1975 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1975.

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Led Zeppelin in Chicago, 1975

Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–August[edit]

September–December[edit]

Also in 1975[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart with "Faces" in 1975, the year the band disbanded.

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Promised Land Elvis Presley -
16 Forever, Michael Michael Jackson -
20 Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan -
23 Never Can Say Goodbye Gloria Gaynor -
- Commoners Crown Steeleye Span -
Don't Cha Love It The Miracles -
Down by the Jetty Dr. Feelgood -
The First Minute of a New Day Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson -
Flavours The Guess Who -
It's Time Bonnie Bramlett -
Melissa Melissa Manchester -
Modern Times Al Stewart -
New Year, New Band, New Company John Mayall -
Picture Music Klaus Schulze -
Play Don't Worry Mick Ronson -
Plug Me Into Something Henry Gross -
Scorching Beauty Iron Butterfly -
Sunday's Child John Martyn -
Urban Renewal Tower of Power -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Mister Magic Grover Washington, Jr. -
12 Have You Never Been Mellow Olivia Newton-John -
15 Fly by Night Rush -
16 Bolan's Zip Gun T.Rex -
17 High Voltage AC/DC Australia-only; Debut
Rock 'n' Roll John Lennon Covers album
21 On the Level Status Quo -
24 Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin -
27 On Your Feet or on Your Knees Blue Öyster Cult Live
28 Yesterdays Yes Compilation
- Ambrosia Ambrosia Debut Album
Changing Woman Buffy Sainte-Marie -
Cold on the Shoulder Gordon Lightfoot -
Desperate Straights Slap Happy and Henry Cow -
Dixie Rock Wet Willie -
An Evening with John Denver John Denver Live
For Earth Below Robin Trower -
Mad Dog John Entwistle -
Pieces of the Sky Emmylou Harris -
Really Rosie Carole King Soundtrack
Song for America Kansas -
Street Rats Humble Pie -
Then Came You Dionne Warwick -
Unrequited Loudon Wainwright III Studio and live
Visions of the Emerald Beyond Mahavishnu Orchestra -
Welcome to My Nightmare Alice Cooper -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Feel Like Makin' Love Roberta Flack -
7 Young Americans David Bowie -
12 Chocolate City Parliament -
14 Blue Jays Justin Hayward and John Lodge -
15 That's the Way of the World Earth, Wind & Fire Soundtrack
16 The Bargain Store Dolly Parton -
19 Dressed to Kill Kiss -
Hearts America -
21 Rubycon Tangerine Dream -
22 Bundles Soft Machine -
Songbird Jesse Colin Young -
24 Chicago VIII Chicago -
Nuthin' Fancy Lynyrd Skynyrd -
25 Just Another Way to Say I Love You Barry White -
Slow Dazzle John Cale -
26 A Quiet Storm Smokey Robinson -
29 Blow by Blow Jeff Beck -
- The Best Years of Our Lives Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel -
Between the Lines Janis Ian -
Duit on Mon Dei Harry Nilsson -
Feelings Paul Anka -
Frampton Peter Frampton -
Funny Lady Barbra Streisand Soundtrack
Go Girl Crazy! The Dictators -
The Great Fatsby Leslie West -
I'll Play for You Seals & Crofts -
Judith Judy Collins -
Katy Lied Steely Dan -
Let There Be Music Orleans -
Lou Reed Live Lou Reed Live
The Original Soundtrack 10cc -
The Rotters' Club Hatfield and the North -
Spring Fever Rick Derringer -
Sweet Deceiver Kevin Ayers -
Switch Golden Earring -
There's One in Every Crowd Eric Clapton -
Tommy Various Artists Soundtrack
Two Sides of the Moon Keith Moon -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Journey Journey -
2 The Manhattan Transfer The Manhattan Transfer -
8 Toys in the Attic Aerosmith -
14 Spirit of America The Beach Boys Compilation
18 Fandango! ZZ Top Half live/half studio
19 Stars Cher -
21 ABBA ABBA -
Let's Take It to the Stage Funkadelic -
25 Stampede The Doobie Brothers -
- Ain't Life Grand Black Oak Arkansas -
Al Green's Greatest Hits Al Green Compilation
The Beau Brummels The Beau Brummels -
Beautiful Loser Bob Seger -
Diamonds & Rust Joan Baez -
Discothèque Herbie Mann -
Hair of the Dog Nazareth -
Hokey Pokey Richard and Linda Thompson -
Ian Hunter Ian Hunter -
Jamaica Say You Will Joe Cocker -
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Rick Wakeman -
New City Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Playing Possum Carly Simon -
The Snow Goose Camel -
Straight Shooter Bad Company -
Subtle as a Flying Mallet Dave Edmunds -
Survival The O'Jays -
Tomorrow Belongs to Me Sensational Alex Harvey Band -
Will O' the Wisp Leon Russell -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Gorilla James Taylor -
3 USA King Crimson Live
5 Newborn James Gang -
7 Today Elvis Presley -
9 Warrior on the Edge of Time Hawkwind -
15 Moving Violation Jackson 5 -
16 Soap Opera The Kinks -
19 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Elton John -
22 Adventures in Paradise Minnie Riperton -
27 Venus and Mars Wings -
- America's Choice Hot Tuna -
Armageddon Armageddon -
Coming Down Your Way Three Dog Night -
Ernie Sings & Glen Picks Tennessee Ernie Ford and Glen Campbell -
Four Wheel Drive Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
The Heat Is On The Isley Brothers -
In Praise of Learning Henry Cow -
Love Will Keep Us Together Captain & Tennille -
Once Upon a Star Bay City Rollers -
Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson -
Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard Robert Wyatt -
Spirit of '76 Spirit -
Steppin' Pointer Sisters -
Tale Spinnin' Weather Report -
There's No Place Like America Today Curtis Mayfield -
Your Mamma Won't Like Me Suzi Quatro -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Made in the Shade The Rolling Stones Compilation
Metamorphosis The Rolling Stones Outtakes recorded 1964-'70
10 One of These Nights Eagles -
13 Red Octopus Jefferson Starship -
14 Initiation Todd Rundgren -
16 Why Can't We Be Friends? War -
20 It's My Pleasure Billy Preston -
Tonight's the Night Neil Young & Crazy Horse -
23 Stills Stephen Stills -
25 One Size Fits All Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention -
26 The Basement Tapes Bob Dylan & The Band Recorded 1967-'75
- Cut the Cake Average White Band -
The Dream Weaver Gary Wright -
Dreaming My Dreams Waylon Jennings -
Greatest Hits Cat Stevens Compilation
The Hit Man Eddie Kendricks -
Horizon The Carpenters -
HQ Roy Harper -
Jasmine Nightdreams Edgar Winter -
Main Course Bee Gees -
Michael Bolotin Michael Bolton -
Rising for the Moon Fairport Convention -
Return to Fantasy Uriah Heep -
Trying to Burn the Sun Elf -
The Tubes The Tubes -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Trooper Trooper -
2 Now Look Ronnie Wood -
4 Ride a Rock Horse Roger Daltrey -
6 KC and the Sunshine Band KC and the Sunshine Band -
11 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac -
From Mighty Oaks Ray Thomas -
28 Free Hand Gentle Giant US
Sabotage Black Sabbath US
- Ego Is Not a Dirty Word Skyhooks -
Fire on the Bayou The Meters -
Force It UFO -
Head over Heels Poco -
The Higher They Climb David Cassidy -
In the City Tavares -
Metal Machine Music Lou Reed -
Outlaws Outlaws -
Power in the Music The Guess Who -
Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell -
Scheherazade and Other Stories Renaissance -
Sha Na Now Sha Na Na -
Stop Eric Burdon Band -
This Time We Mean It REO Speedwagon -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Rainbow -
Searchin' for a Rainbow The Marshall Tucker Band -
15 Atlantic Crossing Rod Stewart -
18 Daryl Hall & John Oates Hall & Oates -
19 Phoenix Labelle -
20 Deluxe Harmonia -
22 Man-Child Herbie Hancock -
Nightingales & Bombers Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
25 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen -
27 Love to Love You Baby Donna Summer -
28 The Best of Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Compilation
- Acid Queen Tina Turner -
Al Green Is Love Al Green -
Caught in the Act Grand Funk Railroad Live
Dreamboat Annie Heart Canada; released in US Feb. '76
E. C. Was Here Eric Clapton Live
Honey Ohio Players -
Mellow Madness Quincy Jones -
Pick of the Litter The Spinners -
So Fine Loggins & Messina -
Spirit of the Boogie Kool & The Gang -
Stamp Album Climax Blues Band -
Timewind Klaus Schulze -
Win, Lose or Draw The Allman Brothers Band -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Blues for Allah Grateful Dead -
5 Minstrel in the Gallery Jethro Tull -
10 Alive! Kiss Live
12 Fighting Thin Lizzy -
Second Chapter Danny Kirwan -
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd -
14 Crisis? What Crisis? Supertramp -
15 Fool for the City Foghat -
Wind on the Water Crosby & Nash -
17 In Trance Scorpions -
22 Extra Texture (Read All About It) George Harrison U.S. release. 3 October in U.K.
24 Caress of Steel Rush -
27 Portrait Gallery Harry Chapin -
- Another Green World Brian Eno -
Another Year Leo Sayer -
Bandolier Budgie -
Bay City Rollers Bay City Rollers Compilation; North America debut
Captured Angel Dan Fogelberg -
The Car Over the Lake Album The Ozark Mountain Daredevils -
Changing All the Time Smokie -
Face the Music Electric Light Orchestra -
Hotline The J. Geils Band -
In the Slot Tower of Power -
John Fogerty John Fogerty -
Masque Kansas -
Maximum Darkness Man -
Prisoner in Disguise Linda Ronstadt -
Procol's Ninth Procol Harum -
The Sound of Sunshine The Sunshine Band Instrumental
Symphonion Dream Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -
Ted Nugent Ted Nugent -
Warner Bros. Presents Montrose -
Waterbed Herbie Mann -
Windsong John Denver -
X-Rated Black Oak Arkansas -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Tryin' to Get the Feeling Barry Manilow -
2 Bongo Fury Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention with Captain Beefheart Live + some studio tracks
3 The Who by Numbers The Who -
6 Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon -
10 Come Taste the Band Deep Purple -
14 Breakaway Art Garfunkel -
16 You Aretha Franklin -
21 Ommadawn Mike Oldfield -
24 History: America's Greatest Hits America Compilation
Rock of the Westies Elton John -
Shaved Fish John Lennon Compilation
Siren Roxy Music -
27 Angel Angel -
- Against the Grain Rory Gallagher -
All Around My Hat Steeleye Span -
Flying Again The Flying Burrito Brothers -
Godbluff Van der Graaf Generator -
Indiscreet Sparks -
Lazy Afternoon Barbra Streisand -
Malpractice Dr. Feelgood -
Mother Focus Focus -
Movin' On Commodores -
Nighthawks at the Diner Tom Waits Live
Radio-Activity Kraftwerk -
Sun and Steel Iron Butterfly -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Northern Lights – Southern Cross The Band -
Spanish Train and Other Stories Chris de Burgh -
5 Dolly: The Seeker/We Used To Dolly Parton -
7 Fish Out of Water Chris Squire -
10 Zuma Neil Young & Crazy Horse -
11 Gratitude Earth, Wind & Fire -
17 Greatest Hits ABBA Compilation
Schoolboys in Disgrace The Kinks -
Teaser Tommy Bolin -
21 A Night at the Opera Queen -
30 Numbers Cat Stevens -
- The Best of Carly Simon Carly Simon Compilation
Discreet Music Brian Eno -
Family Reunion The O'Jays -
Greatest Hits Nazareth Compilation
Helen of Troy John Cale -
The Hissing of Summer Lawns Joni Mitchell -
Hot Chocolate Hot Chocolate -
If the Shoe Fits Pure Prairie League -
It's Only Love Rita Coolidge -
The Last Record Album Little Feat -
Lisztomania Rick Wakeman Soundtrack
Mustard Roy Wood -
Nomadness Strawbs -
Pour Down Like Silver Richard and Linda Thompson -
Pressure Drop Robert Palmer -
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan Rufus -
Strung Up Sweet -
Together Anne Murray -
Track of the Cat Dionne Warwick -
Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame Kris Kristofferson -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Equinox Styx -
Live! Bob Marley & The Wailers Live
T.N.T. AC/DC Australia
We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll Black Sabbath Compilation
4 Stephen Stills Live Stephen Stills -
12 Blast from Your Past Ringo Starr Compilation
Marcus Garvey Burning Spear -
13 Horses Patti Smith -
15 Mothership Connection Parliament -
29 Elite Hotel Emmylou Harris -
- The Best of Top of the Pops '75 Top of the Poppers Compilation
Evening Star Fripp & Eno -
Head On Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
Heaven and Hell Vangelis -
Ricochet Tangerine Dream Live
Wouldn't You Like It? Bay City Rollers -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1975.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Billy Swan I Can Help 1975 United States USA - 1, Netherlands - 1, Austria - 1, Switzerland - 1, Norway - 1, Belgium - 1, New Zealand - 1, Germany - 1, Sweden - 1, Australia - 1, France - 1, Denmark - 1, Canada - 2, South Africa - 3, Ireland - 11
2 10cc I'm Not In Love 1975 United Kingdom UK - 1, Ireland - 1, Canada - 1, Brazil - 1, USA - 2, France - 2, Australia - 3, New Zealand - 4, Belgium - 5, Netherlands - 5, Norway - 6, Germany - 8, Switzerland - 8, South Africa - 17, Italy - 24
3 The Sweet Fox on the Run 1975 United Kingdom Germany - 1, Australia - 1, South Africa - 1, UK - 2, Canada - 2, Belgium - 2, Netherlands - 2, Norway - 2, Ireland - 2, Austria - 3, New Zealand - 3, Switzerland - 3, USA - 5, Sweden - 10
4 Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy 1975 United States USA - 1, Canada - 1, Ireland - 1, Belgium - 1, New Zealand - 2, South Africa - 2, Netherlands - 3, UK - 4, Australia - 5, Sweden - 17, Germany - 31
5 George Baker Selection Paloma Blanca 1975 Netherlands Netherlands - 1, Sweden - 1, Austria - 1, Switzerland - 1, Norway - 1, Germany - 1, Belgium - 1, South Africa - 1, Canada - 5, UK - 10, Italy - 11, USA - 26

Chronological table of U.S. and UK number one hit singles[edit]

U.S. number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" - Elton John (2)
"Mandy" - Barry Manilow (1)
"Please Mr. Postman" - The Carpenters (1)
"Laughter in the Rain" - Neil Sedaka (1)
"Fire" - Ohio Players (1)
"You're No Good" - Linda Ronstadt (1)
"Pick Up the Pieces" - Average White Band (1)
"Best of My Love" - Eagles (1)
"Have You Never Been Mellow" - Olivia Newton-John (1)
"Black Water" - The Doobie Brothers (1)
"My Eyes Adored You" - Frankie Valli (1)
"Lady Marmalade" - Labelle (1)
"Lovin' You" - Minnie Riperton (1)
"Philadelphia Freedom" - Elton John (2)
"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" - B. J. Thomas (1)
"He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando and Dawn (3)
"Shining Star" - Earth, Wind & Fire (1)
"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" - Freddy Fender (1)
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" - John Denver (1)
"Sister Golden Hair" - America (1)
"Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain & Tennille (4)
"Listen to What the Man Said" - Paul McCartney & Wings (1)
"The Hustle" - Van McCoy (1)
"One of These Nights" - Eagles (1)
"Jive Talkin'" - Bee Gees (2)
"Fallin' in Love" - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1)
"Get Down Tonight" - KC and the Sunshine Band (1)
"Rhinestone Cowboy" - Glen Campbell (2)
"Fame" - David Bowie (2)
"I'm Sorry" - John Denver (1)
"Bad Blood" - Neil Sedaka (3)
"Island Girl" - Elton John (3)
"That's the Way (I Like It) - KC and the Sunshine Band (2)
"Fly, Robin, Fly" - Silver Convention (3)
"Let's Do It Again"- The Staple Singers (1)

"Lonely This Christmas" - Mud (2 weeks 1974 + 2 weeks 1975)
"Down Down" - Status Quo (1)
"Ms Grace" - The Tymes (1)
"January" - Pilot (3)
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (2)
"If" - Telly Savalas (2)
"Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)" - Bay City Rollers (6)
"Oh Boy" - Mud (2)
"Stand by Your Man" - Tammy Wynette (3)
"Whispering Grass" - Windsor Davies & Don Estelle (3)
"I'm Not in Love" - 10cc (2)
"Tears on My Pillow (I Can't Take It)" - Johnny Nash (1)
"Give a Little Love" - Bay City Rollers (3)
"Barbados" - Typically Tropical (1)
"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" - The Stylistics (3)
"Sailing" - Rod Stewart (4)
"Hold Me Close" - David Essex (3)
"I Only Have Eyes for You" - Art Garfunkel (2)
"Space Oddity" - David Bowie (2)
"D.I.V.O.R.C.E." - Billy Connolly (1)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen (5 weeks 1975 + 4 weeks 1976)

Note: best sellers of the year are bold.

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Leeds International Piano Competition[edit]

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship[edit]