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The musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God is presented 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.
Jazz piano star Erroll Garner dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 55.
A former juice bar in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, is opened as a club named Tipitina's, after a much-loved song by Professor Longhair. The club will flourish and become a focal point for New Orleans music.
The Eagles' latest album, Hotel California, hits No1 in the USA for the first of several times, and is certified platinum. It will go on to sell over nine million copies in the USA alone.
Fleetwood Mac release the album Rumours, on Warner Brothers Records, in the USA.
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After a three day break, The Clash resume recording their eponymous debut album at CBS Studios, Whitfield Street, London, UK.
Iggy Pop plays at Friar's, Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England, UK.
Tonight's gig at El Mocambo, a 300 capacity club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is advertised as featuring local band April Wine. In fact, The Rolling Stones play unannounced, under the pseudonym of The Cockroaches, and record their album Love You Live. They also write the song Miss You.
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XTC record a demo of Science Friction at CBS Studios, Whitfield Street, London, UK, with producer Nicky Graham.
Black Sabbath play at The Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, supported by AC/DC.
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Weather Report play at Berklee Performing Arts Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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.
The Clash's eponymous debut album peaks at No12 in the UK albums chart.
Helmut Kollen, who played bass and sing with progressive rock band Triumvirat, is found dead, aged 27, from monoxide poisoning while listening to a demo tape of his own songs in his car with the garage door closed.
Sassafras play the second of two nights at Barbarella's, Birmingham, UK, supported by Eater.
Emerson, Lake And Palmer (E.L.P.) embark on a tour of the USA which will prove to be among the most expensive in history.Their entourage includes a seventy-piece orchestra.
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10cc begin a tour in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends with the first of two nights at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
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.
Genesis play the third of four nights at The Palais des Sports, Paris, France, Europe, during which they record some tracks for a live double LP, Seconds Out.
The O'Jays and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson play at The Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the second of two nights at The Apollo, Manchester, England, UK.
Brian Burton is born in White Plains, New York State, USA. He will find success as a producer, multi-instrumentalist and performer under the name Danger Mouse, and also as the founder of Gnarls Barkley.
Barbra Streisand reaches No1 in the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart in the USA with My Heart Belongs To Me.
The Police play at The Red Cow, Hammersmith Road, London, UK, with an admission price of 60p.
Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers peaks at No11 on the UK singles chart. On the same day, Cherie Currie quits all-girl rock band The Runaways and Generation X, a punk band led by Billy idol, signs to Chrysalis Records in the UK.
Tom Waits comes to the end of recording tracks for the album Foreign Affairs in Filmways/Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, California, USA.
No Mystery play at The Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK.
Phil Oakey auditions to become vocalist of Human League at The Workshop, Devonshire Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK.
Kiss play the first of three nights at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA, during which they record their album Kiss Alive II.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Reba McEntire sings the Patsy Cline classic Sweet Dreams and Roger Miller's Invitation To The Blues during her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Big band leader Jan Garber dies, after a lengthy illness, in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Weather Report play at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK.
Weather Report play at the City Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
At a ceremony in Wembley Conference Centre, London, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) presents Queen and Procol Harum jointly with the Britannia Award for The Best British Pop Single Of The Last 25 Years for Bohemian Rhapsody and A Whiter Shade Of Pale.
David Bowie releases Heroes, his second collaborative album with Brian Eno, in the UK.
Roy Carr of UK music paper the NME (New Musical Express) reviews the newly-released Leonard Cohen album Death Of A Ladies Man, noting, "With Bob Dylan crooning vocal harmony, Don't Go Home With Your Hard On is one step removed from 'Rainy Day Women'".
The Runaways play at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK.
The Runaways play at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, UK.
Out Of The Blue by The Electric Light Orchestra, aka ELO, is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
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An inquest into the death of Marc Bolan of T.Rex is held at Battersea Coroner's Court, Battersea, London, England, UK, Europe. Registrar R.A. Hedge states that the cause of Bolan's death was "shock and hemorrhage due to multiple injuries consistent with road traffic accident. Passenger in a private motor car which collided witha tree. A verdict of accidental death is recorded.
You're in My Heart by Rod Stewart reaches No1 in the Australian Pop Singles chart.
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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.
Aerosmith and Styx play the first of two sold-out nights at The Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Talking Heads play the first of three nights at The Keystone, Berkeley, California, USA.
Talking Heads play at The Keystone, Palo Alto, California, USA.
Bob Dylan has a Boxing Day rehearsal with his touring band for his 1978 world tour.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA.
Blues vocalist, pianist, songwriter and recording artist St. Louis Jimmy Oden dies aged 74 of bronchopneumonia in Chicago, Illinois, USA.