1971 in music

1971 in music

Events

* February 5 - Eric Burdon & War disbanding. They never performed togeather again until April 21, 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
* February 8 - Bob Dylan's hour-long documentary film, "Eat the Document", premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The film includes footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.
* February 16 - Alan David Passaro, the Hells Angel who was tried and acquitted for 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 4 - The Rolling Stones open their UK tour in Newcastle, England. The tour was a "farewell" to the UK prior to the band's relocation to France as "tax exiles".
* March 5 - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, becomes the first place in which Led Zeppelin play their iconic song "Stairway to Heaven".
* March 13 - The Allman Brothers Band records its live album, "Live at the Fillmore East".
* March 16 - The 13th Grammy Awards, honoring musical accomplishments of 1970 are presented.
* July 3 - Jim Morrison, is found dead in a bath tub in Paris, France aged 27.
* August 1 - The Concert for Bangladesh, starring Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, and Leon Russell, also featuring Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Jesse Ed Davis and Badfinger
* August 1 - "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" premieres on CBS.
* October 29 - " Duane Allman " is killed in a motorcycle accident in "Macon, Georgia"
* November 8 - Led 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 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 - Electric Light Orchestra release their eponymous titled debut album.

* ABBA's musical career begins
* 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 A River which runs until 1974.
* The line-up for Queen is completed when bassist John Deacon joins the band.
* Brad Whitford replaces Ray Tabano on rhythm guitar in Aerosmith
* Elton John has first international hit with Your Song.
* The New York Dolls' musical career begins
* Donna Summer's musical career begins
* Stevie Ray Vaughan's musical career begins
* Roxy Music's musical career begins
* "Jesus Christ Superstar" is performed for the first time
* Michael Jackson's solo career begins
* Rick Springfield leaves Zoot for a solo career
* Conrad Schnitzler leaves Kluster, which dissolves
* The Crystals reunite
* Beach Boys musician Daryl Dragon and singer Toni Tennille meet and begin to perform together as Captain & Tennille
* Eagles form
* Cluster forms and releases first album for Philips

Albums released

* "11-17-70" - Elton John
* "2 Years On" - The Bee Gees
* "200 Motels" - Frank Zappa
* "34 Hours" - Skid Row
* "4 Way Street" - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
* "666" - Aphrodite's Child
* "A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse" - The Faces
* "A Partridge Family Christmas Card" - The Partridge Family
* "A Space in Time" - Ten Years After
* "A Tribute to Jack Johnson" - Miles Davis
* "Aerial Pandemonium Ballet" - Harry Nilsson
* "Afro Roots" - Mongo Santamaria
* "Alarm Clock" - Richie Havens
* "All Day Music" - War
* "American Pie" - Don McLean
* "Angel Delight" - Fairport Convention
* "Another Cycle" - Jimmy Cliff
* "Another Dimension" - Bo Diddley
* "Anticipation" - Carly Simon
* "April Wine" - April Wine
* "Aqualung" - Jethro Tull
* "Aretha Live at Fillmore West" - Aretha Franklin
* "At Fillmore East" - The Allman Brothers Band
* "The Ballad of Todd Rundgren" - Todd Rundgren
* "Bark" - Jefferson Airplane
* "Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending" - Incredible String Band
* "The Best of Top of the Pops '71" - Top of the Poppers
* "The Black-Man's Burdon" - Eric Burdon and War
* "Black Moses" - Isaac Hayes
* "Blessed Are..." - Joan Baez
* "Blue" - Joni Mitchell
* "Blue Öyster Cult" - Blue Öyster Cult (debut)
* "Blue River" - Eric Anderson
* "Bonnie Raitt" - Bonnie Raitt
* "Boz Scaggs & Band" - Boz Scaggs
* "Broken Barricades" - Procol Harum
* "Budgie" - Budgie (debut)
* "Byrdmaniax" - The Byrds
* "Cahoots" - The Band
* "Candida" - The Lawrence Welk Orchestra
* "Can I Have My Money Back" - Gerry Rafferty
* "Carly Simon" - Carly Simon (debut)
* "Carpenters" - The Carpenters
* "Chase" - Chase
* "Chicago III" - Chicago
* "Chicago at Carnegie Hall" - Chicago
* "Church of Anthrax" - John Cale
* "Closer to the Ground" - Joy of Cooking
* "Clube da Esquina" - Milton Nascimento
* "Cluster" - Cluster
* "C'mon Everybody" - Elvis Presley
* "Coat of Many Colors" - Dolly Parton
* "Cold Spring Harbor" - Billy Joel
* "Collage" - Le Orme
* "Communication" - Bobby Womack
* "The Concert for Bangladesh" - George Harrison and Friends
* "Crazy Horse - Crazy Horse
* "Cruel Sister" - Pentangle
* "The Cry of Love" - Jimi Hendrix
* "Curtis/Live!" - Curtis Mayfield
* "Deliverin'" - Poco
* "Detroit" - Mitch Ryder
* "The Dionne Warwicke Story" - Dionne Warwick
* "Distant Light" - The Hollies
* "The Doobie Brothers" - The Doobie Brothers
* "E Pluribus Funk" - Grand Funk Railroad
* "Edgar Winter's White Trash" - Edgar Winter
* "The Electric Light Orchestra" - Electric Light Orchestra
* "Electric Warrior" - T. Rex
* "Electronically Tested" - Mungo Jerry
* "Ella à Nice" - Ella Fitzgerald
* "Elvis Country" - Elvis Presley
* "Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas" - Elvis Presley
* "El Derecho de Vivir en Paz" - Víctor Jara
* "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (debut)
* "Eruption" - Kluster
* "Escalator over the Hill" - Carla Bley & Paul Haines
* "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" - The Moody Blues
* "Every Picture Tells a Story" - Rod Stewart
* "Farther Along" - The Byrds
* "Faust" - Faust
* "Fearless" - Family
* "Fillmore East - June 1971" - The Mothers of Invention
* "Fireball" - Deep Purple
* "First Pull Up, Then Pull Down" - Hot Tuna
* "Fly" - Yoko Ono
* "The Flying Burrito Brothers" - The Flying Burrito Brothers
* "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People" - The Chi-Lites
* "Fog on the Tyne" - Lindisfarne
* "Fourth" - Soft Machine
* "Fragile" - Yes
* "Free Live!" - Free (band)
* "From the Inside" - Poco
* "Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be" - The Sweet
* "Future Games" - Fleetwood Mac
* "Gather Me" - Melanie Safka
* "Gimme Dat Ding" - The Sweet/The Pipkins
* "Goin' Down Highway 51" - John Lee Hooker
* "Golden Biscuits" - Three Dog Night
* "Gonna Take A Miracle" - Laura Nyro
* "The Good Book" - Melanie Safka
* "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" - Johnny Cash
* "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" - Bob Dylan
* "Grin" - Grin
* "Guilty" - Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon
* "Gunfight at Carnegie Hall" - Phil Ochs
* "The Gypsy" - Mr. Fox
* "Hag" - Merle Haggard
* "Happy To Be Just Like I Am" - Taj Mahal
* "Harmony" - Three Dog Night
* "Harmony Row" - Jack Bruce
* "High on a Hilltop" - Merle Haggard
* "High Time" - MC5
* "High Winds, White Sky" - Bruce Cockburn
* "H.M.S. Donovan" - Donovan
* "Hooker 'N' Heat" - John Lee HookerandCanned Heat
* "Hot Rocks 1964-1971" - The Rolling Stones
* "Hunky Dory" - David Bowie
* "IF 3" - If
* "If I Could Only Remember My Name" - David Crosby
* "If Not for You" - Olivia Newton-John
* "Illusion" - Renaissance (band)
* "Imagine" - John Lennon
* "In Search of a Song" - Tom T. Hall
* "In Search of Space" - Hawkwind
* "In the Land of Grey and Pink - Caravan
* "The Inner Mounting Flame" - Mahavishnu Orchestra
* "Islands" - King Crimson
* "Isle of View" - Jimmie Spheeris
* "Jade Warrior" - Jade Warrior
* "Jesus Christ Superstar" - Various Artists
* "John Prine" - John Prine
* "Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis Sing Hank Williams" - Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis
* "Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories" - Johnny Cash
* "Johnny Winter And Live!" - Johnny Winter
* "Journey in Satchidananda" - Alice Coltrane
* "Journey to the Centre of the Eye" - Nektar
* "Joy of Cooking" - Joy of Cooking
* "Just As I Am" - Bill Withers
* "Kazemachi Roman" - Happy End
* "Killer" - Alice Cooper
* "L.A. Woman" - The Doors
* "Land of Many Churches" - Merle Haggard
* "Led Zeppelin IV (officially untitled fourth album)" - Led Zeppelin
* "Leon Russell and the Shelter People" - Leon Russell
* "Let My Children Hear Music" - Charles Mingus
* "Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air" - Incredible String Band
* "Little Fauss and Big Halsy" - Johnny Cash
* "Little Feat" - Little Feat
* "Liv" - Livingston Taylor
* "Live at Fillmore West" - King Curtis
* "Live at Massey Hall 1971" (2007 release) - Neil Young
* "Live At The Regal" - B.B. King
* "Live-Evil" - Miles Davis
* "Live In Concert" - The James Gang
* "Live in Cook County Jail" - B.B. King
* "Live! (with Ginger Baker)" - Fela Kuti
* "Lizard" - King Crimson
* "Long Player" - The Faces
* "Love Story" - Andy Williams
* "Love It To Death" - Alice Cooper
* "Love Letters from Elvis" - Elvis Presley
* "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" - The Fifth Dimension
* "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" - Traffic
* "Mad Man Blues" - John Lee Hooker
* "Madman Across the Water" - Elton John
* "Maggot Brain" - Funkadelic
* "Man in Black" - Johnny Cash
* "The Man, The World, His Music" - Johnny Cash
* "Manna" - Bread
* "Master of Reality" - Black Sabbath
* "Me and Bobby McGee" - Kris Kristofferson
* "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy" - The Who
* "Meddle" - Pink Floyd
* "Message From the Country" - The Move
* "Mirror Man" - Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
* "Moments" - Boz Scaggs
*"Monkey Man" - Toots and the Maytals
* "The Morning After" - The J. Geils Band
* "Motel Shot" - Delaney & Bonnie
* "Moving Waves" - Focus
* "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon" - James Taylor
* "Music" - Carole King
* "Muswell Hillbillies" - The Kinks
* "Mwandishi" - Herbie Hancock
* "My Goal's Beyond" - John McLaughlin
* "Nantucket Sleighride" - Mountain
* "Nazareth" - Nazareth (debut)
* "New Riders of the Purple Sage" - New Riders of the Purple Sage
* "Nilsson Schmilsson" - Harry Nilsson
* "No Roses" - Shirley Collins
* "The North Star Grassman and the Raven" - Sandy Denny
* "Nursery Cryme" - Genesis
* "Oblivion Express" - Brian Auger
* "One Dozen Roses" - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
* "One Way...Or Another" - Cactus
* "Once Again" - Barclay James Harvest
* "Ornette Coleman/Twins" - Ornette Coleman
* "Osibisa" - Osibisa
* "Other Voices" - The Doors
* "Pawn Hearts" - Van der Graaf Generator
* "Peaceful World" - The Rascals
* "Pearl" - Janis Joplin
* "People Like Us" - The Mamas and the Papas
* "Piano Improvisations Vol. 1" - Chick Corea
* "Piano Improvisations Vol. 2" - Chick Corea
* "Pictures of Infinity" - Sun Ra
* "Pilgrimage" - Wishbone Ash
* "Please to See the King" - Steeleye Span
* "Poems, Prayers and Promises" - John Denver
* "The Point!" - Harry Nilsson
* "The Polite Force" - Egg
* "Put Your Hand in the Hand" - Ocean
* "Quite Fire" - Roberta Flack
* "Rainbow Bridge" - Jimi Hendrix
* "Ram" - Paul McCartney
* "Reflections" - Pentangle
* "Released" - Jade Warrior
* "Relics" - Pink Floyd
* "REO Speedwagon" - REO Speedwagon
* "Restrictions" - Cactus
* "Rock Around the Country" - Bill Haley & His Comets
* "Rock On" - Humble Pie
* "Rock Love" - Steve Miller Band
* "Roots" - Curtis Mayfield
* "Rosa dos Ventos" - Maria Bethânia
* "Rose Garden" - Lynn Anderson
* "Santana III" - Santana
* "Shaft" - Isaac Hayes
* "She Used To Want To Be A Ballerina" - Buffy Sainte-Marie
* "Sho Is Funky Down Here" - James Brown
* "Shopping Bag" - The Partridge Family
* "The Silver Tongued Devil and I" - Kris Kristofferson
* "Sing a Sad Song" - Merle Haggard
* "Sister Kate" - Kate Taylor
* "Sky's the Limit" - The Temptations
* "Smash Your Head Against the Wall" - John Entwistle
* "So Long, Bannatyne - The Guess Who
* "Someday We'll Look Back" - Merle Haggard
* "Songs for Beginners" - Graham Nash
* "Songs of Love and Hate" - Leonard Cohen
* "Soul Rebels" - Bob Marley and the Wailers
* "Soul Revolution" - Bob Marley and The Wailers
* "Soul Revolution II - Bob Marley and the Wailers
* "Soulful Tapestry" - Honey Cone
* "Sound Magazine" - The Partridge Family
* "Source Point" - John Hammond
* "Split" - The Groundhogs
* "Starsailor" - Tim Buckley
* "Stephen Stills 2" - Stephen Stills
* "Steppenwolf Live" - Steppenwolf
* "Sticky Fingers" - The Rolling Stones
* "Stones" - Neil Diamond
* "Stoney & Meatloaf" - Stoney & Meat Loaf (debut)
* "Stoney End" - Barbara Streisand
* "Straight Up" - Badfinger
* "The Sun, Moon & Herbs" - Dr. John
* "Super Bad" - James Brown
* "Surf's Up" - The Beach Boys
* "Survival" - Grand Funk Railroad
* "Sweet Replies" - Honey Cone
* "Tago Mago" - Can (band)
* "Tanz der Lemminge" - Amon Düül II
* "Tapestry" - Carole King
* "Tarkus" - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
* "Teaser and the Firecat" - Cat Stevens
* "Teenage Head" - Flamin' Groovies
* "Thembi" - Pharoah Sanders
* "There's a Riot Goin' On" - Sly & the Family Stone
* "They Call Me Muddy Waters" - Muddy Waters
* "Thirds" - The James Gang
* "Things We Like" - Jack Bruce
* "This is Madness" - The Last Poets
* "Ticket To Ride" - The Carpenters
* "To Be Continue" - Isaac Hayes
* "Trafalgar" - The Bee Gees
* "Tumbleweed Connection" - Elton John
* "Tupelo Honey" - Van Morrison
* "Une Vie" - Dalida
* "Up to Date" - The Partridge Family
* "Volcanic Action of My Soul" - Ray Charles
* "War" - War
* "Weather Report" - Weather Report
* "Welcome to the Canteen"(live) - Traffic (band)
* "Whales and Nightingales" - Judy Collins
* "What About Me (album)" - Quicksilver Messenger Service
* "What's Going On" - Marvin Gaye
* "Whatevershebringswesing" - Kevin Ayers
* "Where's the Money?" - Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks
* "Who's Next" - The Who
* "Why Black Man Dey Suffer?" - Fela Kuti
* "Wildlife" - Mott the Hoople
* "Wild Life" - Wings
* "Woyaya" - Osibisa
* "The Yes Album" - Yes
* "You Don't Have To Be In The Army" - Mungo Jerry
* "You'll Never Walk Alone" - Elvis Presley
* "You're Not Alone" - Dion DiMucci
* "Young, Gifted and Black" - Aretha Franklin
* "Zwei-Osterei" - Kluster
* "ZZ Top's First Album" - ZZ Top

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest [http://tsort.info/music/yr1971.htm chart positions] in the charts of 1971.

Top hit singles

* "Ain't No Sunshine" - Bill Withers
* "All Day Music" - War
* "All I Ever Needed Is You" - Sonny and Cher
* "Another Day" - Paul & Linda McCartney
* "Baby I'm-a Want You" - Bread
* "Baby Jump" - Mungo Jerry
* "Beginnings" - Chicago
* "Behind Blue Eyes" - The Who
* "Black Magic Woman" - Santana
* "Blue Money" - Van Morrison
* "Brand New Key" = Melanie
* "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Aretha Franklin
* "Bring the Boys Home" - Freda Payne
* "Brown Sugar/Bitch/Let It Rock" - The Rolling Stones
* "Cherish" - David Cassidy
* "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" - Middle of the Road
* "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" - Mac and Katie Kissoon(Lally Stott's original was dubbed into French)
* "Colour My World" - Chicago
* "Country Road" - James Taylor
* "Cousin Norman" - Marmalade
* "Coz I Luv You" - Slade
* "Crazy Love" - Helen Reddy
* "Cried Like A Baby" - Bobby Sherman
* "Day After Day" - Badfinger
* "The Desiderata" - Les Crane
* "Do You Know What I Mean?" - Lee Michaels
* "DOA" - Bloodrock
* "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" - The Partridge Family
* "Don't Knock My Love-Pt. 1" - Wilson Pickett
* "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
* "Drowning in the Sea of Love" - Joe Simon
* "Ernie" - Walter Matthau
* "Everybody's Everything" - Santana
* "Family Affair" - Sly & the Family Stone
* "Fly Little White Dove Fly" - The Bells
* "For All We Know" - The Carpenters
* "Friends" - Elton John
* "Funky Nassau" - The Beginning of the End
* "Get It On" - T. Rex
* "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved Pt. 1" - James Brown
* "Go Away Little Girl" - Donny Osmond
* "Got to Be There" - Michael Jackson
* "Grandad" - Clive Dunn
* "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" - Cher
* "Hallelujah" - Sweathog
* "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
* "Help Me Make It Through the Night" - Sammi Smith
* "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" - The Fortunes
* "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" - The Bee Gees
* "I Am......I Said" - Neil Diamond
* "I Don't Blame You At All" - 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 Superstar - Yvonne Elliman
* "I Don't Want To Do Wrong" - Gladys Knight and The Pips
* "I Heard You Knockin'" - Dave Edmunds
* "I Just Can't Help Believing" - Sacha Distel (Dubbed)
* "I Just Want To Celebrate" - Rare Earth
* "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" - The Partridge Family
* "I'd Love to Change the World" - Ten Years After
* "I'll Meet You Half Way" - The Partridge Family
* "I'm a Greedy Man pt.1" - James Brown
* "I'm Eighteen" - Alice Cooper
* "I'm Losing You" - Rod Stewart
* "I'm Still Waiting" - Diana Ross
* "I've Found Someone of My Own" - Free Movement
* "If" - Bread
* " If I Were Your Woman" - Gladys Knight and The Pips
* "If Not For You" - Olivia Newton John
* "If You Really Love Me" - Stevie Wonder
* "Imagine" - John Lennon
* "In My Own Time" - Family
* "Indian Reservation" - Paul Revere and the Raiders
* "Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)" - Marvin Gaye
* "Is This the Way to Amarillo?" - Tony Christie
* "It's Too Late" - Carole King
* "It Don't Come Easy" - Ringo Starr
* "Jeepster" - T.Rex
* "Joy to the World" - Three Dog Night
* "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
* "Legend In Your Own Time" - Carly Simon
* "Levon" - Elton John
* "Liar" - Three Dog Night
* "Locomotive Breath" - Jethro Tull
* "Lonely Days" - The Bee Gees
* "Love Her Madly" - The Doors
* "Brotherhood Means Never having to Say, 'Well, Some of My Best Friends Are'" - Sounds of Sunshine
* "Love the One Your With" - The Isley Brothers
* "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. Bigstuff" - Jean Knight
* "Mr. Bojangles" - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
* "My Brother Jake" - Free
* "My Sweet Lord" - George Harrison
* "Never Can Say Goodbye" - The Jackson 5
* "Never Ending Story of Love" - Delaney & Bonnie
* "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" - Joan Baez
* "No Matter What" - Badfinger
* "Old Fashioned Love Song" - Three Dog Night
* "Once You Understand" - Think
* "One Bad Apple" - The Osmonds
* "One Less Bell to Answer" - Fifth Dimension
* "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Part 1)" - Honey Cone
* "One Tin Soldier" - Coven (apocalyptic statement)
* "One Toke Over the Line" - Brewer & Shipley
* "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
* "Power to the People" - John Lennon
* "Proud Mary" - Ike & Tina Turner
* "Pushbike Song" - Mixtures
* "Rain Dance" - The Guess Who
* "Rainy Days and Mondays" - The Carpenters
* "Remember Me" - Diana Ross
* "Resurrection Shuffle" - Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
* "Riders on the Storm" - The Doors
* "Right on the Tip of My Tongue" - Brenda and The Tabulations
* "Rock Steady" - Aretha Franklin
* "She Didn't Do Magic" - Lobo
* "She's a Lady" - Tom Jones
* "She's Not Just Another Woman" - The 8th Day
* " Signs" - Five Man Electrical Band
* "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - Undisputed Truth
* "So Far Away" - Carole King
* "Sooner or Later" - The Grass Roots
* "Spanish Harlem" - Aretha Franklin
* "Stay Awhile" - The Bells
* "Stay With Me" - The Faces
* "Stick Up" - Honey Cone
* "Stoned Love" - The Supremes
* "Stoney End" - Barbara Streisand
* "Stop, Look,Listen" - The Stylistics
* "Strange Kind of Woman" - Deep Purple
* "Soul Power Pt. 1" - James Brown
* "The Story In Your Eyes" - The Moody Blues
* "Summer of '42" - Peter Nero
* "Superstar" - The Carpenters
* "Superstar" - Murray Head
* "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" - The Temptations
* "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
* "Temptation Eyes" - The Grassroots
* "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
* "Tiny Dancer" - Elton John
* "Tired of Being Alone" - Al Green
* "Toast and Marmalade for Tea" - Tin Tin
* "Tobacco Road" - Eric Burdon & War
* "Trapped By A Thing Called Love" - Denise LaSalle
* "Treat Her Like a Lady" - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
* "Two Divided By Love" - The Grassroots
* "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" - Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney
* "Want Ads" - Honey Cone
* "Watching Scotty Grow" - Bobby Goldsboro
* "We Can Work It Out" - Stevie Wonder
* "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
* "White Lies, Blue Eyes" - Bullet
* "Wild Horses" - Rolling Stones
* "Wild Night" - Van Morrison
* "Wild World" - Cat Stevens
* "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 Song" - Elton John
* "You're All I Need To Get By" - Aretha Franklin
* "You've Got a Friend" - James Taylor
* "You've Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)" - The 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
* "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 and the Chocolate Factory
* "Day By Day" w. John Michael Tebelak m. Stephen Schwartz
* "Eagle Rock" w.m. Ross Wilson
* "I Am Woman" w. Helen Reddy m. Ray Burton
* "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" w.m. Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
* "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
* "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 and 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 Forty-Two"
* "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

Classical music

* Malcolm Arnold - "Viola concerto with small orchestra"
* Gavin Bryars - "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet"
* Elliott Carter - "String Quartet No. 3"
* George Crumb - "Lux Aeterna" for soprano, bass flute/soprano recorder, sitar, and percussion (two players)
* George Crumb - "Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale)" for electric flute, electric cello, and amplified piano
* Mario Davidovsky - "Chacona" for violin, cello, and piano
* Morton Feldman - "Rothko Chapel"
* Jorgen Jersild - "Three Danish Romances"
* Mauricio Kagel - "Staatstheater"
* Ladislav Kupkovic - "Klanginvasion auf Bonn"
* Jean Langlais - "Concerto for Organ no 3 "Reaction"
* Luigi Nono - "Ein Gespenst geht um in der Welt"
* Steve Reich - "Drumming"
* Dmitri Shostakovich - "Symphony No. 15 A major, Op. 141"
* Karlheinz Stockhausen - "Mixtur"
* Iannis Xenakis - "Charisma"

Opera

* Alberto Ginastera - "Beatrix Cenci"
* Hans Werner Henze - "Der langwierige Weg in die Wohnung der Natascha Ungeheuer"
* Lee Hoiby - "Summer and Smoke"
* Heitor Villa-Lobos - "Yerma"

Musical theater

* "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" Broadway production
* "Follies" (Stephen Sondheim) - Broadway production
* "Godspell" (Stephen Schwartz) - Broadway and London productions
* "Jesus Christ Superstar" (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice) - Broadway production
* "Lolita, My Love" (John Barry and Alan Jay Lerner) - closed on tour prior to opening on Broadway
* "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
* "Two Gentlemen Of Verona" Broadway production

Musical films

* "Bedknobs And Broomsticks" starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson
* "Fiddler On The Roof"
* "Journey Back to Oz" animated feature
* "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory"

Births

* January 8 - Karen Poole,Alisha's Attic
* January 11 - Mary J. Blige
* January 11 - Tom Rowlands, Chemical Brothers
* January 11 - Stuart Davis, lyricist
* January 17 - Kid Rock, rapper
* January 18 - Jonathan Davis, KoЯn
* January 20 - Gary Barlow, Take That
* January 25 - China Kantner (Daughter of Grace Slick and Paul Kantner)
* January 27 - Lil Jon, rapper and producer
* February 1 - Ron Welty, The Offspring
* February 2 - Michelle Gayle, singer
* February 2 - Ben Mize, Counting Crows
* February 16 - Amanda Holden, actress and singer
* February 19 - Gil Shaham, violinist
* February 23 - Jeff Beres, Sister Hazel
* February 26 - Erykah Badu
* March 4 - Feargal Lawler, The Cranberries
* March 6 - Betty Boo
* March 21 - John Hendy, East 17
* March 31 - Ewan McGregor, actor and singer
* April 17 - Selena Quintanilla
* April 20 - Mikey Welsh, Weezer
* May 3 - Damon Dash, record label executive
* May 9 - Paul McGuigan, Oasis
* May 27 - Lisa Lopes, TLC (d. 2002)
* May 30 - Patrick Dahlheimer, Live
* June 5- "Marky" Mark Wahlberg, rapper and actor
* June 16- Tupac Shakur, rapper (d. 1996)
* June 17 - Bif Naked, singer
* June 18 - Nathan Morris, Boyz II Men
* June 27 - DJ Screw, rapper (d. 2000)
* July 1 - Missy Elliott
* July 17 - DJ Minutemix, P.M. Dawn
* July 17 - Ed Kowalczyk, Live
* July 23 - Alison Krauss
* July 30 - Calogero, singer
* July 30 - Elvis Crespo, singer
* August 4 - Yo-Yo, rapper
* August 17 - Uhm Jung-hwa, singer
* August 30 - Lars Frederiksen, Rancid
* September 6 - Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries
* September 11 - Richard Ashcroft
* September 19 - D-Flame, hip-hop and reggae performer
* September 24 - Marty Cintron, No Mercy
* September 28 - A. J. Croce, singer-songwriter and son of Jim Croce
* October 2
**Tiffany, singer
**James Root, guitarist for Slipknot
* October 3 - Kevin Richardson, Backstreet Boys
* October 10 - Evgeny Kissin, pianist
* October 17 - Chris Kirkpatrick, 'N Sync
* October 20 - Snoop Dogg, rapper
* October 25 - Midori, violinist
* November 6 - Joey Beltram, DJ and record producer
* November 8 - Tech N9ne, rapper
* December 24 - Ricky Martin, singer
* December 25 - Noel Hogan, The Cranberries
* John Dolmayan, System of a Down
* Derrick Plourde, The Ataris

Deaths

* February 7 - Dock Boggs, banjo player
* March 21 - Nan Wynn, US singer
* March 26 - Harold McNair, saxaphonist and flute player, lung cancer.
* March 31 - Karl King, composer and bandleader
* April 6 - Igor Stravinsky, composer
* April 17 - Carmen Lombardo, US singer, composer and saxophonist
* May 2 - Edith Day, US actress, singer and dancer
* May 30 - Marcel Dupré, organist and composer
* June 11 - Ambrose, English bandleader and violinist
* June 18 - Libby Holman, US singer and actress
* July 3 - Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors
* July 6 - Louis Armstrong, US jazz pioneer
* August 13 - King Curtis, jazz and blues musician (murdered)
* August 17 - Tab Smith, saxophonist
* August 25 - Ted Lewis
* August 27 - Lil Hardin Armstrong, wife and musical collaborator of Louis Armstrong
* October 2 - Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter
* October 3 - Seán Ó Riada, composer and bandleader
* October 12 - Gene Vincent, singer
* October 24 - Carl Ruggles, composer
* October 29 - Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers
* November 18 - Junior Parker, blues musician
* November 22 - Zez Confrey, popular composer and pianist
* December 28 - Max Steiner, composer

Awards

Grammy Awards

* Grammy Awards of 1971

Country Music Association Awards

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

Eurovision Song Contest

* Eurovision Song Contest 1971
** Sévérine (of Monaco) for "Un Banc, Un Arbre, Un Rue"


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