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




In The News

Watergate - A federal judge holds illegal, the firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox and another rejects President Nixon’s attempt to turn over un -subpoenaed tapes the President says support his position.

Edward Kennedy Jr., the 12-year-old son of Sen.  Edward Kennedy has bone cancer in his right leg and is scheduled to undergo surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center In Washington.

President Nixon signs the Alaska pipe line bill, clearing the way for work to begin next year on the $4.5 billion project to tap American’s richest known oil field.

President Nixon declares, “I Am not a crook,” and said he hoped a way would be found to make public material he said, would refute key charges made against him by former White House counsel John Dean in Watergate.

24 die in an apartment house fire in Los Angeles. The blaze began in a lobby sofa and quickly spread. Arson is suspected. 

Congress is told that a ban on Sunday driving and the closing of public parks to automobiles are steps being considered to help meet the nation’s energy problem.

In Memphis, President Nixon tells the Republican Governors Conference that he knows of no more damaging Watergate bombshells waiting to explode.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – November 15, 1973

John Wayne and his wife, Pilar agree to a trial separation after 19 years of marriage. It was the third marriage for Wayne. He and Pilar have three children.

Playing in Las Vegas –

Caesars Palace – Alan King/Anthony Newley.

Desert Inn – Frankie Laine/Abbe Lane

 Flamingo – Don Ho

Frontier – Phyllis Diller, Phil Harris

Hilton – Glen Campbell

Riviera – Don Rickles

Sahara – Jim Nabors

Sands – Wayne Newton


Television news – November 15, 1973

Mayor Tom Bradley names George Takei (Star Trek) to represent Los Angeles on the Southern California Rapid Transit District’s board of directors.

ABC shells out $3.2 million for a showing of “The Poseidon Adventure”  - just once. 

Paper Moon the movie about the misadventures of a con artist and a 9-year-old girl, is becoming a TV series. Jodie Foster, who appeared on recently “The Rookies” and an ABC Afterschool Special will star as 9-year-old Addie Loggins.  

It’s announced that daytime TV will have its own Emmy Awards telecast. Look for the first in May.


Music news – November 15, 1973

“In Session” a new interview music series that will follow “In Concert” on most ABC-TV stations is launched by Transamerica Video. Sam Riddle, veteran LA radio DJ is the producer. Among the artists featured in the first few shows are Ted Neely, John Prince, Jackson Brown and Poco.

Former “Temptation” Eddie Kendricks says it took three years of performing and recording as a single artists before any taste of success – three tough years. “Keep On Trucking” is a giant hit.

David Essex makes his American film debut with Ringo Starr in “That’ll Be The Day” – a British film that debuts in Buffalo this week.

On “Midnight Special” this week – David Bowie makes his TV debut in the U.S.. 

The Electric Light Orchestra cancels al British concert dates this year until it breaks in a new cellist. The Group’s North American tour will continue without the musician.

Dick Clark sets “Dick Clark Presents the Rock and Roll Years” for ABC-TV beginning November 28. “If everything pulls together, we will have a show that is not simply a nostalgic look at the ‘50’s; it will be music and talk fro the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, and ‘70’s. Our reasoning is that if you can appeal to those with old and new musical knowledge as well as the contemporary audience, I think we will inevitably get, then this may open the door to prime time contemporary music. This is the result of ‘In Concert’ and other musical shows on television,” said Clark.  

Jerry Lee Lewis Jr., (19), son of the famous rocker – is killed in a highway accident near Hernando, MS. His father makes his dramatic television acting debut this week on NBC’s “Police Story” starring Angie Dickinson. Several years ago, another son drowned in a swimming pool. 


Radio news – November 15, 1973

Cliff Barrett, manager of WCBM, Baltimore becomes the new program director at talker WMCA, New York.

Father Peter Madori will host a 30-minute Sunday morning show over WABC. He’ll mix music with a message.

Soul XPRS in Tijuana, switches to oldies. The station at 1090, can be heard all over S. California.

KROQ (1500AM) Los Angeles is now simulcast on FM at 106.7. 


KFXM (San Bernardino) Line-up –

Doug Collins, Denis Robins, Bruce Chandler, Don Bishop, Marsh Carter, Gary Shannon and Vic Moreno.  KFXM – 59 on your dial.

“The King Biscuit Flower Hour” – a popular rock program heard on FM stations, is broadcasting in 4 channels. The show utilizes top recording acts performing at live concerts around the nation.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 15, 1973

Paper Roses – Marie Osmond

Sawmill – Mel Tillis

Country Sunshine – Dottie West

We’re Gonna Hold Off – George Jones and Tammy Wynette

Little Girl Gone – Donna Fargo

The Most Beautiful Girl – Charlie Rich

I’m Your Woman – Jeanne Pruett

Don’t Give Up On Me – Jerry Wallace

‘Til The Water Stops Runnin’ – Billy “Crash” Craddock

Sometimes A Memory Ain’t Enough – Jerry Lee Lewis

Amazing Love – Charley Pride


Top Music Albums – November 15, 1973

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

Quadrophenia – The Who

Goats Head Soap – Rolling Stones

Angel Clare – Art Garfunkel

Los Cochinos – Cheech & Chong

The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get – Joe Walsh

Let’s Get It On – Marvn Gaye

Don’t Mess Around With Jim – Jim Croce

Life & Times – Jim Croce

3 + 3 – Isley Brothers

The Joker – Steve Miller

Innervisions – Steve Wonder

We’re An American Band – Grand Funk

DeLiver The Wind – War

Imagination- Gladys Knight & The Pips

Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack

Wake Of The Flood – Grateful Dead

The Captain & Me – Doobie Brothers

The Pointer Sisters

Diamond Girl – Seals & Crofts

Marshall Tucker Band

Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid – Bob Dylan

VI – Chicago

Full Moon – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge

Joy – Isaac Hays

Over-Nite Sensation – The Mothers

Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back – Frank Sinatra 


Top hit music singles in Britain - November 15, 1973

Daydreamer/Puppy Song – David Cassidy

 Sorrow – David Bowie

Let Me In – Osmonds

Top of the World – Carpenters

Dyna-Mite – Mud

Eye Level – Simon Park Orchestra

Caroline – Status Quo

For The Good Times - Perry Como

Ghetto Child – Detroit Spinners

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

This Flight Tonight – Nazareth

Show Down – Electric Light Orchestra

Photograph – Ringo Starr


Top Soul Music Singles – November 15, 1973

 Space Race – Billy Preston

The Love I Lost (part 1) – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Hey Girl (I Like Your Style) – Temptations

Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips

You’re A Special Part of Me – Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye

Check It Out – Tavaras

Get It Together – Jackson 5

Having A Party – Ovations

Cheaper To Keep Her – Johnny Taylor

My Pretending Days Are Over – Dells

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