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Georgia State Department of Corrections honours The Allman Brothers Band as 'the Outstanding Community Organisation of the Year'.
Elton John reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with a cover of The Beatles’ song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. The track features John Lennon playing guitar.
The Wiz, a contemporary musical re-make of the movie Wizard Of Oz, featuring an all-black cast, opens at The Majestic Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA.
Wishbone Ash and Camel play at The Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Joe Walsh earns a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. in the USA for his third album, So What, on ABC-Dunhill Records.
Michael Jackson releases his fourth LP, Forever, Michael, on Motown Records in the UK.
Bob Dylan releases his 15th studio album, Blood On The Tracks, in the USA on Columbia Records. The songs, many of them despairing and bitter, are about breaking up with his wife Sara.
Minnie Riperton releases a new single, Lovin’ You.
Sly and the Family Stone play the third of six nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Sly and the Family Stone play the fifth of six nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
The Rubettes play at The Civic Hall, Bedworth, UK.
Grand Funk Railroad play in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA.
Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell on Asylum Records enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No24 during a four-week run. The track is a live version of the song which Mitchell first released as a single in 1970.
Television play at CBGBs Club, The Bowery, New York City, USA.
The Grateful Dead begin recording their eighth studio album, Blues for Allah at Ace's, Mill Valley, California, USA.
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.
Lovin' You by Minnie Riperton reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA. In the sixties Riperton had sung with ground-breaking psychedelic soul band Rotary Connection, and her extraordinarily pure five-octave vocal range made her one of the most admired singers of her era.
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.
Bob Dylan appears on the New York City radio show Mary Travis and friends, on KNX-FM.
Bob Dylan is introduced to Jacques Levy, who will become the stage director for Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
10cc reach No1 in the UK singles chart with I'm Not In Love. On the same day, Jive Talkin' by the The Bee Gees enters the UK singles chart.
Chuck Negron, lead vocalist of Three Dog Night is arrested for possession of cocaine in a Louisville, Kentucky, USA, hotel room.
Bob Marley and the Wailers play at The Boarding House, San Francisco, California, USA.
Bob Dylan records Rita May and Joey in Studio E, Columbia Records Studios, New York City, during sessions for the albumDesire.
Bob Dylan records Rita May and Joey in Studio E, Columbia Records Studios, New York City, USA, during sessions for the album Desire.
After years of serious alcohol abuse, country music singer and songwriter Lefty Frizzell, regarded as one of the first 'outlaw' country stars, dies aged 47 of a massive stroke, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Rick Wakeman headlines a show in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by Procol Harum and Gentle Giant. Unfortunately, Procol Harum's equipment truck fails to arrive, so they arrange to borrow some gear from gentle Giasnt. Then, just before Procol Harum take the stage, Wakeman vetoes the loan, making it impossible for the band to perform. A fued erupts between Wakeman and Procol which results in the bizarre story going public via interviews with Procol on WEBN Radio.
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Bob Dylan begins recording sessions for his next album, Desire, at Columbia Records Studios, New York City, USA. Eric Clapton plays guitar.
Bob Dylan records Isis, Sara and other tracks during his fourth recording session for the album Desire, at Columbia Records Studios, New York City, USA.
A crowd of 500, armed with rocks and bottles, attempt to storm the gates of the Great American Music Fair in Syracuse, New York State, USA. The event features Jefferson Starship, The Doobie Brothers and The New Riders Of The Purple Sage. The crowd is attempting to turn it into a free festival, but achieves little more than a fruitless riot and sixty arrests.
Aerosmith play at International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Bay City Rollers release a new single, Saturday Night, on Arista Records in the UK. In 1976, punk rock pioneers The Ramones will attempt to learn it but, being inept musicians, they fail. Instead they take inspiration from the song to use a similar, though simplified, structure for their own composition, Blitzkrieg Bop.
Janis Ian performs At Seventeen on US tv show Saturday Night Live.
George Harrison enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with You, which will peak at No20 during a six-week run. On the same day, the song also enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No38 during a five-week run.
Weather Report play at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey, USA.
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.
When Bob Dylan attends the 61st birthday party of Mike Porco, owner of Gerde's Folk City, in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, he perfoms a duet with Joan Baez. This is also the first occasion on which Dylan meets Bruce Springsteen.
Eric Clapton plays in Shizuoka, Japan, Asia.
Queen release a new single, Bohemian Rhapsody, in the UK.
Sweet Sticky Thing by The Ohio Players is the new No1 single in the Billboard R’n’B Chart in the USA.
Imagine, a 1971 track now released as a single by John Lennon, enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No6.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, plays at The Technical University in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.
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The Who play the first of two nights at The Messehalle, Sindelfingen, Germany, Europe.
The Who play the second of two nights at The Messehalle, Sindelfingen, Germany, Europe.
Squeeze play at Sussex University, Brighton, Sussex, UK.
Siren, the fifth LP by Roxy Music enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No4.
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KC And The Sunshine Band's That's The Way (I Like It) hits Number One in the Billboard singles chart in the USA.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, featuring Bob Dylan and an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, plays at the Harward Square Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Joni Mitchell and Roberta Flack turn up for Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour show at the State Prison, Clinton, New Jersey, where inmates include convicted murderer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.