Events in Music in 1973

  • Jan 7 "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Jan 8 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jan 13 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jan 14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Feb 2 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 3 Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • Feb 4 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • Feb 6 "Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Feb 13 Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 25 Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 26 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Mar 1 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens
  • Mar 3 "Shelter" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 31 performances
  • Mar 4 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America
  • Mar 8 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis
  • Mar 13 "Irene" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 605 performances
  • Mar 18 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances

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Mar 23 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Mar 27 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding & LSD possession

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Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 7 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing "Tu te reconnaitras" in Luxembourg

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 19 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 26 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London

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Apr 30 Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" including "My Love"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 4 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • May 12 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • May 13 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • May 17 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances

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May 17 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • May 19 "Daisy" A Day by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • May 19 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • May 20 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

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May 25 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • May 26 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album goes #1
  • May 26 Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
  • May 26 Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31
  • Jun 1 George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" goes gold
  • Jun 1 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Live & Let Die"
  • Jun 2 "Nash at Nine" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • Jun 3 "Smith" closes at Eden Theater NYC after 17 performances

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Jun 19 Pete Rose & Willie Davis both get career hit # 2,000

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jun 22 George Harrison releases "Living in the Material World"
  • Jun 23 "Cyrano" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jun 23 "Sugar" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 506 performances
  • Jun 26 London production of musical "Grease" premieres
  • Jul 1 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 711 performances
  • Jul 25 George Harrison pays £1,000,000 tax on his Bangladesh concert & album
  • Jul 29 $180,000 in Led Zeppelin receipts are robbed from NY Hilton
  • Aug 6 Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma
  • Aug 18 Gene Krupa, drummer, plays for final time with Benny Goodman Quartet
  • Aug 19 Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
  • Aug 25 Butch Trucks, drummer of the Allman Brothers, breaks a leg in a car crash
  • Sep 5 "Desert Song" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Sep 16 "Desert Song" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Sep 22 "A Little Night Music" opens at Majestic Theater on Broadway
  • Oct 15 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
  • Oct 18 "Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 847 performances
  • Oct 18 Judd Woldon & Robert Brittens musical "Raisin," premieres in NYC

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Oct 20 Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Oct 26 Wings release "Helen Wheels"
  • Nov 1 "Molly" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Nov 2 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" airs on CBS TV
  • Nov 13 "Gigi" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Nov 14 "Good Evening" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 438 performances
  • Nov 16 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" album
  • Dec 5 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run"
  • Dec 7 Wings release "Band on the Run"
  • Dec 8 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • Dec 9 "Pajama Game" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Dec 19 "Molly" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances