1972 – Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.
1972 – the triple album ‘The Concert For Bangla Desh’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. Organised by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area. The set featured; Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger.
1972 – Mahalia Jackson dies of heart failure. Age 70. She is posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972. In the ceremony she is cited as the “World’s Greatest Gospel Singer.”
1972, Don McLean’s album ‘American Pie’ started a seven week run at No.1 in the US album chart.
1972 – David Bowie ‘came out’ as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker. Do you think?!!! He’s so Kewl and ahead of his time!
1972 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “American Pie,” Don McLean. The song, at 8 minutes and 27 seconds, is too long to fit on one side of a single and is split into two parts for release as a 45.
1972 – a section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.
1972 – Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart.
1972 – Manager Peter Grant turns down an invitation for “Led Zeppelin and his musicians” to play in Cannes, France, by publishing the request in today’s issue of Record Retailer.
1972 – Stevie Wonder kicked off a 15-date UK tour at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
1972 – Yes played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre, London.