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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.

Led Zeppelin play at The New Theatre, Oxford, UK.
Leon T. Gross dies of a heart attack in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Under the stage names Archie Boy and Archibald, he was a popular r'n'b singer and barrelhouse-style pianist in the 1940s, acknowleded as an influence on Fats Domino and others.
Relay by The Who enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No21. On the same day, it peaks at No39 in the USA.
Steeleye Span appear on the BBC2 tv series Full House, in the UK.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson are recording Melodie, for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan.
Chuck Berry plays at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK, supported by Fumble.
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The first "electric Western" movie musical Zachariah is released to cinemas in Denmark, Europe. The film stars John Rubenstein, Patricia Quinn and Don Johnson, but is perhaps best-remembered for its cameo appearances by Country Joe And The Fish, Elvin Jones, Doug Kershaw, The James Gang, White Lightning and The New York Rock Ensemble. It will lose almost $1.5m.
Rory Gallagher plays at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Old And In The Way, a bluegrass band featuring Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, play a live set at KSAN-FM Radio studios in San Francisco, California, USA.
Elton John plays the second of two nights at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
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.
The Sutherland Brothers And Quiver play at South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Steely Dan release a new single, Reelin’ In The Years, in the USA.
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Black Sabbath play the first of two nights at The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London, UK, supported by Badger and Necromandus. Black Sabbath's set is recorded and parts of it will appear on the album Live At Last.
Neil Young plays the first of three nights at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA.
Country Joe McDonald and his All Star Band play at the Pauley Ballroom, Berkeley, Calfornia, USA.
Country Joe McDonald And His All Star Band play at The Pauley Ballroom, Berkeley, California, USA.
Wizzard play at Northampton Cricket Ground, Northampton, England, UK.
Pink Floyd release a new album, Dark Side Of The Moon, in the UK.
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San Francisco hippy rock pioneers The Grateful Dead play at The Community War Memorial, Rochester, New York State, USA.
The start of a Led Zeppelin gig at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, USA, is delayed because Jimmy Page has sprained his finger on the fence at LA airport.
The Grateful Dead play at The Community War Memorial, Rochester, New York State, USA.
Country Joe McDonald and his All Star Band play at the Bermuda Palms, San Rafael, California, USA.
Screaming Lord Sutch, Shakin' Stevens and others play in the All British Rock'n'Roll Festival at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
The Faces, with Rod Stewart on vocals, record a live session for BBC radio show In Concert at The Paris Theatre, London, UK.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference in New York City, USA, at which they announce the creation of Nutopia, a 'conceptual' country governed by 'cosmic' laws and whose national anthem is three seconds of silence.
Michael Jackson releases his third solo album, Music & Me, on Motown Records in the USA.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play in The Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play in The Grosse Westfalen Halle, Dortmund, Germany, Europe.
Rock movie That’ll Be The Day, starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Dave Edmunds, Keith Moon of The Who and Billy Fury, goes on release on the ABC Cinema circuit in North London, England, UK, Europe.
The Jackson 5 release a new album, Skywriter, in the USA on Motown Records.
A Led Zeppelin gig at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA, is delayed because guitarist Jimmy Page has sprained his finger on the fence at LA airport.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson are recording You've Really Got A Hold On Me, for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan.
Bob Dylan releases the film soundtrack album Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid, in the USA on Columbia Records.
The Drifters and Pete Sinfield appear on BBC-2 tv show The Old Grey Whistle Test, recorded at BBC tv centre in London, UK.
Uriah Heep play in the London Music Festival at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
Paul McCartney and Wings begin recording the album Band On The Run at EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria, Africa.
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On their European Tour 1973, The Rolling Stones play the last of three nights at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe.
The hit single Get Down is certified as Gilbert O'Sullivan's third Gold Disc in the USA.
On their European Tour 1973, The Rolling Stones play at The Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan's latest single, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No14 during a nine-week run.
Recording sessions for John Lennon's sixth solo album, Rock'n'Roll, begin at A+M Studios, Los Angele, California, USA. Phil Spector is producer, but he will abandon the sessions before they are completed.
The Wailers [later to become Bob Marley And The Wailers] release a new album, Burnin', in the UK on Island Records.
The Osmonds begin a British tour with a show at Belle Vue, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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Former Swindon resident Gilbert O'Sullivan enters the UK pop singles chart with Why, Oh Why, Oh Why, which will peak at No6.
Jimmy Reed plays the last of three nights at the King Pleasure Jazz Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Emerson, Lake And Palmer are awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. for sales of their fourth studio album, Brain Salad Surgery in the USA.
The Paul McCartney And Wings album Band On The Run enters the UK Albums Chart where it will peak at No1 for seven weeks.
Bob Dylan's album Dylan is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA.
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