Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 23, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger winds-up his current round of strategic arms limitation talks in Moscow with an official claim of “substantial progress” but he’ll be returning to Washington without an agreement in principle on a new arms treaty for which he had hoped.
Despite the heavy pressures of an election year, President Ford is expected to travel to the Middle East in April. The trip, although not likely to produce any spectacular gains to the Arab-Israeli confrontation, would serve notice to both sides that Washington still is striving for peace in the area.
Randolph Hearst blames the Symbionese Liberation Army for his daughter’s plight. “If she hadn’t been kidnapped by a bunch of terrorists we wouldn’t be holding a trial today” said Hearst about his daughter, Patty.
The United States and Spain sign a treaty committing the two nations to a degree of military cooperation, joint defense planning and consultation unprecedented in the postwar era.
Fascinating Business news – January 23, 1976
Cadillac says it will build its last convertible – the Fleetwood Eldorado this year. At its peek during the mid-1960’s, one out of eight Cadillacs were convertibles. Since 1971, Cadillac has offered its convertible model exclusively in the Eldorado series and production has remained consistent at between 7,500 and 9,000 units per model year.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – January 23, 1976
Shirley MacLaine announces that she and husband Steve Parker, wed since 1954, are now separated “with a capital S.” She’s in London to make her British stage debut.
Billy Dee Williams (38) now has two huge movies under his belt – “Lady Sings The Blues” and “Mahogany.” Says Williams of his new fame; “I see this image-making as an opportunity to communicate with blacks and whites, especially children. The way I looked at Alan Ladd, Humphrey Bogart or those other great heroes on the screen when I was a kid. I feel that if I’m to be a catalyst, I have to draw the attention of all people.”
Bob Hope says politics “loused up things in the country and dragged out the Vietnam War.” Hope refused to make any prediction on the GOP presidential nomination, saying he was close friends with President Ford and Ronald Reagan. He did note that Ford is “the most athletic president we’ve had. Besides, he’d have to be able to ski to get used to the snow job Congress is giving him.”
Actor Al Pacino (33) marries to actress Joanne-Alex Skylar (21) in Beverly Hills.
Radio news – January 23, 1976
Elliott Mintz, former talk show host with KABC (790) joins Earth News Radio as a reporter. Mintz is a good friend of Beatle John Lennon.
WSRF (1580) in Ft. Lauderdale goes 24-hour disco. The station will be automated.
New York’s WPIX-FM expands its “Disco 102” show now heard Mon-Sat 9p-1a.
Television news – January 23, 1976
“Laverne and Shirley” a spinoff of “Happy Days” makes its debut this week. To jog the memories of the Happy Days’ faithful, they make an appearance on “Happy Days” singing backup to Fonzie as he makes his singing debut. Laverne and Shirley are two bottle cappers at the Shotz Brwery.
This Sunday on ABC-TV’s “Wide Wide World of Sports – The Harlem Globetrotters perform in Attica prison.
Dick Van Dyke will return to television next fall in a weekly variety show to be seen on NBC.
Zenith pulls out of its purchase of WCFL-TV (channel 38) in Chicago. It was expected to take the station to a subscription television format.
Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 23, 1976
CBS – CBS Evening news with Walter Cronkite, Good Times, Popi, MASH, One Day At A Time, Switch
NBC – NBC News with John Chancellor, Movin’ On, Police Woman, Joe Forrester
ABC – ABC News with Harry Reasoner, Happy Days, Debut-Laverne and Shirley, Starsky and Hutch, Marcus Welby MD
PBS – Masterpiece Theater, Adams Chronicles.
Movin’ On – Sonny befriends a lady trucker and incurs the anger of a steel mill manager. Stars Frank Converse and Claude Akins. Guest star - Penny Fuller.
Happy Days – Fonzie (gulp!) sings!! Guest stars Cindy Lee (1975 Miss Teenage America).
Debut – Laverne and Shirley – stars Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall.
MASH – Hawkeye faces a military trial, charged with mutiny when his running feud with Maj. Frank Burns flares up.
Switch – Pete finds himself accused of the murder and rape of his friend, an airline stewardess who is killed after discovering a plot to steal Federal Reserve money. Stars Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner.
On TheTonight Show – Della Reese is guest host to James Coco.
Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 23, 1976
CBS – CBS Evening news with Walter Cronkite, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Cannon, Blue Knight
NBC – NBC News with John Chancellor, Little House on the Prairie, Chico and the Man, The Dumplings, Petrocelli
ABC – ABC News with Harry Reasoner, Bionic Woman, Baretta, The Rookies
PBS – A Skating Spectacular, Theater In America
Tony Orlando and Dawn – Joe Namath, Charo and Freddie Fender guest.
Little House on the Prairie – Laura and Mary face severe pressures when they undergo special tests in a state arithmetic championship.
Debut – The Dumplings – Comedy series about an overweight couple who operate a lunch counter in New York. Stars James Coco and Geraldine Brooks.
The Rookies – The mother of a doctor who works n the same hospital as Jill is mugged and killed with the doctor taking it upon himself for revenge.
Music news – January 23, 1976
Music news – Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue make an appearance at the Troubadour in Hollywood. Dylan wore dark glasses, a black leather jacket and the same gray hat shown on the “Desire” album cover photo.
Elvis is at it again – During a holiday at Vail ski resort in Colorado, he gave a Cadillac and Lincoln autos to three police officials who had worked off-duty supervising security at a number of Elvis concerts, plus two lady friends.
Promoter Bill Sargent offers a $30 million guarantee, believed to be the largest in show business history for the Beatles to reunite for one concert to be aired worldwide on closed circuit TV. The offer, delivered to each individual Beatle, states the $30 million is a guarantee against a percentage of gross to be negotiated. The Beatles could choose any location in the world. Sargent is currently preparing a worldwide closed circuit “death match” from Australia between a man and a shark.
After 32 weeks, Morris Albert’s “Feelings” falls off the Billboard Hot 100 charts – becoming the third-longest running record in the 18-year history of the Hot 100. Johnny Mathis’ “Wonderful Wonderful” stayed for 39 weeks back in 1957. Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me” from 1973 holds second place at 38 weeks.
“England’s 10cc offer America a bold new album “How Dare You.” It’s one dare everyone’s sure to take. Also available on Mercury 8-track and cassette tape.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 23, 1976
CONVOY - C.W. McCall
I WRITE THE SONGS - Barry Manilow
LOVE ROLLERCOASTER - Ohio Players
YOU SEXY THING - Hot Chocolate
FOX ON THE RUN - Sweet
FLY AWAY - John Denver
I LOVE MUSIC (pt. 1) - O’Jays
WALK AWAY FROM LOVE - David Ruffin
50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER - Paul Simon
SING A SONG - Earth, Wind & Fire
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO - Neil Sedaka
LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY - Donna Summer
EVIL WOMAN - Electric Light Orchestra
LOVE MACHINE (pt. 1) - Miracles
THEME FROM MAHOGANY (Do You Know Where - You’re Going To) - Diana Ross
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT - Eagles
ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE – Kiss
WINNERS AND LOSERS - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
TIMES OF YOUR LIFE - Paul Anka
SQUEEZE BOX - The Who
THEME FROM S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
LOVE HURTS - Nazareth
PALOMA BLANCA - George Baker Selection
ALL BY MYSELF - Eric Carmen
SATURDAY NIGHT - Bay City Rollers
BABY FACE - Wing And A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps
WAKE UP EVERYBODY (pt. 1) - Harold Melvin & Blue Notes
COUNTRY BOY (You Got Your Feet In L.A.) - Glen Campbell
SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT - Helen Reddy
OVER MY HEAD - Fleetwood Mac
FANNY (Be Tender With My Love) - Bee Gees
SLOW RIDE – Foghat
TRACKS OF MY TEARS - Linda Ronstadt
GOLDEN YEARS - David Bowie
LET THE MUSIC PLAY - Barry White
LET IT SHINE - Olivia Newton-John
HURRICANE (pt. 1) - Bob Dylan
THE WHITE KNIGHT - Cledus Maggard & Citizen’s Band
THAT’S THE WAY (I Like It) - KC & Sunshine Band
BREAK AWAY - Art Garfunkel
DECEMBER, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) - Four Seasons
FLY, ROBIN, FLY - Silver Convention
Some Top movies – January 23, 1976
Dog Day Afternoon – Al Pacino
Adventures of the Wilderness Family
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
The Sunshine Boys
The Man Who Would Be King
Three Days of the Condor