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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.
Queen release a new single, Now I'm Here, on EMI Records in the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
release a new single, Am I Going Insane, in the UK.
The Hunter-Ronson Band (Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson) splits up.
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..
play at the College of Art, York, England, UK, Europe.
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.