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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 22, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts





In The News


Communist China announces that it has rocketed its first earth satellite into orbit. China now joins the Soviet Union, U.S., France and Japan as nations that have built rockets capable of hurling a payload into space. The satellite’s weight of 381 pounds indicates a fairly powerful booster rocket.

Cambodia asks the United States for military aid to equip a Cambodian army or at least 100,000 men. A high Administrating source said that if where was a decision to extend U.S. aid, it probably would be in small amounts and it probably would involve no American military advisers... Later, President Nixon orders several thousand American troops into Cambodia to wipe out the “headquarters for the entire Communist military operation in South Vietnam.”

In New Haven - 15,000 protesters stage a militant, but orderly rally for eight Black Panthers accused of murder. National guardsmen patrolled the streets and 300 Connecticut state troopers helped New Haven’s 425 policemen who worked 15-hour overtime shifts.

“Family” unity - Charles Manson trial update - Leslie Van Houten (19), charged with the La Bianca slayings in Los Angeles, writes a letter to Manson family member Charles “Tex” Watson, who is fighting extradition from Texas. She speaks of togetherness and love: “In spite of what anyone may tell you, the family still is. No matter how many miles, institutions, bars and confusion may try to separate us, we become closer, and one cannot be divided. You know the strength of unity. Myself, as well as the others, would like the very much for you to be with all of us throughout this trial. Everything that was still is. Know and feel that the love the family shares is inside. No one can take this feeling from us. It only grows stronger.” 


Fascinating Facts – April 22, 1970

The California Supreme Court rules that Negroes who are called “goddam niggers” by their boss may seek monetary damages for emotional and physical distress.


Bestselling books – April 22, 1970

Love Story - Erich Segal

The French Lieutenant’s Woman - John Fowles

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene

A Beggar in Jerusalem - Elie Wiesel

Mr. Sammler’s Planet - Saul Bellow

Deliverance - James Dickey

Up The Organization - Robert Townsend

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex - David R. Reuben

The Selling of the President 1968 -Joe McGinniss

Mary Queen of Scots - Antonia Fraser

The Graham Kerr Cookbook - Graham Kerr

Love and Will - Rollo May

Points of Rebellion - William O. Douglas

The New English Bible 


Consumer news – Prices at Toys R Us – April 22, 1970

At Toys R Us - the Children’s Bargain Town - “Gumby” - twists into thousands of positions - .71 ... Kenner’s Spirograph - draw a million different patterns - $2.78 ... Mattel Wizzzer - World’s Wildest Whirlee - .97 ... Spalding Wilt Chamberlain basketballs - $6.49 


Sports news – April 22, 1970

Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, pro football’s #1 draft choice for 1970 - signs with the Pittsburgh Steelers for a multi-year agreement. No cash terms were disclosed. Bradshaw, who starred at Louisiana Tech says “I’m real happy, of course. The main reason is that I’m a Steeler officially.”


Entertainment/Celebrity/Television news – April 22, 1970

Actor Tony Curtis (44) is arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in London. Curtis and a woman identified as his wife, the former Leslie Allen, had just arrived from New York. Both Curtis and his wife appear on an advertisement sponsored by the American Cancer Society, which they speak about the dangers of smoking. He was in town to talk about a new television series in which he is to appear with British actor Roger Moore “The Persuaders.” Later, Curtis is fined $120 for taking less than an ounce of marijuana into Britain.

A rerun of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In is nixed by NBC because a segment includes Tony Curtis. The show originally aired in January.

RKO General, owners of radio and TV stations, denies kickbacks from record artists on its Della Reese TV show.  

Passing - actor Ed Begley (69)

Funeral services are held in Beverly Hills for Gypsy Rose Lee, whose career spanned more than five decades of show business. She died on Sunday after a three-year fight against cancer. She was 56. She appeared in burlesque, vaudeville, stage musicals and motion pictures. She was also author of the famous memoir “Gypsy” which became a huge hit on Broadway. She leaves a son Eric and sister - actress June Havoc. 


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 22, 1970

CBS - Get Smart, Tim Conway, Hogan’s Heroes, CBS Friday Night Movie

NBC - High Chaparral, Name of the Game, Bracken’s World

ABC - Flying Nun, Brady Bunch, Ghost and Mrs Muir, Here Come The Brides, Love American Style


High Chaparral - Victoria insists upon crossing dangerous Indian country to go to the aid of a friend, gest separated from escorts Buck and Manolito when they are attacked by Indians and gets help from a lone Indian. Series stars Leif Erickson, Linda Cristal, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow.

The Brady Bunch - Tiger runs away.

Here Come the Brides - During a celebration honoring Jeremy Bolt as a hero for killing a marauding bear, an army sergeant rises to accuse him of cowardice. Series stars Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman, Joan Blondell.

 Bracken’s World - An actress suffers from a series of mysterious illnesses on the set after befriending a girl she beats out for a role in a movie. Series stars Peter Haskall, Dennis Cole, Elizabeth Allen.


Radio news – April 22, 1970

KFRC (San Francisco) line-up. Tune to 610 on the AM dial for these DJ’s  - Charlie Van Dyke, Frank Terry, Mike Philips. Marc Elliott, Dave Diamond, Joe Conrad and Don Kelly.


Music news – April 22, 1970

In Rockford, Ill - singer B.J. Thomas is arrested on a disorderly conduct charge and later released on bond. He was reported as being drunk, but Thomas said he got into an argument with a motel manager. Appearing in Abilene, TX the same day, Thomas walks out of a performance after singing one song and parts of two others. The emcee told the audience that Thomas was sick.

Concerts - Jimi Hendrix appears at the Los Angeles forum this week. His bombing raid version of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Purple Haze,” brought down the house.

Nearby at the Troubadour on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood - Van Morrison.

Respect Records – Stax’s spoken word label, will debut with an album by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, national director of the S.C.I.C.’s Operation Breadbasket. Jackson will tell it like it is on the album “I Am Somebody.”

With Paul McCartney’s recent announcement that he plans to leave the Beatles - is it the end for the Fab Four? On his reasons for his break from the group, McCartney said - “Personal differences. Business differences. Musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don’t know.”  It’s doubtful that the rest will continue as a group. 

Did you catch Pink Floyd at the Fillmore East? They record for Harvest Records.

Passing – George Goldner (April 15) – one of the first and most successful producers in the music industry. He was 52. Founded Tico Records, then formed Rama Records with the Crows and Frankie Lyman & The Teenagers. He began Roulette Records in 1956 and End Records in 1957. 

Appearing at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village – John Denver. His current single – on RCA Records is “Follow Me.”

A & M Records is preparing a special promotion on a Spanish master “A Song of Joy” by Miguel Rios, which utilizes a full orchestra and sections of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Will it be released in the U.S.? The company has no plans, but it will be heard in Canada. 

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson have another hit with “Reach Out and Touch” – Diana Ross. Also on the Soul charts – they’ve penned “Onion Song” by Marvin and Tammi.

Another rock festival – Hal Abramson, president of Fest-I-Rama – schedules a three-day rock festival May 29-31 on a 1,000-acre site near Plattsburgh, NY. He’s calling it the Churubusco Live-In. Already signed are Steppenwolf, Richie Havens, Chuck Berry, Sly and the Family Stone, Canned Heat, Charmen of the Board, 3 Dog Night, B.B. Kiing, Steam, Bo Diddley, Frijid Pink, Frost, Wilbert Harrison, Little Richard and Orei, Allman Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. 

Michael Lang, producer of the Woodstock festival, becomes co-producer of the Toronto Peace Festival, July 3-5.

Bell Records signs a production deal with Wes Farrell to create and produce all recordings for “The Partridge Family” which goes on the air next fall. The half-hour ABC-TV series features Shirley Jones as a widow who forms a rock group with her five children. A new song will be introduced each show.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – April 22, 1970 

ABC - Jackson 5

LET IT BE - The Beatles

SPIRIT IN THE SKY - Norman Greenbaum


SOMETHING’S BURNING - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

INSTANT KARMA - John Ono Lennon

COME AND GET IT - Badfinger


LOVE GROWS(Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse

LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY - Friends of Distinction

VEHICLE - Ides of March




FOR THE LOVE OF HIM - Bobbi Martin

TENNESSEE BIRD WALK - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

WOODSTOCK - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

EASY COME, EASY GO - Bobby Sherman

LITTLE GREEN BAG - George Baker Selection

UP AROUND THE BEND - Creedance Clearwarter Revival

YOU’RE THE ONE (Part 2) - Little Sister


SHILO - Neil Diamond


 CECILIA - Simon & Garfunkel

HEW LAWDY MAMA - Steppenwolf

WHAT IS TRUTH - Johnny Cash



GET READY - Rare Earth

YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO _ Gladys Knight & The Pips


MISS AMERICA - Mark Lindsay


THE BELLS - Originals

COME RUNNING - Van Morrison

THE RAPPER - Jaggerz

CALL ME - Aretha Franklin


Top Music Albums – April 22, 1970

Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkle

Hey Jude - The Beatles

Chicago II - Chicago

Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5

Delaney & Bonnie On Tour

Morrison Hotel - The Doors

Ummagumma - Pink Floyd

Willie & The Poor Boys - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head - B.J. Thomas

Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations

Steppenwolf “Live”

American Women - The Guess Who

Abbey Road - The Beatles

Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin

McCartney - Paul McCartney


Touching You... Touching Me - Neil Diamond

Reach Out - Burt Bacharach

It Ain’t Easy - Three Dog Night

Crinklewood Green - Ten Years After

Puzzle People - The Temptations

The Band - The Band

Sentimental Journey - Ringo Starr

Oh Happy Day - Glen Campbell


Top hit music singles in Britain – April 22, 1970

Bridge Over Troubled water – Simon and Garfunkel

All Kinds of Everything – Dana

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Andy Williams

Knock Knock Who’s There – Mary Hopkin

Wanderin’ Star/I talk To The Trees – Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood

That Same Old Feeling – Picketty Witch

Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum

Young, Gifted and Black – Bob Andy/Marcia Griffiths

Gimmie Dat Thing - Pipkins


Top Soul Hit Music Singles – April 22, 1970

ABC – Jackson 5

Call Me – Aretha Franklin

Gotta Hold On To This Feeling – Jr. Walker & The All Stars

You’re The One – Little Sister Stone

The Bells – The Originals

Up The Ladder To The Roof – Supremes

It’s A New Day – James Brown

To The Other Woman – Doris Duke


Top Country music hit singles – April 22, 1970

Tennessee Birdwalk – Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone? – Charley Pride

 I Know How – Loretta Lynn

My Woman, My Woman, My Wife – Marty Robbins

Once More With Feeling – Jerry Lee Lewis

Fightin’ Side of Me – Merle Haggard & The Strangers

Pool Shark – Dave Dudley

Rise and Shine – Tommy Cash

Love Is Sometimes Wrong – Bill Anderson


Top Jazz albums – April 22, 1970

Swiss Movement – Les McCann & Eddie Harris

Country Preacher – Cannonball Adderley Quintet

Best of Ramsey Lewis

Memphis Underground – Herbie Mann

Walking In Space – Quincy Jones

Wes Montgomery’s Greatest Hits


Some top movies – April 22, 1970

The Lawyer - Barry Newman, Harold Gould, Diana Muldaur, Katleen Cromley, Robert Colbert

Jenny - Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda

A Man Called Horse - Richard Harris, Dam Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon, Manu Tupou

Paddy - Des Cave, Peggy Cass

Marooned - Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Francisus, Gene Hackman

Flareup - Raquel Welch, James Stacy

The 5-man Army - Peter Graves, James Daly, Bud Spencer,

Airport - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin

Patton - George C. Scott, Karl Malden

Paint Your Wagon - Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood

End of the Road - James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach

True Grit - John Wayne, Glen Campell, Kim Darby

The Sterile Cuckoo - Liza Minelli , Wendell Burton

Butch Cassidy And the Sundance Kid - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here - Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Robert Blake, Susan Clark

MASH - Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Sally Kellerman


Start The Revolution Without Me - Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Orson Welles

Loving - George Segal. Eva Marie Saint, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Nancie Philips

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela


Franklin, Gordon Jackson


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