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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.
Lynyrd Skynyrd play in Macon, Georgia, USA.
John Lennon and his attorneys win the right to inspect Lennon's U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service files in an attempt to prove that the Richard Nixon administration had interfered in John's case.
Suzi Quatro appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Frank Zappa is in The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the song Gregerry Peccary.
Lynyrd Skynyrd enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA with their second single, Freebird, which will peak at No19.
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Donny and Marie Osmond record the song One Of These Days for MGM Records in the USA.
Alvin Lee And Company play at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Montrose, Tower Of Power, Bonaroo and Graham Central Station set off on the 9-city, 18-show Warner Brothers’ European Tour.
Having just concluded an Irish tour, Thin Lizzy return to the UK with gig at the Greyhound, Croydon.
Genesis play at The Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Bob Dylan releases his 15th studio album, Blood On The Tracks, in the USA on Columbia Records. The songs, many of them despairing and bitter, are about breaking up with his wife Sara.
Television play at CBGBs Club, The Bowery, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Blood On the Tracks enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No4 during a sixteen-week run.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Tangled Up In Blue, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Bob Dylan's Blood On the Tracks reaches No1 in the Billboard US albums chart for the first of two weeks.
Weather Report play at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
The Bob Dylan single Tangled Up In Blue enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart where it will peak at No31 during a three-week stay.
Who's Sorry Now by Marie Osmond enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA where it will peak at No40, remaining on the chart for just two weeks.
Pink Floyd play the last of five nights at the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California. Over the five days of show, 511 dope smokers have been arrested by over-zealous LAPD officers.
Homesick James, Tommy Tucker, Billy Boy Arnold, Eddie 'Guitar' Burns, Little Joe Blue and Lonesome Jimmie Lee Robinson play the second of two nights at The 100 Club, London, UK. The shows are recorded and tracks will be released on the album American Blues Legends 75.
Can I Sit Next To You Girl, the debut single by AC/DC enters the Australian singles chart where it will peak at No19.
44 fans are injured, four of them seriously, when chaos breaks out during a BBC "Fun Day" concert in London, UK, featuring teen heartthrobs The Bay City Rollers.
Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel, Steeleye Span,Billy Cobham, John Cale, The Jack Bruce Band and Back Door play in The Crystal Palace Garden Party, Crystal Palace, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Eagles enter the Billboard singles chart in the USA with One Of These Nights which will peak at No1.
10cc reach No1 in the UK singles chart with I'm Not In Love. On the same day, Jive Talkin' by the The Bee Gees enters the UK singles chart.
Dylan releases the double album The Basement Tapes in the USA on Columbia Records.
The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights at The Capitol Center, Largo, Washington DC, USA, supported by the Mighty Clouds Of Joy.
The Bee Gees play as part of the The Summer Of Stars concert series in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rick Wakeman headlines a show in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by Procol Harum and Gentle Giant. Unfortunately, Procol Harum's equipment truck fails to arrive, so they arrange to borrow some gear from gentle Giasnt. Then, just before Procol Harum take the stage, Wakeman vetoes the loan, making it impossible for the band to perform. A fued erupts between Wakeman and Procol which results in the bizarre story going public via interviews with Procol on WEBN Radio.
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Seals And Crofts play as part of the The Summer Of Stars concert series in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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 is working on Black Diamond Bay, Oh Sister, Mozambique and other songs in Studio E, Columbia Records Studios, New York City, USA, during sessions for the album Desire.
Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons play as part of the The Summer Of Stars concert series in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Vincent Bell adds guitar and mandolin, and Dominic Cortese adds accordion to the Bob Dylan track Joey during an overdub session in Studio E, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
Three Dog Night play as part of the The Summer Of Stars concert series in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eric Clapton enters the UK singles chart with his version of Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door, which will peak at No38.
Get Down Tonight by KC And The Sunshine Band is the new Billboard No1 pop chart single in the USA. On the same day, Do It Again by Steely Dan enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No39 during a four week run.
Bob Dylan makes a last will and testament.
Barclay James Harvest and Café Society play at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
The Who play the first of two nights at The Messehalle, Sindelfingen, Germany, Europe.
Arlo Guthrie turns up to perform at The Civic Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
David Crosby and Graham Nash play at Erie County Fieldhouse, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.
Elton John becomes godfather to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son, Sean Lennon, on the same day that his album Rock Of The Westies reaches No1 in the USA.
Willie Nelson plays the last of three nights at The Boarding House, San Francisco, California, USA.
George Harrison’s sixth studio LP Extra Texture receives a gold album award from the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Hunter-Ronson Band (Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson) splits up.
Queen’s ground-breaking Bohemian Rhapsody video is broadcast on UK tv show Top Of The Pops for the first time.
Rush play at International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During a show by Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour in Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dylan's mother, Beatrice, takes the stage.
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