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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 18, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

Historic trip to China - President Nixon leaves for Peking on a “journey for peace.” He told a large crowd - “If we can make progress toward that goal on this trip, the world will be a much safer world.” First lady Pat Nixon heads to the plan with a surprise edition to the unofficial staff - a hairdresser to keep her well coiffed.

 President Nixon lands in Peking and is greeted by Premier Chou En-Lai. It’s the first visit to the country by an American Chief of State since WWII. The reception was quiet - so quiet reporters were able to hear what Mr. Nixon said to Chou as they walked toward the place where the President was to receive his honors. The only applause heard on Mr. Nixon’s arrival was the formal and restrained clapping of the dozen or so officials in the receiving line... Later, President Nixon stands atop the Great Wall of China, saying “It’s... unbelievable... as we look at this wall, what is most important is that we have an open world.”  

In California - the state Supreme Court strikes down the death penalty, ruling that it violates the California constitutional ban on “cruel or unusual punishments.” Said Gov. Ronald Reagan - “I’m deeply disappointed and somewhat shocked by the decision. The court is setting itself up above the people and their legislators. In a time of increasing crime and increasing violence in types of crime, capital punishment is needed, the death penalty is a deterrent to murder and I think the majority of people believe the same thing.”

 In San Jose, Calif - Angela Davis - held in jail since October of 1970 is released on bail, based on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the death penalty. She is to go on trial for murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the Marin Civic Center shooting of August 1970.

Three Arabs hijack a West German Boeing 757 jet on which Joseph P. Kennedy III (19) is a passenger. He’s the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy had been touring in India for a week after a visit to Bangladesh. The hijackers commandeered the plane about an hour after it took off from New Delhi for Athens. All 189 on board are reported safe. Friends of the Kennedy’s and family members gather at Hickery Hill - the old Kennedy House in McLean, VA - waiting on word about the fate of the younger Kennedy.   

Irish Republican Army bombers blow-up a paratroop officer’s mess at the military base in Aldershot, England. Seven are dead with seventeen injured.

The 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle rolls from the assembly line this week - outdoing the 1927 record for the Ford Model T. That makes the Beetle the most produced automobile in history (to date). The Beetle was pioneered by Ferdinand Porsche, acting under orders from Hitler to turn out a “people’s car.” The company is playing down Hitler’s role as it celebrates its record. Mass production of the Beetle began after the collapse of the Third Reich.

“The General” - a locomotive of Civil War fame, is returned to its home state Georgia. The locomotive has been the subject of a five-year hassle between Tennessee and Georgia. Captured by federal raiders in 1862, it had been on public display in Chattanooga for many years. As it was taken to Georgia five years ago, the mayor of Chattanooga, armed with a court order seized it, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it belonged to Georgia. Said governor Jimmy Carter - “The most famous train in the whole world has been brought back to its rightful owners. The General now belongs to all of the people of the nation.”

In a Gallup Poll - Sen. Edmund S. Muskie maintains his lead over the field of possible Democratic candidates for 1972:

 Sen. Edmund S. Muskie - 29%

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy - 24%

Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey - 23%

Sen. George S. McGovern - 5%

Sen. Henry M. Jackson - 3%

Sen. Eugene McCarthy - 3%

Rep Shirley Chisholm - 2%

Mayor John V. Lindsay - 2% (New York City)

Mayor Sam Yorty - 2% (Los Angeles)

 

Bestselling books – February 18, 1972

The Winds of War - Herman Wouk

The Exorcist - William Blatty

Wheels - Arthur Hailey

The Betsy - Harold Robbins

The Blue Knight - Joseph Wambaugh

Nemesis - Agatha Christie

Our Gang - Philip Roth

Tracy & Hepburn - Garson Kanin

Defense Never Rests - F. Lee Bailey

Jenny, Volume II - Ralph G. Martin

Brian Piccolo - A Short Season - Jeanne Morris

The Last Whole Earth Catalog- The Portola Institute

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown

 

Fascinating Auto news – February 18, 1972

“Introducing The Toyota Carina. The inside was designed to give your family the feeling that they’re riding in one of the biggest small cars around. Or one of the smallest big ones.”

Pick-up trucks are hot for teen-age drives - especially boys. It’s the era of the pick-me-up generation and trucks are leading in many areas. Says one - “It’s a style that’s good, functions and attracts attention. It isn’t superstar status. It isn’t hippie, but it’s something you can keep up and have for a couple of years.”

 

Sports news – February 18, 1972

The Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA sign Jim McDaniels of the rival ABA for a six-year contract, $1.5 contract.

Killed - Racecar driver Friday Hassler is killed in a bloody 13-car pileup during a 125-mile qualifying race for this week’s Daytona 500... A few days later on Sunday, Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt scores an easy one-lap victory in the Daytona 500 stock car race as smashups and engine failures wipe-out most of the top contenders. Foyt averaged 161.550 mph in his 1971 Mercury - a record for stock car racing’s premier event. Runner-up was Charlie Glotzbach in a ‘71 Dodge, Jim Vandiver finished third in a ‘70 Dodge and Benny Parsons was fourth in a 1970 Ford Mercury. Defending champ Richard Petty was knocked out with a broken valve spring in his 1972 Plymouth after 200 miles.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 18, 1972

Passing - Sensationalist newsman Walter Winchell (74), who began all his broadcasts: “Good evening Mr. and Mrs. American and all the ships at sea - let’s go to press.”

The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas and singer Dean Martin still haven’t found a resolution to Martin’s desire to play only one show a night says a hotel spokesman. The hotel is fearful the one show policy could start a costly trend among the “superstar’ performers on the Vegas strip. The hotel announces its acquisition of Martin’s 10% stock holding in the company. Martin will continue to be associated with the hotel in the executive capacity of “entertainment consultant.” 

 

 Music news – February 18, 1972

Appearing at the Whiskey on the Sunset Strip - “Badfinger.” The group consists of Peter Ham, Joey Mollands, Tom Evans and Mike Gibbons. Appearing with them - Pure Prairie League. 

Sid Bernstein joins Jerry Weintraub’s Management III. He’ll bring with him such artists as the Rascals, Buzzy Linhart, Weather Report, Mandrill and Peaches and Herb.

Going solo - Smokey Robinson leaves The Miracles in a farewell appearance at Detroit’s Elmore Casino. Robinson is also a Motown vice president.

Steppenwolf announces it is breaking up. Leader John Kay set the stage when he cut a solo album a few months back. Kaye is forming a new group under his own name (John Kay Group.) Other members of the band are forming a group called “Manbeast. 

Willie Mitchell is on an incredible roll after producing several hits for Al Green. Looks like “Let’s Stay Together” is going to be a huge hit after “Tired of Being Alone.”

New songbook - "The Motown Era” – 112 songs spanning some 12 years is published by Jobete Music.

TV Talk show host Merv Griffin is launching his own record label – “Griffin Records.”

The Ventures new album, “Joy,” will feature rock arrangements of classical themes. 

Rolling Stones Records releases something that’s not (quit) Rolling Stones. Pick-up “Jamming With Edward” – a live performance album now at record stores. The album was recorded at the Edward nightclub in London last year and features Ricky Hopkins, Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman.

“The Concert For Bangladesh,” a filmed account of George Harrison’s Madison Square Gardern concert is expected to open in seven major cities on Easter. The 70mm six-track sound color presentation features Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, Badfinger, Jesse Davis, Jim Horn, Jim Keltner, Claudea Linnear and Carl Radle. 

 

Radio news – February 18, 1972

There’s a trend for progressive rock FM stations to air live concerts, Out in front are WABX-FM-Detroit, WNEW-FM-New York, KSAN-San Francisco, WNCR-FM, Cleveland and WMMR-FM, Philadelphia. Some are broadcast from concert locations while others can come from local recording studios. More FM stations plan to get deeper involved in concert broadcasts. 

“The Greatest Hits of Rock “n’ Roll – a documentary on the evolution of rock, produced and narrated by KRLA (Pasadena, CA) program director Shadoe Stevens, is now being syndicated.  

93/KHJ (Los Angeles) lineup –

Robert W. Morgan, Charlie Van Dyke, Mark Elliott, the Real Don Steel, Jerry Butler, Walt (Baby) Love, Johnny Williams. Bill Wade does swing shift. 

1110/KRLA (Pasadena) lineup –

B. Mitchel Reed, Johnny Hayes, Don Burns, Shadoe Stevens, Lee Simms, Mikel Hunter, Greg Shannon. Reb Foster does a weekend show.

 

Lineup at KFXM (59) on your AM dial in suburban San Bernardino, CA –

Doug Collins, Chris Roberts, Bruce Chandler and Johnny Kaye.

Ron Jacobs – KHJ’s original “Boss” program director is now the PD at KGB-AM (1360). Some consider Jacobs the best radio program director in the country.

More Los Angeles – Dore Records packages an album called “Bill Balance and the Feminine Forum” from Bill’s successful KGBS (Los Angeles) midday show.

Scott Shannon is promoted to program director of WMAK AM (1300) Nashville. He’s been with station for several years.  

New to WLS, Chicago – John Records Landecker from WIBG (Philadelphia) and Bill Bailey (from WWDJ, Hackensack).  

There’s a rumor that WGMS-AM in DC is going top-40 under Bill Drake. It’s sure giving the folks at WPGC a little worry. (note – this never happened.)

 

Television news – February 18, 1972

CBS says Ed Sullivan will dress as a clown and will host “Clownaround” - an hour-long special devoted to circus-style comics and funny performers in late March. Tiny Tim and Chuck McCann will also be featured. McCann use to host a kids show in the 60’s on WPIX-TV (channel 11) in New York City called “Let’s Have Fun.”

NBC announces that the “The Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson will shift its home base to Burbank from New York beginning May 1. Carson will make periodic visits to the NBC studios in New York.

 

Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 18, 1972

CBS - Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris Day Show, Sonny and Cher

NBC - Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, NBC Monday Night At The Movies

ABC - Special-The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor’s New Clothes, Movie

PBS - Special of the Week, Current Events

 

Rowan and Martin - Sandy Duncan guests.

Danny Kaye - The Emperor’s New Clothes - an animated and live-action musical version of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale.

Here’s Lucy - Vivian Vance guests as Lucy’s old friend Vivian Jones - who arrives in a surprise visit and takes Lucy’s job.

Special of the Week - Woody Allen writes, directs and stars in a spoof of the role of presidential advisors. Allen portrays Dr Harvey Wallinger, a PH.D in needlepoint at Harvard whose life is profiled in documentary style.

Sonny and Cher - Art Carney guests for an edition spoofing politics and the evolution of the Army from WWII to “Today’s Army Wants You.”

The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson - Don Ho, George Burns, Richard Harris.

Dick Cavett - John Huston guests

 

Top pop hit music singles – February 18, 1972 

Without You - Nilsson

Let’s Stay Together - Al Green

Precious and Few - Climax

Hurting Each Other - The Carpenters

Never Been To Spain - Three Dog Night

Down by the Lazy River - The Osmonds

American Pie - Don McLean

Joy - Apollo 100

The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Robert John

Clean-Up Woman - Betty Wright

Day After Day - Badfinger

Everything I Own - Bread 

Heart of Gold - Neil Young

Sweet Seasons - Carole King

Stay With Me - The Faces

Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon 

Don't Say You Don't Remember - Beverly Bremers

We've Got to Get It On Again - Addrisi Brothers

The Way of Love - Cher

My World - The Bee Gees

Bang a Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex

Rock and Roll Lullaby - B.J. Thomas

No One to Depend On - Santana

Anticipation - Carly Simon

Kiss An Angel Good Morning - Charley Pride

I Can’t Help Myself - Donnie Elbert

Levon - Elton John

Feeling Alright - Joe Cocker

Son of Shaft - The Bar-Kays

 

Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 18, 1972

One’s On The Way - Loretta Lynn

It’s Four In The Morning - Faron Young

Carolyn – Merle Haggard

I’m A Truck – Red Simpson

Bedtime Story – Tammy Wynette

Ann (Don’t Go Runnin’) – Tommy Overstreet

Ain’t That A Shame – Hank Williams Jr.

I Can’t See Me Without You – Conway Twitty

Take Me – Tammy Wynette & George Jones

Only Love Can Break A Heart – Sonny James

 

Top Soul Hit Music – February 18, 1972

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Clean Up Woman – Betty Wright

Make Me The Woman That You Come Home To – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Fire & Water – Wilson Pickett

That’s The Way I Feel About ‘Cha – Bobby Womack

Sugar Daddy – Jackson 5

Ain’t Understanding Mellow – Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager

Drowning In The Sea of Love – Joe Simon

You Want It You Got It – Detroit Emeralds

Love Gonna Pack Up – Persuaders

Floy Joy – Supremes

Standing In For Joey – Johnnie Taylor

 

Top hit music singles in Britain – February 18, 1972

Telegram Sam – T. Rex

Son of My Father – Chicory

Mother of Mine – Neil Reid

I’d Like To Teach To World To Sing – New Seekers

Horse With No Name – America

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Have You Seen Her – Chi-Lites

Look Wot You Dun – Slade

Stay With Me – Faces

All I Ever Need Is You – Sonny and Cher

 

Top Music Albums – February 18, 1972

American Pie - Don McLean

 Concert For Bangla Desh - George Harrison

Hot Rocks - The Rolling Stones

Led Zeppelin 4

Pictures at an Exhibition - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Teaser and the Firecat - Cat Stevens

A Nod Is As Good as A Wink to a Blind Horse - Faces

Chicago at Carnegie Hall - Chicago

Music - Carole King

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys - Traffic

Nilsson Schmilsson - Nilsson

Fragile - Yes

Tapestry - Carol King

Madman Across the Water - Elton John

 

Other top music albums – February 18, 1972

Paul Simon - Paul Simon

Hard Rock Comedy - Cheech & Chong

Heads and Tales - Harry Chapin

Brain Capers - Mott the Hoople

I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing - The Hillside Singers

Tea For The Tillerman - Cat Stevens

The New Santana - Santana

Jesus Christ Superstar - soundtrack

Gather Me - Melanie

Summer of ‘42 - soundtrack

Carpenters - Carpenters

Cherish - David Cassidy

Stones - Neil Diamond

Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II

Chicago at Carnegie Hall

Let’s Stay Together - Al Green

Very Young & Early Songs - Cat Stevens

Evolution - Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Band

Silk & Soul - Lou Rawls

Soulful Tapestry - Honey Cone

To You With Love - Donny Osmond

Richard Nixon Superstar - David Frye

Roots - Curtis Mayfield

Live at the Riviera - Englebert Humperdinck

Phase III - The Osmonds

The Boyfriend (With Twiggy) - soundtrack  

 

Some top movies – February 18, 1972

The French Connection - Gene Hackman

Walt Disney’s - Bedknobs and Broomsticks - Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe

Dollars - Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn

Made For Each Other - Renee Taylor, Joseph Bologna

The Boy Friend - Twiggy

Billy Jack - Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor

Dirty Harry - Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, Andy Robinson, John Larch, John Vernon

Pocket Money - Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, Hector Elizondo

The Hot Rock - Robert Redford, George Segal, Paul Sand, Moses Gun, Zero Mostel

Scream Again - Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

The House That Screamed - Lilli Palmer

Who Slew Auntie Roo? - Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Ralph Richardson, Judy Cornwell, Michael Gothard, Hugh Griffith, Lionel Jeffries

Diamonds Are Forever - Sean Connery as James Bond, Jill St John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Bruce Cabot

The Hospital - George C. Scott, Diana Rigg

Straw Dogs - Dustin Hoffman, Susan George

Minnie and Moskowitz - Gena Rowlands, Symour Castle

XY & Zee - Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York

The Cowboys - John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst

The Phantom Tollbooth - Butch Patrick

Sometimes A Great Notion - Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel, Linda Lawson, Cliff Potts 

 
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