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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 15, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Athens - Eight Greeks are under arrest for plotting the abduction of John f. Kennedy Jr., 11-year-old son of the late President. They are also charged with planning to bomb the U.S. embassy and to overthrow the Greek regime.

A Roman Catholic priest leads 2,000 people from their homes in West Belfast in protest against British troop concentrations as five more persons lost their lives in the bloody conflict of Northern Ireland.

Mayor Frank Rizzo, a Democrat and longtime admirer of President Nixon, said, “I will do anything and everything in my power to bring about the defeat of Sen. (George) McGovern.”

Betty Friedan, one of the founders of the women’s lib movement, criticizes sister feminists Gloria Steinem and Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) as “female chauvinists” waging “class warfare against men.” Mrs. Friedan is author of “The Feminine Mystique” and founder of the National Organization for Women.


Sports news – July 15, 1972

Dublin - Muhammad Ali, drops Al (Blue) Lewis in the 5th round and then goes on to score a tko in the 11th over his one-time sparring partner from Detroit.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 15, 1972

Playing in Las Vegas –

 Harry Belafonte – Caesars Palace

Debbie Reynolds – Desert Inn

Perry Como – Hilton

Patti Page – Landmark

Don Rickles – Riviera

Danny Thomas – Sands


Television news – July 15, 1972

Frances Bavier, best known as “Aunt Bea” says she is retiring from show business after 50 years. She has purchased a home in Siler City, NC and plans to settle down. 


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 15, 1972

CBS – All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore, New Dick Van Dyke Show, Arnie, Mission Impossible

NBC – Comedy Hour Movie

ABC – Movie, Ken Berry Show


Comedy Hour – Replaces “Emergency” for the summer. Reruns of the old Bob Hope Presents. 

Arnie – Hamilton Majors’ sister launches an office décor renovation.

Debut – Ken Berry Show – Musical-variety series. Guests Monty Hall, Cass Elliott, John Astin, Paty Dulce, Dr. Joyce Brothers


Radio news – July 15, 1972

Some Pulse radio station ratings in LA –

KHJ – 8, 6, 9 and 7 (morning, midday, afternoon, night)

KRLA – 3, 2,4, 3

KLAC – 5,4,4, 2 (country)

KDAY – 2,1,2,2 (pop/soul)

KLOS-FM – 1,1,3,6 (AOR)

KMET – 1,2,2,4 (AOR)

KPOL – 5,4,4,2 (Beautiful music)


 WNEW-FM New York airs “Fillmore Remembered” in memory of the closing of Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, about a year ago. The 42-hour special featured the acts who performed there between March 1968 and June 27, 1971.

Walter Schwartz, formerly president of ABC radio is named president of ABC television. Harold Neal Jr., formerly president of he ABC owned radio stations, is named president of ABC radio. Ed McLaughlin is named president of the ABC radio network. 

WVIP Mt. Kisco NY is playing MOR music in pairs. It was chosen as the model suburban station from America for the British Empire if and when Parliament passes the necessary legislation allowing for suburban radio.

Johnny Donovan of WOR-FM is now on WABC part time.

Steve O’Brien of WCBS-FM does the 10a-2p shift on rival WPLJ-FM. Also joining WPLJ is Dick Summer. 

 In Chicago - Larry Lujack is joining WCFL from rival WLS.


Music news – July 15, 1972

Audrey Mae Williams, former wife of the late Hank Williams, files suit against MGM seeking back royalties of $20,000.

Plans are being made by Elvis Presley for a 60-minute worldwide television program that will originate from Hawaii In October or November. Honolulu was selected as the site for the show because of its time zone which is closer to Japan and the far Eastern countries. “It is the intention of Elvis to please all of his fans throughout the world and it is impossible for us to play in every city” said Col. Tom Parker.

Frank Sinatra accuses the House Select Committee on Crime of “indecent” and “irresponsible” action in permitting Joseph (The Baron) Barboza, an admitted murderer to deliver hearsay testimony linking him with members of organized crime. In testimony, Barboza, confessed killer of 25 persons, said Sinatra was a front in two hotels for Raymond Patriarca, a New England crime boss. Sinatra denied any underworld connections and demanded to know why the committee had not challenged Barboza’s testimony. 

Mick Jagger and Keith Richard are among five arrested at Green International Airport after a fracas with a photographer. They plead innocent to charges of assault or obstructing a police officer and were released to go to a concert in Boston. At Boston Garden where the concert was to have begun at 8pm, Mayor Kevin White told the crowd of 15,509 that members of the stones had been arrested in Warwick. “I called and I got them out and they’re on their way.” The Rolling Stones arrived at Boston Garden about 12:30am and began the concert at 12:50am.

David Geffen says negotiations for the Byrds to record an album for his Asylum Records have been completed. The album, marking the first ensemble reunion of the group since 1966, will be produced by the Byrds. Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, under contract to Columbia, will rejoin other original Byrd members David Crosby Gene Clark and Mike Clarke for the album.

Former Monkee Michael Nesmith is completing a deal to begin a country label for Elektra Records. It will be called Countryside.

Creedence Clearwater drummer Doug Clifford is cutting a solo album.

 Don Kirshner, says oldies being revived on the singles chart by contemporary artists are a result of the increase in writer-artists and the economics of today’s industry. “The market place has turned heavily to the writer-artist who is now doing so well financially that it is only necessary to turn out to LP’s a year, so they write for themselves.” This Kirshner feels, has caused a death of contemporary material for the non-writing artist. Hence, the backward glances. “And there are still men in the industry, Neil Bogart Mike Curb Wexler and Ertegun who are song conscious and able to build a label because they believe the song is crucial. They do the job today that Mitch Miller did years ago. Although it was the thought that if Miller didn’t like my song, I was dead that started me on the independent production concept” said Kirshner.


Top pop music hits in Britain – July 15, 1972

Puppy Love – Donny Osmond

Rock and Roll part 1/ II – Gary Glitter

Take Me Bak ‘Ome – Slade

Little Willy – Sweet

Vincent – Don McLean

Circles – New Seekers

Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson

American Trilogy – Elvis Presley

California Man – The Move

Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Waka-Day – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Mary Had A Little Lamb – Wings


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 15, 1972  

It’s Gonna take A Little Bit Longer – Charley Pride

Made in Japan – Buck Owens

Loving You Could Never Be Better – George Jones

Reach Out Your Hand – Tammy Wynette

Eleven Roses – Hank Williams Jr.

Delta Dawn – Tanya Tucker

Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. – Donna Fargo

Sweet Dream Woman – Waylon Jennings

Woman (Sensuous Woman) - Don Gibson

I’ve Found Someone Of My Own – Cal Smith

Listen To A Country Song – Lynn Anderson


Top Soul Hit Music – July 15, 1972

I Wanna Be Where You Are – Michael Jackson

If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right – Luther Ingram

Rip Off – Laura Lee

Lean On Me – Bill Withers

People Make the World – Stylistics

Outa Space – Billy Preston

Where Is the Love – Roberta Flack

Troglodyte – Jimmy Castor Bunch

Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms) – Detroit Emeralds

Woman’s Gotta Have It – Bobby Womack

Too late To Turn Back Now – Cornelius Brothers

We’ve Come Too Far To End It Now – Smokey Robinson

All The King’s Horses – Aretha Franklin


Top music albums – July 15, 1972

Honky Chateau – Elton John

Thick As A Brick – Jethro Tull

Exile on Main St. – Rolling Stones

Joplin In Concert – Janis Joplin

Portrait of Donny – Donny Osmond

Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Procol Harum

Robert Flack & Donny Hathaway

Amazing Grace – Aretha Franklin/James Cleveland

Still Bill – Bill Withers

Now – Sammy Davis Jr.

A Song For You – Carpenters

Lookin’ Through My Window – Jackson 5

First Take – Roberta Flack

A Lonely Man – Chi-Lites

History of Eric Clapton

Greatest Hits – Simon & Garfunkel

School’s Out – Alice Cooper

Live – Donny Hathaway

Manassas – Stephen Stills

Live – The Osmonds

Harvest – Neil Young

Bib Bambu – Cheech & Chong

Layla – Derek & The Dominos

Eat a Peach – Allman Brothers

Godfather – Soundtrack

Tapestry – Carole King

It’s Just Begun – Jimmy Castor Bunch

America – America

All Day Music – War

Jeff Beck Group

Elvis Live At Madison Square Garden – Elvis Presley


Some top movies – July 15, 1972

What’s Up, Doc? – Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal

Joe Kidd – Clint Eastwood

Stand Up And Be Counted – Jacqueline Bisset, Stella Stevens

J.W. Coop – Cliff Robertson

Skyjacked – Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux

The Godfather

Hannie Caulder – Raquel Welch, Robert Culp

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