1971 in Music

Events in Music

  • 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

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 15 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the UK

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to reorient himself emotionally and creatively and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami. He will never return to the US.

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

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
  • Jun 27 Bill Graham's New York rock venue Fillmore East closes down, to be succeeded by Fillmore West in San Francisco

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
Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 Paul & Linda McCartney release "Back Seat of My Car"

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 138

  • Jan 6 Gary Wiseman, American punk-rock drummer

Person of interestMary J. Blige

Jan 11 Mary J. Blige, American R&B singer-songwriter (Be Without You) and actress (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), born in NYC, New York

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
  • Jan 16 Josh Evans, actor (Ricochett, The Doors)
  • Jan 17 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • Jan 17 Leonardo Ciampa, Italian-American musician
  • Jan 18 Jonathan Davis, American singer (KoЯn)
  • Jan 19 John Wozniak, American singer and songwriter (Marcy Playground)
  • Jan 20 Gary Barlow, English singer (Take That)
  • Jan 20 "?uestlove" Ahmir Thompson, American DJ, producer and music journalist (The Roots), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 23 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and lyricist
  • Jan 25 Ana Ortiz, American actress and singer
  • Feb 1 Ron Welty, American musician
  • Feb 5 Sara Evans, American singer
  • Feb 8 William "Will" Turpin, American musician (Collective Soul) and producer (Gooey Music), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Feb 13 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer
  • Feb 17 Martyn Bennett, Canadian composer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 19 Gil Shaham, Israeli-American violinist
  • Feb 21 Randy Blythe, American musician
  • Feb 22 Lea Salonga, Philippines, singer/actress (Miss Siagon)
  • Feb 26 Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright;], American singer-songwriter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 26 Max Martin, Swedish composer and producer
  • Feb 26 Hélène Ségara, French singer
  • Feb 27 Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, American singer (TLC)
  • Feb 28 Junya Nakano, Japanese composer
  • Mar 5 Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
  • Mar 9 Diego Torres, Argentine singer (Un Mundo Diferente), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Person of interestMariah Carey

Mar 27 Mariah Carey, American singer (Love Takes Time, Hero), born in NYC, New York

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Mar 29 Ryan Lambert, American performer (Kids Incorporated) lead singer (Elephone), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestOliver Riedel

Apr 11 Oliver Riedel, German musician (Rammstein), born in Schwerin, Germany

Musician Oliver Riedel
Musician
Oliver Riedel
  • Apr 13 Valensia, Dutch singer
  • Apr 16 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), born in Lake Jackson, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Apr 16 Max Beesley, English musician and actor
  • Apr 20 Tina Cousins, English singer (Mysterious Times), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • Apr 24 Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer, born in Koersel, Belgium
  • Apr 26 Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts)
  • May 3 Josey Scott, American singer (Saliva), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 5 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Chris Shiflett, Guitarist for Foo Fighters
  • May 7 Horgh, (Reidar Horghagen) Norwegian drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • May 8 Chris Wolf, actor/musician (Guys Next Door)
  • May 9 Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
  • May 14 Raphael Wiggins, rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California
  • May 16 Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (Slowdive, Mojave 3)
  • May 27 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, American singer (TLC) (d. 2002)

Person of interestIdina Menzel

May 30 Idina Menzel, American actress and singer born in Queens, New York

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • Jun 1 Roldán González, Cuban singer (Orishas)
  • Jun 4 Shoji Meguro, Japanese composer

Person of interestMark Wahlberg

Jun 5 Mark Wahlberg, rap singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
  • Jun 9 Rick Renstrom, American guitarist
  • Jun 10 Joel Hailey, American singer
  • Jun 15 Bif Naked, Canadian musician

Person of interestTupac Shakur

Jun 16 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), born in East Harlem, New York (d. 1996)

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur
  • Jun 17 Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer, model and businesswoman (La Chica Dorada), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jun 18 Nathan Morris, [Alex Vanderpool], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 20 Jeordie White, American musician (Marilyn Manson)
  • Jun 21 Anette Olzon, Swedish singer
  • Jun 29 Matthew Good, Canadian musician

Person of interestMissy Elliott

Jul 1 Missy Elliott, American rapper (Supa Dupa Fly, Under Construction), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Jul 4 Andy Creeggan, Canadian musician
  • Jul 9 Bobby Leslie, TV rocker (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • Jul 11 Leisha Hailey, American actress and musician (Uh Huh Her)
  • Jul 14 Marie-Chantal Toupin, French Canadian singer
  • Jul 15 Danijela, Croatian singer
  • Jul 16 Ed Kowalczyk, American singer (Live), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 19 Urs Bühler, Swiss tenor (Il Divo)
  • Jul 19 Russell Allen, American musician (Symphony X)

Person of interestAlison Krauss

Jul 23 Alison Krauss, American bluegrass musician (Raising Sand), born in Decatur, Illinois

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
  • Jul 23 Dalvin DeGrate, American singer
  • Jul 23 Christopher Lee [Lee Meng Soon], Malaysian actor, singer and model (Show Hand), born in Malacca, Malaysia
  • Jul 24 John Partridge, English singer
  • Jul 25 Roger Creager, American country music singer-songwriter
  • Jul 28 Stephen Lynch, American musician
  • Jul 29 Lisa Ekdahl, Swedish singer songwriter
  • Jul 31 John Lowery, American guitarist (The Devil Knows My Name), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Aug 5 Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • Aug 10 Stephan Groth, Norwegian musician
  • Aug 17 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • Aug 18 Richard D. James, Irish-born musician (Aphex Twin)
  • Aug 20 Brad Avery, American musician (former guitarist for Third Day)
  • Aug 21 Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy), born in Braintree, Essex, England
  • Aug 21 Matthew Noonan, American Concert Organist
  • Aug 25 Thalia Sodi, Mexican actress and singer
  • Aug 26 Thalía, Mexican singer
  • Aug 27 Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • Aug 30 Lars Frederiksen, American guitarist (Rancid and UK Subs)
  • Sep 1 Yoshitaka Hirota, Japanese composer
  • Sep 1 Lââm [Lamiah], French singer, born in Paris
  • Sep 6 Kathy Wolfgramm, rocker (Jets)
  • Sep 6 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries, Zombie, Linger), born in Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • Sep 11 Richard Ashcroft, British singer
  • Sep 13 Stella Nina McCartney, fashion designer and daughter of Paul & Linda McCartney
  • Sep 13 Manabu Namiki, Japanese composer
  • Sep 14 Jeff Loomis, American guitarist (Nevermore)
  • Sep 14 Andre Matos, Brazilian musician
  • Sep 15 Ben Wallers, English musician and songwriter (Country Teasers)
  • Sep 18 Anna Netrebko, Russian opera singer
  • Sep 20 Masashi Hamauzu, Japanese composer
  • Sep 21 Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor/pianist (Alfonso-Silver Spoons), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Chesney Lee Haskes, England, singer (Feels So Alive)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger (27) weds actress and model Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias (31) at St Tropez Town Hall, France

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 6 ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus (26) weds fellow singer Agnetha Faltskog (21)

  • Jul 19 "The Who" lead singer Roger Daltrey (27) weds model Heather Taylor

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 5 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 Adriano Lualdi, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Giannis Christou, Greek composer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 13 Robert Still, English composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 14 Ethel Glenn Hier, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 19 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • Feb 15 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 21 Adolph Weiss, American composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • Mar 9 Jean-Pierre Guezek, composer, dies at 36
  • Mar 10 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Piero Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 23 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 28 Felix Wolfes, composer, dies at 78

Person of interestIgor Stravinsky

Apr 6 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps), dies of pneumonia at 88

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • Apr 12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 17 Roberto Lupi, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • Apr 25 Max Drischner, composer, dies at 80
  • May 10 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Shukichi Mitsukuri, composer, dies at 75
  • May 13 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • May 19 Bernard Wagenaar, Neth/US composer, dies at 76
  • May 25 Mark Brunswick, composer, dies at 69
  • May 29 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 6 Arnold Elston, composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 9 Harold Lloyd Jr, American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd sr (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 40
  • Jun 23 Walter Schulthess, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 26 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 26 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • Jun 26 Juan Manen, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 2 Edward Ballantine, composer, dies at 84

Person of interestJim Morrison

Jul 3 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, dies of heart failure at 27

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Jul 4 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient) dies of leukemia at 29

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

Jul 6 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of a heart attack at 69

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • Jul 8 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)
  • Jul 17 Cliff Edwards, "Ukulele Ike", singer (54th Street Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 24 Alan Rawsthorne, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 25 Leroy Robertson, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 27 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian conductor/composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 5 Josef Stanislav, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 King Curtis [Curtis Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), murdered at 37
  • Aug 23 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 25 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician (Is Everybody Happy?), dies of lung failure at 81
  • Aug 26 Francesco Santoliquido, composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 3 Dave Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise, I Surrender Dear, Broadway Open House), dies of cancer at 53
  • Sep 22 Yvonne St Clair, dancer, dies at 57
  • Oct 2 Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 3 Sean O Riada, composer, dies at 40
  • Oct 8 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • Oct 24 Carl Ruggles, US composer (Evocations), dies at 95
  • Oct 24 Fernand Quinet, Belgian composer/conductor (Guerre), dies at 73
  • Oct 28 Yves de La Casiniere, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 29 Duane Allman, rock guitarist, dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • Oct 30 Osvald Chlubna, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 18 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), dies during brain operation at 39
  • Nov 27 Jakabs Medins, composer, dies at 86
  • Nov 29 Heinz Tiessen, German composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 6 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 23 Carlo Jachino, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 25 Byron Arnold, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 83
  • Dec 30 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, dies at 60