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Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, having been injured in a car accident the previous August in Greece, Europe, takes his first unaided steps.
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For £3.30, fans at the first day of The Great British Music Festival at Olympia, London, England, UK, Europe, see Procol Harum, John Miles, Barclay James Harvest, Baker Gurvitz Army and Snafu.
Mal Evans, long-term roadie for The Beatles, is shot dead when he threatens police officers in Los Angeles, California, USA, with an unloaded air rifle during a domestic dispute. (According to close friend Harry Nilsson, later, when Evans' body was being sent home to England, it became mislaid and - bizarrely - ended up in the Dead Letter Office. Eventually, Evans was cremated in Los Angeles.)
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Howlin' Wolf is diagnosed as suffering from a brain tumour. he will undergo surgery but will not recover and will die four days later.
Carole King is surprised when David Crosby and Graham Nash join her on stage in San Francisco, California, USA, during a show on her 34th birthday. Her four-year old daughter Molly Larkey is heard yelling out "Happy Birthday, Mommy" from the audience.
The Ramones finish recording their eponymous debut album for Sire Records at Plaza Sound Studios, Radio City Music Hall, New York City.
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.
A funeral service is held for Florence Ballard of The Supremes in New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan, USA. The service is held by The Rev. C.L. Franklin (father of Aretha Franklin) and gueasts in attendance include The Supremes' Diana Ross and Mary Wilson, plus Stevie Wonder and The Four Tops. Ballard is then buried in Detroit Memorial Park Cemetary.
AC/DC are presented with gold record awards for both High Voltage and TNT, in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Stormin' Norman and Susie play at The Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
US Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter reveals that his inspirations include Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.
Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist with Paul McCartney's Wings, breaks a finger when he slips in the bathroom of his Paris, France, hotel room, during a European tour.
Returning home after a gig with Memphis Slim, British blues pioneer Duster Bennett dies in a car crash in Warwickshire, England, UK, Europe, aged 29.
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 Bayfront Civic Center Auditorium, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
The Ramones release their debut LP, The Ramones, on Sire Records in the USA.
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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, continues its second leg at the University Of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA.
Following a gig in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Bruce Springsteen goes to Elvis Presley's Graceland home and climbs over the wall. A guard, assuming him to be a crank fan, apprehends him.
Weather Report play the second of two nights at The Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, Georgia, 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 Gatesville State School For Boys, Gatesville, Texas, USA.
Tom Waits plays the ninth of thirteen nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
Buster Brown and Chain play at Chequers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
When Paul McCartney and Wings play in Seattle, Washington, USA, the show is filmed for release as the in-concert movie, Rockshow. The gig also sets the record - 67,100 - for the largest attendance at an indoor concert.
Tom Waits plays the eleventh of thirteen nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
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.
The Edgar Broughton Band plays at Skindles, Maidenhead, UK.
The Stranglers play at The Hope And Anchor, Islington, London, UK.
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On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Indiana, 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.
In an ongoing battle for managerial control of Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel countersues the artist. The resulting dispute will prevent Springsteen from recording for the next ten months. The legal fracas centres around Springsteen's intention of replacing Appel with Jon Landau.
Natalie Cole secretly marries her record producer, Marvin Yancy Jr., but the couple will not announce their union until seven months later, on Valentine's Day, when she will also announce that she is pregnant.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California, USA, supported by Johnny And Edgar Winter and Blue Oyster Cult. 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.
Boz Scaggs plays at The Greek Theatre, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA. The concert is recorded and three tracks will be added to a 2007 re-issue of Scaggs' classic album Silk Degrees.
The Paul McCartney And Wings album Band On The Run is released in Russia, Europe, on Melodiya Records.
Bob Dylan adds a codicil to his will stating that a bequest of $50,000 plus the Zimmerman family home in Minnesota, USA, should go to his brother on Dylan's death.
Aerosmith, Rick Derringer and Spirit play the first of two nights in the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA.
Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee is at No1 in today's newly published Billboard magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
Legendary blues singer Victoria Spivey dies aged 69, in hospital in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
If You Leave Me Now by Chicago reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart. On the same day, Leo Sayer releases a new single, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, in the USA.
For the first of three nights, Status Quo record the album Live!, using The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The ASISU MiniDome, Pocatello, Idaho, USA, supported by Jay Boy Adams. 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.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse play at The Community Centre, Berkeley, California, USA.
It is reported that the falling value of the £ has resulted in the cancellation of British tours by War, Sly And The Family Stone and Rufus. All three were due to tour in December.
Cado Belle play at The Lodestar, Blackburn, UK.
The album Rock And Roll Over by Kiss is awarded a gold disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Cado Belle play at Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland.
Cado Belle play at Bradford University, Bradford, UK.
The Tom Robinson Band plays its first gig, at The Hope And Anchor, Islington, London, UK.
Patti Smith is banned from New York City, USA, alternative radio station, WNEW, when she explodes into a live on-air rant that heavily criticizes the station, much to the embarassment of presenter Harry Chapin.
The album Long Misty Days by Robin Trower is awarded a gold disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
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