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Black Sabbath release their fifth studio album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, on Warner Brothers Records in the USA.
The Allman Brothers Band plays the second of two nights at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA.
Bob Dylan and The Band play at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bob Dylan and The Band play the second of two nights at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Canada.
Bob Dylan and The Band play at the Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
John Cummings buys a $50 Mosrite guitar at Manny
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Bob Dylan and The Band play a second night at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Aynsley Dunbar plays with Journey for the first time as their new drummer at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Planet Waves by Bob Dylan and The Band reaches No1 in the Billboard US albums chart, his first album to do so.
Suzi Quatro hits No1 in the UK singles chart with Devil Gate Drive.
Weather Report play at Bowen Field House, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA.
10cc play at Western Carolina University, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
A San Francisco insurance company, after being sued by Janis Joplin's manager, pays out $112,000 on a policy covering the death of the singer. They had claimed that her death was suicide, but the court agreed with her manager, and a coroner's report, that Joplin died from an accidental overdose.
Country blues performer Elly Greenberg plays the second of three nights at CBGBs Club, 315 Bowery at Bleeker, New York City, USA, supported by the "fancy guitar pickin's" of Erik Frandsen.
The Ramones give their first public performance - to an invited audience of friends - at Performance Studios, New York City, USA.
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Country blues performer Elly Greenberg plays the last of three nights at CBGBs Club, 315 Bowery at Bleeker, New York City, USA, supported by the "fancy guitar pickin's" of Erik Frandsen.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and several others take part in a somewhat ramshackle, unstructured jam at Lennon's rented beach house in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fourth of fifteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the last of fifteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mama Cass Elliott, formerly of The Mamas And The Papas, and a known heroin user, collapses during a performance on tv programme The Tonight Show in the USA. (The incident is explained away as exhaustion, but three months later she will die in her flat in London, England, UK, Europe.)
The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens public impeachment hearings in Washington DC, USA, against President Richard Nixon for his involvement in The Watergate Scandal. Watergate will inspire songwriters to refer to it in the lyrics of many songs, including Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974), I'm So Bored With The USA by The Clash (1977), and Bicycle Race by Queen (1978). Another song telling the story of Watergate in greater detail is The White House Un-American Activities Rag (1974) by Dan Murphy.
Linda Ronstadt, Lonesome Dan Hicks, Country Gazette and Honk play at Cromwell Athletic Field, University Of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Paul McCartney and his family touch down at Metropolitan Airport, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, at the start of a six week stay on a farm in the neighbouring town of Lebanon. The farm is owned by songwriter Curly Putman Jr, and the McCartneys' time spent there will inspire Paul to write the hit single Junior's Farm.
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Dolly Parton's original version of I Will Always Love You reaches No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA. The song will become an even bigger success when it is covered by Whitney Houston.
Brother Bones, a whistling and bone playing recording artist, dies aged 71, in Long Beach, California, USA. His 1949 recording of Sweet Georgia Brown, became internationally famous after being adopted as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team in 1952.
The Who, Blues Image, Leon Russell and John Sebastian play at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fourth of seven nights at The Mill Run Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The live album Before The Flood by Bob Dylan and The Band is awarded a gold record in the USA by the R.I.A.A..
Isaac Hayes, with Mike Storen, Avron Fogelman and Kemmons Wilson, take over ownership of the American Basketball Association team the Memphis Tams in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The live double album Before The Flood by Bob Dylan and The Band enters the Billboard US albums chart, where it will peak ay No3 during a ten-week stay.
Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney fly from New York City, USA, to Heathrow, London, England, UK, Europe. While in New York, they had visited John Lennon and May Pang.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the second of seven nights at the Front Row Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri.
Weather Report play the second of three nights at the Town And Country Lodge, Ben Lomond, California, USA.
Weather Report play the last of three nights at the Town And Country Lodge, Ben Lomond, California, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the World Expo, Spokane, Washington.
Charles Aznavour releases a new LP, A Tapestry Of Dreams, on Barclay Records in the UK. It will peak at No9 in the charts during a thirteen-week stay.
Free Man In Paris by Joni Mitchell on Asylum Records enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, where it will peak at No22 during a run of seven weeks.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the last of fourteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Charles Aznavour plays at The London Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Grateful Dead play the second of three nights at Alexandra Palace, London, UK, on their Europe 74 tour.
Reggae Tune by Andy Fairweather Low enters the UK popular singles chart, where it will peak at No10 during a run of eight weeks.
Tim Buckley releases a new album, Look At The Fool, in the USA.
Roxy Music play the second of two nights at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
John Lennon spends the third of five days in Record Plant East Studios, New York City, USA, recording tracks for his album Rock'n'Roll, which had been abandoned when producer Phil Spector unexpectedly quit the project. The band on these sessions includes guitarists Jesse Ed Davis and Eddie Mottau, pianist Ken Ascher, bassist Klaus Voormann, drummer Jim Keltner and percussionist Arthur Jenkins.
Gilbert O'Sullivan enters the UK albums chart with Stranger In My Own Back Yard, which will peak at No9.
Led Zeppelin hold the UK launch for their new record label, Swan Song, at Chislehurst Caves, Surrey, England, UK.
Eric Clapton plays at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Black Sabbath begin an eight date Australian tour at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, supported by AC/DC.
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