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Rehearsals for the Eric Clapton's comeback shows at The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London, UK, begin at Ronnie Wood's home, The Wick, Richmond Hill, Hampton Court, Surrey.
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Savoy Brown play at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK.
Eric Clapton, with the help of Pete Townshend of The Who, stages his comeback with a live all-star concert at The Rainbow, London, UK. Elton John, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page and Tony McPhee of The Groundhogs are among the celebrities in the audience. The opening act for the night is The Average White Band.
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The Carpenters release a new single, Sing, in the USA on A + M Records.
Led Zeppelin play at the Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Lanchester Arts Festival in Coventry, UK, stages a jam session which features Tony Iommi, Rick Wakeman, Ric Lee, Chris Squire and others.
Old And In The Way, a bluegrass band featuring Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, play a live set at KSAN-FM Radio studios in San Francisco, California, USA.
String Driven Thing play at the Alex Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
The Rusty Bryant Sextet records Killing Me Softly, For The Good Times, A Night In Tunisia and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Engelwood Cliffs, New Jersey, for Prestige Records.
Black Sabbath play at Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool, UK, supported by Badger and Necromandus.
REO Speedwagon play at The Music Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, supported by Ted Nugent And The Amboy Dukes, Brownsville Station and Tumble.
Country Joe McDonald and his All Star Band play at the Municipal Auditorium, Eureka, California, USA.
Led Zeppelin play at the Grugahalle, Essen, Germany.
Fleetwood Mac play in Rockford, Illinois, USA, supported by Tempest.
King Crimson play at The Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England, UK, supported by Claire Hamill.
Medicine Head play at Penelope's, Paignton, England, UK.
The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Taj Mahal and The Pointer Sisters play at The Paramount Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
The 18th Eurovision Song Contest is held in Luxembourg, Europe. It is won by Luxembourg for the second consecutive year, this time with Tu Te Reconnaitras, sung by Anne-Marie David. Spain come second with Eres Tu, sung by Mocedades; the United Kingdom finishes third with Cliff Richard singing Power to All Our Friends.
Michael Jackson releases his third solo album, Music & Me, on Motown Records in the USA.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play in The Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
When Dutch prog-rock band Focus play at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK, the show is recorded and will be released as the LP Live at the Rainbow. The concert is also filmed for transmission a month later by UK tv rock show The Old Grey Whistle Test.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the St John Arena, Columbus, Ohio.
Multi-instrumentalist composer Mike Oldfield releases his debut album Tubular Bells, in the UK. An innovative LP-length instrumental composition, it will go to No1 and eventually sell 16m copies worldwide, providing the financial foundation for Richard Branson's Virgin empire and inspiring the New Age musical genre.
Deep Purple release a new single, Smoke On The Water, in the USA.
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Phil Ochs plays at The Stables, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
A Led Zeppelin gig at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA, is delayed because guitarist Jimmy Page has sprained his finger on the fence at LA airport.
Led Zeppelin play in The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Suzi Quatro plays at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK.
Led Zeppelin play at Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Kate McGarrigle of Kate And Anna McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III.
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Kate McGarrigle of Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III.
David Bowie and his wife Angie Bowie are in Paris, France, Europe, where Angie is attempting to launch herself as a fashion model under the name Jipp Jones.
The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Taj Mahal play at Staples High School, Westport, Connecticut, USA.
Wishbone Ash play at Alexandra Palace, London, UK. Also on the bill are Bedlam, McGuinness Flint, The Climax Blues Band, Vinegar Joe and Fumble.
Weather Report play the first of two nights at the Morris Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The Rolling Stones begin their European Tour 1973 with a show at The Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria, Europe.
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Aretha Franklin records Until You Come Back To Me at Atlantic Studios, New York City.
The Rolling Stones release a new LP, Goats Head Soup in the USA.
Hugo Winterhalter dies of cancer, in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. In a long and varied career, he found success as a saxophonist, arranger and songwriter, working with Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Raymond Scott, Claude Thornhill, Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, The Ames Brothers and others.
Paul McCartney spends the fourth of five days re-mixing at AIR Studios, London, England, UK, on the Wings' album, Band On The Run.
Ringo Starr enters the UK pop singles chart with Photograph, which will peak at No8 during a thirteen-week run.
Bob Dylan and The Band record You Angel You, Going, Going, Gone and Forever Young during sessions for the album Planet Waves, in Village Recorders, Santa Monica, California.
Black Sabbath release their fifth studio album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, on Vertigo Records in the UK.
Traffic in San Francisco, California, USA, is backed up for five blocks from one post office, because of mail-order demand for Bob Dylan concert tickets, which have gone on sale today.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA reports that a shortage of pulp is currently delaying the manufacture of album sleeves and thus holding up record deliveries in the U.K. Atlantic Records is reportedly among the worst hit with, for example, the cover of the latest Emerson, Lake And Palmer album (Brain Salad Surgery, having to be made in America because the band demanded an unusual type of sleeve.
Bob Dylan and The Band have their final rehearsal in Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, for their first tour of the USA in eight years.
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