1973 in British music
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This is a summary of 1973 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.
- date unknown - The Royal Northern College of Music is established by the merger of the Northern School of Music (established 1920) and the Royal Manchester College of Music (established 1893)
- 9 January – Mick Jagger's request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug conviction, putting an end to The Rolling Stones' plans to perform in Japan during their forthcoming tour.
- 18 January – The Rolling Stones' benefit concert for Nicaraguan earthquake victims raises over $350,000
- 14 February – David Bowie collapses from exhaustion after a performance at New York's Madison Square Garden.
- 1 March - Pink Floyd releases The Dark Side of the Moon, which goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time.
- 8 March – Paul McCartney is fined $240 after pleading guilty to charges of growing marijuana outside his Scottish farm.
- 14 March - The singers Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson are married near Guildford, England.
- 7 April – Cliff Richard takes part in the 18th Eurovision Song Contest. He finishes in 3rd place with the song "Power to All Our Friends".
- 4 May - 29 July – Led Zeppelin embarks on a tour of the United States, during which they set the record for highest attendance for a concert, 56,800, at the Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The record was previously held by The Beatles. Performances for the movie The Song Remains the Same are also filmed.
- 12 May - David Bowie is the first rock artist to perform at Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
- 25 May – Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells becomes the first release on Richard Branson's newly launched Virgin label.
- May - Benjamin Britten has surgery to replace a failing heart valve.
- 4 June - Ronnie Lane plays his last show with Faces at the Edmonton Sundown in London. Lane had informed the band three weeks earlier that he was quitting.
- 16 June - Benjamin Britten's opera Death in Venice, receives its première at Snape Maltings.
- 30 June - Ian Gillan quits Deep Purple.
- 3 July – David Bowie 'retires' his stage persona Ziggy Stardust in front of a shocked audience at the Hammersmith Odeon at the end of his British tour.
- 4 July – Slade drummer Don Powell is critically injured in a car crash in Wolverhampton; his 20-year-old girlfriend is killed.
- 13 July - Queen releases their debut album.
- 15 July - Ray Davies of The Kinks makes an emotional outburst during a performance at White City Stadium, announcing he is quitting the group. He later withdraws the statement.
- 20 August - The London Symphony Orchestra becomes the first British orchestra to take part in the Salzburg Festival.
- 20 October – Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House.
- November - Karl Jenkins is among the participants in a live-in-the-studio performance of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells for the BBC.
- 20 November - The Who open their Quadrophenia US tour with a concert at San Francisco's Cow Palace, but drummer Keith Moon passes out and has to be carried off the stage. 19-year old fan Scot Halpin is selected from the audience to finish the show; Halpin would later be awarded Rolling Stone magazine's "Pick-Up Player of the Year Award" for his historic performance.
- date unknown - The Taverner Consort and Players are founded by Andrew Parrott.
- 6 January - "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" - Little Jimmy Osmond (3 weeks)
- 27 January - "Block Buster!" - Sweet (5 weeks)
- 3 March - "Cum On Feel the Noize" - Slade (4 weeks)
- 31 March - "The Twelfth of Never" - Donny Osmond (1 week)
- 7 April - "Get Down" - Gilbert O'Sullivan (2 weeks)
- 21 April - "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" - Dawn (4 weeks)
- 19 May - "See My Baby Jive" - Wizzard (4 weeks)
- 16 June - "Can the Can" - Suzi Quatro (1 week)
- 23 June - "Rubber Bullets" - 10cc (1 week)
- 30 June - "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me" - Slade (3 weeks)
- 21 July - "Welcome Home" - Peters and Lee (1 week)
- 28 July - "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" - Gary Glitter (4 weeks)
- 25 August - "Young Love / "A Million to One" - Donny Osmond (4 weeks)
- 22 September - "Angel Fingers" - Wizzard (1 week)
- 29 September - "Eye Level" - Simon Park Orchestra (4 weeks)
- 27 October - "Daydreamer / The Puppy Song" - David Cassidy (3 weeks)
- 17 November - "I Love You Love Me Love" - Gary Glitter (4 weeks)
- 15 December - "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade (3 weeks)
- 6 January - 20 All Time Hits of the 50s - Various Artists (1 week)
- 13 January - Slayed? - Slade (1 week)
- 20 January - Back to Front - Gilbert O'Sullivan (1 week)
- 27 January - Slayed? - Slade (2 weeks)
- 10 February - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player - Elton John (6 weeks)
- 24 March - Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper (1 week)
- 31 March - 20 Flashback Greats of the Sixties - Various Artists (2 weeks)
- 14 April - Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin (2 weeks)
- 28 April - Ooh-La-La - The Faces (1 week)
- 5 May - Aladdin Sane - David Bowie (5 weeks)
- 9 June - Pure Gold - Various Artists (3 weeks)
- 30 June - That'll Be the Day - Soundtrack (7 weeks)
- 18 August - We Can Make It - Peters and Lee (2 weeks)
- 1 September - Sing It Again Rod - Rod Stewart (3 weeks)
- 22 September - Goat's Head Soup - The Rolling Stones (2 weeks)
- 6 October - Sladest - Slade (3 weeks)
- 27 October - Hello! - Status Quo (1 week)
- 3 November - Pin Ups - David Bowie (5 weeks)
- 8 December - Stranded - Roxy Music (1 week)
- 15 December - Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes - David Cassidy (1 week)
- 22 December - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (2 weeks)
(Covering 13th Jan to 8th Dec 1973)
- "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" - Dawn 968,000 in total
- "Eye Level" - Simon Park Orchestra 940,000
- "Welcome Home" - Peters and Lee 867,000
- "Block Buster!" - Sweet 745,000
- "Cum On Feel the Noize" - Slade 646,800
- "See My Baby Jive" - Wizzard 643,000
- "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" - Gary Glitter 640,000
- "I Love You Love Me Love" - Gary Glitter 538,000
- "The Twelfth of Never" - Donny Osmond 482,000
- "Spanish Eyes" - Al Martino 468,000
- "Daydreamer / The Puppy Song" - David Cassidy 465,000
- "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" - Little Jimmy Osmond 460,000
- "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me" - Slade 445,000
- "And I Love You So" - Perry Como 444,000
- "Hello, Hello I'm Back Again" - Gary Glitter 443,000
- "Get Down" - Gilbert O'Sullivan 442,000
- "The Ballroom Blitz" - Sweet 430,000
- "Do You Wanna Touch Me" - Gary Glitter 429,000
- "Young Love / A Million to One" - Donny Osmond 428,000
- "Rubber Bullets" - 10cc 425,000
- "Monster Mash" - Bobby Pickett & the Crypt Kickers 424,000
- "For the Good Times" - Perry Como 395,000
- "Dancin' (On a Saturday Night)" - Barry Blue 366,000
- "Part of the Union" - Strawbs 365,000
- "Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad)" - Wizzard 360,000
- "Life on Mars" - David Bowie 359,000
- "Hell Raiser" - Sweet 355,000
- "Yesterday Once More" - The Carpenters 351,000
- "Can the Can" - Suzi Quatro 350,000
- "My Friend Stan" - Slade 320,000
- "You're So Vain" - Carly Simon 319,000
- "Albatross" - Fleetwood Mac 318,000
- "Rock On" - David Essex 317,000
- "Nutbush City Limits" - Ike & Tina Turner 315,000
- "Alright Alright Alright" - Mungo Jerry 314,000
- "Sorrow" - David Bowie 313,000
- "One and One is One" - Medicine Head 312,000
- "You Can Do Magic" - Limmie & the Family Cooking 310,000
- "Let Me In" - The Osmonds 309,000
- "The Jean Genie" - David Bowie 308,000
- "Caroline" - Status Quo 307,000
- "The Laughing Gnome" - David Bowie 296,000
- "Feel the Need in Me" - Detroit Emeralds 295,000
- "My Coo Ca Choo" - Alvin Stardust 294,000
- "Power to All Our Friends" - Cliff Richard 293,000
- "Never Never Never" - Shirley Bassey 291,000
- "20th Century Boy" - T. Rex 270,000
- "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" - The Hot Shots 269,000
- "I Am a Clown / Some Kind of Summer" - David Cassidy 268,000
- "Paper Roses" - Marie Osmond 265,000
- Aladdin Sane - David Bowie
- Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel
- Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player - Elton John
- We Can Make It - Peters and Lee
- 1967-1970 - The Beatles
- Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
- Back to Front - Gilbert O'Sullivan
- Hunky Dory - David Bowie
- 1962-1966 - The Beatles
- And I Love You So - Perry Como
- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
- Now & Then - The Carpenters
- Pin Ups - David Bowie
- Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
- Sing It Again Rod - Rod Stewart
- A Clockwork Orange - Soundtrack
- Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
- Goat's Head Soup - The Rolling Stones
- Slayed? - Slade
- For Your Pleasure - Roxy Music
Classical music: new works
- Malcolm Arnold - Symphony No. 7
- Jeffrey Lewis - Aurora
- William Mathias - Missa Brevis
- Nicholas Maw - Life Studies
- Patric Standford - Christus Requiem
- Michael Tippett - Piano Sonata No. 3
- Grace Williams - Ave Maris Stella
Film and Incidental music
- John Barry - A Doll's House, starring Claire Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Richardson and Denholm Elliott.
- Richard Rodney Bennett - Lady Caroline Lamb directed by Robert Bolt, starring Sarah Miles.
- Albert Elms - Love Thy Neighbour.
- Paul Ferris - The Creeping Flesh directed by Freddie Francis, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
- 13 May - Cyrano, with book and lyrics by Anthony Burgess and music by Michael J. Lewis, opens at the Palace Theatre, London, starring Christopher Plummer; it runs for 49 performances.
- Jesus Christ Superstar, a film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera, directed by Norman Jewison
- 22 March - Beverley Knight, soul singer
- 14 May
- 21 May - Noel Fielding, comedian and musician
- 23 May - Nikki Yeoh, jazz pianist
- 23 July - Fran Healy, singer-songwriter (Travis)
- 6 August - Donna Lewis, singer
- 17 September - Amy Black, operatic mezzo-soprano (died 2009)
- 27 September - Lee Brennan, singer (911)
- 29 September - Alfie Boe, operatic tenor
- 10 November – Jacqui Abbott, vocalist (The Beautiful South)
- 3 February - Edward Lockspeiser, musicologist, composer and radio broadcaster, 67
- 26 March - Noël Coward, composer and dramatist, 73
- 18 April - Ronald Center, composer, 60
- 24 May - Sid Phillips, jazz clarinetist, bandleader, and arranger, 65
- 8 June - Tubby Hayes, jazz musician, 38 (during heart surgery)
- 9 August – Donald Peers, singer, 66
- 16 August - Astra Desmond, contralto, 80
- 6 September - Sir William Henry Harris, composer, 90
- 22 October - David Franklin, opera singer and broadcaster, 65
- 27 October - Norman Allin, operatic bass, 88
- 26 November - John Rostill, bassist and composer, 31 (electrocuted by faulty guitar equipment)
- 6 December - Frederic Curzon, composer and conductor, 74
- date unknown - Harry Dexter, music critic and composer of light music, 63
- Brett, Philip, et al. "Britten, Benjamin", Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online, Oxford University Press, accessed 12 May 2013 (subscription required)
- "SECOND HOUSE: TUBULAR BELLS – MIKE OLDFIELD". Memorable TV. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
- Private Memorial. "Making Everlasting Memories, worldwide memorialization, establish a living family history". Mem.com. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
- Taverner Consort official website. Accessed 26 April 2014
- ChartArchive Number One singles(Link redirected to OCC website)
- ChartArchive - Number One Albums(Link redirected to OCC website)
- ChartHeaven Charts taken from Music Week / Record Mirror
- Tippett, Michael, and Bowen, Meirion (ed.) (1995). Tippett on Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-816542-0. p 122
- GRO Register of Deaths: JUN 1973 5b 1627 HAMMERSMITH, DoB = 30 Jan 1935
- Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 256. CN 5585.