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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Feb 3 "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 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 concertMusic Concert

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Mar 3 "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 5 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • Mar 6 "Over Here" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • Mar 10 "Sextet" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" in Ontario
  • Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton
  • Apr 16 "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances
  • May 6 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • May 11 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7
  • May 18 "Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • May 28 "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 1859 performances
  • May 28 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" premieres in NYC
  • Jun 8 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes"

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 9 Supergroup Blind Faith's (Eric Clapton, Windwood, Baker) 1st concert

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Jun 15 "Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1 on UK pop chart

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Jun 28 Wings release "Band on the Run" & "Zoo Gang" in UK
  • Jul 17 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 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 & joins Doobie Brothers
  • Aug 5 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways
  • Aug 16 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)
  • Sep 7 "Irene" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 605 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Sep 16 Bob Dylan records Blood on the Tracks

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 23 "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 120 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album
  • Oct 6 "Mack & Mabel" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances
  • 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 Wings release "Junior's Farm"
  • Nov 3 "Lorelei" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 320 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Nov 16 John Lennon's only solo #1 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"
  • Nov 28 John Lennon's last concert appearance (Elton John concert in Madison Square Garden NYC)
  • 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" album in UK
  • Dec 23 "Good News" opens at St James Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Dec 30 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)