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Patti Smith and Yoko Ono take part in the annual New Year's Day Extravaganza organised by the New York Poetry Project at St Mark's Church, New York City, USA.
Grand Funk Railroad play in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Genesis play at West Palm Beach Convention Hall, Florida, USA.
The New York Dolls and The Dictators are playing at The Coventry Club, New York City, USA.
Status Quo reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Down Down.
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Alvin Lee And Company play at Lisner Auditorium, WashingtonDC, USA.
On the Bobby Goldsboro Show in the USA, Bobby's guests are Paul Revere And The Raiders. During the show Bobby sings Did She Mention My Name?, Can You Feel It? and And Then There Was Gina. Paul Revere And The Raiders perform Cover of Rolling Stone and Just Like Me.
Bob Dylan releases his 15th studio album, Blood On The Tracks, in the UK on CBS Records. The songs, many of them despairing and bitter, are about breaking up with his wife Sara.
Heart Like A Wheel by Linda Ronstadt is certified as a gold album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
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Bob Dylan's Blood On the Tracks reaches No1 in the Billboard US albums chart for the first of two weeks.
During a tour of the West Indies, The Jackson 5 support Bob Marley & The Wailers at the National Heroes Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica.
Weather Report play at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
Jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr enters the Billboard US Top 40 Albums Chart with Mister Magic which will peak at No10 during a seventeen-week run.
When space-rock band Gong play at the Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK, founder-member Daevid Allen quits the group claiming that an invisible force field has prevented him from going on stage.
Pink Floyd play the last of five nights at the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA. Over the five days of show, 511 dope smokers have been arrested by over-zealous LAPD officers.
The Unholy Modal Rounders play the second night of a four-night stand at CBGB's, New York City, USA.
The Unholy Modal Rounders play the last night of a four-night stand at CBGB's, New York City, USA.
Eric Clapton records his version of Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door in Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, USA.
Just four days after becoming divorced from her former Sonny And Cher partner, Sonny Bono, Cher marries Greg Allman, but the pair separate ten days later.
Ducks Deluxe play their last ever live show, at The Marquee Club, London, UK.
King Crimson play their last North American date in Central Park, New York City, USA. The show is taped and released as the live album USA.
Bob Marley and the Wailers play at The Boarding House, San Francisco, California, USA.
Bob Dylan has his second recording session for the album Desire, at Columbia Records Studios, New York City, USA. He works on the songs Black Diamond Bay. Oh Sister and Mozambique.
Queen begin recording Bohemian Rhapsody at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales.
America's NET tv broadcasts The World Of John Hammond, a special about the life and work of Columbia Records' executive John Hammond, including a live performance by Bob Dylan.
Aspiring rock star Mike Peters plays his first gig at his sister Susan's 21st Birthday Party. Peters will go on to found and lead The Alarm.
Sean Taro Ono Lennon is born in New York City, USA, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He will find success as singer, songwriter and actor Sean Lennon. His birth and childhood will inspire the song Beautiful Boy by John Lennon.
George Harrison enters the UK albums chart with Extra Texture (Read All About It), which will peak at No16 during a four-week run.
Bob Dylan is rehearsing in New York City, USA, for his Rolling Thunder Revue - planned as a traveling cavalcade of Dylan and his long-time musical comrades.
Bob Dylan turns up at the Other End club in Greenwich Village, New York City, to watch singer-songwriter David Blue perform. At the gig, Dylan meets Ronee Blakly, a talented actress/singer who had made such an impression in Robert Altman's three-hour cult classic, Nashville. Blakly joins Dylan on stage for a few duets at the end of Blue's show.
Eric Clapton plays in Shizuoka, Japan, Asia.
Beat poet Allen Ginsberg is filmed reciting poetry for a scene in the Dylan movie Renaldo & Clara at the Seacrest Motel, North Dakota.
A front page headline, Ford To New York : Drop Dead, in the New York Daily News, inspires Billy Joel to write his song Miami 2017 [Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway].
Queen release a new single, Bohemian Rhapsody, on EMI Records in the UK.
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Weather Report play at the Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, plays two shows in one day at the Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
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On a beach in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, a Cherokee Indian chief named Rolling Thunder directs a ceremony of prayers for Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue rock tour troupe.
Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue touring party spends the day at the Dream Away Lodge, Becket, Massachusetts, USA, owned by Arlo Guthrie's friend Mama Frasca.
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Siren, the fifth LP by Roxy Music enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No4.
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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No1.
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Dr. Feelgood play at The Kursaal Ballroom, Southend, UK.
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Willie Nelson plays the first of three nights at The Boarding House, San Francisco, California, USA.
Johnny Mathis plays at The Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
David Crosby and Graham Nash play at Anderson Arena, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA.
John Cale releases the album Helen Of Troy in the USA.
KC And The Sunshine Band's That's The Way (I Like It) hits Number One in the Billboard singles chart in the USA.
Frederick Dierks Bentley is born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Using the name Dierks Bentley, he will become an exceptionally popular country music singer and songwriter.
Rock guitarist Paul Kossoff and his band Back Street Crawler, play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland. Kossoff is so tragically strung out on hard drugs that he can barely perform and, at one point, collapses onto the stage.
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The first phase of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour comes to a close at Madison Square Garden, New York City, with a benefit show for jailed boxer Ruben 'Hurricane' Carter.