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Black Sabbath release their fifth studio album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, on Warner Brothers Records in the USA.
US comic-book glam rockers Kiss are signed to Casablanca Records.
John Cummings buys a $50 Mosrite guitar at Manny
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Richard and Linda Thompson play at Kings College, London, UK.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, A Fool Such As I, in the UK on Columbia Records.
Jolene by Dolly Parton goes to No1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the second of two nights at the Theatre National Daniel Sorano, Dakar, Senegal, Africa.
Bruce Springsteen fires Vini 'Mad Dog' Lopez, the original drummer for his backing group, The E Street Band, and replaces him with Ernest 'Boom' Carter.
Bob Dylan and The Band play the first of two nights at the Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
At The Forum in Los Angeles, California, USA, on the last day of Bob Dylan's 39 date US tour, Carole King joins him on stage.
Bob Dylan and The Band's album Planet Waves enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No7 during an eight-week run.
10cc throw a mid-tour party for invited guests only at The Colony, 61st Street and Madison Avenue, New York City, USA.
During John Lennon's notorious 'Lost Weekend', he and Harry Nilsson spend an infamous night at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California, USA, heckling The Smothers Brothers. Also present in the crowd are Helen Reddy, Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward, tv personality Flip Wilson and porn star Linda Lovelace. Lennon is eventually ejected from the club.
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10cc come to the end of an American tour at The Coliseum, Binghamton, New York State, USA.
Blues singer and guitarist Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup, an inspiration to Elvis Presley among others, dies aged 68 of a heart attack in the Nassawadox hospital in Northampton County, Virginia, USA.
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.
Slade play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland.
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Pioneering British r'n'b bandleader Graham Bond dies aged 36 under the wheels of a Piccadilly line train at Finsbury Park station, London, England, UK, Europe. Most sources list Bond's death as a suicide.
Black Sabbath play at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, with Black Oak Arkansas as support.
Duke Ellington's funeral takes place at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, New York City, USA. Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams sing, and the funeral is attended by over 12,000 people.
The Clash play at Palais des Sports, Paris, France, Europe.
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.
Lynyrd Skynyrd release a new single, Sweet Home Alabama, on MCA Records in the USA. The song is a response to Neil Young's song Southern Man, which was critical of the racist attitudes of white people in the Southern States of the USA.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fifth of seven nights at the Mill Run Theater, Chicago, Illinois.
The Groundhogs play at the College, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fifth of seven nights at the Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos, California.
Under the pseudonym The Country Hams, Paul McCartney And Wings record Walking In The Park With Eloise and bridge On The River Suite at Sound Shop Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Guest musicians on the session include Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer.
The U.S. Justice Department gives illegal immigrant John Lennon sixty days to leave the country voluntarily or face deportation. John will appeal the ruling.
Mama Cass Elliott of The Mamas And The Papas dies, having choked on a sandwich in her London flat.
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On their Reunion Tour, Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young play at The Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, USA.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the first of fourteen nights at theMGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fourth of fourteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
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 thirteenth of fourteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bob Dylan begins recording his fifteenth studio album Blood On The Tracks at A&R Recording, New York City, USA.
Reggae Tune by Andy Fairweather Low enters the UK popular singles chart, where it will peak at No10 during a run of eight weeks.
Canadian rock combo Bachman-Turner Overdrive release a new single, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, in the USA.
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Montrose release their second album, Paper Money, on Warner Bros. Records in the USA.
John Lennon spends the second 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.
Gentle Giant and Focus play the first of two non-consecutive nights at The Academy Of Music, New York City, USA.
The No1 album in the UK is Rollin’ by the Bay City Rollers.
Eric Clapton plays at the Koseinkin Hall, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
When Dutch band Golden Earring appear on UK tv show The Old Grey Whistle Test, presenter Bob Harris arouses the anger of the band with his critical comments.
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Rush play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chad Robert Turton is born in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. He will find success as Chad Kroeger, songwriter, singer and guitarist for Nickelback.
Elton John is rehearsing at Record Plant Studios, New York City, USA, for his upcoming Madison Square Garden concert. He is joined at this rehearsal by John Lennon.
Critically-lauded UK singer-songwriter Nick D rake dies at home in his sleep, after an overdose of Tryptizol.
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Mr D's Collection No1, the first album to collect Bob Dylan rarities together, is released as a limited edition album in Japan.