EASY TO BE HARD - THREE DOG NIGHT
1971 Academy Awards
"THE FRENCH CONNECTION", "A Clockwork Orange", "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Last Picture Show", "Nicholas and Alexandra"
GENE HACKMAN in "The French Connection", Peter Finch in "Sunday, Bloody Sunday", Walter Matthau in "Kotch", George C. Scott in "The Hospital", Topol in "Fiddler on the Roof"
JANE FONDA in "Klute", Julie Christie in "McCabe and Mrs. Miller", Glenda Jackson in "Sunday, Bloody Sunday", Vanessa Redgrave in "Mary, Queen of Scots", Janet Suzman in "Nicholas and Alexandra"
BEN JOHNSON in "The Last Picture Show", Jeff Bridges in "The Last Picture Show", Leonard Frey in "Fiddler on the Roof", Richard Jaeckel in "Sometimes a Great Notion", Roy Scheider in "The French Connection"
CLORIS LEACHMAN in "The Last Picture Show", Ann-Margret in "Carnal Knowledge", Ellen Burstyn in "The Last Picture Show", Barbara Harris in "Who is Harry Kellerman, and Why is He Saying These Terrible Things About Me?", Margaret Leighton in "The Go-Between"
WILLIAM FRIEDKIN for "The French Connection", Peter Bogdanovich for "The Last Picture Show", Norman Jewison for "Fiddler on the Roof", Stanley Kubrick for "A Clockwork Orange", John Schlesinger for "Sunday, Bloody Sunday"
Music News 1971
- January 25 - Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane gives birth to a daughter. The baby is named China and not "god", as urban legend would have it.
- February 1 - after months of feuding in the press, Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones hold a "drum battle" at The Lyceum.
- February 5 - Eric Burdon & War disband.
- February 8 - Bob Dylan's hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, is premièred at New York's Academy of Music. The film includes footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.
- February 16 - Alan Passaro of the Hells Angels, who was acquitted on January 19 of the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter at the Altamont Speedway in 1969, files a lawsuit against The Rolling Stones for invasion of privacy because the documentary film Gimme Shelter showed the stabbing.
- March 1 - The line-up for Queen is completed when bassist John Deacon joins the band.
- March 4 - The Rolling Stones open their UK tour in Newcastle, England. The tour was a "farewell" to the UK prior to the band's relocation to France as "tax exiles".
- March 5 - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, sees the first live performance of Led Zeppelin's iconic song "Stairway to Heaven".
- March 12-13 - The Allman Brothers Band records its live album, At Fillmore East.
- March 16 - The 13th Grammy Awards, honoring musical accomplishments of 1970, are presented. The ceremonies are broadcast on live television for the first time.
- April 3 - The 16th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, is won by Monaco with the song "Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue" sung by Séverine.
- April 6 - The Rolling Stones hold a party in Cannes to officially announce their new contract with Atlantic and the launch of Rolling Stones Records.
- May 12 - Mick Jagger marries Bianca de Macías in Saint-Tropez, France, in a Roman Catholic ceremony. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and their wives are among the wedding guests.
- June 6 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono join Frank Zappa on stage at the Fillmore East for an encore jam. The performance would be released the following year on the Some Time in New York City album.
- June 20-24 - the first Glastonbury Festival to take place at the summer solstice is held in South West England. Perfomers include David Bowie, Traffic, Fairport Convention, Quintessence and Hawkwind.
- June 27 - Promoter Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East in New York City with a final concert featuring the The Allman Brothers Band, The Beach Boys and Mountain.
- July 3 - Jim Morrison is found dead in a bath tub in Paris, France aged 27.
- July 4 - The Fillmore West is closed in San Fransisco with a final show featuring Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Grateful Dead.
- July 6 - jazz giant Louis Armstrong passes away from a heart attack at the age of 69.
- July 9 - Grand Funk becomes only the second band, after The Beatles, to perform a sold-out concert at Shea Stadium.
- August 1
- September 11 - The Jackson 5ive, a Saturday morning cartoon series based on the popular Motown group The Jackson 5, premieres on ABC.
- October 5 - Black Sabbath perform the first set of their Whisky a Go Go performance in all-white tuxedos.
- November 8 - Led Zeppelin release officially untitled fourth studio album, which would become the biggest selling album of the year (1972), the band's biggest selling album, and the fourth best selling album of all time.
- December 1 - Belgian singing duo Nicole & Hugo are married at Wemmel.
- December 4 - The Montreux Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, catches fire and burns during a performance by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention when a fan fires a flare gun into its rafters. Members of Deep Purple, who were due to begin recording at the casino the next day, watched the scene from their hotel across Lake Geneva, and later immortalized the events in their song, "Smoke on the Water".
- December 10 - Frank Zappa breaks his leg after being shoved off the stage by a deranged fan at The Rainbow in London.
- December 31 - Bob Dylan makes a surprise appearance for the encore of The Band's New Year's Eve concert at the Academy of Music, joining the group for four songs including "Like a Rolling Stone".
- Lancelot Layne's "Blown Away" is the beginning of rapso music.
- Ann Wilson joins Heart, which moves to Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Kenny Rogers and The First Edition issued their Greatest Hits album, which will sell over 4 million copies worldwide by the end of the decade. They also star in their own TV series Rollin' on the River which runs until 1974.
- Brad Whitford replaces Ray Tabano on rhythm guitar in Aerosmith
- Elton John has first international hit with Your Song.
- Donna Summer's recording career begins.
- Rick Springfield leaves Zoot for a solo career.
- Rick Wakeman joins Yes.
- Conrad Schnitzler leaves Kluster, which dissolves.
- The Beach Boys musician Daryl Dragon and singer Toni Tennille meet and begin to perform together as Captain & Tennille.