1970 in music

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List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1970.

Events[edit]

* The Beatles officially and finally split up after 10 years.[5]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

In 1970, 4,000 albums and 5,700 singles were released in the US.[6]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Big Band Sound Jo Stafford Compilation
On the Boards Taste -
Stone the Crows Stone the Crows -
3 The Madcap Laughs Syd Barrett -
5 Wings Upon Your Horns Loretta Lynn -
7 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 -
This Girl's in Love with You Aretha Franklin -
19 John B. Sebastian John Sebastian Album recorded autumn 1968
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 -
One Day at a Time Joan Baez -
Try a Little Kindness Glen Campbell -
Sit Down Old Friend Dion -
The Ways to Love a Man Tammy Wynette -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
9 Burnt Weeny Sandwich The Mothers of Invention -
Morrison Hotel The Doors -
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 -
- Atomic Roooster Atomic Rooster -
The Great Songs of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Compilation
The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other Van der Graaf Generator -
Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends Screaming Lord Sutch -
Nilsson Sings Newman Harry Nilsson Randy Newman compositions
Ronnie Hawkins Ronnie Hawkins -
Shazam The Move -
Sweet Baby James James Taylor -
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 -
7 Climbing! Mountain -
11 Déjà Vu Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -
13 A Beard of Stars Tyrannosaurus Rex -
Egg Egg -
23 Hello Darlin' Conway Twitty -
Leon Russell Leon Russell -
25 Band of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix Live
Vintage Violence John Cale -
27 Sentimental Journey Ringo Starr -
30 Ginger Baker's Air Force Ginger Baker's Air Force Live
31 It Ain't Easy Three Dog Night -
- Bloodrock Bloodrock -
Easy Action Alice Cooper -
First Step Faces -
Ladies of the Canyon Joni Mitchell -
Marriage on the Rocks/Rock Bottom The Amboy Dukes -
On Tour with Eric Clapton Delaney & Bonnie Live
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
17 Brinsley Schwarz Brinsley Schwarz -
Cricklewood Green Ten Years After -
McCartney Paul McCartney -
20 Benefit Jethro Tull -
22 Live Iron Butterfly Live
24 Mona Bone Jakon Cat Stevens -
26 Right On The Supremes -
28 What Love Has...Joined Together Smokey Robinson & the Miracles -
- 12 Songs Randy Newman -
Bitches Brew Miles Davis -
Burrito Deluxe The Flying Burrito Brothers -
Candles in the Rain Melanie -
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
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 -
11 Funkadelic Funkadelic -
Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More Various Artists Soundtrack
15 In the Wake of Poseidon King Crimson -
16 Live at Leeds The Who Live
- Everything is Beautiful Ray Stevens featuring hit title track
Fireworks José Feliciano -
Hot Tuna Hot Tuna Live
I'll Never Fall in Love Again Peter Nero -
Quatermass Quatermass -
Something for Everyone Sammy Davis, Jr. -
Tom Paxton 6 Tom Paxton -
Will You Visit Me on Sunday? George Jones -
The World of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash -
Writer Carole King -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Deep Purple in Rock Deep Purple -
5 Barclay James Harvest Barclay James Harvest -
Home Procol Harum -
6 Third Soft Machine -
8 Self Portrait Bob Dylan -
13 ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble Uriah Heep -
14 Workingman's Dead Grateful Dead -
15 Closer to Home Grand Funk Railroad -
19 Diana Ross Diana Ross -
From Home to Home Fairfield Parlour -
26 Fire and Water Free -
- 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 -
Fotheringay Fotheringay -
Gasoline Alley Rod Stewart -
Hark! The Village Wait Steeleye Span -
Memphis Petula Clark -
Norwood Glen Campbell Soundtrack
On Stage Elvis Presley Live
Parachute The Pretty Things -
Runt Runt / Todd Rundgren -
Struttin' The Meters -
Them Changes Buddy Miles -
Turn Back the Hands of Time Tyrone Davis -
Vehicle Ides of March -
We Made It Happen Engelbert Humperdinck -
You & Me Jerry Butler -

July[edit]

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

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 -
13 Metamorphosis Iron Butterfly -
14 Hawkwind Hawkwind -
17 Stage Fright The Band -
19 Close to You Carpenters -
24 Spirit in the Dark Aretha Franklin -
31 Sunflower The Beach Boys -
- Come Saturday Morning The Sandpipers -
Easy Does It Al Kooper -
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton -
Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way Roy Orbison -
Just for Love Quicksilver Messenger Service -
Mad Dogs & Englishmen Joe Cocker Live
Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon Status Quo -
Mongrel The Bob Seger System -
The Rill Thing Little Richard -
Something Shirley Bassey -
Whales & Nightingales Judy Collins -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert The Rolling Stones Live
If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You Caravan -
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 After the Gold Rush Neil Young -
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 -
Down Home Seals and Crofts -
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Album Glen Campbell -
If If -
Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice -
Johnny Winter And Johnny Winter -
Leftover Wine Melanie -
Mad Shadows Mott the Hoople -
The Magnificent 7 The Supremes & The Four Tops -
New Feelin' Liza Minnelli -
The Original Human Being Blue Cheer -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Atom Heart Mother Pink Floyd -
5 Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin -
15 Jackson 5 Christmas Album The Jackson 5 Christmas
19 New Morning Bob Dylan -
Shades of Rock The Shadows -
22 Miles Davis at Fillmore Miles Davis Live
23 Chunga's Revenge Frank Zappa -
Trespass Genesis -
30 Tumbleweed Connection Elton John -
- The Andy Williams Show Andy Williams -
Bloodrock 2 Bloodrock -
The First Lady Tammy Wynette -
The First Ten Years Joan Baez Compilation
Indianola Mississippi Seeds B.B. King -
The Johnny Cash Show Johnny Cash Live
Looking In Savoy Brown -
New Ways but Love Stays The Supremes -
Potlatch Redbone -
Share the Land The Guess Who -
Shooting at the Moon Kevin Ayers -
Skid Skid Row -
Tapestry Don McLean -
Tony Bennett's Something Tony Bennett -
UFO 1 UFO -
Warhorse Warhorse -
Washington County Arlo Guthrie -
We Got to Live Together Buddy Miles -
Woodsmoke and Oranges Paul Siebel -
Words and Music Jimmy Webb -
Wrong End of the Rainbow Tom Rush -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 American Beauty Grateful Dead -
Bryter Layter Nick Drake -
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 -
Live Album Grand Funk Railroad Live
18 Naturally Three Dog Night -
20 Despite It All Brinsley Schwarz -
Emerson Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
21 Greatest Hits Sly and the Family Stone Compilation
23 Stephen Stills Stephen Stills -
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 -
30 13 The Doors Compilation
- 2 Years On Bee Gees -
Air Conditioning Curved Air -
Almost in Love Elvis Presley -
Anyway Family -
Blows Against the Empire Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship -
Confessions of the Mind The Hollies -
Cruel Sister Pentangle -
Come To My Garden Minnie Riperton -
I Walk the Line Johnny Cash Soundtrack
The Isaac Hayes Movement Isaac Hayes -
Kraftwerk Kraftwerk -
'Til the Band Comes In Scott Walker -
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Derek and the Dominoes -
Loaded The Velvet Underground -
Medusa Trapeze -
Most of All B.J. Thomas -
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 -
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 -
The End of the Game Peter Green -
False Start Love -
From Me to You Charley Pride -
H to He, Who Am the Only One Van der Graaf Generator -
Highway Free -
I Like Your Lovin' (Do You Like Mine?) The Chi-Lites -
if 2 If -
Kingdom Come Sir Lord Baltimore -
Lick My Decals Off, Baby Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band -
Live The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live
Looking On The Move -
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]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

References[edit]