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The rock musical Hair (which includes a scene with a fully nude cast) is presented during a run of 1,997 performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe. The cast includes Marsha Hunt, Paul Nicholas, Sonja Kristina and Jimmy Winston.
Radical Black Panther Mark Essex fatally shoots ten people with a .44-caliber Magnum rifle and wounds thirteen more at Howard Johnson's Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, before being shot dead by police officers. Essex's killing spree will inspire several songwriters to include references to him in their songs, including Loudon Wainwright III's 1973 track Clockwork Chartreuse on the album Attempted Mustache, and Japanese doom metal band Church of Misery's 2004 song Soul Discharge on their album The Second Coming. Essex is also mentioned at length in Gil Scott Heron's version of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues.

Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend by Lobo enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No 8, giving him his third Top Ten entry.
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Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders play at The Keystone, Berkeley, California, USA.
Country Joe McDonald and the All Star Band play at the State University, San Jose, California, USA.
Beck, Bogert And Appice, featuring Jeff Beck on guitar, play a live set for French tv show Pop Deux, at Le Bataclan, Paris, France, Europe.
Weather Report play the first of four nights at the Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Long John Baldry plays at The University, Durham, England, UK, Europe.
Help Yourself play at the Central Hall, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
John Cale releases his third solo album, Paris 1919, on Reprise Records in the USA.
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The Sutherland Brothers And Quiver play at The Chelsea Bowl, Bournemouth, England, UK, Europe.
The Thomasz Stanko Quintet plays at the Musikhochschule, Munich, Germany. This jazz fusion concert is recorded and will be released as the album Purple Sun.
Jazz pianist Cecil Taylor plays at Antioch College, Ohio, USA.
Pink Floyd release a new album, Dark Side Of The Moon, in the USA.
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Weather Report play the last of three nights at the Strata Concert Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Rory Gallagher plays at The Colonial Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Led Zeppelin play at the Grugahalle, Essen, Germany.
Lou Reed is bitten on the behind by a member of the audience during a show in Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Thin Lizzy play at Imperial College, Bromley, England, UK.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play at The Palais De Sport, Caen, France, Europe.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play in The Grosse Westfalen Halle, Dortmund, Germany, Europe.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play in The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play the first of two nights in The Konzert Haus, Vienna, Austria, Europe.
The Sweet play at the City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Folk-protest singer Phil Ochs plays at The Earl Of The Old Town, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Deep Purple play the last of three nights of shows at the Felt Forum, New York City, USA, supported by Rory Gallagher.
Led Zeppelin play in Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California, USA.
Led Zeppelin play in The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson are recording You've Really Got A Hold On Me, for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan.
Country music singer-songwriter Troy Olsen is born in Morenci, Arizona, USA. He will co-write Blake Shelton's 2009 single I'll Just Hold On and Tim McGraw's Ghost Town Train.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Boston Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Beck, Bogert And Appice play in The Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Immediately after the gig, Jeff Beck decides to cancel the rest of the tour and return to the UK to see his girlfriend.
It's a hectic 24 hours in rock'n'roll. The New York Dolls' eponymous debut album is released on Mercury Records in the USA and, on the same day, Bruce Springsteen is hailed as the most popular act at the CBS Convention in the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, California. Also on the same day, fights break out at an Ike And Tina Turner show at Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, California, between members of the radical Black Panthers and the band. Finally, back in New York City, Led Zeppelin play the first of three nights at Madison Square Garden.
Donald Peers, for many years Britain's most popular male vocalist, dies aged 65 in a nursing home in Brighton, UK.
Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer [Emerson, Lake And Palmer], Labi Siffre, Ronnie Scott, Jim Cregan [Family], Brian Gibson [Geordie] and Tony Norton [Jigsaw] take part in a Pop Star Celebrity Race at Brands Hatch, near Swanley, Kent, UK. Jazzman Ronnie Scott wins the race. Also in attendance are Suzi Quatro and Don Powell [Slade].
Elton John plays at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, USA, supported by The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.
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Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, unveils a monument in honour of James Pendleton Vandiver in Rosine Cemetery, Rosine, kentucky, USA. Vandiver was the man who taught Monroe to play the fiddle, and was immortalised in Monroe's song Uncle Pen.
The Grateful Dead play at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
A coffin containing the body of country-rock star Gram Parsons is stolen from LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, by his road manager, Phil Kaufman, who drives it out to the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Navajo Desert and sets fire to the corpse, in accordance with a request made by Parsons before his death. The incident is immortalised in the song Fast Cars And Rented Beds by Julian Dawson on his 2004 album Bedroom Suite. The 2003 movie Grand Theft Parsons is about the same incident. Another song inspired by the life [and death] of Gram Parsons is My Man by The Eagles.
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On their European Tour 1973, The Rolling Stones play at The Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
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Gilbert O'Sullivan enters the UK albums chart with I'm A Writer Not A Fighter, which will peak at No2.
On their European Tour 1973, The Rolling Stones play at The Brondby Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
On their European Tour 1973, The Rolling Stones play at The Forest National, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
The 1973 oil crisis begins, causing shortages of the vinyl needed to manufacture records. A number of new albums are either delayed or only available in limited quantities until after the holiday season.
The New York Dolls play at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Deep Purple.
Darren Burn releases his second single, Is It Love, on EMI Records in the UK. He is being launched as a British teenybop idol, but when his career fails to take off, he will become depressed. By the age of 30, unable to cope with the failure of his career, he will take an overdose of his Dotheipin anti-depressant tablets and die.
Bob Dylan releases the album Dylan, in the USA on Columbia Records.
Leona Anderson, a silent movie actress whose 1957 album Music To Suffer By became a cult classic, dies in a retirement home in Fremont, California, USA. Anderson's singing was so bad that her record company promoted her as "the World's Most Horrible Singer."
Journey play their first ever live gig at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.