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Musical Events Making the News in 1977

Thursday 6th January 1977
Three months after signing the Sex Pistols for 40,000 pounds, EMI terminates the contract after releasing only one single.
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Wednesday 12th January 1977
Keith Richards is fined 750 pounds for possession of cocaine in his wrecked car on May 19, 1976 and charged an additional 250 pounds for court costs. At the same English court appearance, he is found not guilty of possession of LSD.
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Wednesday 26th January 1977
Fleetwood Mac's first lead guitar player, Peter Green, is committed to a mental hospital in England after firing a pistol at somebody.
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Friday 4th February 1977
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album released
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Tuesday 15th February 1977
Sid Vicious joins The Sex Pistols as their bassist, replacing Glen Matlock.
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Sunday 27th February 1977
Police raid Keith Richards' Toronto hotel suite while he is asleep and seize 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphenalia. Richards is arrested, charged with possession of heroin with intent to traffic and possession of cocaine.
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Friday 8th April 1977
The Damned became the first British punk group to perform in America.
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Sunday 5th June 1977
Alice Cooper's boa constrictor, the co-star of his live act suffered a fatal bite from a rat it was being fed for breakfast.
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Saturday 9th July 1977
Elvis Costello left his day job as a computer operator at a cosmetic factory.

Saturday 23rd July 1977
Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham, manager Peter Grant and two security guards were arrested backstage and charged with battery. They settled out of court for 2 million dollars.

Tuesday 26th July 1977
Elvis Costello was arrested whilst performing outside the London Hilton.

Tuesday 16th August 1977
Elvis Presley dies.
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Thursday 18th August 1977
Funeral services for Elvis Presley are held at Graceland.
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Friday 16th September 1977
Marc Bolan of T. Rex died at the age of 29.

Sunday 2nd October 1977
Pink Floyd's 'Animals' album was released under Columbia.

Thursday 20th October 1977
Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed when their rented plane crashes in a swamp near Gillsburg.

Thursday 20th October 1977
Siouxsie Sioux and Kenny Morris from The Banshees were arrested and held overnight at Holloway police station, London for causing an obstruction after a London gig, they were both fined ?20,


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