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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 15, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Citing major developments in the Watergate case, President Nixon says he would immediately suspend any Administration officials who might be indicted in the growing scandal. In addition he said, “All members of the White House staff will appear voluntarily when requested by the committee. They will testify under oath and they will answer fully all proper questions.”

Former presidential aide Jeb Stuart Magruder tells federal prosecutors he has first hand knowledge that John Mitchell, while attorney general, helped plan the Watergate bugging along with John Dean III - counsel to the President.

Former Atty. General John Mitchell tells a federal grand jury he sat in on discussions of plans to bug the Democratic officials, but that he never approved such a scheme.

Responding to the energy crisis - President Nixon erases all oil import restrictions and proposes other drastic steps to increase supplies. He urges the highest national priority for the use of coal, the most plentiful domestic energy source.

In a Gallup Poll - 41% say that President Nixon knew in advance of the Watergate conspiracy to 32% who say he didn’t.

First Lady Pat Nixon says President Nixon likes to play his hi-fi full blast. There is excellent record playing equipment in the Lincoln sitting Room and he likes to turn up the volume so that “it blasts through the house. He thinks that’s the only way to listen – when it’s real loud and you can hear everything.” The First Lady also said the President has recently begun playing the piano late at night in the family quarters after work. “It relaxes him.”


Radio news – April 15, 1973

Pat St. John from WRIF-FM Detroit joins WPLJ-FM in New York.

Ruth Meyer is now program director of new country station WHN, New York. She was the program director at WMCA when it was the top pop station in the country. 

Lee Abrams, program director at WEFM Chicago says the station has new call letters – WICV-FM with this lineup – Beau Weaver, Tommy Kramer, Robert Walker, Gary Gears (from rival WLS), Gary Stevens (no, not the NY legend) and Jim Channell (from WOKY Milwaukee).


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 15, 1973

Actor/comedian Alan King has his 18-year-old son Andrew arrested for taking the family car without permission. In boy spent a night at a lock-up in Nassau County, NY. The charge was unauthorized use of an automobile car and felonious possession of drugs.

In Detroit, actress Carol Channing has her trademark eyelashes stolen. Also taken by thieves, her wedding ring and silver cufflinks. An appeal was made to return the eyelashes. The stage actress only had another pair and, according to her husband, they might wear out before new ones are made. The eyelashes appeared several hours later along with the cufflinks. 

Dean Martin sues Universal City Studios for $1 million over proceeds from the movie “Airport.” Martin says that his contract provided that he received 10% of all gross proceeds after the break-even point.

The Advertising Club of Washington, DC says that Edie Adams has been named “The Most Identifiable Face on Television” thanks to those Muriel Cigar commercials. Miss Adams has appeared on the spots for 11 years and just signed with Consolidated Cigar Corp for eight more.

Speaking as a part of “Women’s Week” at UCLA - Jane Fonda doesn’t quite believe some Vietnam POW’s were tortured. “This is a very serious charge ... there is considerable room for doubting these charges of torture at the very least.” Fonda said proof of torture could be ascertained by medical records or questioning POW’s in an open forum or a court of law. She told the audience that the Vietnamese are “a gentle people” and that she has dwelt more on the treatment of Vietnamese revolutionaries on the American side than treatment of American POW’s. 


Best-selling books - April 15, 1973

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull” - Richard Bach, “Green Darkness” - Anya Seton, “Once Is Not Enough” - Jacqueline Susann, “The Odessa File” - Frederick Forsyth, “The Best and the Brightest” - David Halberstam, “Dr Atkin’s Diet Revolution” - Robert Atkins, MD. “The Implosion Conspiracy” - Louis Nizer, “The Joy Of Sex” - Alex Comfort


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – April 15, 1973

 Special-Elvis-Aloha From Hawaii (33.8), All in the Family (30.5), Special-Ann Margret-When You’re Smiling (27.9), Sanford & Son (27.8), Wizard of Oz (26.4), McCloud (26.0), Mary Tyler Moore (24.5), Special-Winnie The Pooh & Honey Tree (24.2), Hawaii 5-0 (24.0), Maude (23.7), Bridget Loves Bernie (22.5), Marcus Welby, MD (22.4), ABC Monday Night Movie (22.1), Bob Newhart (21.7), Gunsmoke (21.2), Flip Wilson (20.9), Barnaby Jones (20.7), The Rookies (20.7), Emergency (20.6), Little People (20.3) The Waltons (20.1), Carol Burnett Show (19.9), Tuesday Movie of the Week (19.7), Kung Fu (19.5), Partridge Family (19.4), Here’s Lucy (19.1), Ironside (18.9), Mannix (18.7), Sonny & Cher (18.5), Streets of San Francisco (18.4), Love American Style (18.3), Room 222 (18.1), Special-Salute to John Ford (17.8) The Brady Bunch (17.8).


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 15, 1973

 CBS - Maude, Hawaii - 5-0, Movie ... NBC - Movie, Special-Open This Page ... ABC - Temperatures Rising, TV Movie, Marcus Welby, MD... PBS - Bill Moyer’s Journal, Black Journal.


Maude - ... gets a speeding ticket by a young traffic cop who meets her wrath.

Temperatures Rising - Dr Noland performs an unauthorized operation to help a young pitcher during an inspection of the hospital. Series stars James Whitmore, Cleavon Little and Joan Van Ark.

ABC TV-Movie - “The Screaming Woman” (1972) stars Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland, Walter Pidgeon, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stevens. A former mental patient discovers a woman buried alive on her estate, but can’t convince anyone to believe she’s not imagining it.


Music news – April 15, 1973

The Elvis Presley Hawaii Special was seen in an estimated 21.9 million homes and was No. 1 in the ratings for the April 2-8 week.

Elvis Presley and the Las Vegas Hilton are being sued by four South Americans charging they were beaten and jailed when they attempted to shake hands with the singer during a Feb 19 performance at the hotel.

James Brown will compose the score to the sequel of  “Black Caesar” now before cameras. He also wrote the music for the original.

 Bruce Springsteen will be featured on Chicago’s upcoming tour.

Oldies group Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps have a new album out – on Scepter Records. They’re appearing at Art Laboe’s nightclub in Hollywood.

Neil Diamond’s “Hot August Night” double album is his biggest album hit with MCA Records claiming 1.5 million sales.

Ronnie Granger, last as national promotion director for soul at ABC-Dunhill Records, begins his own firm, Promotions Unlimited in Los Angeles. Ronnie began in the business as music director for WINS in 1956 and went into the record business in 1960 with Herb Abramson’s Triumph Records. He also worked for Capitol and Tangerine.

Bobby Darin is taking the cancellation of his TV show hard. It didn’t last long. 

It’s official – Allen Klein and his company ABCKO Industries have parted company with John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Apple. Klein’s management agreement began January 1969 and officially ended on March 31. At one time, ABCKO planned to acquire Apple Corp in a reverse takeover. 

Dunhill Records files a $3.5 million suit against Three Dog Night in Los Angeles, charging the group with failure to deliver sufficient product plus delayed completion of four albums submitted by Three Dog under their present contract.

Anne Murray announces she will not re-sign a TV special production agreement with the CBS – becoming the first Canadian star to turn down such an offer. Ms. Murray was the first resident Canadian artist ever to be pacted to an exclusive production agreement by the CBS, when the contract was signed in 1970. Her manager said that pressure from the international market prevented Ms. Murray from being tied down to a series of Canadian-oriented TV specials which did not usually received exposure in other countries.  

The current oldies revival is spawning interesting projects. Last week, WABC-TV presented “The Great Gold Concert” hosted by Bruce Morrow. Featured were, Tony Williams & the Platters, the Drifters, Jay the Americans, the Mellow Kings, The Chiffons, Lloyd Price and the Del Vikings.  

More music television – Sunday night, ABC-TV presents “James Paul McCartney” a sort of inside view of Paul. In front of a live audience he sings, “Maybe I’m Amazed” and others.


Top hit music singles(top-40) USA – April 15,1973

“Tie A Yellow Ribbon” - Dawn, “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” - Vicki Lawrence, “The Cisco Kid” - War, “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got)”  - The Four Tops, “Little Willy” - The Sweet, “Neither One Of Us” - Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Sing” - The Carpenters, “The Twelfth Of Never” - Donny Osmond, “Masterpiece” - The Temptations, “Danny’s Song” - Anne Murray, “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” - Stevie Wonder, “Daniel” - Elton John, “Reeling In The Years” - Steely Dan, “Stuck In The Middle With You” - Stealer’s Wheel, “Drift Away” - Dobie Gray, “Call Me” - Al Green, “Walk On The Wild Side” - Lou Reed, “Peaceful” - Helen Reddy,


Top music albums – April 15, 1973

“Billion Dollar Babies” - Alice Cooper, “Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii” - Elvis Presley, “Lady Sings The Blues” - Diana Ross, “The World Is a Ghetto” - War, “The Dark Side Of The Moon” - Pink Floyd, “Masterpiece” - The Temptations, “Dueling Banjos” - Deliverance soundtrack, “The Best of Bread” - Bread, “Houses of the Holy” - Led Zeppelin, “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player” - Elton John, “Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory’ - Traffic, “Prelude” - Deodato.


Top Soul Music Singles – April 15, 1973

Masterpiece – Temptations

Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got) – Four Tops

Pillow Talk – Sylvia

Step By Step – Joe Simon

Neither One Of Us – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Funky Worm – Ohio Players

Cisco Kid – War

Oh La De Da – Staple Singers

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Down and Out In New York City – James Brown

It Ain’t Always What You Do – Soul Children

Call Me – Al Green

Break Up To Make Up – Stylistics


Top Soul Music Albums – April 15, 1973

Black Caesar soundtrack – James Brown

Masterpiece – Temptations

Wattsstax – The Living World – Various Artists

I’m Still In Love With You – Al Green

Lady Sings The Blues – Diana Ross/soundtrack

Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

A Letter To Myself – Chi-Lites

Pleasure – Ohio Players

The World Is A Ghetto – War


Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 15, 1973

Superman – Donna Fargo

I Love You More and More Everyday -  Sonny James

A Shoulder To Cry On – Charley Pride

Come Live With Me – Roy Clark

You Can Have Her – Waylon Jennings

Super Kind Of Woman – Freddy hart

The Emptiest Arms In The World – Merle haggard

Something About You I Love – Johnny  Paycheck

Brenda Lee – Nobody Wins

Take Time To Love Her – Nat Stuckey

If You Can Live With It – Bill Anderson


Top Jazz albums – April 15, 1973

Second Crusade – Crusaders

Prelude/Deodato – Eumir Deodato

Funky Serenity – Ramsey Lewis

Sky Dive – Freddie Hubbard

Morning Star – Herbert Laws

Black Byrd – Donald Byrd


Top hit music singles in Britain – April 15, 1973

Tie A Yellow Ribbon – Dawn

Get Down – Gilbert O’Sullivan

I’m A Clown/Some Kind Of A Summer – David Cassidy

Hello Hello I’m Back Again – Gary Glitter

Tweedle Dee – Jimmy Osmond

Power to All Our Friends – Cliff Richard

12th of Never – Donny Osmond

Never Never Never – Shirley Bassey

Love Train – O’Jays

All Because of You – Geordie

Pyjamarama – Roxy Music

Heart of Stone – Kenny

Cum On Feel the Noize – Slade


Top movies – April 15, 1973

Class of ‘44 - Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant, Deborah Winters

Charlotte’s Web - featuring the voices of Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Henry Gibson, Agnes Moorehead

Camelot - Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries

Scorpio - Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon Paul Scofield, John Colicos, Gayle Hunnicutt

The Godfather

Sisters - Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning
Theatre of Blood - Vincent Price, Diana Rigg

The French Connection - Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Blanco

The Nelson Affair - Glenda Jackson, peter Finch

Billy Jack -

Pete ‘n’ Tillie - Walter Matthau, Carol Burnette, Geraldine Page, Barry Nelson

Scarecrow - Gene Hackman, Al Pacino

Lost Horizon - Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy, Michael York, Bobb Van, Charles Boyer

Soylent Green - Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly, Edward G. Robinson

High Plains Drifter - Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom Mariana Hill

Two People - Peter Fonda, Lindsay Wagner, Estelle Parsons

Walt Disney’s “Charlie & The Angel” - Fred MacMurray

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