1970 – After Decca Records demands a final single from the Rolling Stones to make them fulfill their contract, Richards and Jagger deliver the unreleasable “Cocksucker Blues.” The single becomes the title of a Stones documentary that the band decides is also unreleasable.
1970 – John Lennon’s ex-wife, Cynthia, marries Roberto Bassanini.
1970 – The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca ends. The band informs manager Allen Klein that “neither he nor ABKCO Industries have any authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf” and begins to consider starting its own label.
1970 – Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger as the behelmeted highwayman, opens in Australia. Reception is unkind. Halliwell’s Film Guide fumes, “Obstinately unlikable action picture with some kind of message which never becomes clear amid all the cleverness.”
1970 – Chicago release their single “25 or 6 to 4.”
1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” Carpenters.
1970 – Pink Floyd and Deep Purple play a free concert at London’s Hyde Park that attracts an audience of 20,000.
1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” Three Dog Night. The song is written by Randy Newman.
1970 – Creedence Clearwater Revival release their very popular fifth album, Cosmo’s Factory.
1970 – A solo Janis Joplin plays her first gig backed by the Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, Ky.
1970 – Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known by the stage name Beck. With his pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and […]