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Queen release a new single, Bohemian Rhapsody, in the USA.
Can play a live gig in Cuxhaven, Germany, Europe.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, plays at the Houston Astrodrome, Houston, Texas. This is the celebrated Night Of The Hurricane gig to raise funds for Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, and features guest appearances by Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes and Ringo Starr.
Bob Dylan's album Desire enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No3 during a 35-week run.
On his Station To Station tour, David Bowie plays at The Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
David Bowie's Station To Station tour plays in Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Elvis Presley records America The Beautiful at home in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon reaches No1 on the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
David Bowie's Station To Station tour plays the first of three non-consecutive nights in Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Top Ten Singles on WABC Radio, New York City, USA, for the week ending on this date, are as follows :

1. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon (Columbia)

2. I Write the Songs - Barry Manilow (Arista)

3. Convoy - C.W. McCall (MGM)

4. Theme from S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage (ABC)

5. Love Machine, Part 1 - The Miracles (Tamla)

6. Love Rollercoaster - The Ohio Players (Mercury)

7. Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka (Rocket)

8. Walk Away from Love - David Ruffin (Motown)

9. Sing a Song - Earth, Wind And Fire (Columbia)

10. Love to Love You Baby - Donna Summer (Oasis)

On their Gimme Back My Bullets tour, Lynyrd Skynyrd play in The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Jeremy Plato is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He will find success as the bass player of Cross Canadian Ragweed, who will score four Top 10 country albums between 2004 and 2009.
More More More by Andrea True Connection enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No4.
Wanted for questioning about a triple murder case, Tower Of Power vocalist Rick Stevens turns himself in to police in San Jose, California, USA.
Queen play the first of two nights at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
David Bowie's Station To Station tour plays the first of two nights in The Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes play at The Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
At the instigation of imprisoned jazz singer Flora Purim, a concert is staged in the Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island in Los Angeles, California, USA, featuring Purim with Cannonball Adderley, George Duke, Airto Moreira, Miroslav Vitouš, Raul de Souza and Leon "Ndugu" Chancler.
James Ivy Richardson II is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find success under the name J. Ivy, as a performance poet, spoken word artist, recording artist, song writer and author.
Kiss release their fourth album, Destroyer, on Casablanca Records in the USA.
The Boize play at The Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Phyllis Major, the wife of Jackson Browne, commits suicide with an overdose of barbiturates in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. At least two of Browne's subsequent songs, Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate and The Shape Of A Heart, will be inspired by Major. Also, an earlier song, Ready Or Not, was written about how Browne and Major first got together after meeting in The Troubadour club in Los Angeles.
Songwriter, pianist, arranger, band leader, recording artist, vocalist, and writer Rube Bloom dies aged 73 in New York City, USA. His best known songs include Soliloquy, Day In-Day Out and Fools Rush In.
Paul and Linda McCartney visit John Lennon at his apartment in The Dakota Building in New York City, USA. They pass some of the evening watching Saturday Night Live on TV. This will prove to be the last evening Lennon and McCartney will spend together.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, continues its second leg at the University Of Florida Field, Gainesville, Florida.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, continues its second leg at the L.S.U. Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, continues its second leg at Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, Texas, 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 its final concert at the Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Tom Waits plays the second of thirteen nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
When The 101ers play at Heyward's Heath, UK, lead vocalist Joe Strummer splits the band. He has been invited to join The Heartdrops, whose members include the three other musicians who will subsequently form The Clash with Strummer.
Mayor Pete Flaherty of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, declares that in the wake of the recent calamitous ZZ Top concert in the city, future rock shows at Three Rivers Stadium will be limited to seven hours max, the gates will open earlier, there must be more portable toilets, and drunks and drug-users will not be allowed in. He concludes, "I hope it will not become necessary to eliminate future concerts."
Weekly UK pop newspaper the NME (New Musical Express) reports that bassist Alan Cartwright has quit Procol Harum.
During a gig by The Flaming Groovies, supported by The Ramones at Dingwalls, Camden, London, UK, a glass of beer is thrown at Joey Ramone on stage by Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, and a door is broken. The Pistols are banned. Members of The Clash also attend this gig. This is widely considered a seminal gig for the UK punk scene, because it was the first time that the London and New York punk scenes had encountered each other at a gig.
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The album Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Pine Knob Music Center, Clarkston, Michigan, USA, supported by REO Speedwagon. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
The Vans Warped Tour, plays at The Colisee Pepsi Parking lot, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, with a bill including My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Fall Out Boy, The Transplants, MxPx, All-American Rejects, Dropkick Murphys, Thrice, Atreyu and Senses Fail.
The album Breezin' by jazz and r'n'b guitarist George Benson reaches No1 in the Billboard US Albums Chart for the first of two weeks.
Herbie Mann plays at The Great American Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Buzzcocks play at the Commercial Hotel, Stalybridge, UK.
When Screaming Lord Sutch And The Savages play at The Speakeasy, London, UK, they are joined onstage by their former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, USA. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
The Summer Of My Life by Devizes-born Simon May enters the singles chart, where it will peak at No7.
Black Sabbath begin a tour of the USA at The Assembly Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, with Boston as support.
Bruce Springsteen's show tonight at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, is his first headlining gig in an arena.
Man play at Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK.
Cado Belle play at The Nashville, Kensington, London, UK.
Caravan play at Dundee University, Dundee, Scotland.
Andy Fairweather Low plays at Leith Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jazz guitarist Irving Ashby records Shivers and Funkville U.S.A. in Los Angeles, California, USA, for his RCA Records album Guitar Player. Hampton Hawes plays piano on the session.
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