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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 23, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Nixon calls for a permanent cost-of-living task force to monitor wages, prices, economic bottlenecks and shortages that feed inflation. In a nationwide radio address, the President said the country was making progress against inflation, but he called for continued “sacrifice.”

In a Gallup Poll, some 73% believe President Nixon was involved in the Watergate cover-up or had advance knowledge of the 1972 break-in.

 Patty Hearst, some 107 days after she was kidnapped from her Berkeley apartment is charged with kidnapping in a 19-count felony complaint filed in Los Angeles. Jointly named with her – William Taylor Harris and his wife, Emily, both known members of the Symbionese Liberation army.

A power-sharing experiment between Northern Ireland’s feuding Protestant and Catholic communities collapses when the Protestants quit a coalition government as a Protestant general strike cripples the nation. The strike is leaving the area without gas or electricity. 

Israel and Syria agree to a Golan pullback and agree to sign the accord in Geneva.

Passing – Columnist Stewart Aslsop (60), a leading Washington commentator.

In Florida - Two men who tried to settle a dispute over who could drink the most, die after an hour-long drinking contest. Each of the men – Walter Wade and Eugene Cole, consumed more than a quart of gin, but no winner was named in the contest because the man appointed as timekeeper lost track. 

Wilma Scott Heide, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) says both men and women had been dehumanized by the intellectual, political, economical, educational and religious rape of women.  

A way of making teeth permanently clean, white and resistant to decay may be available in 5 to 10 years, a Northwestern university researcher says. Scientists are working on a vaccine that would make teeth so slippery that decay-causing bacteria could not stick to them.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 24, 1974

Passing – Duke Ellington (75). He was part of the jazz world for decades and wrote over 1,000 compositions including “Mood Indigo,” “Solitude,” “Sophisticated Lady” and “Harlem Suite.” Later – Ellington is eulogized as a genius of the rarest kind before 10,000.

Las Vegas – Helen Reddy hits a milestone as she appears as a Las Vegas headliner for the first time. You can catch her at the MGM Grand.


More Vegas –

Tom Jones – Caesars Palace

Jimmy Dean – Desert Inn

Dionne Warwicke – Riviera

Buddy Hackett - Sahara


Television news – May 24, 1974

The Phil Donahue Show – Avco Broadcasting’s syndicated talk show that for the past seven years has originated from WLWD-TV in Dayton, now broadcasts from WGN in Chicago, effective April 23.

 Dinah Shore signs to host a new daily 90-minute variety series for the CBS-owned stations. The new program will also be syndicated to other stations. She just received an Emmy as best host of a talk, service or variety series, but hours later, NBC phoned to say her “Dinah’s Place” was canceled.   


Emmy Awards this week. Some winners –

Best series - MASH

Best actor – Alan Alda

Best actress – Mary Tyler Moore

Best drama series – Upstairs, Downstairs


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 24, 1974

CBS – Apple’s Way, Mannix, Baraby Jones

NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Columbo, NBC Reports

ABC – The FBI, Indianapolis 500

PBS – Who’s Afraid of Opera?, William F. Buckley


Disney – “The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton.” Stars Eric Shea.

The FBI – After breaking out a prison, a man demands money from the mob.

Columbo – The head of a think tank slays a fellow scientist after the man threatened to expose his son as a thief. Stars Jose Ferrer, Robert Walker and Jessica Walter.

NBC Reports – The fight to conquer cancer with Drs. Arthur Kornberg, Joshua Lederberg and Salvador Luria.

William F. Buckley – Rep. Les Aspin of Wisconsin guests.


Radio news – May 24, 1974

Don Berns – music director of WKBW, Buffalo is making available “The Beatles Reunion” a production from the station’s Bob MacRae, Al Anderson and Jim Pastrick.

A one-hour version of the “Dr. Demento Show” will begin syndication in July. Demento is Barry Hanson, described as a UCLA musicologist. He’s been doing a four-hour show on KMET, Los Angeles on Sunday nights. Hanson says he has a 35,000-record collection – full of eccentric pop rarities. 

WPRO-FM (92.3) says it is going with live DJ’s from an automated format. That’s according to operations manager Jay Clark. Clark says the station will adopt, somewhat – the popular “Q” top-40 sound and will lean more teen sounding than WPRO-AM. Look for Bill Collins, Tony Silvia, Bruce Diamond, Gary Berkowitz and Ed Cherabino and the new ‘PRO-FM talent.  

Morning men Al Lohman and Roger Barkley of KFI, Los Angles have a new album out on MGM – “Greatest Hits of Lohman and Barkley.”


Music news – May 24, 1974

Sid Bernstein Enterprises Inc., a personal management and concert promotion firm is fromed in New York by Sid Bernstein, formerly president of Management Three Ltd. Bernstein managed the Rascals until their dissolution two years ago.

Gameshow maven Chuck Barris has a new CBS-TV program – “Your Hit Parade.” It begins in August.

Singer/songwriter Mac Davis will be hosting a summer replacement variety show on NBC-TV – replacing Flip Wilson for eight weeks.

Barry White forms “Together Unlimited” as an independent record label with his business partner Larry Nunes. So far, White has eight gold records. First act on the new label – “White Heat.”

Led Zeppelin forms “Swan Song’ records. The label’s first release will be an album by Bad Company. Zeppelin’s first release for the label is tentatively scheduled for late Summer. The label says it will sign more acts – but not many. Probably five or six at the most. 

Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings loses half the 30 pounds he wants to shed for his nude scenes in “I Met A Fool” – a UK film he’s starring in this September.


More Music news – May 24, 1974

Last week, MCA Records took out full-page ads in the New York and Los Angeles Times to announce the signing of Elton John to a long-term recording contract. 

Electra/Asylum Records is preparing a major advertising and promotional campaign to back the June 3 release of a two-record set by Bob Dylan and the Band’s recent concert tour.

Scoop - The movie version of the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” is now filming in London will feature top artists. Roger Daltrey is Tommy; Elton John as the pinball wizard; Tina Turner as the Queen; Eric Clapton as the preacher and Keith Moon as Uncle Ernie.  

Superstar in England  - Gary Glitter. Even though he’s had a number of hits such as “Do You Wanna Touch Me There” and “Rock and Roll, Part One” – Glitter is known as a visual artist. Usually, you can find him decked in silver and sequin suits. Glitter has not yet toured the U.S.

Iggy Pop has a new band and will be produced by Ray Manzarek of the Doors.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will reunite for a tour in July. They’ll kick things off at a Bill Graham-produced concert July 6-7 at the Los Angeles Coloseum which also includes The Beach Boys, Mott the Hoople and the Allman Bros. Band. 

Is she pop or is she country? Olivia Newton John’s “Let Me Be There” is a big hit on both charts. “I basically started as a folk singer in Australia and I suppose I’m somewhat back to my roots now. I’ve always felt that country and folk had a number of things in common. It happens that I do a lot of country-flavored songs, because many of them are gentile, easygoing melodies that fit my voice. I don’t know that much about country yet, but I’m listening a lot and I really do like it, so I’m trying to learn."


Top Soul Hit Hit Music Singles – May 24, 1974  

I’m In Love – Aretha Franklin

For the Love of Money – O’Jays

 Hollywood Swinging – Kool & The Gang

Be Thankful For What You Got – William de Vaughn

The Payback – James Brown

Satisfaction Guaranteed – Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes

Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Stevie Wonder

Dancing Machine – Jackson 5

Can You Handle It – Graham Central Station


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – May 24, 1974

Sugar Baby Love – Rubettes

Waterloo – Abba

Remember You’re A Womble – Wombles

Don’t Stay Away Too Long – Peters & Lee

Rock & Roll Winter – Wizzard

Homely Girl – Chi-Lites

A Walkin’ Miracle – Limmie & The Family Cooking

Shan-A-Lang – Bay City Rollers

He’s Misstra Know-it-All – Stevie Wonder


Top country hit music singles – May 24, 1974

Honeymoon Feelin’ – Roy Clark

Country Bumpkin – Cal Smith

No Change – Melba Montgomery

Pure Love – Ronnie Milsap

Is It Wrong For Loving You – Sonny James

Something – Johnny Rodriquez

I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton

Last Time I Saw Him – Dottie West

The Streak – Ray Stevens

Some Kind of Woman – Faron Young


Top music albums – May 24, 1974

The Sting – soundtrack

Maria Muldaur – Maria Muldaur

Buddah & The Chocolate Box – Cat Stevens

Shinin’ On – Grand Funk

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

Chicago VII – Chicago

Greatest Hits – John Denver

Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell

Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield

Band on the Run – Paul McCartney & Wings

Inverisions – Stevie Wonder

War Live – War

Mighty Love – The Spinners

Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich

Bachman-Turner Overdrive II

What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits – Doobie Brothers

 Let Me In Your Life – Aretha Franklin

Open Our Eyes – Earth, Wind & Fire

Apostrophe – Frank Zappa

Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot

Love Is The Message – MFSB

Unborn Child – Seals & Crofts

Head Hunters – Herbie Hancock

American Graffiti – soundtrack

Bridge of Sighs – Robin Trower

Very Special Love Songs – Charlie Rich

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