1973 – The Mamas & the Papas Papa John Phillips calls a press conference to accuse his old label ABC-Dunhill of “the systematic, cold-blooded theft of perhaps up to $60 million, stolen from each and every artist who ever recorded for the company during a seven-year period.”
1973 – The takings from two Led Zeppelin concerts are stolen from the group’s New York hotel. The thieves are said to have gotten away with more than $180,000.
1973 – Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” is released. It will top the Billboard chart near the end of September.
1973 – A crowd of 600,000 gathers for a rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway, N.Y., to hear the Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Brothers Band.
1973 – The city of Detroit declares today “Mary Wilson & the Supremes Day.”
1973 – Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin crash into the album top 20 with Love, Devotion, Surrender.
1973 – Byrds guitarist Clarence White is buried after being killed by a drunk driver. He was 29. Clarence White (born Clarence LeBlanc) (June 7, 1944 – July 15, 1973) was a guitar player for Nashville West, The Byrds, Muleskinner, and the Kentucky Colonels. His parents were French-Canadians from New Brunswick, Canada. The father, Eric […]
1973 – Jethro Tull sell out three nights at the Los Angeles Forum in one-and-a-half hours.
1973 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” Jim Croce.
1973 – A depressed Ray Davies, balancing a beer can on his head, announces he is retiring from music during a Kinks concert at London’s White City Stadium. “I’m f*cking sick of the whole thing,” he says. “I’m sick up to here with it.” He’ll be back.
1973 – The Everly Brothers break up during mid-performance at a show at Knott’s Berry Farm in Anaheim, Calif. Phil smashes his guitar during the Knotts Berry Farm gig after Don appeares to be drinking margaritas on an empty stomach.