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The controversial hippy musical, Hair is playing at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1750 performances.
Jackson Browne releases his solo debut album Jackson Browne (aka Saturate Before Using and Los Angeles, California) in the USA on Asylum Records.
Don McLean reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart with American Pie.
Man play at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, supported by Asgard.
Thad Jones And Mel Lewis record Toledo By Candlelight, for their Horizon Records album Suite For Pops, at A + R Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
Black Sabbath play at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK, supported by Wild Turkey.
Got To Be There, the first solo hit single by Michael Jackson enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No5 during an eleven-week run. On the same day, Michael performs live with The Jackson 5 at Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri.
A Led Zeppelin concert in Singapore is cancelled when airport officials refuse to let them leave the aeroplane because of their long hair.
Former Swindon resident Gilbert O'Sullivan enters the UK pop singles chart with Alone Again Naturally, which will peak at No3.
Isaac Hayes wins a Best Song Academy Award for The Theme from Shaft, making him the first African-American composer to be so honoured.
Led Zeppelin record new versions of the songs Four Sticks and Friends, in EMI Studios, Bombay, India, with the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. These versions will not be officially released.
Electric Warrior by T.Rex, on Reprise Records, enters the Billboard Hot 100 Albums chart in the USA, where it will peak at No32 during a five-week run on the chart.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Devin Garret Townsend is born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He will find success as Devin Townshend, founder, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 before moving on to a successful solo career.
Devin Garrett Townsend is born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He will find success as musician, songwriter and record producer Devin Townsend. He will be the founder, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad, as well as enjoying a solo career.
Hawkwind play at Poperama, in the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK.
David Bowie plays at The Polytechnic, Leicester, UK, supported by The JSD Band.
Former Swindon resident Gilbert O'Sullivan performs his current hit, Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day, on Top Of The Pops.
Elvis Presley plays in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The controversial hippy musical, Hair closes at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 1750 performances.
Ike and Tina Turner, Edgar Winter, Dr. John, Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker play at The Bosse Field Freedom Fest, Evansville, Indiana, USA, a one-day event, for an audience estimated at 30,000. The Evansville Courier reports, "Long-haired, bearded boys and girls wearing scanty clothes milled around the area. Some were just sitting on the ground talking; others were dripping wet after taking a swim in the park's small lake ... But the mood was peaceful and the youths were for the most part very quiet."
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois.
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 first of two nights at the Paramount Theater, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Black Sabbath play at The Palace Concert Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, supported by Blue Oyster Cult.
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Lou Reed starts recording sessions for the album Transformer in Trident Studios, London, UK.
San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane play in the Schaefer Music Festival at Wollman Skating Rink, Central Park, New York City, USA, supported by Bette Midler.
Roberta Flack records Suzanne, River and other tracks for Atlantic Records at Electric Lady Studios, New York City, USA.
Hold Your Head Up by Argent peaks at No5 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart. It will be their only hit single.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Honolulu International Center Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii.
The three-day-long Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival continues into its second day on Bull Island in the Wabash River, Illinois, USA. The event was billed as featuring major bands including Black Sabbath, Santana, Joe Cocker, Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, The Allman Brothers, The Eagles and many more. In the end, over 200,000 people will arrive instead of the 30,000 expected, and the event becomes a disaster, with most of the bands pulling out because of the chaos. Bands who actually do play include Canned Heat, Brownsville Station, Black Oak Arkansas and Pure Prairie League.
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The three-day-long Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival staggers into its third and last day on Bull Island in the Wabash River, Illinois, USA. The event was billed as featuring major bands including Black Sabbath, Santana, Joe Cocker, Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, The Allman Brothers, The Eagles and many more. In the end, over 200,000 people arrived instead of the 30,000 expected, and the event has become a disaster, with most of the bands pulling out because of the chaos. Bands who actually do play include Canned Heat, Brownsville Station, Black Oak Arkansas and Pure Prairie League. The angry crowd burns the stage down.
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Ben, the theme from a movie about a beloved pet rat, enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart and will become Michael Jackson's first US No1.
Slade reach No1 in the UK Top Twenty singles chart with Mama Weer All Crazee Now. On the same day, All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople peaks at No3. The song is written and produced by David Bowie.
San Francisco hippy pioneers The Grateful Dead play at the Stanley Theater, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
During a North American tour, Pink Floyd play at Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA.
David Bowie plays at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Led Zeppelin come to the end of a Japanese tour with a show at the Kaikan Hall, Kyoto.
The Grateful Dead play the second of three nights at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
The Act play at the Freight And Salvage Coffee House, 1827 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California, USA.
Stackridge play at the City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Carlos Santana and John Mclaughlin come to the end of recording sessions for their joint album Love, Devotion, Surrender, in New York City, USA.
Corner Of The Sky by The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, enters the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart, where it will peak at No18, during an eight-week run. On the same day, the group plays at an NAACP fund-raising dinner in Hollywood, CDalifornia.
Having just been sacked from Neil Young's band Crazy Horse, songwriter, singer and guitarist Danny Whitten dies of a combination of Valium, which he was taking for severe arthritis, and alcohol, which he was using to try to get over his heroin addiction. Horrified, Neil Young is inspired to write The Needle And The Damage Done, about Whitten's addiction and death.
Country Joe McDonald And The All Star Band play the last of six nights at the Boarding House, San Francisco, California, USA.
Joni Mitchell scores her first chart entry when You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio enters the Billbaord Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No25 during an eight-week run. The song features Graham Nash playing harmonica.
Sleepy John Estes records President Kennedy in Brownsville, Tennessee, USA, for Albatross Records.
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