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The album A Night At The Opera and the single Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen are both awarded UK platinum discs by the BPI.
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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Graham Parker And The Rumour sign a recording contract with Phonogram Records in the UK.
Folk-blues legend Jesse Fuller dies from heart disease, aged 79, in Oakland, California, USA.
Blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Mance Lipscombe dies aged 80 in Navasota, Texas, USA, two years after having suffered a stroke.
Blues and R'n'B singer and harmonica player Buster Brown, best known for his hit single, Fannie Mae, dies aged 64 in New York City, USA.
Queen play the first of two nights at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Judas Priest release their second album, Sad Wings Of Destiny, on Gull Records in the UK.
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 collaborative album Wanted: The Outlaws - featuring a supergroup comprised of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter - is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Rush release their fourth album, 2112, on Anthem Records in the USA.
The 101ers, including singer and guitarist Joe Strummer, play at The Nashville Rooms, West London, UK. Support band The Sex Pistols. Also in the audience are Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, who will later form The Clash with Strummer.
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Van Der Graaf Generator play at The Roundhouse, London, supported by The 101ers, a band featuring Joe Strummer, future founder of The Clash.
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 Curtis Hixon Convention Center, Tampa, 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.
Marvin Gaye releases a new single, After The Dance, in the USA.
Mac And Katie Kissoon, Nicky Thomas, Prince Jazzbo and Jah Woosh play a midnight show at The Empire Theatre, London, UK.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tennessee, 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.
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.
AC/DC begins its first headlining tour of the UK. The Lock Up Your Daughters tour starts at City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.
Tom Waits plays the last of thirteen nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
The hit single Fooled Around And Fell In Love by Elvin Bishop is certified as gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Johnny Mercer dies from an inoperable brain tumour in Hollywood, California, USA, USA. As one of America's greatest songwriters, Mercer won four Academy Awards, for On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe, In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening, Moon River and Days Of Wine And Roses. In total, he wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs. Mercer was also a co-founder of Capitol Records.
Kevin Ayers plays at The Victoria Palace Theatre, London, UK.
American Independence Day is celebrated at The Roundhouse, London, UK, with a show headlined by The Flamin
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The Infliktors play at The Rat Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
EMI Records in London, UK, advances
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Demos by aspiring songwriter D.P.Costello are played on influential deejay Charlie Gillett
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, 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.
Orleans release a new single, Still The One, in the USA.
Van Morrison joins Eric Clapton onstage at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe, to perform Kansas City. During this gig, Clapton makes a bizarre speech, seemingly in support of the racist policies of English politician Enoch Powell.
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On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California, USA, supported by Point Blank, 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.
A + M Records in Los Angeles, California, USA, sue George Harrison, former guitarist of The Beatles, for $10m, claiming breach of contract, because he did not complete his album for the company by July 26 as specified in his recording deal.
She’s Gone by Daryl Hall And John Oates is re-issued and goes to No7 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Black Sabbath’s double-album compilation, We Sold Our Soul For Rock’n’Roll, is certified by the BPI as a silver disc in the UK.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, 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.
Thin Lizzy release their seventh studio album, Johnny The Fox, in the UK. It will peak at No.11 in the UK charts.
Bruce Springsteen's show tonight at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, is his first headlining gig in an arena.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Roberts Municipal Stadium, Evansville, Indiana, USA, supported by The Fools. 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 Eagles play at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Cado Belle play at The Reeves Club, Bristol, UK.
Andy Fairweather Low plays at Reading University, Reading, UK.
Andy Fairweather Low plays at Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.
Keyboardist Jon Perkins quits British new wave band XTC to play with The Stadium Dogs. He will be replaced by Barry Andrews.
Mud play the first of two nights at The Bunnies Club, Cleethorpes, 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.
Devo and Pere Ubu play the second of two nights at The Crypt, Akron, Ohio, USA.
Status Quo play at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium.
Mud play at The Odeon, Streatham, London, UK.
The musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God opens at The Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will run on Broadway for 429 performances. The musical is based on the Biblical Book of Matthew.
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