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Bob Dylan releases his seventeenth album, Desire, in the USA on Columbia Records.
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Blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Mance Lipscombe dies aged 80 in Navasota, Texas, USA, two years after having suffered a stroke.
The 101ers, featuring The Clash's future frontman Joe Strummer, play at Boddy's Music Inn, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe.
The 101ers, featuring The Clash's future frontman Joe Strummer, play at The Eksit Club, Rotterdam, Holland.
Sleepy John Estes records the LP Tennessee Blues Vol. 4 for Albatros Records in Brownsville, Tennessee, USA. The album includes the tracks Lord Have Mercy, Clean That Home, When You Lose Your Eyesight, I Wanna Tear It All The Time, Poor Man's Friend, I'm Twist, Broke And Hungry, She Was A Dreamer, Someday Baby Blues, Mailman, Kansas City Blues, Need More, President Kennedy, I Came For To Do It, John And Hammie's Blues and The Girl I Love She Got Long Curly Hair.
The 101ers, including singer and guitarist Joe Strummer, play at The Nashville Rooms, West London, UK. Support band The Sex Pistols. Also in the audience are Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, who will later form The Clash with Strummer.
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The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, continues with rehearsals for its second leg at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, Clearwater, 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, 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, begins its second leg at The Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida.
Gordon Sumner marries actress Frances Tomelty at Our Lady and St. Oswin's Chapel, Tynemouth, England, UK, Europe. Sumner will find fame as Sting of The Police, and will be inspired by the eventual ending of his relationship with Tomelty to write the huge hit single Every Breath You Take.
Iron Maiden play at St. Nicholas Hall, Poplar, UK, earning expenses of
Weather Report play the first of two nights at The Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, Georgia, 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 with two performances at The Warehouse, New Orleans, Louisiana, 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 the Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.
Bob Marley and the Wailers release the album Rastaman Vibration, which will become Marley's highest-charting album, reaching No8 in the USA and No15 in the UK.
Marvin Gaye releases a new single, After The Dance, in the USA.
On a transatlantic British Airways flight, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin get drunk and verbally harass other first-class passengers, including the actors Dudley Moore and Telly Savalas.
Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart in the USA.
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Siren and The Hot City Bump Band play at Chequers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Tom Waits plays the twelfth of thirteen nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Aerosmith. 250 fans are injured when a violent riot breaks out. 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.
The new No1 on the Billboard Country singles chart in the USA is All These Things by Joe Stampley.
The Stranglers play at The Hope And Anchor, Islington, London, UK.
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Weather Report play at Jazz A Juan, Antibes, France.
The Vans Warped Tour, plays at The Colisee Pepsi Parking lot, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, with a bill including My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Fall Out Boy, The Transplants, MxPx, All-American Rejects, Dropkick Murphys, Thrice, Atreyu and Senses Fail.
The Steve Miller Band earns a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. in the USA for the album Fly Like An Eagle.
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Stephen Stills registers copyright on Walk Before You Run, a song co-written with Bee Gees member Barry Gibb.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California, USA, supported by Point Blank, Johnny And Edgar Winter and Blue Oyster Cult. 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.
After Keith Moon of The Who is discharged from the Hollywood Memorial Hospital (Florida), where he had been confined after collapsing in The Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA, just over a week earlier. On leaving the hospital, he flies to Los Angeles.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by 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.
A + M Records in Los Angeles, California, USA, sue George Harrison, former guitarist of The Beatles, for $10m, claiming breach of contract, because he did not complete his album for them by July 26 as specified in his recording deal.
A + M Records in Los Angeles, California, USA, sue George Harrison, former guitarist of The Beatles, for $10m, claiming breach of contract, because he did not complete his album for them by July 26 as specified in his recording deal.
Legendary blues singer Victoria Spivey dies aged 69, in a Brooklyn, New York, hospital.
Bob Dylan's live album Hard Rain enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No3 during a 7-week run.
The Band issue a press release giving details of their final concert together. To be called The Last Waltz, it will be a star-studded show at Winterland, San Francisco, featuring superstar guests including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris and many others.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA, supported by 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.
Thin Lizzy play at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Andy Fairweather Low releases a new album, Be Bop'N' Holla, in the UK.
Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO) release a new single, Livin' Thing, in the UK.
UK music weekly Sounds announces an upcoming tour featuring The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Talking Heads and The Vibrators. The tour will, however, have to be re-thought when the American bands drop out soon after.
Caravan play at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
A son, Joseph Sumner, is born to Frances Tomelty, actress and first wife of Sting ([real name, Gordon Sumner].
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play the second of two nights at The Summit, Houston, Texas, USA, supported by Rory Gallagher 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.
Former Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin is buried, wearing a ring that had been worn by Jimi Hendrix on the day he died.
UK tv show Supersonic features Liverpool Express, Bonnie Tyler and Paul Nicholas.
A gig by The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Heartbreakers at the Stadium, Liverpool, UK, is cancelled.
Eddie and the Hot Rods play at the Town Hall, Birmingham, UK.
A gig by The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Heartbreakers at the Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, is cancelled.
Mud play at Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales.
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