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

List of years in music (table)
Ike & Tina Turner in 1972
Years in music: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Years: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975

Contents

Specific locationsEdit

Specific genresEdit

EventsEdit

Bands formedEdit

Bands disbandedEdit

Albums releasedEdit

JanuaryEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Jamming with Edward! The Rolling Stones, Nicky Hopkins, Ry Cooder 1969 jam
16 Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult -
20 Garcia Jerry Garcia -
24 Cass Elliot Cass Elliot -
Got to Be There Michael Jackson -
Paul Simon Paul Simon -
Young, Gifted and Black Aretha Franklin -
29 Phase III The Osmonds -
31 Let's Stay Together Al Green -
- 1+1 Grin -
All the Good Times Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -
Baby I'm-a Want You Bread -
Beads and Feathers Carol Hall -
Clever Dogs Chase the Sun Kenny Young -
Coven Coven -
Flash Flash -
Greenhouse Leo Kottke -
Hands of Jack the Ripper Screaming Lord Sutch -
Hendrix in the West Jimi Hendrix Live 1969–70
How Much Time Jake Holmes -
I'm the One Annette Peacock -
Incredible! Live! Country Joe Live
Into the Purple Valley Ry Cooder -
I've Found Someone of My Own The Free Movement -
Jackson Browne Jackson Browne -
Keep the Faith Black Oak Arkansas -
Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt -
Loose Crazy Horse -
Malo Malo -
Mark-Almond II Mark-Almond -
Peter Peter Yarrow -
Rockpile Dave Edmunds -
Sex, Dope, Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven Daddy Cool Australia
The Spotlight Kid Captain Beefheart -
The Unnamables Magma as Univeria Zekt
Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine The Doors Compilation

FebruaryEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Root Down Jimmy Smith -
12 Eat a Peach The Allman Brothers Band -
14 Harvest Neil Young -
18 Manfred Mann's Earth Band Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
20 Elvis Now Elvis Presley -
25 Pink Moon Nick Drake -
- 1 The Crusaders -
3 McKendree Spring -
Blue River Eric Andersen -
Border Lord Kris Kristofferson -
Brave Belt II Brave Belt -
Burgers Hot Tuna -
Cherish David Cassidy -
Dinnertime Alex Taylor -
Don Quixote Gordon Lightfoot -
Fanny Hill Fanny -
Forgotten Songs and Unsung Heroes John Kay -
Grave New World Strawbs -
Greatest Hits Blood, Sweat & Tears Compilation
Head Keeper Dave Mason -
Heavy Turbulence Merl Saunders -
Hellbound Train Savoy Brown -
Lonesome Crow Scorpions -
Loudwater House Tony Hazzard -
My Hang-Up is You Freddie Hart -
Ndeda Quincy Jones Compilation
Oh How We Danced Jim Capaldi -
Pain Ohio Players -
Patti Dahlstrom Patti Dahlstrom -
Rockin' The Guess Who -
Silver Pistol Brinsley Schwarz -
Something/Anything? Todd Rundgren -
Tantamount to Treason Vol. 1 Michael Nesmith -
Three Jackie Lomax -
Together Jesse Colin Young -

MarchEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Black Magic Martha Reeves and the Vandellas -
Glitter Gary Glitter -
Music of My Mind Stevie Wonder -
10 Shades of a Blue Orphanage Thin Lizzy -
Thick as a Brick Jethro Tull -
Touch Your Woman Dolly Parton -
11 Heads & Tales Harry Chapin -
21 Love Theme from "The Godfather" Andy Williams -
24 Slade Alive! Slade Live
Striking It Rich Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks -
25 The Kink Kronikles The Kinks US; Compilation
Machine Head Deep Purple -
26 Just Another Band from L.A. Frank Zappa and The Mothers Live
27 Seven Separate Fools Three Dog Night -
- Alvin Lee and Company Ten Years After Compilation
The Ballad of Calico Kenny Rogers and the First Edition -
Bare Trees Fleetwood Mac -
Bobby Whitlock Bobby Whitlock -
Cold Blue Excursion Ray Dorset -
D&B Together Delaney and Bonnie -
Drowning in the Sea of Love Joe Simon -
Ennea Chase -
Feedback Spirit -
Garden Party Ricky Nelson -
The "Killer" Rocks On Jerry Lee Lewis -
Live Cream Volume II Cream Live 1968
Powerglide New Riders of the Purple Sage -
Pure Prairie League Pure Prairie League -
Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden Steve Miller Band -
Roadwork Edgar Winter's White Trash -
Shopping Bag The Partridge Family -
Smokin' Humble Pie -
Space and First Takes Lee Michaels -
Stories We Could Tell The Everly Brothers -
Styx Styx -
What a Bloody Long Day It's Been Ashton, Gardner and Dyke -

AprilEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Rio Grande Mud ZZ Top -
5 Graham Nash David Crosby Crosby & Nash -
10 Raspberries Raspberries -
11 Mardi Gras Creedence Clearwater Revival -
12 Manassas Stephen Stills and Manassas -
14 Three Friends Gentle Giant UK
20 Dr. John's Gumbo Dr. John -
28 Argus Wishbone Ash -
- Annie Anne Murray -
Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander -
Bolan Boogie T. Rex Compilation
Cat Mother Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys -
Comin' Thru Quicksilver Messenger Service -
David Clayton-Thomas David Clayton-Thomas -
He Touched Me Elvis Presley -
Henry the Human Fly Richard Thompson -
Hobo's Lullaby Arlo Guthrie -
The Island of Real The Rascals -
A Lonely Man The Chi-Lites -
Lou Reed Lou Reed -
Merrimack County Tom Rush -
Moonshot Buffy Sainte-Marie -
Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On Mountain Live
On Record April Wine -
A Possible Projection of the Future / Childhood's End Al Kooper -
Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Procol Harum Live
A Thing Called Love Johnny Cash -
You Don't Mess Around with Jim Jim Croce -

MayEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Jeff Beck Group Jeff Beck -
2 Brother, Brother, Brother The Isley Brothers -
6 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway -
11 Cabbage Alley The Meters -
12 Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones -
14 Live in Europe Rory Gallagher Live
15 Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" The Beach Boys -
19 Demons and Wizards Uriah Heep -
Honky Château Elton John -
Waterloo Lily Caravan -
22 America Eats Its Young Funkadelic -
23 Lookin' Through the Windows The Jackson 5 -
26 I Sing the Body Electric Weather Report -
Wind of Change Peter Frampton -
30 Live at Max's Kansas City The Velvet Underground Live 1970
Understanding Bobby Womack -
- Ace Bob Weir -
Bloodrock Live Bloodrock Live
Castles Joy of Cooking -
Colors of the Day Judy Collins Compilation
Come from the Shadows Joan Baez -
Floy Joy The Supremes -
In Concert Janis Joplin Live 1968 and 1970
Last of the Red Hot Burritos The Flying Burrito Brothers Live
Roy Orbison Sings Roy Orbison -
Sail Away Randy Newman -
Sailin' Shoes Little Feat -
Skies of America Ornette Coleman -
Still Bill Bill Withers -
Tell Me This Is a Dream The Delfonics -

JuneEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin -
Eagles Eagles -
2 Obscured by Clouds Pink Floyd -
5 The Osmonds Live The Osmonds Live
6 Looking Glass Looking Glass -
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie -
9 Earthbound King Crimson Live
There It Is James Brown -
12 Some Time in New York City John Lennon and Yoko Ono -
13 A Song for You Carpenters -
14 Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel Compilation
16 Roxy Music Roxy Music -
18 As Recorded at Madison Square Garden Elvis Presley Live
23 Living in the Past Jethro Tull Compilation
26 Carney Leon Russell -
- 666 Aphrodite's Child -
Bless Your Heart Freddie Hart -
Feel Good Ike and Tina Turner -
Free at Last Free -
If an Angel Came to See You, Would You Make Her Feel at Home? Black Oak Arkansas -
Let Me Tell You About a Song Merle Haggard -
Number 1 Record Big Star -
School's Out Alice Cooper -
Syreeta Syreeta -
Together Golden Earring -

JulyEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Toulouse Street The Doobie Brothers -
4 American Gothic David Ackles -
5 Waka/Jawaka Frank Zappa -
6 Trilogy Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
7 The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff Soundtrack
10 Chicago V Chicago -
Son of Schmilsson Harry Nilsson -
17 Full Circle The Doors -
20 Long John Silver Jefferson Airplane -
21 Never a Dull Moment Rod Stewart -
The Slider T. Rex -
27 All Directions The Temptations -
Flying High Together Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -
- The Academy in Peril John Cale -
All Together Now Argent -
America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song Johnny Cash -
Captain Beyond Captain Beyond -
Exercises Nazareth -
Foghat Foghat -
I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash -
Saint Dominic's Preview Van Morrison -
Sofia Rotaru Sofia Rotaru USSR
Straight Shooter James Gang -
Super Fly Curtis Mayfield Soundtrack
White Witch White Witch -

AugustEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Jazz at Santa Monica Civic '72 Ella Fitzgerald Live
4 Ben Michael Jackson -
14 Play the Blues Buddy Guy and Junior Wells -
15 Rock of Ages The Band Live
25 Everybody's in Show-Biz The Kinks Double LP; one studio, one live
28 'Ot 'n' Sweaty Cactus -
- And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' Michael Nesmith -
Back Stabbers The O'Jays -
Elf Elf -
Free Will Gil Scott-Heron -
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes -
Irrlicht Klaus Schulze -
Live at the Paramount The Guess Who Live
Roy Buchanan Roy Buchanan -
Smokin' O.P.'s Bob Seger -
Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts -

SeptemberEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
13 Close to the Edge Yes -
15 Phoenix Grand Funk Railroad -
Rocky Mountain High John Denver -
25 Vol. 4 Black Sabbath -
26 Live Full House The J. Geils Band Live
27 Catch Bull at Four Cat Stevens -
29 Glorified Magnified Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
- At Home with Their Greatest Hits The Partridge Family Compilation
Bandstand Family -
Below the Salt Steeleye Span -
Crazy Horses The Osmonds -
Give It Up Bonnie Raitt -
Hot Butter Hot Butter -
My Time Boz Scaggs -
Nervous on the Road Brinsley Schwarz -
Rolling Thunder Mickey Hart -
Sandy Sandy Denny -
Solomon's Seal Pentangle -
Squawk Budgie -
Tequila Sunrise David Clayton-Thomas -

OctoberEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
1 War Heroes Jimi Hendrix -
6 Foxtrot Genesis -
8 Music Is My Life Billy Preston -
9 Heavy Cream Cream Compilation
11 Caravanserai Santana -
On the Corner Miles Davis -
14 Crazy Horses The Osmonds -
23 I'm Still in Love with You Al Green -
28 Talking Book Stevie Wonder -
29 My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner Dolly Parton -
- Barnstorm Joe Walsh -
Bustin' Out Pure Prairie League -
Clear Spot Captain Beefheart -
Glen Travis Campbell Glen Campbell -
Got the All-Overs for You Freddie Hart -
Greetings from L.A. Tim Buckley -
Guitar Man Bread -
Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross Soundtrack
The Lady's Not for Sale Rita Coolidge -
Lion's Share Savoy Brown -
Live Concert at the Forum Barbra Streisand Live
Loggins and Messina Loggins and Messina -
The London Chuck Berry Sessions Chuck Berry -
Made in England Atomic Rooster -
Mom's Apple Pie Mom's Apple Pie -
The Moviegoer Scott Walker -
New Blood Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Passin' Thru James Gang -
Rhymes & Reasons Carole King -
Rock & Roll Music to the World Ten Years After -
Round 2 The Stylistics -
Sniper and Other Love Songs Harry Chapin -
Stealers Wheel Stealers Wheel -
To Whom It May Concern Bee Gees -
Who Came First Pete Townshend -

NovemberEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2 Elvis Presley Compilation
One Man Dog James Taylor -
Romany The Hollies -
Slayed? Slade -
5 Europe '72 Grateful Dead Live
7 The Divine Miss M Bette Midler -
Journey Through the Past Neil Young Soundtrack
8 Transformer Lou Reed -
10 Baby James Harvest Barclay James Harvest -
The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II The Byrds Compilation
See All Her Faces Dusty Springfield -
13 Fresh Raspberries -
15 Homecoming America -
17 Seventh Sojourn The Moody Blues -
20 Get on the Good Foot James Brown -
24 Doremi Fasol Latido Hawkwind -
25 A Good Feelin' to Know Poco -
- Boomer's Story Ry Cooder -
Can't Buy a Thrill Steely Dan -
Don McLean Don McLean -
Ege Bamyasi Can -
Ennismore Colin Blunstone -
For the Roses Joni Mitchell -
Free to Be... You and Me Marlo Thomas & Friends -
International Superstar Johnny Cash Compilation
Jesus Was a Capricorn Kris Kristofferson -
Joe Cocker Joe Cocker -
The Johnny Cash Family Christmas Johnny Cash Christmas
Killer Joe Little Jimmy Osmond -
Life Goes On Paul Williams -
The Magician's Birthday Uriah Heep -
No Secrets Carly Simon -
Not till Tomorrow Ralph McTell -
Old Dan's Records Gordon Lightfoot -
Passage Bloodrock -
The Partridge Family Notebook The Partridge Family -
The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb The Supremes -
They Only Come Out at Night Edgar Winter Group -
Tigers Will Survive Ian Matthews -
Whatever's for Us Joan Armatrading -
Why Dontcha West, Bruce and Laing -
The World Is a Ghetto War -

DecemberEdit

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Octopus Gentle Giant UK
8 Trouble Man Marvin Gaye Soundtrack
11 More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) The Rolling Stones Compilation
15 Piledriver Status Quo -
16 Across 110th Street Bobby Womack and J.J. Johnson Soundtrack
- The Best of Top of the Pops '72 Top of the Poppers Compilation
The Grand Wazoo Frank Zappa -
Gypsy Cowboy New Riders of the Purple Sage -
It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) Merle Haggard -
Made in Japan Deep Purple Live
Pleasure Ohio Players -
R.E.O./T.W.O. REO Speedwagon -
The Sweet's Biggest Hits Sweet Compilation
Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano? Jerry Lee Lewis -
World Woven The Ides of March -

Release date unknownEdit

Biggest hit singlesEdit

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

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Don McLean "American Pie" 1972   US Billboard 1 for 19 weeks, Canada RPM 1 for 5 weeks, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks, Australia 1 for 5 weeks, UK 2 for 16 weeks
2 Harry Nilsson "Without You" 1972   UK 1 for 20 weeks, Australia 1 for 5 weeks, US Billboard 1 for 19 weeks, New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks
3 Hot Butter "Popcorn" 1972   Holland 1 for 15 weeks, France 1 for 5 weeks, Switzerland 1 for 17 weeks, Norway 1 for 20 weeks, Germany 1 for 5 months, UK 5 for 19 weeks, US Billboard 9 for 18 weeks
4 Neil Young "Heart of Gold" 1972   US Billboard 1 for 14 weeks, Canada 1 for 12 weeks, France 2 for 8 weeks, Norway 4 for 11 weeks, Germany 4 for 4 months,
5 The Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin" 1972   US Billboard 2 for 18 weeks, Canada 2 for 12 weeks, France 1 for 9 weeks, Holland 2 for 14 weeks,

Other selected singles (US, UK)Edit

Published popular musicEdit

Other notable songs (world)Edit

Classical musicEdit

OperaEdit

JazzEdit

Musical theaterEdit

Musical filmsEdit

Musical television productionsEdit

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

AwardsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Country Music Association AwardsEdit

Eurovision Song ContestEdit

Leeds Piano CompetitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

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