Saturday 3pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1973 (Part III)

8 January – British Rail authorities restrict Pipe Major Gordon Speirs to playing his bagpipes just one minute in every fifteen on Liverpool Street station, London, on grounds that his playing (part of a holiday campaign by the Scottish Tourist Board) “interferes with station business”.
9 January – Mick Jagger’s request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug conviction, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones’ plans to perform in Japan during their forthcoming tour.
14 January
Elvis Presley’s Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite television special is broadcast in over 40 countries around the world.
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is arrested for drug possession at his Marin County home.
18 January – The Rolling Stones’ benefit concert for Nicaraguan earthquake victims raises over $350,000. On December 22, 1972, an earthquake destroyed Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.
20 January 1973, Mike Curb serves as master of ceremonies and chairman of the Nixon Youth Inaugural Concert in Washington, DC…The events performers included Solomon Burke, Tommy Roe, Jimmy Osmond, Ray Stevens, The Sylvers, Don Costa Orchestra, Laurie Lee Schaefer, The Mike Curb Congregation and The Mob (Chicago band) and Mike Curb himself.
21 January – The Rolling Stones open their Pacific tour of Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand in Honolulu, Hawaii.
30 January – Kiss perform their first concert, at the Coventry Club in Queens.
2 February – The Midnight Special makes its début as a regular series on NBC. Helen Reddy is the featured artist.
14 February – David Bowie collapses from exhaustion after a performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
18 February – The King Biscuit Flower Hour is first broadcast with performances by Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and new artist Bruce Springsteen.
1 March
Leonard Bernstein conducts Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for the first time in his career, with soloist Isaac Stern and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Joffrey Ballet’s Deuce Coupe Ballet opens. The ballet is set entirely to music by The Beach Boys.
Pink Floyd releases The Dark Side of the Moon, which goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album debuts on the Billboard 200 on March 17, reaches #1 on April 28, and eventually logs the all-time record of 741 weeks on that chart.
5 March – Jimi Hendrix’s former personal manager, Michael Jeffery, is killed in a plane crash. Jeffery was travelling from Majorca to England. All passengers on board the plane were killed.
6 March – The New York Office of the US Immigration Department cancels John Lennon’s visa extension five days after granting it.
7 March – The director of talent acquisition at Columbia Records, John H. Hammond, suffers a non-fatal heart attack following a performance by one of his most recent finds, Bruce Springsteen.
8 March – Paul McCartney is fined $240 after pleading guilty to charges of growing marijuana outside his Scottish farm.
14 March – The singers Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson are married near Guildford, England.
24 March – Lou Reed is bitten on the buttocks by a fan during a concert in Buffalo, New York.
2 April – Capitol Records releases two collections of The Beatles’ greatest hits, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 (commonly referred to as the “Red Album” and the “Blue Album”, respectively).
7 April – In Luxembourg, the 18th Eurovision Song Contest is won by Luxembourg for the second consecutive year, this time with “Tu te reconnaîtras”, sung by Anne-Marie David. Spain finish in second place with “Eres Tú”, sung by Mocedades; the United Kingdom finish third with Cliff Richard singing “Power to All Our Friends”. The top three placed songs become international hits.
8 April – Opening of the first La Rochelle Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of Claude Samuel. Featured composers include Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis
13 April – The Wailers’s fifth studio album, Catch a Fire, was released under Island Records to critical acclaim. Becoming one of the biggest albums of the reggae genre, it established the Wailers and Bob Marley.
15 April – Tenth Royan Festival of International Contemporary Art begins, including concerts featuring music by Jean Barraqué and Horațiu Rădulescu, amongst others.
16 April – Paul McCartney’s first solo television special, James Paul McCartney, airs on ABC. The special includes performances by McCartney and Wings.
18 April – Violinist Jascha Heifetz deposits parts from his prized Guarnerius violin in the newly poured wet concrete of the foundation for the new Virginia Ramo Hall of Music, under construction at the University of Southern California, in order to ensure the building will be “in tune”, and to bring luck. – Wikipedia

Wednesday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1973 (Part II)

Continue featuring music from 1973.

4 May – 29 July – Led Zeppelin embarks on a tour of the United States, during which they set the record for highest attendance for a concert, 56,800, at the Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The record was previously held by The Beatles. Performances for the movie The Song Remains the Same are also filmed.
9 May – Mick Jagger adds $150,000 of his own money to the $350,000 raised by The Rolling Stones’ January 18 benefit concert for the victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.
12 May – David Bowie is the first rock artist to perform at Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
13 May – Daniel Barenboim collapses with a gastric upset during a concert at the Brighton Festival, but later recovers sufficiently to be driven home.
23 May – Don Robey sells Duke Records, Peacock Records and Backbeat Records to ABC Dunhill Records.
25 May – Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells becomes the first release on Richard Branson’s newly launched Virgin label.
1 June – Robert Wyatt is crippled after falling three storeys from a London apartment block after leaving a party. During his six-month stay in hospital he wrote the material for his solo album Rock Bottom. He would continue his musical career from a wheelchair.
4 June – Ronnie Lane plays his last show with Faces at the Edmonton Sundown in London. Lane had informed the band three weeks earlier that he was quitting.
15 June – The first Istanbul International Music Festival opens.
16 June – Benjamin Britten’s opera Death in Venice, receives its première at Snape Maltings.
29 June – The Scorpions play their first gig with Uli Roth at a festival in Vechta. Roth was originally intended as a temporary replacement for Michael Schenker, who had just been snapped up by U.F.O. earlier in the month.
30 June – Ian Gillan quits Deep Purple.
1 July – Slade play a sell-out Earls Court in London after two number one singles this year.
3 July – David Bowie ‘retires’ his stage persona Ziggy Stardust in front of a shocked audience at the Hammersmith Odeon at the end of his British tour.
4 July – Slade drummer Don Powell is critically injured in a car crash in Wolverhampton; his 20-year-old girlfriend is killed. With his life in danger, the band’s future is left in the balance. Powell recovers after surgery, and is able to join the band ten weeks later in New York, to record “Merry Xmas Everybody”.
13 July
The Everly Brothers break up.
Queen releases their debut album.
15 July – Ray Davies of The Kinks makes an emotional outburst during a performance at White City Stadium, announcing he is quitting the group. He later recants the statement.
28 July – Summer Jam at Watkins Glen rock festival is attended by 600,000, who see The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and the Grateful Dead.
30 July – Soviet officials grant permission for Gennadi Rozhdestvensky to accept a three-year appointment as chief conductor of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the first time a Soviet orchestra conductor has been allowed to take up such a position outside of the Eastern Bloc.
6 August – Stevie Wonder is seriously injured in a car accident outside Durham, North Carolina, spending the next four days in a coma.
11 August – DJ Kool Herc originates the hip hop genre in New York City.
20 August – The London Symphony Orchestra becomes the first British orchestra to take part in the Salzburg Festival.
25 August – The Allman Brothers nearly suffer another tragedy when Butch Trucks crashes his car near Macon, Georgia, not far from where Duane Allman was killed two years earlier. Trucks survives with only a broken leg.

Monday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1973 (Part I)

8 January – British Rail authorities restrict Pipe Major Gordon Speirs to playing his bagpipes just one minute in every fifteen on Liverpool Street station, London, on grounds that his playing (part of a holiday campaign by the Scottish Tourist Board) “interferes with station business”.
9 January – Mick Jagger’s request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug conviction, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones’ plans to perform in Japan during their forthcoming tour.
14 January
Elvis Presley’s Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite television special is broadcast in over 40 countries around the world.
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is arrested for drug possession at his Marin County home.
18 January – The Rolling Stones’ benefit concert for Nicaraguan earthquake victims raises over $350,000. On December 22, 1972, an earthquake destroyed Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.
20 January 1973, Mike Curb serves as master of ceremonies and chairman of the Nixon Youth Inaugural Concert in Washington, DC…The events performers included Solomon Burke, Tommy Roe, Jimmy Osmond, Ray Stevens, The Sylvers, Don Costa Orchestra, Laurie Lee Schaefer, The Mike Curb Congregation and The Mob (Chicago band) and Mike Curb himself.
21 January – The Rolling Stones open their Pacific tour of Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand in Honolulu, Hawaii.
30 January – Kiss perform their first concert, at the Coventry Club in Queens.
2 February – The Midnight Special makes its début as a regular series on NBC. Helen Reddy is the featured artist.
14 February – David Bowie collapses from exhaustion after a performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
18 February – The King Biscuit Flower Hour is first broadcast with performances by Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and new artist Bruce Springsteen.
1 March
Leonard Bernstein conducts Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for the first time in his career, with soloist Isaac Stern and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Joffrey Ballet’s Deuce Coupe Ballet opens. The ballet is set entirely to music by The Beach Boys.
Pink Floyd releases The Dark Side of the Moon, which goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album debuts on the Billboard 200 on March 17, reaches #1 on April 28, and eventually logs the all-time record of 741 weeks on that chart.
5 March – Jimi Hendrix’s former personal manager, Michael Jeffery, is killed in a plane crash. Jeffery was travelling from Majorca to England. All passengers on board the plane were killed.
6 March – The New York Office of the US Immigration Department cancels John Lennon’s visa extension five days after granting it.
7 March – The director of talent acquisition at Columbia Records, John H. Hammond, suffers a non-fatal heart attack following a performance by one of his most recent finds, Bruce Springsteen.
8 March – Paul McCartney is fined $240 after pleading guilty to charges of growing marijuana outside his Scottish farm.
14 March – The singers Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson are married near Guildford, England.
24 March – Lou Reed is bitten on the buttocks by a fan during a concert in Buffalo, New York.
2 April – Capitol Records releases two collections of The Beatles’ greatest hits, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 (commonly referred to as the “Red Album” and the “Blue Album”, respectively).
7 April – In Luxembourg, the 18th Eurovision Song Contest is won by Luxembourg for the second consecutive year, this time with “Tu te reconnaîtras”, sung by Anne-Marie David. Spain finish in second place with “Eres Tú”, sung by Mocedades; the United Kingdom finish third with Cliff Richard singing “Power to All Our Friends”. The top three placed songs become international hits.
8 April – Opening of the first La Rochelle Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of Claude Samuel. Featured composers include Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis
13 April – The Wailers’s fifth studio album, Catch a Fire, was released under Island Records to critical acclaim. Becoming one of the biggest albums of the reggae genre, it established the Wailers and Bob Marley.
15 April – Tenth Royan Festival of International Contemporary Art begins, including concerts featuring music by Jean Barraqué and Horațiu Rădulescu, amongst others.
16 April – Paul McCartney’s first solo television special, James Paul McCartney, airs on ABC. The special includes performances by McCartney and Wings.
18 April – Violinist Jascha Heifetz deposits parts from his prized Guarnerius violin in the newly poured wet concrete of the foundation for the new Virginia Ramo Hall of Music, under construction at the University of Southern California, in order to ensure the building will be “in tune”, and to bring luck. – Wikipedia

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1972 (Part I)

January 17 – Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, is renamed “Elvis Presley Boulevard.”
January 20 – The debut 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.[1]
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. – Wikipedia

Wednesday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1971 Part VI

This closing segment of 1971 features the Top 30 Summer and Winter hits.  First we feature the RadioMax Top 30 Summer Hits of 1971 with Nick Proach originally aired in 2003 and the RadioMax Top 30 Winter Hits of 1971 hosted by Dan Varroney from 2009.