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On March 7, 1971.

On March 7, 1971, Harold McNair died aged 39. He was musician (saxophone, flute), recorded and performed with many artists including Quincy Jones, Tony Crombie, Jack Costanzo,Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Philly Joe Jones, John Cameron, Blossom Dearie, Jon Hendricks, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Ginger Baker’s Air Force (Polydor, 1970), with Steve Winwood, Phil Seamen, Johnny Harris, Donovan, The Picadilly Line, Lionel Bart, Steamhammer, Davy Graham, John Martyn, Don Partridge, Syd Dale, Brian Bennett, Kathe Green, Alun Ashworth Jones, Magna Carta, Marc Brierley, Nick Drake – Bryter Layter, CCS, Peter Collins, Peter Collins, Rosetta Hightower, Cressida, Caetano Veloso, Alexis Korner, Seven Ages of Man and Tim Hollier. As band leader he released ten albums.

On February 24, 1971.

On February 24, 1971, “Columbia” label released “Jack Johnson”, the 39th Miles Davis album. It was recorded February – April 1970, at “30th Street” in New York City, and was produced by Teo Macero.


  • Miles Davis – trumpet
  • Steve Grossman – soprano saxophone
  • Bennie Maupin – bass clarinet
  • John McLaughlin – electric guitar
  • Sonny Sharrock – electric guitar
  • Herbie Hancock – organ
  • Chick Corea – electric piano
  • Dave Holland – electric bass
  • Michael Henderson – electric bass
  • Jack DeJohnette – drums
  • Billy Cobham – drums
  • Brock Peters – narration
  • Teo Macero – conduction of “unknown orchestra”
  • Stan Tonkel – engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Miles Davis.

  1. Right Off
  2. Yesternow

On February 18, 2013.

On February 18, 2013, Otis Robert Harris Jr. aka Damon Harris died aged 62. He was singer, founding member of the Temptations tribute band The Young Tempts (a.k.a. The Young Vandals), later performed under the name Impact, but was best known as member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975.

On February 16, 1972.

On February 16, 1972, “Bearsville” label released “Something/Anything?” the third Todd Rundgren album. It was recorded in 1971 at “I.D. Sound Studios” and “Runt Recorders” in Los Angeles, “The Record Plant” in New York City, “Bearsville Studios” in Woodstock, and was produced by Todd Rundgren.


  • Todd Rundgren – lead vocals, guitar, piano
  • Rick Valente – lead vocals
  • Mark Klingman – piano, organ
  • Charlie Schoning – piano
  • Mark Klingman – organ
  • Rick Derringer – guitar
  • Ralph Walsh – guitar
  • Robbie Kogale – guitar
  • Amos Garrett – guitar
  • Ben Keith – pedal steel
  • Randy Read – rhythm guitar
  • Tony Sales – bass
  • Stu Woods – bass
  • Bugsy Maugh – bass
  • Collie Read – bass
  • Jim Colgrove – bass
  • Stockman – drums
  • Billy Mundi – drums
  • Hunt Sales – drums
  • John Siomos – drums
  • Hope Ruff, Richard Corey, Brook Baxes, Anthony Carrubba, Henry Fanton, Edward Olmos, Vicki Robinson, Dennis Cooley, Cecilia Norfleet  – backing vocals
  • Serge Katzen – conga
  • Gene Dinwiddie – tenor sax
  • Jim Horn – tenor sax
  • John Kelson – tenor sax
  • Mike Brecker – tenor sax
  • Randy Brecker – trumpet
  • Barry Rogers – trombone

Track listing:

All tracks by Todd Rundgren except where noted.

Side One: A Bouquet of Ear-catching Melodies

  1. I Saw the Light
  2. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
  3. Wolfman Jack
  4. Cold Morning Light
  5. It Takes Two for Tango (This Is fort the Girls)
  6. Sweeter Memories

Side Two: The Cerebral Side

  1. Intro
  2. Breathless
  3. The Night the Carousel Burnt Down
  4. Saving Grace
  5. Marlene
  6. Song of the Viking
  7. I Went to the Mirror

Side Three: The Kid Gets Heavy

  1. Black Maria
  2. One More Day (No Word)
  3. Couldn’t I Just Tell You
  4. Torch Song
  5. Little Red Lights

Side Four: Baby Needs a New Pair of Snakeskin Boots (A Pop Operetta)

  1. Overture–My Roots
  2. Money (That’s What I Want) – Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy, Jr.
  3. Messin’ with the Kid – Mel London
  4. Dust in the Wind – Mark Klingman
  5. Piss Aaron
  6. Hello It’s Me
  7. Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me
  8. You Left Me Sore
  9. Slut

In February 1971.

In February 1971, “Warner Bros” label released “Long Player”, the second Faces studio album. It was recorded September 1970 – January 1971, at “Morgan Studios” in London and “The Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Unit”, the live tracks recorded in November 1970 at “Filmore East” in New York City, and was produced by Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones.

  • Rod Stewart – lead vocals
  • Ronnie Lane – lead vocal, bass, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals, first verse/harmony
  • Ronnie Wood – lead, slide, acoustic and pedal steel guitars, backing and co-lead vocal
  • Ian McLagan – piano, organ, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kenney Jones – drums, percussion
  • Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone
  • Harry Beckett – trumpet

Track listing:

  1. Bad ‘n’ Ruin – Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart
  2. Tell Everyone – Ronnie Lane
  3. Sweet Lady Mary – Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood
  4. Richmond – Ronnie Lane
  5. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
  6. Had Me a Real Good Time – Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood
  7. On the Beach – Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood
  8. I Feel So Good – Big Bill Broonzy
  9. Jerusalem – Hubert Parry, William Blake

On January 24, 1972.

On January 24, 1972, “Columbia” label released the self-titled, second Paul Simon album. It was recorded January – March 1971, at “CBS Studios” in san Francisco, “CBS Studios” in Los Angeles, “CBS Studios” in New York City, “Western Recorders” in Los Angeles, “Dynamic Sound Studios”, “Kingston Studio CBE” in Paris, and was produced by Paul Simon and Roy Halee.


  • Paul Simon – vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion,  arranger
  • Stéphane Grappelli – violin
  • Lynford “Hux” Brown – lead guitar
  • David Spinozza – acoustic guitar
  • Wallace Wilson – rhythm guitar 
  • Stefan Grossman – bottleneck guitar 
  • Jerry Hahn – electric guitar
  • Neville Hinds – Hammond organ 
  • Larry Knechtel – piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, harmonium, Hammond organ
  • Fred Lipsius – alto saxophone
  • John Schroer – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • Steven Turre – trombone
  • Los Incas – flute, charango, percussion
  • Mike Mainieri – vibes 
  • Charlie McCoy – bass harmonica
  • Jackie Jackson – bass guitar
  • Joe Osborn – bass guitar
  • Ron Carter – double bass
  • Russell George – bass guitar
  • Hal Blaine – drums
  • Winston Grennan – drums
  • Denzil Laing – percussion
  • Victor Montanez – congas 
  • Airto Moreira – percussion
  • Cissy Houston, Von Eva Sims, Renelle Stafford and Deirdre Tuck – backing vocals
  • Roy Halee – engineer
  • Bernard Estardy – additional engineer
  • Phil Ramone – engineer
  • John Berg, Ron Coro – design
  • P.A. Harper – photography
  • Leslie Kong – contractor

Track listing:

All tracks by Paul Simon, except where noted. 

  1. Mother and Child Reunion
  2. Duncan
  3. Everything Put Together Falls Apart
  4. Run That Body Down
  5. Armistice Day
  6. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
  7. Peace Like a River
  8. Papa Hobo
  9. Hobo’s Blues – Paul Simon, Stéphane Grappelli
  10. Paranoia Blues
  11. Congratulations

On January 3, 1971.

On January 3, 1971, “Vertigo” label released “Salisbury”, the second Uriah Heep studio album. It was recorded October – November 1970, at “Lansdowne Studios” in London, and was produced by Gert Bron.


  • David Byron – lead vocals
  • Ken Hensley – vocals, slide and acoustic guitars, organ, piano, harpsichord, vibraphone
  • Mick Box – vocals, lead and acoustic guitar
  • Paul Newton – vocals, bass guitar
  • Keith Baker – drums
  • John Fiddy – brass and woodwind arrangements
  • Peter Gallen – engineer, mixing
  • Tom Coyne – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Bird of Prey – Mick Box, David Byron, Ken Hensely, Paul Newton
  2. The Park – Ken Hensley
  3. Time to Live – Mick Box, David Byron, Ken Hensley
  4. Lady in Black – Ken Hensley
  5. High Priestess – Ken Hensley
  6. Salisbury – Mick Box, David Byron, Ken Hensley

On December 8, 1971.

On December 8, 1971, “Impulse!” label released “Black Unity”, the seventh Pharoah Sanders album. It was recorded in November 1971, and was produced by Lee Young.


  • Pharoah Sanders — soprano and tenor saxophone, balafon
  • Marvin “Hannibal” Peterson — trumpet
  • Carlos Garnett — flute, tenor saxophone
  • Joe Bonner — piano
  • Stanley Clarke, Cecil McBee — bass
  • Norman Connors, Billy Hart — drums
  • Lawrence Killian — conga, balafon, talking drum, percussion
  • Tony May — engineer
  • Erick Labson — remastering
  • Hollis King — art direction
  • Christine Lee — graphic design
  • Chuck Stewart — photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Pharaoh Sanders.

  1. Black Unity Pt. I
  2. Black Unity Pt. II

On November 29, 2001.

On November 29, 2001, George Harrison died aged 58. He was musician (guitar), singer, songwriter, and music and movie producer, lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of The Beatles. His interest in folk music and especially in Indian music had serious influence on the band’s Hindu-aligned spirituality in the later years. Some of his songs composed for the band include “Here Comes the Sun”, “Something”, “Taxman”, “Within You Without You”, and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. After The Beatles broke-up in 1970, Harrison released the album “All Things Must Pass” which included the track “My Sweet Lord”, his most successful single, and the first solo single by any member of The Beatles that sold over million copies. In 1971, together with Ravi Shankar he organized “Concert for Bangladesh”, the first big benefit concert in the music history. In 1974, Harrison founded the music label “Dark Horse Records”, and co-founded movie label “Hand Made Films” in 1978. In 1988, with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison, he co-founded the supergroup The Travelling Wilburys. As a guitarist he recorded for Badfinger, Billy Preston, Bob Dylan, Duane Eddy, Randy Newman, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, and Tom Petty. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Harrison at number 11 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. In 1988, as a member of The Beatles he was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 2004, posthumously for his solo career. As a solo artist, Harrison released twelve studio and two live albums.

On November 1, 1971.

On November 1, 1971, “A&M” label released “Footprint”, the second Gary Wright studio album. It was recorded in 1971, in London and New York City, and was produced by Gary Wright.


  • Gary Wright – vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar
  • George Harrison – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Hugh McCracken – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Jerry Donahue – electric guitar, percussion
  • Mick Jones – guitar
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Tom Duffy – bass
  • Alan White – drums, percussion, harpsichord
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Jim Gordon – drums
  • Colin Allen – drums, percussion
  • Bryson Graham – drums
  • Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone
  • Jim Price – trumpet, trombone
  • King Curtis – saxophone
  • John Barham – string arrangements
  • Doris Troy, Nanette Newman, Madeline Bell, Liza Strike, Barry St John, P. P. Arnold, Jimmy Thomas – backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Gary Wright.

  1. Give Me the Good Earth
  2. Two Faced Man
  3. Love to Survive
  4. Whether It’s Right or Wrong
  5. Stand for Our Rights
  6. Fascinating Things
  7. Forgotten
  8. If You Treat Someone Right