1971 in music

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David Tudor and John Cage at the 1971 Shiraz Arts Festival
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Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) Elvis Presley -
3 McDonald and Giles Ian McDonald and Michael Giles -
11 Chicago III Chicago -
Pearl Janis Joplin -
12 Love it to Death Alice Cooper Straight Records; re-issued on Warner Bros. Feb. '71
13 Deliverin' Poco Live
15 Hooker 'n Heat John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat -
16 ZZ Top's First Album ZZ Top -
- Extraction Gary Wright -
Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers and The First Edition Compilation
If You Saw Thro' My Eyes Ian Matthews -
Jerry Butler Sings Assorted Sounds Jerry Butler -
Joy of Cooking Joy of Cooking -
Little Feat Little Feat -
Losers Weepers Etta James -
Melting Pot Booker T & the MG's -
Nantucket Sleighride Mountain -
The Point! Harry Nilsson -
Salisbury Uriah Heep US
Sister Kate Kate Taylor -
There Must Be More to Love Than This Jerry Lee Lewis -
You're Not Alone Dion -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes The 5th Dimension -
3 Love Story Andy Williams -
5 Once Again Barclay James Harvest -
6 Little Fauss and Big Halsy Johnny Cash Soundtrack
10 Church of Anthrax John Cale and Terry Riley -
Tapestry Carole King -
15 Bridge Over Troubled Water Buck Owens -
19 The Yes Album Yes -
22 If I Could Only Remember My Name David Crosby -
24 One Way...Or Another Cactus -
A Tribute to Jack Johnson Miles Davis -
26 Straight, Clean and Simple Anne Murray -
28 Fourth Soft Machine -
- Crazy Horse Crazy Horse -
The Cry of Love Jimi Hendrix -
Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire -
The Good Book Melanie -
The Hawk Ronnie Hawkins -
Jack-Knife Gypsy Paul Siebel -
Live at the Sex Machine Kool & the Gang Live
Long Player Faces -
Love Story Johnny Mathis -
Mama's Big Ones Cass Elliot Compilation
Mary Mary Travers -
Ring of Hands Argent -
Rita Coolidge Rita Coolidge -
Stoney End Barbra Streisand -
Tago Mago Can -
The Taker/Tulsa Waylon Jennings -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Friends Elton John Soundtrack
6 Stone Age The Rolling Stones Compilation
16 Mirror Man Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band Recorded 1967
19 Aqualung Jethro Tull -
Songs of Love and Hate Leonard Cohen -
22 You'll Never Walk Alone Elvis Presley Compilation
26 Percy The Kinks Soundtrack
- Back to the Roots John Mayall -
Black Oak Arkansas Black Oak Arkansas -
Carly Simon Carly Simon -
Dave Mason & Cass Elliot Dave Mason & Cass Elliot -
Electronically Tested Mungo Jerry -
A Message to the People Buddy Miles -
Moments Boz Scaggs -
Motel Shot Delaney & Bonnie -
Please to See the King Steeleye Span -
Present Company Janis Ian -
Rat On! Swamp Dogg -
Rock On Humble Pie -
She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina Buffy St. Marie -
Tanz der Lemminge Amon Düül II -
Up to Date The Partridge Family -
Wildlife Mott the Hoople -
With Friends and Neighbors Alex Taylor -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway -
7 4 Way Street Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -
8 Givin' It Back The Isley Brothers -
In the Land of Grey and Pink Caravan -
12 Maybe Tomorrow The Jackson 5 -
Where I'm Coming From Stevie Wonder -
15 Survival Grand Funk Railroad -
22 Hag Merle Haggard -
Sky's the Limit The Temptations -
23 Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones -
29 L.A. Woman The Doors -
30 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy -
- Bloodrock 3 Bloodrock -
Bring Me Home Mother Earth -
Broken Barricades Procol Harum -
Chase Chase -
Cheapo Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live John Sebastian John Sebastian Live
City of Gold Pearls Before Swine -
The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers -
Elegy The Nice -
Good Taste is Timeless The Holy Modal Rounders -
How Much More Can She Stand Conway Twitty -
Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon James Taylor -
Oh! Pleasant Hope Blue Cheer -
Survival of the Fittest Live Amboy Dukes Live
Teenage Head Flamin' Groovies -
Thirds James Gang -
War War -
When You're Hot, You're Hot Jerry Reed -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Peaceful World The Rascals -
10 17-11-70 Elton John Live
14 Carpenters Carpenters -
Relics Pink Floyd Compilation
17 Ram Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney US; released in UK May 28
21 What's Going On Marvin Gaye -
23 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher -
28 Songs for Beginners Graham Nash -
Another Dimension Bo Diddley -
Aretha Live at Fillmore West Aretha Franklin Live
Contact Freda Payne -
Curtis/Live! Curtis Mayfield Live
Edgar Broughton Band Edgar Broughton Band -
Every Picture Tells a Story Rod Stewart -
Fifth Lee Michaels -
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds -
Joy to the World Hoyt Axton -
Just as I Am Bill Withers -
Leon Russell and the Shelter People Leon Russell -
Live Johnny Winter and Johnny Winter Live
Man in Black Johnny Cash -
Mudlark Leo Kottke -
Nevada Fighter Michael Nesmith -
Poems, Prayers and Promises John Denver -
Smash Your Head Against the Wall John Entwistle -
Something Else Shirley Bassey -
Summer Side of Life Gordon Lightfoot -
Weather Report Weather Report -
We Sure Can Love Each Other Tammy Wynette -
Winwood Steve Winwood Compilation

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
14 Tarkus Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
16 Love Letters from Elvis Elvis Presley -
Golden Bisquits Three Dog Night -
21 Ruby Buck Owens -
22 Blue Joni Mitchell -
23 Byrdmaniax The Byrds -
25 I Wrote a Simple Song Billy Preston -
30 Stephen Stills 2 Stephen Stills -
Angel Delight Fairport Convention -
Bird on a Wire Tim Hardin -
Blood, Sweat & Tears 4 Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Budgie Budgie -
The Donny Osmond Album Donny Osmond -
First Pull Up, Then Pull Down Hot Tuna -
The Flying Burrito Brothers The Flying Burrito Brothers -
Grin Grin -
Historic Dead Grateful Dead Live 1966
Indelibly Stamped Supertramp -
It Ain't Easy Long John Baldry -
Link Wray Link Wray -
Live at Carnegie Hall/What You Hear is What You Get Ike & Tina Turner Live
Living Judy Collins -
Mick Abrahams Mick Abrahams -
New York City (You're a Woman) Al Kooper -
One World Rare Earth -
Randy Newman Live Randy Newman Live
Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren -
San Francisco Dues Chuck Berry -
Sing Children Sing Lesley Duncan -
Surrender Diana Ross -
Touch The Supremes -
Touching Home Jerry Lee Lewis -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Push Push Herbie Mann -
6 High Time MC5 -
12 Maggot Brain Funkadelic -
16 Acquiring the Taste Gentle Giant -
21 Master of Reality Black Sabbath -
23 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour The Moody Blues -
- Armchair Boogie Michael Hurley & Pals -
At Fillmore East The Allman Brothers Band Live
Blessed Are... Joan Baez -
Booker T. & Priscilla Booker T & Priscilla Coolidge -
Charity Ball Fanny -
C'mon Everybody Elvis Presley Compilation
Fireball Deep Purple -
Fool's Mate Peter Hammill -
Happy Birthday, Ruthy Baby McGuinness Flint -
Harmony Row Jack Bruce -
H.M.S. Donovan Donovan -
How Come the Sun Tom Paxton -
I Don't Know How to Love Him Helen Reddy -
In the Garden Gypsy -
The Last Time I Saw Her Glen Campbell -
Ride the Wind The Youngbloods -
Shaft Isaac Hayes Soundtrack
So Long, Bannatyne The Guess Who -
Sha Na Na Sha Na Na -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Fillmore East - June 1971 The Mothers of Invention Live
14 Al Green Gets Next to You Al Green -
The Inner Mounting Flame Mahavishnu Orchestra -
Who's Next The Who -
27 One Dozen Roses Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -
30 Surf's Up The Beach Boys -
31 The Sun, Moon & Herbs Dr. John -
- Barbra Joan Streisand Barbra Streisand -
In Hearing of Atomic Rooster Atomic Rooster -
Freedom Flight Shuggie Otis -
Himself Gilbert O'Sullivan -
How Hard It Is Big Brother and the Holding Company -
I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving Conway Twitty -
The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions Howlin' Wolf -
My Baby Packed Up My Mind and Left Me Dallas Frazier -
New Riders of the Purple Sage New Riders of the Purple Sage -
Nigel Olsson's Drum Orchestra and Chorus Nigel Olsson -
Ronnie Milsap Ronnie Milsap -
Sound Magazine The Partridge Family -
A Space in Time Ten Years After -
Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' Butterfield Blues Band -
Van Ronk Dave Van Ronk -
White Light Gene Clark aka Gene Clark
You've Got a Friend Johnny Mathis -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Future Games Fleetwood Mac -
5 From the Inside Poco -
8 Labelle Labelle -
9 Imagine John Lennon US; released in UK Oct. 8
15 Cahoots The Band -
Judee Sill Judee Sill -
17 Colosseum Live Colosseum Live
20 Fly Yoko Ono -
24 Electric Warrior T.Rex -
29 Goin' Back to Indiana The Jackson 5 -
Aereo-Plain John Hartford -
April Wine April Wine -
Aretha's Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin Compilation
Bark Jefferson Airplane -
Buddy Miles Live Buddy Miles Live
Charlie Daniels Charlie Daniels -
Closer to the Ground Joy of Cooking -
The Four of Us John Sebastian -
Free Live! Free Live
Givin' It Back The Isley Brothers -
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Johnny Cash Compilation
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Cher -
Harmony Three Dog Night -
James Gang Live in Concert James Gang Live
Ko-ko Joe Jerry Reed -
Look at Yourself Uriah Heep US; released Oct. '71 in UK
The North Star Grassman and the Ravens Sandy Denny -
Pilgrimage Wishbone Ash -
Rock Love Steve Miller Band -
Santana Santana aka Santana III
Second Album Curved Air -
Street Corner Talking Savoy Brown -
The Time to Live is Now Buzzy Linhart -
Trafalgar Bee Gees -
Transition Kenny Rogers and The First Edition -
Welcome to the Canteen Traffic Live

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton -
The Morning After The J. Geils Band -
4 200 Motels Frank Zappa Soundtrack
8 Distant Light The Hollies UK
In Search of Space Hawkwind -
Message from the Country The Move -
18 Restrictions Cactus -
20 Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas Elvis Presley Christmas
24 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Live
25 Chicago at Carnegie Hall Chicago Live
Other Voices The Doors -
Rough and Ready The Jeff Beck Group -
30 Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy The Who Compilation
Meddle Pink Floyd -
American Pie Don McLean -
Bloodrock U.S.A. Bloodrock -
Country Anthem Hoyt Axton -
Fearless Family -
Fog on the Tyne Lindisfarne -
'Frisco Mabel Joy Mickey Newbury -
Gather Me Melanie -
Greatest Hits, Volume Two B.J. Thomas Compilation
Focus II (Moving Waves) Focus -
Jesse Frederick Jesse Frederick -
The King of Rock and Roll Little Richard -
The Marblehead Messenger Seatrain -
Memories John Mayall -
No Roses Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band -
Pawn Hearts Van der Graaf Generator -
Performance Rockin' the Fillmore Humble Pie Live
Rainbow Bridge Jimi Hendrix Soundtrack
Reflection Pentangle -
REO Speedwagon REO Speedwagon -
Roots Curtis Mayfield -
Rotten to the Core Crabby Appleton -
Stoney & Meatloaf Stoney & Meat Loaf -
Teaser and the Firecat Cat Stevens -
To You, With Love Donny Osmond -
Tupelo Honey Van Morrison -
War War War Country Joe McDonald -
Would You Take Another Chance On Me? Jerry Lee Lewis -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Hooteroll? Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia -
David Axelrod's Rock Interpretation of Handel's Messiah David Axelrod -
5 Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories Barclay James Harvest -
Dog of Two Head Status Quo -
Madman Across the Water Elton John -
6 The Stylistics The Stylistics -
8 the Four Symbols logo (untitled fourth album) Led Zeppelin aka Led Zeppelin IV
9 Quiet Fire Roberta Flack -
12 Nursery Cryme Genesis -
13 Stones Neil Diamond -
15 E Pluribus Funk Grand Funk Railroad -
17 Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II Bob Dylan Compilation + new and unreleased material
Farther Along The Byrds -
Gonna Take a Miracle Laura Nyro -
Live-Evil Miles Davis -
A Nod Is as Good as a Wink... to a Blind Horse Faces -
20 Kazemachi Roman Happy End -
There's a Riot Goin' On Sly & the Family Stone -
24 Muswell Hillbillies The Kinks -
26 Fragile Yes -
28 Deuce Rory Gallagher -
Aerie John Denver -
All Day Music War -
Anne Murray / Glen Campbell Anne Murray and Glen Campbell -
Anticipation Carly Simon -
Asylum Choir II Leon Russell and Marc Benno -
Babbacombe Lee Fairport Convention -
Beautiful Lies You Could Live In Pearls Before Swine -
Black Moses Isaac Hayes -
Bless the Weather John Martyn -
Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt -
Brain Capers Mott the Hoople -
Choice Quality Stuff/Anytime It's a Beautiful Day -
Cold Spring Harbor Billy Joel -
Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? Man -
Flowers of Evil Mountain -
For Ladies Only Steppenwolf -
Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be Sweet -
Good and Dusty The Youngbloods -
If Not for You Olivia Newton-John -
Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards -
Killer Alice Cooper -
Lay it All Out Barry Mann -
Liv Livingston Taylor -
The Lonesome Picker Rides Again John Stewart -
Lost in the Ozone Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen -
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Traffic -
Nazareth Nazareth -
The Need of Love Earth, Wind & Fire -
Nice Feelin' Rita Coolidge -
Nilsson Schmilsson Harry Nilsson -
'Nuff Said Ike & Tina Turner -
A Partridge Family Christmas Card The Partridge Family Christmas
People Like Us The Mamas & the Papas -
Pictures at an Exhibition Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
Quicksilver Quicksilver Messenger Service -
Rudy the Fifth Ricky Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band -
Sanctuary Dion -
Shake Off the Demon Brewer & Shipley -
Sunfighter Paul Kantner and Grace Slick -
There's Gotta Be a Change Albert Collins -
Tigers Will Survive Ian Matthews -
Whatevershebringswesing Kevin Ayers -
Year of Sunday Seals and Crofts -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Wild Life Wings -
13 Straight Up Badfinger -
17 Hunky Dory David Bowie -
20 The Concert for Bangladesh George Harrison and Friends Live
Hot Rocks 1964-1971 The Rolling Stones Compilation
27 Greatest Hits The Jackson 5 Compilation
29 America America -
The Best of Top of the Pops '71 Top of the Poppers Compilation
Boz Scaggs & Band Boz Scaggs -
Distant Light The Hollies -
Don't Knock My Love Wilson Pickett -
Dynamite! The Supremes and The Four Tops -
The Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra -
Guilty! Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon -
Islands King Crimson -
Live at PJ's Kool & the Gang -
Music Carole King -
Papa John Creach Papa John Creach -
Ten Man Mop, or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again Steeleye Span -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1971.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 George Harrison My Sweet Lord 1971 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jan 1971, US BB 1 – Dec 1970, Canada 1 – Nov 1970, Netherlands 1 – Dec 1970, France 1 – Mar 1971, Switzerland 1 – Jan 1971, Norway 1 – Feb 1971, Germany 1 – Jan 1971, Éire 1 – Jan 1971, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Jul 1971, Australia Goset 1 – Jan 1971, Australia 2 of 1971, RYM 3 of 1970, Italy 4 of 1971, Virgin 5, Poland 7 – Feb 2002, DDD 11 of 1970, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1970, Germany 40 of the 1970s, US CashBox 70 of 1971, Europe 93 of the 1970s, OzNet 170, WXPN 339, Rolling Stone 454, TheQ 484, Acclaimed 604
2 John Lennon Imagine 1971 United Kingdom UK 1 – Dec 1980, Éire 1 – Dec 1975, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jul 1972, Australia Goset 1 – Dec 1971, Virgin 1, OzNet 1, Switzerland 2 – Nov 1971, DDD 2 of 1971, WXPN 2, US BB 3 – Oct 1971, Canada 3 – Sep 1971, Norway 3 – Feb 1972, Italy 3 of 1972, Rolling Stone 3, RYM 4 of 1971, Netherlands 5 – Nov 1971, France 5 – Nov 1971, South Africa 5 of 1972, POP 5 of 1971, Austria 6 – Mar 1981, Europe 8 of the 1970s, TheQ 9, US BB 10 of 1971, Belgium 11 of all time, Germany 12 – Jan 1981, TOTP 16, Poland 17 of all time, Sweden (alt) 19 – Dec 1975, Australia 19 of 1972, Acclaimed 21, RIAA 30, Scrobulate 33 of classic rock, 86 in 2FM list
3 Rod Stewart Maggie May 1971 United Kingdom UK 1 – Sep 1971, US BB 1 – Aug 1971, Canada 1 – Aug 1971, Australia 1 for 4 weeks May 1972, Australia Goset 1 – Oct 1971, Peel list 1 of 1970, Netherlands 3 – Oct 1971, RYM 3 of 1971, Switzerland 5 – Dec 1971, DDD 5 of 1971, US BB 6 of 1971, France 10 – Nov 1971, POP 10 of 1971, Australia 13 of 1971, Germany 17 – Jan 1972, US CashBox 23 of 1971, TheQ 37, Virgin 53, Acclaimed 80, Rolling Stone 130, OzNet 149, RIAA 194, WXPN 218
4 Lynn Anderson Rose Garden 1971 United States Canada 1 – Dec 1970, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1971, Norway 1 – Mar 1971, Germany 1 – Mar 1971, Éire 1 – Mar 1971, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Oct 1971, Netherlands 2 – Jan 1971, France 2 – Apr 1971, Australia Goset 2 – Feb 1971, UK 3 – Feb 1971, US BB 3 – Dec 1970, US CashBox 6 of 1971, Germany 50 of the 1970s, DDD 57 of 1970, RYM 75 of 1970, Acclaimed 1217
5 The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar 1971 United Kingdom US BB 1 – May 1971, Canada 1 – May 1971, Netherlands 1 – May 1971, Switzerland 1 – May 1971, UK 2 – Apr 1971, US BB 3 of 1971, POP 3 of 1971, Norway 4 – May 1971, Germany 5 – May 1971, Australia Goset 5 – Jun 1971, DDD 8 of 1971, France 9 – Apr 1971, RYM 11 of 1971, Virgin 21, US CashBox 38 of 1971, TheQ 82, Scrobulate 89 of classic rock, Acclaimed 137, Germany 249 of the 1970s, WXPN 274, OzNet 412, Rolling Stone 490

Other hit singles[edit]

Elton John in 1971.

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music Man for the Met". Time. 21 June 1971.