Song of the Year 1971
Rob Stewart and Faces (Ron Wood guitar) have a classic mega hit with Maggie May
Billboard Top 40 of 1971
Top Albums of 1971
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
The Grammy's 1971
Record of the Year: It's Too Late - Carole King
Album of the Year: Tapestry, Carole King
Song of the Year: You've Got a Friend - Carole King, songwriter
Best New Artist of the Year: Carly Simon
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: You've Got a Friend - James Taylor
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: Tapestry - Carole King
Best Rhythm and Blues Song: Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers, songwriter
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male: A Natural Man - Lou Rawls
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Aretha Franklin
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Group: Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner
Best Jazz Performance By a Group: The Bill Evans Album - Bill Evans Trio
Best Jazz Performance By a Big Band New Orleans Suite - Duke Ellington
Best Country Song: Help Me Make It Through the Night - Kris Kristofferson, songwriter
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: When You're Hot, You're Hot - Jerry Reed
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female: Help Me Make It Through the Night - Sammi Smith
Best Country Vocal Performance By a Group: After the Fire Is Gone - Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
Best Album Cover: Pollution - Dean O. Torrance, album design; Gene Brownell, art director
The Tony's (Musicals) 1971
Best Musical Play: Stephen Sondheim, Company
Best Actor Musical Play: Hal Linden, The Rothchilds
Best Actress Musical Play: Helen Gallagher, No No Nanette
Best Supporting Actor Musical Play: Keene Curtis, The Rothchilds
Best Supporting Actress Musical Play: Patsy Kelly, No No Nanette
Best Director Musical Play: Harold Prince, Company
Best Choreographer: Donald Saddler, No No Nanette
War and starvation get out of hand with Bangladesh trying to pull away from East Pakistan. Beatle George Harrison invited Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and Ravi Shanka among others to play the first successful benefit concert. Madison Square Garden had 40,000 in attendance for the
Woke up this morn in' and got myself a beer
Not long after successfully releasing their move toward the Blues in their classic album L A Woman, Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors was found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France. Whether due to drugs, alcohol or drowning is still in question, as is him hanging around with Elvis in Maui. Where is Jim Morrison
The Allman Brothers Band become a legend at the Fillmore, and Southern Rock gets its name and sound. They cranked out the jump blues better than any other White Boys before or since. The original magic you see here, those unique lead guitar fighting it out played by Greg Allman and Dicky Best lasted only a few more months. In October 1971 Greg Allman cashed and died on his Harley.
Rock & Roll 1971
After a year long hiatus, the Rolling Stones return with Sticky Fingers. Much like the rock and roll inside, the zipper on the front of the album is the real thing. Sticky Fingers the album.
Hard Rock & Heavy Metal 1971
Led Zeppelin IV could well be the best kickass rock & roll album every made. Not many groups have been able to put so many great songs on one album. Remembered for the classic guitar solo anthem Stairway to Heaven, the album also included the familiar Black Dog, Rock and Roll, and the slow building punch of When the Levy Breaks. As the album designers guessed, the cover needed no words to be recognized to this day. Led Zeppelin 4 the album
Though having been around a few years, Jethro Tull, led by Ian Anderson who was classical flutist and university professor. He turned into a crazyman rock and roll star on stage making hits out of songs about even crazier people than he. Aqualung, the album and the song. The Ion Anderson Story
Rhythm & Blues 1971
Ike and Tina Turner made it big with Proud Mary. Stick with this video a few minutes to see what the genre of what is often called Jump Blues is all about. Ike and Tina Soap Opera
John Prine has an FM radio only hit with Illegal Smile. The John Prine Story
"...I didn't kill anyone, I'm just trying to have me some fun."
The album also includes one of the best Vietnam Vet songs ever produced, Sam Stone.
"There's a hole in Daddy's arm where all the money goes... "
Country & Western 1971
New kid on the block John Denver records Take Me Home, Country Roads. It appears on his first album Poems, Prayers and Promises and later in the year as a single that sells a million copies and makes him a star. John Denver Memorial site
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