Events in Music in 1970

  • Jan 2 Dutch premiere of musical "Hair" in Amsterdam
  • Jan 3 "Jimmy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • Jan 3 "Mame" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1508 performances
  • Jan 4 Beatles last recording session at EMI studios
  • Jan 31 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
  • Feb 4 "Charles Aznavour" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Feb 7 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies
  • Feb 14 "Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Feb 22 "Charles Aznavour" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Feb 26 "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Feb 26 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
  • Feb 28 "Georgy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Mar 6 Beatles release "Let it Be" in UK
  • Mar 7 Ice Dance Championship at Ljubljana won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 10 Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" & "I Can Do It"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 11 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius, Crosby Stills & Nash, Peggy Lee win
  • Mar 15 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 689 performances
  • Mar 21 15th Eurovision Song Contest: Dana for Ireland wins singing "All Kinds of Everything" in Amsterdam
  • Mar 26 "Minnie's Boys" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Mar 29 "Look to the Lilies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Mar 30 "Applause" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 900 performances

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Mar 30 Miles Davis Bitches Brew released

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • Mar 30 Strouse, Adams, Comden & Green's musical "Applause" premieres in NYC

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Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 8 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 8 performances

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Apr 10 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 11 Beatles' "Let It Be" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Apr 13 Greek composer Mikis Theordorakis freed

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 13 5th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 14 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • Apr 15 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 17 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
  • Apr 19 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 22 "Park" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 25 "Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Apr 26 "Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 690 performances
  • May 7 "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
  • May 8 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
  • May 13 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres

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May 16 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • May 18 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • May 20 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • May 23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US (England)
  • May 30 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • Jun 7 The Who's "Tommy" is performed at NY's Lincoln Center

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Jun 9 Bob Dylan given honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

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Jun 12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jun 13 "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 13 Beatles' "Let It Be" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks
  • Jun 13 Beatles' "Long & Winding Road" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

  • Jun 17 Led Zeppelin begins their last European tour
  • Jun 23 Rocker Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession

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Jul 1 Jimi Hendrix 1st recording session (NYC)

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Jul 3 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival
  • Jul 17 30,000 attend Randall's Island Rock Festival, NYC
  • Jul 18 "Boy Friend" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • Jul 25 "(They Long to Be) Close to You" sung by the Carpenters reaches #1
  • Jul 30 30,000 attend Powder Ridge Rock Festival, Middlefield Ct

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Aug 4 Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness

Rocker Jim Morrison
Rocker
Jim Morrison

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Aug 25 Elton John's 1st US appearance (Los Angeles)

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 4 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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Sep 15 Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 25 Ringo Starr releases his album "Beaucoups of Blues"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Sep 28 "Words & Music" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Oct 1 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milano, Italy
  • Oct 3 "Coco" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances
  • Oct 14 4th Country Music Association Award: Merle Haggard wins
  • Oct 27 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Nov 3 "President's Daughter" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Nov 7 "Purlie" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 689 performances
  • Nov 10 "2 by 2" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 343 performances
  • Nov 10 R Rodgers/M Charnins musical "Two by Two" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 16 Elton John records a show in New York City which was later released as his 11-17-70 album
  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases 3 album set "All Things Must Pass"
  • Nov 30 George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass"
  • Dec 2 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • Dec 18 "Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 performances
  • Dec 27 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at St James Theater NYC after 2844 performances
  • Dec 28 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" opens at Majestic NYC for 19 performances
  • Dec 31 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to disolve The Beatles