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Patti Smith and Yoko Ono take part in the annual New Year's Day Extravaganza organised by the New York Poetry Project at St Mark's Church, New York City, USA.
Junior Wells plays the first of two gigs at Theresa's, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The gig is recorded and tracks will be released in 2006 on the LP Junior Wells Live At Theresa's 1975.
Genesis play at The Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Udo Jurgens releases a new LP, Meine Lieder, on Ariola records in the UK.
A new band, Talking Heads, begins rehearsing in a loft on the Lower East Side, New York City, USA.
While walking home to Maida Vale, London, UK, from a Phil Manzanera recording session at Island Records' Basing Street studio, Brian Eno is hit by a taxi and has to be hospitalised for several weeks.
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Grand Funk Railroad play in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA.
Status Quo reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Down Down.
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The Rubettes play at The Civic Hall, Bedworth, UK.
Television play at CBGBs Club, The Bowery, New York City, USA.
Heart Like A Wheel by Linda Ronstadt is certified as a gold album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
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John Lennon releases his sixth LP, Rock'n'Roll, on Apple Records in the USA. The album features a selection of rock'n'roll era covers, and is produced, in part, by Phil Spector.
Having released two well-received albums, singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Sullivan leaves Los Angeles, California, USA, apparently headed for Nashville. Instead, he disappears without trace, aged 34, after abandoning his Volkswagen Beetle in the desert, near Santa Rosa, New Mexico, USA. Largely because his first LP had been entitled U.F.O., much speculation ensues that he was abducted by aliens, but no conclusive evidence of what happened to him is ever uncovered.
While on tour in the West Indies, The Jackson 5 play a baseball game against Kingston College at Jamaica National Stadium, Kingston. The Jacksons' team includes Marlon, Tito and Jackie, but Michael and Jermaine do not play. Kingston College wins 39-28.
T-bone Walker, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and one of the most influential pioneers and innovators of the jump blues and electric blues sound, dies aged 64 of bronchial pneumonia following a stroke, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jaswinder Singh Bains is born in Durgapur, Nawanshahrin tehsil of Jalandhar, Punjab, India, Asia. He will find success as UK-based Punjabi language bhangra singer-songwriter Jazzy B.
10cc play at The Concert House, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
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Former New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan form The Heartbreakers with seminal New York punk Richard Hell.
Weather Report play at The Community Theatre, Berkeley, California.
Brian Eno records the ambient systems music piece, Discreet Music, in his own recording studio.
On his Natty Dread Tour, Bob Marley plays the second of two nights at The Quiet Knight Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Five years after her death, the album Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits finally goes gold in the USA.
Emmylou Harris records Sweet Dreams at the Enactron Truck, Beverly Hills, California, for Warner Brothers Records.
King Crimson play their last North American date in Central Park, New York City, USA. The show is taped and released as the live album USA.
When ZZ Top play at The State Fair, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, they outdraw hometown artist Leon Russell.
Mathangi Arulpragasam is born in Hounslow, London, England, UK. She will find success as rapper/singer/songwriter M.I.A.
Proto-punk band The London SS is rehearsing in London, UK, with a line-up that includes future members of The Clash, The Damned and Generation X.
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Bob Dylan is working on Romance In Durango, One More Cup Of Coffee, Hurricane and other songs in Studio E, Columbia Records Studios, New York City, USA, during sessions for the album Desire. Guitarist on the session is Eric Clapton.
Bob Dylan records Isis, Sara and other tracks during his fourth recording session for the album Desire, at Columbia Records Studios, New York City, USA.
Stevie Wonder signs a $13m, 7-year recording contract with Motown Records in the USA - the largest in the industry at the time.
Michael Steven Bubl? is born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He will find international success as Grammy and Juno Award-winning jazz vocalist Michael Buble.
Black Sabbath’s current two-month long North American tour ends at Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Van Der Graaf Generator play at The Sports Centre, Bracknell, England, UK, Europe.
John Martyn plays at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, England, UK, Europe.
John Lennon, formerly of The Beatles, wins his fight to stay in America. The US Court of Appeals in New York City rules that his 1968 UK marijuana bust is not a valid reason for deporting him.
When Little Feat play at The Auditorium Theater, Rochester, New York State, USA, the band's co-founder Lowell George, introduces their song Willin', by saying that in 1969 he had been asked to leave the Mothers Of Invention for "writing a song about dope".
Black Sabbath’s current British tour ends at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of both Newsweek and Time magazines in the USA on the same day. Musicians rarely appeared on the cover of either magazine, so to be featured on both on the same day was quite remarkable.
Island Girl by Elton John is the new No1 single in the Billboard Chart in the USA.
The Who play the first of two nights at The Messehalle, Sindelfingen, Germany, Europe.
Eddie And The Hot Rods play at The Red Cow, London, UK.
The Who’s German tour ends with the second of two nights at Friedrich Ebert Halle, Ludwigshafen.
Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue touring party spends the day at the Dream Away Lodge, Becket, Massachusetts, USA, owned by Arlo Guthrie's friend Mama Frasca.
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Elton John begins a three-week run at No.1 in the Billboard Top 40 Albums Chart in the USA with Rock Of The Westies.
Earth, Wind And Fire play at The Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Petula Clark sings Gimme A Smile on Dinah Shore's daytime talk show Dinah! in the USA. Pat Boone is a guest on the same show.
Charges of marijuana possession against Linda McCartney (wife of Paul McCartney) are dropped in Los Angeles, California, USA, when she completes a drugs counselling course in London, UK.
Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue plays at the Civic Center Arena, Hartford, Connecticut.
On the occasion of her 30th birthday, Bette Midler suffers an emergency appendectomy.