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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 23, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

 

In The News

Lyndon Baines Johnson (64) dies of a heart attack. A spokesman for the family said the former President was found lying on his back on the floor of his bedroom by two Secret Service agents. Mr. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was the only living former president, coming less than a month after that of Harry S. Truman. 

President Nixon leads the nation and world in morning former President Lyndon B. Johnson, calling his predecessor “a dynamic leader, a unique personality and a man of great ability and unshakable courage.”

The Supreme Court rules that woman have a constitutional right to an abortion in the first six months of pregnancy – a decision that strikes down anti-abortion laws across the country.  The 7-2 ruling fell short of endorsing the abortion-on-demand principle urged by some pro-abortion and women’s liberation groups.

President Nixon announces “Peace With Honor” in Vietnam, ending the bitterest and most divisive foreign war. The President also announced that all war prisoners would be released. North Vietnam negotiator Le Duc Tho hailed the peace agreement as “a great victory for the Vietnamese people.”

The first American prisoners of war from Vietnam are expected to reach the Untied States the first week of February.

All 166 public schools in St Louis are closed on the third day of a teacher’s strike

 Alexander Onassis, the only son of shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, dies after suffering severe brain damage from a small plane crash. He was 24.

The signing of the Vietnam peace agreement is completed nine hours later a cease-fire went into effect to end 13 years of military conflict.

The Defense Department says that the Communists list only 535 living U.S. servicemen as prisoners in North and South Vietnam and 55 more who died in captivity. They said that no clues to the fate of more than 1,300 Americans missing in action were provided.

G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord Jr., former aides in President Nixon’s campaign are found guilty of all charges in the Watergate bugging trial. They went right to jail without bond. 

 

Sports news – January 23, 1973

Johnny Unitas is traded to the San Diego Chargers, after 17 years with the Baltimore Colts.

 George Foreman wins the World Heavyweight title after a bout with Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica. Said the new champ: “The title is borrowed from the people and must be given back. Ali won it and kept it in trust for the people, then Joe Frazier won it and did the same. I plan to take advantage of it while I can, treat everybody good and when it’s time to give it up, I’ll do so, smiling.”

Frazier was dropped six times in two rounds and said after the fight, “I knew George Foreman was big and strong, but I didn’t realize he was that strong.”

Mark Spitz is the winner of the Associated Press award for World Male Athlete of 1972. He’s made appearances on the Bob Hope, Bill Cosby and Sonny and Cher television shows and has entered a long run, high-paying association with Schick Co. Soon he’ll begin appearing in TV commercials for shavers as well as endorsements for milk.

Atlanta Braves left-hander Warren Spahn, winner of 363 major league games is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – January 23, 1973

The 41st annual Quigley Publications pool of theater owners puts Cling Eastwood first followed by George C. Scott, Gene Hackman, John Wayne, Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman and Goldie Hawn.

Passing – Edward G. Robinson (79) – 50-year vet of movies

 

Radio news – January 23, 1973

When in Hollywood, visit Art Laboe’s “Oldies But Goodies” nightclub on the Sunset Strip. Art does a live oldies show each Saturday night on KRTH-FM (K-Earth) 101.1.

New York’s WHN (1050 on the AM dial) is shifting to country music in mid-February. New York City has been without a country station since May of 1971. Only suburban WTHE (1520) programs the format.

The NBC Radio Network will offer the audio portion of “Midnight Special” on February 2.  The show will be hosted by Helen Reddy and feature artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Don McLean, Rare Earth, the Byrds, Sam Neely, Ike and Tina Turner, George Carlin and Kenny Rankin. “Midnight Special” is the first show of a 13-show series, but the radio simulcast (so far) will cover only the first program. 

 

Music news – January 23, 1973

Rolling Stone magazine chooses these as albums of the year by its editors:

Superfly – Curtis Mayfield

Eat A Peach- Allman Brothers Band

For The Roses – Joni Mitchell

Paul Simon (solo album)

Rock of Ages – The Band

 

The Secret service refuses authorization for Color Services of Los Angeles to print the dust jacket for Alice Cooper’s new album “Billion Dollar Babies” which shows Cooper knee-deep in $1 million worth of currency. A 1968 directive prohibits color photographs of currency.

Eric Clapton makes his first concert appearance in nearly two years, appearing at London’s Rainbow Theater with an all-star band that included Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Ronnie Wood and Rick Grech.

Bernie Taupin – Elton John’s songwriter says John’s new album “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player” is another happy album like their last one “Honky Chateau.” “It’s a little harsher, a little firmer. The last one was very light, very loose” said Taupin.

K-Tel – The Canadian/U.S. company which has pioneered TV merchandising of compilation albums is expected to gross more than $9.4 million in sales of its four releases on the last six months of 1972.                                            

ABC-TV has extended “In Concert” for a further 24 specials. The series will run twice a month. Don Kirshner is named creative consultant for the “In-Concert” series.

Billed as the highest-grossing rock event in history, the Rolling stones concert at the Los Angeles Forum raised over $500 thousand for victims of the recent Nicaragua earthquake. Also on the bill – Cheech & Chong, Santana.

Barry White, writer-singer-producer, signs with 20th Century Records. He had produced Love Unlimited’s “Walkin’ In The Rain.”

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 23, 1973

 SUPERSTITION - Stevie Wonder

CROCODILE ROCK - Elton John

YOU’RE SO VAIN - Carly Simon

WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER - Timmy Thomas

YOUR MAMA DON’T DANCE - Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina

SUPERFLY - Curtis Mayfield

OH, BABE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? - Hurricane Smith

HI, HI, HI - Wings

ME AND MRS. JONES - Billy Paul

LOVE JONES - Brighter Side Of Darkness

TROUBLE MAN - Marvin Gaye

THE WORLD IS A GHETTO - War

DO IT AGAIN - Steely Dan

DON’T EXPECT ME TO BE YOUR FRIEND - Lobo

SEPARATE WAYS - Elvis Presley

COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE - Spinners

 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT - King Harvest

DADDY’S HOME - Jermaine Jackson

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH - John Denver

YOU TURN ME ON, I’M A RADIO - Joni Mitchell

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES - Blue Haze

LAST SONG - Edward Bear

DO YOU WANT TO DANCE? - Bette Midler

JAMBALAYA (On The Bayou) - Blue Ridge Rangers

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE - Partridge Family

DREIDEL - Don McLean

ROCKIN’ PNEUMONIA--BOOGIE WOOGIE FLU - Johnny Rivers

I WANNA BE WITH YOU - Raspberries

KEEPER OF THE CASTLE - Four Tops

HARRY HIPPIE - Bobby Womack & Peace

REELIN’ & ROCKIN’ - Chuck Berry

I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER (In Time Of Storm) - Luther Ingram

I’M NEVER GONNA BE ALONE ANYMORE - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

CLAIR - Gilbert O’Sullivan

FUNNY FACE - Donna Fargo

LOVE TRAIN - O’Jays

JESUS IS JUST ALRIGHT - Doobie Brothers

DON’T LET ME BE LONELY TONIGHT - James Taylor

THE COVER OF “ROLLING STONE” - Dr. Hook & Medicine Show

 

Top music hit singles in Britain – January 23, 1973 

Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – Little Jimmy Osmond

The Jean Genie – David Bowie

Solid Gold Easy Action – T. Rex

Hi Hi Hi – Wings

Ball Park Incident - Wizzard

Big Seven – Judge Dread

Godbuy T’Jane – Slade

Shotgun Wedding – Roy C.

You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

Crazy Horses – The Osmonds

 

Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 23, 1973

Soul Song – Joe Stampley

Old Dogs, Children & Watermelon Wine – Tom T. Hall

Lovin’ On Back Streets – Mel Street

She’s Got To Be A Saint – Ray Price

She Needs Someone To Hold Her – Conway Twitty

Do You Know What It’s Like To Be Lonesome – Jerry Wallace

A Picture of Me (without you) – George Jones

Rated X – Loretta Lynn

Love’s The Answer/Jamestown Ferry – Tanya Tucker

I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me – Merle Haggard

 

Top Music Albums – January 23, 1973

 No Secrets – Carly Simon

Rhymes & Reasons – Carole King

The World Is A Ghetto – War

One Man Dog – James Taylor

Seventh Sojourn – Moody Blues

Tommy – London Symphony Orchestra

Catch Bull At Four – Cat Stevens

Hot August Night – Neil Diamond

Homecoming – America

I’m Still In Love With You – Al Greene

Living In The Past – Jethro Tull

Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

360 Degrees of Billy Paul – Billy Paul

 

Top Soul music albums – January 23, 1973

Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

Lady Sings The Blues – Diana Ross

The World Is A Ghetto – War

Understanding – Bobby Womack

I’m Still In Love With You – Al Green

360 Degrees of Billy Paul – Billy Paul

Keeper of the Castle – Four Tops

Round 2 – Stylistics

Caravanserai – Santana

Dos – Malo

Get On The Good Foot – James Brown

All Directions – Temptations

Music Is My Life – Billy Preston

 

Some top movies – January 23, 1973

Poseidon Adventure

Valachi Papers

Pete & Tillie – Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett

Across 110th Street

The Getaway – Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw

Fidder On The Roof

Up the Sand Box – Barbra Streisand

Elvis On Tour

Lady Sings The Blues – Diana Ross

Cries and Whispers – Harriet Anderson, Ingrid Thulin

Rivals – Joan Hackett, Robert Klein

Judge Roy Bean – Paul Newman

Deliverance – Jon Voight

Sounder

Brother of the Wind

Man of La Mancha

Blacula

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