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
Hannie Caulder – Raquel Welch, Robert Culp