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