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List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1971.

Events[]

  • February 1 – After months of feuding in the press, Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones hold a "drum battle" at The Lyceum.
  • February 3Davy Jones announces he is leaving the Monkees.
  • February 8Bob Dylan's hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, is premièred at New York's Academy of Music. The film includes footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.
  • February 16Alan Passaro of the Hells Angels, who was acquitted on January 19 of the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter at the Altamont Speedway in 1969, files a lawsuit against The Rolling Stones for invasion of privacy because the documentary film Gimme Shelter showed the stabbing.
  • March 1 – The line-up for Queen is completed when bassist John Deacon joins the band.
  • March 4The Rolling Stones open their UK tour in Newcastle upon Tyne, intended as a "farewell" to the UK prior to the band's relocation to France as "tax exiles".
  • March 5Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, sees the first live performance of Led Zeppelin's iconic song "Stairway to Heaven".
  • March 6 - The Soul to Soul concert takes place in Accra, Ghana, headlined by Wilson Pickett.
  • March 12-13 – The Allman Brothers Band records its live album, At Fillmore East.
  • March 16 – The 13th Grammy Awards, honoring musical accomplishments of 1970, are presented. The ceremonies are broadcast on live television for the first time.
  • April 3 – The 16th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, is won by Monaco with the song "Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue" sung by Séverine.
  • April 6The Rolling Stones hold a party in Cannes to officially announce their new contract with Atlantic and the launch of Rolling Stones Records.
  • May 12Mick Jagger marries Bianca de Macías in Saint-Tropez, France, in a Roman Catholic ceremony. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and their wives are among the wedding guests.
  • June - Rafael Kubelík becomes music director of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, at the invitation of Göran Gentele, the new general manager.[1]
  • June 6John Lennon and Yoko Ono join Frank Zappa on stage at the Fillmore East for an encore jam. The performance would be released the following year on the Some Time in New York City album.
  • June 8Carole King gives her first live concert, at Carnegie Hall.
  • June 20-24 – The first Glastonbury Festival to take place at the summer solstice is held in South West England. Performers include David Bowie, Traffic, Fairport Convention, Quintessence and Hawkwind.
  • June 27 – Promoter Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East in New York City with a final concert featuring The Allman Brothers Band, The Beach Boys and Mountain.
  • July 3Jim Morrison is found dead in a bath tub in Paris, France, aged 27. Alain Ronay would claim, years later, that he assisted Morrison's lover, Pamela Courson, in covering up the circumstances.
  • July 4 – The Fillmore West is closed in San Francisco with a final show featuring Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Grateful Dead.
  • July 9Grand Funk Railroad becomes only the second band (after The Beatles) to perform a sold-out concert at Shea Stadium breaking The Beatles record of selling out the venue.
  • August 1
  • August 14 - The Who release their fifth studio album Who's Next, reaching No. 1 in the UK and No. 1 in the US.
  • September 11The Jackson 5ive, a Saturday morning cartoon series based on the popular Motown group The Jackson 5, premieres on ABC.
  • September 11-12 – The Avandaro rock festival takes place in Valle de Bravo (Mexico) with an estimated attendance of 300,000.
  • October 5Black Sabbath perform the first set of their Whisky a Go Go performance in all-white tuxedos.
  • November 6Cher earned her first solo number one hit in US (Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves) staying atop for two consecutive weeks. Eventually the song was certified gold.
  • November 8Led Zeppelin release officially untitled fourth studio album, which would become the biggest-selling album of the year (1972), the band's biggest-selling album, and the fourth best-selling album of all time.
  • December 1 – Belgian singing duo Nicole & Hugo are married at Wemmel.
  • December 4 – The Montreux Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, catches fire and burns during a performance by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention when a fan fires a flare gun into its rafters. Members of Deep Purple, who were due to begin recording at the casino the next day, watched the scene from their hotel across Lake Geneva, and later immortalized the events in their song, "Smoke on the Water".
  • December 10Frank Zappa breaks his leg after being pushed off the stage by a deranged fan at The Rainbow in London.
  • December 31Bob Dylan makes a surprise appearance for the encore of The Band's New Year's Eve concert at the Academy of Music, joining the group for four songs including "Like a Rolling Stone".
  • Lancelot Layne's "Blown Away" is the beginning of rapso music.
  • Ann Wilson joins Heart, which moves to Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Kenny Rogers and The First Edition issued their Greatest Hits album, which will sell over 4 million copies worldwide by the end of the decade. They also star in their own TV series Rollin' on the River which runs until 1974.
  • Brad Whitford replaces Ray Tabano on rhythm guitar in Aerosmith
  • Elton John has first international hit with "Your Song".
  • Donna Summer begins her recording career under her real name of Donna Gaines.
  • Rick Springfield leaves Zoot for a solo career.
  • Rick Wakeman joins Yes.
  • Conrad Schnitzler leaves Kluster, which dissolves.
  • The Beach Boys musician Daryl Dragon and singer Toni Tennille meet and begin to perform together as Captain & Tennille.
  • The American Musical Instrument Society is founded.

Bands formed[]

Bands reformed[]

Bands disbanded[]

Albums released[]

January[]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) Elvis Presley -
3 McDonald and Giles Ian McDonald and Michael Giles -
11 Chicago III Chicago -
Pearl Janis Joplin -
13 Deliverin' Poco Live
15 Hooker 'n Heat John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat -
16 ZZ Top's First Album ZZ Top -
- Extraction Gary Wright -
Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers and The First Edition Compilation
If You Saw Thro' My Eyes Ian Matthews -
Jerry Butler Sings Assorted Sounds Jerry Butler -
Little Feat Little Feat -
Melting Pot Booker T & the MG's -
Nantucket Sleighride Mountain -
The Point! Harry Nilsson -
Salisbury Uriah Heep US
Sister Kate Kate Taylor -
Straight Life Freddie Hubbard -
There Must Be More to Love Than This Jerry Lee Lewis -
You're Not Alone Dion -

February[]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes The 5th Dimension -
3 Love Story Andy Williams -
5 Once Again Barclay James Harvest -
6 Little Fauss and Big Halsy Johnny Cash Soundtrack
10 Church of Anthrax John Cale and Terry Riley -
Tapestry Carole King -
15 Bridge Over Troubled Water Buck Owens -
19 The Yes Album Yes -
22 If I Could Only Remember My Name David Crosby -
24 One Way... or Another Cactus -
26 Straight, Clean and Simple Anne Murray -
28 Fourth Soft Machine -
- Crazy Horse Crazy Horse -
Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire -
The Hawk Ronnie Hawkins -
Jack Johnson Miles Davis -
Jack-Knife Gypsy Paul Siebel -
James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine James Taylor -
Live at the Sex Machine Kool & the Gang Live
Long Player Faces -
Love Story Johnny Mathis -
Mary Mary Travers -
The Polite Force Egg -
Ring of Hands Argent -
Rita Coolidge Rita Coolidge -
Stoney End Barbra Streisand -
Tago Mago Can -
The Taker/Tulsa Waylon Jennings -

March[]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Search and Nearness The Rascals -
5 Friends Elton John Soundtrack
6 Stone Age The Rolling Stones Compilation
8 Love It to Death Alice Cooper Straight Records; re-issued on Warner Bros. Feb. '71
16 Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon James Taylor -
19 Aqualung Jethro Tull -
Songs of Love and Hate Leonard Cohen -
22 You'll Never Walk Alone Elvis Presley Compilation
26 Percy The Kinks Soundtrack
- Back to the Roots John Mayall -
La Biblia Vox Dei -
Black Oak Arkansas Black Oak Arkansas -
Carly Simon Carly Simon Released February 9
The Cry of Love Jimi Hendrix -
Dave Mason & Cass Elliot Dave Mason & Cass Elliot -
Electronically Tested Mungo Jerry -
Histoire de Melody Nelson Serge Gainsbourg -
A Message to the People Buddy Miles -
Moments Boz Scaggs -
Motel Shot Delaney & Bonnie -
Please to See the King Steeleye Span -
Present Company Janis Ian -
Rat On! Swamp Dogg -
Rock On Humble Pie -
She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina Buffy St. Marie -
Tanz der Lemminge Amon Düül II -
Wildlife Mott the Hoople -
With Friends and Neighbors Alex Taylor -

April[]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway -
6 Poems, Prayers & Promises John Denver -
7 4 Way Street Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Live
8 Givin' It Back The Isley Brothers -
In the Land of Grey and Pink Caravan -
Overdog Keef Hartley -
9 17-11-70 Elton John Live
12 Maybe Tomorrow The Jackson 5 -
Where I'm Coming From Stevie Wonder -
19 L.A. Woman The Doors -
22 Hag Merle Haggard -
Sky's the Limit The Temptations -
23 Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones -
30 Smiling Men with Bad Reputations Mike Heron -
Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy -
- Bloodrock 3 Bloodrock -
Bring Me Home Mother Earth -
Broken Barricades Procol Harum -
Chase Chase -
Cheapo Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live John Sebastian John Sebastian Live
City of Gold Pearls Before Swine -
The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers -
Elegy The Nice Live
Good Taste Is Timeless The Holy Modal Rounders -
How Much More Can She Stand Conway Twitty -
Mirror Man Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band Recorded 1967
Oh! Pleasant Hope Blue Cheer -
Survival Grand Funk Railroad -
Survival of the Fittest Live Amboy Dukes Live
Teenage Head Flamin' Groovies -
Thirds James Gang -
War War -
When You're Hot, You're Hot Jerry Reed -

May[]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Leon Russell and the Shelter People Leon Russell -
5 Peaceful World The Rascals -
12 Weather Report Weather Report -
14 Carpenters Carpenters -
Relics Pink Floyd Compilation
17 Ram Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney US; released in UK May 28
19 Aretha Live at Fillmore West Aretha Franklin Live
21 What's Going On Marvin Gaye -
23 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher -
28 Songs for Beginners Graham Nash -
- And So: On Jimmy Webb -
Another Dimension Bo Diddley -
Contact Freda Payne -
Curtis/Live! Curtis Mayfield Live
Edgar Broughton Band Edgar Broughton Band -
Every Picture Tells a Story Rod Stewart -
5th Lee Michaels -
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds -
Joy to the World Hoyt Axton -
Just as I Am Bill Withers -
Live Johnny Winter And Johnny Winter Live
Man in Black Johnny Cash -
Smash Your Head Against the Wall John Entwistle -
Something Else Shirley Bassey -
Summer Side of Life Gordon Lightfoot -
We Sure Can Love Each Other Tammy Wynette -
Winwood Steve Winwood Compilation

June[]

Day Album Artist Notes
14 Tarkus Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
16 Golden Bisquits Three Dog Night Compilation
Love Letters from Elvis Elvis Presley -
19 Homemade The Osmonds -
21 Ruby Buck Owens -
22 Blue Joni Mitchell -
23 Byrdmaniax The Byrds -
24 Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren -
25 Indelibly Stamped Supertramp -
30 Stephen Stills 2 Stephen Stills -
- Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Harry Nilsson -
Angel Delight Fairport Convention -
Blood, Sweat & Tears 4 Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Budgie Budgie -
First Pull Up, Then Pull Down Hot Tuna -
The Flying Burrito Brothers The Flying Burrito Brothers -
Grin Grin -
Historic Dead Grateful Dead Live 1966
It Ain't Easy Long John Baldry -
Link Wray Link Wray -
Live at Carnegie Hall/What You Hear is What You Get Ike & Tina Turner Live
Mick Abrahams Mick Abrahams -
New York City (You're a Woman) Al Kooper -
One World Rare Earth -
Randy Newman Live Randy Newman Live
San Francisco Dues Chuck Berry -
Sing Children Sing Lesley Duncan -
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Melvin Van Peebles Soundtrack
Touch The Supremes -
Touching Home Jerry Lee Lewis -

July[]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Push Push Herbie Mann -
6 At Fillmore East The Allman Brothers Band Live
High Time MC5 -
Surrender Diana Ross -
12 Maggot Brain Funkadelic -
16 Acquiring the Taste Gentle Giant -
21 Master of Reality Black Sabbath -
23 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour The Moody Blues -
- Armchair Boogie Michael Hurley & Pals -
Blessed Are... Joan Baez -
Booker T. & Priscilla Booker T & Priscilla Coolidge -
Charity Ball Fanny -
C'mon Everybody Elvis Presley Compilation
Fireball Deep Purple -
Fool's Mate Peter Hammill -
(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People The Chi-Lites -
Happy Birthday, Ruthy Baby McGuinness Flint -
Harmony Row Jack Bruce -
How Come the Sun Tom Paxton -
I Don't Know How to Love Him Helen Reddy -
In the Garden Gypsy -
The Last Time I Saw Her Glen Campbell -
Lovejoy Albert King -
Ride the Wind The Youngbloods -
Shaft Isaac Hayes Soundtrack
So Long, Bannatyne The Guess Who -
Sha Na Na Sha Na Na -

August[]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Fillmore East – June 1971 The Mothers of Invention Live
Who's Next The Who -
14 Al Green Gets Next to You Al Green -
The Inner Mounting Flame Mahavishnu Orchestra -
27 One Dozen Roses Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -
30 Surf's Up The Beach Boys -
31 The Sun, Moon & Herbs Dr. John -
- Barbra Joan Streisand Barbra Streisand -
Freedom Flight Shuggie Otis -
Himself Gilbert O'Sullivan -
I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving Conway Twitty -
If 3 If -
In Hearing of Atomic Rooster Atomic Rooster -
The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions Howlin' Wolf -
My Baby Packed Up My Mind and Left Me Dallas Frazier -
New Riders of the Purple Sage New Riders of the Purple Sage -
Nigel Olsson's Drum Orchestra and Chorus Nigel Olsson -
Ronnie Milsap Ronnie Milsap -
A Space in Time Ten Years After -
Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' Butterfield Blues Band -
Van Ronk Dave Van Ronk -
White Light Gene Clark aka Gene Clark
You've Got a Friend Johnny Mathis -

September[]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Future Games Fleetwood Mac -
5 From the Inside Poco -
8 Labelle Labelle -
9 Aretha's Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin Compilation
Imagine John Lennon US; released in UK Oct. 8
Second Album Curved Air -
15 Cahoots The Band -
Judee Sill Judee Sill -
17 Colosseum Live Colosseum Live
20 Fly Yoko Ono -
24 Electric Warrior T.Rex -
29 Goin' Back to Indiana The Jackson 5 -
30 Harmony Three Dog Night -
- Aereo-Plain John Hartford -
April Wine April Wine -
Bark Jefferson Airplane -
Buddy Miles Live Buddy Miles Live
Charlie Daniels Charlie Daniels -
Closer to the Ground Joy of Cooking -
The Four of Us John Sebastian -
Free Live! Free Live
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Johnny Cash Compilation
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Cher -
James Gang Live in Concert James Gang Live
Ko-ko Joe Jerry Reed -
Look at Yourself Uriah Heep US; released Oct. '71 in UK
The North Star Grassman and the Ravens Sandy Denny -
Pilgrimage Wishbone Ash -
Rock Love Steve Miller Band -
Santana Santana aka Santana III
Seven Tears Golden Earring -
Street Corner Talking Savoy Brown -
Talk It Over in the Morning Anne Murray -
The Time to Live is Now Buzzy Linhart -
Trafalgar Bee Gees -
Transition Kenny Rogers and The First Edition -
Welcome to the Canteen Traffic Live

October[]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Teaser and the Firecat Cat Stevens -
Would You Take Another Chance On Me? Jerry Lee Lewis -
2 Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton -
The Morning After The J. Geils Band -
4 200 Motels Frank Zappa Soundtrack
Twins Ornette Coleman -
8 Distant Light The Hollies UK
In Search of Space Hawkwind -
Message from the Country The Move -
18 Other Voices The Doors -
Restrictions Cactus -
20 Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas Elvis Presley Christmas
24 American Pie Don McLean -
Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Live
25 Chicago at Carnegie Hall Chicago Live
Rough and Ready The Jeff Beck Group -
29 Fearless Family -
30 Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy The Who Compilation
31 Meddle Pink Floyd -
- Bloodrock U.S.A. Bloodrock -
Country Anthem Hoyt Axton -
Fog on the Tyne Lindisfarne -
Frisco Mabel Joy Mickey Newbury -
Gather Me Melanie -
Greatest Hits, Volume Two B.J. Thomas Compilation
Focus II (Moving Waves) Focus -
Jesse Frederick Jesse Frederick -
The King of Rock and Roll Little Richard -
Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air Incredible String Band -
Live at PJ's Kool & the Gang -
The Marblehead Messenger Seatrain -
Memories John Mayall -
No Roses Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band -
Pawn Hearts Van der Graaf Generator -
Rainbow Bridge Jimi Hendrix Soundtrack
Reflection Pentangle -
R.E.O. Speedwagon REO Speedwagon -
Roots Curtis Mayfield -
Rotten to the Core Crabby Appleton -
Stoney & Meatloaf Stoney & Meat Loaf -
To You, With Love Donny Osmond -
Tupelo Honey Van Morrison -
UFO 2: Flying UFO -
War War War Country Joe McDonald -

November[]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Cold Spring Harbor Billy Joel -
Hooteroll? Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia -
Rock Messiah David Axelrod -
5 Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories Barclay James Harvest -
Madman Across the Water Elton John -
6 The Stylistics The Stylistics -
8 I Wrote a Simple Song Billy Preston -
Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin aka Led Zeppelin IV
12 Nursery Cryme Genesis -
15 Asylum Choir II Leon Russell and Marc Benno -
17 Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II Bob Dylan Compilation + new and unreleased material
Farther Along The Byrds -
Gonna Take a Miracle Laura Nyro -
Live-Evil Miles Davis -
A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse Faces -
20 Kazemachi Roman Happy End -
There's a Riot Goin' On Sly & the Family Stone -
24 Muswell Hillbillies The Kinks -
26 Fragile Yes -
27 Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be Sweet -
Killer Alice Cooper -
28 Deuce Rory Gallagher -
- Aerie John Denver -
All Day Music War -
Anne Murray / Glen Campbell Anne Murray and Glen Campbell -
Anticipation Carly Simon -
"Babbacombe" Lee Fairport Convention -
Beautiful Lies You Could Live In Pearls Before Swine -
Black Moses Isaac Hayes -
Bless the Weather John Martyn -
Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt -
Brain Capers Mott the Hoople -
Choice Quality Stuff/Anytime It's a Beautiful Day -
Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? Man -
Dog of Two Head Status Quo -
E Pluribus Funk Grand Funk Railroad -
Flowers of Evil Mountain -
For Ladies Only Steppenwolf -
Good and Dusty The Youngbloods -
If Not for You Olivia Newton-John -
Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards -
Lay it All Out Barry Mann -
Liv Livingston Taylor -
Living Judy Collins -
The Lonesome Picker Rides Again John Stewart -
Lost in the Ozone Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen -
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Traffic -
Nazareth Nazareth -
The Need of Love Earth, Wind & Fire -
Nice Feelin' Rita Coolidge -
Nilsson Schmilsson Harry Nilsson -
'Nuff Said Ike & Tina Turner -
People Like Us The Mamas & the Papas -
Performance Rockin' the Fillmore Humble Pie Live
Pictures at an Exhibition Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
Quicksilver Quicksilver Messenger Service -
Quiet Fire Roberta Flack -
Rudy the Fifth Ricky Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band -
Sanctuary Dion -
Shake Off the Demon Brewer & Shipley -
Sunfighter Paul Kantner and Grace Slick -
There's Gotta Be a Change Albert Collins -
Whatevershebringswesing Kevin Ayers -
Year of Sunday Seals and Crofts -

December[]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Islands King Crimson -
7 Wild Life Wings -
13 Straight Up Badfinger -
17 Hunky Dory David Bowie -
20 The Concert for Bangladesh George Harrison and Friends Live
Hot Rocks 1964–1971 The Rolling Stones Compilation
27 Greatest Hits The Jackson 5 Compilation
29 America America -
- The Best of Top of the Pops '71 Top of the Poppers Compilation
Boz Scaggs & Band Boz Scaggs -
Don't Knock My Love Wilson Pickett -
Dynamite! The Supremes and The Four Tops -
The Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra -
Guilty! Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon -
Message from a Drum Redbone -
Music Carole King -
Papa John Creach Papa John Creach -
Ten Man Mop, or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again Steeleye Span -

Release Date Unknown[]

Biggest hit singles[]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1971.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 George Harrison My Sweet Lord 1971 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jan 1971, US BB 1 – Dec 1970, Canada 1 – Nov 1970, Netherlands 1 – Dec 1970, France 1 – Mar 1971, Switzerland 1 – Jan 1971, Norway 1 – Feb 1971, Germany 1 – Jan 1971, Éire 1 – Jan 1971, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Jul 1971, Australia Goset 1 – Jan 1971, Australia 2 of 1971, RYM 3 of 1970, Italy 4 of 1971, Virgin 5, Poland 7 – Feb 2002, DDD 11 of 1970, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1970, Germany 40 of the 1970s, US CashBox 70 of 1971, Europe 93 of the 1970s, OzNet 170, WXPN 339, Rolling Stone 454, TheQ 484, Acclaimed 604
2 John Lennon Imagine 1971 United Kingdom UK 1 – Dec 1980, Éire 1 – Dec 1975, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jul 1972, Australia Goset 1 – Dec 1971, Virgin 1, OzNet 1, Switzerland 2 – Nov 1971, DDD 2 of 1971, WXPN 2, US BB 3 – Oct 1971, Canada 3 – Sep 1971, Norway 3 – Feb 1972, Italy 3 of 1972, Rolling Stone 3, RYM 4 of 1971, Netherlands 5 – Nov 1971, France 5 – Nov 1971, South Africa 5 of 1972, POP 5 of 1971, Austria 6 – Mar 1981, Europe 8 of the 1970s, TheQ 9, US BB 10 of 1971, Belgium 11 of all time, Germany 12 – Jan 1981, TOTP 16, Poland 17 of all time, Sweden (alt) 19 – Dec 1975, Australia 19 of 1972, Acclaimed 21, RIAA 30, Scrobulate 33 of classic rock, 86 in 2FM list
3 Rod Stewart Maggie May 1971 United Kingdom UK 1 – Sep 1971, US BB 1 – Aug 1971, Canada 1 – Aug 1971, Australia 1 for 4 weeks May 1972, Australia Goset 1 – Oct 1971, Peel list 1 of 1970, Netherlands 3 – Oct 1971, RYM 3 of 1971, Switzerland 5 – Dec 1971, DDD 5 of 1971, US BB 6 of 1971, France 10 – Nov 1971, POP 10 of 1971, Australia 13 of 1971, Germany 17 – Jan 1972, US CashBox 23 of 1971, TheQ 37, Virgin 53, Acclaimed 80, Rolling Stone 130, OzNet 149, RIAA 194, WXPN 218
4 Lynn Anderson Rose Garden 1971 United States Canada 1 – Dec 1970, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1971, Norway 1 – Mar 1971, Germany 1 – Mar 1971, Éire 1 – Mar 1971, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Oct 1971, Netherlands 2 – Jan 1971, France 2 – Apr 1971, Australia Goset 2 – Feb 1971, UK 3 – Feb 1971, US BB 3 – Dec 1970, US CashBox 6 of 1971, Germany 50 of the 1970s, DDD 57 of 1970, RYM 75 of 1970, Acclaimed 1217
5 The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar 1971 United Kingdom US BB 1 – May 1971, Canada 1 – May 1971, Netherlands 1 – May 1971, Switzerland 1 – May 1971, UK 2 – Apr 1971, US BB 3 of 1971, POP 3 of 1971, Norway 4 – May 1971, Germany 5 – May 1971, Australia Goset 5 – Jun 1971, DDD 8 of 1971, France 9 – Apr 1971, RYM 11 of 1971, Virgin 21, US CashBox 38 of 1971, TheQ 82, Scrobulate 89 of classic rock, Acclaimed 137, Germany 249 of the 1970s, WXPN 274, OzNet 412, Rolling Stone 490

Other hit singles[]

File:Elton John in 1971.jpg

Elton John in 1971.

  • "Ain't No Sunshine" – Bill Withers (#3 US)
  • "All Day Music" – War
  • "All I Ever Need Is You" – Sonny & Cher
  • "American Pie" – Don McLean (#1 US)
  • "Another Day" – Paul McCartney
  • "Baby I'm-a Want You" – Bread
  • "Baby Jump" – Mungo Jerry
  • "Back Street Luv" – Curved Air
  • "Bangla Desh" – George Harrison
  • "Banks of the Ohio" – Olivia Newton-John
  • "Banner Man" – Blue Mink
  • "Beginnings" – Chicago (#7 US)
  • "Behind Blue Eyes" – The Who
  • "Black & White" – Greyhound
  • "Black Dog" – Led Zeppelin
  • "Black Magic Woman" – Santana
  • "Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys" – The Equals
  • "Blue Money" – Van Morrison
  • "Brand New Key" – Melanie
  • "Brandy" – Scott English
  • "Bridge Over Troubled Water" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Bridget the Midget (The Queen of the Blues)" – Ray Stevens
  • "Bring the Boys Home" – Freda Payne
  • "Brown Sugar/Bitch/Let It Rock" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Butterfly" – Danyel Gérard
  • "Cherish" – David Cassidy
  • "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)" - Daddy Dewdrop
  • "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" – Middle of the Road
  • "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" – Mac and Katie Kissoon (Lally Stott's original was dubbed into French)
  • "Co-Co" – The Sweet
  • "Colour My World" – Chicago (#7 US)
  • "(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
  • "Country Road" – James Taylor
  • "Cousin Norman" – Marmalade
  • "Coz I Luv You" – Slade
  • "Crazy Love" – Helen Reddy
  • "Cried Like a Baby" – Bobby Sherman
  • "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" - Daniel Boone
  • "Day After Day" – Badfinger
  • "Desiderata" – Les Crane
  • "Did You Ever...?" – Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
  • "Do You Know What I Mean" – Lee Michaels
  • "DOA" – Bloodrock
  • "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted" – The Partridge Family
  • "Do Me Right" - The Detroit Emeralds
  • "Don't Knock My Love, Part 1" – Wilson Pickett
  • "Don't Let It Die" – Hurricane Smith
  • "Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You" – Wilson Pickett
  • "Don't Pull Your Love" – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
  • "Double Barrel" – Dave and Ansell Collins
  • "Draggin' the Line" – Tommy James
  • "Ernie" – Walter Matthau
  • "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)" – Benny Hill
  • "Everybody's Everything" – Santana
  • "Everything's Tuesday" – Chairmen of the Board
  • "Family Affair" – Sly & the Family Stone (#1 US)
  • "Fly Little White Dove Fly" – The Bells
  • "Flying Machine" – Cliff Richard
  • "For All We Know" – The Carpenters
  • "Forget Me Not" – Martha and the Vandellas
  • "Friends" – Elton John
  • "Funky Nassau" – The Beginning of the End
  • "Get Down and Get With It" – Slade
  • "Get It On" – Chase
  • "Get It On" – T. Rex
  • "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved Pt. 1" – James Brown
  • "Girls Are Out to Get You" – The Fascinations
  • "Girls in the City" - The Esquires
  • "Go Away Little Girl" – Donny Osmond
  • "Got to Be There" – Michael Jackson
  • "Grandad" – Clive Dunn
  • "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" – Cher (#1 US)
  • "Hallelujah" – Sweathog
  • "The Harder I Try (The Bluer I Get)" - The Free Movement
  • "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Have You Seen Her" – The Chi-Lites
  • "He's Gonna Step On You Again" – John Kongos
  • "Heaven Must Have Sent You" – The Elgins
  • "Help Me Make It Through the Night" – Sammi Smith
  • "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" – The Fortunes (#15 US)
  • "Here Comes the Sun" – Richie Havens
  • "Hey Big Brother" – Rare Earth
  • "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me" – The Tams
  • "Hey Mister, That's Me Up On the Jukebox" – James Taylor
  • "Hey Tonight" – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Hot Love" – T. Rex
  • "Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get Just What She Wants)" – James Brown
  • "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" – Bee Gees
  • "I Am...I Said" – Neil Diamond
  • "I Believe (In Love)" – Hot Chocolate
  • "I Did What I Did for Maria" – Tony Christie
  • "I Don't Blame You At All" – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
  • "I Don't Know How to Love Him" – Helen Reddy
  • "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from the original studio cast recording of Jesus Christ SuperstarYvonne Elliman
  • "I Don't Want to Do Wrong" – Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • "I Hear You Knocking" – Dave Edmunds (#4 US)
  • "I Just Can't Help Believing" – Elvis Presley
  • "I Just Can't Help Believing" – Sacha Distel (Dubbed)
  • "I Just Want to Celebrate" – Rare Earth (#7 US)
  • "I Love You for All Seasons" – The Fuzz
  • "I Say a Little Prayer" - Anne Murray and Glen Campbell
  • "I Will Return" – Springwater
  • "I Woke Up In Love This Morning" – The Partridge Family (#13 US)
  • "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" – The New Seekers
  • "I'd Love to Change the World" – Ten Years After
  • "I'll Meet You Halfway" – The Partridge Family
  • "I'm a Greedy Man, Part 1" – James Brown
  • "I'm Eighteen" – Alice Cooper (#21 US)
  • "I'm Gonna Run Away From You" – Tami Lynn
  • "(I Know) I'm Losing You" – Rod Stewart
  • "I'm Still Waiting" – Diana Ross
  • "I've Found Someone of My Own" – The Free Movement
  • "If" – Bread
  • "If I Were Your Woman" – Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • "If Not For You" – Olivia Newton-John
  • "If You Could Read My Mind" – Gordon Lightfoot
  • "If You Really Love Me" – Stevie Wonder
  • "Imagine" – John Lennon
  • "In My Own Time" – Family
  • "Indian Reservation" – Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • "Indiana Wants Me" – R. Dean Taylor
  • "Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)" – Marvin Gaye
  • "Iron Man" – Black Sabbath
  • "Is This the Way to Amarillo" – Tony Christie
  • "It Don't Come Easy" – Ringo Starr
  • "It's Impossible" – Perry Como
  • "It's The Same Old SongThe Weathermen
  • "It's Too Late" – Carole King
  • "It Takes Time" – Anne Murray
  • "Jack in the Box" – Clodagh Rodgers
  • "Jeepster" – T. Rex
  • "Johnny Reggae" – The Piglets
  • "Joy to the World" – Three Dog Night (#1 US)
  • "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" – The Temptations
  • "K- Jee" – The Nite- Liters, see (New Birth)
  • "Knock Three Times" – Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • "L.A. International Airport" – Susan Raye
  • "L.A. Woman" – The Doors
  • "Lady Rose" – Mungo Jerry
  • "Legend In Your Own Time" – Carly Simon
  • "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah" – The Pioneers
  • "Levon" – Elton John
  • "Liar" – Three Dog Night
  • "Light Sings" - The 5th Dimension
  • "Like an Open Door" - The Fuzz
  • "Locomotive Breath" – Jethro Tull
  • "Lonely Days" – Bee Gees
  • "Look Wot You Dun" – Slade
  • "Love Her Madly" – The Doors
  • "Love Means (You Never Have To Say You’re Sorry)" – Sounds of Sunshine
  • "Love the One You're With" – The Isley Brothers
  • "Love the One You're With" – Stephen Stills
  • "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" - The 5th Dimension
  • "Maggie May" – Rod Stewart
  • "Malt and Barley Blues" – McGuinness Flint
  • "Make It With You" – Sacha Distel (dubbed)
  • "Mama's Pearl" – The Jackson 5
  • "Marianne" – Stephen Stills
  • "Me And Bobby McGee" – Janis Joplin
  • "Me and My Arrow" – Harry Nilsson
  • "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" – Lobo
  • "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" – Marvin Gaye
  • "Mighty Clouds of Joy" – B. J. Thomas
  • "Mr. Big Stuff" – Jean Knight
  • "Mr. Bojangles" – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • "Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550 1st movement (Allegro molto)" – Waldo de los Ríos
  • "My Brother Jake" – Free
  • "My Sweet Lord" – George Harrison (#1 US)
  • "Nathan Jones" – The Supremes
  • "Never Can Say Goodbye" – The Jackson 5
  • "Never Ending Song of Love" – The New Seekers
  • "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" – Joan Baez
  • "No Matter What" – Badfinger
  • "An Old Fashioned Love Song" – Three Dog Night
  • "Once You Understand" – Think
  • "One Bad Apple" – The Osmonds
  • "One Less Bell to Answer" – The 5th Dimension
  • "One Man Band" - Three Dog Night
  • "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Part 1)" – Honey Cone
  • "One Tin Soldier" – Coven (apocalyptic statement)
  • "One Toke Over the Line" – Brewer & Shipley (#10 US)
  • "Only You Know and I Know" – Delaney and Bonnie
  • "Oye Como Va" – Santana
  • "Paint it Black" – Eric Burdon & War
  • "Pay to the Piper" – Chairmen of the Board
  • "Peace Train" – Cat Stevens
  • "The Pied Piper" – Bob and Marcia
  • "Power to the People" – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
  • "Proud Mary" – Ike & Tina Turner
  • "Pushbike Song" – Mixtures
  • "Put Your Hand in the Hand" – Ocean
  • "Rain Dance" – The Guess Who
  • "Rainy Days and Mondays" – The Carpenters
  • "Remember Me" – Diana Ross
  • "Resurrection Shuffle" – Ashton, Gardner and Dyke
  • "Ride a White Swan" – T. Rex
  • "Riders on the Storm" – The Doors
  • "Right on the Tip of My Tongue" – Brenda & The Tabulations
  • "River Deep - Mountain High" – The Supremes and Four Tops
  • "Rock and Roll" – Led Zeppelin
  • "Rock Steady" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Rose Garden" – Lynn Anderson
  • "Run, Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)" – The Newbeats
  • "She Didn't Do Magic" – Lobo
  • "She's a Lady" – Tom Jones
  • "She's Not Just Another Woman" – 8th Day
  • "Signs" – Five Man Electrical Band
  • "Silvery Rain" – Cliff Richard
  • "Simple Game" – Four Tops
  • "Sing a Song of Freedom" – Cliff Richard
  • "Sing High, Sing Low" – Anne Murray
  • "Smiling Faces Sometimes" – Undisputed Truth
  • "So Far Away" – Carole King
  • "Softly Whispering I Love You" – The (English) Congregation
  • "Soldier Blue" – Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • "Soley, Soley" – Middle of the Road
  • "Something Old, Something New" – The Fantastics
  • "Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight)" – Cilla Black
  • "Sooner or Later" – The Grass Roots
  • "Soul Power Pt. 1" – James Brown
  • "Spanish Harlem" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Stay Awhile" – The Bells (#1 Canada)
  • "Stay With Me" – The Faces
  • "Stairway to Heaven" – Led Zeppelin
  • "Stick Up" – Honey Cone
  • "Stoned Love" – The Supremes
  • "Stoney End" – Barbra Streisand
  • "Stop, Look, Listen" – The Stylistics
  • "The Story In Your Eyes" – The Moody Blues
  • "A Stranger in My Place" – Anne Murray
  • "Strange Kind of Woman" – Deep Purple
  • "Sugar, Sugar" – Sakkarin
  • "Sultana" – Titanic
  • "Summer of '42" – Peter Nero
  • "Sunny Honey Girl" – Cliff Richard
  • "Superstar" – The Carpenters
  • ""Superstar" (from Jesus Christ Superstar) – Murray Head
  • "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" – The Temptations
  • "Surrender" – Diana Ross
  • "Sweet and Innocent" – Donny Osmond
  • "Sweet City Woman" – The Stampeders
  • "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Sweet Mary" – Wadsworth Mansion
  • "Take Me Home Country Roads" – John Denver and Fat City
  • "Talk It Over in the Morning" – Anne Murray
  • "Tap Turns On the Water" – C.C.S.
  • "Temptation Eyes" – The Grass Roots
  • "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" – Carly Simon
  • "Theme from Shaft" – Isaac Hayes
  • "They Can't Take Away Our Music" – Eric Burdon & War
  • "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" – The Persuaders
  • "Timothy" – The Buoys
  • "Till" – Tom Jones
  • "Tiny Dancer" – Elton John
  • "Tired of Being Alone" – Al Green
  • "Toast and Marmalade for Tea" – Tin Tin
  • "Tokoloshe Man" – John Kongos
  • "Trapped By a Thing Called Love" – Denise LaSalle
  • "Treat Her Like a Lady" – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
  • "Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum" – Middle of the Road
  • "Two Divided by Love" – The Grass Roots
  • "Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue" – Séverine
  • "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" – Paul and Linda McCartney
  • "Walkin'" – C.C.S.
  • "Want Ads" – Honey Cone
  • "Watching Scotty Grow" – Bobby Goldsboro
  • "We Can Work It Out" – Stevie Wonder
  • "Wear This Ring (with Love)" - The Detroit Emeralds
  • "What Are You Doing Sunday" – Dawn
  • "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" – The Dramatics
  • "What's Going On" – Marvin Gaye
  • "What is Life" – George Harrison
  • "When You're Hot, You're Hot" – Jerry Reed
  • "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story" – Andy Williams; also Henry Mancini
  • "White Lies, Blue Eyes" – Bullet
  • "Wild Horses" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Wild Night" – Van Morrison
  • "Wild World" – Cat Stevens
  • "The Witch Queen of New Orleans" – Redbone
  • "Who put the Lights Out" – Dana
  • "Won't Get Fooled Again" – The Who
  • "Yo-Yo" – The Osmonds
  • "You Are Everything" – The Stylistics
  • "You Can Close Your Eyes" – James Taylor
  • "Your Move" – Yes
  • "Your Love (Means Everything to Me)" - Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • "Your Song" – Elton John
  • "You're All I Need to Get ByAretha Franklin
  • "You've Got a Friend" – James Taylor
  • "You've Got to Crawl (Before You Walk)" – 8th Day

Published popular music[]

  • "The Age of Not Believing"     w.m. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, from the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • "Always on My Mind"     w.m. Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson
  • "American Pie"     w.m. Don McLean
  • "And I Love You So"     w.m. Don McLean
  • "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda     w.m. Eric Bogle (written)
  • "Baby I'm-a Want You"     w.m. David Gates
  • "Been on a Train"     w.m. Laura Nyro
  • "Ben"     w. Don Black m. Walter Scharf
  • "Brown Earth"     w.m. Laura Nyro
  • "The Candy Man"     w.m. Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley, from the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • "Day By Day"     w. John Michael Tebelak m. Stephen Schwartz
  • "Eagle Rock"     w.m. Ross Wilson
  • "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" w.m. Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • "I Am Woman"     w. Helen Reddy m. Ray Burton
  • "I Don't Know How to Love Him" w. Tim Rice m. Andrew Lloyd Webber. Introduced by Yvonne Elliman in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar
  • "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"     w.m. B. Backer, B. Davis, R. Cook & R. Greenaway
  • "I'm Still Here"     w.m. Stephen Sondheim
  • "Imagine w.m. John Lennon
  • "Kiss an Angel Good Morning"     w.m. Ben Peters
  • "Knock Three Times"     w.m. Irwin Levine
  • "The Last Farewell"     w.m. Roger Whittaker & Ron A. Webster
  • "Losing My Mind"     w.m. Stephen Sondheim
  • "Maggie May" w.m. Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton
  • "Pure Imagination"     w.m. Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley, from the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • "Riders on the Storm"     w.m. The Doors
  • "Stairway to Heaven"     w. Robert Plant m. Jimmy Page
  • "Substitutiary Locomotion"     w.m. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, from the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • "The Summer Knows"      w. Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman m. Michel Legrand from the film Summer of '42
  • "Those Were the Days" w. Lee Adams, m. Charles Strouse, from the TV series All in the Family
  • "Too Many Mornings"     w.m. Stephen Sondheim
  • "Avec le Temps" – Dalida
  • "Mamy Blue" – Dalida
  • "Queen of the Hours" w.m. Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood

Classical music[]

Premieres[]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Ligeti, György Concert românesc 1971-08-21 United States Fish Creek Peninsula Music Festival OrchestraJohnson[2]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Sternklang 1971-06-05 Template:Country data DE Tiergarten, Berlin Collegium Vocale Köln, Gentle Fire, Smalley, Souster, VetterStockhausen[3]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Trans 1971-10-16 Template:Country data DE Donaueschingen SWF Sinfonie-OrchesterBour[4]

Compositions[]

  • Malcolm Arnold – Viola Concerto with small orchestra
  • Gavin BryarsJesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
  • Elliott CarterString Quartet No. 3
  • George Crumb
    • Lux Aeterna for soprano, bass flute/soprano recorder, sitar, and percussion (two players)
    • Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for electric flute, electric cello, and amplified piano
  • Mario Davidovsky – Chacona for violin, cello, and piano
  • Morton FeldmanRothko Chapel
  • Lorenzo FerreroPrimavera che non vi rincresca
  • Jørgen JersildThree Danish Romances
  • Mauricio KagelStaatstheater
  • Ladislav KupkovicKlanginvasion auf Bonn
  • Helmut LachenmannGran Torso for string quartets
  • Jean Langlais – Concerto for Organ no 3 "Reaction"
  • Luigi NonoEin Gespenst geht um in der Welt
  • Arvo Pärt – Symphony No. 3
  • Steve ReichDrumming
  • Aulis Sallinen – Symphony No.1
  • Dmitri ShostakovichSymphony No. 15 A major, Op. 141
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
    • Sternklang
    • Trans
  • Iannis Xenakis
    • Antikhthon, ballet for orchestra
    • Aroura, for string ensemble of 12 players
    • Charisma, for clarinet and cello
    • Mikka, for violin
    • Persépolis, 8-track tape music

Opera[]

  • Alberto GinasteraBeatrix Cenci
  • Hans Werner HenzeDer langwierige Weg in die Wohnung der Natascha Ungeheuer
  • Lee HoibySummer and Smoke
  • Heitor Villa-LobosYerma

Jazz[]

Main article: 1971 in jazz

Musical theater[]

  • Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death – Off-Broadway production
  • Follies (Stephen Sondheim) – Broadway production ran for 522 performances
  • Godspell (Stephen Schwartz) – Broadway, London, and Off-Broadway productions; 572 performances on Broadway, 2,600 total NYC performances
  • Jalta, Jalta (Alfi Kabiljo and Milan Grgić) – premièred in Zagreb
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice) – Broadway production opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and ran for 711 performances
  • Lolita, My Love (John Barry and Alan Jay Lerner) – closed in pre-Broadway tryout
  • Prettybelle – starring Angela Lansbury, closed in pre-Broadway tryout
  • No, No, Nanette (Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach, Vincent Youmans) – Broadway revival
  • On the Town – Broadway revival
  • Show Boat (Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II) – London revival
  • To Live Another Summer, To Pass Another Winter – Broadway production of Jewish revue; opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on October 21 and transferred to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on January 10, 1972, for a total run of 173 performances.
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona – Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre and ran for 614 performances

Musical films[]

  • 200 Motels (American-British surrealist musical film)
  • Aquellos años locos (Argentine musical film)
  • Arriba Juventud (Argentine musical film)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks Directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson
  • Bumbarash (Soviet musical film)
  • Chervona Ruta (Soviet Ukrainian musical film)
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Haathi Mere Saathi (Hindi musical film)
  • Journey Back to Oz (animated feature)
  • Out of the Darkness (Thai science fiction musical film)
  • Raga, documentary about the life and work of Ravi Shankar
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Births[]

  • January 8Karen Poole (Alisha's Attic)
  • January 9Angie Martinez, American rapper and radio talk host
  • January 11
    • Mary J. Blige, American singer
    • Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers)
    • Stuart Davis, lyricist
  • January 13Lee Agnew (Nazareth)
  • January 17Kid Rock, singer and rapper
  • January 18Jonathan Davis (KoЯn)
  • January 19John Wozniak, American singer and songwriter (Marcy Playground)
  • January 20
    • Gary Barlow, British singer-songwriter (Take That)
    • Questlove, American musician, composer, producer, photographer and author
  • January 21Tweet, American singer
  • January 22Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, indigenous Australian ethnic singer and musician (d. 2017)
  • January 25China Kantner (Daughter of Grace Slick and Paul Kantner)
  • January 27Lil Jon, rapper and producer
  • January 28Anthony Hamilton, American singer
  • February 1Ron Welty (The Offspring)
  • February 2
  • February 3Christian Liljegren, Swedish singer-songwriter (Narnia, Audiovision and Divinefire)
  • February 5Sara Evans, American singer
  • February 13Sonia, English pop singer
  • February 16
    • Amanda Holden, British actress and singer
    • Steven Houghton, British actor and singer
  • February 18Merritt Gant, American guitarist (Overkill)
  • February 19Gil Shaham, violinist
  • February 26Erykah Badu, American singer
  • February 26Max Martin , Pop music writer and producer NSYNC, Britney Spears
  • February 27Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, singer (TLC)
  • March 4Fergal Lawler Irish drummer (The Cranberries)
  • March 6Betty Boo, singer
  • March 9C-Murder, American rapper
  • March 10Timbaland, American rapper/singer
  • March 11Erin O'Donnell, American Christian musician
  • March 21 – John Hendy, British singer (East 17)
  • March 29Attila Csihar, Hungarian vocalist (Mayhem)
  • March 31Ewan McGregor, actor and singer
  • April 1Method Man, American rapper
  • April 2Zeebra, Japanese rapper
  • April 3Wes Berggren, American musician
  • April 4Josh Todd, American rock singer (Buckcherry)
  • April 11Oliver Riedel, German musician (Rammstein)
  • April 16Selena (Quintanilla), American Tejano singer (k. 1995)
  • April 20Mikey Welsh (Weezer)
  • April 24
    • Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitar player and singer (Evil Superstars, Deus)
    • Alejandro Fernández, Mexican singer
  • April 29
    • Siniša Vuco, Croatian musician
    • Tamara Johnson-George, American singer (SWV)
  • May 3Damon Dash, record label executive
  • May 6Chris Shiflett, American rock musician (Foo Fighters)
  • May 9Paul McGuigan British bassist (Oasis)
  • May 10Craig Mack, American rapper
  • May 17Vernie Bennett, British singer (Eternal)
  • May 22Raimund Marasigan, drummer (Eraserheads)
  • May 27Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, American rapper and songwriter TLC (d. 2002)
  • May 30
    • Patrick Dahlheimer, Live
    • Idina Menzel, American actress and singer
  • May 31Adam Walton, British DJ
  • June 1Mario Cimarro, Cuban actor and singer
  • June 5Mark Wahlberg, American rapper and actor
  • June 9Erika Miklósa, Hungarian coloratura soprano
  • June 15Bif Naked, singer
  • June 16Tupac Shakur, rapper (d. 1996)
  • June 17Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer
  • June 18Nathan Morris American singer (Boyz II Men)
  • June 20Jeordie White, American singer-songwriter and bass player (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Goon Moon and The Desert Sessions)
  • June 21Anette Olzon, Swedish singer (Nightwish)
  • June 27DJ Screw, rapper (d. 2000)
  • June 29Matthew Good, Canadian musician
  • July 1Missy Elliott, American singer
  • July 4Andy Creeggan, Canadian guitarist and pianist (Barenaked Ladies and The Brothers Creeggan)
  • July 11Leisha Hailey, American musician and actress
  • July 12MC Breed, American rapper (d. 2008)
  • July 13Jason Reece, American guitarist and drummer (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and A Roman Scandal)
  • July 16Ed Kowalczyk, Live
  • July 17DJ Minutemix, P.M. Dawn
  • July 20DJ Screw, American hip hop deejay (d. 2000)
  • July 21Charlotte Gainsbourg, French actress and singer-songwriter
  • July 23
    • Alison Krauss, American singer
    • Scott Krippayne, American Christian musician
    • Dalvin DeGrate, American rapper (Jodeci)
  • July 30Calogero, singer
  • July 31John Lowery, American guitarist
  • August 3DJ Spinderella, American rapper (Salt-n-Pepa)
  • August 4Yo-Yo, rapper
  • August 7Rachel York, American actress and singer
  • August 12Phil Western, Canadian musician
  • August 17
    • Anthony Kearns, Irish tenor
    • Ed Motta, Brazilian soul and jazz musician
  • August 18Richard D. James, Irish musician
  • August 20Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit)
  • August 23Bone Crusher, American rapper
  • August 26Thalía, Mexican actress and singer
  • August 27Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • August 28Neil Ekberg, Drummer (Black Market Baby and Tesco Vee's Hate Police)
  • August 30Lars Frederiksen (Rancid)
  • September 1DJ Cocoa Chanelle, djer
  • September 6Dolores O'Riordan, Irish vocalist (The Cranberries)
  • September 11Richard Ashcroft, British singer and songwriter
  • September 18Anna Netrebko, operatic soprano
  • September 19D-Flame, hip-hop and reggae performer
  • September 21Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor, singer and dancer
  • September 24Marty Cintron American singer (No Mercy)
  • September 28A. J. Croce, singer-songwriter and son of Jim Croce
  • October 2
    • Tiffany, American singer
    • Jim Root, guitarist for Slipknot
    • LeShaun, American rapper
  • October 3Kevin Richardson American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • October 4Brian Transeau, American disc jockey
  • October 5South Park Mexican, American rapper
  • October 10Evgeny Kissin, Russian pianist
  • October 11MC Lyte, American rapper
  • October 17
    • Chris Kirkpatrick, American singer 'N Sync
    • Derrick Plourde (The Ataris) (died 2005)
  • October 20
    • Dannii Minogue, Australian singer
    • Snoop Dogg, American rapper
  • October 25
    • Athena Chu, Hong Kong actress and singer
    • Midori Gotō, Japanese violinist
  • October 26Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor
  • October 30John Alford, British singer and actor
  • November 5Jonny Greenwood, British musician, songwriter and composer
  • November 6Joey Beltram, DJ and record producer
  • November 8Tech N9ne, American rapper
  • November 12Tom Shear, American musician and producer
  • November 13Buddy Zabala, bassist (Eraserheads)
  • November 16Annely Peebo, operatic mezzo-soprano
  • November 18Özlem Tekin, Turkish singer
  • December 8Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  • December 16Michael McCary, American singer (Boyz II Men)
  • December 20Roger J. Beaujard, American musician
  • December 24Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer
  • December 25
  • December 31Marcus Adoro, lead guitarist (Eraserheads)
  • Date unknownSimon O'Neill, New Zealand opera singer

Deaths[]

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Louis Armstrong died on July 6

  • January 19Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • February 1Harry Roy, British bandleader (b. 1900)
  • February 7Dock Boggs, banjo player (b. 1898)
  • March 6Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor (b. 1921)
  • March 17Piero Coppola, Italian conductor, pianist and composer, 82
  • March 21Nan Wynn, US singer (b. 1918)
  • March 26Harold McNair, saxophonist and flute player (b. 1931) (lung cancer)
  • March 30Harold Craxton, pianist and composer, 85
  • March 31Karl King, composer and bandleader (b. 1891)
  • April 6Igor Stravinsky, composer (b. 1882)
  • April 17Carmen Lombardo, US singer, composer and saxophonist, 67
  • May 2Edith Day, US actress, singer and dancer (b. 1896)
  • May 30Marcel Dupré, organist and composer (b. 1886)
  • June 11Ambrose, English bandleader and violinist (b. 1896)
  • June 18Libby Holman, US singer and actress (b. 1904)
  • June 26Inia Te Wiata, New Zealand Māori bass-baritone opera singer, 56 (cancer)
  • July 3Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, 27 (heart failure, disupted)
  • July 6Louis Armstrong, US jazz pioneer, 69 (heart attack)
  • July 25Leroy Robertson, American composer, 74
  • August 9Leslie Kong, Jamaican record producer (b. 1933)
  • August 13King Curtis, jazz and blues musician (b. 1934) (murdered)
  • August 15Edythe Baker, boogie-woogie pianist, 71
  • August 17Tab Smith, saxophonist, 62
  • August 25Ted Lewis, singer and bandleader, 81
  • August 27Lil Hardin Armstrong, wife and musical collaborator of Louis Armstrong, 73
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Guitarist Duane Allman died on October 29

  • September 13George Lambert, operatic baritone and voice teacher, 70
  • October 2Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter, 60
  • October 3Seán Ó Riada, composer and bandleader, 40 (cirrhosis of liver)
  • October 12Gene Vincent, singer, 36 (stomach ulcer)
  • October 24Carl Ruggles, composer, 95
  • October 29Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, 24 (motorcycle accident)
  • November 4Ann Pennington, American actress & dancer, 77
  • November 18Junior Parker, blues musician, 39 (brain tumour)
  • November 22Zez Confrey, popular composer and pianist, 76
  • December 8Marie Collier, operatic soprano, 44 (death from a fall)
  • December 21 – Charlie Fuqua, vocalist (The Ink Spots)
  • December 28Max Steiner, composer, 83
  • date unknownMarie-Anne Asselin, operatic mezzo-soprano and voice teacher

Awards[]

Grammy Awards[]

  • Grammy Awards of 1971

Country Music Association Awards[]

  • Entertainer of the Year: Charley Pride
  • Top Male Vocalist: Charley Pride
  • Top Female Vocalist: Lynn Anderson
  • Top Vocal Group: Osborne Brothers
  • Top Instrumental Group: Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass
  • Top Vocal Duo: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
  • Single of the Year: "Help Me Make It Through The Night" – Sammi Smith
  • Song of the Year: "Easy Loving" – Freddie Hart
  • Album of the Year: I Won't Mention It AgainRay Price
  • Musician of the Year: Jerry Reed

Eurovision Song Contest[]

  • Eurovision Song Contest 1971
    • Séverine (of Monaco) for "Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue"

References[]

  1. "Music Man for the Met". Time. June 21, 1971. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  3. Michael Kurtz, Stockhausen: A Biography, translated by Richard Toop (London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992): 185. ISBN: 0-571-14323-7 (cloth) ISBN: 0-571-17146-X (pbk).
  4. Karlheinz Stockhausen, "Trans für Orchester (1971)", in his Texte zur Musik 4, edited by Christoph von Blumröder (Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag, 1978): 181. ISBN: 3-7701-1078-1.
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