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Led Zeppelin announce an upcoming tour of the USA, starting in Fort Worth, Texas, USA in late February.
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.
Queen play at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Swift play at The Arts centre, North Gate, Chester, England, UK, Europe.
Consortium, Duffy and Ian Fleming play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Mr. Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Kinks play in Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA.
Jazz musician Joe Silmon comes to the end of playing his flute non-stop for 48 hours under water aboard the British submarine HMS Grampus at Gosport, UK. This feat earns him an entry in the Guinness Book Of World Records.
The Boys Of The Lough play at Kent University, Canterbury, England, UK, Europe.
The Boys Of The Lough play at Essex University, Norwich, England, UK, Europe.
During a charity show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA, an over-emotional young man comes out of the audience, clambers onstage and hugs Ray Charles round the neck. [Later, the story will be widely mis-reported, claiming that the young man had tried to strangle Ray with a rope].
Iggy Pop plays at Friar's, Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England, UK.
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.
Pink Fairies, Tim Blake, Hear And Now, Skywhale, Amazorblades and Mirror play an all-night benefit gig for Release at the University of Sussex Union.
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Weather Report play at The Uptown theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the third leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Rochester Community War Memorial, Rochester, 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.
Nils Lofgren plays at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.
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Singer and songwriter Emiliana Torrini is born in Kopavogur, Iceland, Europe.
On the White Riot Tour, The Clash, The Jam, The Buzzcocks, The Slits and The Subway Sect play at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK.
The Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO), begin recording the LP Out Of The Blue at Musicland Studios, Arabella House, Munich, Germany, Europe.
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Genesis begin four nights at The Palais des Sports, Paris, France, Europe, during which they record some tracks for a live double LP, Seconds Out.
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."
Barbra Streisand reaches No1 in the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart in the USA with My Heart Belongs To Me.
Police in New York City, USA, arrest notorious serial killer David Berkowitz, aka The Son Of Sam, as he is starting his car outside his apartment on Pine Street in Yonkers. Berkowitz killed at least six people and wounded several others in the course of eight shootings in New York between 1976 and 1977. His murder spree will inspire several songs including Diddy Doo Wop [I Hear The Voices] by Hall And Oates, Son of Sam by Elliott Smith; Psycho Killer by Talking Heads, and Sam, Son of Man by Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids.
UK punk band The Adverts release their most successful single, Gary Gilmore's Eyes. It will peak at No18 in the UK singles chart.
Squeeze play at The Roundhouse, London, England, UK, Europe.
Following the death of Elvis Presley, US President Jimmy Carter issues a statement, calling Elvis, "unique, irreplaceable."
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Kiss have the first of three nights at the Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, during which they record their album Kiss Alive II.
Kiss play the first of three nights at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA, during which they record their album Kiss Alive II.
Weather Report play at The Falkoner Teatret, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Weather Report play at the Circus Krone, Munich, Germany.
Weather Report play at the Auditorium, University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium.
At the start of a Japanese tour, 10cc play the first of three nights at Nakano Sunplaza, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Big band leader Jan Garber dies, after a lengthy illness, in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Radio presenter Webley Edwards dies of a heart attack. he had been the longtime host of the weekly radio series Hawaii Calls which played a pivotal role in exporting the music of the Hawaiian islands to the continental USA.
Weather Report play at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK.
Dire Straits play at The Rock Garden, London, UK.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer (E.L.P.) play at the WNEW-FM benefit show in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Squeeze play at The Albany Empire, Deptford, London, England, UK, Europe.
Lou Reed plays at the Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia.
During his gig at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, Elton John announces that he is retiring from live concerts. Stevie Wonder appears as a guest artist, playing harmonica.
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John David Jackson is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. He will find success as the rapper Fabolous.
The album Down Two, Then Left by Boz Scaggs is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Four-fifths of the original members of The Byrds re-unite for a show at The Boarding House, San Francisco. Only drummer Mike Clarke is absent.
Talking Heads play the last of three nights at The Keystone, Berkeley, California, USA.
Dire Straits play at Loughton College, Loughton, UK.
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