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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 15, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Ernakulam, India - Since July 1, more than 26,000 men were sterilized by vasectomy in the first half of a month-long family planning festival - the largest ever held in India. An official says they hope to sterilize 50,000 men by the end of the month. Ninety doctors working in two shifts perform the vasectomies in 50 operating cubicles set up on the floor of an auditorium. Operations begin at 9am and continuing well into the night.

Britain’s Conservative government announces major cuts in sales taxes and lifts all restrictions on installment buying in an effort to boost the country’s sagging economy.

An editorial in the North Vietnamese Communist Party newspaper Nhan Dan says Hanoi will not accept any peace agreement for the Vietnam War that President Nixon might work out with the Red Chinese during his visit to Peking. “Nixon’s policy also consists of trying to achieve a compromise between the big powers in an attempt to make smaller countries bow to their arrangements.” Meanwhile, the South Vietnamese government proposes.

Initial cease-fire and reunification of North and South Vietnam by means of general elections. The White says that Nixon hopes to make his visit to Mainland China well before the May deadline he set as he reveals the plan this week. 

Hoax in the National Review?  Smiling - William F. Buckley, Editor of the National Review said that publication of so-called secret Vietnam documents was a hoax. Buckley said the documents were composed by editors of the magazine “ex nihilo” - out of nothing. Buckley said the intended purpose of the hoax, was to demonstrate in regard to the earlier Pentagon papers, “That the Pentagon and the CIA are not composed of incompetents ... that forged documents would be widely accepted as genuine provided their content was inherently plausible ... that the challenge in Southeast Asia was an aspect of the global challenge to the West, not a local affair.”


Sports news – July 15, 1971

Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants blasts his 13th grand slam to break a 4-4 tie in the ninth inning in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. What a game! Final score 8-4.


Best-selling books – July 15, 1971

The Exorcist - William Blatty

Passions of the Mind - Irving stone

The Other - Tom Tryon

Penmarric - Susan Howatch

Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

The New Centurions - Joseph Wambaugh

The Drifters - James Michener

Sensuous Man - “M”

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - Dee Brown

The Greening of America - Charles A Reich

Stilwell and the American Experience in China 1911-45 - Barbara W. Tuchman

The Grandees - Stephen Birmingham

The Boss - Mike Royko

Myself Among Others - Ruth Gordon

Tarantula - Bob Dylan


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 15, 1971

Broadway news - “Fiddler on the Roof” becomes the longest-running musical on Broadway (so far). This week passes the 2,845th time on Broadway, one more than “Hello Dolly.” “Life With Father” is the longest-running play on Broadway to date - with 8, 224 performances.  

Marry - Lucie Desiree Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and Phillip Vandervort Menegaux on her 20th birthday. 

Passing - “Ukulele Ike” (76) - Clifford Edwards - voice of Jiminy Cricket. His version of “When You Wish Upon A Star” sold millions, but Edwards was penniless on his deathbed. The song was heard week in and week out on “Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” on NBC-TV. The song won an Academy award in 1940. All in all, he appeared in 106 other movies and sold 74 million records. At death, no one really knew who he was and his body sat at the morgue. Hospital attendants said he had no visitors and listed no next of kin. His name, Clifford Edwards, struck no memory chord.


Top TV shows – July 15, 1971

Marcus Welby, MD

Hawaii Five-O

All In The Family

ABC Sunday Movie - “Way Way Out”

NBC Monday Movie - “Banyon”

Medical Center

Love American Style


Mod Squad

The Partridge Family


Doris Day

CBS Suspense Playhouse

ABC Movie - “Portrait of Jenny”

That Girl

Mary Tyler Moore


The NBC Comedy Theater

Here’s Lucy




Radio news – July 15, 1971

 “American Top 40” with Casey Kasem is seeing growth in stations, ratings and revenues. Produced by Watermark in Hollywood, the show debuted a year ago this month with seven stations. As of this week, some 140 stations carry the three-hour countdown show. The program is offered on a cash basis to stations (depending on their rate card) and is breaking even. The producers believe it will be a cash cow soon. 

More radio news - Francis Gary Powers - famed U-2 spy plane pilot shot down while flying over the Soviet Union in 1960 is hired by radio station KGIL (1260) near Hollywood to become a pilot-traffic reporter.


 Television news – July 15, 1971

The Lawrence Welk Show is leaving ABC after 16 years on the network. But, the 68-year-old bandleader is not quitting. He’s lined-up his own ad-hoc network to syndicate the show, so it will still be produced. Some say he’s keeping it for the love of the business and he’s thinking about the welfare of those he and the show employ. Even after he quits, he says he has good people to take over things: “Many years ago, I decided I didn’t want to hire stars. I wanted to build them. Today, I see a tremendous amount of good in that concept. I truly believe that if I could put my system, my training program that we have used in our orchestra, in practice elsewhere, I could be of great help in saving our free enterprise system. This is my motivation. I think our young people have been terribly misled. We have tried to give them life, instead of letting them earn it. And it doesn’t work that way.” 

 TV host shot/guest slain - Merri Dee - host of her own television show on WSNS (channel 44) in Chicago and a guest she had on her show earlier, are shot in her parked Lincoln, near the studio. He was a salesman who professed skills at mind reading and palmistry. Both were shot in the head. He died later. (Merri Dee would later move to WGN).

For the first time - non-commercial television (PBS) will use commercials on the three networks to promote its fall season. Look for them on CBS, NBC and ABC. It’s also the first time one network has accepted commercials advertising programs on another network. The campaign calls for the expenditure of $700,000 and will also include the placement of ads in newspapers of the 10 largest television markets. 

Bill Moyers, until last year, publisher of Newsday (Long Island) and a former presidential press secretary, is set to anchor NET’s new weekly public affairs series - “This Week.”


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide –July 15, 1971

CBS - Gunsmoke, Lucy Show, Mayberry RFD, Doris Day Show, Newcomers

NBC - From a Birds-Eye View, Comedy Theater, Movie

ABC - Let’s Make A Deal, Newlywed Game, It Was A Very Good Year, Movie

NET - World Press, Realities, Current Levels


Comedy Theater - Nanette Fabray, Ricardo Montalban and John Forsythe star in “In Any Language."

Mayberry RFD - Alice appears to be getting emotionally involved with her harp teacher Ken Berry, Alice Ghostly.


Music news – July 15, 1971

At the bookstore - “Grapefruit” by Yoko Ono. She describes it her book as conveying her “instructions” to others to help them help themselves. “It is instructions for additional acts to make it easier to live. I find it difficult to live, just ordinary living. At one point for instance, I had to go to a party of artists. I didn’t want to but I had to. So I tied one leg up, used a crutch and went as a cripple. Everybody said ‘Hi, what happened to your leg?’ and talked about that instead of about me.” She writes on the book jacket, “Burn this book after you’ve read it.” The reason she says is because by then, you should be working out your own instructions to fit your needs.

Donovan moves to Warner Brothers Records. He had been with Epic since 1966 ... Rare Earth joins Sly & The Family Stone at Madison Square Garden in September...Sweathog joins the Black Sabbath tour... The Bee Gees are set to tour the United States beginning July 28. First stop is Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, then on to Philadelphia, Atlantic City and New York.  

Pop music lesson - What we have been calling music videos since the 80’s are called “featurettes” at this time in pop history. One company producing these music videos (actually on film) is a company called the Film Factory out of Hollywood. This week, Gene Weed from the Film Factory is producing a featurette with the Motown group “Lodi” and their new single “Happiness.” Gene Weed himself was a disc jockey on KFWB in Hollywood.

Pop Music Artists - Cat Stevens is unstoppable these days - both in singles and albums. Did you know he originally wrote the hit “Wild World” in the form of a father warning his daughter about the dangers she might face as she leaves home? In “Hard Headed Woman” - he writes about the kind of slick polish people in the record industry. Stevens (22) came to pop fame early in England and says he wasn’t ready for it. “I got into the environment too early. I lost sight of what I really wanted. I think part of it was being idolized by all the girls. I was smoking too much, drinking too much and constantly worrying - that was one of the worst things - so I ended up in the hospital (landing in a sanitarium for three months with tuberculosis). 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 15, 1971 

IT’S TOO LATE - Carole King

INDIAN RESERVATION (The Lament Of The Cherokee) - Raiders

DON’T PULL YOUR LOVE - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

MR. BIG STUFF - Jean Knight

YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND - James Taylor

TREAT HER LIKE A LADY - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose                   





FUNKY NASSAU (pt. 1) - Beginning Of The End

I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG - Gladys Knight & Pips







WILD HORSES - Rolling Stones


MERCY MERCY ME (The Ecology) - Marvin Gaye

GET IT ON - Chase

SIGNS - Five Man Electrical Band

WANT ADS - Honey Cone


HOT PANTS (pt. 1) (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants) - James Brown

DON’T KNOCK MY LOVE (pt. 1) - Wilson Pickett


WALK AWAY - James Gang

NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends


CHICAGO - Graham Nash

RINGS - Cymarron

DOUBLE BARREL - Dave & Ansil Collins

RAINY JANE - Davy Jones

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN (To Your Heart) - Stylistics


MOON SHADOW - Cat Stevens

CHANGE PARTNERS - Stephen Stills

RESURRECTION SHUFFLE - Ashton, Gardner & Dyke


Top Soul Hit Music Singles – July 15, 1971

Whatch See Is Whatcha Get - Dramatics

Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin

Breakdown - Rufus Thomas

Smiling Faces Sometimes - Undisputed Truth

Hot Pants Pt 1 - James Brown

I Likes To Do It - People’s Choice

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) - Marvin Gaye

Maybe Tomorrow - Jackson 5

Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers

The Love We Had - The Dells

Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green

Stick Up - Honey Cone

K-Jee - The Nite-Liters

Love The One You’re With - The Isley Brothers


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 15, 1971

The Year That Clayton Delaney Died - Tom T. Hall

Good Lovin’ (Makes It Right) - Tammy Wynette

Wonder What She’ll Think About Me Leaving - Conway Twitty

Easy Loving - Freddie Hart

Someday, We’ll Look Back - Merle Haggard & The Strangers

Quits - Bill Anderson

Good Enough To Be Your Wife - Jeannie C. Riley

I’m Just Me - Charley Pride

You’re Looking At Country - Loretta Lynn


Top Music Albums – July 15, 1971

Tapestry - Carol King

Every Picture Tells A Story - Rod Stewart

Ram - Paul & Linda McCartney

Who’s Next - The Who

Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon - James Taylor

B S & T 4 - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Aqualung - Jethro Tull

Jesus Christ Superstar - Various artists

Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones

Every Good Boy Deserves Favor - Moody Blues

Stephen Stills II

What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye



Other Top Music Albums – July 15, 1971

L.A. Woman - The Doors

Blue - Joni Mitchell

Up to Date - The Partridge Family

One World - Rare Earth

The Silver Tongued Devil & I - Kris Kristofferson

4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

At Fillmore East - The Allmond Brothers Band

Poems, Prayers & Promises - John Denver

Shaft - Soundtrack

Survival - Grand Funk Railroad

Golden Biscuits - Three Dog Night

Live At Carnegie Hall/What You Hear Is What You Get - Ike & Tina Turner

Homemade - The Osmonds

One World - Rare Earth

Best of the Guess Who


Chicago Transit Authority

I’m Just Me - Charley Pride

Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer


Some top movies – July 15, 1971

Willard - Bruce Davison, Sondra Locke, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine

Ryan’s Daughter - Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones

Le Mans - Steve McQueen

Love Story - Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland

Little Big Man - Dustin Hoffman

Red Sky In The Morning - Richard Thomas, Catherine Burns, Desi Arnaz Jr., Richard Crenna, Claire Bloom, Harry Guardino, Strother Martin, John Colicos

The Beguiled - Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman

Klute - Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

Blue Water, White Death

Walt Disney’s $1,000,000 Duck - Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts, James Gregory

Walt Disney’s The Barefoot Executive  - Kurt Russell

The Grissom Gang - Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing, Irene Dailey, Connie Stevens

The Anderson Tapes - Sean Connery

Murphy’s War - Peter O’Toole, Sian Phillips, Philippe Noiret, Horst Janson

Death In Venice - Dirk Bogarde

Tora! Tora! Tora! - Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Jason Robards

Vanishing Point - Barry Newman

 Evel Knievel - George Hamilton, Sue Lyon, Bert Freed, Rod Cameron

Plaza Suite - Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris, Lee Grant

Shaft - Richard Roundtree

The Hunting Party - Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman

Mad Dogs & Englishman - Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge

Pretty Maids All In A Row (screenplay by Gene Roddenberry) - Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn

The Devils - Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed

The Andromeda Strain - Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, Kate Reid

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