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The Clash appear on the cover of UK music weekly Sounds as their tip for 1977.
Led Zeppelin announce an upcoming tour of the USA, starting in Fort Worth, Texas, USA in late February.
Tom Waits performs Step Right Up from his album Small Change live on the daytime TV show Dinah! in the USA.
The Stranglers release their debut single, (Get A) Grip (On Yourself), in the UK.
S.A.H.B. [The Sensational Alex Harvey Band without Alex Harvey] play at Queensway Civic Hall, Dunstable, UK, supported by Bandit.
Iggy Pop plays at Friar's, Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England, UK.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for their hit single Blinded By The Light – written by Bruce Springsteen.
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.
When The Sex Pistols and The Slits play at The Roxy, Covent Garden, London, UK, members of heavy metal band Iron Maiden attend the show.
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Four years after it had been a hit in the USA, Deep Purple enter the UK singles chart with Smoke On The Water, which will peak at No21.
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Crazy Cavan And The Rhythm Rockers play at The Hope And Anchor pub, Islington, London, UK.
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Radiators From Space release a new single, Television Screen, on Chiswick Records in the UK.
The Tyla Gang and The Stranglers play at The Palais Des Glaces, Paris, France, Europe.
Neverland, a rock musical based on Peter Pan is presented as a workshop at The Theater Lab, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. The show, written in 1974 by Jim Steinman, includes several songs which will re-appear on Bat Out Of Hell, the second studio album by Meat Loaf.
Blues pianist and singer Robert Shaw records Saturday Night Special, Jim Nappy and Fast Santa Fe in Austin, Texas, USA.
Country music star Eric Church is born in Granite Falls, North Carolina, USA.
Show You the Way To Go by The Jacksons enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart, where it will peak at No28 during a three-week run.
Weather Report play at The Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
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.
After ten months of legal battles and nearly two years after the success of Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen and his former manager, Mike Appel, settle their differences and part ways. The move finally enables Springsteen to record a followup to Born to Run with Jon Landau, the producer of his choice.
Joe Strummer of The Clash goes to see an all-night reggae show at Hammersmith Palais, London, UK, and is inspired to write the song White Man In Hammersmith Palais.
A campaign spearheaded by former beauty queen and country singer Anita Bryant results in the repeal of an ordinance in Dade County, Florida, USA, which had prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Bryant's reactionary views and activities will inspire the 1978 song Fuck Aneta Briant by the ever-controversial country music outlaw David Allen Coe.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the first of two nights at The Gaumont, Southampton, England, UK.
The Damned play at The Brunel Rooms, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Adverts and XTC.
Hawkwind play at the Stonehenge free festival, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers score their first UK hit when Anything That's Rock'n'Roll peaks at No36.
Da Doo Ron Ron by Shaun Cassidy is certified as a Gold single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Jerry Garcia Band plays the second 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 .
International famed calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini dies in New York City, USA.
UK punk band The Adverts release their most successful single, Gary Gilmore's Eyes. It will peak at No18 in the UK singles chart.
When Bing Crosby plays the last American concert of his career, the power fails but he continues the show, singing without amplification.
Elvis Presley collapses while sitting on his toilet in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, after ingesting a cocktail of drugs including Morphine, Demerol, Chloropheniramine, Placidyl, Valium, Codeine, Ethinamate, Quaaludes and an unidentified barbiturate. He dies later in the day at the Baptist Memorial Hospital.
His death will inspire numerous songs including Elvis Ain't Dead by Scouting For Girls, Elvis Is Dead by Peter And The Test Tube Babies, Elvis Is Dead by Living Colour, Dead Elvis by The Doug Anthony All Stars, Dead Elvis by Michael Daugherty and The Day Elvis Died by Boxcar Willie.
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The Sex Pistols start another UK Tour at The Lafayette, Wolverhampton, under the pseudonym The Spots, hoping to avoid council censorship.
Going For The One by Yes is the new No1 album in the UK.
XTC go into Abbey Road studios, London, with producer John Leckie, at the start of three days of sessions to record their first tracks under a recently signed deal with Virgin Records. Among the songs recorded will be their debut single, Science Friction.
Weather Report play at The Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway.
Weather Report play the first of two nights at the Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland.
Guests at the funeral of Marc Bolan of T.Rex in Golders Green Crematorium, London, England, UK, Europe, include David Bowie, Rod Stewart, The Damned and Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer (E.L.P.) play at the WNEW-FM benefit show in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
The hit single Strawberry Letter No23 by The Brothers Johnson is certified a gold disc in the USA.
Keith Moon, drummer of The Who, visits The Rolling Stones during their recording sessions for the album Some Girls in Paris, France, Europe. At the Ritz Hotel, Moon is arrested and jailed for rowdy behaviour, but is bailed by The Stones' lawyers the next morning.
Average White Band plays at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Runaways play at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK.
The Runaways play at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, UK.
Iron Maiden play at The Bridgehouse, Canning Town, London, UK, with a short-lived line-up including keyboardist Tony Moore. This is also the band's final show with vocalist Dennis Wilcock.
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The Damned's second album, Music For Pleasure, produced by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, is released in the UK.
Bruce Springsteen's first public performance of Because The Night, takes place on stage with Patti Smith at CBGB's Theater, New York City, USA. During the show, the venue is closed by fire marshals, citing excess capacity as the reason.