Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 15, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Calling Watergate “one of America’s most tragic happenings” - the Senate Watergate committee issues a three-volume report criticizing alleged abuses of presidential power and recommends legislation to “to safeguard the electoral process.”
In Washington - President Nixon tells more than 2,000 supporters at a dinner that past Presidents had never quit “when quitting would have been easier ... “we are going to win.”
Watergate - John D. Ehrlichman files a motion for either a new trial or acquittal in the Ellsberg break-in case on the ground that the presiding judge made “facial expressions and other gestures” that reflected unfavorably on Ehrlichman’s credibility. Ehrlichman, formerly President Nixon’s domestic adviser, faces sentencing at the end of the month.
A terrorist bomb explodes in the Tower of London killing one woman and injuring at least 41 others.
A Greek-led national guard seizes control of the island of Cyprus, overthrown Archbishop Makarios as president and installed newspaper publisher Nicholas Sampson as the new president, according to Cyprus radio. Clandestine radio monitors say a broadcast by a man claiming to be Archbishop Makarios assured listeners he was still alive and called on his supporters to rally against the rebels.
Turkey attacks Cyprus by land, sea and air, bombing the northern port of Kyrenia and drooping paratroops into Turkish-Cypriot areas near the capital. Cyprus Radio broadcast an appeal to all Greek Cypriots with weapons to take up arms against the Turkish invaders.
Medical/Health news – July 15, 1974
Wow - Debi Horn - the first woman to have her jaws wired shut by her dentist to lose weight - gets her jaws unlocked this week after seven months. She’s lost 73 pounds. She now says she plans to shed her husband. “I’ve found someone else.”.
Sports news – July 15, 1974
Passing - Hall of famer Dizzy Dean (63) - last National League pitcher to win 30 games. Dean suffered two heart attacks. He later became a baseball announcer for radio and television. He made English teachers cringe as he described games with words like “ain’t,” slud” and “threwed.”
Gary Player of South Africa wins his eighth major golf championship taking the British Open for the third time with a one-under par 70 for a 72 hole total of 282. Britain Peter Oosterhuis finishes second with a 71-286.
Texas Ranger manager Billy Martin is suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount by American League president Lee MacPhail for remarks he made at home plate that triggered a bean ball battle between his club and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – July 15, 1974
Frank Sinatra tells an audience of 5000 in Sydney that a friend in the U.S. had told him President Nixon had been delighted with the press coverage of his troubled Australian tour. The reason? It had kept Watergate off the front pages.
The London tabloid - The Sun - prints nude pictures on the front page for the very first time. The pictures are that of Brigitte Bardot with the caption - “she still has the smooth, unlined face, the slender body of a girl half her age. This after 20 years living in the grueling life of a world-class film star.” The paper said the pictures came from her boyfriend - Laurent Vergez and “more remarkable pictures” of the French star were promised.
Disney in Tahoe? - Walt Disney Productions firms up plans to develop a major summer and winter resort on Independence Lake, north of the Lake Tahoe area. At the earliest, Disney says the resort could be ready by 1978.
Passing - actor Joe Flynn (49) - best known for his appearances in Disney films and co-star of television’s “McHale’s Navy.” He was found dead in the swimming pool of his Bel-Air home. His wife said he decided to go swimming before retiring and appeared to be in good spirits.
Marries - singer Alan Osmond (25) of the Osmond Brothers to former Brigham Young University cheerleader Suzanne Pinegar (21).
Fascinating Business news – July 15, 1974
Car news - Volkswagen of America Inc, with between five and six months worth of unsold cars in inventory, says it is launching “them most concentrated merchandising program we have ever made.” It introduces a specially equipped, lower priced “Beetle” called “The Love Bug.” The model will carry a suggested retail price of $2,499, about $150 less than the cheapest VW now available. “Love Bugs” will come in two colors - red and green and will have special interior and exterior trim. ... GM says the mini-Cadillac will go on sale next March. Fuel injection will be offered as an option on all 1975 Cadillac’s except the limousine model beginning later this year.
Radio news – July 15, 1974
WKLS-FM in Atlanta changes to album rock this week... KNEW-AM in San Francisco just changed to country ... Cousin Bruce Morrow is leaving WABC-New York to take the spot vacated by Wolfman Jack on rival WNBC. Rick Sklar, head of programming for ABC AM stations says he has narrowed a replacement down to four or five people... Wink Martindale of KMPC Radio in Los Angeles (and gameshow host), is signed for a three-hour syndicated radio show - “Music Scene-U.S.A.” The show is produced by American Radio Programs... Don Imus - WNBC-AM disc jockey, is booked for six consecutive weekends at Jimmy’s in New York, following a recent record breaking 10-day stint at the club. His third comedy album is due out on RCA in September. Imus does a ton of comedy on his daily radio show.
Television news – July 15, 1974
Johnny Carson of the “Tonight Show” suffers back and neck injuries when he slips and falls while exercising on a slant board at his home. Producer Fred de Cordova says Burt Reynolds will fill-in for him Monday night.
Former New York City mayor John V. Lindsay is signed to be a regular special guest commentator on “AM America” - the new two-hour early morning series set to premiere on the ABC Television network in January. He is the first member of the AM cast to be named.
Archie Bunker will be missing from the cast of “All In The Family” for at least one show. He’s embroiled in a legal row with Tandem and so far, the first show of the new season has been tapped without him. O’Connor filed suit against the production company for clarification of his contract. He also demanded $64,017 he said is due him in back salary.
Who’s the hottest sitcom factory in TV Land? Why it’s Mary Tyler Moore’s company - MTM. This September, they’ll have five half-hour comedies on the air. With Mary Tyler Moore going into her fifth year, Bob Newhart his third, Valerie Harper is about to begin her new series “Rhoda” on CBS. Other new series - Paul Sand in “Friends and Lovers” and a comedy starring Bob Crane as a 40-year-old insurance executive who goes back to medical school. MTM is headed by Moore’s husband - Grant Tinker.
Top TV shows – July 15, 1974
All in the Family
Mary Tyler Moore
Marcus Welby, MD
The New Dick Van Dyke Show
Sanford & Son
The Odd Couple
ABC Sunday Movie “The Silencers”
Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide –July 15, 1974
CBS - Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, New Dick Van Dyke Show, Medical Center
NBC - Baseball World of Joe Garagiola, Baseball
ABC - The Rookies, Movie
PBS - Special-Coming Asunder of Jimmy Bright, How Can I Not Be Among You, Behind The Lines
Gunsmoke - Anne Francis guests as an old girlfriend of Matt Dillon’s Whom he meets again as he trails a band of outlaws to their sanctuary.
Here’s Lucy - Joan Rivers guests as Lucy’s fellow juror who feels her romantic life is ruined when Lucy’s vote deadlocks the jury and locks them up for the night.
Medical Center - An aggressive widow is determined to push her daughter to athletic fame - no matter the cost.
Music news – July 15, 1974
The Board of Immigration Appeals tells Beatle John Lennon to leave the United States by September 10 or face deportation. Lennon is challenging a federal immigration judge’s 1973 order requiring him to leave the country because of his conviction in 1968 in Britain for possession of marijuana. Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, has permission to stay as a permanent resident alien.
Meanwhile Paul McCartney, wife Linda, their three daughters and members of his group “Wings” are leaving Nashville after an extended stay. They came to the area just to rehearse, but wound-up recording their next album. Says Paul “Nashville is one of the world’s musical cities.” He may stop off in New York to see his old friend John Lennon.
More music news - Mike Curb becomes the exclusive producer for all Osmond family records. The former MGM Records president has been working with the Osmonds for six years. He left the label in September of 1973.
Nothing to do? - Go to the Ozark Music Festival in Sedlaia, Mo. this weekend. Scheduled to perform - the Eagles, America, Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, Elvin Bishop, REO Speedwagon, Jimm Spherris, Joe Walsh. As if that weren’t enough - there’re more artists on the bill: Jim Stafford, Earl Scruggs Review, Bob Seger, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leonard Skinner, Leo Kottke, Electric Flag, Cactus, David Bromberg, Locomotive GT, Bill Quateman, Babe Ruth, Furay-Hellman-Slater.
Audio - Ampex releases six Moody Blues albums on quad (4 channel) tape.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 15, 1974
ROCK YOUR BABY - George McCrae
ANNIE’S SONG - John Denver
ROCK THE BOAT - Hues Corporation
RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER - Steely Dan
ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN - Righteous Brothers
DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME - Elton John
THE AIR THAT I BREATHE - Hollies
YOU WON’T SEE ME - Anne Murray
HOLLYWOOD SWINGING - Kool & Gang
ON AND ON - Gladys Knight & Pips
WATERLOO - Abba
SIDESHOW - Blue Magic
BILLY, DON’T BE A HERO - Bo Donaldson & Heywoods
ONE HELL OF A WOMAN - Mac Davis
RADAR LOVE - Golden Earring
IF YOU LOVE ME (Let Me Know) - Olivia Newton-John
CALL ON ME - Chicago
TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE - Roberta Flack
WORKIN’ AT THE CAR WASH BLUES - Jim Croce
SUNDOWN - Gordon Lightfoot
MACHINE GUN - Commodores
FINALLY GOT MYSELF TOGETHER (I’m A Changed Man) - Impressions
THIS HEART - Gene Redding
IF YOU TALK IN YOUR SLEEP - Elvis Presley
PLEASE COME TO BOSTON - Dave Loggins
THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED - Paper Lace
HANG ON IN THERE BABY - Johnny Bristol
LA GRANGE - ZZ Top
MY THANG - James Brown
ROCK ME GENTLY - Andy Kim
TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD - Rufus
KEEP ON SMILIN’ - Wet Willie
YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD - Helen Reddy
BALLERO - War
FISH AIN’T BITIN’ - Lamont Dozier
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GOT - William DeVaughn
COME MONDAY - Jimmy Buffett
SURE AS I’M SITTIN’ HERE - Three Dog Night
WILD THING - Fancy
Top Soul Music Singles – July 15, 1974
On and On - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Finally Got Myself Together (I’m A Changed Man) - The Impressions
Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
Rock The Boat - Hues Corporation
Machine Gun - Commodores
You’ve Got My Soul On Fire - Temptations
You’re Welcome, Stop On By - Bobby Womack
How Do You Feel The Morning After - Millie Jackson
Jive Turkey (part 1) - Ohio Players
Feel Like Making Love - Roberta Flack
Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 15, 1974
This Song is Driving Me Crazy - Tom T. Hall
Marie Laveau - Bobby Bare
You Can’t Be A Beacon (If Your Light Don’t Shine) - Donna Fargo
Stomp Them Grapes - Mel Tillis
The Man That Turned My Mama On - Tanya Tucker
He Thinks I Still Care - Anne Murray
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Olivia Newton John
As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone - Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
Help Me/If You Talk In Your Sleep - Elvis Presley
Top Music Albums – July 15, 1974
Back Home Again - John Denver
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth - Rick Wakeman
Caribou - Elton John
Buddah & THe Chocolate Box - Cat Stevens
Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
II - Bockman-Turner Overdrive
Greatest Hits - John Denver
Tres Hombres - ZZ Top
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
Soundtrack - The Sting
More Top Music Albums – July 15, 1974
On Stage - Loggins & Messina
Let’s Put It All Together - The Stylistics
Before The Wind - Bob Dylan & The Band
Court and Spark - Joni Mitchell
Shock Treatment - Edgar Winter Group
Apostrophe(!) - Frank Zappa
Body Heat - Quincy Jones
Goodbye Yellowbrick Road - Elton John
Moontan - Golden Earring
Shinin’ On - Grand Funk
Bridge of Sighs - Robin Trower
On The Border - The Eagles
Stop All That Jazz - Leon Russell
If You Love Me Let Me Know - Olivia Newton John
Claudine Soundtrack - Gladys Knight & The Pips.
Open Our Eyes - Earth, Wind & Fire
Skin Tight - Ohio Players
Top movies – July 15, 1974
Herbie Rides Again - Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefane Powers, John McIntire, Keenan Winn
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot - Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy
Blazing Saddles - Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks
The Exoricist - Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair
Daisy Miller - Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Mildred Natwick, Eileen Brennan, Cloris Leachman, Duilio Del Prete
Chinatown - Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway
My Name is Nobody - Henry Fonda, Terence Hill
The Terminal Man - George Segal
Ken Shapiro’s The Groove Tube
Mr. Majestyk - Charles Bronson, Al Lettieri, Linda Cristal, Lee Purcell
The Nightcomers - Marlon Brando
Zandy’s Bride - Gene Hackman, Liv Ullmann
The Parallax View - Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Paula Prentiss
The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo - Omar Sharif
The Sting - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
Summer Run - Andrew Parks, Dennis Redfield, Tina Lund, Judith Nugent, Gail Joy, Juliet Berto