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Because vocalist Robert Plant has flu, Led Zeppelin's scheduled concert at the Preston Guild Hall is postponed until 30 January, when it ends their fifth and longest UK tour.
Led Zeppelin play at The New Theatre, Oxford, UK.
Black Sabbath play at Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, supported by Ticket.
Pink Floyd play for the Roland Petit ballet at Palais des Sports de la Porte de Versailles, Paris France, Europe.
Pink Floyd play again for the Roland Petit ballet at Palais des Sports de la Porte de Versailles, Paris France, Europe.
Led Zeppelin play at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK.
Free play at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA.
Chick Corea (with Airto Moreira) plays at the Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California, USA, supported by The McCoy Tyner Quartet and the Hoo Doo Band.
When The Sweet play at The Grand Hall, Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock, Scotland, the audience is not impressed and begins a barrage of bottles which force the band to flee the stage and leave the hall. The incident will inspire the song Ballroom Blitz, written by Nicky Chinn And Mike Chapman, which Sweet will take to No2 in the UK charts later in the year.
An audience of less than ten people witness the first live performance by Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York City, USA. According to bassist Gene Simmons, the group is paid $50 for performing two sets.
Chris Braide is born in Warrington, Cheshire, UK. He will become an Ivor Novello and ASCAP winning songwriter, composing hits for artists including Kylie Minogue, Diana Vickers, Pixie Lott, JLS, Ronan Keating, Cheryl Cole and John Barrowman.
Richard and Linda Thompson play at the North London Polytechnic Folk Club, London, UK.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan, a founding [and most blues-oriented] member of The Grateful Dead, dies aged 27 of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage, caused by his huge consumption of alcohol, at his home in Corte Madera, California, USA.
Black Sabbath begin a UK tour at Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland, supported by Badger and Necromandus.
The Herbie Mann Septet with String Quartet and Harp records, Turtle Bay, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, Now I've Found A Lady and other tracks for Atlantic Records in Regent Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
Jazz pianist Cecil Taylor plays at Antioch College, Ohio, USA.
Jazz saxophonist John Surman plays at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, UK.
Country Joe McDonald And His All Star Band play at The Pauley Ballroom, Berkeley, California, USA.
Can play at the Bataclan, Paris, France, Europe.
The Sutherland Brothers And Quiver play at The Shaw Theatre, Euston, London, England, UK, Europe.
Blues vocalist, guitarist and recording artist Henry 'Rufe' Johnson plays at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
British music industry body the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) launches its new award certification system for gold, silver and platinum-selling recordings. The first album to be certified is Red Rose Speedway by Paul McCartney which earns a Silver Award.
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Today's edition of Time magazine includes a feature about Pablo Picasso, which mentions that on the last night of his life he said to his friends, 'Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink anymore." He then went off to bed and died in his sleep. When, during dinner at McCartney's house in Montego Bay, Jamaica, actor Dustin Hoffman shows this feature to Paul McCartney and asks if he could write a song based on it, McCartney composes Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me), which will appear on the LP Band On The Run.
Weather Report play at The Landmark at Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Led Zeppelin play in Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Jean Michel Jarre releases his second LP, Les Granges Brulees [The Burned Barns], in France, Europe. It is the soundtrack to the film of the same name starring Simone Signoret and Alain Delon.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson are recording Touch The One You Love, for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan.
McKendree Spring play at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at Beattie Park, Perth, Australia.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Doobie Brothers, New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Joe Walsh and Barnstorm play at Winterland, San Francisco, California, 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.
The Drifters and Pete Sinfield appear on BBC-2 tv show The Old Grey Whistle Test, recorded at BBC tv centre in London, UK.
Three Dog Night and T.Rex play at Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, as part of the Garden State Summer Music Fair.
Locomotiv GT, Stray Dog, Budgie, East of Eden, Man, Fumble and Nazareth play at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
Rock-jazz fusion group The Mahavishnu Orchestra, featuring guitarist John McLaughlin, play at The Civic Auditorium, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Elektra Records holds a leaving party for retiring company founder Jac Holzman at The Tavern On The Green, Central Park, New York City, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California.
On their European Tour 1973, The Rolling Stones play at The Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany, Europe.
John Mayall plays at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Big band drummer and bandleader Gene Krupa dies of leukemia aged 64 in Yonkers, New York, USA.
The Rolling Stones complete their 42-show European Tour 1973 with a gig at The Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
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The rock movie, That’ll Be The Day, starring David Essex, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon of The Who, opens in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan releases the album Dylan, in the USA on Columbia Records.
Jimmy Reed plays the second of three nights at the King Pleasure Jazz Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
The album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath enters the UK album chart, where it will peak at No4.
Pharoah Sanders plays the second of three nights at the King Pleasure Jazz Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Blues guitarist and singer Richard 'Hacksaw' Harney dies of stomach cancer in Jackson, Mississippi, USA.