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London's first full-time punk venue, The Roxy, opens in Neal St, Covent Garden, London, England, UK. The Clash play at the opening.
Jazz piano star Erroll Garner dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 55.
The Steve Miller Band enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with Fly Like An Eagle, which will peak at No2.
When former Curved Air drummer Stewart Copeland meets up with former Last Exit bassist Sting in London, who he had met once before in Newcastle, they form a relationship that will eventually result in the creation of The Police.
George Harrison releases a new single, Crackerbox Palace, on Dark Horse Records.
Alex Welsh And His Band play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Original Eastside Stompers.
Jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr enters the Billboard US Top 40 Albums Chart with A Secret Place which will peak at No31 during a six-week run.
The Old Man's Blues Band plays at The Bridge House, Canning Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Siouxsie and the Banshees play their first real gig [not counting their appearance at The 100 Club Festival] at The Red Deer, Croydon, UK, supporting The Heartbreakers.
On their first world tour, Abba arrive in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, and book in to the Sebel Town House hotel, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney.
Procol Harum play at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK.
On their first world tour, Abba hold a press conference in the Sebel Town House hotel, Elizabeth Bay Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Singer and Native Hawaiian activistGeorge Helm disappears at sea near the tiny islet of Molokini during severe weather.
On their first world tour, Abba play at West Lakes Football Stadium, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
XTC, a new wave band based in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, record Traffic Light Rock, Saturn Boy, She's So Square and Neon Shuffle, during their second demo session for CBS Records at the company's studio in Whitfield Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
On the third leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghampton, New York State, 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.
AC/DC play at The City Hall, St. Albans, UK, supported by The Jenny Darren Band.
The first published picture of Tori Amos appears under the headline 'Top Teens In Talent Contest' in the Montgomery Journal. Fourteen year old Miss Amos had won the first prize of $100, singing her own composition, More Than Just A Friend.
Weather Report play at The Uptown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the third leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA, supported by Blackfoot. 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 Boomtown Rats play their first ever English gig at the Lodestar Club, Ribchester, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK, supported by Demolition and Chris Graham.
During The Clash's White Riot tour, 200 seats are trashed during an all-out riot at The Rainbow, London, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill are The Jam, Buzzcocks, Subway Sect and The Prefects.
Beatlemania! a Broadway stage-show tribute to the music of The Beatles, starring sound- and look-alikes, opens at The Winter Garden Theater, New York City, USA, to rave reviews.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the second of two nights at The Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
On the fourth leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, supported by Pure Prairie League and The Climax Blues Band. 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 Avengers play a 'late night party for The Nuns' at Mabuhay Gardens [aka The Fab Mab], San Francisco, California, USA. According to rock critic Greil Marcus, they were, "San Francisco's best punk band - in their moments, they were, you knew, better than any other band playing that night anywhere in the world."
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the second of two nights at Belle Vue, Manchester, England, UK.
The Damned play at The Brunel Rooms, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Adverts and XTC.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers play at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Boomtown Rats.
Brian Joseph Burton is born in White Plains, New York State, USA. By 2015 he will have become the highest-paid musician on the planet, under the name of Dangermouse.
The Jerry Garcia Band plays the first of two nights at Theatre 1839, San Francisco, California, USA. The shows are recorded and will eventually be released as the live album Pure Jerry - Theatre 1839, July 29 and 30, 1977 .
Ian Watkins, singer of Lostprophets, is born in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom.
Dire Straits play at The Tramshed, London, UK.
The Weirdos, Devo and The Dils play at Myron's Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rita Coolidge plays the second of two nights in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Following the death of Elvis Presley, US President Jimmy Carter issues a statement, calling Elvis, "unique, irreplaceable."
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The Sex Pistols start another British Tour at The Lafayette, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe, under the pseudonym The S.P.O.T.S (an acronym for Sex Pistols On Tour Secretly), hoping to avoid council censorship.
Kiss play the first of three nights at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA, during which they record their album Kiss Alive II.
The Voyager 2 spacecraft is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, to begin a Grand Tour of the Solar System and beyond. On board (as was the case with Voyager 1) is the Voyager Golden Record, carrying a collection of 116 images plus a variety of natural sounds, including surf, wind, thunder and animal sounds. Examples of music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Johnson and others are also included.
Weather Report play the second of two nights at the Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland.
Soul singer Gloria Jones returns to London, England, UK, Europe,from the USA where she has been making an LP.
XTC release their debut single, Science Friction, in the UK on Virgin Records.
Kenneth Alessio Bianchi and his cousin Angelo Buono, Jr., later to become known as The Hillside Stranglers, commit the first of many murders when they kidnap, sexually abuse and kill 19-year-old prostitute Yolanda Washington in Los Angeles, California, USA. Their crimes will inspire songs including The Hillside Stranglers by Macabre, I Wanna Make You Scream by Battalion Of Saints and Notown Blues by The Black Lips.
The Clash play at Upstairs At Erics, Liverpool, England, UK, supported by The Toilets whose leader Mike Peters will go on to found The Alarm.
The Runaways play at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern ireland, UK.
The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England, UK, is arrested for displaying the LP Never Mind The Bollocks by The Sex Pistols.
Linda Ronstadt and Stephen Bishop play at Munn Arena, University of East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
On his Foot Loose And Fancy Free Tour, Rod Stewart plays at Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Talking Heads play the second of three nights at The Keystone, Berkeley, California, USA.
The Runaways play the second of four nights at The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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