1972 – Wings release their single “Hi, Hi, Hi.” However, the BBC bans the record because it declares the lyrics “unsuitable” for broadcast.
1972 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations. A version of the song by the Undisputed Truth was released four months before the Temptations single but only reaches No. 63 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100.
1972 – Rolling Stone reports today that Allan Clarke of the Hollies has decided to leave the group.
1972 – London’s Rainbow Theater cancels the premiere of Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii.
1972 – The Los Angeles Coliseum plays host to the Woodstock of the West festival, sponsored by KROQ. Performers include Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, the Bee Gees, and the Eagles. But only 32,000 people make their way into the 100,000-seat venue.
1972 – ABC-TV premieres its new late-night show In Concert. Produced by Don Kirshner, the program features performances by Alice Cooper, Poco, and the Allman Brothers Band.
1972 – Women’s Wear Daily announces that Mick Jagger has joined its Cat Pack list, which also features Henry Kissinger and Truman Capote. We have no idea what qualified him to join such company.
1972 – Bob Dylan and wife Sara arrive in Durango, Colo., where he’s due to begin filming Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
1972 – Danny Whitten, a guitarist and songwriter with the rock band Crazy Horse, dies of a heroin overdose. Neil Young, who occasionally uses Crazy Horse as a backing band, records his 1975 masterpiece Tonight’s the Night by way of a tribute.
1972 – Harry Chapin becomes the proud father of his first son, Joshua Burke, today in New York.
1972 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash.
1972 – Led Zeppelin’s fifth tour of the U.K. sells out in four hours. Jimmy Page says, “When I heard the news about the tickets, I felt very humble.” The tickets cost a princely $1.50 each.