On This Day

Events in Music in 1973

Album Release

Jan 5 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's debut album "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J."

  • Jan 7 "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Jan 8 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jan 13 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jan 14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California

Music Concert

Jan 14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

  • Jan 30 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY
  • Feb 2 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 3 Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • Feb 4 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • Feb 6 "Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances

Music Concert

Feb 6 Drummer Buddy Rich plays influential performance at the Top of the Plaza, Richmond New York, later televised by PBS

Album Release

Feb 7 The Stooges release their 3rd album "Raw Power"

  • Feb 13 Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 19 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" single released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)

Music Premiere

Feb 25 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 601 performances

Music Awards

Feb 26 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

  • Mar 1 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens

Album Release

Mar 1 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies

  • Mar 3 "Shelter" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 31 performances
  • Mar 4 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America

Music History

Mar 8 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis

  • Mar 13 "Irene" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 605 performances
  • Mar 18 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances

Music History

Mar 23 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Music History

Mar 27 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession

Music History

Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

  • Apr 7 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing "Tu te reconnaitras" in Luxembourg

Music Recording

Apr 19 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

  • Apr 26 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London

Album Release

Apr 30 Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" album, including the hit single "My Love"

  • May 4 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • May 12 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • May 13 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • May 17 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances

#1 in the Charts

May 17 Stevie Wonder releases the music single "You are the Sunshine of my Life", goes to #1 and wins him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

  • May 19 "Daisy A Day" by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • May 19 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • May 20 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

Music Single

May 25 George Harrison releases single "Give Me Love" in UK

  • May 26 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album (the blue one) goes #1
  • May 26 "Funky Worm" by Ohio Players hits #15
  • May 26 "Super Fly Meets Shaft" by John & Ernest hits #31
  • May 26 British composer Michael Tippett's 3rd Piano Sonata premieres
  • May 30 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the US
  • Jun 1 George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" album goes gold, 2 days after its US release
  • Jun 1 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Live & Let Die"
  • Jun 2 "Nash at Nine" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • Jun 3 "Smith" closes at Eden Theater NYC after 17 performances

Music Single

Jun 15 “Let’s Get It On” single released by Marvin Gaye (Billboard R&B Song of the Year, 1973; No. 4 overall)

Music Recording

Jun 17 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later a huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville

  • Jun 22 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the UK
  • Jun 23 "Cyrano" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jun 23 "Sugar" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 506 performances
  • Jun 26 London production of musical "Grease" premieres
  • Jul 1 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Mark Hellinger, NYC, after 711 performances
  • Jul 2 "You've Never Been This Far Before" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1973)

Music History

Jul 14 Phil Everly storms off stage at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California and declares an end to "The Everly Brothers"; the show was planned as their last, his exit improvised

  • Jul 15 Ray Davies announces his retirement from The Kinks, then attempts suicide
  • Jul 25 George Harrison pays £1,000,000 tax on his Bangladesh concert & album

Music Premiere

Jul 26 Peter Shaffer's musical "Equus" premieres in London

  • Jul 29 Led Zeppelin has more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at the New York Hilton
  • Aug 6 Stevie Wonder involved (as a passenger) in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma
  • Aug 9 Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough quits rock band Wings, founded by Paul McCartney

Music History

Aug 18 Drummer Gene Krupa plays for the final time with the Benny Goodman Quartet

  • Aug 19 Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
  • Aug 25 Butch Trucks, drummer of the Allman Brothers, breaks a leg in a car crash
  • Aug 28 Bobby "Boris" Pickett's song "Monster Mash" goes gold
  • Aug 28 "Smoke on the Water" single by British rock band Deep Purple goes gold
  • Aug 28 "Let's Get It On" 13th studio album by Marvin Gaye is released
  • Aug 30 Drummer Danny Seiwell quits rock band Wings, which he co-founded by Paul McCartney
  • Sep 3 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis, Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • Sep 5 "Desert Song" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Sep 16 "Desert Song" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Sep 22 "A Little Night Music" opens at Majestic Theater on Broadway
  • Sep 27 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year, 1974)
  • Sep 29 "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" by Looking Glass peaks at #33
  • Sep 29 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk peaks at #1

Album Release

Oct 5 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 7th studio album by Elton John is released

  • Oct 15 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
  • Oct 15 Country music artist Dolly Parton releases her single "Jolene"
  • Oct 18 Judd Woldon & Robert Britten's musical"Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC for 847 performances

Music Single

Oct 19 Ringo Starr releases music single "Photograph" in the UK

  • Oct 24 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
  • Oct 26 Wings release single "Helen Wheels"
  • Nov 1 Jerry Livingston and Mack David's musical "Molly", starring Kaye Ballard, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 68 performances
  • Nov 2 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" special premieres on CBS TV
  • Nov 9 Ringo Starr releases album "Ringo"
  • Nov 10 "Ship Ahoy" album by The O'Jays is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1974)
  • Nov 11 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's second album "The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle"

Music History

Nov 12 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th String Quartet premieres

  • Nov 13 "Gigi" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Nov 14 "Good Evening" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 438 performances
  • Nov 16 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" album
  • Dec 5 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US
  • Dec 7 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Band on the Run" in the UK
  • Dec 8 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • Dec 9 "Pajama Game" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Dec 19 "Molly" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances

Film Premiere

Dec 25 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)