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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 15, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Ford orders his Council on Wage and Price stability to demand a formal explanation from U.S. Steel Corp. for its sweeping steel price hike in the wake of record company profits.

General Motors Corp. announces massive new layoffs that will raise the number of employees on “indefinite” furloughs from the current 63,000 to 100,000.

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller is sworn in as the 41st Vice President of the United States. He pledged himself to work with President Ford and Congress on “the great task of building the strength of America.”

The Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army announces an 11-day “suspension of operations” over the Christmas New Year holidays in its bombing and shooting campaign to drive the British out of Northern Ireland.


Television news – December 15, 1974

Ron Howard of “Happy Days” will star in the title role of “Huckleberry Finn,” a 90-minute special to be broadcast March on ABC-TV. Jack Elam and Merle Haggard also star in the roles of the King and the Duke, respectively.

During recent months – all three networks have devoted specials exploring the Arab world, its leaders and its people.  CBS provided a look at the explosive Palestinians; NBC sent Barbara Walters to Egypt and this week on ABC-TV’s “Action Biography,” President Sadat was featured.

He’s the king of cartoon music – Hoyt Curtin produces/scores 16 ½ hours of television programming each week and says “kids want to hear the same kind of music that they are buying on records.” His music is heard mostly on Saturday morning kiddie TV shows especially for Hanna-Barbera.

Passing – Actor Richard Long (47), who had a history of heart trouble. TV fans best remember him in “The Big Valley” and “Nanny and the Professor.”

TV Mail –

“After seeing the movie ‘Benji,’ is or isn’t that the same dog that was on Petticoat Junction?” … Yes, the same on featured on the TV series four years.


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 15, 1974

CBS – CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, Planet of the Apes, CBS Friday Night Movie

NBC – NBC News with John Chancellor, Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, the Rockford Files, Police Woman

ABC – ABC News with Howard K. Smith/Harry Reasoner, Kung Fu, Six Million Dollar Man, The Night Stalker


Planet of the Apes – A terrified chimp unwillingly takes to the skies when Galen flies a crude glider after Virdon and Burke befriend the glider’s inventor.

Kung Fu – Caine’s search for his brother leads him to a dying photographer who may hold the key to his quest.

The Rockford Files – Kidnapers knock out Jim while abducting a client from his trailer who was involved in a stock market manipulations charge. Guest stars Ned Beatty, Charon Spelman.

Six Million Dollar Man – A TV newswoman’s film story on Steve leads to the Baja desert where they are trackeddown by kidnappers who have plotted to send Augstin to a foreign power. Guest stars – Farrah Fawcett majors, Roger Perry, Hari Rhodes.

The Tonight Show – Rodney Dangerfield guests with Johnny Carson.

In Concert – James Brown, Linda Ronstadt and the Climax Blues Band. 


Radio news – December 15, 1974

 Don Imus who does mornings on WNBC radio in New York, will continue to record for RCA Records as a country vocalist, but will be doing  comedy albums for Bang Records. First album is “This Honky’s Nuts,” recorded live at Jimmy’s in New York.


New WNBC lineup as “Cousin Brucie” is moved from evenings to middays…

Don Imus 6-10a

Cousin Bruce Morrow 10-2p

Al Brady 2-4

Bob Vernon (Vernon with a V) 4-8p

Oogie Pringle 8-midnight

Dick Summer all night

Disco now on the radio… New York’s WPIX-FM has launched a 4-hour Saturday night music show called “Disco 102.” Program director Neil McIntyre says the station “recognizes that disco music is going to be around a while and that it’s not just a fad… We also hope to introduce discotheque-styled music to those listeners who might as yet not have had the change to visit any of the clubs and who, otherwise, might not hear the music on more traditional top-40 stations.” 

Rose Parade in Quad (4-channel) FM stereo. KMET-FM general manager L. David Moorehead says four engineers will be assigned to the project, hosted by the zany Credibility Gap. Mikes will be situated so you can hear the marching band from left to right, and you’ll be able to hear them turn the corner and hear crowd noises in the back of you. KMET-FM at 94.7.

Don’t  miss “The King Buscuit Flower Hour” as they present “The Who” later this month. Sponsored by Pioneer audio.

Some Los Angeles radio ratings – KMET-FM barely bests top-40 powerhouse KHJ!! Each had a 4.0 overall, but KMET and more quarter hour listeners. These are 18+ listeners. FM music stations (in bold) are becoming a ratings factor.

KABC – 6.6

KBIG – 4.2

KMET-FM – 4.0

KHJ – 4.0

KLOS – 3.2

KDAY – 2.5

KIQQ – 1.0

Speaking of FM radio stations – 33.6% of all FM stations now use some form of syndicated programming in their formats and that 25.3% of the stations are fully automated with another 25.2% partially automated. 


 Music news – December 15, 1974

At bookstores “Clive: Inside the Record Business” by Clive Davis. Davis was president of Columbia records from 1965 until his much-publicized firing last year.  The book tells about the $4 million offer to Neil Diamond, the battle between Columbia and Asylum for the rights to Bob Dylan and the Band’s “Before the Flood” album, the suggestion by Janis Joplin that she and Davis finalize her new contract in a more personal, intimate manner than simply signing a paper, Davis’ warning that “Blood, Sweat & Tears” would lose credibility with its rock audience if it played Las Vegas and went on a State Department-sponsored tours and Columbia’s refusal to meet the Rolling Stones’ price. 

One of the most interesting factoids in the book is about Andy Williams and how his albums sold in almost exact proportion to the number of identifiable song titles on the album cover. Each well-known title was worth between 5 & 10%. Three unknown songs could hurt sales by 15-30%. When Williams wanted to do a concept album featuring unknown songs, Davis feared sales would drop off drastically and convinced Williams to use the unknown songs on only one side of the album, devoting the other side to such well-known tunes as “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Clive Davis now heads Arista Records.

The long legal battle triggered originally by Paul McCartney to dissolve the Beatles is coming to a close. Each Beatle has agreed to meet and put their signatures to a formal agreement approving the dissolution of Beatles L.td.  The break was previously opposed by John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

More music news – Mick Taylor leaves the Rolling Stones. Taylor replaced Brian Jones in 1969.

Lamont Dozier is now a recording artist for ABC Records. His first album is “Out Here On My Own.”

Wireless mikes – a staple in news coverage, are being used more and more for rock concerts. The first rock band to make extensive use of wireless mikes is Steppewolf. Says John Kay, leader of recently-reformed Steppenwolf – “There have been attempts to use the wireless mikes for years, but they were always too cumbersome r too sensitive. But, a company called Vegas has been making the remote units for a while, mainly for marine equipment, direction finding and such things. They have also been making a wireless mike using a normal Shure capsule.”


Top music albums – December 15, 1974

Greatest Hits – Elton John

It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll – Rolling Stones

Not Fragile – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

War Child – Jethro Tull

Back Home Again – John Denver

Verities & Balderdash – Harry Chapin

Mother Lode – Loggins & Messina

Serenade – Neil Diamond

Fire – Ohio Players

Photographs & Memories – Jim Croce

Live At the Tower Philadelphia – David Bowie

Walls and Bridges – John Lennon

Late for the Sky – Jackson Browne

Phoebe Snow

Eldorado – Electric Light Orchestra

This Is The Moody Blues

Dragon Fly – Jefferson Starship


Top hit music singles in Britain – December 15, 1974

You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White

Gonna Make You A Star – David Essex

 Juke Box Jive – Rubettes

Oh Yes You’re Beautiful – Gary Glitter

My Boy – Elvis Presley

Tell Him – Hello (Bell) – Robert Mollin

Killer Queen – Queen

(Hey there) Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman

IRA Feelings – Ruple Edwards


Top Country hit music singles – December 15, 1974

I Can Help – Billy Swan

She Called Me Baby – Charlie Rich

What A Man My Man Is – Lynn Anderson

We’re Over – Johnny Rodriguez

The Door – George Jones

Memory Maker – Mel Tillis & The Statesiders

Son of a Rotten Gambler – Anne Murray

Get On My Love train – LaCosta

He Can’t Fill My Shoes – Jerry Lee Lewis


Top Soul hit music – December 15, 1974

You Got The Love – Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

She’s Gone – Tavares

I Feel A Song (In My Heart) Gladys Knight & The Pips

Heavy Fallin’ Out – Stylistics

Rockin’ Soul – Hues Corporation

Boogie On Reggae Woman – Steve Wonder

Whatever You Got, I Want – Jackson 5

When Will I See You Again – Three Degrees

Funky President (People It’s Bad) – James Brown

Where Are All My Friends – Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes


Top Jazz albums – December 15, 1974

 Body Heat – Quincy Jones

Thrust – Herbie Hancock

Mysterious Traveller – Weather Report

Pieces of Dreams – Stanley Turrentine

High Energy – Freddie Hubbard

Is it In – Eddie Harris

All In Love Is Fair – Nancy Wilson

Where Have I Known You Before – Return to Forever featuring Chick Corea

One – Bob James

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