Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 19, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
In a sweeping realignment of the world’s currencies by the top-10 trading nations, the US agrees to a 7.89% devaluation of the dollar and lifting of the 10% surcharge on imported goods. The devaluation was based on raising the official price of gold from $35 to $38 and ounce. President Nixon says the actions will lead to “a more stable world in which competition would be more fair and there will be more true prosperity.”
Pakistani President Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan, under fire because of Pakistan’s defeat by India, resigns after turning the government over to civilian control.
Bangla Desh Deaths:
Nine months of bloodshed has led to an estimated million-plus deaths in the new Peoples Republic of Bangla Desh. It all began last March when Pakistan dispatched troops from the West to crush East Pakistan’s independence movement. A cease-fire/surrender is called and it looks like the bloodletting is finished. The police chief says, “the whole country is a mass grave” and that “jackals, vultures and dogs are at them.”
President Nixon frees James R. Hoffa from prison on condition the ex-Teamsters Union president not become involved in managing any labor organization before 1980 – his full term for two sentences. The Justice Department explained why his sentence was commuted almost four years before his release date, cited his wife’s severe heart condition, his excellent prison record and his 1971 resignation from all Teamster offices.
Comedian Bob Hope says he visited Vientiane, Laos to discuss with North Vietnamese Communist officials the possibility of going to Hanoi to try to negotiate the release of American prisoners of war in a $10 million charity deal. Hope is traveling with his Christmas show.
A gun-wielding man who hijacked a Northwest Airlines jetliner and demanded $300,000 ransom and two parachutes is arrested after holding the airliner captive for more than four hours at O’Hare International Airport. None of the 85 persons aboard the Boeing 707 was reported injured.
In Seoul, at least 50 are dead after a fire sweeps through the Taeyonkak Hotel. Police say at least 30 others among the 250 guests were trapped in their rooms and the toll may rise.
Music news – December 19, 1971
Passing – Glen Wallichs (61), president and cofounder of Capitol Records and chairman of the Board of Wallichs Music and Entertainment. In July 1940 – he opened Wallichs Music City – a very popular record store in Hollywood. In 1942, he joined with singer Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSylva, then a Paramount Pictures executive, to form Capitol Records.
Look for a new John Lennon album to be released next month. Tentatively titled “Live Jam,” it has at least two songs that are political statements – “In Luck of the Irish,” about the current Northern Ireland situation and “Attica State” – about prison reform. Lennon has a new Christmas single out – “So This Is Christmas” produced by Phil Spector and backed with the Harlem Community Choir. Will it could become a holiday standard?
Dig this. Barry Williams of the “Brady Bunch” has a solo single out – ‘Sweet Sweetheart” and it’s available on Paramount Records. Will it be a hit?
Harry Chapin is signed to Elektra Records. Harry’s “Legendary Champions,” a documentary he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award, while he was writing material for his brothers’ group, the Chapins - as well as the music for a TV series and the film, “Blue Water, White Death.”
Stax Records in Memphis makes sheet music to Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft” available to major college and university bands at no charge resulting in performances at football games and national TV exposure. The Florida A&M band performed the tune during nationally televised football games in Houston and Oakland. “Shaft” is expected to be highlighted.
Piano player Billy Joel, who records for a small record label called “Family Records” says that equipment for amplifying pianos lags “far behind” corresponding equipment for other instruments in the rock field, despite the fact that use of the piano is a growing trend. “The piano player in rock is really a second class citizen, abused from all sides – club, owners, piano tuners, manufacturers. Miking a piano is a sensitive operation. Bad miking leads to distortion because, there can be leaking from other instruments and other problems.” Joel is currently on a series of U.S. club dates and preparing for a concert tour, appearing on the bill with name artists. The album pictured is Joel’s first album for the Los Angeles-based label, and contains something called, “She’s Got A Way.”
Radio news – December 19, 1971
CBS radio says it is adding 10 (info) features to the network. A few will be aimed at specific audiences such as woman. Some of the features are “The Buyer’s Scene” with Christopher Glenn (voice of CBS-TV’s “In The News), “Dateline: America” with Charles Kuralt; “Today’s Woman” with Sylvia Chase and “What’s New At The Movies” with Lee Jordan.
DJ Charlie Fox – on his way to WIXY, Cleveland – from KRIZ – Phoenix – gets sideswiped and is hired away by Detroit’s CKLW. Speaking of WIXY, they have a new general manager – non other than Gene Taylor, longtime at WLS, Chicago.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Television news – December 19, 1971
Johnny Cash is currently making a 90-minute feature film at Christian holy sites in Israel and Jordan. “I’ve never seen a movie about Jesus that I really liked so I thought I’d make one myself.” Cash says he spent $500,000 and five weeks in Israel to produce a portrayal of Christ: “the man, as a real man, very human and as a divinity – very divine.”
More Johnny Cash – Ex-convict turned singer Glen Sherley, marries Nicki Robbins at the Nashville home of Cash. Sherley, who served 10 years for armed robbery, met Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, where Cash was entertaining.
Next week, don’t miss the premiere of the “Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” on CBS-TV.
Actress Loretta Young sues NBC for just over $1 million on the complaint that introductory and closing remarks she made in a series of 32 “Loretta Lynn” television programs were used in foreign countries. The shows, all made during the late 1950’s are not suppose to show her opening and closings. She said she specified that in a contract, knowing that any showing out of the US would take place years later and fashion and hairstyles would have changed.
Sammy Davis Jr. is signed to play himself in an upcoming “All In The Family.” Davis, a big fan of the show, asked producer Norman Lear to let him guest in an episode. Lear says it isn’t the show’s policy to book big-name guests and that Davis’ appearance will by no means be setting a precedent for future shows.
Passing – Roy O. Disney (78) – guided the business side and left his late brother, Walt, free to pursue his mighty ambitions. Together, they built a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire beginning in a small Hollywood studio in 1923.
Passing – Actress Diana Lynn, popular actress of the 40’s and 50’s. She was 45… of a brain hemorrhage.
Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 19, 1971
CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris Day Show, My Three Sons
NBC – Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, NBC Monday Night At The Movies
ABC – Monday Night Football
PBS – An American Christmas: Words and Music, Christmas at Boys Town, Book Beat.
Gunsmoke – Discovering his replacement is a female doctor – Doc Adams is forced to work with her during an epidemic and falls in love. Guest star is Vera Miles.
An American Christmas – Burt Lancaster hosts with guests Freda Payne, Linda Lavin and James Earl Jones.
Rowan and Martin – Joe Namath guests with cameos by Petula Clark, Charo and Burt Mustin.
Doris Day Show – Bob Crane stars as the host of a latenight TV talk show whom Doris is assigned to interview.
On the Tonight Show – Joey Bishop is guest host to Corbett Monica, Paul Anka, Jose Molina and Gwen Davis.
Top Soul Music Albums – December 19, 1971
Shaft – Isaac Hayes/soundtrack
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People – Chi-Lites
There’s A Riot Goin’ On – Sly & The Family Stone
Roots – Curtis Mayfield
Hot Pants – James Brown
Goin’ Back To Indiana – soundtrack
Aretha’s Greatest Hits – Aretha Franklin
Top Soul Hit Music Singles – December 19, 1971
Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
Respect Yourself – Staple Singers
Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
Clean Up Woman – Betty Wright
Have You Seen Her – Chi-Lites
Got To Be There – Michael Jackson
Drowning In The Sea Love – Joe Simon
I’m A Greedy Man – James Brown
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show – Honey Cone
Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 19, 1971
She’s All I Know – Johnny Paycheck
Kiss An Angel Good Morning – Charley Pride
Dis-satisfied – Bill Anderson & Jan Howard
Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
Country Green – Don Gibson
Would You Take Another Chance On Me/Me & Bobby McGee - Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Green – Don Gibson
Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) – Merle Haggard
(I’ve Got A) Happy Heart – Susan Raye
Top pop hit music singles In Britain - December 19, 1971
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) – Benny Hill
Jeepster – T. Rex
Coz I Luv You – Slade
Tokoloshe Man – John Kongos
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves – Cher
Banks of the Ohio – Olivia Newton John
Till – Tom Jones
Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes
No Matter How I Try – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
Johnny Reggae - Piglets
Top Music Albums – December 19, 1971
There’s A Riot Goin’ On - Sly & The Family Stone
Teaser and the Firecat – Cat Stevens
Chicago At Carnegie Hall
E Pluribus Funk – Grand Funk Railroad
Stones – Neil Diamond
Shaft - soundtrack
Tapestry – Carole King
Every Picture Tells A Story – Rod Stewart
Imagine – John Lennon
To You With Love – Donny Osmond
Madman Across The Water – Elton John
All In The Family – TV Cast
Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy – The Who
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – December 19, 1971
FAMILY AFFAIR - Sly & Family Stone
BRAND NEW KEY – Melanie
GOT TO BE THERE - Michael Jackson
AN OLD FASHIONED LOVE SONG - Three Dog Night
THEME FROM SHAFT - Isaac Hayes
CHERISH - David Cassidy
ROCK STEADY - Aretha Franklin
ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU - Sonny & Cher
HAVE YOU SEEN HER - Chi-Lites
SCORPIO - Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Band
AMERICAN PIE - Don McLean
BABY I’M-A WANT YOU - Bread
STONES - Neil Diamond
RESPECT YOURSELF - Staple Singers
HEY GIRL - Donny Osmond
SUPERSTAR (Remember How You Got Where You Are) - Temptations
SUNSHINE - Jonathan Edwards
DESIDERATA - Les Crane
YOU ARE EVERYTHING - Stylistics
SUGAR DADDY - Jackson 5
GYPSYS, TRAMPS AND THIEVES - Cher
LET’S STAY TOGETHER - Al Green
IMAGINE - John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band
DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE - Joe Simon
BEHIND BLUE EYES - The Who
CLEAN UP WOMAN - Betty Wright
(I Know) I’M LOSING YOU - Rod Stewart with Faces
ONE MONKEY DON’T STOP NO SHOW (pt. 1) - Honey Cone
I’M A GREEDY MAN (pt. 1) - James Brown
FRIENDS WITH YOU - John Denver
THEME FROM “SUMMER OF ’42” - Peter Nero
NOTHING TO HIDE - Tommy James
I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING – (In Perfect Harmony) -
HALLELUJAH - Sweathog
HEY BIG BROTHER - Rare Earth
I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING – (In Perfect Harmony)- New Seekers
A NATURAL MAN - Lou Rawls
CAN I GET A WITNESS - Lee Michaels
WHITE LIES, BLUE EYES - Bullet
DAY AFTER DAY – Badfinger
Some top movies – December 19, 1971
Dirty Harry – Clint Eastwood
Star Spangled Girl – Sandy Duncan, Tony Roberts, Todd Susman, Elizabeth Allen
Eagle In A Cage – Billie Whitelaw, Ralph Richardson
Mary, Queen of Scots – Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Davenport
Sometimes A Great Notion – Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel, Linda Lawson, Cliff Potts
Harold and Maude – Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort
The Hospital – George C. Scott
The Boyfriend – Twiggy
See No Evil – Mia Farrow
The Anderson Tapes – Sean Connery
Targets – Boris Karloff, Tim O’Kelly, Nancy Hsueh, James Brown
Is There Sex After Death? – Buck Henry, Robert Downey, Earl Doud, Marshall Efron
The Last Picture Show
Such Good Friends – Dyan Cannon, James Coco, Jennifer O’Neal, Ken Howard, Nina Foch, Laurence Luckinbill, Louise Lasser, Burgess Meredith