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
1 Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey Various Artists -
5 Aerosmith Aerosmith -
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band -
8 Approximately Infinite Universe Yoko Ono -
Holland The Beach Boys -
13 Who Do We Think We Are Deep Purple -
19 Life in a Tin Can Bee Gees -
23 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Rick Wakeman -
25 Dixie Chicken Little Feat -
The Great Lost Kinks Album The Kinks Compilation of unreleased material
26 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player Elton John -
28 Tanx T. Rex -
- Any Old Wind That Blows Johnny Cash -
Artificial Paradise The Guess Who -
Back in '72 Bob Seger -
ELO 2 Electric Light Orchestra -
GP Gram Parsons -
Heartbreaker Free -
In Concert Derek and the Dominos Live 1970
Naked Songs Al Kooper -
Separate Ways Elvis Presley Compilation
True Stories and Other Dreams Judy Collins -
We the People Ellen McIlwaine -

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 -
22 Amabutho Ladysmith Black Mambazo -
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 -
Heaven Help the Child Mickey Newbury -
Rosie Fairport Convention -
Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory Traffic -
Solid Air John Martyn -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd US; released in UK March 24
Paris 1919 John Cale -
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 -
23 For Your Pleasure Roxy Music -
Larks' Tongues in Aspic King Crimson -
26 Beck, Bogert & Appice Beck, Bogert & Appice -
Ring Ring ABBA -
27 I've Got So Much to Give Barry White -
28 Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin -
My Tennessee Mountain Home Dolly Parton -
29 Skywriter The Jackson 5 -
30 Sextant Herbie Hancock -
- After You, Pride's Not Hard to Swallow Hank Williams, Jr. -
Atem Tangerine Dream -
Birds of Fire Mahavishnu Orchestra -
Closing Time Tom Waits -
Cosmic Wheels Donovan -
Grand Hotel Procol Harum -
Heart Food Judee Sill -
In Deep Argent -
A Letter to Myself The Chi-Lites -
Losin' Streak Ray Stevens -
My Feet Are Smiling Leo Kottke Live
Neither One of Us Gladys Knight & the Pips -
Penguin Fleetwood Mac -
Raunch 'N' Roll Live Black Oak Arkansas Live
Rock and Roll Foghat aka Rock and Roll
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
1 Live Songs Leonard Cohen Live
2 1962-1966 The Beatles Compilation
1967-1970 The Beatles Compilation
12 Bloodshot The J. Geils Band -
13 Aladdin Sane David Bowie -
Catch a Fire Bob Marley & The Wailers -
Music & Me Michael Jackson -
17 Desperado Eagles -
18 Renaissance The Miracles -
20 Daltrey Roger Daltrey -
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 -
Danny's Song Anne Murray Studio and live
Diamond Girl Seals and Crofts -
Eat It Humble Pie Double LP; three sides studio, one side live
The Gospel Road Johnny Cash Soundtrack
Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys Arlo Guthrie -
The Marshall Tucker Band The Marshall Tucker Band -
Melanie at Carnegie Hall Melanie Live
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 -
Zarathustra Museo Rosenbach -

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 Les Granges Brûlées Jean Michel Jarre -
Living in the Material World George Harrison -
- Any Day Now Scott Walker -
Bananamour Kevin Ayers -
Country Casanova Commander Cody -
Head to the Sky Earth, Wind & Fire -
Honey in the Rock Charlie Daniels -
I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star) Glen Campbell -
The Pointer Sisters Pointer Sisters -
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 -
Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) Aretha Franklin -
30 Fresh Sly & the Family Stone -
- 10 The Guess Who -
Crossword Puzzle The Partridge Family -
Farewell Andromeda John Denver -
Jesus Christ Superstar Various Artists Soundtrack
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 -
A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean Jimmy Buffett -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Life and Times Jim Croce -
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
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Bob Dylan Soundtrack
Queen Queen -
15 We're an American Band Grand Funk Railroad -
20 Genesis Live Genesis Live
Love Devotion Surrender Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin -
Mott Mott the Hoople -
25 Foreigner Cat Stevens -
26 Tres Hombres ZZ Top -
27 New York Dolls New York Dolls -
- 10cc 10cc -
African Herbsman The Wailers Compilation
Berlin Lou Reed -
Countdown to Ecstasy Steely Dan -
Elvis Elvis Presley -
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
Whatever Turns You On West, Bruce and Laing -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack -
3 Innervisions Stevie Wonder -
7 3 + 3 The Isley Brothers -
Pressure Cookin' Labelle -
10 Sing It Again Rod Rod Stewart Compilation
13 (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) Lynyrd Skynyrd -
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
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 -
Legend Henry Cow -
Live at Montezuma Hall Mickey Newbury Live
Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur -
No Sweat Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Unlucky Boy Chicken Shack -
Valley Hi Ian Matthews -
Volcanic Rock Buffalo -
Yeah! Brownsville Station -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Bang James Gang -
7 Over-Nite Sensation Frank Zappa -
10 Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert Eric Clapton Live
Side 3 Raspberries -
11 Angel Clare Art Garfunkel
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle Bruce Springsteen -
12 G.I.T.: Get It Together The Jackson 5 -
14 Bubbling Over Dolly Parton -
15 Crazy Eyes Poco -
21 Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music Billy Preston -
Faust IV Faust -
In a Glass House Gentle Giant -
Vagabonds of the Western World Thin Lizzy -
23 High on the Hog Black Oak Arkansas -
24 Milestones Roy Orbison -
Super Fly T.N.T. Osibisa Soundtrack
28 Hello! Status Quo -
Sladest Slade Compilation
- Back into the Future Man Live
Don't Call Me Mama Anymore Cass Elliot Live
Don't Cry Now Linda Ronstadt -
Full Moon Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge -
It's Only a Movie Family -
Nice 'n' Greasy Atomic Rooster -
Paper Roses Marie Osmond -
Show Your Hand Average White Band -
Sweet Freedom Uriah Heep -
Ten Years Are Gone John Mayall -
Where My Heart Is Ronnie Milsap -
Wild and Peaceful Kool & the Gang -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Raised on Rock Elvis Presley -
Spectrum Billy Cobham -
2 Stone Gon' Barry White -
5 For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night Caravan -
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John -
These Foolish Things Bryan Ferry -
9 Cyan Three Dog Night -
12 Selling England by the Pound Genesis -
14 Jackie Jackson Jackie Jackson -
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
17 Montrose Montrose -
19 Burnin' Bob Marley & The Wailers -
Hat Trick America -
Pin Ups David Bowie Covers album
20 Frampton's Camel Peter Frampton -
26 Diana & Marvin Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye -
Head Hunters Herbie Hancock -
Quadrophenia The Who -
27 Half-Breed Cher -
- 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
Bodacious DF Bodacious DF -
Bulletin Board The Partridge Family -
Cyborg Klaus Schulze -
Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes David Cassidy -
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 -
The Joker Steve Miller Band -
Laid Back Gregg Allman -
Marjory Razorblade Kevin Coyne -
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 -
Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro -
Sweet Revenge John Prine -
Takin' My Time Bonnie Raitt -
You've Got It Bad Girl Quincy Jones -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Rockin' with Curly Leads The Shadows -
Stranded Roxy Music -
2 On the Road to Freedom Alvin Lee -
Ringo Ringo Starr -
3 Abandoned Luncheonette Hall & Oates -
9 Piano Man Billy Joel -
Welcome Santana -
10 Ship Ahoy The O'Jays -
11 Tattoo Rory Gallagher -
16 Bette Midler Bette Midler -
Mind Games John Lennon -
Preservation Act 1 The Kinks -
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 Solar Fire Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
- Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments Barbra Streisand -
Bedside Manners Are Extra Greenslade -
Between Nothingness and Eternity Mahavishnu Orchestra Live
Electric Jewels April Wine -
Friends and Legends Michael Stanley -
The Human Menagerie Cockney Rebel -
John Denver's Greatest Hits John Denver Compilation
Ladies Invited The J. Geils Band -
Loud 'n' Proud Nazareth -
(No Pussyfooting) Robert Fripp and Brian Eno -
On the Third Day Electric Light Orchestra -
Quiet Places Buffy Sainte-Marie -
Stretch Scott Walker -
Viva Terlingua Jerry Jeff Walker Live
Witness Spooky Tooth -
Wovoka Redbone -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 I Got a Name Jim Croce -
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 -
Angel's Egg Gong -
14 Tales from Topographic Oceans Yes -
22 Comin' Atcha Madeline Bell -
- Another Lonely Song Tammy Wynette -
Bachman–Turner Overdrive II Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
Essence to Essence Donovan -
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 -

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.