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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 17, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid I. Brezhnev arrives in the United States for a summit conference. Nixon and he will be meeting for the second time in just over a year. He’ll be here nine days. They open their talks with mutual pledges to build world peace.

Leonid Brezhnev pressed for more favorable U.S. tariff treatment and long-term credits in continued summit talks.

A Camp David – Nixon and Brezhnev reach an agreement on a new declaration of principles to accelerate negotiations aimed at limitation of nuclear offensive weapons.

Watergate - Martha Mitchell, wife of former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell, says that President Nixon knew what was going on all along, “I’ll be damned if I’ll let my husband take the rap for Mr. President. Between you and me and the gatepost, Mr. President always knew what was going on.”

Two crewmembers of a midget submarine trapped on the ocean floor for 31 hours are rescued by the Navy, but two others brought to the surface show no sign of life. The mini-sub became tangled in the wreckage of a scuttled destroyer 20 miles southeast of Key West and 531 feet deep in the Atlantic. The sub popped free and after a grappling hook lowered from a rescue ship and cleared away ensnaring cables. Later, the two were pronounced dead and the most likely cause was exposure to temperatures that dropped to 40 degrees inside the chamber.

The Three Skylab astronauts return. All three – Charles Conrad Jr., Paul Weitz and Joseph Kerwin showed signs of dizziness, but should be OK.

Interviewed by the “Today” show’s Barbara Walters, Lord Lambton, a casualty of the latest British Cabinet sex scandal, said people could learn from the publicity surrounding his involvement with call girls to be more careful and not get caught. Lambton is a former undersecretary in the Minister of Defense.  


Sports news - June 17, 1973

Who? - Underdog Johnny Miller wins the U.S. Open. Also playing were golf superstars Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Julius Boros and Tom Weiskopf.

Passing – Frank Leahy, former football coach at Notre Dame. He was 65.

Radio news – June 17, 1973

Wolfman Jack, heard on KDAY Los Angles is going to WNBC, New York.

Watermark has produced a three-hour special called “the 40 Greatest Disappearing Acts of the Rock Era.” Hosted by Casey Kasem, it will replace American Top-40 July 7-8. 

KHJ program director Paul Drew confirms that the Real Don Steele and Mark Eliot have left the station.

WLS (89 on your AM dial) program director Tommy Edwards says the station is expanding its playlist and is cutting back on the use of jingles form 40 to five key jingles. Plus, - elimination of meaningless chatter by jocks, dayparting of music (more rock at night for example). Seems that WCFL is giving WLS a run in the ratings. 

KSFX-FM San Francisco (103.7) launches a complete sound-alike format of WABC, New York, whose program director (Rick Sklar) is consulting the station. The first “Music Radio KSFX” playlists have been distributed to record stores. 


Entertainment /Celebrity news – June 17, 1973

Actor Peter Lawford (50) says his second wife Mary (22), has filed for divorce after 8 months of marriage.  She’s the daughter of Laugh-In’s Dan Rowan.

Passing – Dave Chasen, founder of the famous Beverly Hills restaurant bearing his name. 


Playing In Las Vegas –

Paul Anka – Caesars Palace

Milton Berle/Florence Henderson – Desert Inn

Jack Jones – Flamingo

Patti Page/Jack Carter – Frontier

Liberace – Hilton

Engelbert Humperdinck – Riviera

Johnny Carson – Sahara

Don Adams – Sands

Mel Torme/Dick Shawn – Thunderbird


Television news – June 17, 1973

Dick Clark’s production company is involved in 95 television shows in the next 11 weeks, highlighted by a Chicago (rock)  special “High In The Rockies” also featuring Al Green.

Hee Haw” is returning with a strong TV station clearance of 208. Guests set to appear are Johnny Rodriquez, Sonny James, Tanya Tucker, Jerry Wallace, Jeanne Pruett, Roy Acuff, Billy Crash Craddock, Johnny Bush, O.B. McClinton, Conny Van Dyke, Hank Snow, Brenda Lee, Donna Fargo, Tex Ritter, Jerry Reed, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Lawanda Lindsey, Gamble and Moore.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 17, 1973

CBS – Maude, Hawaii 5-0, TV Pilots, Late movie

NBC – Movie, Tonight Show

ABC – Robert Flack Special, TV Movie, Marcus Welby MD, American Bandstand’s 20th Anniversary (late night).


Robert Flack… The First Time Ever – Joining Ms. Flack are Seals & Crofts.

ABC Tuesday TV movie – “The Heist” – Christopher George, Elizabeth Ashley, Howard Duff, Norman Fell. An armored car guard is pressured into robbing his own truck.


CBS TV Pilots –

“Keep an Eye On Denise” – Stars Jackie Cooper, Lynn Frederick, Richard Dawson. As a favor of a war friend who once saved his life, a man takes on the guardianship of an English teen and finds his sophisticated lifestyle challenged. 

 “Big Daddy” – Stars Rosey Grier, Helen Martin, Nick Stewart  - About a retired football player who chooses a new career as a gourmet chief complete with his own TV show.

“Daddy’s Girl” – Stars Eddie Albert, Dawn Lyn – A conservative widower finds his daughter is joining a nudist cult.


American Bandstand’s 20th Anniversary – A celebration of the show’s 20 years. Guest include Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cheech and Chong, Little Richard, Three Dog Night and others. 


Music news – June 17, 1973

Teen idol David Cassidy and his manager Ruth Aarons are filing a lawsuit against Tony Palmer – a British music critic. It has to do with an article titled “The Cassidy Charade” which appeared in the Observer late spring. It was not a kind article, but David and Co. believe it was written because he turned down an offer to appear on a TV show which Palmer directed.

Great sense of humor - Jim Croce opens six days at the famed Troubadour on Hollywood Blvd. He prefaced some of his songs with comedy routines. Croce is accompanied by pianist Tommy west and guitarist Maury Muehleisen.

Richard Nader’s “The British Are Coming” revival concert is coming to a city near you. In it – Wayne Fontana, Billy J. Kramer, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers and the Searchers.

John Denver hosts “The Tonight Show” this week.

Everybody is wondering about the group called Coven with their hit from Billy Jack called “One Tin Soldier.” The song is not original for the movie. It was a minor hit for The Original Caste in 1970.  Coven was found and managed by Tom Laughlin, producer-star of “Billy Jack.” He had Coven cut a version of “One Tin Soldier” for his new 1971 movie “Billy Jack,” released on Warner Brothers records. Back then, Laughlin thought Warner Brothers had done a horrible job at marketing his movie and sued the studio. This year, he’s taken over all the distribution and re-released it.  “Billy Jack” has been a big hit and Coven has gone back into the studio to re-cut the 1971 version, only Laughlin has nothing to do with it. The group is managed by Michael Ochs and, the record is now out on MGM Records.  (The Coven version will chart again – the third time, next year when another Billy Jack movie is released). MGM is releasing a Coven album with the “One Tin Soldier” title.  

The Braille passage on the back cover of Paul McCartney’s “Red Rose Speedway” reads, “We love you Stevie” – a tribute to Stevie Wonder.

Country artist Jimmy Buffett makes his New York debut at  Max’s Kansas City. Buffett use to be a country correspondent for Billboard magazine.


Top Soul Hit Music Singles – June 17, 1973

I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby – Barry White

Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation – dells

Daddy Could Swear, I Declare – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Natural High – Bloodstone

Leaving me – The Independents

Without You In My Life – Tyrone Davis

 Time To Get Down – O’Jays

Pillow Talk – Syliva

Will It Go Round In Circles – Billy Preston

Finders Keepers – Chairman of the Board


Top Soul Music Albums – June 17, 1973

Call Me – Al Green

I’ve Got So Much to Give – Barry White

2nd Crusade – Crusaders


Live at the Sahara Tahoe – Isaac Hayes

Live At Carnegie Hall – Bill Withers

Masterpiece – Temptations 


Top hit music singles in Britain – June 17, 1973

Can the Can – Suzi Quatro

See My Baby Jive – Wizzard

One and One is One – Medicine Head

And I Love You So – Perry Como

Albatross – Fleetwood Mac

Rubber Bullets – 10 CC

Hell Raiser – Sweet

Tie a Yellow Ribbon – Dawn


Top Country Hit Music Singles – June 17, 1973

Kids say The Darndest Things – Tammy Wynette

Satin Sheets – Jeanne Pruett

Yellow Ribbon – Johnny Carver

Ravishing Ruby – Tom T. Hall

Don’t Fight The Feelings Of Love – Charley Pride

Send Me No Roses – Tommy Overstreet

What’s You Mama’s Name? – Tanya Tucker

Sweet Country Woman – Johnny Duncan

Why Me – Kris Kristofferson

Too Much Monkey Business – Freddy Weller

Ride Me Down Easy – Bobby Bare


Top Music Albums – June 17, 1973

Beatles 1967-1970

Red Rose Speedway – Paul McCartney & Wings

Diamond Girl – Seals & Crofts

They Only Come Out At Night – Edgar Winter Group

Made in Japan – Deep Purple

Yessongs – Yes

Bloodshot – J. Geils Band

The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd

Living in the Material World – George Harrison

Live at the Sahara Tahoe – Isaac Hayes

Best of Bread

Aladdin Sane – David Bowie

Moving Waves - Focus

Spinners – Spinners (now on Atlantic Records)

Now & Then – Carpenters

Billion Dollar Babies – Alice Cooper

Down the Road – Stephan Stills & Manassas

Jeff Beck, Tim Bogert & Carmine Appice

Composite Truth – Mandrill

Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player – Elton John

Aloha From Hawaii – Elvis Presley

Still Alive & Well – Johnny Winter

Tuneweaving – Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando

The Six Wives of Henry VIII – Rick Wakeman

Soundtrack – Cabaret

Live – Uriah Heep

Cosmic Wheels – Donovan

3 – Focus

The Golden Age of Rock ‘n Roll – Sha Na Na

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