1971 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” Paul & Linda McCartney. McCartney had a real Uncle Albert, who he said would quote the Bible when he got drunk.
1971 – Pink Floyd finish recording their fifth album, Meddle this day in rock!
1971 – Lil Armstrong, pianist and Louis’ ex, dies of a heart attack while playing “St. Louis Blues” during a Chicago tribute concert to her late husband.
1971 – During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth Texas.
1971 – Pink Floyd begin their final sessions for this year’s Meddle album.
1971 – Led Zeppelin kicked off a North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. The band played to a sold out crowd of over 17,000 fans, another 3,000 fans outside the venue who didn’t have tickets started a battle with local police.
1971 – Mysterious and wonderful techno artiste the Aphex Twin is born Richard James. Little known fact He owns a tank.
1971 – Rod Stewart releases “Maggie May.” It becomes his breakthrough single in the U.S., going to No. 1. And she really does kick you in the head!
1971 – To Diana Ross, a daughter. She gives birth to Rhonda Ross. Berry Gordy later claims to be the father, although Ross was married to Robert Silberstein at the time.
1971 – The great King Curtis (“Soul Twist”) is stabbed to death in New York. As well as playing for the Coasters and blowing on his own hits, Curtis led Aretha Franklin’s band the Kingpins.