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EMI Records drops The Sex Pistols with a £40,000 golden handshake.
The Steve Miller Band enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with Fly Like An Eagle, which will peak at No2.
Singer-songwriter Chris Kenner, best known for the 60s hits Land Of A Thousand Dances, I Like It Like That and Something You Got, dies of a heart attack in New orleans, Louisiana, USA, aged 46.
Led Zeppelin announce an upcoming tour of the USA, starting in Fort Worth, Texas, USA in late February.
Pink Floyd play at The Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany, Europe.
50s rocker Marty Wilde and guitar virtuoso Bert Weedon complete a UK tour at the New Theatre, Hull.
Queen play at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA.
On their first world tour, Abba play at West Lakes Football Stadium, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
Pink Floyd play at The Empire Pool, Wembley, Middlesex, UK.
Issue No302 of DC Comics' magazine Our Army At War appears with its name changed for the first time to Sgt. Rock, recognising the fact that Rock has been the central character in the magazine for many years. The adventures of Sgt. Rock will inspire Andy Partridge to write his song Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me), released by XTC in 1980.
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Jack The Lad play at The City Hall, St. Albans, UK.
Black Sabbath begin a European tour at The Pavillon De Paris, Paris, France, with AC/DC in support.
The Clash release their eponymous debut album in the UK on the same day that Kraftwerk release their sixth album, Trans-Europe Express.
The Clash release their debut LP, The Clash, on CBS Records in the UK.
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Over five hundred fans waiting to buy tickets for an upcoming Led Zeppelin gig in Miami, Florida, break ranks and storm the gates of the Orange Bowl Stadium, vandalising the property. Police use tear gas to quell the violence.
Crime play at Mabuhay Gardens [aka The Fab Mab], San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Damned.
A mother, wearing a traditional white headscarf, goes to the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, to hand in a letter to the country's military leader, Videla, asking about her 'disappeared' son. She is sent away but, moments later, she links arms with another woman and begins walking in silence around the square. Eventually, a small group of women are walking round the square in pairs. At the time, a government order banned assemblies of more than three people so, by walking in pairs, they could not be broken up by police. Every Thursday since that day the Mothers of The Disappeared have walked around Plaza de Mayo carrying photographs of their lost loved ones. The white headscarf, worn on that April day 35 years ago, became the symbol of the unity of the group. The songs They Dance Alone by Sting and Mothers Of The Disappeared by U2 are about this protest.
Country music star Eric Church is born in Granite Falls, North Carolina, USA.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the first of two nights at The Civic Hall, Newcastle, England, UK.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK.
Shakin' Stevens plays during The People's Jubilee, at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers score their first UK hit when Anything That's Rock'n'Roll peaks at No36.
George Barnes, a folk, blues and jazz guitarist, who worked with artists as diverse as Big Bill Broonzy, Ruby Braff, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, as well as pursuing an acclaimed solo career, dies aged 56 of a heart attack in Concord, California, USA.
On the fourth leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at North Dakota State University, Frago, North Dakota, USA, supported by The Yellow Rose 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.
Cher gives birth to Elijah Blue Allman, her first and only child with Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers.
Supertramp's album Even In The Quietest Moments is certified as a Gold Disc in the USA.
The Sex Pistols play at The Happy House, University Of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. At a restaurant after the show, bassist Sid Vicious gets into a fight with a group of local Hell's Angels and is beaten up.
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The Police and The Clash play at the Second European Punk Festival, Mont De Marsan, France.
Weather Report play at the Circus Krone, Munich, Germany.
Weather Report play at the Auditorium, University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium.
Weather Report play at the Kursaal, Bern, Germany, Europe.
Weather Report play the first of two nights at The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer (E.L.P.) play at the WNEW-FM benefit show in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Lou Reed plays at the Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia.
The Runaways play at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK.
Van Der Graaf (aka Van Der Graaf Generator) play at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England, UK.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Agora, Painesville, Ohio, USA.
The musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God is presented at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will run on Broadway for 429 performances. The musical is based on the Biblical Book of Matthew.
Weather Report play at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA.
Weather Report play at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Weather Report play at the Royal Oak Theatre, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA.
Crime play at Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Avengers and The Liars.
The Jam and The New Hearts play at The Locarno, Coventry, UK.
The album Down Two, Then Left by Boz Scaggs is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Sex Pistols are denied visas to enter the USA two days before the start of their first American tour.
The Ramones play at Clouds, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, supported by The Rezillos.
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The Runaways play the first of four nights at The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
LaShawn Ameen Daniels is born in Newark, New Jersey, USA. He will find success as songwriter, vocal producer and arranger LaShawn Daniels, known for his songwriting credits on songs by artists such as Brandy, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Destiny's Child, Michael Jackson, Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and more.
On the fifth and final leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA, supported by Muddy Waters and 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.
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