Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 23, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Miami – President Nixon is nominated for a second term and makes an appeal to the millions of youthful voters. “I don’t think the youth vote is in anyone’s pocket. I think they will be independent. They are casting their first vote. We have just as good a shot at it as the other side and we’re going to get it.”
Republican National Convention - Police inn Miami quell an unruly demonstration with 212 arrests.
Miami - Cheering Republicans hear Richard M. Nixon accept their presidential nomination. Nixon appealed to Democrats to “come home” to the GOP. “Six weeks ago, our opponents in their convention rejected many of the principles of the Democratic Party. To those millions who have been driven out of your home in the Democratic Party we say ‘Come Home.’ We say come home not to another party, but come home to the great principles we Americans believe in together.”
A crowd of 15,000 welcomes President Nixon home to the Western White House in San Clemente.
Vice President Agnew tells a Miami convention crowd that he was a new conciliatory candidate and did not intend to play the “cutting edge” role for the republicans that he had in the past After his re-nomination, Agnew broke a self-imposed silence to tell newsmen he was “distressed at the generalized identity that I received as the vice presidential candidate in 1968 and as a campaigner in 1970.
New organization – “Mothers Alone, Inc” founded to help unwed mothers who decide to keep their children and rear them by themselves. They meet each month at Chicago’s Roosevelt University.
Sports news – Olympic Games From Munich
Summer Olympic Coverage From ABC-TV Sports. Come to Munich with Chris Schenkel, Jim McKay, Howard cosell, Frank Gifford, Bill Flemming, Keith Jackson, peter Jennings and an outstanding team of expert guest commentators.
Entertainment/Celebrity news - August 23, 1972
Ali MacGraw who was to star as daisy opposite Robert Redford in “The Great Gatsby” says she will not do the movie. She’s ending her marriage from Paramount’s studio chief Robert Evans.
Radio news – August 23, 1972
More FM stations are programming beautiful music than ever before. Some 20% of all FM stations program the format, up from 13.7% in 1970.
In syndication – Dick Summer’s “Lovin’ Touch.”
WAPE (690) Jacksonville Lineup – Cleveland Wheeler, Larry Dixon, Tom Kennedy, Don Smith, Sean Conrad and John Moore.
KMPX-FM San Francisco (106.9) and the station the hippies listened too during the summer of love and beyond, is now programming big bands! After its fall from progressive prominence, following the now historic KMPX-FM strike that resulted in Tom Donahue and the majority of the staff departing to rival KSAN-FM – the station struggled for a number of years. The station gave up the struggle in March.
WCBS-FM is switching to a rock-n-roll oldies format. Crosstown WOR-FM, which use to program up to 50% oldies, has backed off somewhat, and WCBS-FM feels there’s a nice hole here. Another CBS-FM station, WCAU-FM in Philadelphia has been successful with oldies as is WBBM-FM Chicago. Staff of WCBS-FM includes Johnny Michaels, Ed Williams, Bobby Wayne, Bill Brown, Don Kaye Reed and John Vidaver. PD is Dick Bozzi.
Bruce Bradley is the new morning man at WHN New York, replacing Herb Oscar Anderson, who’s out.
Television news – August 23, 1972
The Partridge Family just spent a week at Kings Island a new entertainment center near Cincinnati for a fall episode. In it, Keith falls for a PR girl, played by Mary Ann Mobley.
CBS will debut three new game shows on September 4 – The Joker’s Wild, New Price is Right and Gambit.
Jay Stewart – the announcer on “Let’s Make A Deal,” will guest in an episode of Hawaii Five-O.
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 23, 1972
CBS – 50 Minutes, Movie, Life of Leonard da Vinci
NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Jimmy Stewart Show, Bonanza, The Bold Ones
ABC – Olympic Games
PBS – French Chief, Masterpiece Theater, Evening At Pops
Bonanza – A grieving grandfather seeks vengeance for the murder of his young grandson. Written and directed by Michael Landon.
The Bold Ones – Story of a tycoon who enters Craig Institute for a two-fold purpose – to have a routine checkup and to outsmart a ruthless rival. Guest stars Arthur Hill and Carol Lynley.
Music news – August 23, 1972
Would you believe it? The Osmonds break a record for the group with the biggest amount of gold records in a year (to this point). From March 1971 to March 1972, they had a total of 10 gold albums and singles. Up to this month, it’s now 12 with Donny’s latest album, “Too Young.” The year sum compares to the Beatles – with nine and Elvis Presley with eight.
Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane plead innocent to charges of assaulting a policeman after a concert in the Rubber Bowl at Akron. They were arrested after a rock throwing disturbance among persons in the audience.
Did you see John & Yoko’s “One-to-One’ Concert in Madison Square Garden? Also appearing – Roberta Flack, the cast of Godspell, Sha-Na-Na Stevie Wonder, Elephant’s Memory, Allen Ginsburg and Abbie Hoffman. The concert benefited retarded children.
Appearing at the Apollo in Harlem – Jerry Butler, The Main Ingredient, The O’Jays and Chakachas.
The Robert Stigwood production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” has grossed over $62 million in both box office receipts and the sale of original cast albums in the U.S. alone. The original concert version of the show has played 454 performances in 155 cities across the U.S. Preparations are being made for staging the show in Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Holland and Italy.
Neil Bogart, president of Buddah Records says as the volume of product and tightening of radio playlists continue to challenge the exposure of new music, original music for motion pictures will become increasingly important as an avenue of exposure. Bogart said the immediate impact of Curtis Mayfield’s soundtrack for “Superfly,” an album which he says has shown the most immediate impact of any album in Buddah’s history. Some 212,000 albums had moved since the release date 10 days earlier. “Gone are the days of name musicians simply contributing background music. Music should never be merely incidental. Even instrumental music should have something to say.” “It’s silly to expect the masses to go see a movie today, particularly when they include the youth market, if the music isn’t dressed in the ideas the audience can understand.”
Terry Knight is granted a $1 million order of attachment against Donald Brewer, Mark Farner and Mel Schacher of Grand Funk Railroad. The order says each of the group must contribute one-third of the total amount. The court order states that the local or county sheriff “levy upon such property in which the said defendants have an interest and upon such debts owing to said the defendants as will satisfy the plaintiff’s demand of $1 million, together with interest, sheriff’s fees and expenses.” Knight is the band’s former manager.
The Robert Stigwood organization is planning to launch its own label, RSO in September. The label will be introduced with music from Eric Clapton and the Bee Gees.
Hollywood - Contemporary Entertainment Services Inc, asks the Civil Aeronautics Board for permission to charger out to rock bands and other entertainment groups, a jet plane fitted out as a flying rehearsal room. The Boeing 720A jet would be modified to provide two bedrooms, a dressing room, seats convertible for four more beds, a rehearsal area, a piano, three bathrooms, tub and shower, air-to-ground telephone and professional studio equipment.
Top hit music singles in Britain – August 23, 1972
School’s Out – Alice Cooper
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – Partridge Family
Seaside Shuffle – Terry Dactyl – The Dinosaurs
Puppy Love – Donny Osmond
Popcorn – Hot Butter
Silver Machine – Hawkwind
Sylvia’s Mother – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
Rock and Roll part 1/II – Gary Glitter
Starman – David Bowie
Top Soul Hit Music singles – August 23, 1972
I’m Still In Love With You – Al Green
Power of Love – Joe Simon
Back Stabbers – O’Jays
Pop That Than – Isley Brothers
I Miss You – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Where Is the Love – Roberta Flack
If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t want To Be Right – Luther Ingram
The Coldest Days Of My Life (part 1) – Chi-Lites
In The Ghetto – Candi Staton
Starting All Over Again – Mel & Tim
This World – Staple Singers
Too Late To Turn Back Now – Cornelious Brothers & Sister Rose
Honky Tonk, Part 1 – James Brown
Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 23, 1972
If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry – Jerry Wallace
Bless Your Heart – Freddie Hart
There’s A Party – Jody Miller
Here I Am Again – Loretta Lynn
It’s Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer – Charley Pride
Borrowed Angel – Mel Street
Woman (Sensuous Woman) – Don Gibson
Delta Dawn – Tanya Tucker
When The Snow Is On The Roses – Sonny James
I’m Gonna Knock At Your Door – Billy Crash Craddock
Some top music albums – August 23, 1972
Honky Chateau – Elton John
A Song For You – Carpenters
Greatest Hits – Simon & Garfunkle
Trilogy – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Big Bambu – Cheech & Chong
Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones
Live – Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles
Moods – Neil Diamond
Never A Dull Moment – Rod Stewart
Elvis Live At Madison Square Garden
Carney – Leon Russell
Still Bill – Bill Withers
Seven Separate Fools – Three Dog Night
School’s Out – Alice Cooper
Robert Flack and Donny Hathaway
Son of Schmilsson- Nilsson
Too Young – Donny Osmond
Laya – Eric Clapton
Live – The Osmonds
London Sessions – Chuck Berry
Eat A Peach- Allman Brothers
Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Procol Harum
First Take – Roberta Flack
Amazing Grace – Aretha Franklin/James Cleveland
Eagles – Eagles
Himself – Gilbert O’Sullivan
History of Eric Clapton
Live – Donny Hathaway
Joplin In Concert – Janis Joplin