On This Day

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 releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 10 Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
  • Jan 17 "My Hang-Up Is You" single released by Freddie Hart (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Feb 1 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 1 "Harvest" 4th studio album by Neil Young is released (best selling album US 1972)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

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Feb 4 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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 premierFilm 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

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Feb 14 The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway at the Eden Theatre

  • Feb 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week

Music concertMusic 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

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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Feb 28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 16 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers
  • 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 for 5 performances
  • Mar 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 25 America's LP "America" goes #1
  • Mar 25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • Mar 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances

Music releaseMusic 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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Mar 30 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • Apr 19 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron

Music awardsGrammy Awards

May 14 14th Grammy Awards: Carole King's "It's Too Late"; Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"; Carly Simon; Isaac Hayes; and Bill Evans win

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers
  • May 15 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • May 16 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • 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
  • 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 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances

  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 6 David Bowie releases his breakthrough album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jun 7 Musical "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Jun 10 Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC's Madison Square Garden
  • Jun 10 "Too Young" single released by Donny Osmond
  • Jun 12 John Lennon's political album "Sometime in NYC" released including the songs "Woman is the Nigger of the World", "Attica State" and "Luck of the Irish"
  • Jun 17 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" 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 Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances
  • Jul 1 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 1750 performances
  • Jul 2 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • Jul 9 1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 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

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Aug 10 Paul & Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession

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

  • Aug 12 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances

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

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A brief cover-up by the cast of "Oh! Calcutta!"
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  • Aug 18 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden 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

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 2 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

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Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Sep 20 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm
  • Sep 28 David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY 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 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 9 "Dude" opens at Broadway Theater NYC 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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 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 "Pippin" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 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 28 "Mother Earth" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 16 "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 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 for 14 performances