The Interesting Classic Rock Events That Happened In 1975
via The Ramones/YouTube
Still part of the golden era of rock ‘n roll, so many things happened in 1975 that became game-changers or watershed moments for the artists. Let’s revisit some of them:
January 1 – Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac.
Mick Fleetwood was looking for Bob Welch’s replacement when engineer Keith Olsen at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles played him Frozen Love from the album Buckingham Nicks. Fleetwood went to talk to Lindsey Buckingham who was at the studio and the latter agreed but on one condition – that his girlfriend Stevie Nicks get to join Fleetwood Mac too. And so on New Year’s Day, the couple officially became the new members.
Nicks recalled that she was at a crossroads when the offer came. She told Uncut, “If we hadn’t joined Fleetwood Mac, would Lindsey and I have carried on and made it?”
“I was really tired of having no money and being a waitress,” she continued. “It’s very possible that I would have gone back to school and Lindsey would have gone back to San Francisco.”
June 30 – Cher married Greg Allman.
It’s perhaps one of the oddest pairings in rock. It was a rocky and troubled relationship for the pair. They got hitched three days after Cher’s divorce to her husband Sonny Bono was finalized. Nine days after getting married in Las Vegas, Cher left Gregg Allman. Then, they reconciled and were together for two years. In 1977 just as they were on the verge of getting divorced, Allman found out that Cher was with child.
August 15 – Peter Gabriel announced his departure from Genesis.
Weeks before the official announcement was made, there were already rumors about the split. In a press release, Peter Gabriel cited his reasons for leaving which included wanting to spend more time with his family especially since his wife recently gave birth to their first child. He recalled in an interview, “I felt I was becoming a sort of stereotype, sort of ‘rock star,’ or falling into wanting that ego gratification. I didn’t like myself, I didn’t like the situation, and I didn’t feel free.”
October 15 – The Ramones signed up with Sire Records.
One of the most important and influential rock acts of the ’70s, The Ramones became regulars at CBGB and earning themselves a growing following. Their performances caught the attention of Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein who decided to sign them to his label. They recorded their debut album a few months later.
October 31 – Queen released the single “Bohemian Rhapsody” and their album “A Night at the Opera” on November 21.
1975 was the year Queen claimed their spot as legends. Bohemian Rhapsody was unlike anything anyone has ever heard up to that point. It was unique, different, and ambitious. While other bands churned out the same material, here was Queen making a quantum leap in terms of soundscape. They have several great songs but this is the one that propelled them to the top.