Events in Music in 1972

  • Jan 1 "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • Jan 1 "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Jan 1 "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 performances
  • Jan 2 "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 performances

Music Premiere

Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 10 Geoge Harrison and Friends' triple live album set "The Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
  • Jan 17 "My Hang-Up Is You" single released by Freddie Hart (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)

Album Release

Jan 24 Columbia Records releases "Paul Simon", the second solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon; it includes singles "Mother and Child Reunion" and "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"

Music Premiere

Jan 27 World premiere of Scott Joplin's rediscovered opera "Treemonisha" at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Music History

Jan 31 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral

Album Release

Feb 1 Reprise Records releases "Harvest", the 4th studio album by Neil Young; becomes best selling album in US, 1972

  • Feb 1 Wings release single "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
  • Feb 5 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • Feb 13 "1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances

Film Release

Feb 13 "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical of the same name, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, released

  • Feb 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host the syndicated "The Mike Douglas Show" for entire week, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 14 The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway at the Eden Theatre
  • Feb 16 American guitar legend Chuck Berry and former Beatle John Lennon perform together, with Yoko Ono, on 'The Mike Douglas Show' TV program

Music Concert

Feb 17 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

  • Feb 18 John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting the syndicated "The Mike Douglas Show", in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Music History

Feb 19 American singer Harry Nilsson's single "Without You" begins a 4 week run at the top of the charts. [The song was originally written and performed by the English band Badfinger in 1970, and would reach the top ten again with Mariah Carey's 1994 cover.]

Music Single

Feb 25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" single

Music History

Feb 28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

  • Mar 5 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • Mar 7 “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” single written by Ewan MacColl, released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)

Music History

Mar 10 "What's Up, Doc?", Peter Bogdanovich's film homage to screwball comedies, starring Ryan O'Neal, Barbra Streisand, Madeline Kahn & Kenneth Mars premieres

  • Mar 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances

Academy of Country Music Awards

Mar 13 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win

Grammy Awards

Mar 14 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, for his album"They Call Me Muddy Waters"

Music History

Mar 16 Singer James Brown performs two shows for over 1,000 detainees awaiting trial at the Adolescent Remand Shelter on Rikers Island, NYC

Music Single

Mar 17 Ringo Starr releases single "Back off Boogaloo" in the UK

  • Mar 19 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 22 Musical "The Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 5 performances
  • Mar 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • Mar 25 America's LP "America" goes #1
  • Mar 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances

Music Recording

Mar 28 Elvis Presley records his final Top Ten hit, a cover of "Burning Love", written by Dennis Linde, and first recorded by Arthur Alexander

Music Premiere

Mar 30 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical-comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Phil Silvers, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC; runs for 156 performances and wins 2 Tony Awards

  • Mar 31 Official Beatles Fan Club closes down
  • Apr 1 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 9 "Sugar", a musical adaptation of 1959 film "Some Like It Hot", opens at Majestic Theater, NYC for 506 performances
  • Apr 14 "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Apr 15 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President
  • Apr 16 "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 18 Revival of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 39 performances

  • Apr 19 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 20 Virgil Thomson's final opera, "Lord Byron", with libretto by Jack Larson, first performance at Lincoln Center, New York City

  • Apr 27 NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • May 1 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • May 11 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on "The Dick Cavett Show"
  • May 12 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
  • May 15 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater, NYC; runs for 6 performances

Theater Premiere

May 16 Melvin Van Peebles' musical "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 164 performances

  • May 18 American basketball player John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • May 18 American pop rock band Looking Glass release their single "Brandy"
  • May 20 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • May 20 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances

Theatrical Finale

May 21 "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances

  • May 27 Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "Applause", starring Lauren Bacall, closes at Palace Theater, NYC, after 896 performances, winning 4 Tony Awards
  • May 27 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6
  • Jun 1 Dmitri Shostakovich's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin
  • Jun 3 "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • Jun 7 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" starring Barry Bostwick, Carole Demas, and Adrienne Barbeau, opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 3,388 performances

Music History

Jun 9 Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia Records

  • Jun 10 "Too Young" single released by Donny Osmond
  • Jun 10 Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC's Madison Square Garden

#1 in the Charts

Jun 10 Sammy Davis Jr.'s cover of "The Candy Man" by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (from the film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory") goes to #1 on the charts - his biggest single

  • Jun 12 Apple Records releases John Lennon and Yoko Ono's political album "Sometime in NYC" in US; includes studio recordings of songs "Woman is the Nigger of the World", "Attica State" and "Luck of the Irish"; and some live tracks from 1971 concert with Frank Zappa

Album Release

Jun 16 RCA releases David Bowie's fifth studio album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"; it is considered his artistic breakthrough

  • Jun 17 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" single by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
  • Jun 22 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Jun 24 "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
  • Jul 1 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater, NYC, after 1750 performances

Theatrical Finale

Jul 1 Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 524 performances

  • Jul 2 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • Jul 9 1st tour by Paul McCartney & Wings in France

Music History

Jul 15 "Honky Chateau" becomes Elton John's first No. 1 album in the US, includes hit "Rocket Man"

Music Concert

Jul 16 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles final live performance

  • Jul 30 "Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore NYC after 325 performances
  • Aug 5 Moody Blues re-issue their 1967 single "Nights in White Satin", and it reaches #2 on US charts, higher than the initial release

Music History

Aug 10 Paul & Linda McCartney, and their band Wings are arrested in Gothenburg, Sweden on drug possession charges when custom official discover a package of hashish

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Aug 12 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater in NYC after 1316 performances

  • Aug 12 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical-comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Phil Silvers, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 156 performances
  • Aug 18 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden for cannabis possession
  • Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit shows (matinee and evening) for children at Madison Square Garden, New York, his final full concert performance

#1 in the Charts

Sep 2 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit single in the UK, "You Wear it Well"

Telethon

Sep 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform three songs ("Imagine"; "Now Or Never"; "Give Peace A Chance") on Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon at the Americana Hotel, NYC

  • Sep 15 Apple Records releases John Lennon and Yoko Ono's political album "Sometime in NYC" in UK, delayed by publishing rights dispute; includes some live tracks from 1971 concert with Frank Zappa
  • Sep 20 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm
  • Sep 28 David Bowie sells out his 1st show at NYC's Carnegie Hall
  • Oct 1 "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 164 performances
  • Oct 2 "From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 8 International music revue "From Israel with Love" closes limited run at Palace Theater, NYC, after 8 performances
  • Oct 9 "Dude" opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 16 performances
  • Oct 12 "Hurry, Harry" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Oct 13 "Hurry, Harry" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 2 performances
  • Oct 16 "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 16 Rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival break up

#1 in the Charts

Oct 17 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Lng," is #1

  • Oct 19 "Mother Earth" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Oct 21 "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Oct 21 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • Oct 21 "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 23 "I'm Still in Love with You" 5th studio album by Al Green is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1973)
  • Oct 23 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Pippin", starring Ben Vereen; Irene Ryan, and Jill Clayburgh, and directed by Bob Fosse, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 1944 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards
  • Oct 26 Ringo Starr and singer Lulu appear in non-speaking cameos on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" program
  • Oct 28 "Mother Earth" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 16 "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Nov 16 Elektra Records releases "No Secrets', the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon; her commercial breakthrough spends 5 weeks at top of US charts and contains the hit singles "You're So Vain" and "The Right Thing to Do"
  • Nov 19 "Ambassador" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 19 "Dear Oscar" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Nov 25 "Ambassador" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Nov 28 "Via Galactica" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 1 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
  • Dec 2 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 27 "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC; runs for 14 performances