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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1975.

Events[]

January–April[]

  • January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case.
  • January 5 - The Wiz, a new musical version of the classic Wizard of Oz story, opens at Broadway's Majestic Theater in New York City.
  • January 6 - Approximately 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting for tickets to go on sale for Led Zeppelin's February 4 concert, cause an estimated $30,000 in damage to the lobby of the Boston Garden. The fans reportedly broke chairs and doors and caused other damage to the building. Boston Mayor Kevin White cancels the upcoming show.
  • January 8 - Three Led Zeppelin concerts at Madison Square Garden sell out in a record four hours.
  • January 12 - "The Warner Brothers Music Show" begins a nine city, 18 show tour of Europe. The tour included Warner Brothers acts Little Feat, Tower of Power, the Doobie Brothers, Bonaroo, Montrose, and Graham Central Station.
  • January 24 - Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett plays the solo improvisation 'The Köln Concert' at the Cologne Opera, which, recorded live, becomes the best-selling piano recording in history.[1]
  • February 13 - The film Slade In Flame, starring the members of Slade, premieres at the Metropole Theatre in London.
  • February 21 - John Lennon releases his Rock 'n' Roll LP, featuring his favorite rock songs from the 1950s. To promote the album he conducts a telephone interview with 20 rock radio stations simultaneously.
  • March 1 - Jeff Beck releases the album Blow by Blow. It is the first album to be released using just his name.
  • March 2 - Los Angeles Police make a routine traffic stop that turns out to be Paul McCartney and his wife Linda. Linda is arrested for having 170 to 225 grams (six to eight ounces) of marijuana in her pocketbook.
  • March 21 - Alice Cooper, now a solo artist, begins the Welcome to My Nightmare tour in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The elaborate show is among the largest stage spectacles of the decade.
  • March 22 - In the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden, the Dutch group Teach-In wins with the song "Ding-A-Dong".
  • March 23 - Promoter Bill Graham stages the S.N.A.C.K. (Students Need Athletics, Culture and Kicks) charity concert at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California, to benefit the city's educational system. Almost 60,000 people come to see The Grateful Dead, The Doobie Brothers, Santana, Jefferson Starship, Tower of Power, Eddie Palmieri, Joan Baez, Graham Central Station and Neil Young joined by members of The Band along with a surprise appearance by Bob Dylan. It's the largest benefit concert in history to date.
  • March 26 - The film version of The Who's Tommy premieres in London.
  • April 3 - Steve Miller is arrested and charged with setting fire to the clothes and personal effects of a friend, Benita DiOrio, and resisting arrest. DiOrio drops the charges the following day.
  • April 7 - Ritchie Blackmore plays a final show with Deep Purple in Paris before quitting to form his own group, Rainbow.
  • April 17 - Cambodian singer-songwriter Sinn Sisamouth and his pregnant wife are among millions forced out of Phnom Penh by the Khmer Rouge.
  • April 18 - Alice Cooper's first television special, Welcome to My Nightmare: The Making of a Record Album airs.
  • April 24 - Pete Ham, founder of the group Badfinger, is found hanged in his London garage. His death is ruled a suicide.
  • April 28 - Tom Snyder interviews John Lennon on the Tomorrow Show.

May–August[]

  • May 1 - The Rolling Stones announce their forthcoming North American tour by performing Brown Sugar from a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The occasion was guitarist Ronnie Wood's debut with the band.
  • May 10 - Stevie Wonder performs before 125,000 people at the Washington Monument as part of Human Kindness Day festivities.
  • June 1 - The Rolling Stones open their North American Tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • June 20 - Talking Heads perform their first show at CBGB in New York.
  • June 23 - Alice Cooper falls off the stage during a concert in Vancouver, breaking six ribs.
  • June 24 - "Gens du pays", the unofficial national anthem of Quebec, is performed for the first time by Gilles Vigneault in a concert on Montreal's Mount Royal.
  • June 30 - Cher and Gregg Allman are married in a Las Vegas hotel suite.
  • July 4 - the Texas Senate declares the Fourth of July "Willie Nelson Day", as over 70,000 fans visit Liberty Hill for the third annual picnic and country rock show headlined by Willie himself.
  • August 4 - Robert Plant and his wife Maureen are seriously injured in a car accident while vacationing on the Greek island of Rhodes. The immediate future of Led Zeppelin is cast into doubt, as Plant will not recover for quite some time.
  • August 9
    • The Bee Gees begin their mid-1970s international comeback when "Jive Talkin'" reaches #1 and goes platinum with sales over 1 million.
    • Renato Carosone's comeback concert after a 15-year retirement.
    • The first Rock Music Awards, produced by Don Kirshner, are held in Los Angeles, co-hosted by Elton John and Diana Ross. John wins "Outstanding Rock Personality of the Year". The Who's film Tommy, wins "Rock Movie of the Year."
  • August 23 - Peter Gabriel leaves British progressive rock group Genesis.

September–December[]

Also in 1975[]

  • John Rutter becomes Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge.
  • Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo leave the 5th Dimension and start solo careers.
  • The Goodies have five top twenty singles (in the UK) becoming, according to Bill Oddie, "the first, the only and the most successful comedy rockers".
  • Ramones sign to Sire Records.
  • First release of "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", by John Currie on Australian label M7.

Bands formed[]

Bands disbanded[]

File:Rod Stewart and Ron Wood - Faces - 1975.jpg

Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart with "Faces" in 1975, the year the band disbanded.

  • Brinsley Schwarz
  • Elton John Band (Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray dismissed)
  • Faces
  • Faust (reform in 1990)
  • The First Edition (Played a few shows without Mickey Jones in 1976 before Kenny Rogers formed a new band)
  • The Guess Who (reform in 1977)
  • Hatfield and the North
  • Humble Pie (reform in 1979, 1989 and 2001)
  • If
  • Jo Jo Gunne (reform in 2005)
  • McGuinness Flint
  • Neu! (reform in 1985)
  • Ocean
  • Raspberries
  • Stealers Wheel (reform in 2008)
  • Wizzard
  • The Butts Band

Albums released[]

  1. Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

Singles released[]

  1. Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones
  2. I'm Not In Love 10cc
  3. Love Is the Drug Roxy Music

Biggest hit singles[]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1975.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Billy Swan I Can Help 1975 United States USA - 1, Netherlands - 1, Austria - 1, Switzerland - 1, Norway - 1, Belgium - 1, New Zealand - 1, Germany - 1, Sweden - 1, Australia - 1, France - 1, Denmark - 1, Canada - 2, South Africa - 3, Ireland - 11
2 10cc I'm Not In Love 1975 United Kingdom UK - 1, Ireland - 1, Canada - 1, Brazil - 1, USA - 2, France - 2, Australia - 3, New Zealand - 4, Belgium - 5, Netherlands - 5, Norway - 6, Germany - 8, Switzerland - 8, South Africa - 17, Italy - 24
3 Sweet Fox on the Run 1975 United Kingdom Germany - 1, Australia - 1, South Africa - 1, UK - 2, Canada - 2, Belgium - 2, Netherlands - 2, Norway - 2, Ireland - 2, Austria - 3, New Zealand - 3, Switzerland - 3, USA - 5, Sweden - 10
4 Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy 1975 United States USA - 1, Canada - 1, Ireland - 1, Belgium - 1, New Zealand - 2, South Africa - 2, Netherlands - 3, UK - 4, Australia - 5, Sweden - 17, Germany - 31
5 George Baker Selection Paloma Blanca 1975 Netherlands Netherlands - 1, Sweden - 1, Austria - 1, Switzerland - 1, Norway - 1, Germany - 1, Belgium - 1, South Africa - 1, Canada - 5, UK - 10, Italy - 11, USA - 26

Chronological table of U.S. and UK number one hit singles[]

U.S. number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" - Elton John (2)
"Mandy" - Barry Manilow (1)
"Please Mr. Postman" - The Carpenters (1)
"Laughter in the Rain" - Neil Sedaka (1)
"Fire" - Ohio Players (1)
"You're No Good" - Linda Ronstadt (1)
"Pick Up the Pieces" - Average White Band (1)
"Best of My Love" - Eagles (1)
"Have You Never Been Mellow" - Olivia Newton-John (1)
"Black Water" - The Doobie Brothers (1)
"My Eyes Adored You" - Frankie Valli (1)
"Lady Marmalade" - Labelle (1)
"Lovin' You" - Minnie Riperton (1)
"Philadelphia Freedom" - Elton John (2)
"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" - B. J. Thomas (1)
"He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando and Dawn (3)
"Shining Star" - Earth, Wind & Fire (1)
"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" - Freddy Fender (1)
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" - John Denver (1)
"Sister Golden Hair" - America (1)
"Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain & Tennille (4)
"Listen to What the Man Said" - Paul McCartney & Wings (1)
"The Hustle" - Van McCoy (1)
"One of These Nights" - Eagles (1)
"Jive Talkin'" - Bee Gees (2)
"Fallin' in Love" - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1)
"Get Down Tonight" - KC and the Sunshine Band (1)
"Rhinestone Cowboy" - Glen Campbell (2)
"Fame" - David Bowie (2)
"I'm Sorry" - John Denver (1)
"Bad Blood" - Neil Sedaka (3)
"Island Girl" - Elton John (3)
"That's the Way (I Like It) - KC and the Sunshine Band (2)
"Fly, Robin, Fly" - Silver Convention (3)
"Let's Do It Again"- The Staple Singers (1)

"Lonely This Christmas" - Mud (2 weeks 1974 + 2 weeks 1975)
"Down Down" - Status Quo (1)
"Ms Grace" - The Tymes (1)
"January" - Pilot (3)
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (2)
"If" - Telly Savalas (2)
"Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)" - Bay City Rollers (6)
"Oh Boy" - Mud (2)
"Stand by Your Man" - Tammy Wynette (3)
"Whispering Grass" - Windsor Davies & Don Estelle (3)
"I'm Not in Love" - 10cc (2)
"Tears on My Pillow (I Can't Take It)" - Johnny Nash (1)
"Give a Little Love" - Bay City Rollers (3)
"Barbados" - Typically Tropical (1)
"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" - The Stylistics (3)
"Sailing" - Rod Stewart (4)
"Hold Me Close" - David Essex (3)
"I Only Have Eyes for You" - Art Garfunkel (2)
"Space Oddity" - David Bowie (2)
"D.I.V.O.R.C.E." - Billy Connolly (1)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen (5 weeks 1975 + 4 weeks 1976)

Note: best sellers of the year are bold.

Published popular music[]

  • "And All That Jazz" w. Fred Ebb m. John Kander. Introduced by Chita Rivera in the musical Chicago
  • "Anytime (I'll Be There)"     w.m. Paul Anka
  • "At Seventeen" w.m. Janis Ian
  • "Calypso"     w.m. John Denver
  • "I'm Not in Love"     w.m. Graham Gouldman & Eric Stewart
  • "I'm Sorry"     w.m. John Denver
  • "Love Will Keep Us Together"     w.m. Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
  • "Mamma Mia"     w.m. Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson & Björn Ulvaeus
  • "Movin' On Up" w.m. Jeff Barry and Ja'net Dubois, theme from the TV series The Jeffersons
  • "New York State of Mind" w.m. Billy Joel
  • "One"     w. Edward Kleban m. Marvin Hamlisch
  • "Rockin' All Over the World" w.m. John C. Fogerty
  • "Wasted Days Wasted Nights"     w.m. Freddy Fender & Wayne Duncan
  • "The Way I Want To Touch You"     w.m. Toni Tennille
  • "What I Did For Love"     w. Edward Kleban m. Marvin Hamlisch
  • "You"     w.m. Tom Snow

Births[]

January[]

  • January 2
    • Doug Robb (Hoobastank)
    • Chris Cheney, Australian rock musician (The Living End)
  • January 3 - Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk)
  • January 13 - Jason King, radio DJ
  • January 15Edith Bowman, British radio DJ
  • January 24Paul Marazzi, English singer (A1)
  • January 28 - Lee Latchford-Evans, British singer (Steps)
  • January 29Kelly Packard, American singer-actress-hostess
  • January 30Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi)

February[]

March[]

  • March 4Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
  • March 8 - Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • March 10 - Jerry Horton (Papa Roach)
  • March 12 - Kelle Bryan, British singer (Eternal)
  • March 15will.i.am, American rapper/singer of the Black Eyed Peas
  • March 17
    • Justin Hawkins, vocalist (The Darkness)
    • Jairzinho Oliveira, Brazilian singer/songwriter/composer
  • March 18Sutton Foster, American actress, singer and dancer
  • March 25Melanie Blatt, singer (All Saints)
  • March 27Fergie, (Stacy Ferguson) singer (The Black Eyed Peas)

April[]

May[]

  • May 3 - Maksim Mrvica, pianist
  • May 8 - Enrique Iglesias, singer
  • May 15 - Peter Iwers, Swedish rock bassist (In Flames)
  • May 16
    • B.Slade, American singer
    • Tony Kakko, Finnish singer
  • May 18 - Jack Johnson, singer-songwriter
  • May 19 - Jonas Renkse, Swedish vocalist (Katatonia) & bassist (Bloodbath)
  • May 20 - Andrew Sega, American musician
  • May 26 - Lauryn Hill, singer (The Fugees)
  • May 27 - André 3000, vocalist (OutKast)
  • May 29 - Melanie Brown, singer (Spice Girls)

June[]

  • June 2 - Gisle Torvik, Norwegian jazz guitarist
  • June 4 - Russell Brand, actor, comedian and DJ
  • June 8 - Emm Gryner, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • June 23 - KT Tunstall, singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • June 26
    • KJ-52, American rapper (Peace of Mind)
    • Marie-Nicole Lemieux, operatic contralto
  • June 28
    • Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish singer (d. 2006)
    • Ning Baizura, Malaysian singer

July[]

  • July 1Sufjan Stevens, American folk musician
  • July 2 - Erik Ohlsson, Millencolin
  • July 5Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese rock bassist (Týr)
  • July 6 - 50 Cent, rapper
  • July 9
    • Isaac Brock, American musician
    • Shona Fraser, British born music journalist and judge
    • Jack White (The White Stripes)
  • July 12 - Tracie Spencer, American singer and actress
  • July 14
    • Jaime Luis Gomez, known as "Taboo", rapper/singer of the Black Eyed Peas
    • Tameka Cottle known as "Tiny", American singer/songwriter member of the group Xscape
  • July 18
  • July 21Fredrik Johansson, Swedish rock guitarist
  • July 22 - Aile Asszonyi, operatic soprano
  • July 25 - Håvard Ellefsen (Mortiis)

August[]

  • August 5Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • August 7 - Gaahl, black metal vocalist
  • August 27 - Björn Gelotte Swedish guitarist (In Flames)
  • August 28 - Marek Szulen, electronic music composer

September[]

October[]

  • October 7Damian Kulash, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (OK Go and 8in8)
  • October 9
    • Alain Altinoglu, conductor
    • Sean Ono Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • October 14Shaznay Lewis, English singer (All Saints)
  • October 27Max Lilja, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • October 30Ian D'Sa, Canadian rock guitarist (Billy Talent)

November[]

December[]

Deaths[]

  • January 8 - Richard Tucker, operatic tenor, 61 (heart attack)
  • January 11 - Max Lorenz, Wagnerian tenor, 73
  • January 16 - Paul Beaver, electronic jazz keyboardist, 49
  • January 26 - Toti Dal Monte, operatic soprano, 81
  • January 30 - Boris Blacher, composer, 72
  • February 3 - Umm Kulthum, singer, songwriter, and actress
  • February 4 - Louis Jordan, jazz musician, 66
  • February 10 - Dave Alexander, bassist (The Stooges), 27 (pulmonary edema)
  • February 13Eric Thiman, English composer, 74
  • February 16 - Norman Treigle, operatic bass-baritone, 47
  • February 19 - Luigi Dallapiccola, composer, 71
  • February 22 - Lionel Tertis, viola player, 98
  • March 4 - Cornel Chiriac, Romanian record producer, broadcaster and jazz musician, 33 (murdered)
  • March 14 - Will Mastin, American vaudevillian
  • March 15 - Sandy Brown, jazz musician, 46 (heart attack)
  • March 16T-Bone Walker, African-American musician (b. 1910)
  • March 27 - Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen's Musick, 83
  • April 12Josephine Baker, African-American dancer (b. 1906)
  • April 14 - Michael Flanders, lyricist, actor, humorist and singer (Flanders and Swann), 53 (intracranial berry aneurysm)
  • April 23 - Pete Ham, singer and songwriter (Badfinger), 27 (suicide)
  • May 2 - Conchita Badía, operatic soprano, 77
  • May 13 - Bob Wills, American Western swing bandleader, 70
  • May 18 - Leroy Anderson, American composer and conductor, 66
  • June 4 - Frida Leider, operatic soprano, 87
  • June 7 - Robert Schmertz, American folk musician and architect, 77
  • June 16 - Don Robey, songwriter and producer, 72
  • June 21 - David Tamkin, composer, 68
  • June 29 - Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, 28 (drug overdose)
  • July 5 - Gilda Dalla Rizza, operatic soprano, 82
  • July 10 - Ernst Fischer, composer, 75
  • July 14 - Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer, 77
  • July 19 - Lefty Frizzell, Country Music Hall of Fame singer, 47 (stroke)
  • August 8 - Julian Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • August 9 - Dmitri Shostakovich, composer, 68 (heart attack)
  • August 10 - Neva Carr Glyn, operatic contralto, 67
  • September - Flora Perini, operatic soprano, 87
  • September 5
    • Georg Ots, Estonian opera singer (b. 1920)
    • Bill Sprouse Jr., Christian singer and songwriter, 26 (heart attack)
  • September 6 - Shelton Brooks, Canadian-born African American song composer, 89
  • September 20 - Vincent Lopez, American bandleader (b. 1895)
  • October 1 - Al Jackson, Jr., R&B drummer, 39 (shot)
  • October 28 - Oliver Nelson, jazz saxophonist, 43
  • October 30 - John Scott Trotter, U.S. arranger and conductor
  • December 8 - Gary Thain, rock bassist, 27 (heroin overdose)
  • December 14 - Mongezi Feza, jazz trumpeter and flautist, 30 (pneumonia)
  • December 17
    • Noble Sissle, U.S. bandleader and singer, 86
    • Hound Dog Taylor, blues musician, 60
  • December 24
  • December 25 - Julio Cueva, trumpeter, bandleader and composer, 78

Awards[]

Grammy Awards[]

  • Grammy Awards of 1975

Country Music Association Awards[]

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Eurovision Song Contest[]

Leeds International Piano Competition[]

  • Dimitri Alexeev

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship[]

  • Ravi Shankar
  • Zubin Mehta

References[]

  1. "Keith Jarrett - Biography". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 18 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-09. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
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