Feature Year: 1975 – 9am ET #1975

1975January 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.
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 his groundbreaking album Blow by Blow. It is his first album to be released under 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 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 15 – Pink Floyd releases their ninth album, Wish You Were Here.
September 29 – Singer Jackie Wilson suffers a massive heart attack while performing on stage in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He survives but never physically recovers.
October 7 – John Lennon finally wins his battle to stay in the United States after the New York Court of Appeals overturns Lennon’s 1972 deportation order.
October 9
John Lennon and Yoko Ono become parents of Sean Ono Lennon at 2:00 AM. The birth heralds the beginning of John’s temporary retirement from the music business as he vows to devote himself to family for the next five years.
Rock band Kiss earns publicity by playing the homecoming dance of Cadillac High School in Cadillac, Michigan.
October 18 – Simon & Garfunkel reunite on the second-ever episode of Saturday Night Live on NBC, performing “The Boxer”, “Scarborough Fair”, and new collaboration “My Little Town”.
October 27 – Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines on the same week.
October 30 – Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour begins.
November 6 – The Sex Pistols play their first concert at St. Martin’s School of Art in London.
November 21 – Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes to number one, where it remains for 5 weeks of 1975 and 4 weeks of 1976.
December 10 – The John Denver holiday special Rocky Mountain Christmas airs on ABC.
December 18 – The official break-up of Faces is announced at a London press conference. Rod Stewart will continue his solo career while Ronnie Wood is widely expected to be announced as an official member of The Rolling Stones in the near future.
December 24 – The first issue of Punk magazine is released with a January 1976 cover date. A drawing of Lou Reed is on the cover.
December 25 – Bassist Steve Harris forms Iron Maiden, drawing the name from a torture device mentioned in The Man in the Iron Mask.
December 31 – The fourth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve airs on ABC, with performances by Average White Band, Melissa Manchester, Freddy Fender, and Neil Sedaka.

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