1973 Rock Music Timeline
Hard rock band Aerosmith debut album
Jan '73
Boston band Aerosmith release their self titled debut album which reaches #21 US, but fails to chart in the UK. The album would be re-released in 1976  with the single “Dream On” reaching #6 US. (more) 
Elvis Presley Aloha from Hawaii
Jan '73
Elvis' live TV special, Aloha From Hawaii, is watched by more than a billion people worldwide and introduces the world to the white rhinestone jumpsuit. (more) 
Dr. John funk classic Right Place Wrong Time
Feb '73
New Orleans' Dr. John, backed by The Meters, scores a US Top 20 hit with the funk classic "Right Place Wrong Time". (more)
Elton John number one hit single Crocodile Rock
Alice Cooper album Billion Dollar Babies
Iggy and the Stooges album Raw Power
Feb '73
Feb '73
Feb '73
UK artist Elton John has a #1 album in the US and UK and his first  US #1 single with "Crocodile Rock" #5 UK.  (more)  
Alice Cooper have a #1 album in the US and UK with Billion Dollar Babies, along with three Top Ten UK and three Top 40 singles in the US including "Elected". (more)
Ann Arbor, MI band The Stooges sign to Columbia Records and release their final seventies album Raw Power #44 UK, #182 US produced by David Bowie. (more)
Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon
Paul McCartney and Wings top song My Love
Seals and Croft hit single Diamond Girl
Led Zeppelin album Houses of the Holy
UK band Pink Floyd release their eighth album Dark Side of the Moon which goes to #1 US, #2 UK and becomes one of the best selling albums of all time. (more)
Mar '73
Mar '73
Paul McCartney and Wings have a #1 single (#9 UK)  with "My Love". (more) 
Mar '73
Texas soft rock duo Seals and Croft score their second US Top Ten hit with the single "Diamond Girl". (more)
Mar '73
Led Zeppelin release their fifth album Houses of the Holy which goes #1 in the US and UK and yields the US Top 20 hit "D'yer Mak'er". (more)
Bob Marley and the Wailers album Catch a Fire
Michael Oldfield smash hit Tubular Bells
George Harrison number one single Give Me Love
Rock band Chicago number one album
ZZ Top hit single La Grange
Allman Brothers hit song Ramblin' Man
Rolling Stones #1 single Angie
Marvin Gaye number one song Let's Get It On
Roberta Flack number one song Killing Me Softly With His Song
Stevie Wonder releases album Innervisions
Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd have a hit Free Bird
New York Dolls rock band debut album
Glam rock band Sweet have a hit single with Ballroom Blitz
Maria Muldaur debut album
Steve Miller Band number one song The Joker
Elton John album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Genesis album Selling England By The Pound
Ringo Starr two number one singles Photograph and You're Sixteen
Billy Joel single Piano Man
John Lennon album Mind Games
Bette Midler
Emerson Lake and Palmer
Jim Croce killed
Canadian rock band BTO
Catch a Fire #171 US is the major label debut by Bob Marley and The Wailers  on Island Records(more)
Apr '73
May '73
The first release by new UK record label Virgin Records yields a #1 UK, #3 US album with Tubular Bells by
Michael Oldfield.  (more)
Jun '73
May '73
Former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh and his band Barnstorm have a US Top Ten album buoyed by the single "Rocky Mountain Way". (more)
California band The Doobie Brothers release their third album - The Captain & Me #7 US. The single "Long Train Runnin" goes Top Ten in the US and UK. (more)
Jun '73
Chicago's sixth album goes to #1 in the US and includes two US Top Ten hits "Feelin Stronger Every Day" and "Just You and Me".  (more)
Jun '73
Former Beatles guitarist George Harrison's fourth solo album Living In The Material World hits #1 US, #2 UK along with the single "Give Me Love" #1 US, #8 UK. (more)
Aug '73
Jul '73
Texas blues rock band ZZ Top hit the US Top Ten with their third album Tres Hombres and have a minor hit single with #41 US
"La Grange". (more)
The Allman Brothers release their first album after the death of Duane Allman and hit #1 US. The single "Ramblin' Man" hits US #2. (more)
The Rolling Stones are back on top in the US and UK with a #1 album Goats Head Soup. The single "Angie" hits #1 US, #5 UK. (more)
Aug '73
Aug '73
Aug '73
Aug '73
Stevie Wonder is back with the #4 US, #8 UK album Innervisions and two US Top Ten singles "Higher Ground" and "Living For The City". (more)
Arlington, VA singer Roberta Flack has her second US #1, #6 UK with "Killing Me Softly With His Song". (more)
"Let's Get It On" is a #1 US single and a #2 US, #39 UK album for Marvin Gaye. (more)
Aug '73
Florida band Lynyrd Skynyrd release their debut album #27 US and have a US Top 20 hit with "Free Bird" after touring as the opener for The Who. (more)
Aug '73
The New York Dolls release their debut album and in a Creem Magazine poll they win both best and worst new band of '73. (more)
Sep '73
UK glam rockers Sweet have a #5 hit in the US and their sixth Top Ten hit in the UK with "Ballroom Blitz". (more)
Oct '73
Former sixties Greenwich Village folk revivalist Maria Muldaur releases her solo debut album #3 US and has a US Top Ten hit in '74 with "Midnight At The Oasis". (more)
Nov '73
Oct '73
Oct '73
On their eighth album the Steve Miller Band debut a smooth blues rock sound and have a US #2 album. They also score a #1 US and UK hit single with "The Joker". (more)
Elton John has his second US and UK #1 album in a row with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It  becomes his best selling album. The title track charts at #2 US, #6 UK. (more)
Oct '73
Genesis release their fifth studio album, Selling England by the Pound, which goes to #3 UK and #70 US. (more)
Nov '73
Hicksville, NY singer songwriter Billy Joel's second album yields a minor hit with "Piano Man" #25 US. (more)
Former Beatle Ringo Starr continues his solo success with his third album #2 US, #7 UK. The album includes two US #1 singles "Photograph" #8 UK and "You're Sixteen" #2 UK. (more) 
Nov '73
Following up on the February #1 single "Love Train" producers and songwriters Gamble and Huff help Ohio R&B band the O'Jays create a second hit album (#11 US) and the #9 US single "For The Love of Money". (more)
UK progressiver rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer release their fourth album Brain Salad Surgery and reach #2 UK #11 US. (more)
Nov '73
Nov '73
Former Beatle John Lennon's seventh solo album Mind Games makes #9 US, #13 UK. The title track hits #18 US, #26 UK. (more) 
Nov '73
American singer Bette Midler's self-titled second album goes to #6 in the US. (more)
After being killed in a plane crash in September Philadelphia singer songwriter Jim Croce has a posthumous #1 with the single "Time In A Bottle". (more) 
Dec '73
Dec '73
The US #12 single "Takin' Care of Business" drives the second album by Canadian rock band Bachman Turner Overdrive to US #4. (more)
Watkins Glen Summer Jam
Jul '73
Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, NY is the largest rock festival ever held in the U.S. featuring The Band, The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers. (more)
1973 in Rock & Roll History:

Led Zeppelin play to 56,800 at Tampa Stadium, breaking the Beatles Shea Stadium record for largest concert attendance. The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, NY breaks Woodstock's record with 600,000 fans seeing The Band, The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead. On TV, concert series The Midnight Special and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert are launched. On radio The King Biscuit Flour Hour debuts featuring weekly live concert broadcasts. Singer Jim Croce dies in a Louisiana plane crash.

Top 40 Singles of 1973

  1   The Rolling Stones - Angie
  2   Tony Orlando & Dawn
       Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round the Old           Oak Tree
  3   Elton John - Crocodile Rock
  4   Roberta Flack
       Killing Me Softly With His Song
  5   The Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz
  6   Carly Simon - You're So Vain
  7   Lobo - I'd Love You to Want Me
  8   Gilbert O'Sullivan - Get Down
  9   Elton John
      Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
10   Ringo Starr - Photograph
11   Stevie Wonder - Superstition
12   Suzi Quatro - Can the Can
13   The Sweet - Blockbuster
14   The Carpenters - Top of the World
15   Demis Roussos
       Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye
16   Elton John - Daniel
17   Deep Purple - Smoke On the Water
18   Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On
19   The Carpenters
       Yesterday Once More
20   David Bowie - Space Oddity
21   Stevie Wonder
       You Are the Sunshine of My Life
22   Wings - Live & Let Die
23   Stealer's Wheel
       Stuck in the Middle With You
24   Wings - My Love
25   Maureen McGovern
      The Morning After
26   Stories - Brother Louie
27   Gladys Knight & The Pips
       Midnight Train to Georgia
28   Suzi Quatro - 48 Crash
29   Ike & Tina Turner
       Nutbush City Limits
30   Timmy Thomas
       Why Can't We Live Together?
31   Lou Reed - Walk On the Wild Side
32   Helen Reddy - Delta Dawn
33   Pink Floyd - Money
34   Billy Paul - Me & Mrs Jones
35   Jim Croce - Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
36   Albert Hammond - Free Electric Band
37   The O'Jays - Love Train
38   The Sweet - Hell Raiser
39   Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein
40   Slade - Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me

Top 50 Albums of 1973

  1   Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
  2   Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy  
  3   Elton John
       Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  4   The Beatles - The Beatles 1967-1970
  5   The Beatles - The Beatles 1962-1966
  6   Deep Purple - Made In Japan
  7   The Rolling Stones
       Goat's Head Soup
  8   Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only          The Piano Player
  9   Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
10   Carly Simon - No Secrets
11   Wings - Red Rose Speedway
12   Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
13   Slade - Slayed?
14   The Who - Quadrophenia
15   Neil Diamond
      Jonathan Livingston Seagull
16   George Harrison
       Living In The Material World
17   Neil Diamond - Hot August Night
18   Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
19   David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
20   Ringo Starr - Ringo
21   Paul Simon
       There Goes Rhymin' Simon
22   Jethro Tull - A Passion Play
23   Deep Purple
       Who Do We Think We Are
24   The Allman Brothers Band
       Brothers & Sisters
25   Cat Stevens - Foreigner
26   Emerson, Lake & Palmer
       Brain Salad Surgery
27   The Carpenters - Now & Then
28   Elvis Presley
       Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite
29   David Bowie - Pin-Ups
30   War - The World Is a Ghetto
31   Chicago - Chicago VI
32   John Lennon - Mind Games
33   Santana & John McLaughlin
       Love, Devotion, Surrender
34   Black Sabbath
       SAbbath Bloody SAbbath
35   Genesis
       Selling England By The Pound
36   Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The              Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
37   Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly
38   Slade - Sladest
39   Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
40   Suzi Quatro - Suzi Quatro
41   Yes - Yessongs
42   Uriah Heep - Sweet Freedom
43   Grand Funk Railroad
       We're An American Band
44   Diana Ross - Lady Sings The Blues
45   Ten Years After - Recorded Live
46   Uriah Heep - Live - January 1973
47   Santana - Welcome
48   Bette Midler - The Divine Miss M
49   Bruce Springsteen
       Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
50   Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

All chart information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.

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