLean -
Tony Bennett's Something Tony Bennett -
U Incredible String Band -
UFO 1 UFO -
USA Union John Mayall -
Washington County Arlo Guthrie -
We Got to Live Together Buddy Miles -
Woodsmoke and Oranges Paul Siebel -
Wrong End of the Rainbow Tom Rush -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Derek and the Dominoes -
4 The Man Who Sold The World David Bowie -
9 No Dice Badfinger US
11 That's the Way It Is Elvis Presley Soundtrack
14 Barrett Syd Barrett -
15 His Band and the Street Choir Van Morrison -
16 The J. Geils Band The J. Geils Band -
Stephen Stills Stephen Stills -
Straight Life Freddie Hubbard -
21 Greatest Hits Sly and the Family Stone Compilation
Tap Root Manuscript Neil Diamond -
23 Tea for the Tillerman Cat Stevens -
25 Christmas and the Beads of Sweat Laura Nyro -
27 All Things Must Pass George Harrison -
Gentle Giant Gentle Giant -
Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One The Kinks -
28 Play It Loud Slade -
- Airconditioning Curved Air -
Almost in Love Elvis Presley -
American Beauty Grateful Dead -
Anyway Family -
Be a Brother Big Brother and the Holding Company -
Blows Against the Empire Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship -
Bryter Layter Nick Drake -
Confessions of the Mind The Hollies -
Cruel Sister Pentangle -
Despite It All Brinsley Schwarz -
Emitt Rhodes Emitt Rhodes -
I Walk the Line Johnny Cash Soundtrack
Kraftwerk Kraftwerk -
Live Album Grand Funk Railroad Live
Medusa Trapeze -
Most of All B.J. Thomas -
Naturally Three Dog Night -
Number 5 Steve Miller Band -
Scott Joplin: Piano Rags Joshua Rifkin -
Starsailor Tim Buckley -
Steppenwolf 7 Steppenwolf -
...To Be Continued Isaac Hayes -
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus Spirit -
13 The Doors Compilation
Warhorse Warhorse -
The Worst of Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane Compilation

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 The End of an Ear Robert Wyatt -
Wishbone Ash Wishbone Ash -
7 Pendulum Creedence Clearwater Revival -
10 Ginger Baker's Air Force 2 Ginger Baker's Air Force -
11 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band -
Lizard King Crimson -
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band Yoko Ono and Plastic Ono Band -
18 T. Rex T. Rex -
- The Best of Top of the Pops '70 Top of the Poppers Compilation
The Black-Man's Burdon Eric Burdon and War -
Daughter of Time Colosseum -
Desertshore Nico -
False Start Love -
From Me to You Charley Pride -
H to He, Who Am the Only One Van der Graaf Generator -
Highway Free -
Kingdom Come Sir Lord Baltimore -
Live The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live
Looking On The Move -
Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East Miles Davis Live
Ry Cooder Ry Cooder -
Soul Rebels The Wailers -
Watt Ten Years After -
What About Me Quicksilver Messenger Service -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1970.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Beatles Let It Be 1970 United Kingdom US BB 1 – Mar 1970, Canada 1 – Mar 1970, Netherlands 1 – Mar 1970, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1970, Norway 1 – Mar 1970, Australia 1 of 1970, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Sep 1970, Australia Goset 1 – Apr 1970, UK 2 – Mar 1970, Germany 2 – Apr 1970, DDD 3 of 1970, Italy 8 of 1970, US CashBox 9 of 1970, RYM 9 of 1970, France 10 – Mar 1970, Virgin 11, WXPN 12, Japan 14 of all time (international songs), Europe 15 of the 1970s, US BB 20 of 1970, Rolling Stone 20, POP 20 of 1970, OzNet 25, Poland 28 – Dec 2003, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1970, Scrobulate 34 of classic rock, Belgium 77 of all time, Germany 149 of the 1970s, TheQ 318, Acclaimed 342
2 Mungo Jerry In the Summertime 1970 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jun 1970, Netherlands 1 – Jun 1970, Switzerland 1 – Jun 1970, Norway 1 – Jul 1970, Germany 1 – Jul 1970, Éire 1 – Jul 1970, Australia 1 for 1 weeks Feb 1971, Australia Goset 1 – Aug 1970, South Africa 2 of 1970, US BB 3 – Jul 1970, Canada 4 – Jul 1970, Italy 5 of 1970, France 7 – Aug 1970, Australia 16 of 1970, US BB 26 of 1970, POP 26 of 1970, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1970, US CashBox 35 of 1970, Germany 45 of the 1970s, DDD 47 of 1970, RYM 61 of 1970, Acclaimed 2195
3 Simon & Garfunkel Bridge over Troubled Water 1970 United States UK 1 – Feb 1970, US BB 1 – Feb 1970, Canada 1 – Feb 1970, Australia Goset 1 – Mar 1970, Grammy in 1970, DDD 2 of 1970, Germany 4 – Apr 1970, US CashBox 5 of 1970, Netherlands 5 – Feb 1970, Switzerland 5 – Mar 1970, Australia 5 of 1970, Norway 7 – Apr 1970, US BB 9 of 1970, France 10 – Apr 1970, Europe 18 of the 1970s, RYM 19 of 1970, 28 in 2FM list, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1970, POP 41 of 1970, WXPN 41, Rolling Stone 47, Acclaimed 64, Scrobulate 66 of oldies, Belgium 162 of all time, Germany 239 of the 1970s
4 Shocking Blue Venus 1970 Netherlands US BB 1 – Dec 1969, Canada 1 – Dec 1969, France 1 – Apr 1970, Switzerland 1 – Oct 1969, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Aug 1970, Australia Goset 1 – Jan 1970, Norway 2 – Feb 1970, Germany 2 – Jan 1970, Netherlands 3 – Jul 1969, Italy 3 of 1970, US CashBox 6 of 1970, South Africa 7 of 1970, UK 8 – Jan 1970, Japan 15 of all time (international songs), POP 17 of 1970, Australia 19 of 1970, Europe 20 of the 1960s, US BB 21 of 1970, RYM 26 of 1969, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1969, DDD 34 of 1969, Germany 261 of the 1960s
5 Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love 1970 United Kingdom France 1 – Jan 1970, Germany 1 – Mar 1970, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Sep 1970, Australia Goset 1 – Feb 1970, TheQ 1, DDD 1 of 1969, Canada 2 – Dec 1969, US BB 4 – Dec 1969, Netherlands 4 – Dec 1969, Switzerland 5 – Mar 1970, RYM 8 of 1969, Australia 11 of 1970, Europe 11 of the 1960s, Scrobulate 11 of classic rock, US BB 38 of 1970, POP 38 of 1970, Belgium 48 of all time, US CashBox 54 of 1970, Poland 74 of all time, Rolling Stone 75, Acclaimed 85, Germany 120 of the 1970s, WXPN 400

Top hits – US and UK singles[edit]

Published popular songs[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

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Births[edit]

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