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Jazz guitarist and recording artist Rene Thomas dies aged 47, of a sudden heart attack in Spain, Europe, while on tour with Lou Bennett.
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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The Wiz, a contemporary musical re-make of the movie Wizard Of Oz, featuring an all-black cast, opens at The Majestic Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA.
Jef Martens is born in Hoogstraten, Belgium, Europe. He will find success as Basto, a musician and DJ specializing in electro house music.
Wishbone Ash play at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Grand Funk Railroad play in Amarillo, Texas, USA.
Queen release a new single, Now I'm Here, on EMI Records in the UK.
Barry Manilow reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Mandy.
Television, with Richard Hell still in the band, play at CBGB’s, New York City, USA, supported by Blondie.
On the Bobby Goldsboro Show in the USA, Bobby's guests are Paul Revere And The Raiders. During the show Bobby sings Did She Mention My Name?, Can You Feel It? and And Then There Was Gina. Paul Revere And The Raiders perform Cover of Rolling Stone and Just Like Me.
John Martyn plays a live concert at Leeds University, Leeds, England, UK, Europe. The concert is recorded by Island Records but, largely because the playing of guitarist Paul Kossoff is so erratic, the label decides not to release it. Martyn goes ahead and releases Live At Leeds himself in a limited edition of 10,000.
Delta blues slide guitarist Johnny Shines plays the first of three nights at Yubin Chokin Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Asia. The shows are recorded and will be released as the LP Live Recording At Yubin Chokin Hall.
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.
Aisha Zakia Wonder is born to Stevie Wonder and Yolanda Simmons, in New York City, USA. The birth of the child will inspire Wonder to write the song Isn't She Lovely? which includes a recording of Aisha laughing ang gurgling soon after she was born.
Former New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan form The Heartbreakers with seminal New York punk Richard Hell.
10cc release their biggest hit, I'm Not In Love, in the UK.
The Rolling Stones become the first Western rock band to receive record royalties from the USSR.
On his Natty Dread Tour, Bob Marley plays the second of two nights at The Quiet Knight Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eric Clapton records his version of Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door in Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, USA.
Ducks Deluxe play their last ever live show, at The Marquee Club, London, UK.
When Ramblin' Jack Elliott plays at the Other End in Greenwich Village, New York City, Bob Dylan joins him on stage.
Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie and Hoyt Axton play as part of the The Summer Of Stars concert series in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights in the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Wailers.
Roberta Flack and Blood Sweat And Tears play as part of the The Summer Of Stars concert series in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
When The Wombles perform their latest hit, SuperWomble, on the UK tv show Top Of The Pops in London, England, UK, Europe, the musicians inside The Wombles' costumes are actually folk-rock band Steeleye Span.
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Harry Chapin plays as part of the The Summer Of Stars concert series in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Black Sabbath release their sixth studio album, Sabotage, on Warners Records in the USA.
Columbia Records release a promo-only single, Million Dollar Bash by Bob Dylan and The Band, in the USA.
Popular bandleader and pianist Vincent Lopez dies following a stroke, aged 80, in the Villa Maria, a nursing home in North Miami, Florida, USA. His radio sign-on, "Hello everybody - Lopez speaking," was heard for 45 years, making it the most enduring signature of any popular bandleader.
Weather Report play at Lisner Auditorium, Washington DC, USA.
Weather Report play at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey, USA.
Rod Stewart and The Faces play their last show together at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
George Harrison enters the UK albums chart with Extra Texture (Read All About It), which will peak at No16 during a four-week run.
When Bob Dylan attends the 61st birthday party of Mike Porco, owner of Gerde's Folk City, in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, he perfoms a duet with Joan Baez. This is also the first occasion on which Dylan meets Bruce Springsteen.
Sweet Sticky Thing by The Ohio Players is the new No1 single in the Billboard R’n’B Chart in the USA.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, plays two shows in one day at the Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
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David Crosby and Graham Nash play at The Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 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.
David Crosby and Graham Nash play at the Rosa Arena, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, USA.
Queen's fourth album, A Night At The Opera, is released in the UK.
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The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, plays two shows in one day at The War Memorial Coliseum, Rochester, New York State, USA.
ZZ Top play at The Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, supported by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Poco.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, plays two shows in one day at The Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA..
Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue plays at the Municipal Auditorium, Bangor, Maine.
Michael Nesmith plays at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, England, UK.
Malinda Gayle McCready is born in Fort Myers, Florida, USA. She will find success as country singer Mindy McCready but, after a toubled life, she will commit suicide in 2013.
During the first of two shows by Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour in Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dylan's mother, Beatrice, is introduced onto the stage.
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David Bowie spends Christmas at the Jamaican home of Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards, rehearsing for an upcoming tour.
Elvis Presley plays at the Silver Dome, Pontiac, Michigan, USA. With an audience numbering 60,000, the show enters the record books for grossing $800,000 – the largest take ever for one concert by a single artist.
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