Events in Music in 1972

  • Jan 1 "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • Jan 1 "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Jan 1 "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 performances
  • Jan 2 "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Feb 1 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
  • Feb 13 "1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances
  • Feb 13 The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway

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Feb 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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Feb 17 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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Feb 28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Mar 5 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • Mar 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 13 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 16 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers
  • Mar 19 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 22 "Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 25 America's LP "America" goes #1
  • Mar 25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • Mar 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • Mar 30 "Funny Thing Happened..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • Mar 31 Official Beatles Fan Club closes down
  • Apr 1 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 9 "Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances
  • Apr 14 "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances

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Apr 15 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • Apr 16 "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Apr 18 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Apr 19 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 performances
  • May 1 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • May 12 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
  • May 14 14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins
  • May 15 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • May 16 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • May 20 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • May 20 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • May 21 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • May 27 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • May 27 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6
  • Jun 1 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin

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Jun 6 David Bowie releases "Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jun 7 Musical "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 10 Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC's Madison Square Garden

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jun 22 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Jul 1 "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances
  • Jul 1 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 1750 performances
  • Jul 2 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • Jul 9 1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France)
  • Jul 18 200,000 attend Mt Pocono rock festival in Penns
  • Jul 30 "Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore NYC after 325 performances
  • Aug 5 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
  • Aug 10 Paul & Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession
  • Aug 12 "Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances
  • Aug 12 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 1316 performances
  • Aug 18 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 2 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

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Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Sep 20 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm
  • Sep 28 David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY Carnegie Hall
  • Oct 1 "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 164 performances
  • Oct 2 "From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 8 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 9 "Dude" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Oct 12 "Hurry, Harry" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Oct 13 "Hurry, Harry" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 2 performances
  • Oct 16 "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 19 "Mother Earth" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Oct 21 "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Oct 21 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • Oct 21 "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 23 "Pippin" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 performances
  • Oct 28 "Mother Earth" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 16 "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Nov 19 "Ambassador" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 19 "Dear Oscar" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Nov 25 "Ambassador" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Nov 28 "Via Galactica" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 1 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
  • Dec 2 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 27 "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances