On This Day

Events in Music in 1975

  • Jan 4 "Good News" closes at St James Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Jan 4 "Gypsy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • Jan 4 "Over Here" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 341 performances
  • Jan 5 Charlie Smalls' "Wiz" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1672 performances
  • Jan 6 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group's February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an esimated $30,000 damage
  • Jan 7 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's musical "Shenandoah" premieres in NYC for 1050 performances
  • Jan 7 Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage
  • Jan 29 "Men on the Moon" opens at Little Theater NYC for 5 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 31 Barry Manilow's single "Mandy" goes gold

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow

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Jan 31 John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 1 "Hoppy, Gene & Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65
  • Feb 1 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 18 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Feb 21 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album
  • Feb 26 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore NYC for 75 performances
  • Mar 1 17th Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Marvin Hamlisch win

  • Mar 1 Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1
  • Mar 3 "Goodtime Charley" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 104 performances

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Mar 3 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 3 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 5 10th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 7 RCA releases "Young Americans", David Bowie's 9th studio album, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City; featuring appearances by John Lennon on two tracks, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 9, and No. 2 in the U.K.

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 9 "Lieutenant" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 10 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Mar 10 John Lennon releases single "Stand By Me", a cover of Ben E. King song, originally released in 1961
  • Mar 15 "That's the Way of the World" 6th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1975)
  • Mar 16 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 19 "Dr Jazz" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 22 Netherlands' "Ding-a-dong" performed by Tech-In wins Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 22 "Dr Jazz" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 22 "Letter for Queen Victoria" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Mar 22 20th Eurovision Song Contest: Teach-In for Netherlands wins singing "Ding-a-dong" in Stockholm

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 25 Linda Ronstadt releases cover of the Everly Brothers' song "When Will I Be Loved" as a single

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 26 Ken Russell's film "Tommy", based on the rock opera by The Who, premieres in London; Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret star, Tina Turner and Elton John are featured

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner
  • Apr 5 "Letter for Queen Victoria" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • Apr 6 "Night... Made America Famous" closes at Barrymore NYC after 75 performances

  • Apr 6 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 28 Ringo Starr appears on "The Smothers Brothers Show", singing Hoyt Axton's "No No Song", and John Lennon is the guest on Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" program, in what turns out to be his final television interview

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 11 Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable" (wins 2 Grammys)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • May 13 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 16 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • May 17 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79

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May 17 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Music releaseMusic Single

May 26 "Rhinestone Cowboy" single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 27 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Venus & Mars" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 31 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • May 31 "Fight the Power" single released by The Isley Brothers (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)
  • Jun 1 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 947 performances
  • Jun 1 Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stone guitarist

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 7 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver hits #1

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Jun 21 Elton John, The Eagles and The Beach Boys play to 72,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London

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Jun 21 British rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple, forms Rainbow

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Jun 23 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper

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Jun 25 Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe" is released

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

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Jul 5 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album "Wish You Were Here" with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

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Jul 6 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto opus 147


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Aug 4 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 5 Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

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Aug 8 Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Aug 14 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow
  • Aug 16 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances

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Aug 16 Peter Gabriel quits Genesis

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • Aug 16 Singer Peter Gabriel announces his departure from the rock group Genesis
  • Aug 23 Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 25 Bruce Springsteen's landmark third album "Born To Run" released

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Sep 5 Wings release "Letting Go"
  • Sep 10 Rock band Kiss release their 1st live album "Alive!"

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 12 Pink Floyd releases their ninth album "Wish You Were Here"

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • Sep 20 David Bowie's "Fame," single goes #1 for 2 weeks
  • Sep 25 Pink Floyd's concept album "Wish You Were Here" reaches No. 1 in the US, goes on to sell 13 million copies
  • Sep 29 Soul singer Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack while singing on stage at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; he survives, but never fully recovers

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 3 George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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Oct 13 Rock vocalist Neil Young undergoes throat surgery

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

  • Oct 19 "A Chorus Line", held record longest-running Broadway show (6,137 performances), premieres on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in New York
  • Oct 21 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 21 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood
  • Oct 22 "Me & Bessie" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 453 performances
  • Oct 27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen

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Oct 31 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • Nov 6 "Hello, Dolly" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 51 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 6 First performance by punk band The Sex Pistols at St Martins College, London

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • Nov 13 "Musical Jubilee" opens at St James Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Nov 15 "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" single released by Ed Bruce
  • Nov 18 "Rufus featuring Chaka Khan" 4th studio album by Rufus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1976)
  • Nov 21 Linda McCartney drug charges in US are dropped
  • Nov 24 "Boccaccio" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 28 Wings release "Venus & Mars/Rock Show" medley
  • Dec 5 "Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances
  • Dec 8 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances

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Dec 14 Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

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Dec 19 Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Dec 21 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • Dec 21 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • Dec 28 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
  • Dec 30 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances