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.
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.
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. – Wikipedia