1972 in music

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Ike & Tina Turner in 1972

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1972.

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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
15 Home Is Where the Music Is Hugh Masekela Recording date
17 Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt -
20 Garcia Jerry Garcia -
24 Cass Elliot Cass Elliot -
Got to Be There Michael Jackson -
Paul Simon Paul Simon -
Young, Gifted and Black Aretha Franklin -
31 Let's Stay Together Al Green -
- America America Debut
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult -
Phase III The Osmonds -
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 -
Hendrix in the West Jimi Hendrix Live 1969–70
How Much Time Jake Holmes -
I'm the One Annette Peacock -
Incredible! Live! Country Joe Live
Into the Purple Valley Ry Cooder -
I've Found Someone of My Own The Free Movement -
Jackson Browne Jackson Browne -
Keep the Faith Black Oak Arkansas -
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
Solid Rock The Temptations -
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
1 Something/Anything? Todd Rundgren -
Harvest Neil Young -
8 Root Down Jimmy Smith -
12 Eat a Peach The Allman Brothers Band -
18 Manfred Mann's Earth Band Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
25 Pink Moon Nick Drake -
- Elvis Now Elvis Presley -
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 -
Good Hearted Woman Waylon Jennings -
Grave New World Strawbs -
Greatest Hits Blood, Sweat & Tears Compilation
Headkeeper Dave Mason -
Heavy Turbulence Merl Saunders -
Hellbound Train Savoy Brown -
Lonesome Crow Scorpions -
Loudwater House Tony Hazzard -
My Hang-Up is You Freddie Hart -
Ndeda Quincy Jones Compilation
Oh How We Danced Jim Capaldi -
Pain Ohio Players -
Patti Dahlstrom Patti Dahlstrom -
Rockin' The Guess Who -
Silver Pistol Brinsley Schwarz -
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 -
Thick as a Brick Jethro Tull -
Music of My Mind Stevie Wonder -
10 Shades of a Blue Orphanage Thin Lizzy -
Touch Your Woman Dolly Parton -
21 Love Theme from "The Godfather" Andy Williams -
24 Slade Alive! Slade Live
Striking It Rich Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks -
Jerusalem Jerusalem -
Coming Together New Birth -
27 Seven Separate Fools Three Dog Night -
31 Machine Head Deep Purple -
- Bare Trees Fleetwood Mac -
Alvin Lee and Company Ten Years After Compilation
Just Another Band from L.A. Frank Zappa and The Mothers Live
The Kink Kronikles The Kinks US; Compilation
The Ballad of Calico Kenny Rogers and the First Edition -
Heads & Tales Harry Chapin Debut
Bobby Whitlock Bobby Whitlock Solo Debut
Cold Blue Excursion Ray Dorset -
D&B Together Delaney and Bonnie -
Drowning in the Sea of Love Joe Simon
Ennea Chase -
Feedback Spirit -
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 -
10 Raspberries Raspberries -
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 -
24 Number 1 Record Big Star -
28 Argus Wishbone Ash -
- Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway -
Annie Anne Murray -
Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander -
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
On Record April Wine -
A Possible Projection of the Future / Childhood's End Al Kooper -
Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Procol Harum Live
A Thing Called Love Johnny Cash -
You Don't Mess Around with Jim Jim Croce -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Live in Europe Rory Gallagher [3]
Jeff Beck Group Jeff Beck -
2 Brother, Brother, Brother The Isley Brothers -
11 Cabbage Alley The Meters -
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 -
26 Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones -
I Sing the Body Electric Weather Report -
Wind of Change Peter Frampton -
30 Live at Max's Kansas City The Velvet Underground Live 1970
Understanding Bobby Womack -
- Ace Bob Weir -
Bloodrock Live Bloodrock Live
Castles Joy of Cooking -
Chameleon The Four Seasons -
Colors of the Day Judy Collins Compilation
Come from the Shadows Joan Baez -
Floy Joy The Supremes -
In Concert Janis Joplin Live 1968 and 1970
Last of the Red Hot Burritos The Flying Burrito Brothers Live
Lou Reed Lou Reed
People ... Hold On Eddie Kendricks -
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 -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin Live
Eagles Eagles -
2 Obscured by Clouds Pink Floyd -
5 The Osmonds Live The Osmonds Live
6 Looking Glass Looking Glass -
9 Earthbound King Crimson Live
There It Is James Brown -
10 Moon Shadow LaBelle -
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 -
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie -
20 Syreeta Syreeta -
23 Trilogy Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
Living in the Past Jethro Tull Compilation
26 Carney Leon Russell -
- School's Out Alice Cooper -
As Recorded at Madison Square Garden Elvis Presley Live
666 Aphrodite's Child -
Bless Your Heart Freddie Hart -
Blues Roots Ike Turner -
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 -
Together Golden Earring -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 American Gothic David Ackles -
5 Waka/Jawaka Frank Zappa -
7 The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff Soundtrack
10 Chicago V Chicago -
Son of Schmilsson Harry Nilsson -
11 Super Fly Curtis Mayfield Soundtrack
17 Full Circle The Doors -
20 Long John Silver Jefferson Airplane -
Straight Shooter James Gang -
21 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash -
Never a Dull Moment Rod Stewart -
The Slider T. Rex -
27 All Directions The Temptations -
Flying High Together Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -
Toulouse Street The Doobie Brothers -
The Academy in Peril John Cale -
Captain Beyond Captain Beyond -
Feel Good Ike & Tina Turner -
Exercises Nazareth -
Foghat Foghat -
Music Is the Message Kool & the Gang -
Saint Dominic's Preview Van Morrison -
Moods Neil Diamond -
White Witch White Witch -
Someplace Else Now Lesley Gore -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Back Stabbers The O'Jays -
Elf Elf -
2 Jazz at Santa Monica Civic '72 Ella Fitzgerald Live
4 Ben Michael Jackson -
7 America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song Johnny Cash -
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
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes -
28 'Ot 'n' Sweaty Cactus -
31 Styx Styx -
- And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' Michael Nesmith -
Free Will Gil Scott-Heron -
Irrlicht Klaus Schulze -
Live at the Paramount The Guess Who Live
Roy Buchanan Roy Buchanan -
Smokin' O.P.'s Bob Seger -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Close to the Edge Yes [4]
All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople -
9 Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts -
15 Foxtrot Genesis -
Below the Salt Steeleye Span -
Phoenix Grand Funk Railroad -
Rocky Mountain High John Denver -
26 Live Full House The J. Geils Band Live
27 Catch Bull at Four Cat Stevens -
29 Glorified Magnified Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
- Vol. 4 Black Sabbath -
At Home with Their Greatest Hits The Partridge Family Compilation
Bandstand Family -
Bright Phoebus Lal and Mike Waterson -
Give It Up Bonnie Raitt -
Hot Butter Hot Butter -
Ladies Love Outlaws Waylon Jennings -
My Time Boz Scaggs -
Nervous on the Road Brinsley Schwarz -
Rolling Thunder Mickey Hart -
Sandy Sandy Denny -
Solomon's Seal Pentangle -
Squawk Budgie -
Tequila Sunrise David Clayton-Thomas -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner Dolly Parton -
4 Willie Remembers Rare Earth -
9 Heavy Cream Cream Compilation
11 Caravanserai Santana -
On the Corner Miles Davis -
23 I'm Still in Love with You Al Green -
25 A Good Feelin' to Know Poco -
27 Talking Book Stevie Wonder -
- War Heroes Jimi Hendrix -
At Crooked Lake Crazy Horse -
Barnstorm Joe Walsh -
Music Is My Life Billy Preston -
Crazy Horses The Osmonds -
Bustin' Out Pure Prairie League -
Clear Spot Captain Beefheart -
Expectations Keith Jarrett -
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 -
The London Chuck Berry Sessions Chuck Berry -
Made in England Atomic Rooster -
Mom's Apple Pie Mom's Apple Pie -
The Moviegoer Scott Walker -
New Blood Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Passin' Thru James Gang -
Rhymes & 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 -
To Whom It May Concern Bee Gees -
Who Came First Pete Townshend -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2 Elvis Presley Compilation
One Man Dog James Taylor -
Europe '72 Grateful Dead Live
7 The Divine Miss M Bette Midler -
Journey Through the Past Neil Young Soundtrack
8 Transformer Lou Reed -
10 Baby James Harvest Barclay James Harvest -
The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II The Byrds Compilation
See All Her Faces Dusty Springfield -
13 Fresh Raspberries -
15 Homecoming America -
17 Seventh Sojourn The Moody Blues -
20 Get on the Good Foot James Brown -
24 Doremi Fasol Latido Hawkwind -
27 Garden Party Ricky Nelson -
- Slayed? Slade -
Boomer's Story Ry Cooder -
Can't Buy a Thrill Steely Dan -
Don McLean Don McLean -
Ege Bamyasi Can -
Romany The Hollies -
Ennismore Colin Blunstone -
For the Roses Joni Mitchell -
Free to Be... You and Me Marlo Thomas & Friends -
Good Times Kool & the Gang -
International Superstar Johnny Cash Compilation
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 -
The Magician's Birthday Uriah Heep -
No Secrets Carly Simon -
Not till Tomorrow Ralph McTell -
Old Dan's Records Gordon Lightfoot -
Passage Bloodrock -
The Partridge Family Notebook The Partridge Family -
The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb The Supremes -
They Only Come Out at Night Edgar Winter Group -
Tigers Will Survive Ian Matthews -
Whatever's for Us Joan Armatrading -
Why Dontcha West, Bruce and Laing -
The World Is a Ghetto War -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Octopus Gentle Giant UK
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 -
22 Made in Japan Deep Purple Live
- Across 110th Street Bobby Womack and J.J. Johnson Soundtrack
The Best of Top of the Pops '72 Top of the Poppers Compilation
The Grand Wazoo Frank Zappa -
Gypsy Cowboy New Riders of the Purple Sage -
It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) Merle Haggard -
Pleasure Ohio Players -
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 Don McLean "American Pie" 1972 United States US Billboard 1 for 19 weeks, Canada RPM 1 for 5 weeks, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks, Australia 1 for 5 weeks, UK 2 for 16 weeks
2 Harry Nilsson "Without You" 1972 United States UK 1 for 20 weeks, Australia 1 for 5 weeks, US Billboard 1 for 19 weeks, New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks
3 Hot Butter "Popcorn" 1972 United States Holland 1 for 15 weeks, France 1 for 5 weeks, Switzerland 1 for 17 weeks, Norway 1 for 20 weeks, Germany 1 for 5 months, UK 5 for 19 weeks, US Billboard 9 for 18 weeks
4 Neil Young "Heart of Gold" 1972 Canada US Billboard 1 for 14 weeks, Canada 1 for 12 weeks, France 2 for 8 weeks, Norway 4 for 11 weeks, Germany 4 for 4 months,
5 The Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin" 1972 United States US Billboard 2 for 18 weeks, Canada 2 for 12 weeks, France 1 for 9 weeks, Holland 2 for 14 weeks,

Top 40 Chart hit singles[edit]

Alice Cooper in 1972
The Carpenters in 1972
Song title Artist(s) Release date(s) US UK Highest chart position Other Chart Performance(s)
"10538 Overture" Electric Light Orchestra June 1972 n/a 9 9 (United Kingdom) 24 (Netherlands [Dutch Top 40])
"A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" Sonny & Cher February 1972 8 n/a 3 (Canada) See chart entry performance
"A Horse with No Name" America January 1972 1 3 1 (Canada, Finland, United States) See chart performance entry
"Ain't Understanding Mellow" Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager January 1970 21 n/a 21 (United States 3 (U.S. Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles)
"All the Young Dudes" Mott the Hoople July 1972 37 3 3 (United Kingdom 4 (Ireland) - 13 (New Zealand) - 31 (Canada) - 32 (U.S. Record World) - 34 (U.S. Cash Box Top 100)
"Alone Again (Naturally)" Gilbert O'Sullivan February 1972 1 3 1 (Canada, France, United States) See chart performance entry
"Amazing Grace" Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards April 1972 n/a 1 1 (Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom) n/a
"America" Simon & Garfunkel July 1972 97 25 25 (United Kingdom) n/a
"American Pie" Don McLean January 1972 1 2 1 (Australia, Canada, New Zealand) See chart performance entry [1971 single release overlapped into 1972]
"Anticipation" Carly Simon January 1972 13 n/a 9 (Canada) 3 (U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary) - 10 (U.S. Cash Box Top 100) - 64 (Australia)
"Baby Blue" Badfinger March 1972 14 n/a 3 (Malaysia) 7 (Canada) - 9 (New Zealand, U.S. Cash Box Top 100) - 12 (U.S. Record World Top 100) - 14 (Sweden) - 16 (Australia) - 18 (South Africa) - 30 (West Germany)

Other Chart hit singles[edit]

Notable singles[edit]

Song title Artist(s) Release date(s) Other Chart Performance(s)
"Starman" David Bowie April 1972 See chart performance entry

Other Notable singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Other notable songs (world)[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Jazz[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Musical television productions[edit]

Births[edit]

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Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Leeds Piano Competition[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "1971 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "Gallagher official site".
  4. ^ "Yes Discography".
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  6. ^ Jha, Subhash (2006). The essential guide to Bollywood. New Delhi: Lustre Press Roli Books. p. 51. ISBN 9788174363787.