1975 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 "Good News" closes at St James Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Jan 4 "Gypsy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • Jan 4 "Over Here" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 341 performances
  • Jan 5 Charlie Smalls' "Wiz" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1672 performances
  • Jan 6 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group's February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an esimated $30,000 damage
  • Jan 7 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's musical "Shenandoah" premieres in NYC for 1050 performances
  • Jan 7 Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage
  • Jan 29 "Men on the Moon" opens at Little Theater NYC for 5 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 31 Barry Manilow's single "Mandy" goes gold

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 1 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 18 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Feb 21 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album
  • Feb 26 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore NYC for 75 performances
  • Mar 1 17th Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Marvin Hamlisch win
  • Mar 1 Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1
  • Mar 3 "Goodtime Charley" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 104 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 3 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 5 10th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 9 "Lieutenant" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 10 "The Rocky Horror Show" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Mar 16 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 19 "Dr Jazz" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 22 "Dinge-competed" wins Eurovision Song festival
  • Mar 22 "Dr Jazz" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 22 "Letter for Queen Victoria" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Mar 22 20th Eurovision Song Contest: Teach-In for Netherlands wins singing "Ding-a-dong" in Stockholm
  • Apr 5 "Letter for Queen Victoria" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • Apr 6 "Night... Made America Famous" closes at Barrymore NYC after 75 performances
  • Apr 6 "The Rocky Horror Show" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Apr 18 John Lennon releases "Stand by Me"

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 11 Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable" (wins 2 Grammys)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • May 13 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 16 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • May 17 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79

Music releaseMusic Single

May 26 "Rhinestone Cowboy" single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year 1975)

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell

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May 27 Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 30 Wings release "Venus & Mars" album
  • May 31 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Jun 1 "Chicago" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 947 performances
  • Jun 1 Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stone guitarist

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 7 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver hits #1

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

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Jun 21 Elton John, Eagles & Beach Boys play Wembley

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

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Jun 21 Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple, forms Rainbow

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Jun 23 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper

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Jun 25 Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe" is released

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

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Jul 25 David Bowie releases "Fame"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

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Aug 4 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 5 Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

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Aug 8 Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Aug 14 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow

  • Aug 16 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Aug 23 Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack
  • Sep 5 Wings release "Letting Go"
  • Sep 10 Rock band KISS release their 1st live album "Alive"
  • Sep 20 David Bowie's "Fame," single goes #1 for 2 weeks

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 3 George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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Oct 13 Rock vocal Neil Young undergoes throat surgery

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • Oct 19 "Chorus Line" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 6137 performances
  • Oct 19 Hamlisch & Klebans musical "Chorus Line" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 21 Elton John given a star in Hollywood
  • Oct 22 "Me & Bessie" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 453 performances
  • Oct 27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • Nov 6 "Hello, Dolly" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 51 performances
  • Nov 6 1st appearance of Sex Pistols
  • Nov 13 "Musical Jubilee" opens at St James Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Nov 24 "Boccaccio" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 28 Wings release "Venus & Mars/Rock Show" medley
  • Dec 5 "Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances
  • Dec 8 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances
  • Dec 14 "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Dec 21 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • Dec 21 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • Dec 28 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
  • Dec 30 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 141

  • Jan 2 Chris Cheney, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • Jan 2 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank)
  • Jan 8 DJ Clue, American DJ and producer
  • Jan 8 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer
  • Jan 10 Shannon Kavanaugh, rocker (Ivory Soul), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Chase Hampton, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 12 Jason Freese, American musician
  • Jan 17 Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher)
  • Jan 17 Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter/producer
  • Jan 19 Noah Georgeson, American Musician and Producer
  • Jan 28 Lee Latchford-Evans, English singer
  • Jan 30 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi)
  • Feb 1 Big Boi, American musician (Outkast)
  • Feb 5 Adam Carson, American musician (AFI)
  • Feb 6 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer
  • Feb 7 Wes Borland, American guitarist (Limp Bizkit)
  • Feb 10 Kool Savas, German rapper
  • Feb 13 Iván González, Puerto Rican writer and musician
  • Feb 16 Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
  • Feb 17 Wish Bone, American rapper
  • Feb 17 Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
  • Feb 20 Brian Littrell, singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • Feb 23 Robert Lopez, American composer
  • Mar 3 Albert Fields, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 4 Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
  • Mar 6 Aracely Arambula, Mexican actress and singer
  • Mar 8 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • Mar 12 Herman Li, Cantonese guitarist
  • Mar 12 Kelle Bryan, English singer
  • Mar 15 Will.i.am, American musician
  • Mar 17 Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
  • Mar 18 Rodleen Getsic, American musician, civil servant
  • Mar 19 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • Mar 19 Brann Dailor, American drummer
  • Mar 24 Krisdayanti, Indonesian singer, actress and diva
  • Mar 25 Melanie Blatt, British singer (All Saints)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Fergie Duhamel, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas), born in Hacienda Heights, California

  • Apr 1 John Butler, Australian singer and musician
  • Apr 2 Deedee Magno, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why)
  • Apr 6 Dannon Phillip Pampolina, rapper/drummer (Party)
  • Apr 7 John Cooper, American christian rock musician (Skillet), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Apr 8 Anouk [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague
  • Apr 10 Chris Carrabba, American singer
  • Apr 13 Lou Bega, German-born musician and artist
  • Apr 14 Avner Dorman, Israeli composer
  • Apr 23 Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
  • Apr 25 Ruben Gomez, rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • Apr 26 Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
  • Apr 26 Nerina Pallot, British singer
  • May 3 Maksim Mrvica, Croatian pianist
  • May 4 Pablo Ruiz, spanish singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 8 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop (Bailamos, Hero), born in Madrid, Spain

King of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias
King of Latin Pop
Enrique Iglesias
  • May 9 Tamia, Canadian singer
  • May 16 Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
  • May 16 Tonéx, American singer
  • May 17 Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
  • May 18 Jack Johnson, American musician
  • May 21 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist
  • May 24 Maria Lawson, British Singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 26 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
  • May 27 André 3000, American musician (OutKast)
  • May 27 Jadakiss, American rapper (The Lox)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Melanie Brown [Mel B], English singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Leeds, England

  • Jun 6 Cheer Chen, Taiwanese singer and musician
  • Jun 14 Bob Nanna, American musician (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film)
  • Jun 18 Jemma Griffiths, Welsh singer-songwriter
  • Jun 25 Chenoa, Spanish singer
  • Jun 28 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician, Dissection
  • Jul 1 Sufjan Stevens, American musician
  • Jul 2 Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • Jul 5 Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese musician (Týr)
  • Jul 5 Kip Gamblin, Australian dancer and actor
  • Jul 6 50 Cent [Curtis James Jackson III], American rapper and businessman, born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 8 Elias Viljanen, Finnish Guitarist
  • Jul 9 Jack White, American musician (The White Stripes}
  • Jul 11 Samer el Nahhal, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • Jul 11 Lil' Kim [Kimberly Denise Jones], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 12 Cheyenne Jackson, American actor and singer
  • Jul 14 Taboo, American rapper
  • Jul 16 Jamie Oliver, Welsh keyboardist
  • Jul 17 Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 Daron Malakian, American guitarist (System of a Down, Scars on Broadway)
  • Jul 18 M.I.A. (Mathangi Arulpragasam), Hounslow, London, rapper (Sunshowers)
  • Jul 27 Fred Mascherino, American musician
  • Jul 28 Leonor Watling, Spanish actress and singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 30 Tifini Hale, Palm Springs California, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why)
  • Jul 31 Allan von Schenkel, American musician
  • Aug 5 Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • Aug 7 Gaahl (Kristian Eivind Espedal), Norwegian musician
  • Aug 7 Koray Candemir, Turkish singer
  • Aug 11 Chris Kelly, [Mack Daddy], Teaneck NJ, rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up)
  • Aug 11 Davey von Bohlen, American musician, (The Promise Ring, Maritime)
  • Aug 11 Ronald Clarke, American musician and founder of aliennetwork Records
  • Aug 23 Eliza Carthy, English singer and fiddler
  • Aug 31 Daniel Harding, British conductor
  • Aug 31 James Black, Canadian singer-songwriter (Finger Eleven), born in Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 1 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Puerto Rican guitarist
  • Sep 5 Jamie Spaniolo, American horrorcore rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 8 Richard Hughes, English musician (Keane)
  • Sep 9 Michael Bublé, Canadian singer and actor

Weddings in Music


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 7 Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour marries model and artist Virginia Hasenbein

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Aug 5 Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry (25) weds Elissa Jerret

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 17 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox divorce

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • Jan 8 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • Jan 20 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • Jan 26 Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 3 Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer (b. 1904)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 4 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), dies of a heart attack at 66

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • Feb 13 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 16 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • Feb 18 Luigi Dallapiccola, composer, dies
  • Feb 19 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 20 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • Feb 28 Istvan Kardos, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 2 Jean Kurt Forest, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Leopold Samuel, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 11 Philip Bezanson, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 16 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • Mar 21 Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 24 Oscar Rasbach, composer, dies at 86
  • Mar 27 Arthur Bliss, English composer/conductor (Checkmate), dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Renzo Massarani, composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 13 Larry Parks, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • Apr 21 Jack Allan Westrup, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 24 Pete Ham, rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
  • Apr 25 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • May 18 Leroy Anderson, American composer, dies at 66
  • May 20 Jacques Stehman, composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 9 David Frederick Barlow, composer, dies at 48
  • Jun 11 Floro Manuel Ugarte, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 16 Don Robey, US gospel/impresario/producer, dies at 71
  • Jun 20 Daniel Ayala Perez, composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Heinz Lau, German composer, dies at 49
  • Jun 29 Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter, dies at 28 of a heroin overdose
  • Jul 5 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Jul 7 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 14 Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • Jul 14 Madan Mohan, Hindi Film's Melodious Music director (b. 1924)
  • Jul 15 Charles Weidman, US dancer/choreographer (Fables for Our Time), dies
  • Jul 18 Federico Ghisi, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • Aug 8 Julian "Cannonball" Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46
  • Aug 9 Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer, dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Aug 25 Frans van Amelsvoort, choir conductor, dies at 75
  • Aug 29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • Sep 5 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (b. 1920)
  • Sep 14 Walter Herbert, German conductor and impresario (b. 1902)
  • Sep 22 Franz Salmhofer, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 1 Al Jackson, rock drummer (Booker T & The MG's), dies at 39
  • Oct 8 Alberto Hemsi, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Vittorio Gui, Italian composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (b. 1932)
  • Oct 29 John Scott Trotter, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • Oct 31 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • Nov 1 Norbert Rosseau, composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 1 Philip James, composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 1 Nick Kenny, US columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • Dec 8 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • Dec 11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • Dec 15 Mukhtar Ashrafi, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Dec 20 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Bernard Herrmann, American composer, dies of heart attack at 64
  • Dec 31 Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47