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Prog Rock

Thijs van Leer is born in Amsterdam, Holland. He will find success in the 70s as leader and keyboardist of Dutch prog-rock combo Focus.
The Biggest Show of Stars for 61, a package tour featuring Del Shannon, The Platters, Brook Benton, The Drifters, Phil Upchurch and others, plays in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Caravan, featuring Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee, Reverend Gary Davis and Cousin Joe Pleasants plays at The New Victoria Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Jokers Wild, a group including guitarist David Gilmour, later to join Pink Floyd, plays at Les Jeux Interdits, The Victoria Ballroom, Cambridge, England, UK.
Mike Gordon, bassist of Phish, is born un Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA.
The Sopwith Camel play the first of three nights at The Matrix, San Francisco, California, USA.
Procol Harum and H.P.Lovecraft play the second of two nights at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA. Pink Floyd were billed to appear but have cancelled, as leader Syd Barret is becoming dysfunctional because of LSD usage.
The Soft Machine play the first of two nights at The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by Up.
The Nice play at The Factory, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Ars Nova play the first of three nights at The Ford Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Procol Harum play the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground [aka The Electric Theater], 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The Mandrake Memorial.
King Crimson play at Ewell Technical College, Epsom, UK.
King Crimson play at Blaises, London, England, UK, Europe.
Yes play at University College, London, England, UK, Europe.
Island Records in London, UK, moves its offices from 108 Cambridge Road, NW6, to a new location.
The Edgar Broughton Band plays at The ICA, The Mall, London, UK.
Deep Purple play in Redcar Jazz Club in The Windsor Ballroom of Coatham Hotel, Redcar, UK.
Pink Floyd play at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Lindisfarne release a new album, Dingly Dell, in the UK on Charisma Records.
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On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play in The Stadthalle, Freiburg, Germany, Europe.
The second day of a two-day rock festival is held at Radstadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe. Artists appearing over the two days include Uriah Heep, Beck, Bogert And Appice (including Jeff Beck), Family, Strawbs, Osibisa, The Groundhogs, Thin Lizzy, Roy Wood's Wizzard, U.F.O., Ekseption, The Edgar Broughton Band, Vinegar Joe, Gentle Giant and Chicken Shack.
Pink Floyd release their tenth studio LP, Animals, in the UK.
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Pink Floyd play at The Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany, Europe.
Wishbone Ash play at The Mayfair, Sunderland, England, UK, Europe.
Journey, Pat Benatar and Eddie Money play at Atwood Stadium, Flint, Michigan, USA.
On his The Concert tour, Mike Oldfield plays at Pavilhao Infante Sagres, Oporto, Portugal, Europe.
Budgie play at Words, St. Albans, UK.
Hawkwind, supported by Bronz, play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Haze play at Yorker, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
During their first tour of Brazil, South America, Jethro Tull play the first of two nights at Projeto SP, Sao Paulo.
Keyboardist Vincent Crane, formerly of Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and Dexy's Midnight Runners, dies from a deliberate overdose of Anadin tablets in his flat in Maida Vale, London, England, UK, Europe.
Boston, the debut album by Boston, is certified as a ten times platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA and, on the same day, their second album Don’t Look Back is certified as five-times platinum.
On their Presto Tour, Rush play at Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
On their Presto tour, Rush play at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA.
Steve Morse and Bruce Hampton play at Center Stage, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Sir Paul McCartney marries his girlfriend Heather Mills, in St Salvator's Church, Castle Leslie, Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland. The 300 guests include Ringo Starr, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Twiggy, Sir George Martin, Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.
Porcupine Tree play at The Somerville Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Who, New Order, Eurythmics, Black Sabbath and John Peel are inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame in a ceremony held at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
Peter Gabriel releases a new album, Scratch My Back, in the UK.
Pink Floyd sues EMI Records for breach of contract in the High Court, London, UK. The band claims that EMI has broken a 1999 contract which included a clause stating that EMI required Pink Floyd's permission to sell individual tracks [as opposed to complete albums] by the group.
Bassist Jim Sheppard of Nevermore undergoes successful brain surgery to remove a benign tumour.
Evanescence play at The Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, USA.
On The Wall Tour 2012, Roger Waters plays at The BankAtlantic Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Barclay James Harvest, with guests Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman, play at The Brook, Southampton, UK.
Wishbone Ash release their 22nd LP, Blue Horizon, on Solid Rockhouse Records in the UK.
In an interview on CNN, David Gilmour says that The Endless River will mark the end of Pink Floyd's recording career.
Muse release their seventh album Drones on Warner Bros. Records in the UK, France and Poland.
On their Drones World Tour, Muse play at Orfeo Superdomo, Cordoba, Argentina, South America.