1974 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 8 E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 12 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
  • Jan 17 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 27 "Lorelei" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 320 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Feb 3 "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Feb 9 "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare peaks at #41
  • Feb 9 "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
  • Feb 10 "Gigi" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • Feb 13 "Rainbow Jones" opens & closes at Music Box Theater NYC
  • Feb 19 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 1 George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 2 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Mar 3 "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 5 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • Mar 6 "Over Here!" musical written by Richard & Robert Sherman opens at Shubert Theater, NYC for 341 performances (top-grossing production 1974)

  • Mar 10 "Sextet" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 25 9th Academy of Country Music Awards: Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" in Ontario
  • Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton
  • Apr 16 "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances
  • May 6 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • May 11 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet

  • May 18 "Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • May 28 "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 1859 performances
  • May 28 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" premieres in NYC
  • Jun 1 "My Girl Bill" by Jim Stafford hits #12
  • Jun 8 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes"

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 9 Supergroup Blind Faith's (Eric Clapton, Windwood, Baker) 1st concert

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Jun 10 "Feel Like Makin' Love" single released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)
  • Jun 15 "Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1 on UK pop chart

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 15 "Back Home Again" 8th studio album by John Denver is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1975)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Jul 17 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Aug 3 "Words & Music" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 127 performances

  • Aug 3 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers
  • Aug 5 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 16 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Sep 7 "Irene" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 605 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Sep 16 Bob Dylan records Blood on the Tracks

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 23 "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 120 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Sep 28 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
  • Sep 28 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Sep 28 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • Sep 28 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36
  • Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"
  • Oct 6 "Mack & Mabel" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances
  • Oct 14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
  • Oct 17 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • Oct 18 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
  • Oct 20 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th String Quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 25 Wings release "Junior's Farm"
  • Nov 3 "Lorelei" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Nov 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Michelangelo songs

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 8 "Greatest Hits" 11th studio album by Elton John is released

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Nov 16 John Lennon's only solo #1 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"
  • Nov 28 John Lennon's last concert appearance (Elton John concert in Madison Square Garden NYC)
  • Nov 30 "Good Evening" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 438 performances
  • Nov 30 "Mack & Mabel" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 66 performances
  • Dec 6 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
  • Dec 20 George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse" album in UK
  • Dec 23 "Good News" opens at St James Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Dec 23 Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' Michelangelo-liederen
  • Dec 30 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • Dec 31 Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 154

  • Jan 4 Ian Moor, English singer
  • Jan 5 John Drew Nichols, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • Jan 9 Farhan Akhtar, Indian Bollywood Director, Actor, Producer, Singer.
  • Jan 10 Akari Kaida, Japanese composer
  • Jan 10 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor and musician (Flight of the Conchords), born in Masterton, New Zealand
  • Jan 10 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor and dancer (Bang Bang!, Fiza, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Person of interestMel C

Jan 12 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
  • Jan 17 Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician
  • Jan 18 Christian Burns, English musician (BBMak), born in Wigan, England
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Bryan Colling, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 ZP Theart, South African-born English singer (Dragonforce)
  • Feb 10 Ivri Lider, Israeli singer, born in Givat Haim (Ihud), Israel
  • Feb 11 D'Angelo [Michael Eugene Archer], US singer, songwriter, and record producer, born in Richmond, Virginia

Person of interestRobbie Williams

Feb 13 Robbie Williams, English singer (Take That, Feel, She's the One), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • Feb 14 Filippa Giordano, Italian singer
  • Feb 15 Mr Lordi [Tomi Petteri Putaansuu], Finnish singer (Lordi), born in Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Feb 16 Kimberly Dawn Whipany, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • Feb 17 Kaoru, Japanese musician
  • Feb 17 Bryan White, American singer
  • Feb 21 Wish Bone [Charles C Scruggs], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 22 James Blunt, English musician
  • Feb 23 Jaime Villarreal, Mexican musician
  • Feb 24 Chad Hugo, American musician and producer (The Neptunes)
  • Feb 24 Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer
  • Mar 4 ICS Vortex (Simen Hestnæs), Norwegian vocalist (Arcturus)
  • Mar 6 Guy Garvey, British singer-songwriter (Elbow) and presenter (BBC 6 Music), born in Bury, Lancashire. England
  • Mar 7 Larry Bagby, American actor and musician
  • Mar 10 Hugo Ferreira, American rock musician
  • Mar 15 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • Mar 24 Chad Butler, American drummer (Switchfoot)
  • Mar 26 Hakeem Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
  • Mar 31 Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo)
  • Apr 1 Richard Christy, American drummer
  • Apr 2 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician (Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 5 Sahaj Ticotin, American musician/producer (Ra)
  • Apr 8 Chino XL, American rapper
  • Apr 14 Shawntae Harris, American rapper
  • Apr 15 Josh Todd, American musician (Buckcherry)
  • Apr 16 Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah)
  • Apr 16 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director

Person of interestVictoria Beckham

Apr 17 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer (Posh Spice in the Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • Apr 17 Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
  • Apr 18 Mark Tremonti, American musician
  • Apr 18 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer
  • Apr 18 Madeleine Peyroux, American French jazz and blues singer-songwriter, born in Athens, Georgia
  • Apr 22 Shavo Odadjian, Armenian-born bassist (System of a Down)
  • Apr 23 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)
  • Apr 24 Brian Marshall, American bassist and co-founder of rock band (Creed), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Apr 29 Anggun, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 29 Jasper Wood, Canadian violinist
  • May 2 Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • May 13 Tim McMahon, American hardcore singer (Mouthpiece, Hands Tied, Triple Threat)
  • May 15 Ahmet Rodan Zappa, son of Frank/rocker (Z, 2 Hip 4 TV)
  • May 16 Laura Pausini, Italian pop singer
  • May 16 Sonny Sandoval, American singer (P.O.D.)
  • May 21 Havoc [Kejuan Muchita], American rapper (Mobb Deep), born in Queensbridge, Queens, New York

Person of interestJewel Kilcher

May 23 Jewel Kilcher, American singer-songwriter (Pieces of You), born in Payson, Utah

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Singer-Songwriter
Jewel Kilcher
  • May 23 Mónica Naranjo, Spanish singer, born in Figueres, Spain
  • May 23 Charlie Yeung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Seven Swords), born in Hong Kong
  • May 25 Frank Klepacki, American musician
  • May 30 Cee-Lo Green [Thomas Callaway], American Grammy winning singer-songwriter (Crazy, F*** You), reality TV judge (The Voice), record producer, and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 30 Big L, American rapper (d. 1999)

Person of interestAlanis Morissette

Jun 1 Alanis Morisette, Canadian-America vocalist (Jagged Little Pill), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette

Person of interestKelly Jones

Jun 3 Kelly Jones, Welsh singer (Stereophonics), born in Cwmaman, Wales

Singer Kelly Jones
Singer
Kelly Jones
  • Jun 4 Stefan Lessard, American musician
  • Jun 6 Uncle Kracker [Matthew Shafer], American singer and rapper (Follow Me, Drift Away), born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • Jun 9 Samoth, Norwegian guitarist (Emperor, Zyklon)
  • Jun 13 Selma Björnsdóttir, Icelandic singer
  • Jun 21 Neely Jenkins, American musician
  • Jun 25 Jim LaMarca, American bass guitarist (Chimaira), born in Strongsville, Ohio
  • Jun 25 Mario Calire, American drummer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jun 26 Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 26 Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer (The 4 Cats), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Jul 2 Rocky Gray, American musician
  • Jul 8 Zhanna Friske, Russian actress and singer
  • Jul 9 Nikola Sarcevic, Swedish bassist and singer (Millencolin)
  • Jul 12 Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer (Within Temptation)
  • Jul 13 Deborah Cox, Canadian R&B singer
  • Jul 15 Chot Ulep, Filipino musician, born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • Jul 17 Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician
  • Jul 22 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer (Meet Me at the Movies), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • Jul 26 Dan Konopka, American musician (OK Go)
  • Jul 27 Pete Yorn, American musician (Musicforthemorningafter), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • Jul 31 Emilia Fox, English actress (The Pianist), born in London
  • Aug 1 Chris Shinn, American singer and songwriter (Live, Unified Theory), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Aug 2 Jeremy Castle, Oklahoma country singer and songwriter
  • Aug 11 Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star
  • Aug 14 Martin Bulloch, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • Aug 14 Ana Matronic, American singer (Scissor Sisters)
  • Aug 17 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
  • Aug 20 Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
  • Aug 20 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
  • Aug 20 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • Aug 22 Stefano Verderi, Italian guitarist (Le Vibrazioni), born in Milan, Italy
  • Aug 23 Shifty Shellshock [Seth Binzer], American musician (Crazy Town), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 24 Orla Fallon, Irish Vocalist for Celtic Woman, born in Knockananna, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Aug 28 Takahito Eguchi, Japanese video game composer, born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • Aug 29 Kumi Tanioka, Japanese composer
  • Aug 30 Matt Bongiovi, heavy metal rocker (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 7 Actor Richard Harris (43) weds actress Ann Turkel (27)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White
  • Jul 16 "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 19 Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice (29) weds Jane McIntosh

Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 13 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (28) divorces actress Ulla Andersson (41) after 5 years of marriage

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Tex Ritter, country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67
  • Jan 4 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 5 Roy Bargy, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • Jan 5 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 13 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Karel Salmon, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • Jan 26 Wiktor Labunski, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Jean Absil, Belgian composer (Benedictions), dies at 80
  • Feb 4 Mihail Andricu, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 15 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 20 David Monrad Johansen, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Harry Ruby, American composer and writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 1 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (b. 1935)
  • Mar 2 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • Mar 7 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • Mar 8 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 10 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Dorothy Fields, US singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • Mar 28 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Apr 1 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (b. 1906)
  • Apr 17 Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • May 4 Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • May 8 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • May 9 Lyubomir Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 69
  • May 23 Kathleen Cannell, American fashion and dance writer, dies at 82

Person of interestDuke Ellington

May 24 Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • May 25 Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • Jun 14 Knud Christian Jeppesen, composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 22 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), dies at 81
  • Jun 27 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, dies at 80
  • Jul 6 Carlos Isamitt, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 27 Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61
  • Jul 29 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • Jul 30 Lev Konstantinovich Knipper, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 3 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • Aug 9 Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • Aug 10 Ilona Massey, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies at 64
  • Aug 11 Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer, dies at 86
  • Sep 3 Harry Partch, American composer (Oedipus), dies at 73
  • Sep 9 Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov, composer, dies at 55
  • Sep 20 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 Robbie Mcintosh, drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • Oct 12 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, dies at 73
  • Oct 16 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • Oct 24 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), dies at 66
  • Nov 8 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer and songwriter, dies at 60
  • Nov 9 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer/musicologist, dies at 89
  • Nov 11 Alfonso Leng, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 19 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • Nov 21 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Pall Isolfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 25 Nick Drake, rocker, dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Dec 2 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 9 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 20 Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Knudage Riisager, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 26 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 26 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), dies of heart disease at 59