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History of Jazz Timeline: 1973

Pianist Herbie Hancock records the classic jazz/funk album Head Hunters (Columbia), which includes "Chameleon" and "Watermelon Man."
Drummer Billy Cobham records Spectrum (Atlantic) with Tony Bolin on guitar, Jan Hammer on keyboards, Lee Sklar on bass, Joe Farrell on flute and sax, Jimmy Owens on flugelhorn, John Tropea on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Ray Barretto on congas.
Swing and bop saxophonist Ben Webster dies on September 20.
Gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe dies in Philadelphia on October 9.
Stride piano pioneer Willie "The Lion" Smith dies on April 18.
The United States is almost completely out of Vietnam.

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