Dark Side of the Moon

Music in 1973

Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd     March 1
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, one of rock's landmark albums, is released in the US. The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard Top LPs and Tapes chart for one week. It subsequently remained on the charts for 741 weeks, from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially success album and the #2 selling album worldwide, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller. Its release is often seen as a pivotal point in the history of rock music.

Pink Floyd

In 1972 and 1973 the Dark Side of the Moon tour occurred in the US, Japan, England and several cities in the rest of Europe. Prior to June '73 they were playing in theaters and auditoriums. However, starting in June, after the release of their album, they would begin playing in Stadiums and large arenas.

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin releases Houses of the Holy, their 5th album, and final release on Atlantic Records before creating Swan Song in 1974. March 28. The album is commercially successful spending 2 weeks at number 1 and 39 weeks overall on the Billboard 40. It is an 11X platinum selling album.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin embarks on a US tour May 4 - July 29. They set the record for highest attendance for a concert, 56,800, at Tampa Stadium breaking the record previously held by the Beatles. Performances for The Song Remains the Same are also filmed, primarily at Madison Square Garden.

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones hold a benefit concert for Nicaraguan earthquake victims which raised over $350,000 (January 18). The group then embarks on a Pacific tour of Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand (January 21).

Rolling Stones in Concert Rolling Stones Poster

Goat's Head Soup is released by the Rolling Stones on August 31 and reached #1 worldwide. The hit single "Angie" also went #1. The band then tours Europe starting in Vienna on September 21.

The Who
The Who release Quadrophenia, on October 19, which reached #2 in the US. It was kept from #1 by Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The Who open their Quadrophenia US tour with a concert at San Francisco's Cow Palace, but drummer Keith Moon passes out and has to be carried off the stage. Scott Halpin, a 19 year old fan, is selected from the audience to finish the show at drums. November 20.

The Who

Stevie Wonder
In late 1972 Stevie Wonder releases the Talking Book album which contains two number 1 hits - "Superstition" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life". He wins 3 Grammys for this album. Wonder also tours with the Rolling Stones opening the shows during their 1972 tour. Stevie Wonder releases the Innervisions album in 1973 with 2 #1 hits on the R&B charts - "Higher Ground" and "Living in the City". He earns 3 Grammys and Album of the Year. On August 6 Wonder is involved in a car accident after which he was in a coma for 4 days. Fortunately he recovers.

Elton John
Elton John releases two albums in 1973: First, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player is released early in the year and contains the #1 hit "Crocodile Rock" as well as "Daniel", then Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is released and becomes the #1 album for 2 months. This album contains the #1 "Bennie and the Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Candle in the Wind", "Saturday Night's Allright for Fighting", "Funeral For a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding", and "Grey Seal". Elton John tours both the US and Britain in 1973 for a total of 57 concerts.

Watkins Jam Poster

Summer Jam at Watkins Glen     July 28
Summer Jam at Watkins Glen is held with Allman Brothers Band, The Band and the Grateful Dead playing. 600,000 people in attendance.

Jim Croce dies     September 20
Jim Croce dies in a plane crash in Louisiana.
Jim Croce
David Bowie

David Bowie retires Ziggy Stardust    July 3
David Bowie retires his Ziggy Stardust stage persona in front of a shocked audience at the Hammersmith Odeon at the end of his British tour.

Midnight Special debuts     February 2
The Midnight Special makes its debut as a regular series on NBC. Helen Reddy is the featured artist.

Helen Reddy on Midnight Special                             Chuck Berry on Midnight Special

Don Kirshner's Rock Concert premieres     September 27
Don Kirshner's Rock Concert premieres on syndicated television with a performance by the Rolling Stones.

Sly Stone Linda Ronstadt

LP Record Shortage     October 17
The 1973 oil crisis causes shortages of the vinyl needed to manufacture records. A number of new albums are either delayed or only available in limited quantities until after the holiday season.

The Beatles' Greatest Hits     April 2
The Beatles' greatest hits, The Beatles 1962-1966, the "Red Album", and The Beatles 1967-1970, the "Blue Album", are released. The Beatles 1967-1970 album goes #1 on May 26. The 67-70 album is #12 on the worldwide best selling albums list. The 62-66 album is #21 on the worldwide best selling list.

All Four Former Beatles Release Albums
John Lennon releases Mind Games, it reaches #9. Songs include Mind Games, Aisumasen, Out the Blue.
Paul McCartney releases Red Rose Speedway, it reaches #1, and Band on the Run, it reaches #1. Songs from both albums include My Love, Band on the Run, Jet, Helen Wheels, Let Me Roll It.
George Harrison releases Living in the Material World, it reaches #1. Songs include Give Me Love, Living in the Material World.
Ringo Starr releases Ringo, it reaches #2. Songs include Photograph, You're Sixteen, Oh My My.

Music Sales by Media 1973 - 2010
Albums Shipped 1973 - 2010

Popular music was at its peak in both diversity and quality in 1973. Hits and unique songs from a wide variety of musical styles graced the airwaves and dominated the charts: Pop, Rock, Soul, Funk, Reggae, R&B, Country, Folk, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Jazz were all represented with memorable tunes. The songs were played one after another with little regard to their style. Rock, Pop and Soul were maturing and artists were reaching their creative and artistic peak.

Great Songs on the Airwaves from a Wide Variety of Styles
Pop: You're So Vain, Dancing in the Moonlight, Kodachrome, Midnight at the Oasis
Rock: Crocodile Rock, Frankenstein, Over the Hills and Far Away, Rocky Mountain Way
Rhythm and Blues: Touch Me in the Morning, Could it Be I'm Falling in Love, Love Train
Soul: Let's Get it On, Killing Me Softly, Midnight Train to Georgia
Funk: Superstition, Will it Go Round in Circles
Country: Behind Closed Doors, My Maria
Folk: Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Rocky Mountain High
Reggae: I Shot the Sheriff, Stir It Up
Hard Rock: Smoke on the Water, The Ocean
Soft Rock: Peaceful Easy Feeling, Ventura Highway
Glam Rock: Ballroom Blitz, Suffragette City
Progressive Rock: Tubular Bells, Hocus Pocus
Blues Rock: La Grange
Jazz: Do It Again, Reelin' in the Years, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)
Novelty Songs: Monster Mash, Playground in Your Mind
Remakes: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Also Sprach Zarathustra (Classical song transposed into Jazz)
Other Memorable Songs: Dueling Banjos, Free Bird, Stuck in the Middle With You, Right Place Wrong Time, The Cisco Kid, Pillow Talk, Little Willy, Jungle Boogie, Rock On, Brother Louie, Funky Worm, Cover of Rolling Stone, Oh Babe What Would You Say, Money, Superfly, The Joker...

All Time 1973 Albums from a Compilation of 3600 Album Charts
Dark Side of the Moon
Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd - #2 all time
Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin - #74
Quadrophenia, The Who - #110
Innervisions, Stevie Wonder - #138
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John - #188
Raw Power, The Stooges - #194
Selling England by the Pound, Genesis - #197
Band on the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings - #320 Houses of the Holy
Alladin Sane, David Bowie - #379
The Wild the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen - #402
Berlin, Lou Reed - #432
(pronounced leh-nerd ske-nerd), Lynyrd Skynyrd - #446
For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music - #462
Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield - #497
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Black Sabbath - #551
Catch the Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers - #612

Bands Disbanding in 1973
The Byrds (1964-73)
The Doors (1965-73)
The Everly Brothers (1957-73)
Family (1966-73)

Bands Established in 1973
Bachman - Turner Overdrive
Bad Company AC/DC
KC and the Sunshine Band
Los Lobos
Pablo Cruise
Quiet Riot
The Tubes
Springsteen Debut Album

Debut Albums
ABBA - Ring Ring
Aerosmith - Aerosmith
Rick Derringer - All American Boy
Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
Lynyrd Skynyrd - (pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd)
New York Dolls - New York Dolls
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells ABBA Debut Album
Suzi Quatro - Suzi Quatro
Queen - Queen
Bruce Springsteen - Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
Robin Trower - Twice Removed from Yesterday
Tom Waits - Closing Time

Top 10 Singles
Carly Simon - You're So Vain
1. "You're So Vain" ... Carly Simon
2. "Superstition" ... Stevie Wonder
3. "Crocodile Rock" ... Elton John
4. "Killing Me Softly With His Song" ... Roberta Flack
5. "Love Train" ... The O'Jays
6. "The Night Lights Went Out in Georgia" ... Vicki Lawrence Stevie Wonder - Superstition
7. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" ... Dawn
8. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" ... Stevie Wonder
9. "Frankenstein" ... Edgar Winter Group
10. "My Love" ... Paul McCartney

Billboard Top 100
1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree, Tony Orlando and Dawn
Tony Orlando and Dawn
2. Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
3. Killing Me Softly With His Song, Roberta Flack
4. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
5. My Love, Paul McCartney and Wings
6. Why Me, Kris Kristofferson
7. Crocodile Rock, Elton John
8. Will It Go Round In Circles, Billy Preston Marvin Gaye
9. You're So Vain, Carly Simon
10. Touch Me In The Morning, Diana Ross

11. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, Vicki Lawrence
12. Playground In My Mind, Clint Holmes
13. Brother Louie, Stories
14. Delta Dawn, Helen Reddy
Edgar Winter Group
15. Me And Mrs. Jones, Billy Paul
16. Frankenstein, Edgar Winter Group
17. Drift Away, Dobie Gray
18. Little Willy, Sweet
19. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder
20. Half Breed, Cher

21. That Lady, Isley Bros. Sylvia
22. Pillow Talk, Sylvia
23. We're An American Band, Grand Funk Railroad
24. Right Place Wrong Time, Dr. John
25. Wildflower, Skylark
26. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
27. Loves Me Like A Rock, Paul Simon
28. The Morning After, Maureen McGovern
The O'Jays
29. Rocky Mountain High, John Denver
30. Stuck In The Middle With You, Stealers Wheel

31. Shambala, Three Dog Night
32. Love Train, O'Jays
33. I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Barry White
34. Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose, Tony Orlando and Dawn
35. Keep On Truckin' (Pt. 1), Eddie Kendricks Monster Mash
36. Dancing In The Moonlight, King Harvest
37. Danny's Song, Anne Murray
38. Monster Mash, Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kickers
39. Natural High, Bloodstone
40. Diamond Girl, Seals and Crofts

41. Long Train Running, Doobie Brothers
42. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), George Harrison
Gladys Knight and the Pips
43. If You Want Me To Stay, Sly and The Family Stone
44. Daddy's Home, Jermaine Jackson
45. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye), Gladys Knight and The Pips
46. I'm Doing Fine Now, New York City
47. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, Spinners
48. Daniel, Elton John
49. Midnight Train To Georgia, Gladys Knight and The Pips Deep Purple
50. Smoke On The Water , Deep Purple

51. The Cover Of Rolling Stone, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show
52. Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich
53. Your Mama Don't Dance, Loggins and Messina
54. Feelin' Stronger Every Day, Chicago
55. The Cisco Kid, War
56. Live And Let Die, Wings
Stealers Wheel
57. Oh Babe What Would You Say?, Hurricane Smith
58. I Believe In You, Johnnie Taylor
59. Sing, Carpenters
60. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got), Four Tops

61. Dueling Banjos, Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel
62. Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
63. Here I Am (Come And Take Me), Al Green Curtis Mayfield
64. My Maria, B.W. Stevenson
65. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
66. Get Down, Gilbert O'Sullivan
67. Last Song, Edward Bear
68. Reelin' In The Years, Steely Dan
69. Hocus Pocus, Focus
70. Yesterday Once More, Carpenters
Dr. John

71. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Bette Midler
72. Clair, Gilbert O'Sullivan
73. Do It Again, Steely Dan
74. Kodachrome, Paul Simon
75. Why Can't We Live Together, Timmy Thomas
76. So Very Hard To Go, Tower Of Power
77. Do You Want To Dance?, Bette Midler Allman Brothers
78. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu, Johnny Rivers
79. Ramblin' Man, Allman Brothers
80. Masterpiece, Temptations

81. Peaceful, Helen Reddy
82. One Of A Kind (Love Affair), Spinners
83. Funny Face, Donna Fargo
84. Funky Worm, Ohio Players
Diana Ross
85. Angie, Rolling Stones
86. Jambalaya (On The Bayou), Blue Ridge Rangers
87. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend, Lobo
88. Break Up To Make Up, Stylistics
89. Daisy A Day, Jud Strunk
90. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001), Deodato

Maria Muldaur

91. Stir It Up, Johnny Nash
92. Money, Pink Floyd
93. Gypsy Man, War
94. The World Is A Ghetto, War
95. Yes We Can Can, Pointer Sisters
96. Free Ride, Edgar Winter Group
97. Space Oddity, David Bowie
98. It Never Rains In Southern California, Albert Hammond
99. The Twelfth Of Never, Donny Osmond
100. Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Temptations

Lynyrd Skynrd

Other Songs Heard on the Radio in 1973
Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Dream On, Aerosmith
Living For the City, Stevie Wonder
Piano Man, Billy Joel
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
Bennie and the Jets, Elton John Aerosmith
The Joker, Steve Miller Band
Radar Love, Golden Earring
Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Bob Dylan

Get Up Stand Up, Wailers
Takin' Care Of Business, Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Time, Pink Floyd
Bob Marley
Band On the Run, Wings
When Will I See You Again, Three Degrees
Long Train Runnin', Doobie Brothers
Over the Hills and Far Away, Led Zeppelin
You Make Me Feel Brand New, Stylistics
Jessica, Allman Brothers Band
Candle In the Wind, Elton John Billy Joel

Rosalita, Bruce Springsteen
Desperado, Eagles
Jet, Wings
China Grove, Doobie Brothers
La Grange, ZZ Top
Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich
I Shot the Sheriff, Wailers
The Eagles
Ventura Highway, America
Love's Theme, Love Unlimited Orchestra
Feelin' Stronger Every Day, Chicago

Diamond Girl, Seals And Crofts
Ballroom Blitz, The Sweet
Rock On, David Essex
Rocky Mountain Way, Joe Walsh ZZ Top
For the Love Of Money, O'Jays
Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Elton John
Loves Me Like a Rock, Paul Simon
She's Gone, Daryl Hall and John Oates
Come and Get Your Love, Redbone
Just You 'n' Me, Chicago
Jungle Boogie, Kool and the Gang
Charlie Rich

Brain Damage/Eclipse, Pink Floyd
The Most Beautiful Girl, Charlie Rich
D'Yer Maker, Led Zeppelin
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Elton John
I've Got To Use My Imagination, Gladys Knight and the Pips
Photograph, Ringo Starr
If You Want Me To Stay, Sly and the Family Stone Al Green
Gimme Three Steps, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Here I Am (Come and Take Me), Al Green
Rock And Roll Hoochie Coo, Rick Derringer

Us and Them, Pink Floyd
Love Reign O'er Me, The Who
Boogie Down, Eddie Kendricks
Doin' It To Death, Fred Wesley and the J.B.'s
Jim Croce
I'll Have To Say I Love You In a Song, Jim Croce
Lady, Styx
Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield
Nutbush City Limits, Ike and Tina Turner
I Got a Name, Jim Croce
I'll Always Love My Mama, Intruders

Tequila Sunrise, Eagles Mike Oldfield
Karn Evil #9, Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Blockbuster, The Sweet
Hooked On a Feeling, Blue Swede
Just Don't Want To Be Lonely, Main Ingredient
Get Down, Gilbert O'Sullivan
Midnight At the Oasis, Maria Muldaur
5:15, The Who
Steely Dan
The Ocean, Led Zeppelin
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker), Rolling Stones

Woman From Tokyo, Deep Purple
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, Stevie Wonder
No More Mr. Nice Guy, Alice Cooper
Let It Ride, Bachman-Turner Overdrive
You're Sixteen, Ringo Starr John Denver
The Payback, James Brown
Until You Come Back To Me, Aretha Franklin
I Can't Stand the Rain, Ann Peebles
Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up, Barry White
Show and Tell, Al Wilson

Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, Gladys Knight and the Pips
Cum On Feel the Noize, Slade
Bette Midler
20th Century Boy, T. Rex
The Love I Lost, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
Jolene, Dolly Parton
Personality Crisis, New York Dolls
Search and Destroy, Stooges
Call Me, Al Green
Seasons In the Sun, Terry Jacks Johnny Nash
Hollywood Swinging, Kool and the Gang

So Very Hard To Go, Tower of Power
Can't You See, Marshall Tucker Band
The Way We Were, Barbra Streisand
Natural High, Bloodstone
Mind Games, John Lennon
Led Zeppelin
Something's Wrong With Me, Austin Roberts
Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend, Lobo
Pieces of April, Three Dog Night
Let's Pretend, Raspberries
One of a Kind Love Affair, Spinners

I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band, Moody Blues
Living in the Past, Jetrho Tull
Jimmy Loves Mary Ann, Looking Glass
Why Don't We Get Drunk, Jimmy Buffett
My Ding-a-Ling, Chuck Berry
Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
School's Out, Alice Cooper

Critically Acclaimed Albums of 1973 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 3600 greatest album charts
1. Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
2. Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin
3. Quadrophenia, The Who
4. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
6. Raw Power, The Stooges
7. Selling England By The Pound, Genesis Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
8. Band on the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings
9. Aladdin Sane, David Bowie
10. The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen

11. Berlin, Lou Reed
12. (prounoucedlLeh-nerd skin-nerd), Lynyrd Skynyrd
13. For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music
14. Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield
Band on the Run
15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Black Sabbath
16. Catch the Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers
17. Brain Salad Surgery, Emerson Lake and Palmer
18. Closing Time, Tom Waits
19. Head Hunter, Herbie Hancock
20. Future Days, Can

21. Greetings from Asbury Park NJ, Bruce Springsteen Raw Power
22. The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff
23. New York Dolls, New York Dolls
24. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
25. Countdown to Ecstasy, Steely Dan
26. Tales from Topographic Oceans, Yes
27. Tres Hombres, ZZ Top
28. Paris 1919, John Cale
Aladdin Sane
29. Over-Nite Sensation, Frank Zappa
30. Desperado, Eagles

31. Larks Tongues In Aspic, King Crimson
32. Billion Dollar Babies, Alice Cooper
33. Faust IV, Faust
34. Ar taud, Pescado Rabioso
35. Queen , Queen The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
36. Here Come the Warm Jets, Brian Eno
37. Beatles 1967 - 1970, The Beatles
38. Burnin', Bob Marley and the Wailers
39. Birds of Fire, Mahavishnu Orchestra
40. Solid Air, John Martyn

41. Grand Hotel, Procol Harum
42. Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh, Magma
pronounced len-erd ski-nerd
43. Stranded, Roxy Music
44. Face Forward Voyagers, John Fahey
45. Call Me, Al Green
46. Brothers and Sisters, Allman Brothers Band
47. Beatles 1962 - 1966, The Beatles
48. Living in the Material World, George Harrison
49. Goat's Head Soup, Rolling Stones Catch a Fire
50. A Wizard, A True Star, Todd Rundgren

51. 3+3, Isley Brothers
52. Mott, Mott the Hoople
53. Aerosmith, Aerosmith
54. Dixie Chicken, Little Feat
55. There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Paul Simon
56. The Human Menagerie, Cockney Rebel
Brain Salad Surgery
57. Yessongs, Yes
58. The Captain and Me, The Doobie Brothers
59. GP, Gram Parsons
60. Mind Games, John Lennon

61. Space Ritual, Hawkwind
62. Volumen 3, Pappo's Blues
63. Fresh, Sly and the Family Stone Closing Time
64. Funky Kingston, Toots and the Maytals
65. The Payback, James Brown
66. Tyranny and Mutation, Blue Oyster Cult
67. Wake of the Flood, Grateful Dead
68. Honky Tonk Heroes, Waylon Jennings
69. Piano Man, Billy Joel
Houses of the HoHos
70. On the Third Day, Electric Light Orchestra
71. Live at Carnegie Hall, Bill Withers
72. The Roar of '74, Buddy Rich
73. Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, Elton John

Rolling Stone Magazine 500 Greatest Albums /Albums from 1973
24. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
43. Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
91. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
122. The Harder They Come, Reggae Soundtrack, Jimmy Cliff
126. Catch the Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers
128. Raw Power, The Stooges
133. The Wild the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen
148. Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin
165. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
186. Fresh, Sly and the Family Stone
215. New York Dolls, New York Dolls
267. Quadrophenia, The Who
279. Alladin Sane, David Bowie
290. Call Me, Al Green
319. Burnin', Bob Marley and the Wailers
344. Berlin, Lou Reed
370. Mott, Mott the Hoople
396. For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music
403. (pronounced leh-nerd ske-nerd), Lynyrd Skynyrd
418. Band on the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings
423. Anthology, Diana Ross and the Supremes
432. Here Come the Warm Jets, Brian Eno
450. For Everyman, Jackson Browne
490. Tres Hombres, ZZ Top

Stairway to Heaven - Class Song