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' musical "The Wiz", an updated take on "The Wizard of Oz", starring Stephanie Mills, Stu Gilliam, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 1672 performances, winning 7 Tony and 6 Drama Desk Awards
  • Jan 6 A thousand 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 estimated $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 Single

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

Music Single

Jan 31 John Lennon releases single "#9 Dream"

  • 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
  • Feb 17 A&M Records releases John Lennon's sixth studio album, "Rock 'n' Roll" album, cover songs of early rock numbers
  • Feb 26 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore, NYC; runs 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

Film 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)

Music History

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

Album 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.

  • 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's song from 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 "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
  • Mar 22 Netherlands' "Ding-a-dong" performed by Tech-In wins Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden

Music Concert

Mar 24 New Orleans R&B piano player Professor Longhair with the Meters perform at record release party for Paul McCartney and Wings' "Venus and Mars", aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California

Music Single

Mar 25 Linda Ronstadt releases cover of the Everly Brothers' 1960 song "When Will I Be Loved" as a single; climbs to No. 2 in the charts

Film Premiere

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

  • Apr 4 Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend's clothes
  • 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
  • Apr 18 John Lennon gives what becomes his final public performance at a gala salute to British media mogul Lew Grade at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel, NYC; he performed 3 songs - Little Richard’s “Slippin’ and Slidin’”, Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”, and closed with his own “Imagine”

TV 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

Album Release

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

  • 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

Music History

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

Music Single

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

  • May 27 Paul McCartney & Wings release their "Venus and Mars" album
  • May 31 "Fight the Power" single released by The Isley Brothers (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)
  • May 31 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Jun 1 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 947 performances
  • Jun 1 Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stones guitarist

#1 in the Charts

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

Music History

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

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

Music History

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

Music History

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

Music History

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

Music History

Jul 6 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto, opus 147

  • Jul 10 Gladys Knight and Pips Summer Series premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jul 25 RCA releases David Bowie single "Fame", with cameo appearance by John Lennon

Music History

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

Contract of Interest

Aug 5 Stevie Wonder signs a 7-year, 7 album, with $13 million advance contract with Motown Records

Music History

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

  • 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

Music History

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, dies for good in 1976

Album Release

Aug 25 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's landmark third album "Born To Run"

  • Sep 5 Wings release single "Letting Go"
  • Sep 9 Paul McCartney & Wings begin their "Wings Over The World" tour in Southampton, England; 65 concerts in Europe, Australia, Canada, and United States, runs through October of 1976
  • Sep 10 Rock band Kiss release their 1st live album "Alive!"
  • Sep 20 David Bowie's "Fame," single goes #1 for 2 weeks
  • Sep 25 Jackie Wilson suffers heart attack & lapse into a 9 yr terminal coma
  • 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 Jackie Wilson, slips into an irreversible coma; he dies in 1984
  • 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

Album Release

Oct 3 Apple Records releases George Harrison's sixth studio album, "Extra Texture" in UK

Film Premiere

Oct 10 Ken Russell's surreal biographical musical comedy film "Lisztomania", starring Roger Daltrey as 19th-century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, and soundtrack arranged by progressive rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman, premieres

Music History

Oct 13 Rock vocalist Neil Young undergoes throat surgery

  • 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; runs for 453 performances

Album Release

Oct 25 Columbia Records releases "Still Crazy After All These Years", the fourth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon; it features the title track and the hits "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and "My Little Town", and wins 2 Grammy Awards

Music History

Oct 31 Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats

Music Premiere

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

  • Nov 6 Revival of "Hello, Dolly" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 51 performances
  • Nov 13 Marilyn Clark and Charles Burr's revue "A Musical Jubilee", featuring Lillian Gish. John Raitt, Tammy Grimes, Cyril Ritchard, and Dick Shawn opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs 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 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night", the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.
  • Nov 28 Wings release single "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

Musical Finale

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

Music History

Dec 19 British guitarist Ron Wood joins The Rolling Stones

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