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It is reported in the UK music press that Sparks is to split with three members being dropped and the brothers Ron and Russell Mael continuing as The Maels.
David Bowie sets off on the Isolar tour of North America, to promote his new album Station To Station. The first gig is in Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
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Florence Ballard of The Supremes is found paralysed on the living room floor of her home in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is driven to Mount Carmel Hospital, where she will die the following day.
On the back of a flat-bed truck travelling along Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia, AC/DC (accompanied by members of The Rats Of Tobruk Pipe Band), film a video for It's A Long Way To The Top, (If You Wanna Rock'n'Roll. The video is intended for the Australian music tv show Countdown.
Jackson Browne begins recording sessions for his fourth album, The Pretender, with producer Jon Landau. The sessions will, however, be abandoned on the 25th when Browne's wife Phyllis Major commits suicide.
December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) by The Four Seasons is the No1 single in the UK.
The Who's European tour concludes with the second of two nights at The Pavilion de Paris, Paris, France, Europe.
Thamas Helland is born in Norway, Europe. He will find success as Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer Thom Hell.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, comes to the end of rehearsals for its second leg at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, Clearwater, 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 University Of Florida Field, Gainesville, Florida.
Weather Report play at the Masonic Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, 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 Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 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 the Municipal Auditorium, Austin, Texas.
On a transatlantic British Airways flight, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin get drunk and verbally harass other first-class passengers, including the actors Dudley Moore and Telly Savalas.
Tom Waits plays the third of thirteen nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, USA, supported by Jay Boy Adams. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, 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.
Band Of Light and AC/DC play at Chequers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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.
Tom Waits plays the tenth of thirteen nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
The Sex Pistols record demos at Majestic Studios, Clapham, London, with Chris Spedding, followed by gig at the 100 Club, with The 101ers supporting. This gig is the first time The Pistols are seen by Shane MacGowan, later to form The Pogues.
Neil Diamond plays at The Aladdin Theater For The Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The new No1 on the Billboard Country singles chart in the USA is All These Things by Joe Stampley.
The Stranglers play at The Forest School, London, UK.
The Bothy Band is recorded live in session at The BBC Paris Theatre, London, UK.
Utopia, including Todd Rundgren, play at The Music Hall, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Touring in support of their LP Riding High, Sassafras play at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Weather Report play at Jazz A Juan, Antibes, France.
Bruce Springsteen begins legal action against his manager Mike Appel, from whom he is trying to disentangle himself, in favour of Jon Landau. Appel will countersue two days later and the resulting dispute will prevent Springsteen from recording for the next ten months.
Touring in support of their LP Riding High, Sassafras play at The Liesure Centre, Ebbw Vale, Wales, UK, Europe.
Stephen Stills registers copyright on Walk Before You Run, a song co-written with Bee Gees member Barry Gibb.
Boston release a new single, More Than A Feeling, on Epic Records in the USA. It will peak at No5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and go on to become a classic of AOR.
In the afternoon, The Sex Pistols sign a management contract with Glitterbest Ltd, owned by Malcolm McLaren. That night, they earn £438 for playing at the first of two days of the Punk Festival at London's 100 Club, along with The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Subway Sect.
Touring in support of their LP Modern Music, Be Bop Deluxe play at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe.
The Summer Of My Life by Devizes-born Simon May enters the singles chart, where it will peak at No7.
At the Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, George Clinton and Parliament debut their massive Mothership stage set.
The Clash play to an audience of just twenty people at The Lacy Lady, Ilford, UK, supported by The Subway Sect.
Cado Belle play at The Reeves Club, Bristol, UK.
Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO) release a new single, Livin' Thing, in the UK.
Mud play at The Locarno, Portsmouth, UK.
In a notorious UK tv interview with chat show host Bill Grundy, The Sex Pistols unleash several four letter words. This infamous incident will inspire the band Television Personalities to release the single Where's Bill Grundy Now?
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Caravan play at Surrey University, Guildford, UK.
All of Bob Dylan's vocal tracks and all mixed down tapes of the original recoridng of Hurricane, as recorded in July 1975, are erased because factual inaccuracies in the story are considered potentially actionable. This is why Hurricane was re-recorded four months later.
Andy Fairweather Low plays at The Dome, Brighton, UK.
When The Stranglers play at The Nashville, London, UK, their set is recorded for a live album, planned as their debut. Support band for the evening is The Tom Robinson Band.
Somebody To Love by Queen peaks at No2 in the UK pop singles chart.
Status Quo play at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium.
Mud play at Queensway Hall, Dunstable, UK.
A Day At The Races by Queen is certified as a gold album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Police in London, UK, visit Glitterbest, the offices of Sex Pistols? manager Malcolm McLaren to investigate a reported break-in.
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