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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.
The J. Geils Band plays in Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Deep Purple is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for their eleventh album Stormbringer.
Genesis play at The Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Gentle Giant play at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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.
The Doobie Brothers, Little Feat and Tower Of Power play in The Warner Brothers Music Show at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
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Barclay James Harvest play at The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
The Patti Smith Group plays at CBGB's Club, New York City, USA, for the first time. Gig: Feb.
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Supertramp, led by Swindon-born Rick Davies, enter the singles chart for the first time with Dreamer, which will peak at No13.
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel reach No1 in the UK with Make Me Smile.
The Grateful Dead begin recording their eighth studio album, Blues for Allah at Ace's, Mill Valley, California, USA.
Chicago-blues duo Homesick James and Snooky Pryor record Crossroads, Careless Love, Nothing But Trouble and other tracks for Caroline Records, at Chalk Farm Studios, Chalk Farm, London, UK. The tracks will be released on the LP Homesick James And Snooky Pryor.
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.
Ken Russell's film Tommy, based on The Who's concept LP of the same name, opens at cinemas in the USA.
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Jackie Blue by the The Ozark Mountain Daredevils enters the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart where it will peak at No3 during a 12-week run.
Quincy Jones records Hummin', Ground Hog and Country Preacher for CTI Records at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Bebop jazz trumpeter and composer Benny Harris dies in San Francisco, California, USA.
Popular singer Vera Lynn is made a Dame in Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Humours List. Nicknamed The Forces' Sweetheart, Lynn is perhaps best-remembered fopr her Second World War Hits We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs Of Dover.
Black Oak Arkansas play at The Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
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When Victoria Spivey and Muddy Waters play at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, Bob Dylan unexpectedly joins them to play harmonica on several songs.
When Ramblin' Jack Elliot plays at The Other End in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, Bob Dylan joins him on stage.
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The Rolling Stones play in the Memorial Stadium, Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, supported by The Charlie Daniels Band, The J Geils Band, The Meters and Furry Lewis. A plan to have Mick Jagger arrive on stage riding an elephant has to be abandoned when the weight of the animal causes the stage to collapse.
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Bachman-Turner Overdrive play at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bob Dylan's album The Basement Tapes enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No8 during a ten-week run.
Thin Lizzy play at The Brunel Rooms, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. (1975).
Bruce Springsteen plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Because of a blood clot, the heart of Paul Kossoff, formerly of Free but latterly with Back Street Crawler, stops beating for a full thirty-five minutes at Northwick Park Hospital, London, UK. He goes into a coma, and is pronounced clinically dead but, against all the odds, recovers.
San Francisco band The Grateful Dead release a new album, Blues For Allah, in the USA on Grateful Dead Records.
George Harrison enters the UK albums chart with Extra Texture (Read All About It), which will peak at No16 during a four-week run.
The Who play at The Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany, Europe.
David Crosby and Graham Nash play at the Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade of Bob Dylan and his long-time musical comrades, plays its first show, at the War Memorial Auditorium, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
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Queen release a new single, Bohemian Rhapsody, in the UK.
While filming scenes for his movie, Renaldo And Clara, in a diner in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA, Bob Dylan plays an alchemist and beat poet Allen Ginsberg portrays the emperor of a bankrupt empire.
On a beach in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, a Cherokee Indian chief named Rolling Thunder directs a ceremony of prayers for Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue rock tour troupe.
Arlo Guthrie turns up to perform at The Civic Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
Black Sabbath release a new single, Am I Going Insane, in the UK.
Siren, the fifth LP by Roxy Music enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No4.
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Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No1.
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Singer Feargal Sharkey is invited to audition for The Undertones in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He gets the job.
The Hunter-Ronson Band (Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson) splits up.
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..
Squeeze play at the College of Art, York, England, UK, Europe.
The Who play the first of two nights at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, illinois, USA.
Joni Mitchell and Roberta Flack turn up for Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour show at the State Prison, Clinton, New Jersey, where inmates include convicted murderer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.
On their Feel Like Coming 'Ome tour, The Who play at Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Steve Harris, formerly bass player with Smiler, forms his new band, Iron Maiden, with iuts first line-up consisting of Paul Mario Day on vocals, Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance on guitars and Ron Matthews on drums.