1971 Westclox Lolli-Clocks Promotional Brochure and Catalog Page
David Bowie’s handwritten notes on this Brian Ward photo used for the back cover of 1971’s Hunky Dory.
Joan Baez, 1971.
At her home, Struggle Mountain (Los Altos Hills, CA), by Bob Fitch. Lots of great stuff in his archive at Stanford. More here.
Robert Plant in Hiroshima, Japan, 1971.
Still golden in black and white
On this day in music history: January 2, 1971 – “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 7 weeks. Produced by George Harrison and Phil Spector, it is recorded at Friar Park Studios in Henley On The Thames, UK, Abbey Road Studios, Apple Studios and Trident Studios in London from May – October 1970. Following the official break up of The Beatles in April, Harrison begins work on his third solo project. Including songs that he has been stockpiling as far back as 1966, the guitarist enlists the assistance of producer Phil Spector having recently compiled and post produced the final Beatles album “Let It Be” and John Lennon’s single “Instant Karma”. The twenty-three track triple LP boxed set includes appearances by numerous musicians including Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, Badfinger, Dave Mason and Ginger Baker. The album also comes packaged with a poster of Harrison standing in front of a window at his estate, Friar Park. It spins off two singles including “My Sweet Lord” (#1 Pop) and “What Is Life” (#10 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued in January of 2001, ten months before Harrison’s passing, and is remastered and reissued again September of 2014 for the box set “The Apple Years 1968 -75 and as a stand alone reissue. “All Things Must Pass” is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
“My Sweet Lord” also began 1971 as the year’s first #1 single, making George the first solo Beatle to simultaneously top the album and singles charts.
John at Tittenhurst, working Imagine’ album (and George)
During the “Rock of Ages” concerts that took place between December 28th-31st at NYC’s Academy of Music, The Band was joined by Bob Dylan during the New Year’s Eve show in which they played four songs (“Down in the Flood,” “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” “Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” and “Like A Rolling Stone”) into the early morning hours of January 1, 1972.
(Photographer: John Scheele)
1971 German concert posters by Gunther Kieser.