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On their Wall of Dolls tour, Golden Earring play at Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, Netherlands, Europe.
The number one single in the USA as the year begins is My Sweet Lord by George Harrison.
Scottish rock band Nazareth turns fully professional.
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Three Dog Night file a suit seeking more than $600,000 in back royalties against Dunhill Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Black Sabbath, Freedom and Curved Air play at the Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Bill Backer, creative director for ad agency McCann-Erickson flies to London, UK, to join up with two songwriters, Billy Davis and Roger Cook, to write and arrange radio commercials for The Coca-Cola Company, to be recorded by The New Seekers. The end-result of the visit will be the song I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing.
Elton John plays at Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire, UK.
B. B. King, Ballin'jack and Christian Rapid play the first of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Black Sabbath play at The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Fleetwood Mac play at Pirate’s World, Dania, Florida, USA, supported by Black Sabbath.
Olivia Newton-John enters the UK pop singles chart with her version of the Bob Dylan song If Not For You, which will peak at No7 during an eleven-week stay.
Led Zeppelin play at Stepmother's Club, Birmingham, UK.
Led Zeppelin record their live set at the Playhouse Theatre, London, England, UK, for a BBC radio broadcast.
Chicago play the first night of a week at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. The entire week of shows is recorded and will be released as a 4-LP set entitled Chicago At Carnegie Hall. It will become the best-selling box set by a rock act, until 1986 when Bruce Springsteen releases the Live/1975-85 5 LP live box.
Chicago play the third night of a week at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. The entire week of shows is recorded and will be released as a 4-LP set entitled Chicago At Carnegie Hall. It will become the best-selling box set by a rock act, until 1986 when Bruce Springsteen releases the Live/1975-85 5 LP live box.
Carmen McRae records Behind The Face for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Black Sabbath play at the Njaardhallen, Oslo, Norway, supported by Jonathan Swift.
Mama's Pearl by The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson peaks at No25 in the UK Pop Singles chart.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Roy Orbison plays the second night of a week at the Fiesta, Stockton, UK.
The Beach Boys are recording the Bruce Johnston song Disney Girls at Brian Wilson's studio in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Killing Floor play at the Alex Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
When Carole King headlines Carnegie Hall, New York City, James Taylor appears as a surprise guest. Their duet version of You've Got a Friend from this concert later appears on the Epic/Legacy 1994 release, A Natural Woman.
Moby Grape, Spencer Davis, Peter Jameson and Flash Cadillac play the last of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Swedish pop stars Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus get married. They will begin working on each others recordings and will, in due course, form the globally successful group Abba.
Three Dog Night release a new single, Liar, on Dunhill Records in the USA.
Maybe Tomorrow by The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, enters the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles chart, where it will peak at No20 during a six-week run.
Black Sabbath play in Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter’s White Trash.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett records Interlude No1 and No2 in New York City for Atlantic Records.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio.
The Rolling Stones begin a $29m legal suit against former manager Allen Klein, claiming that he had failed to properly represent the band’s interests.
Multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, with Cissy Houston on vocals, records Ain’t No Sunshine, Blacknuss and Never Can Say Goodbye for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
T.Rex release a new album, Electric Warrior, on Fly Records in the UK.
San Francisco band Santana play in The Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Rory Gallagher plays at Starkers Club, in the Town Hall, Devizes.
San Francisco hippy pioneers The Grateful Dead release a live double album entitled Grateful Dead. It is better known to fans as Skull And Roses.
The Beatles compilation album Por Siempre Beatles (Beatles Forever) is released in Argentina, South America, on Odeon Pops Records.
Yoko Ono holds an art exhibition, This Is Not Here, in the Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York State, USA. The day is also John Lennon's 31st birthday, for which a party is held at the Hotel Syracuse, attended by Ringo Starr, Phil Spector, Nicky Hopkins, Jim Keltner and others.
Santana play in Boston Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Black Sabbath play in The Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Duke Ellington releases a new album, The Togo Brava Suite, on Blue Note Records in the USA.
Ringo Starr enters the Billboard US Top 40 albums chart with Ringo's Rotogravure which will peak at No28 during a six-week run. The album features guest appearances by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton.
San Francisco-based Latin-rock pioneers Santana play in The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
At the end of a gruelling recording session, acclaimed jazz composer Gary McFarland repairs to the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, where he is given a drink which includes a fatal overdose of liquid methadone. Later in the day he is declared dead at St. Vincent Hospital, New York City.
Blues harp player and singer George Lightfoot dies in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. As Papa George Lightfoot he recorded for Sultan Records, Aladdin Records and Excello Records.
Disgruntled fan Trevor Charles Howell pushes Frank Zappa off the stage at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe, inflicting multiple injuries and leaving him bound to a wheelchair.
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Pink Floyd spend the first of eight days in Studio Europasinor, Paris, France, Europe, working on their concert film Live At Pompeii.
While David Essex is onstage in London, England, UK, Europe, as Jesus in the musical Godspell, his wife Maureen gives birth to their first child, Verity, in Ilford Maternity Hospital. Essex learnes he has become a father when co-star Jeremy Irons dances onto the stage and announces, "Its A Girl".
The Herbie Mann Septet records Family Affair, You’ve Got A Friend, Let It Be Me and other tracks, for Atlantic Records in New York City.
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