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1975 In Music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1975.
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Led Zeppelin in Chicago, 1975
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Contents

  • Events 1
    • January–April 1.1
    • May–August 1.2
    • September–December 1.3
  • Also in 1975 2
  • Bands formed 3
  • Bands disbanded 4
  • Albums released 5
    • January 5.1
    • February 5.2
    • March 5.3
    • April 5.4
    • May 5.5
    • June 5.6
    • July 5.7
    • August 5.8
    • September 5.9
    • October 5.10
    • November 5.11
    • December 5.12
    • Release Date Unknown 5.13
  • Biggest hit singles 6
  • Chronological table of U.S. and UK number one hit singles 7
  • Published popular music 8
  • Classical music 9
  • Opera 10
  • Musical theatre 11
  • Musical films 12
  • Births 13
    • January 13.1
    • February 13.2
    • March 13.3
    • April 13.4
    • May 13.5
    • June 13.6
    • July 13.7
    • August 13.8
    • September 13.9
    • October 13.10
    • November 13.11
    • December 13.12
  • Deaths 14
  • Awards 15
    • Grammy Awards 15.1
    • Country Music Association Awards 15.2
    • Eurovision Song Contest 15.3
    • Leeds International Piano Competition 15.4
    • Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship 15.5

Events

January–April

May–August

September–December

Also in 1975

Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart with "Faces" in 1975, the year the band disbanded.

Albums released

January

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Promised Land Elvis Presley -
16 Forever, Michael Michael Jackson -
20 Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan -
23 Never Can Say Goodbye Gloria Gaynor -
- Commoners Crown Steeleye Span -
Don't Cha Love It The Miracles -
Down by the Jetty Dr. Feelgood -
The First Minute of a New Day Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson -
Flavours The Guess Who -
It's Time Bonnie Bramlett -
Melissa Melissa Manchester -
Modern Times Al Stewart -
New Year, New Band, New Company John Mayall -
Picture Music Klaus Schulze -
Play Don't Worry Mick Ronson -
Plug Me Into Something Henry Gross -
Scorching Beauty Iron Butterfly -
Sunday's Child John Martyn -
Urban Renewal Tower of Power -

February

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Mister Magic Grover Washington, Jr. -
12 Have You Never Been Mellow Olivia Newton-John -
15 Fly by Night Rush -
16 Bolan's Zip Gun T.Rex -
17 High Voltage AC/DC Australia-only; Debut
Rock 'n' Roll John Lennon Covers album
21 On the Level Status Quo -
24 Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin -
27 On Your Feet or on Your Knees Blue Öyster Cult Live
28 Yesterdays Yes Compilation
- Ambrosia Ambrosia Debut Album
Changing Woman Buffy Sainte-Marie -
Cold on the Shoulder Gordon Lightfoot -
Desperate Straights Slap Happy and Henry Cow -
Dixie Rock Wet Willie -
An Evening with John Denver John Denver Live
For Earth Below Robin Trower -
Mad Dog John Entwistle -
Pieces of the Sky Emmylou Harris -
Really Rosie Carole King Soundtrack
Song for America Kansas -
Street Rats Humble Pie -
Then Came You Dionne Warwick -
Unrequited Loudon Wainwright III Studio and live
Visions of the Emerald Beyond Mahavishnu Orchestra -
Welcome to My Nightmare Alice Cooper -

March

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Feel Like Makin' Love Roberta Flack -
7 Young Americans David Bowie -
12 Chocolate City Parliament -
14 Blue Jays Justin Hayward and John Lodge -
15 That's the Way of the World Earth, Wind & Fire Soundtrack
16 The Bargain Store Dolly Parton -
19 Dressed to Kill Kiss -
Hearts America -
21 Rubycon Tangerine Dream -
22 Bundles Soft Machine -
Songbird Jesse Colin Young -
24 Chicago VIII Chicago -
Nuthin' Fancy Lynyrd Skynyrd -
25 Just Another Way to Say I Love You Barry White -
Slow Dazzle John Cale -
26 A Quiet Storm Smokey Robinson -
29 Blow by Blow Jeff Beck -
- The Best Years of Our Lives Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel -
Between the Lines Janis Ian -
Duit on Mon Dei Harry Nilsson -
Feelings Paul Anka -
Frampton Peter Frampton -
Funny Lady Barbra Streisand Soundtrack
Go Girl Crazy! The Dictators -
The Great Fatsby Leslie West -
I'll Play for You Seals & Crofts -
Judith Judy Collins -
Katy Lied Steely Dan -
Let There Be Music Orleans -
Lou Reed Live Lou Reed Live
The Original Soundtrack 10cc -
The Rotters' Club Hatfield and the North -
Spring Fever Rick Derringer -
Sweet Deceiver Kevin Ayers -
Switch Golden Earring -
There's One in Every Crowd Eric Clapton -
Tommy Various Artists Soundtrack
Two Sides of the Moon Keith Moon -

April

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Journey Journey -
2 The Manhattan Transfer The Manhattan Transfer -
8 Toys in the Attic Aerosmith -
14 Spirit of America The Beach Boys Compilation
18 Fandango! ZZ Top Half live/half studio
19 Stars Cher -
21 ABBA ABBA -
Let's Take It to the Stage Funkadelic -
25 Stampede The Doobie Brothers -
- Ain't Life Grand Black Oak Arkansas -
Al Green's Greatest Hits Al Green Compilation
The Beau Brummels The Beau Brummels -
Beautiful Loser Bob Seger -
Diamonds & Rust Joan Baez -
Discothèque Herbie Mann -
Hair of the Dog Nazareth -
Hokey Pokey Richard and Linda Thompson -
Ian Hunter Ian Hunter -
Jamaica Say You Will Joe Cocker -
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Rick Wakeman -
Playing Possum Carly Simon -
The Snow Goose Camel -
Straight Shooter Bad Company -
Subtle as a Flying Mallet Dave Edmunds -
Survival The O'Jays -
Tomorrow Belongs to Me Sensational Alex Harvey Band -
Will O' the Wisp Leon Russell -

May

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Gorilla James Taylor -
3 USA King Crimson Live
5 Newborn James Gang -
7 Once Upon a Star Bay City Rollers -
Today Elvis Presley -
9 In Praise of Learning Henry Cow -
Warrior on the Edge of Time Hawkwind -
15 Moving Violation Jackson 5 -
16 Soap Opera The Kinks -
22 Adventures in Paradise Minnie Riperton -
23 Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy Elton John -
27 Venus and Mars Wings -
- America's Choice Hot Tuna -
Armageddon Armageddon -
Coming Down Your Way Three Dog Night -
Ernie Sings & Glen Picks Tennessee Ernie Ford and Glen Campbell -
Four Wheel Drive Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
The Heat Is On The Isley Brothers -
Love Will Keep Us Together Captain & Tennille -
New City Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson -
Return to Fantasy Uriah Heep -
Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard Robert Wyatt -
Spirit of '76 Spirit -
Steppin' Pointer Sisters -
Tale Spinnin' Weather Report -
There's No Place Like America Today Curtis Mayfield -
Your Mamma Won't Like Me Suzi Quatro -

June

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Made in the Shade The Rolling Stones Compilation
Metamorphosis The Rolling Stones Outtakes recorded 1964-'70
10 One of These Nights Eagles -
13 Red Octopus Jefferson Starship -
14 Initiation Todd Rundgren -
16 Why Can't We Be Friends? War -
20 It's My Pleasure Billy Preston -
Tonight's the Night Neil Young & Crazy Horse -
23 Stills Stephen Stills -
25 One Size Fits All Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention -
26 The Basement Tapes Bob Dylan & The Band Recorded 1967-'75
- Cut the Cake Average White Band -
The Dream Weaver Gary Wright -
Dreaming My Dreams Waylon Jennings -
Greatest Hits Cat Stevens Compilation
The Hit Man Eddie Kendricks -
Horizon The Carpenters -
HQ Roy Harper -
Jasmine Nightdreams Edgar Winter -
Main Course Bee Gees -
Michael Bolotin Michael Bolton -
Rising for the Moon Fairport Convention -
Trying to Burn the Sun Elf -
The Tubes The Tubes -

July

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Trooper Trooper -
2 Now Look Ronnie Wood -
4 Ride a Rock Horse Roger Daltrey -
6 KC and the Sunshine Band KC and the Sunshine Band -
11 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac -
From Mighty Oaks Ray Thomas -
28 Free Hand Gentle Giant US
Sabotage Black Sabbath US
- Ego Is Not a Dirty Word Skyhooks -
Fire on the Bayou The Meters -
Force It UFO -
Head over Heels Poco -
The Higher They Climb David Cassidy -
In the City Tavares -
Metal Machine Music Lou Reed -
Outlaws Outlaws -
Power in the Music The Guess Who -
Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell -
Scheherazade and Other Stories Renaissance -
Sha Na Now Sha Na Na -
Stop Eric Burdon Band -
This Time We Mean It REO Speedwagon -

August

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Rainbow -
Searchin' for a Rainbow The Marshall Tucker Band -
15 Atlantic Crossing Rod Stewart -
18 Daryl Hall & John Oates Hall & Oates -
19 Phoenix Labelle -
20 Deluxe Harmonia -
22 Man-Child Herbie Hancock -
Nightingales & Bombers Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
25 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen -
27 Love to Love You Baby Donna Summer -
28 The Best of Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Compilation
- Acid Queen Tina Turner -
Al Green Is Love Al Green -
Caught in the Act Grand Funk Railroad Live
Dreamboat Annie Heart Canada; released in US Feb. '76
E. C. Was Here Eric Clapton Live
Honey Ohio Players -
Mellow Madness Quincy Jones -
Pick of the Litter The Spinners -
So Fine Loggins & Messina -
Spirit of the Boogie Kool & The Gang -
Stamp Album Climax Blues Band -
Timewind Klaus Schulze -
Win, Lose or Draw The Allman Brothers Band -

September

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Blues for Allah Grateful Dead -
5 Minstrel in the Gallery Jethro Tull -
10 Alive! Kiss Live
12 Fighting Thin Lizzy -
Second Chapter Danny Kirwan -
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd -
14 Crisis? What Crisis? Supertramp -
15 Wind on the Water Crosby & Nash -
Fool for the City Foghat -
17 In Trance Scorpions -
22 Extra Texture (Read All About It) George Harrison U.S. release. 3 October in U.K.
24 Caress of Steel Rush -
27 Portrait Gallery Harry Chapin -
- Another Green World Brian Eno -
Another Year Leo Sayer -
Bandolier Budgie -
Bay City Rollers Bay City Rollers Compilation; North America debut
Captured Angel Dan Fogelberg -
The Car Over the Lake Album The Ozark Mountain Daredevils -
Changing All the Time Smokie -
Face the Music Electric Light Orchestra -
Hotline The J. Geils Band -
In the Slot Tower of Power -
John Fogerty John Fogerty -
Masque Kansas -
Maximum Darkness Man -
Prisoner in Disguise Linda Ronstadt -
Procol's Ninth Procol Harum -
The Sound of Sunshine The Sunshine Band Instrumental
Symphonion Dream Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -
Ted Nugent Ted Nugent -
Warner Bros. Presents Montrose -
Waterbed Herbie Mann -
Windsong John Denver -
X-Rated Black Oak Arkansas -

October

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Tryin' to Get the Feeling Barry Manilow -
2 Bongo Fury Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention with Captain Beefheart Live + some studio tracks
3 The Who by Numbers The Who -
6 Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon -
10 Come Taste the Band Deep Purple -
14 Breakaway Art Garfunkel -
16 You Aretha Franklin -
21 Ommadawn Mike Oldfield -
24 History: America's Greatest Hits America Compilation
Rock of the Westies Elton John -
Shaved Fish John Lennon Compilation
Siren Roxy Music -
27 Angel Angel -
- Against the Grain Rory Gallagher -
All Around My Hat Steeleye Span -
Flying Again The Flying Burrito Brothers -
Godbluff Van der Graaf Generator -
Indiscreet Sparks -
Lazy Afternoon Barbra Streisand -
Malpractice Dr. Feelgood -
Mother Focus Focus -
Movin' On Commodores -
Nighthawks at the Diner Tom Waits Live
Radio-Activity Kraftwerk -
Sun and Steel Iron Butterfly -

November

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Northern Lights – Southern Cross The Band -
Spanish Train and Other Stories Chris de Burgh -
5 Dolly: The Seeker/We Used To Dolly Parton -
7 Fish Out of Water Chris Squire -
10 Zuma Neil Young & Crazy Horse -
11 Gratitude Earth, Wind & Fire -
17 Greatest Hits ABBA Compilation
Schoolboys in Disgrace The Kinks -
Teaser Tommy Bolin -
21 A Night at the Opera Queen -
30 Numbers Cat Stevens -
- The Best of Carly Simon Carly Simon Compilation
Discreet Music Brian Eno -
Family Reunion The O'Jays -
Greatest Hits Nazareth Compilation
Helen of Troy John Cale -
The Hissing of Summer Lawns Joni Mitchell -
Hot Chocolate Hot Chocolate -
If the Shoe Fits Pure Prairie League -
It's Only Love Rita Coolidge -
The Last Record Album Little Feat -
Lisztomania Rick Wakeman Soundtrack
Mustard Roy Wood -
Nomadness Strawbs -
Pour Down Like Silver Richard and Linda Thompson -
Pressure Drop Robert Palmer -
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan Rufus -
Strung Up Sweet -
Together Anne Murray -
Track of the Cat Dionne Warwick -
Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame Kris Kristofferson -

December

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Equinox Styx -
Live! Bob Marley & The Wailers Live
T.N.T. AC/DC Australia
We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll Black Sabbath Compilation
4 Stephen Stills Live Stephen Stills -
12 Blast from Your Past Ringo Starr Compilation
Marcus Garvey Burning Spear -
13 Horses Patti Smith -
15 Mothership Connection Parliament -
29 Elite Hotel Emmylou Harris -
- The Best of Top of the Pops '75 Top of the Poppers Compilation
Evening Star Fripp & Eno -
Head On Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
Heaven and Hell Vangelis -
Ricochet Tangerine Dream Live
Wouldn't You Like It? Bay City Rollers -

Release Date Unknown

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1975.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Billy Swan I Can Help 1975 USA - 1, Netherlands - 1, Austria - 1, Switzerland - 1, Norway - 1, Belgium - 1, New Zealand - 1, Germany - 1, Sweden - 1, Australia - 1, France - 1, Denmark - 1, Canada - 2, South Africa - 3, Ireland - 11
2 10cc I'm Not In Love 1975 UK - 1, Ireland - 1, Canada - 1, Brazil - 1, USA - 2, France - 2, Australia - 3, New Zealand - 4, Belgium - 5, Netherlands - 5, Norway - 6, Germany - 8, Switzerland - 8, South Africa - 17, Italy - 24
3 The Sweet Fox on the Run 1975 Germany - 1, Australia - 1, South Africa - 1, UK - 2, Canada - 2, Belgium - 2, Netherlands - 2, Norway - 2, Ireland - 2, Austria - 3, New Zealand - 3, Switzerland - 3, USA - 5, Sweden - 10
4 Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy 1975 USA - 1, Canada - 1, Ireland - 1, Belgium - 1, New Zealand - 2, South Africa - 2, Netherlands - 3, UK - 4, Australia - 5, Sweden - 17, Germany - 31
5 George Baker Selection Paloma Blanca 1975 Netherlands - 1, Sweden - 1, Austria - 1, Switzerland - 1, Norway - 1, Germany - 1, Belgium - 1, South Africa - 1, Canada - 5, UK - 10, Italy - 11, USA - 26

Chronological table of U.S. and UK number one hit singles

U.S. number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" - Elton John (2)
"Mandy" - Barry Manilow (1)
"Please Mr. Postman" - The Carpenters (1)
"Laughter in the Rain" - Neil Sedaka (1)
"Fire" - Ohio Players (1)
"You're No Good" - Linda Ronstadt (1)
"Pick Up the Pieces" - Average White Band (1)
"Best of My Love" - Eagles (1)
"Have You Never Been Mellow" - Olivia Newton-John (1)
"Black Water" - The Doobie Brothers (1)
"My Eyes Adored You" - Frankie Valli (1)
"Lady Marmalade" - Labelle (1)
"Lovin' You" - Minnie Riperton (1)
"Philadelphia Freedom" - Elton John (2)
"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" - B. J. Thomas (1)
"He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando and Dawn (3)
"Shining Star" - Earth, Wind & Fire (1)
"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" - Freddy Fender (1)
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" - John Denver (1)
"Sister Golden Hair" - America (1)
"Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain & Tennille (4)
"Listen to What the Man Said" - Paul McCartney & Wings (1)
"The Hustle" - Van McCoy (1)
"One of These Nights" - Eagles (1)
"Jive Talkin'" - Bee Gees (2)
"Fallin' in Love" - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1)
"Get Down Tonight" - KC and the Sunshine Band (1)
"Rhinestone Cowboy" - Glen Campbell (2)
"Fame" - David Bowie (2)
"I'm Sorry" - John Denver (1)
"Bad Blood" - Neil Sedaka (3)
"Island Girl" - Elton John (3)
"That's the Way (I Like It) - KC and the Sunshine Band (2)
"Fly, Robin, Fly" - Silver Convention (3)
"Let's Do It Again"- The Staple Singers (1)

"Lonely This Christmas" - Mud (2 weeks 1974 + 2 weeks 1975)
"Down Down" - Status Quo (1)
"Ms Grace" - The Tymes (1)
"January" - Pilot (3)
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (2)
"If" - Telly Savalas (2)
"Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)" - Bay City Rollers (6)
"Oh Boy" - Mud (2)
"Stand by Your Man" - Tammy Wynette (3)
"Whispering Grass" - Windsor Davies & Don Estelle (3)
"I'm Not in Love" - 10cc (2)
"Tears on My Pillow (I Can't Take It)" - Johnny Nash (1)
"Give a Little Love" - Bay City Rollers (3)
"Barbados" - Typically Tropical (1)
"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" - The Stylistics (3)
"Sailing" - Rod Stewart (4)
"Hold Me Close" - David Essex (3)
"I Only Have Eyes for You" - Art Garfunkel (2)
"Space Oddity" - David Bowie (2)
"D.I.V.O.R.C.E." - Billy Connolly (1)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen (5 weeks 1975 + 4 weeks 1976)

Note: best sellers of the year are bold.

Published popular music

Classical music

Opera

Musical theatre

Musical films

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

Awards

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

Leeds International Piano Competition

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship

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