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