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
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