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1972 in music

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1972 in music

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

Contents

Events

  • 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 21 – Keith 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 9 – Paul 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 13 – Led 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 23 – Elvis and Priscilla Presley separate.
  • February 29 – John 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.
  • 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 21 – Terry 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 2 – John 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 16 – Electric 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 2 – Stone 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 8 – Billy 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 3 – The Rolling Stones open their North American tour in Vancouver, Canada.
  • June 10 – Elvis 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 14 – Simon & 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 5 – Clive Davis signs Aerosmith to Columbia Records at Max's Kansas City in New York City.
  • August 30 – John 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 21 – ABC premieres the new TV series In Concert. The first episode features Alice Cooper.
  • September 29 – Miles Davis unveils his new nine-piece band at the Lincoln Center Philharmonic Hall.
  • October 12 – Diana Ross makes her acting debut in the successful film Lady Sings the Blues, garnering her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
  • November 3 – James 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 26 – Family, touring North America as the warmup act for Elton John, play their last concert on U.S. soil in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • December 23 – Grand 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

  • See Musical groups established in 1972
  • Bands disbanded

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Martha and the Vandellas
  • MC5
  • Them
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Biggest hit singles

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

    Other selected singles (US, UK)

  • "10538 Overture" – Electric Light Orchestra
  • "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" – Sonny & Cher
  • "A Horse with No Name" – America
  • "All the Young Dudes" – Mott the Hoople
  • "Alone Again (Naturally)" – Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • "Amazing Grace" – Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  • "America" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • "American Pie" – Don McLean
  • "Anticipation" – Carly Simon
  • "Apache" – The Shadows (reissue)
  • "Baby Blue" – Badfinger
  • "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" – Mac Davis
  • "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" – The Detroit Emeralds
  • "Back Off Boogaloo" – Ringo Starr
  • "Back Stabbers" – The O'Jays
  • "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" – T. Rex
  • "Beautiful Sunday" – Daniel Boone
  • "Been to Canaan" – Carole King
  • "Beg, Steal or Borrow" – The New Seekers
  • "Ben" – Michael Jackson
  • "Best Thing" – Styx
  • "Betcha by Golly, Wow" – The Stylistics
  • "Black and White" – Three Dog Night
  • "Black Dog"- Led Zeppelin
  • "Blockbuster!"- Sweet
  • "A Brand New Song" – Cliff Richard
  • "Brand New Key" – Melanie
  • "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" – Looking Glass
  • "Burning Love" – Elvis Presley
  • "California Man" – The Move
  • "The Candy Man" – Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • "Can't You Hear the Song?" – Wayne Newton
  • "Children of the Revolution" – T.Rex
  • "Circles" – The New Seekers
  • "The Cisco Kid" – War
  • "The City of New Orleans" – Arlo Guthrie
  • "Clair" – Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • "Clean Up Woman" – Betty Wright
  • "Coconut" – Harry Nilsson
  • "Changes" – David Bowie
  • "Come What May (Après Toi)" – Vicky Leandros
  • "Conquistador" – Procol Harum
  • "Cotton Jenny" – Anne Murray
  • "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
  • "Crazy Horses" – The Osmonds
  • "Crocodile Rock" – Elton John
  • "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" – Wayne Newton
  • "Danny's Song" – Anne Murray
  • "Day After Day" – Badfinger
  • "Day by Day" – Godspell
  • "The Day I Found Myself" – Honey Cone
  • "Day Dreaming" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Diary" – Bread
  • "Do It Again" – Steely Dan
  • "Doctor My Eyes" – Jackson Browne
  • "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – James Taylor
  • "Don't Say You Don't Remember" – Beverly Bremers
  • "Drowning in the Sea of Love" – Joe Simon
  • "Down by the Lazy River" – The Osmonds
  • "Easy Livin'" – Uriah Heep
  • "Elected" – Alice Cooper
  • "Everybody Plays the Fool" – The Main Ingredient
  • "Ev'ry Day of My Life" – Bobby Vinton
  • "Everything I Own" – Bread
  • "Eye Level" – Simon Park Orchestra
  • "Family Affair" – Sly & the Family Stone
  • "The Family of Man" – Three Dog Night
  • "Feel the Need in Me" – The Detroit Emeralds
  • "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Roberta Flack
  • "Floy Joy" – Supremes
  • "Footstompin' Music" – Grand Funk Railroad
  • "Forever Autumn" – Vigrass & Osborne
  • "Freddie's Dead (Theme From Superfly)" – Curtis Mayfield
  • "Garden Party" – Rick Nelson
  • "Geronimo's Cadillac" – Michael Martin Murphy
  • "Get on the Good Foot pt.1" – James Brown
  • "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" – Wings
  • "Go All the Way" – Raspberries
  • "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" – Danny O'Keefe
  • "Goodbye to Love" – The Carpenters
  • "Got to Be There" – Michael Jackson
  • "Gudbuy T'Jane" – Slade
  • "Guitar Man" – Bread
  • "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" – Donna Fargo
  • "Happy" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Happy the Man" – Genesis
  • "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" – John Lennon & Yoko Ono, the Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
  • "He Is Your Brother" – ABBA
  • "Heart of Gold" – Neil Young
  • "Hi, Hi, Hi"/"C Moon" – Wings
  • "Highway Star" – Deep Purple
  • "Hold Her Tight" – The Osmonds
  • "Hold Your Head Up" – Argent
  • "Honky Cat" – Elton John
  • "Hot Rod Lincoln" – Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
  • "How Do You Do" – Mouth & MacNeal
  • "Hurting Each Other" – The Carpenters
  • "I Am Woman" – Helen Reddy
  • "I Believe in Music" - Gallery
  • "I Can See Clearly Now" – Johnny Nash
  • "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" – Jackie Wilson
  • "I Gotcha" – Joe Tex
  • "I Need You" – America
  • "I Saw The Light" – Todd Rundgren
  • "I Wanna Be Where You Are" – Michael Jackson
  • "I Wanna Be With You" – Raspberries
  • "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" – The New Seekers
  • "I'd Love You to Want Me" – Lobo
  • "I'll Be Around" – The Spinners
  • "I'll Take You There" – The Staple Singers
  • "I'm Still in Love with You" – Al Green
  • "I'm Stone in Love with You" – The Stylistics
  • "I've Been Lonely for So Long" – Frederick Knight
  • "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right" – Luther Ingram
  • "If You Don't Know Me by Now" – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
  • "I'll Make You Music" - Beverly Bremers
  • "Immigration Man" – Crosby & Nash
  • "In the Rain" – The Dramatics
  • "Isn't Life Strange" – The Moody Blues
  • "It Never Rains in Southern California" – Albert Hammond
  • "It's Going to Take Some Time" – The Carpenters
  • "Jesus" – Cliff Richard
  • "Jesus Is Just Alright" – The Doobie Brothers
  • "John, I'm Only Dancing" – David Bowie
  • "Join Together" – The Who
  • "Joy" – Apollo 100
  • "Jump into the Fire" – Harry Nilsson
  • "Jungle Fever" – The Chakachas (Roland Klywger under an assumed group name)
  • "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" – The 5th Dimension
  • "Layla" – Derek and the Dominos
  • "Lean on Me" – Bill Withers
  • "Legend in Your Own Time" – Carly Simon
  • "Let's Stay Together" – Al Green
  • "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" – Robert John
  • "Listen to the Music" – The Doobie Brothers
  • "Living in Harmony" – Cliff Richard
  • "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)" – The Hollies
  • "Look What You Done for Me" – Al Green
  • "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" – The Partridge Family
  • "Loop di Love" – Shag [Jonathan King under a pseudonym]
  • "Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)" – Andy Williams
  • "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" – Slade
  • "Mary Had a Little Lamb" – Wings
  • "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" – Paul Simon
  • "Me and Mrs. Jones" – Billy Paul
  • "Metal Guru" – T.Rex
  • "Mother and Child Reunion" – Paul Simon
  • "Motorcycle Mama" – Sailcat
  • "Mouldy Old Dough" – Stavely Makepeace Enterprises dba "Lieutenant Pigeon" (classic Dortmund Breakbeat track)
  • "My Ding-a-Ling" – Chuck Berry
  • "Never Been to Spain" – Three Dog Night
  • "Nice to Be With You" – Gallery
  • "Nights in White Satin" – The Moody Blues
  • "No One to Depend On" – Santana
  • "Oh Girl" – The Chi-Lites
  • "Old Man" – Neil Young
  • "One Monkee Don't Stop No Show" – Honey Cone
  • "Operator" – Jim Croce
  • "Outa-Space" – Billy Preston
  • "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" – The Temptations
  • "Paper Plane" – Status Quo
  • "People Need Love" – ABBA
  • "Pieces of April" – Three Dog Night
  • "Precious and Few" – Climax
  • "Puppy Love" – Donny Osmond
  • "Reelin' In the Years" – Steely Dan
  • "Respect Yourself" – The Staple Singers
  • "Roadrunner"- Jonathan Richman
  • "Rock and Roll Part 1 + 2" – Gary Glitter
  • "Rock Me Baby" – Sacha Distel (dubbed)
  • "Rocket Man" – Elton John
  • "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" – Johnny Rivers
  • "Rockin' Robin" – Michael Jackson
  • "Rock & Roll Soul" – Grand Funk Railroad
  • "Rolling Stone"- Suzi Quatro
  • "Roundabout" – Yes
  • "Run Run Run" – Jo Jo Gunne
  • "Run to Me" – Bee Gees
  • "Saturday in the Park" – Chicago
  • "School's Out" – Alice Cooper
  • "Scorpio" – Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band
  • "Sealed With A Kiss" – Bobby Vinton
  • "Seaside Shuffle" – Terry Dactyl & the Dinosaurs
  • "She is Just Kind of a Girl" – Byorn&Benny
  • "Signs" – The Drifters
  • "Silver Machine" – Hawkwind
  • "Simone" – England Dan&John Ford Coley
  • "Small Beginnings" – Flash
  • "Solid Gold Easy Action" – T.Rex
  • "Someday Never Comes" – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Something's Wrong With Me" – Austin Roberts.
  • "Song Sung Blue" – Neil Diamond
  • "Spaceman" – Harry Nilsson
  • "Speak to the Sky" – Rick Springfield
  • "Starman" – David Bowie
  • "Stay with Me" – Faces
  • "Starting All Over Again" – Mel and Tim
  • "Suavecito" – Malo
  • "Sugar Daddy" – The Jackson 5
  • "Summer Breeze" – Seals and Crofts
  • "Sunshine" – Jonathan Edwards
  • "Superstition" – Stevie Wonder
  • "Sweet Seasons" – Carole King
  • "Sweet Surrender" – Bread
  • "Sylvia's Mother" – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
  • "Take It Easy" – Eagles
  • "Take Me Bak 'Ome" – Slade
  • "Taxi" – Harry Chapin
  • "Telegram Sam" – T.Rex
  • "Thunder and Lightning" – Chi Coltrane
  • "Tight Rope" – Leon Russell
  • "Tiny Dancer" – Elton John
  • "Together Let's Find Love" – The 5th Dimension
  • "Too Late to Turn Back Now" – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
  • "Top of the World" – The Carpenters (in Japan; it became a hit in the U.S. and the UK the following year)
  • "Traveling in the Dark" – Mountain
  • "The Jean Genie" – David Bowie
  • "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" – Jimmy Castor Bunch
  • "Trouble Man" – Marvin Gaye
  • "Tumbling Dice" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Two Divided by Love" – The Grass Roots
  • "Use Me" – Bill Withers
  • "Ventura Highway" – America
  • "Vincent" – Don McLean
  • "Virginia Plain" – Roxy Music
  • "Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love" – Love Unlimited
  • "The Way of Love" – Cher
  • "We Can Make it Together" – Steve and Eydie featuring The Osmonds
  • "We're Free" - Beverly Bremers
  • "Where Is the Love?" – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  • "Without You" – Harry Nilsson
  • "Witchy Woman" – Eagles
  • "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" – John Lennon
  • "You Are Everything" – The Stylistics
  • "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" – Jim Croce
  • "You Ought to be With Me" – Al Green
  • "You Turn Me On I'm a Radio" – Joni Mitchell
  • "You Want It, You Got It" – The Detroit Emeralds
  • "You Wear It Well" – Rod Stewart
  • "You're So Vain" – Carly Simon
  • "Your Mama Don't Dance" – Loggins and Messina
  • 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
  • Other notable songs(World)

  • "Caro Mozart" – Sylvie Vartan(France)
  • "Holidays" – Michel Polnareff(France)
  • Classical music

  • Arthur Bliss – Metamorphic Variations
  • Friedrich Cerha – Spiegel
  • George Crumb – Makrokosmos, Volume I for amplified piano
  • Mario Davidovsky – Transientes for orchestra
  • Paul Le Flem – Symphony No. 4
  • Karel Goeyvaerts
  • Bélise dans un jardin
  • Nachklänge aus dem Theater I–II, for tape
  • Piano Quartet
  • Hans Werner Henze – Heliogabalus imperator
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky – A Letter to the 30th Century (oratorio)
  • György Ligeti – Double Concerto for flute, oboe and orchestra
  • Theo Loevendie – Horn Concerto, "Orbits"
  • Yves Prin – Actions-Simultanées II, for orchestra
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara
  • Cantus Arcticus, for orchestra
  • Canto III – A Portrait of the Artist at a Certain Moment, for string orchestra
  • Credo, for mixed chorus
  • Book of Life (Elämän kirja), choral suite
  • Steve Reich – Clapping Music
  • George Rochberg – Recordanza (Soliloquy for Cello and Piano)
  • Peter Ruzicka – Bewegung
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen –
  • Alphabet für Liège, for soloists and duos, Nr. 36
  • Ylem, for variable ensemble of 19 or more players, Nr. 37
  • Toru Takemitsu – Distance
  • Veljo Tormis – Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine)
  • Opera

  • Peter Maxwell Davies – Taverner (12 July, Covent Garden, London)
  • Kiyoshige Koyama – Sansho Dayu
  • Thomas Pasatieri – Black Widow; The Trial of Mary Lincoln
  • Charles Wilson – Héloise and Abelard
  • Musical theater

  • Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill - Off-Broadway revue opened at the Theatre de Lys on October 1 and ran for 152 performances
  • Company (Stephen Sondheim) – London production opened at Her Majesty's Theatre on January 18 and ran for 344 performances
  • Cowardy Custard - London production opened at the Mermaid Theatre on July 10 and ran for 405 performances
  • Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope - London production opened at the Playhouse Theatre on April 19 and ran for 914 performances
  • Don't Play Us Cheap - Broadway production opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on May 16 and ran for 164 performances
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stephen Sondheim) – Broadway revival
  • The Good Old, Bad Old Days (Music, Lyrics & Book: Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse) London production opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre on December 20 and ran for 309 performances
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice) – London production opened at the Palace Theatre on August 9 and ran for 3358 performances
  • Grease - Broadway production ran for 3388 performances, the longest run ever at that time
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lloyd Webber & Rice) – London production opened at The Roundhouse on November 8 and ran for 43 performances
  • Man of La Mancha     Broadway revival
  • Pippin- Broadway production opened at the Imperial Theatre on October 23 and ran for 1944 performances
  • Sugar - Broadway production opened at the Kajestic Theatre and ran for 505 performances
  • Musical films

  • Baharo Phool Barsao
  • Cabaret
  • Fillmore (musical documentary)
  • Jawani Diwani
  • Lady Sings the Blues
  • Man of La Mancha
  • Propala Hramota
  • Musical television productions

  • Liza with a Z
  • Births

  • January 3 – Nichole Nordeman, American singer
  • January 17 – Aqualung, singer-songwriter
  • January 26 – Christopher Boykin, American rapper
  • January 27
  • Wynne Evans, Welsh tenor
  • Mark Owen, British singer (Take That)
  • February 2 – Dana International, Israeli Eurovision-winning singer
  • February 11 – Craig Jones, sampler/keyboardist for Slipknot
  • February 14 – Rob Thomas, singer (Matchbox Twenty)
  • February 16 – Taylor Hawkins, American rock musician (Foo Fighters)
  • February 17 – Billie Joe Armstrong, American rock musician (Green Day)
  • February 20 – K-os, rapper/musician
  • February 24 – Chris Fehn, percussionist/backing vocalist for Slipknot
  • March 4 – Alison Wheeler, British singer (The Beautiful South)
  • March 6 – Jaret Reddick, American musician (Bowling for Soup)
  • March 8 – Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • March 9 – AZ, rapper
  • March 11 – UA, singer
  • March 13 – Common, rapper
  • March 15 – Mark Hoppus, American rock musician (blink-182)
  • March 17 – Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole)
  • March 20 – Alexander Kapranos, British rock singer and guitarist (Franz Ferdinand)
  • April 1 – Sukshinder Shinda, bhangra singer-songwriter and record producer
  • April 8 – Paul Gray, bassist for Slipknot
  • April 10 – Sami Yli-Sirniö, Finnish rock and metal guitarist
  • April 12 – Şebnem Ferah, Turkish singer and songwriter
  • April 13 – Aaron Lewis, American nu metal musician (Staind)
  • April 20 – Stephen Marley, reggae musician
  • April 24 – Corey Cerovsek, Canadian violinist and pianist
  • April 28 – Violent J, American rapper
  • April 29 – Fredrik Kempe, Swedish songwriter and opera and pop singer
  • May 4
  • Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
  • Chris Tomlin, American contemporary Christian music (CCM)
  • May 7 – Felix da Housecat, American house music DJ and record producer
  • May 19 – Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
  • May 21 – The Notorious B.I.G., rapper (d. 1997)
  • May 27 – Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian female singer
  • June 12 – Bounty Killer, reggae/dancehall singer
  • June 25 – Mike Kroeger, Canadian rock bass guitarist (Nickelback)
  • June 26 – Garou, singer
  • July 1
  • Sunshine Becker, American backing singer (Furthur)
  • Alex Machacek, Austrian guitarist (BPM and CAB)
  • July 4 – Rogue, lead singer of The Crüxshadows
  • July 12 – Brett Reed, drummer (Rancid)
  • July 17
  • Elizabeth Cook, American singer and guitarist
  • Jason Rullo, American drummer (Symphony X and Redemption)
  • July 20 – Vitamin C, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Eve's Plum)
  • July 26 – Wayne Wonder, reggae singer
  • July 29 – Anssi Kela, Finnish rock musician
  • August 6 – Geri Halliwell, British singer (Spice Girls)
  • August 8 – Lüpüs Thünder (Bloodhound Gang)
  • August 9 – A-mei, singer
  • August 12
  • Del tha Funky Homosapien, American hip-hop artist
  • Demir Demirkan, Turkish rock musician and songwriter
  • August 15 – Mikey Graham, Irish singer (Boyzone)
  • August 16 – Emily Robison, American country music performer (Dixie Chicks)
  • August 18 – Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer (Globe)
  • August 27 – Jimmy Pop, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
  • September 4 – Carlos Ponce, singer and composer
  • September 21 – Liam Gallagher, British singer (Oasis)
  • September 23 – Jermaine Dupri, rapper
  • September 26 – Shawn Stockman, American singer (Boyz II Men)
  • September 30 – Shaan, Indian singer
  • October 17
  • Eminem, American rapper
  • Tarkan, Turkish singer
  • October 6 – Anders Iwers, Swedish musician
  • October 19 – Pras Michel (Fugees)
  • October 20 – Stephan Moccio, pianist, composer, producer, arranger and conductor
  • October 27 – Elissa, Lebanese singer
  • October 28 – Brad Paisley, American country music performer
  • November 17 – Kimya Dawson, American singer/songwriter
  • November 25 – Mark Morton, American musician
  • November 28 – Jesper Strömblad, Swedish musician
  • December 1 – Greg Upchurch (Puddle of Mudd)
  • December 9 – Tré Cool, drummer (Green Day)
  • December 10
  • Scot Alexander (Dishwalla)
  • Brian Molko, British rock singer (Placebo)
  • December 11 – Easther Bennett, British singer (Eternal)
  • December 12 – Kevin Parent, Canadian singer-songwriter and actor
  • December 13 – Niki Evans, English actress and singer
  • December 16 – Ben Kowalewicz, Canadian rock lead singer (Billy Talent)
  • December 18 – DJ Lethal, Latvian-born rock musician (Limp Bizkit, House of Pain)
  • December 19 – Alyssa Milano, singer and actress
  • December 22 – Vanessa Paradis, French singer and actress
  • December 23 – Morgan, Italian singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist
  • December 27 – Matt Slocum (Sixpence None the Richer)
  • December 31 – Joey McIntyre, American singer (New Kids on the Block)
  • Deaths

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

  • Eurovision Song Contest 1972
  • Leeds Piano Competition

  • Murray Perahia
  • References

    1972 in music Wikipedia


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