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January 1973 - 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 and the single “Dream On”  would reach the US Top Ten.January 1973 - Elvis' live TV special, Aloha From Hawaii, is watched by an audience estimated at more than a billion people worldwide and introduces the world to the white rhinestone jumpsuit.February 1973 - New Orleans' artist Dr. John, backed by funk band The Meters, scores a US Top Ten hit with the single "Right Place Wrong Time".February 1973 - The fifth album by American hard rock band Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies, goes to #1 in the US and UK. The single “Elected” hits #4 UK,  #26 US, the highest charting of three Top 40 singles from the album.February 1973 - American hard rock band The Stooges  sign to Columbia Records and release their third and final album Raw Power, with production by David Bowie.The album barely cracks the Top 200 in the US, but reaches #44 UK.February 1973 - UK artist Elton John’s sixth album, “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player”, goes to #1 in both the US and UK. The album’s lead single “Crocodile Rock” brings John his first #1 single in the US, #4 UK. March 1973 - UK progressive rock band Pink Floyd release their eighth album, Dark Side of the Moon, which goes to #1 US, #2 UK and goes on to become one of the best selling albums of all time.March 1973 - Paul McCartney's band Wings has their first US #1 single (#9 UK) with "My Love" from their second album Red Rose Speedway.March 1973 - Led Zeppelin release their fifth album, Houses of the Holy, which goes #1 in the US and UK and yields the top 20 hit single "D'yer Mak'er".March 1973 - Texas by way of Los Angeles soft rock duo Seals and Croft score their second top ten album and single in the US with "Diamond Girl".April 1973 - Catch a Fire is the major label debut album and first international release by Jamaican reggae artists Bob Marley and the Wailers on Island Records . May 1973 - 19-year-old UK guitarist Mike Oldfield has a #1 UK, #7 US album with his first release Tubular Bells, which is boosted by it's inclusion in the hit film The Excorcist. This was the first album released on Richard Branson's Virgin Records.May 1973 - American band The Doobie Brothers have their first Top Ten single in both the US and UK with "Long Train Running" from their third album -The Captain & Me. The song "China Grove" also hits #15 US.June 1973 - Former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh and his band Barnstorm have a US Top Ten album buoyed by the single "Rocky Mountain Way". June 1973 - The sixth album from American horn rock band Chicago goes to #1 US with two US Top Ten hits "Feelin Stronger" and "Just You and Me". June 1973 - George Harrison scores his second US #1, UK #8 single with "Give Me Love" from the US #1 album, #2 UK - Living In The Material World.July 1973 - Texas blues/boogie band ZZ Top find the magic on their third album - Tres Hombres which goes Top Ten in the US helped by the #41 US hit single "La Grange".July 1973 - The July 28th Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, NY is the largest rock festival ever held in the U.S. with an audience estimated at 600,000. Headliners were The Band, The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers. Members of all three bands performed a three song jam to close the festival.August 1973 - The Allman Brothers release the album Brothers and Sisters following the death of band leader and guitarist Duane Allman in 1971. Guitarist Dickey Betts takes the lead and the band has their first #1 US album and their only Top Ten single with "Ramblin Man" #2 US. August 1973 - The Rolling Stones are back on top in the US and UK with a #1 album - Goats Head Soup and #1 single with "Angie".August 1973 - Arlington, VA singer Roberta Flack has her second #1 US single (#6 UK) with "Killing Me Softly With His Song".August 1973 - Stevie Wonder follows up on his #3 US album Talking Book, with the #4 US, #8 UK album Innervisions. The album includes two US Top Ten singles "Higher Ground" #4 US, #29 UK and "Living For The City" #8 US, #15 UK. August 1973 - The New York Dolls release their debut album produced by Todd Rundgren. The album has limited success charting at #116 US and missing the UK charts entirely. In a Creem Magazine poll they win both best and worst new band of '73.August 1973 - Marvin Gaye's 12th studio album Let's Get It On is released and goes to #2 US, #39 UK. The title track hits #1 US, #31 UK.August 1973 - Florida rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd release their debut album, have a top 20 hit with "Free Bird" and tour as the opening act for The Who.September 1973 - UK glam rockers Sweet have a #5 hit in the US and their sixth top ten single in the UK with "Ballroom Blitz".October 1973 - On their 8th album the Steve Miller Band debut a smoother blues rock sound and score a #1 hit single in both the US and UK with "The Joker".October 1973 - Former sixties Greenwich Village folk revivalist Maria Muldaur releases her solo debut album and reachs the US Top Ten in early '74 with the single "Midnight At The Oasis".October 1973 - Genesis release their fifth studio album, Selling England by the Pound, which goes to #3 UK and #70 US.October 1973 - Elton John continues his chart success with his third US (2nd UK) #1 album in a row, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The album generates two #2 US singles "Daniel" (#4 UK) and the title track (#6 UK). The single "Benny and the Jets" reaches #1 in the US in early '74.November 1973 - The son of a classical pianist, Hicksville, NY native Billy Joel's second album yields a minor hit with "Piano Man" #25 US, #136 UK.November 1973 - Former Beatle drummer Ringo Starr continues his solo success with a #2 US, #7 UK album and three top ten hits in the US, including two US #1's "Photograph" #8 UK and "You're Sixteen" #4 UK. (Ringo shown above at Grammys with Harry Nilsson on left)November 1973 - Ex-Beatle John Lennon's fourth solo album, Mind Games, charts at #9 US, #13 UK.November 1973 - Canton, Ohio vocal group the O'Jays have a hit second album and #1 US, #9 UK single with "Love Train". November 1973 - Honolulu, HI native Bette Midler's self-titled second album goes to #6 US and is her second US Top Ten album. The single "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" hits US #8.November 1973 - UK progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer release their fourth album Brain Salad Surgery which reaches #2 UK, #11 US.December 1973 - The single "Takin' Care of Business" drives the second album by Canadian rock band, and former Guess Who members, Bachman Turner Overdrive to #4 US.December 1973 - After being killed in a plane crash in September, Jim Croce has a posthumous #1 US hit single with "Time In A Bottle".KIRL Radio of St. Louis, MO music guide from  August 1973.KSLQ Radio of St. Louis, MO hits chart from  December 1973.
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