1973 in music

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This is a list of music-related events in 1973.

Foghat's Tony Stevens in 1973
Isaac Hayes in 1973
Joan Baez in 1973

Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–August[edit]

September–December[edit]

Unknown dates[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band -
8 Approximately Infinite Universe Yoko Ono -
Holland The Beach Boys -
13 Aerosmith Aerosmith -
23 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Rick Wakeman -
25 The Great Lost Kinks Album The Kinks Compilation of unreleased material
26 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player Elton John -
Any Old Wind That Blows Johnny Cash -
Artificial Paradise The Guess Who -
Back in '72 Bob Seger -
Better Days Paul Butterfield's Better Days -
Composite Truth Mandrill -
GP Gram Parsons -
Heartbreaker Free -
In Concert Derek and the Dominos Live 1970
Just Being Myself Dionne Warwick -
Life and Times Jim Croce -
Life in a Tin Can Bee Gees -
Naked Songs Al Kooper -
One Foot in History John Nitzinger -
Phew Claudia Lennear -
Separate Ways Elvis Presley Compilation
True Stories and Other Dreams Judy Collins -
We the People Ellen McIlwaine -
Who Do We Think We Are Deep Purple -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite Elvis Presley Live
7 Raw Power The Stooges -
11 Tyranny and Mutation Blue Öyster Cult -
18 Blueprint Rory Gallagher -
21 Masterpiece The Temptations -
25 Billion Dollar Babies Alice Cooper -
In the Right Place Dr. John -
All Out Grin -
Back Up Against the Wall Atlanta Rhythm Section -
The Best of Mountain Mountain Compilation
Black Caesar James Brown Soundtrack
Camel Camel -
Cameo Dusty Springfield -
Chapter VII Buddy Miles Band -
Dixie Chicken Little Feat -
ELO 2 Electric Light Orchestra -
Heaven Help the Child Mickey Newbury -
Kids Say the Darndest Things Tammy Wynette -
Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf Ken Hensley -
Rosie Fairport Convention -
The Session Jerry Lee Lewis -
Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory Traffic -
Solid Air John Martyn -
Steelyard Blues Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Nick Gravenites et al. Soundtrack

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd US; released in UK March 24
2 The Captain and Me The Doobie Brothers -
A Wizard, a True Star Todd Rundgren -
7 Byrds The Byrds -
9 The New Age Canned Heat -
16 Tanx T. Rex -
23 For Your Pleasure Roxy Music -
Larks Tongues in Aspic King Crimson -
26 Ring Ring ABBA -
27 I've Got So Much to Give Barry White -
28 Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin -
29 Skywriter The Jackson 5 -
After You, Pride's Not Hard to Swallow Hank Williams, Jr. -
Alone Together Donny Osmond -
Atem Tangerine Dream -
Beck, Bogert & Appice Beck, Bogert & Appice -
Be What You Want To Link Wray -
Birds of Fire Mahavishnu Orchestra -
Closing Time Tom Waits -
Cosmic Wheels Donovan -
Eat It Humble Pie Double LP; three sides studio, one side live
Fire Up Merl Saunders -
Foghat Foghat aka Rock and Roll
Grand Hotel Procol Harum -
Heart Food Judee Sill -
In Deep Argent -
Mother's Pride Fanny -
My Feet Are Smiling Leo Kottke Live
My Tennessee Mountain Home Dolly Parton -
Neither One of Us Gladys Knight & the Pips -
Paris 1919 John Cale -
Penguin Fleetwood Mac -
The Pointer Sisters Pointer Sisters -
Raunch 'N' Roll Live Black Oak Arkansas Live
Still Alive and Well Johnny Winter -
Sylvester and the Hot Band Sylvester -
Where Are You Now, My Son? Joan Baez -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 The Beatles 1962-1966 The Beatles Compilation
The Beatles 1967-1970 The Beatles Compilation
12 Bloodshot The J. Geils Band -
13 Aladdin Sane David Bowie -
Catch a Fire Bob Marley & The Wailers -
Music and Me Michael Jackson -
17 Desperado Eagles -
18 Renaissance The Miracles -
23 Down the Road Manassas -
30 Red Rose Speedway Paul McCartney and Wings -
Bittersweet White Light Cher -
The Blue Ridge Rangers John Fogerty -
Call Me Al Green -
Daltrey Roger Daltrey -
Danny's Song Anne Murray Studio and live
Diamond Girl Seals and Crofts -
The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll Sha Na Na Double LP; three sides live
The Gospel Road Johnny Cash Soundtrack
Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys Arlo Guthrie -
Losin' Streak Ray Stevens -
The Marshall Tucker Band The Marshall Tucker Band -
Melanie at Carnegie Hall Melanie Live
My Sportin' Life John Kay -
No Ruinous Feud Incredible String Band -
Ooh La La Faces -
Parcel of Rogues Steeleye Span -
Spinners The Spinners -
Thirty Seconds Over Winterland Jefferson Airplane Live
Uriah Heep Live Uriah Heep Live
What's Your Mama's Name Tanya Tucker -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 There Goes Rhymin' Simon Paul Simon -
11 Space Ritual Hawkwind Live
Wishbone Four Wishbone Ash -
16 Now & Then Carpenters -
17 Bachman–Turner Overdrive Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
18 History of The Byrds The Byrds Compilation
Yessongs Yes Live
25 Flying Teapot Gong -
Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield -
30 Living in the Material World George Harrison -
Bananamour Kevin Ayers -
Country Casanova Commander Cody -
Frampton's Camel Peter Frampton -
Head to the Sky Earth, Wind & Fire -
Honey in the Rock Charlie Daniels -
I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star) Glen Campbell -
Live Songs Leonard Cohen Live
Razamanaz Nazareth -
Rigor Mortis Sets In John Entwistle -
Tower of Power Tower of Power -
You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw Spooky Tooth -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Touch Me Gary Glitter -
15 Messin' Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
18 The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get Joe Walsh -
19 Smokey Smokey Robinson -
22 Touch Me in the Morning Diana Ross -
25 Chicago VI Chicago -
30 Fresh Sly & the Family Stone -
#10 The Guess Who -
Crossword Puzzle The Partridge Family -
Fantasy Carole King -
Farewell Andromeda John Denver -
Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) Aretha Franklin -
Jack the Toad Savoy Brown -
Jesus Christ Superstar Various Artists Soundtrack
Leon Live Leon Russell Live
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night Harry Nilsson and Gordon Jenkins -
Never Turn Your Back on a Friend Budgie -
The Plan The Osmonds -
Roger McGuinn Roger McGuinn -
Shotgun Willie Willie Nelson -
Super Fly T.N.T. Osibisa Soundtrack
A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean Jimmy Buffett -
Woman Across the River Freddie King -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 A Passion Play Jethro Tull -
7 Barry Manilow Barry Manilow -
9 Cosmic Slop Funkadelic -
13 History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice) Grateful Dead Live 1970
Queen Queen -
16 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Bob Dylan Soundtrack
20 Love Devotion Surrender Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin -
Mott Mott the Hoople -
25 Foreigner Cat Stevens -
26 Tres Hombres ZZ Top -
27 Genesis Live Genesis Live
The New York Dolls New York Dolls -
We're an American Band Grand Funk Railroad -
African Herbsman The Wailers Compilation
Berlin Lou Reed -
Countdown to Ecstasy Steely Dan -
Elvis Elvis Presley -
Home Thoughts Clifford T. Ward -
Honky Tonk Heroes Waylon Jennings -
Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits Janis Joplin Compilation
Moontan Golden Earring -
The Morning After Maureen McGovern -
Rufus Rufus -
Styx II Styx -
The Sweet Sweet US-only compilation and debut
10cc 10cc -
Whatever Turns You On West, Bruce and Laing -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Innervisions Stevie Wonder -
7 3 + 3 The Isley Brothers -
10 Sing It Again Rod Rod Stewart Compilation
13 (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) Lynyrd Skynyrd -
14 Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack -
28 Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye -
31 Goats Head Soup The Rolling Stones -
41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti Various Artists Soundtrack
Bedside Manners Are Extra Greenslade -
Bio Chuck Berry -
Boulders Roy Wood -
Brothers and Sisters The Allman Brothers Band -
Chi-Lites The Chi-Lites -
Deliver the Word War -
Future Days Can -
Hard Nose the Highway Van Morrison -
Johnny Cash and His Woman Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash -
Leg End Henry Cow -
Live at Montezuma Hall Mickey Newbury Live
Long Hard Climb Helen Reddy -
Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur -
Music is Your Mistress Linda Hargrove -
No Sweat Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Out of Our Hands Flash -
Pressure Cookin' Labelle -
Unlucky Boy Chicken Shack -
Valley Hi Ian Matthews -
Volcanic Rock Buffalo -
Yeah! Brownsville Station -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Over-Nite Sensation Frank Zappa -
9 How Sweet To Be An Idiot Neil Innes -
10 Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert Eric Clapton Live
11 The Wild, the Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle Bruce Springsteen -
Angel Clare Art Garfunkel
12 G.I.T.: Get It Together The Jackson 5 -
15 Crazy Eyes Poco -
21 Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music Billy Preston -
Faust IV Faust -
Vagabonds of the Western World Thin Lizzy -
24 Milestones Roy Orbison -
28 Hello! Status Quo -
Sladest Slade Compilation
Back into the Future Man Live
Bang James Gang -
Bubbling Over Dolly Parton -
Can You Feel It Lighthouse -
Don't Call Me Mama Anymore Cass Elliot Live
Don't Cry Now Linda Ronstadt -
Full Moon Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge -
Half-Breed Cher -
Hank Wilson's Back, Vol. 1 Leon Russell as Hank Wilson
In a Glass House Gentle Giant -
It's Only a Movie Family -
Just Outside of Town Mandrill -
Main Street People Four Tops -
Nice 'n' Greasy Atomic Rooster -
Paper Roses Marie Osmond -
Show Your Hand Average White Band -
Sometimes a Memory Ain't Enough Jerry Lee Lewis -
Sweet Freedom Uriah Heep -
Ten Years Are Gone John Mayall -
Where My Heart Is Ronnie Milsap -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John -
These Foolish Things Bryan Ferry -
For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night Caravan -
12 Selling England by the Pound Genesis -
13 Head Hunters Herbie Hancock -
15 Moondog Matinee The Band -
Mystery to Me Fleetwood Mac -
Time Fades Away Neil Young Live
Wake of the Flood Grateful Dead -
16 Live in Europe Creedence Clearwater Revival Live
19 Burnin' Bob Marley & The Wailers -
Hat Trick America -
Pin Ups David Bowie Covers album
Quadrophenia The Who -
26 Diana & Marvin Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye -
29
The Adventures of Panama Red New Riders of the Purple Sage -
All American Boy Rick Derringer -
Ashes Are Burning Renaissance -
At the Rainbow Focus Live
Belly Up! Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show -
Bodacious DF Bodacious DF -
Bulletin Board The Partridge Family -
Cyan Three Dog Night -
Cyborg Klaus Schulze -
Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes David Cassidy -
Five & Dime David Ackles -
For Everyman Jackson Browne -
Full Sail Loggins and Messina -
Gone Crazy Grin -
Imagination Gladys Knight & the Pips -
Inside Out John Martyn -
I Remember Hank Williams Glen Campbell -
It All Comes Back Paul Butterfield's Better Days -
Jackie Jackson Jackie Jackson -
The Joker Steve Miller Band -
Laid Back Gregg Allman -
Mine Dolly Parton Compilation
Nine Fairport Convention -
Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back Frank Sinatra -
On the Road Traffic Live
Playin' Favorites Don McLean -
Please Don't Ever Change Brinsley Schwarz -
Raised on Rock/For Ol' Times Sake Elvis Presley -
Ship Ahoy The O'Jays -
Side 3 Raspberries -
Spectrum Billy Cobham -
Stone Gon' Barry White -
Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro -
Sweet Revenge John Prine -
Takin' My Time Bonnie Raitt -
Wild and Peaceful Kool & the Gang -
You've Got It Bad, Girl Quincy Jones -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Stranded Roxy Music -
2 Ringo Ringo Starr -
3 Abandoned Luncheonette Hall & Oates -
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Neil Diamond Soundtrack
6 Piano Man Billy Joel -
9 Welcome Santana -
11 Tattoo Rory Gallagher -
16 Bette Midler Bette Midler -
Preservation Act 1 The Kinks -
Mind Games John Lennon -
19 The Beach Boys in Concert The Beach Boys Live
Brain Salad Surgery Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
Dylan Bob Dylan Outtakes recorded 1969-'70
20 Muscle of Love Alice Cooper -
23 Feeling the Space Yoko Ono -
26 Ass Badfinger -
30 Montrose Montrose -
Solar Fire Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments Barbra Streisand -
Bazaar Sylvester -
Between Nothingness and Eternity Mahavishnu Orchestra Live
Booger Bear Buddy Miles Express -
Ferguslie Park Stealers Wheel -
FM/Live Climax Blues Band Live
Friends and Legends Michael Stanley -
From the Streets of New York Sha Na Na Live
Happy Children Osibisa -
High on the Hog Black Oak Arkansas -
The Human Menagerie Cockney Rebel -
Jobriath Jobriath -
John Denver's Greatest Hits John Denver Compilation
Ladies Invited The J. Geils Band -
Loud 'n' Proud Nazareth -
Next The Sensational Alex Harvey Band -
(No Pussyfooting) Robert Fripp and Brian Eno -
Nutbush City Limits Ike & Tina Turner -
On the Third Day Electric Light Orchestra -
Quiet Places Buffy Sainte-Marie -
Saturation Point Darryl Way's Wolf -
A Time for Us Donny Osmond -
Viva Terlingua Jerry Jeff Walker Live
Witness Spooky Tooth -
- Wovoka Redbone -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath -
Short Stories Harry Chapin -
5 Band on the Run Paul McCartney & Wings -
6 Last Time I Saw Him Diana Ross -
Livin' for You Al Green -
7 1990 The Temptations -
14 Tales from Topographic Oceans Yes -
22 Comin' Atcha Madeline Bell -
Angel's Egg Gong -
Bachman–Turner Overdrive II Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
The Best of Top of the Pops '73 Top of the Poppers Compilation
Essence to Essence Donovan -
I Got a Name Jim Croce -
Live Dates Wishbone Ash Live
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils Ozark Mountain Daredevils -
The Payback James Brown -
Ridin' the Storm Out REO Speedwagon -
Virtuoso Joe Pass -
Wild Tales Graham Nash -
- Another Lonely Song Tammy Wynette -

Release date unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles 5[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1973.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 The Rolling Stones Angie 1973 United Kingdom US BB 1 – Sep 1973, Canada 1 – Sep 1973, Netherlands 1 – Sep 1973, France 1 – Sep 1973, Switzerland 1 – Sep 1973, Norway 1 – Oct 1973, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jun 1974, Australia Goset 1 – Oct 1973, Europe 3 of the 1970s, Germany 4 – Jan 1974, Belgium 4 of all time, UK 5 – Sep 1973, Italy 6 of 1974, Austria 8 – Oct 1973, DDD 11 of 1973, Australia 19 of 1973, RYM 27 of 1973, Poland 43 of all time, Scrobulate 51 of ballad, US CashBox 69 of 1973, OzNet 71, Germany 190 of the 1970s, WXPN 571, Acclaimed 1093
2 Tony Orlando & Dawn Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round the Old Oak Tree 1973 United States UK 1 – Mar 1973, US BB 1 – Mar 1973, US CashBox 1 of 1973, Canada 1 – Mar 1973, Netherlands 1 – Apr 1973, Norway 1 – May 1973, Australia 1 of 1973, Éire 1 – Apr 1973, Australia 1 for 7 weeks Dec 1973, Australia Goset 1 – May 1973, Austria 2 – Jun 1973, France 3 – Apr 1973, Germany 10 – Jun 1973, South Africa 10 of 1973, US BB 11 of 1973, TOTP 14, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1973, POP 36 of 1973, DDD 88 of 1973
3 The Sweet The Ballroom Blitz 1973 United Kingdom Canada 1 – Aug 1975, France 1 – Oct 1973, Éire 1 – Sep 1973, Australia Goset 1 – Nov 1973, UK 2 – Sep 1973, Norway 2 – Oct 1973, Switzerland 3 – Sep 1973, Germany 3 – Jan 1974, Netherlands 4 – Sep 1973, US BB 5 – Aug 1975, Austria 5 – Nov 1973, Australia 9 of 1974, Scrobulate 9 of glam rock, US BB 11 of 1975, RYM 15 of 1973, POP 30 of 1975, US CashBox 46 of 1975, DDD 51 of 1973, Germany 137 of the 1970s, TheQ 188, OzNet 217, Acclaimed 2373
4 Elton John Crocodile Rock 1973 United Kingdom US BB 1 – Dec 1972, Canada 1 – Dec 1972, Switzerland 1 – Jan 1973, Italy 1 of 1973, Australia Goset 2 – Jan 1973, Norway 3 – Feb 1973, US CashBox 4 of 1973, Germany 4 – Jan 1973, UK 5 – Nov 1972, Australia 5 of 1973, Austria 6 – Feb 1973, France 9 – Dec 1972, POP 9 of 1973, Netherlands 12 – Dec 1972, OzNet 12, US BB 16 of 1973, RYM 26 of 1972, DDD 27 of 1972, Germany 223 of the 1970s, Acclaimed 2325
5 Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly With His Song 1973 United States US BB 1 – Feb 1973, Canada 1 – Feb 1973, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Nov 1973, Australia Goset 1 – Mar 1973, Grammy in 1973, Netherlands 3 – Feb 1973, Norway 4 – Aug 1973, France 5 – Apr 1973, UK 6 – Feb 1973, DDD 8 of 1973, Australia 17 of 1973, Austria 19 – Dec 1973, US CashBox 21 of 1973, RYM 25 of 1973, Switzerland 32 – Oct 1996, RIAA 101, Rolling Stone 360, Acclaimed 631, OzNet 863

Other selected singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Other notable songs (world)[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Maria Callas farewell tour, 1973

Opera[edit]

  • de la Figo – Bronski eu Lot
  • Nikolai KorndorfFeast in the Time of Plague

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. ^ Anon., "Pipe Down, Rail Chiefs Tell Major", The Times issue 58676 (January 9, 1973)
  2. ^ Harry, Bill (2002). The Paul McCartney Encyclopedia. Virgin. ISBN 978-0-7535-0716-2.  p300-307
  3. ^ Anon., "Russia Lets Conductor Take Post in Sweden", The Times, issue 58848 (July 31, 1973): 5 col G.
  4. ^ Anon., "Brass Band Champions", The Times issue 58907 (October 8, 1973): 2 col. G.
  5. ^ Anon., "Miss du Pré is Forced by Illness to Retire", The Times issue 58931 (November 6, 1973): 1 col. A.
  6. ^ "Gram Parsons Project, interview with Phil Kaufman". Gramparsonsproject.com. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  7. ^ Tim Devlin, "Miss du Pré 'Very Ill' Report Denied", The Times, issue 58932 (November 7, 1973): 5 col C.
  8. ^ Daniel Stolper, Tom Stacy, Ned Rorem and a New Concerto, The Double Reed, Vol. 17, No. 2, 1992
  9. ^ The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches By Jeremy Simmonds p. 66
  10. ^ NTSB Identification: FTW74AF017; 14 CFR Part 135 Nonscheduled operation of ROBERT AIRWAYS; Aircraft: BEECH E18S, registration: N50JR (Report). NTSB.gov. 1973-09-20. http://ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=84416&key=0&print=1.