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 Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 23, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Vice President Rockefeller takes himself out of the race for president in 1976, citing his age and keeping of President Ford’s trust. “I’m just not a competitive factor with the rising stars on the Republican political front.” Rockefeller says Ford is sure to run in ‘76.

The United States says it is ending its 10-year embargo on military sales to India and Pakistan. Officials say they will accept cash orders on a case-by-case basis. Pakistan is expected to take advantage of the change in policy.

The Penn Central Railroad receives emergency funds of $153 million from the federal government to pay its employees for the week and to keep the railroad operating. Penn Central is America’s largest railroad, operating in 14 eastern and mid-west states.

In Tulsa, Darrel Lyle built a snowman in his yard to boost the morale of his 7 year-old daughter who is suffering from tonsillitis. After building the snowman with his 4 year-old son. Three teenagers in a car pulled up to the front yard and knocked the snowman down. Lyle got angry and went around to the driver’s side of the car and was shot in the head. He was dragged three-quarters of a block and was pronounced dead four days later.

The Army Corps of Engineers tells congress in frustration that it has to bow to Arab demands in Saudi Arabia that American Jewish officers cannot be assigned to those projects. “It would be tragic indeed if we slipped into a practice of implementing a policy so fundamentally contrary to the principles of our country” exclaimed Senator Frank Church of Idaho.

Chuck Yeager - the first pilot ever to crack the sound barrier retires from the Air Force this week. Yeager did it at the age of 24 in 1947 flying the X-1 rocket plane.

After winning $300 thousand in a lotto last week, Joseph Brown of Columbus, OH is arrested for stealing a TV, Record Player and a clock. Brown told the judge he was rich and could make full restitution. He was sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison for burglary. The lotto tickets were still in his pocket as he was led away to jail.

Science Trends magazine reports that the U.S Capitol will have a 109 camera TV-system in place by April 1. The system will include “instant replay.” Some of the cameras will be hidden and some will be out in the open to act as a physical deterrent. 

The FDA orders ingredient listing for all cosmetics and warning labels on feminine vaginal sprays. Vaginal sprays must now carry the warning: “CAUTION - for external use only ... Discontinue use immediately if rash, irritation or discomfort develop.” 

On sale at Sears - short sleeved dress shirts for men in a variety of solid colors and fancies - 3 for $10.

At the mart - Lavoris mouthwash (get your mouth pucker power clean!) - 20oz btl - $1.19 ... Iceberg lettuce - .19 ... Veal Cutlets - $2.49lb ... Jeno’s Pizza (cheese-sausage-pepperoni) - 10” size - .89 ... Mr. Coffee Filters - 50count - .97

At your a car dealer near you -  a new ‘75AMC Pacer - the first wide small car - $3299...A Chevy Monza 2+2 - $4079 ... Vega Notchback - $2883 ... Camero - $3789 - all new for 75!


Television news – February 23, 1975

Jerry Lewis co-hosts on the syndicated Mike Douglas Show all week.

A group of 80 critics rate Hawaii Five-O the most violent show on television. The nine runner-up shows are Mannix, Cannon, Kojak, Police Woman, Police Story, Streets of San Francisco, The Rookies, Get Christie Love, Kung Fu. The survey is published in the March issue of McCall’s magazine.


Top TV shows – February 23, 1975

All In The Family, Sanford & Son, Chico & The Man, The Jeffersons, The Rookies, Good Times, MASH, The Waltons, Cher, Special-Hustling, Kojak .... Little House On the Prairie, Charlie Brown Special, Mannix, Rockford Files, Streets Of San Francisco, Perry Como Special, Doris Day Special, Attack On Terror (part 1), Hawaii Five-O

Seen in first run syndication –

Police Surgeon starring Sam Groom as Simon Locke.


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 23, 1975

CBS – Cher, Kojak, Mannix

NBC – World of Disney, McCloud, The Tonight Show (repeat)

ABC – Six Million Dollar Man, ABC Sunday Night Movie


Cher – Jerry Lewis, Nancy Walker and the Osmond Brothers guest.

McCloud – McCloud traps a loan shark who is responsible for the death of an Indian girl. Guest stars Lynda Day George, Christopher George and Pat Hingle

ABC Sunday Night Movie – “A Fistful of Dollars” (1967).


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 23, 1975

CBS – CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite, Gunsmoke, Maude, Rhoda, Medical Center

NBC – NBC News with John Chancellor, Smothers Brothers, NBC Monday Night At The Movies, The Tonight Show

ABC – ABC News with Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner, The Rookies, Debut-S.W.A.T, Debut-Caribe, Wide World of Mystery


Smothers Brothers – Milton Berle, Sally Kellerman and Barry Manilow guest.

Debut – S.W.A.T. – Also stars Robert Ulrich as James Stewart.

Rhoda – Concerned that sister Brenda is settling into a dull life, Rhoda encourages her to make some changes. Stars Valerie Harper., Julie Kavner, David Groh and Lorenzo Music as the voice of Carlton the doorman.

Debut – Caribe – The elite Caribbean Force based in Miami and when there’s trouble in the tropics… they put the heat on! Stars Stacy Keach.

Tonight Show – McLean Stevenson is guest host to Mel Torme and athlete Mary Jo Peppler.


Music news – February 23, 1975

NBC news profiles Kung Fu dancing and Carl Douglas.

Larry Kane, The Houston radio and video DJ of the late 1950’s and 1960’s opens an investment consultant company. He had graduated from lawschool, but was sidetracked until now.

New York’s Harvey Sound – is the first major hi-fi chain to spotlight the disco hardware boom – bigger amps, speakers and specific mixers.

Casablanca Records – headed by Neil Bogart, has their first successful album – “Here’s Johnny” – a twin-album containing excerpts from The Tonight Show. Bogart says he went $1 million into hock, but it’s paid off. Almost 500,000 albums have been sold. Will Casablanca make a name for itself on the music front?

Alice Cooper is hitting the road for the first time since 1973 in a 60-city tour. Things should kick-off April 1.

English rocker Gary Glitter says he’s ready to tour the U.S. for the first time.


Radio news – February 23, 1975

Syndicator  Drake-Chenault launches SUPERSOUL, a new full-time rhythm and blues format for stations using automation. It features the top hits of today and oldies.

A recent survey says that over 20% of U.S. radio stations are now automated. That means, most of their programming is on tape and syndication is playing a major programming roll for these stations. Most are FM stations. Besides the cheaper economics of running a station without a DJ staff, some are making ratings inroads. In Detroit, WHNE-FM is number 1 with adults 18-34. Other automated FM stations are holding decent numbers in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Miami. 

Don’t miss Nick Clooney mornings over WCKY (1530) in Cincinnati.

Harve Moore is out as PD of  Washington’s WPGC AM/FM. New owners thought he was making too much money despite the station’s terrific ratings.

WPEN in Philly, which says lost $4 million in the past four years, is switching to oldies. Philadelphia has an oldies station – WCAU-FM, so lets see what happens. WFIL (AM) still rules the Philly radio ratings.    

KDEO (910) in San Diego goes from top-40 to progressive rock under Gary Allyn. He’s hired vets K.O. Bayley and Tom Clay.


Music news – February 23, 1975

At the 17th annual Grammies this week –

Stevie Wonder gets best male pop vocalist and Olivia Newton John gets best female pop vocalist.

Record of the year - “I Honestly Love You” - Olivia Newton John

Aretha Franklin - Best Rhythm and Blues Singer (10th year straight).

Ann Murray/Ronnie Milsap - Best female/male country artists.

Marvin Hamlisch gets best new artist of the year, song of the year for “The Way We Were,” and best pop instrumental “The Entertainer.”

Paul McCartney & Wings “Band On The Run” gets best pop vocal by a duo or group and best engineered recording.                               


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – February 23, 1975

Best Of My Love - The Eagles

Fire - The Ohio Players

You’re No Good - Linda Ronstadt

Lady Marmalade – LaBelle

Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band

My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli

Black Water - The Doobie Brothers

Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka

Some Kind Of Wonderful - Grand Funk Railroad

Mandy - Barry Manilow

Lonely People – America

Lady” – Styx

Lovin’ You - Minnie Riperton


Top music albums – February 23, 1975

Heart Like A Wheel – Linda Ronstadt

Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan

Average White Band

War Child – Jethro Tull

Miles of Aisles – Joni Mitchell

Fire – Ohio Players

All The Girls In The World Beware – Grand Funk Railroad

Dark Horse – George Harrison

Empty Sky – Elton John

New & Improved – The Spinners

Refusized – Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan

Do It (Til You’re Satisfied ) BT Express

Barry Manilow II

Relayer – Yes

Greatest Hits – Elton John

Relayer – Yes

Toledo Window Box – George Carlin

Prime Time – Tony Orland & Dawn


Top pop hit music in Britain – February 23, 1975

January – Pilot

Sugar Candy Kisses – Mac & Katie Kissoon

Goodbye My Love – Glitter Band

Morning side of the Mountain – Donnie & Marie Osmond

Ms. Grace – Tymes

The Bump – Kenny

Promised Land – Elvis Presley

Help Me Make It Thought The Night – John Holt

Purely By Coincidence – Sweet Sensation

Please Mr. Postman – The Carpenters


Top Soul Music Singles – February 23, 1975

I Belong To You – Love Unlimited

Fire – Ohio Players

Rhyme Tyme People – Kool & The Gang

Don’t Cha Love It – Miracles

Pick Up the Pieces – Average White Band

Lady Marmalade – LaBelle

Shame, Shame, Shame – Shirley & Company

Midnight Sky Part 1 – Isley Brothers

Toby/That’s How Long – Chi-Lites

Happy People – Temptations

I Get Lifted – George McCrae

Let Me Start Tonight – Lamont Dozier

You’re As Right As Rain – Nancy Wilson


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 23, 1975

I Care/Sneaky Snakes – Tom T. Hall

Devil In A Bottle – T.G. Shepard

Rainy Day Woman/Help The Cowboy Sing The Blues – Waylon Jennings

The Ties That Bind – Don Williams

It’s Time To Pay The Fiddler – Cal Smith

Great Expectations – Buck Owens

I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) – Linda Ronstadt

Whatcha Gonna Do With A Dog Like That – Susan Raye

Then Who Am I – Charley Pride

I’m A Believer – Tommy Overstreet

There’s A Song On The Jukebox – David Wills


Top movies – February 23, 1975

Murder On The Orient Express - (all-star cast) Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall

The Longest Yard - Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Mike Conrad

Earthquake - Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy

 The Stepford Wives - Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson

Shampoo - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn

Lenny - Dustin Hoffman

The Godfather part II - Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Michael Gazzo

Airport 1975 - Charton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy

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