Events in Music in 1974

  • Jan 8 E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 12 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1

Album Release

Jan 17 Asylum Records releases "Court and Spark", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 6th studio album; features the songs "Help Me" and "Free Man In Paris", it becomes her biggest seller

  • Jan 17 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 27 "Lorelei" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 320 performances

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

  • Feb 3 "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances

Music Single

Feb 8 Ringo Starr releases a cover of "You're Sixteen" as a single in UK; originally released by Johnny Burnette in 1960

  • Feb 9 "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare peaks at #41
  • Feb 9 "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
  • Feb 10 "Gigi" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • Feb 13 "Rainbow Jones" opens & closes at Music Box Theater NYC
  • Feb 19 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win

Music Concert

Mar 1 George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November

Grammy Awards

Mar 2 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

  • Mar 3 "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 5 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 740 performances
  • Mar 6 "Over Here!" musical written by Richard & Robert Sherman opens at Shubert Theater, NYC for 341 performances (top-grossing production 1974)
  • Mar 10 "Sextet" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville

Music Awards

Mar 25 9th Academy of Country Music Awards: Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn win

Music History

Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton, England

  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California; line-up includes Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Music Single

Apr 8 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US

  • Apr 16 "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances
  • May 6 American composer Roger Sessions receives special Pulitzer Prize for his life's work in music
  • May 6 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • May 11 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7

Music History

May 11 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"

Music History

May 17 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet

Television Finale

May 24 "The Dean Martin Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Album Release

May 24 RCA releases "Diamond Dogs", David Bowie's 8th studio album, recorded in London and the Netherlands, with cover design by artist Guy Peellaert, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 5, and goes to No. 1 in the U.K. and Canada

  • May 26 During a David Cassidy concert at London's White City, a 14-year old is trampled, and dies four days later
  • May 28 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater, NYC; runs for 1859 performances
  • Jun 1 "My Girl Bill" by Jim Stafford hits #12
  • Jun 8 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes" (for the first time)
  • Jun 10 "Feel Like Makin' Love" single released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)

Album Release

Jun 15 "Back Home Again" 8th studio album by John Denver is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1975)

  • Jun 15 Novelty song "The Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • Jun 28 Paul McCartney & Wings release singles "Band on the Run" and "Zoo Gang" in UK

Music History

Jul 17 John Lennon is (again) ordered to leave US in 60 days, due to a 1968 marijuana charge in the UK (he doesn't)

  • Jul 17 The Moody Blues open 1st quadrophonic recording studio in UK
  • Jul 19 David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Aug 3 "Words & Music" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 127 performances
  • Aug 3 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers
  • Aug 5 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways in England

Music Concert

Aug 16 American punk rock band "The Ramones" concert debut at CBGB's in New York City

  • Aug 23 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC
  • Sep 7 Revival of Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's 1919 musical "Irene", starring Debbie Reynolds, closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 605 performances

Music Recording

Sep 16 Bob Dylan begins recording his 15th album "Blood on the Tracks", in New York City

  • Sep 23 John Lennon's single "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night", featuring Elton John, released in US; it was Lennon's only solo No. 1 single during his lifetime

Music Premiere

Sep 23 Revival of Jules Styne and Stephen Sondheim's musical "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 120 performances, Angela Lansbury wins Tony Award for her role as Mama Rose

Music History

Sep 28 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47

Music History

Sep 28 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75

  • Sep 28 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52

Music History

Sep 28 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31

  • Sep 28 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • Sep 28 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36
  • Sep 28 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
  • Sep 28 John Lennon appears as guest DJ on WNEW-FM (NYC)
  • Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"
  • Oct 6 "Mack & Mabel" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances

Album Release

Oct 11 Columbia Records releases "Streetlife Serenade", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's third studio album

  • Oct 14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
  • Oct 17 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • Oct 18 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
  • Oct 20 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th String Quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 25 Wings release single "Junior's Farm"
  • Nov 3 "Lorelei" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Nov 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Michelangelo songs

Album Release

Nov 8 "Greatest Hits" 11th studio album by Elton John is released

Music History

Nov 11 Operatic soprano Maria Callas makes her final public appearance in Sapporo, Japan

  • Nov 15 Ringo Starr releases singles "Goodnight Vienna" and "Only You" in the UK
  • Nov 16 ABBA begin their first tour of Europe - their first tour outside of Sweden
  • Nov 16 John Lennon's only solo #1 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"

Music History

Nov 18 "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel

  • Nov 28 John Lennon's last concert appearance, as a guest of Elton John, Madison Square Garden, New York City NYC; they perform "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"; "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"; and "I Saw Her Standing There"
  • Nov 30 "Good Evening" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 438 performances
  • Nov 30 "Mack & Mabel" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 66 performances
  • Dec 6 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
  • Dec 20 George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse", his fifth studio album in UK
  • Dec 23 Dmitri Shostakovich' son cycle "Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti" premieres in Leningrad
  • Dec 23 Revival of Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva, and Lew Brown's musical "Good News" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 16 performances
  • Dec 30 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • Dec 31 Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac