Events in Music in 1971

  • Jan 3 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 6 Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • Jan 9 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" closes at Majestic NYC after 19 performances
  • Jan 10 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Jan 12 "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 13 "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 15 "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jan 19 "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jan 20 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jan 30 "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
  • Jan 31 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Feb 23 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year
  • Feb 25 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances
  • Mar 3 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 5 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
Musician John Paul Jones
Musician
John Paul Jones
Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Mar 14 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Burt Bacharach Special" on CBS TV

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 14 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Mar 16 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 22 6th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" goes gold

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • Apr 3 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in Dublin
  • Apr 4 "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances
  • Apr 14 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Follies" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 15 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Apr 20 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
  • May 1 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • May 5 "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 8 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 15 "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • May 16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London
  • May 17 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway
  • May 28 Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album "Ram"
  • May 29 Court Room by Clarence Carter hits #61
  • May 30 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice
  • Jun 1 "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" opens at Golden NYC for 31 performances
  • Jun 6 John Lennon and Yoko Ono unannounced appearance at Fillmore East in NYC
  • Jun 9 Paul McCartney's album "Ram" goes gold
  • Jun 21 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 24 "McCabe and Mrs Miller" film by Robert Altman, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen is released

Actress Julie Christie
Actress
Julie Christie
Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 Stevie Wonder releases "Where I'm Coming From"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Jun 26 "Man of La Mancha" closes at ANTA Wash Sq Theater NYC after 2329 performances
  • Jun 27 "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" closes at Golden NYC after 31 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 Rolling Stones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards sentenced on drug offense

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Jul 30 George Harrison releases "Bangladesh"
  • Aug 1 George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh takes place in NYC
  • Aug 3 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings
  • Aug 13 Paul & Linda McCartney release "Back Seat of My Car"
  • Sep 1 Rolling Stones sue manager Allen Klein
  • Sep 9 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Dick Cavett Show (ABC-TV)
  • Sep 9 John Lennon releases his "Imagine" album
  • Sep 11 "2 by 2" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 343 performances
  • Sep 28 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music
  • Oct 8 John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"
  • Oct 10 5th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Pride wins
  • Oct 10 Fenholt & Webber's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 12 "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 711 performances
  • Oct 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on "Dick Cavett Show"
  • Oct 20 "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" opens at Barrymore for 325 per
  • Oct 21 "To Live Another Summer" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 173 performances
  • Oct 28 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in NYC
  • Oct 31 "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Nov 2 "Great Harp" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 6 "Great Harp" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Nov 22 "Only Fools Are Sad" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • Nov 28 "Me Nobody Knows" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 587 performances
  • Dec 1 Galt MacDermot/John Guare's "2 gentlemen of Verona" opens at St James Theater NYC for 613 performances
  • Dec 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US
  • Dec 7 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
  • Dec 19 "Inner City" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 97 performances