This time I refer to the musical achievements and events that occurred half a century ago. Many of them have been important in the history of popular culture.
The year 1972 brought a string of significant successes for glam rock artists. Mark Pollan and T.Rex were at the height of their fame. The enthusiastically received concerts at Empire Pool in London, a US tour, reached number one in the English ratings – Telegram Sam (February) and Metal Guru (May) were the best proof of this. Pollan tried to threaten Pollan in the charts with a shiny robe and showcased his hairy torso Gary Glitter with rock ‘n’ roll in two parts. The actress of the same bright sign – albeit in a very horror style – was Alice Cooper. This demonic man, along with the band of the same name, launched their hit School’s Out (No. 1 August in the UK).
That year, four men from Wolverhampton, known as Slade, did a great job. Their screaming hits like Take Me Bak ‘Ome (Best Song of July) or Mama Weer All Crazee Now (September) proved that guests were about to make an appearance. The band Mott The Hoople, led by Ian Hunter, was in the same charming rock direction, which, thanks to the help of David Bowie, released the album All The Young Dudes and was very successful. And David Bowie himself? Well, he had a lot of fun playing Ziggy Sturdast, shocking the audience with statements about his bisexuality and at the same time gathering crowds during his concerts (supported by the hard band Spiders From Mars).
Of course, the charts also included “polite” music, and even – which must be emphasized – there were also noble compositions and soft rock. In March, the band America placed their number one hit A Horse With No Name at the top of the US chart. A month later, Roberta Flack’s song came out the first time I saw your face in the same place. Gilbert O’Sullivan’s charming songs were also hugely popular: Lonely Again – number one in the summer in the US and Claire – topped UK charts in November.
In 1972, there were several notable departures and significant returns. In February, Steppenwolf (Born To Be Wild song) disbanded. In mid-October, America’s most famous rock and roll band – Creedence Clearwater Revival – released a statement about their final dissolution. Less than a month later, Perry Oakley, distinguished guitarist of the band Allman Brothers, died in a motorcycle accident (he lost his life in roughly the same circumstances as fellow bandleader, legendary guitarist Duane Allman a year earlier).
As for rock ‘n’ roll pioneers, a big concert was held at Wembley in August. It was attended by Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. The latter, after a period of discontent, successfully returned to the top of the rankings – in both the US and UK – with the successful track My Ding-A-Ling.
How about rock music? Here you can feel short of breath, but without exaggeration. The Rolling Stones released the double album Exile On Main Street, one of the most valuable albums in the band’s history. In February, Pink Floyd presented the Eclipse Suite at London’s Rainbow Theatre, which was released a year later as the blockbuster The Dark Side Of The Moon. Trio Emerson Lake & Palmer has released a fourth feature-length play – trilogy. The band Yes released the album considered (over time) the best in their production – Close To The Edge, and the musically unusual group Wishbone Ash (lead guitars) presented one of the most beautiful and at the same time the most significant albums of the decade – Argus.
In the hard rock realm, he was… good too. This type of music was well established and prepared for upcoming releases. The then-fashionable band, Uriah Heep, released the Magician’s Birthday hard disk, and Tony Iomy and Ozzy Osbourne’s band Black Sabbath Vol.4 concluded their spot. Perhaps the most important events of the year took place in Japan. There, during August concerts in Osaka and Tokyo, the material was recorded, which soon formed one of the best live albums in the history of rock music – Made in Japan by Deep Purple.
In our country, this year’s biggest English success was Nilsson’s Without You – number one on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, when it comes to the achievements of Polish artists, it is worth noting the award given during the 10th session of the KFPP in Opole to Tadeusz Woźniak and Bogdan Chorążuek for the song Zegarmistrz light and two big discs, Droga za horiznokres by Marek Grechuta and Karate hack.