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In Manchester, England, UK, Europe, tv producer Anthony Wilson (Tony Wilson) is given a copy of the LP Horses by Patti Smith. He will go on to found the influential Factory Records, home of Joy Division and New Order.
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For £3.30, fans at the first day of The Great British Music Festival at Olympia, London, England, UK, Europe, see Procol Harum, John Miles, Barclay James Harvest, Baker Gurvitz Army and Snafu.
The Ramones begin recording their eponymous debut album for Sire Records at Plaza Sound Studios, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Black Sabbath, Bob Seger and Target play at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
In his final series of recording sessions, Elvis Presley records Hurt and For The Heart in the den at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee.
Santana play the first of two nights at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
The 101ers, featuring The Clash's future frontman Joe Strummer, play at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland.
Dave Kapp, who signed artists including The Andrews Sisters, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Bing Crosby and The Ink Spots Decca Records impressive hillbilly artists catalogue, dies aged 71 at Doctors Hospital, New York City, USA.
Thieves break into the home of Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour and steal guitars valued at almost £7,000.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, begins its second leg at The Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, USA.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, continues its second leg at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA.
Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble perform live from The Maltings, Farnham, UK, on late night BBC tv rock show The Old Grey Whistle Test.
After a show at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee, Bruce Springsteen endeavours to meet Elvis Presley by the unorthodox method of scaling the walls of Graceland. He is ejected by a security guard.
Fooled Around And Fell In Love by Elvin Bishop on Capricorn Records enters the Singles Chart in the UK, where it will peak at No34 during a run of four weeks.
Brian May, guitarist of Queen, marries singer Christine Mullen at St. Osmund's Roman Catholic Church in Barnes, London, UK.
Paul McCartney And Wings play the first of three nights at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA, during the Wings Over America Tour.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, supported by Wet Willie. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Tom Waits plays the fourth of thirteen nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, supported by Point Blank, Elvin Bishop and The Marshall Tucker Band. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Crystal Gayle scores her first No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with I'll Get Over You.
Sex Pistols record demos at Majestic Studios, Clapham, London, with Chris Spedding, followed by gig at the 100 Club, with The 101ers supporting. This gig is the first time The Pistols are seen by Shane MacGowan, later to form The Pogues.
Reba McEntire marries Charlie Battles at the First Baptist Church in Stringtown, Oklahoma, USA.
The hit single Fooled Around And Fell In Love by Elvin Bishop is certified as gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play the second of two nights at Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia, USA, supported by Blue Oyster Cult. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Lowdown by Boz Scaggs enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, supported by Jay Boy Adams, Blue Oyster Cult, The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Pete Townshend of The Who opens the Meher Baba Oceanic, a 'pilgrim centre' in Ranleigh Drive, Richmond, London, UK.
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James Taylor plays the second of four nights at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Joseph Guillermo Jones II is born in The Bronx, New York City, USA. he will find success as rapper and music business entrepreneur Jim Jones.
Kiss And Say Goodbye by The Manhattans reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
Weather Report play at Jazz A Juan, Antibes, France.
Bruce Springsteen begins legal action against his manager Mike Appel, from whom he is trying to disentangle himself, in favour of Jon Landau. Appel will countersue two days later and the resulting dispute will prevent Springsteen from recording for the next ten months.
Police are called in when three hundred ZZ Top fans go on the rampage in San Francisco, California, USA, because they cannot get tickets for the band's upcoming show.
Gary Rossington, guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, loses several teeth, breaks a kneecap and suffers numerous lacerations when his car hits a telegraph pole, a tree and then a house, on his way home from a party in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Center EXPO Building, Boise, Idaho, USA. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Cliff Richard attends a reception at the British Embassy, Moscow, during what is claimed to be the first western pop tour of Russia.
Bob Dylan's live album Hard Rain enters the Billboard US albums chart where it will peak at No17 during a five-week run.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA, supported by Elvin Bishop and Jay Boy Adams. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse play at The Community Centre, Berkeley, California, USA.
Abraham Beame, mayor of New York City, USA, hosts a luncheon for The Bee Gees at Gracie Mansion, to mark their charitable donations to the Police Athletic League Organisation.
It is reported that the falling value of the £ has resulted in the cancellation of British tours by War, Sly And The Family Stone and Rufus. All three were due to tour in December.
Cado Belle play at The Nashville, Kensington, London, UK.
Loudon Wainwright III records a live session for Radio 1 deejay John Peel in London, UK.
In the early hours of the morning, the final concert by The Band, comes to an end at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California, USA. Guest performers at the show have included Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young. The entire event is filmed by Martin Scorsese and will be released as the movie The Last Waltz, in cinemas worldwide.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Rita May, in the USA on Columbia Records.
Mud play at Bradford University, Bradford, UK.
Mud play at The Odeon, Streatham, London, UK.
Caravan play at The New Victoria Theatre, London, UK.
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