1972 in music

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Ike & Tina Turner in 1972


Years in music: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
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Years: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975

Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Jamming with Edward! The Rolling Stones, Nicky Hopkins, Ry Cooder 1969 jam
14 Paul Simon Paul Simon -
16 Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult -
20 Garcia Jerry Garcia -
24 Cass Elliot Cass Elliot -
Got to Be There Michael Jackson -
Young, Gifted and Black Aretha Franklin -
31 Let's Stay Together Al Green -
1+1 Grin -
All the Good Times Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -
Baby I'm-a Want You Bread -
Beads and Feathers Carol Hall -
Clever Dogs Chase the Sun Kenny Young -
Coven Coven -
Flash Flash -
Greenhouse Leo Kottke -
Hands of Jack the Ripper Screaming Lord Sutch -
How Much Time Jake Holmes -
I'm the One Annette Peacock -
Incredible! Live! Country Joe Live
Into the Purple Valley Ry Cooder -
Jackson Browne Jackson Browne -
Keep the Faith Black Oak Arkansas -
Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt -
Loose Crazy Horse -
Malo Malo -
Mark-Almond II Mark-Almond -
Peter Peter Yarrow -
Rockpile Dave Edmunds -
Sex, Dope, Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven Daddy Cool Australia
The Spotlight Kid Captain Beefheart -
The Unnamables Magma as Univeria Zekt
Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine The Doors Compilation

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Root Down Jimmy Smith -
12 Eat a Peach The Allman Brothers Band -
14 Harvest Neil Young -
18 Manfred Mann's Earth Band Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
20 Elvis Now Elvis Presley -
25 Pink Moon Nick Drake -
1 The Crusaders -
3 McKendree Spring -
Blue River Eric Andersen -
Border Lord Kris Kristofferson -
Brave Belt II Brave Belt -
Burgers Hot Tuna -
Cherish David Cassidy -
Dinnertime Alex Taylor -
Don Quixote Gordon Lightfoot -
Fanny Hill Fanny -
Forgotten Songs and Unsung Heroes John Kay -
Grave New World Strawbs -
Greatest Hits Blood, Sweat & Tears Compilation
Head Keeper Dave Mason -
Heavy Turbulence Merl Saunders -
Hellbound Train Savoy Brown -
Hendrix in the West Jimi Hendrix Live 1969-'70
Lonesome Crow Scorpions -
Loudwater House Tony Hazzard -
My Hang-Up is You Freddie Hart -
Ndeda Quincy Jones Compilation
Never Get Out of These Blues Alive John Lee Hooker -
Oh How We Danced Jim Capaldi -
Patti Dahlstrom Patti Dahlstrom -
Return to Forever Return to Forever -
Rockin' The Guess Who -
Silver Pistol Brinsley Schwarz -
Something/Anything? Todd Rundgren -
Tantamount to Treason Vol. 1 Michael Nesmith -
Three Jackie Lomax -
Together Jesse Colin Young -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Black Magic Martha Reeves and the Vandellas -
Glitter Gary Glitter -
Music of My Mind Stevie Wonder -
10 Touch Your Woman Dolly Parton -
Shades of a Blue Orphanage Thin Lizzy -
Thick as a Brick Jethro Tull -
11 Heads & Tales Harry Chapin -
24 Slade Alive! Slade Live
Striking It Rich Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks -
25 The Kink Kronikles The Kinks US; Compilation
26 Just Another Band from L.A. Frank Zappa and The Mothers Live
31 Machine Head Deep Purple -
Alvin Lee and Company Ten Years After Compilation
Bobby Whitlock Bobby Whitlock -
Cold Blue Excursion Ray Dorset -
D&B Together Delaney and Bonnie -
Drowning in the Sea of Love Joe Simon -
Ennea Chase -
Feedback Spirit -
Garden Party Ricky Nelson -
The "Killer" Rocks On Jerry Lee Lewis -
Live Cream Volume II Cream Live 1968
Powerglide New Riders of the Purple Sage -
Pure Prairie League Pure Prairie League -
Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden Steve Miller Band -
Roadwork Edgar Winter's White Trash -
Shopping Bag The Partridge Family -
Smokin' Humble Pie -
Space and First Takes Lee Michaels -
Stories We Could Tell The Everly Brothers -
What a Bloody Long Day It's Been Ashton, Gardner and Dyke -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Rio Grande Mud ZZ Top -
5 Graham Nash David Crosby Crosby & Nash -
11 Mardi Gras Creedence Clearwater Revival -
12 Manassas Stephen Stills and Manassas -
14 Three Friends Gentle Giant UK
20 Dr. John's Gumbo Dr. John -
28 Argus Wishbone Ash -
Annie Anne Murray -
Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander -
Bare Trees Fleetwood Mac -
Bolan Boogie T. Rex Compilation
Cat Mother Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys -
Comin' Thru Quicksilver Messenger Service -
David Clayton-Thomas David Clayton-Thomas -
He Touched Me Elvis Presley -
Henry the Human Fly Richard Thompson -
Hobo's Lullaby Arlo Guthrie -
The Island of Real The Rascals -
A Lonely Man The Chi-Lites -
Lou Reed Lou Reed -
Merrimack County Tom Rush -
Moonshot Buffy Sainte-Marie -
Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On Mountain Live
#1 Record Big Star -
A Possible Projection of the Future / Childhood's End Al Kooper -
Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Procol Harum Live
A Thing Called Love Johnny Cash -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway -
11 Cabbage Alley The Meters -
12 Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones -
14 Live in Europe Rory Gallagher Live
15 Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" The Beach Boys -
19 Demons and Wizards Uriah Heep -
Honky Château Elton John -
Waterloo Lily Caravan -
22 America Eats Its Young Funkadelic -
23 Lookin' Through the Windows The Jackson 5 -
30 Live at Max's Kansas City The Velvet Underground Live 1970
Ace Bob Weir -
Bloodrock Live Bloodrock Live
Castles Joy of Cooking -
Colors of the Day: The Best of Judy Collins Judy Collins Compilation
Come from the Shadows Joan Baez -
Floy Joy The Supremes -
In Concert Janis Joplin Live 1968 and 1970
I Sing the Body Electric Weather Report -
Jeff Beck Group Jeff Beck -
Last of the Red Hot Burritos The Flying Burrito Brothers Live
The London Chuck Berry Sessions Chuck Berry -
Raspberries Raspberries -
Roy Orbison Sings Roy Orbison -
Sail Away Randy Newman -
Sailin' Shoes Little Feat -
Skies of America Ornette Coleman -
Still Bill Bill Withers -
Tell Me This Is a Dream The Delfonics -
You Don't Mess Around with Jim Jim Croce -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Obscured by Clouds Pink Floyd -
6 Looking Glass Looking Glass -
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie -
9 Earthbound King Crimson Live
12 Some Time in New York City John Lennon and Yoko Ono -
13 A Song for You Carpenters -
14 Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel Compilation
16 Roxy Music Roxy Music -
17 Eagles Eagles -
18 Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden Elvis Presley Live
23 Living in the Past Jethro Tull Compilation
666 Aphrodite's Child -
Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin -
Bless Your Heart Freddie Hart -
Carney Leon Russell -
Feel Good Ike and Tina Turner -
Foghat Foghat -
Free at Last Free -
If an Angel Came to See You, Would You Make Her Feel at Home? Black Oak Arkansas -
Let Me Tell You About a Song Merle Haggard -
School's Out Alice Cooper -
Syreeta Syreeta -
There It Is James Brown -
Together Golden Earring -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Toulouse Street The Doobie Brothers -
4 American Gothic David Ackles -
5 Waka/Jawaka Frank Zappa -
6 Trilogy Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
7 The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff Soundtrack
10 Chicago V Chicago -
15 Moods Neil Diamond -
20 Long John Silver Jefferson Airplane -
21 Never a Dull Moment Rod Stewart -
The Slider T. Rex -
27 All Directions The Temptations -
31 Passin' Thru James Gang -
The Academy in Peril John Cale -
All Together Now Argent -
America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song Johnny Cash -
Exercises Nazareth -
Flying High Together Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -
I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash -
Saint Dominic's Preview Van Morrison -
Seven Separate Fools Three Dog Night -
Sofia Rotaru Sofia Rotaru USSR
Son of Schmilsson Harry Nilsson -
Super Fly Curtis Mayfield Soundtrack
White Witch White Witch -
Wind of Change Peter Frampton -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Jazz at Santa Monica Civic '72 Ella Fitzgerald Live
4 Ben Michael Jackson -
14 Play the Blues Buddy Guy and Junior Wells -
15 Rock of Ages The Band Live
25 Everybody's in Show-Biz The Kinks Double LP; one studio, one live
28 'Ot 'n' Sweaty Cactus -
And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' Michael Nesmith -
Back Stabbers The O'Jays -
Bustin' Out Pure Prairie League -
Elf Elf -
Free Will Gil Scott-Heron -
Full Circle The Doors -
Irrlicht Klaus Schulze -
Live at the Paramount The Guess Who Live
Roy Buchanan Roy Buchanan
Smokin' O.P.'s Bob Seger -
Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople -
13 Close to the Edge Yes -
15 Phoenix Grand Funk Railroad -
Rocky Mountain High John Denver -
25 Vol. 4 Black Sabbath -
26 Live Full House The J. Geils Band Live
27 Catch Bull at Four Cat Stevens -
29 Glorified Magnified Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
30 Barnstorm Joe Walsh -
At Home with Their Greatest Hits The Partridge Family Compilation
Bandstand Family -
Below the Salt Steeleye Span -
Crazy Horses The Osmonds -
Give It Up Bonnie Raitt -
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes -
Heads Osibisa -
Hot Butter Hot Butter -
My Time Boz Scaggs -
Nervous on the Road Brinsley Schwarz -
Rolling Thunder Mickey Hart -
Sandy Sandy Denny -
Squawk Budgie -
Styx Styx -
Tequila Sunrise David Clayton-Thomas -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Foxtrot Genesis -
8 Music Is My Life Billy Preston -
9 Heavy Cream Cream Compilation
11 Caravanserai Santana -
On the Corner Miles Davis -
19 Straight Shooter James Gang -
23 I'm Still in Love with You Al Green -
28 Talking Book Stevie Wonder -
Can't Buy a Thrill Steely Dan -
Clear Spot Captain Beefheart -
Fresh Raspberries Raspberries -
Glen Travis Campbell Glen Campbell -
Got the All-Overs for You Freddie Hart -
Greetings from L.A. Tim Buckley -
Guitar Man Bread -
Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross Soundtrack
The Lady's Not for Sale Rita Coolidge -
Lion's Share Savoy Brown -
Live Concert at the Forum Barbra Streisand Live
Loggins and Messina Loggins and Messina -
Made in England Atomic Rooster -
Mom's Apple Pie Mom's Apple Pie -
The Moviegoer Scott Walker -
My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner Dolly Parton -
New Blood Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Rhymes and Reasons Carole King -
Rock & Roll Music to the World Ten Years After -
Round 2 The Stylistics -
Sniper and Other Love Songs Harry Chapin -
Stealers Wheel Stealers Wheel -
Tommy London Symphony Orchestra Orchestral version of The Who album Tommy
To Whom It May Concern Bee Gees -
War Heroes Jimi Hendrix -
Who Came First Pete Townshend -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Europe '72 Grateful Dead Live
7 The Divine Miss M Bette Midler -
Journey Through the Past Neil Young Soundtrack
10 The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II The Byrds Compilation
Baby James Harvest Barclay James Harvest -
See All Her Faces Dusty Springfield -
15 Homecoming America -
17 Seventh Sojourn The Moody Blues -
18 Whatever's for Us Joan Armatrading -
24 Doremi Fasol Latido Hawkwind -
25 A Good Feelin' to Know Poco -
30 Really J.J. Cale -
Boomer's Story Ry Cooder -
Burning Love and Hits From His Movies, Volume 2 Elvis Presley Compilation
Don McLean Don McLean -
Ege Bamyasi Can -
Ennismore Colin Blunstone -
For the Roses Joni Mitchell -
Free to Be... You and Me Marlo Thomas & Friends -
Get on the Good Foot James Brown -
International Superstar Johnny Cash Compilation
It Never Rains in Southern California Albert Hammond featuring hit title track
Jesus Was a Capricorn Kris Kristofferson -
Joe Cocker Joe Cocker -
The Johnny Cash Family Christmas Johnny Cash Christmas
Killer Joe Little Jimmy Osmond -
Life Goes On Paul Williams -
Light as a Feather Return to Forever -
The Magician's Birthday Uriah Heep -
No Secrets Carly Simon -
Not till Tomorrow Ralph McTell -
Old Dan's Records Gordon Lightfoot -
One Man Dog James Taylor -
Passage Bloodrock -
The Partridge Family Notebook The Partridge Family -
Romany The Hollies -
Slayed? Slade -
Sloppy Seconds Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show -
The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb The Supremes -
They Only Come Out at Night Edgar Winter Group -
Transformer Lou Reed -
Why Dontcha West, Bruce and Laing -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Trouble Man Marvin Gaye Soundtrack
9 Hot August Night Neil Diamond Live
11 More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) The Rolling Stones Compilation
15 Piledriver Status Quo -
16 Across 110th Street Bobby Womack and J.J. Johnson Soundtrack
The Best of Top of the Pops '72 Top of the Poppers Compilation
Framed The Sensational Alex Harvey Band -
The Grand Wazoo Frank Zappa -
Gypsy Cowboy New Riders of the Purple Sage -
It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) Merle Haggard -
Made in Japan Deep Purple Live
Octopus Gentle Giant UK
R.E.O./T.W.O. REO Speedwagon -
The Sweet's Biggest Hits Sweet Compilation
Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano? Jerry Lee Lewis -
World Woven The Ides of March -

Release date unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1972.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Harry Nilsson Without You 1972 United States UK - 1 for 5 weeks, , Australia - 1 for 5 weeks, USA - 1 for 4 weeks, Ireland - 1 for 3 weeks, New Zealand - 1 for 2 weeks, Canada - 1 for 1 week, South Africa - 2, Italy - 3, Brazil - 9 of 1972, Netherlands - 10, Germany - 12, Belgium - 14
2 T.Rex Telegram Sam 1972 United Kingdom UK - 1 for 2 weeks
3 Hot Butter Popcorn 1972 South Africa Switzerland - 1 for 10 weeks, Norway - 1 for 9 weeks, Australia - 1 for 8 weeks, Netherlands - 1 for 7 weeks, France - 1 for 3 weeks, Germany - 1 for 3 weeks, Canada 3 – September 1972, UK - 5, USA - 9, Austria - 10, South Africa - 13, Italy - 19
4 T.Rex Metal Guru 1972 United Kingdom UK - 1 for 4 weeks
5 Neil Young Heart of Gold 1972 Canada USA - 1 for 1 weeks, CAN - 1 for 1 week, Norway - 4, Germany - 6, Netherlands - 9, UK - 10, Australia Goset - 15, Belgium - 25

Other selected singles(US,UK)[edit]

Alice Cooper in 1972

Published popular music[edit]

Other notable songs(World)[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Musical television productions[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Leeds Piano Competition[edit]