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Ike & Tina Turner in 1972

Years in music: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
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Years: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1972.


  • January 17 – Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, is renamed "Elvis Presley Boulevard."
  • January 20 – The début of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon at The Dome, Brighton, is halted by technical difficulties. Dark Side of the Moon would be played in its entirety the following night, but it would be a full year before the album was released.
  • January 21Keith Richards jumps on stage to jam with Chuck Berry at the Hollywood Palladium, but is ordered off for playing too loud. Berry later claims that he did not recognize Keith and would not have booted him if he did.
  • January 29–31 – The first Sunbury Music Festival is held in Sunbury, Victoria. Performers include Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Wendy Saddington, Chain and The La De Das.
  • January 31 – Over 40,000 mourners file past Mahalia Jackson's open casket to pay their respects in Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church.
  • February 9Paul McCartney's new band, Wings, make their live debut at the University of Nottingham in England. It's McCartney's first public concert since The Beatles' 1966 US tour.
  • February 13Led Zeppelin's concert in Singapore is canceled when government officials will not let them off the airplane because of their long hair.
  • February 14–18 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host an entire week of The Mike Douglas Show.
  • February 15 – The United States gives federal copyright protection to sound recordings. Prior to this, phonograph records were only protected at state level, and not in all states.
  • February 19
    • Paul McCartney's single "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" (inspired by the "Bloody Sunday" massacre in Ireland on January 30, 1972) is banned by the BBC. The controversy caused by the banning only increases the song's popularity and it ends up in the Top 20 in England.
    • Sammy Davis, Jr. makes a guest appearance on the television show All in the Family.
  • February 23Elvis and Priscilla Presley separate.
  • February 29John Lennon's U.S. immigration visa expires, beginning his three-and-a-half-year fight to remain in the country.
  • March 15
    • At the 14th Annual Grammy Awards, winners include Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, Colin Davis, Michel LeGrand, Isaac Hayes, Julian Bream, Vladimir Horowitz, the Juilliard String Quartet and Bill Withers.[1]
    • L.A. disc jockey Robert W. Morgan plays Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love" non-stop for 90 minutes. Police are called, but no arrests are made.
  • March 21Terry Knight announces he is launching a $5 million lawsuit against Grand Funk's new manager John Eastman, one week after being fired as Grand Funk's manager. It triggers a series of suits and counter-suits between Knight and the band throughout the coming months.
  • March 25 – The 17th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, is won by German-based Greek singer Vicky Leandros, representing Luxembourg with the song Après Toi. The song is subsequently released around Europe, having been recorded in several languages, including in English as Come What May.
  • March 31 – Official Beatles fan club closes down.
  • April 2John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference in New York. The Lennons discuss their appeal against the US Immigration Department's decision to deport John.
  • April 9 – First solo concert of Valery Leontiev.
  • April 16Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut at the Fox and Greyhound pub in Park Lane, Croydon, England.
  • April 29 – New York City mayor John Lindsay announces that he is supporting John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their fight to remain in the United States.
  • May 2Stone the Crows lead guitarist Les Harvey is electrocuted on stage during a show in Swansea, Wales, by touching a poorly connected microphone. Harvey died in a hospital a few hours later. The band's lead singer, Maggie Bell, Harvey's longtime girlfriend, was also hospitalized, having collapsed on stage after the incident.
  • May 8Billy Preston becomes the first rock performer to headline at New York's Radio City Music Hall
  • May 27 – The Opryland USA country music theme park opens in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • June – Founding member Roy Wood leaves the Electric Light Orchestra line-up just as the band scores its first hit single.
  • June 3The Rolling Stones open their North American tour in Vancouver, Canada.
  • June 10Elvis Presley does the first of four concerts at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. He sells out all the shows in one day.
  • June 14Simon & Garfunkel reunite briefly to perform live at Madison Square Garden at a campaign benefit for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. Other performers include Peter, Paul and Mary and Dionne Warwick.
  • July 24 – Bobby Ramirez, drummer for Edgar Winter's White Trash, is beaten to death in a Chicago bar fight, reportedly because his hair was too long.
  • August 5Clive Davis signs Aerosmith to Columbia Records at Max's Kansas City in New York City.
  • August 30John Lennon and Yoko Ono headline the "One To One Concert" at Madison Square Garden to benefit mentally handicapped children. Elephant's Memory, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder and Sha Na Na also perform.
  • September 1–7 – Karlheinz Stockhausen directs performances of his works at the Shiraz Arts Festival, including Mantra, Hymnen, an all-day performance of Aus den sieben Tagen, and world premieres of two compositions from Für kommende Zeiten
  • September 21ABC premieres the new TV series In Concert. The first episode features Alice Cooper.
  • September 29Miles Davis unveils his new nine-piece band at the Lincoln Center Philharmonic Hall.
  • October 12Diana Ross makes her acting debut in the successful film Lady Sings the Blues, garnering her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
  • November 3James Taylor and Carly Simon are married in a tiny ceremony in Simon's Manhattan apartment.
  • November 12 – 51,778 fans pack San Diego Stadium for a concert promoted by KGB-AM to see J. Geils Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Foghat and Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.
  • November 25 – The 1st OTI Song Contest, held in the Congres and Expositions Palace, Madrid, Spain, is won by singers Tobias and Claudia Regina, representing Brazil with the song Diálogo ("Dialogue").
  • November 26Family, touring North America as the warmup act for Elton John, play their last concert on U.S. soil in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • December 23Grand Funk Railroad, completing its 1972 Tour, with a sold out concert at NYC's Madison Square Garden, with the proceeds from the concert benefiting the Phoenix House Drug Rehabilitation Program, and with the show being filmed for ABC-TV's "In Concert" Series, the band is met by a lawsuit taken out by their former manager, Terry Knight, who attempts to block the show from going on, attempting to seize their equipment. Fortunately, a court injunction is given later in the day, allowing the concert to take place.
  • December 31 – The first New Year's Rockin' Eve, with host Dick Clark, airs on NBC (before moving to ABC) with Three Dog Night as the featured act. Blood, Sweat & Tears, Helen Reddy and Al Green also perform.
  • unknown date
    • Herbert Howells becomes a Companion of Honour.
    • Billy Ray Hearn founds Myrrh Records.
    • Joseph Hoo Kim founds Channel One Studios in Kingston, Jamaica
    • Heisei College of Music is established in Mifune, Kumamoto, Japan.

Bands formed[]

Bands disbanded[]

Albums released[]

  1. Pink Moon Nick Drake

Biggest hit singles[]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1972.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Harry Nilsson Without You 1972 United States UK – 1 for 5 weeks, Australia – 1 for 5 weeks, USA – 1 for 4 weeks, Ireland – 1 for 3 weeks, New Zealand – 1 for 2 weeks, Canada – 1 for 1 week, South Africa – 2, Italy – 3, Brazil – 9 of 1972, Netherlands – 10, Germany – 12, Belgium – 14
2 T.Rex Telegram Sam 1972 United Kingdom UK – 1 for 2 weeks
3 Hot Butter Popcorn 1972 File:Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg.png Switzerland – 1 for 10 weeks, Norway – 1 for 9 weeks, Australia – 1 for 8 weeks, Netherlands – 1 for 7 weeks, France – 1 for 3 weeks, Germany – 1 for 3 weeks, Canada 3 – September 1972, UK – 5, USA – 9, Austria – 10, South Africa – 13, Italy – 19
4 T.Rex Metal Guru 1972 United Kingdom UK – 1 for 4 weeks
5 Neil Young Heart of Gold 1972 Canada USA – 1 for 1 weeks, CAN – 1 for 1 week, Norway – 4, Germany – 6, Netherlands – 9, UK – 10, Australia Goset – 15, Belgium – 25

1972's selected singles[]

  1. From the Beginning Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  2. Dixie Chicken Little Feat

Published popular music[]

  • "Alone Again (Naturally)" w.m. Raymond O'Sullivan
  • "Alone at a Drive-In Movie"     w.m. Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
  • "American Pie" w.m. Don McLean
  • "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" w.m. Jim Croce
  • "Beautiful Through and Through" w. Bob Merrill m. Jule Styne from the musical Sugar
  • "Beauty School Dropout" w.m. Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs from the musical Grease
  • "The Beauty That Drives Men Mad" w. Bob Merrill m. Jule Styne from the musical Sugar
  • "Bein' Green" w.m. Joe Raposo from the television series Sesame Street.
  • "Blues for Newport" m. Dave Brubeck
  • "Born to Hand Jive" w.m. Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs from the musical Grease
  • "Burning Love"    w.m. Dennis Linde
  • "C is for Cookie" w.m. Joe Raposo
  • "Clair" w.m. Raymond O'Sullivan
  • "Come Dream With Me" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jimmy Van Heusen
  • "Corner of the Sky" w.m. Stephen Schwartz from the musical Pippin
  • "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • Greased Lightning w.m. Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs from the musical Grease
  • "I Can See Clearly Now" w.m. Johnny Nash
  • "Killing Me Softly with His Song" w. Norman Gimbel m. Charles Fox
  • "Liza with a Z" w. Fred Ebb m. John Kander from the television production Liza with a Z
  • "Magic To Do" w.m. Stephen Schwartz. Introduced by Ben Vereen in the musical Pippin
  • "Maybe This Time" w. Fred Ebb m. John Kander from the musical film Cabaret
  • "Mooning" w.m. Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs from the musical Grease
  • "The Morning After" w.m. Joel Hirschhorn & Al Kasha from the film The Poseidon Adventure
  • "No Time at All" w.m. Stephen Schwartz from the musical Pippin
  • "The Old Fashioned Way" w. Charles Aznavour, Joel Hirschhorn & Al Kasha m. George Garvarentz
  • "Ring Them Bells"     w. Fred Ebb m. John Kander from the television production Liza with a Z
  • "Rock and Roll" – Led Zeppelin
  • "Shakin' at the High School Hop"     w.m. Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
  • "Sing" w.m. Joe Raposo. Introduced by Bob McGrath on Sesame Street
  • "Speak Softly, Love"      w. Larry Kusik m. Nino Rota from the film The Godfather
  • "Summer Nights" w.m. Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs from the musical Grease
  • "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" w.m. Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs from the musical Grease
  • "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" w.m. L. Russell Brown & Irwin Levine
  • "Vincent" w.m. Don McLean
  • "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" w.m. Stevie Wonder



  • January 1Maurice Chevalier, 83, French singer and actor
  • January 16David Seville, 52, voice of the Chipmunks
  • January 19Michael Rabin, 35, violinist (fell downstairs)
  • January 20Jean Casadesus, 44, French pianist (car accident)
  • January 23Big Maybelle, 47, singer and pianist
  • January 24Gene Austin, 69, singer-songwriter
  • January 27Mahalia Jackson, 61, gospel singer
  • January 29Margherita Grandi, 77, operatic soprano
  • February 8Markos Vamvakaris, 66, Greek composer
  • February 19Lee Morgan, 33, hard bop trumpeter
  • February 21Marie Dubas, 77, French music-hall singer
  • March 2Erna Sack, 74, coloratura soprano (cancer)
  • March 17Linda Jones, 27, soul singer (diabetic coma)
  • March 27Sharkey Bonano, 67, jazz musician and bandleader
  • April 4Stefan Wolpe, 69, composer
  • May 2Les Harvey, 25, guitarist (Stone the Crows) (electrocuted on stage)
  • May 5Reverend Gary Davis, 76, blues and gospel singer and guitarist
  • May 12David Hughes, 43, operatic tenor (heart failure)
  • June 8Jimmy Rushing, 70, blues and jazz singer
  • June 13Clyde McPhátter, 39, R&B singer
  • July 3 – "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, 68, blues musician
  • July 9Robert Weede, 69, operatic baritone
  • July 10Lovie Austin, 84, American pianist, composer, and bandleader
  • July 24 – Bobby Ramirez, drummer (Edgar Winter's White Trash)
  • July 28Helen Traubel, 73, operatic soprano
  • August 2
    • Brian Cole, 29, bass player in The Association (drug overdose)
    • Rudolph Ganz, 95, Swiss pianist, conductor and composer
  • August 14Oscar Levant, 65, pianist and composer
  • August 21Yvonne Gall, 87, operatic soprano
  • August 29Lale Andersen, 67, Danish singer
  • August 31Dalva de Oliveira, 55, Brazilian singer (internal bleeding)
  • September 28Rory Storm, 33, English singer (appendicitis)
  • September 30Grigore Cugler, 69, Romanian riter, artist, composer and violinist
  • October 3Kari Marie Aarvold Glaser, 71, Norwegian pianist and music teacher
  • October 24Thelma Votipka, 67, operatic mezzo-soprano
  • November 3Harry Richman, 77, US singer, actor and composer
  • November 6Billy Murcia, 21, drummer of New York Dolls (suffocation)
  • November 11Berry Oakley, 24, bass player (The Allman Brothers Band) (motorcycle accident)
  • November 12Rudolf Friml, 92, Rose-Marie composer
  • November 18Danny Whitten, 29, guitarist (Crazy Horse) (drug overdose)
  • November 28Havergal Brian, 96, English classical composer
  • December 3Bill Johnson, 100, African American dixieland jazz double-bassist


Grammy Awards[]

  • Grammy Awards of 1972
    • Grammy Album of the Year: The Concert for Bangladesh
    • Grammy Best New Artist: America
    • Grammy Best Album Design: "School's Out" – Alice Cooper
    • Grammy Best Pop Duo or Group: "Where Is the Love" – Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
    • Grammy Best Pop Female Vocal: "I Am Woman" – Helen Reddy
    • Grammy Best Pop Male Vocal: "Without You" – Harry Nilsson
    • Grammy Best R&B Duo or Group: "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" – The Temptations
    • Grammy Best R&B Female Vocal: "Young, Gifted And Black" – Aretha Franklin
    • Grammy Best R&B Male Vocal: "Me And Mrs. Jones" – Billy Paul
    • Grammy Record of the Year: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Roberta Flack
    • Grammy Song of the Year: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Roberta Flack

Country Music Association Awards[]

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Eurovision Song Contest[]

Leeds Piano Competition[]

  • Murray Perahia


  1. "1971 Grammy Award Winners". Retrieved May 1, 2011.