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Fleetwood Mac release Go Your Own Way, which goes on to become their first Top Ten single in the USA. On the same day, London's first full-time punk venue, The Roxy, opens in Neal St, Covent Garden. The Clash"> play at the opening.
Abba enter the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Dancing Queen, which will peak at No1.
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She will find fame as internationally successful singer, songwriter and human rights campaigner Shakira.
Bob Dylan's ailing marriage to his wife Sara finally disintegrates when she find him breakfasting with his latest lover in their Malibu, California, USA, mansion.
On the third leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by The Cate Brothers 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.
Jason Aldine Williams is born in Macon, Georgia, USA. He will find success as country music singer Jason Aldean.
Iggy Pop plays at Friar's, Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England, UK.
Black Sabbath play the first of four nights at The Odeon, Hammersmith, London, UK.
Sky High by Jigsaw reaches No1 in the Oricon Pop Singles chart in Japan, Asia.
United States President Jimmy Carter presents Minnie Riperton with the American Cancer Society's Courage Award, for her outstanding achievements in promoting awareness of how women can face up to life after breast cancer.
Weather Report play at The Uptown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Four years after it had been a hit in the USA, Deep Purple enter the UK singles chart with Smoke On The Water, which will peak at No21.
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Over five hundred fans waiting to buy tickets for an upcoming Led Zeppelin gig in Miami, Florida, break ranks and storm the gates of the Orange Bowl Stadium, vandalising the property. Police use tear gas to quell the violence.
A new disco, Studio 54, opens its doors for the first time on West 54th Street, New York City, USA. Opening night guests at the 700-capacity club include Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali, and the venue will become notorious for open sexual encounters on its balconies and rampant drug use.
Neverland, a rock musical based on Peter Pan is presented as a workshop at The Theater Lab, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. The show, written in 1974 by Jim Steinman, includes several songs which will re-appear on Bat Out Of Hell, the second studio album by Meat Loaf.
Sassafras play the first of two nights at Barbarella's, Birmingham, UK, supported by Eater.
KISS provide Marvel Comics with a small vial of their blood to be mixed with printers' ink for their upcoming faux-autobiographical comic.
On the fourth leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Forum, Inglewood, California, 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.
Joe Strummer and Topper Headon of The Clash appear in court in Morpeth, Northumberland, UK, to answer charges of stealing a pillowcase and other items from the Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn. They are each fined £100.
Prince signs his first recording contract with Warner Brothers. On the same day, violence breaks out at an Undertones gig in Dublin, Eire, and 19 year old fan Patrick Coulty is stabbed to death.
A lightning strike at Buchanan South power substation shuts off the electricity to most of New York City, USA, for the best part of two days. The Trammps hit single The Night The Lights Went Out, will be inspired by this incident, which is generally known as The New York City Blackout Of 1977. (1977)
Da Doo Ron Ron by Shaun Cassidy is certified as a Gold single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Karac Pendragon Plant, the six-year-old son of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and his wife Maureen, dies of a virus infection. Plant will write the song All My Love in memory of Karac.
Donna Summer reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with I Feel Love.
Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers peaks at No11 on the UK singles chart. On the same day, Cherie Currie quits all-girl rock band The Runaways and Generation X, a punk band led by Billy idol, signs to Chrysalis Records in the UK.
Generation X play at The Brunel Rooms, Swindon. The band includes vocalist Billy Idol who will go on to much greater success as a solo perfomer.
The Boomtown Rats enter the UK Singles Chart with their debut single, Lookin' After No1., which will peak at No11 during a nine-week run on the chart.
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The Voyager 2 spacecraft is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, to begin a Grand Tour of the Solar System and beyond. On board (as was the case with Voyager 1) is the Voyager Golden Record, carrying a collection of 116 images plus a variety of natural sounds, including surf, wind, thunder and animal sounds. Examples of music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Johnson and others are also included.
XTC go into EMI's Abbey Road studios, London, UK, with producer John Leckie, at the start of three days of sessions to record their first tracks under a recently signed deal with Virgin Records. Among the songs recorded will be their debut single, Science Friction.
Weather Report play the first of two nights at the Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland.
Yes release a new single, Going For The One, in the UK and USA. It will peak at No24 in the UK but will not chart in the USA.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the second of two nights at Apollo Stadium, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, vocalist and bandleader Del Porter, dies aged 75 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He found fame working with Glenn Miller, and recorded with Bing Crosby, Dick Powell, Red Nichols and Spike Jones, as well as fronting his own band.
St. Helens band The Spitfire Boys, often touted as Liverpool's first punk band, release their debut single, British Refugee, on RKO Records. The band includes guitarist Paul Rutherford, who will go on to greater fame as a member of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and drummer Peter Clark who will find success under the name of Budgie in Siouxsie And The Banshees.
10cc play the last date of a brief Japanese tour at The Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
During a round of golf near Madrid, Spain, Europe, Bing Crosby suffers a heart attack, collapses and dies soon after, aged 74.
Weather Report play at the City Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
The hit single Strawberry Letter No23 by The Brothers Johnson is certified a gold disc in the USA.
The Police play at the Nashville, Paris, France, Europe. While in the city, the band's leader, Sting, takes a stroll through the red light district and comes up with the idea of writing a song entitled Roxanne, about falling in love with a prostitute.
Guitarist Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is fined
During his gig at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, Elton John announces that he is retiring from live concerts. Stevie Wonder appears as a guest artist, playing harmonica.
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Abba begin a four week run at No1 on the UK pop singles chart with The Name Of The Game.
Weather Report play at Carmichael Auditorium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Alec Dounsworth is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Under the name Alec Ounsworth, he will become the singer and songwriter of indie band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Leonard Cohen releases a new single, Memories, in the UK, Spain, West Germany, Italy and The Netherlands, on CBS Records. The b-side, Don't Go Home With Your Hard On, features Bob Dylan singing harmony vocals.
Bette Midler plays the last of six nights at Bimbo’s, North Beach, San Francisco, California, USA.
Black Oak Arkansas, The James Gang and Rush play at The Palace Theatre, Westbury, Connecticut, USA.
The Ramones play at Clouds, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, supported by The Rezillos.
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