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Paul Simon releases his eponymous solo debut album in the USA on Columbia Records.
The great gospel vocalist Mahalia Jackson dies aged 60, from heart failure and complications of diabetes, in Evergreen Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales play at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York State, USA, The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Twenty-six unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders are shot by soldiers of the British Army during a protest in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, UK. The incident will become known as Bloody Sunday and will be recorded in the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday. Others who have written songs on this topic include John Lennon, Roy Harper, Christy Moore, The Wolfetones and Cruachan.
Black Sabbath play at The Stadium, Liverpool, UK, supported by Wild Turkey.
Paul McCartney and Wings record Give Ireland Back To The Irish at Island Studios, London, UK.
Genesis play at the Alex Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Stevie Wonder releases his fourteenth album, Music Of My Mind, on Motown Records in the USA. It will be the first of five consecutive albums widely regarded as Wonder's 'classic period', the others being Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale, and Songs in the Key of Life.
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Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn Jr. is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find success, and provoke considerable controversy, as rapper Common.
Stevie Wonder plays at The Bitter End, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, supported by Bobby Whitlock.
Van Der Graaf Generator play at The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Chris Barber plays at The Wyvern, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Mott The Hoople, produced by David Bowie, record All The Young Dudes in a secret recording recording session the dead of night at Olympic Studios, London, UK.
Syd Lawrence And His Orchestra play at The Wyvern, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Led Zeppelin play at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Michael Jackson's third solo single, I Wanna be Where You Are, on Motown Records, enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No16, during a nine-week run.
Pink Floyd are in EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, UK, working on material for the album Dark Side Of The Moon.
Former Swindon resident Gilbert O'Sullivan performs his current hit, Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day, on Top Of The Pops.
Unicorn play at The Piccadilly Club, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Capability Brown play at The Alex Disco, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights in International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves. During their stay in Chicago, the Stones spend some time at Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion.
David Bowie plays at The Civic Centre, Dunstable, UK.
Go All The Way by Raspberries enters the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA.
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Lookin' Through The Windows by The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, enters the Billboard US Black Singles Chart, where it will peak at No5 during an eleven-week run.
The Grateful Dead play the second of two nights at the Paramount Theater, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Black Sabbath and Black Oak Arkansas play at Asbury Park Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the second of two nights at International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Amazing Blondel and Patto play at Teatro Alcione, Genova, Italy, Europe.
Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Peter Fampton and others spend the second of two days filming for a comedy-horror movie called Count Downe, at Surrey Docks, London. For this day's shoot, Keith Moon of The Who has been replaced by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, Missouri.
The Beach Boys play at Wildwood Convention Hall, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Five films by John Lennon and Yoko Ono are screened at London Art Spectrum, Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
When John Prine plays at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, New York City, he is joined by Bob Dylan for three songs.
Black Sabbath play at The Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA, supported by Gentle Giant.
Yes release their fifth album Close To The Edge on Atlantic Records in the UK.
T.Rex play at the Academy of Music, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Black Sabbath play at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Gentle Giant, Captain Beyond and Mark-Almond.
Swedish pop group Bjorn and Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid record Contemplation for Polar Music. The track is never used but the quartet will eventually find fame as Abba.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band release the triple album Will The Circle Be Unbroken on United Artists Records in the USA.
The Grateful Dead play at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA.
Led Zeppelin come to the end of a Japanese tour with a show at the Kaikan Hall, Kyoto.
Walter Roland dies of bronchogenic carcinoma at Fairfield, Alabama, USA. An accomplished pianist in a variety of styles, he recorded over 90 sides for ARC Records.
Hank and Sandy Bradley play at the Freight And Salvage Coffee House, 1827 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California, USA.
The Grateful Dead play the second of two nights at the Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
The Act play at the Freight And Salvage Coffee House, 1827 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California, USA.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is in Nice, France, to answer drug charges laid against the band by the French authorities. Today, the case is adjourned for a month, so Jagger flies back to London, UK.
Wild Turkey play at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Weather Report play at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
San Francisco hippy rock pioneers The Grateful Dead play at Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Sonny Bono, of Sonny And Cher, writes in his diary that his singing partner "is a changed person. Her wants and reasons have changed. I don't understand them. I don't know if she does either. I thought I was teaching. She thought I was intimidating."
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