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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 20, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In Martinez, Calif - 28 members of a high school choir are killed when a school bus plunges through the guardrail on a bridge approach. The bus held about 50 members of the Yuba City (Calif) High School Choir on an excursion.

The first two Concords to fly commercially into the Unites States land at Dulles International Airport in Washington. One of them missed a private plane by 400 feet.

Rep Wayne L. Hays of Ohio admits to having a relationship with a woman who claims she was paid a $14,000-a-year salary to serve as his mistress. “I was legally separated and single. It was voluntary on her part and mine.”

President Ford scores upsets over Ronald Reagan in Kentucky and Tennessee and wins in Oregon, gaining a split with Reagan in six Republican presidential primaries in the South and West.

The Chicago City Council passes a hotly debated ordinance, which bars the showing of violent or obscene films to minors. It bars those under 18 years old from seeing films whose “theme or plot is devoted primarily or substantially” to such acts as assaults, cuttings, stabbings, shootings, beatings, slugging, floggings, eye-gougings, brutal kicking, burnings, dismemberments and other reprehensible conduct to human beings or animals and which, when taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”


Bestselling books – May 20, 1976

1876 - Gore Vidal

Trinity - Leon Uris

A Stranger In The Mirror - Sidney Sheldon

The “R” Document - Irving Wallace

The Boys from Brazil - Ira Levin

Agen in Place - Helen MacInnes

The Deep Peter Benchley

The Gemini Contenders - Robert Ludlum

Rich Friends - Jacqueline Briskin

The Big Orange -  Jack Smith

The Final Days - Bob Woodward/Carl Bernstein

World of Our Fathers - Irving Howe

The Rockefellers - Peter Collier/David Horowitz

The Russians - Hedrick Smith

A Year of Beauty and Health - Beverly and Vidal Sassoon

Scoundrel Time - Lilliam Hellman


Entertainment/Celebrity news - May 20, 1976

In Columbus Ohio - crooner Bing Crosby (72) - in town to play a golf tournament, lands in the hospital to have a piece of meat removed from his throat. It was removed without surgery.

Frank Sinatra speaks to commencement crowd at University of Nevada in Las Vegas after being awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

In Munich - Muhammad Ali retains his crown by defeating Englishman Richard Dunn in a fifth round knockout. Earlier, just after his weigh-in, a wooden stage packed with onlookers caved in under Ali, but he was not injured. 

The Tabloid Daily Mirror in London dubs Caroline Kennedy (18) “Ms. Mess.” Said one columnist - “Her jeans do not fit and looks as though they’ve seen better days greasing wheels. This is carrying cheap chic a little too far.” Ms Kennedy was attending a London party for the Rolling Stones.

Roland Christoni, claiming to be Caroline Kennedy’s boyfriend, attempts to enter her mother’s 5th Ave apartment building. He punched the doorman and kicked and punched two secret service agents before he was subdued.  


Prices - Women's Outfits - May 20, 1975

For the ladies - polyester jumpsuits. Wear it to work, wear it to play. Sizes 8 to 16 - $17.99 ... Polyester pantsuits, short or long sleeve. Find solids and prints in flax, mint, yellow, blue, pink, grey, green. Sizes 8 to 18 - $17.99 


More Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Television news – May 20, 1976

Showbiz – Recently concluded Monty Python show at New York City Center was a complete success – grossing almost a $500,000 with 50,000 attending. All members were seen. One night, George Harrison came on stage and participated in the Python’s “Lumberjack” routine, then was followed on stage several nights later by Harry Nilsson. 

Comedian/actor Marty Feldman (41) signs a five-picture contract with Universal to write, direct and act. He’s even settling in Hollywood: “I was commuting here from London and spending more time here. It seemed a waste of time, energy and airplane fares. Besides, Lauretta and I just got tired of living in houses furnished with other people’s bad taste. Now I want my own, so we’re shipping our bad taste over from England.” Marty and Loretta have been married for 17 years. Of the new deal he says - “Everybody has a five-picture deal, until their first picture bombs. And then, they’ve got a no-picture deal. I mean, when you read the trade papers, you’d think that there was no such thing as an unemployed writer or director in this town.” 

A Tonight Show With Johnny Carson is scrubbed - the first time in 14 years. Singer John Davidson, a guest, was singing and midway, a feedback speaker failed during a taping.  Davidson tossed his hand-held microphone aside in frustration. Carson was willing to continue the show, but Davidson decided not to continue, saying he was exhausted because of a heavy taping schedule for his own show.  NBC replaced it with a two-year-old Tonight Show with guest host Joey Bishop. 

Shirley MacLaine is signed to CBS-TV for a three-year pact. The deal calls for her to star exclusively on the network, appearing in one musical special a year for three seasons.

Jackie Gleason will star in two new Honeymooners specials next season on ABC. He’ll be joined by Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Jane Kean.


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – May 20, 1976

CBS - Stranded, Cannon, The Blue Knight

NBC - Little House on the Prairie, Sanford and Son, Fay, Hawk

ABC -The Bionic Women, Baretta, Starsky and Hutch


Stranded - pilot starring Kevin Dobson, Lara Parker, Marie Windsor.

Little House on the Prairie - The children band together to help with unpaid bills.

The Bionic Women - Jaimie turns ghost hunter after a supernatural force disrupts a secret project.

Starsky and Hutch - the guys try to save the lives of a young armored car driver and his wife who are being held captive.


Radio news – May 20, 1976

The citizens band (CB) radio boom in cars has produced a 12%decline in auto radio listening. With forecasts of 28.5 million CB radios in cars alone by 1981, the radio industry should be concerned.

WXRT Chicago drops the remainder of its foreign language programming and becomes progressive rock full time. Program director is John Platt.

Singer. Eddie Rabbit guests on Lee Arnold’s midday show on WHN, New York. Rabbit’s from the area.  

WIBG Philadelphia lineup – Bill Gardner, Gary Brooks, Chuck Knapp, Don Cannon (afternoon drive), John Cahill, Dick Clayton, Peter Edwards


Music news – May 20, 1976

Peter Frampton is hot, but he admits, he'd rather be known as a great guitarist and that singing is secondary - “I’ve always wanted to be known as the best guitarist in the world. I’m sure if I’d never been forced to sing, I’d be a lot better as a guitarist.”   

New albums are in the stores by Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Band, Dr Hook, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Isley Brothers Renaissance and Roger McGuinn.

KC and the Sunshine Band are working on an album in Florida that will be released during the second week in June ... Joan Baez, who has spent most of the year with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, says she is going to record a new album next month. 

Salsoul Records launches a special discotheque label – Salsoul disco with the release of their first 12-inch 45rpm single. It should be available for about $2.00.

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson will now be writing tunes for their own publishing company – “Nick-O-Val.” Their new album “Come As You Are,” fits broadly into pop, soul and disco.

Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys are surfacing again – this time in an NBC-TV documentary June 22 about the consciousness expansion movement, “The Search For Something Else.”

The Jackson Five are now free to record for CBS Records after a judge rules the group’s seven-year contract had ended with Motown on March 10. Motown still says the group is in breach of contract.

Capitol is re-releasing the Beatles “Got To Get You Into My Life” as a single, backed with “Helter Skelter” which gained exposure to huge audiences this month after the CBS-TV movie about Manson murders. 

Concert news – Bill Graham’s “Day On The Green” concerts were another success. Two shows at the Oakland Stadium (April 24/May 1) sold out three weeks in advance, grossing more than $970,000. The shows were headlined by Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac and Gary Wright. Graham’s “Day on the Green” concert began in 1974 with Leon Russell and Grateful Dead. Last year, it was the Beach Boys and Chicago.   


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 20, 1976

WELCOME BACK - John Sebastian




SHANNON - Henry Gross

GET UP AND BOOGIE (That’s Right) - Silver Convention

HAPPY DAYS - Pratt & McClain

MISTY BLUE - Dorothy Moore



RHIANNON - Fleetwood Mac

SARA SMILE - Daryl Hall & John Oates                         

SHOW ME THE WAY - Peter Frampton

FOOL TO CRY - Rolling Stones

LET YOUR LOVE FLOW - Bellamy Brothers


MORE, MORE, MORE (pt. 1) - Andrea True Connection


SHOP AROUND - Captain & Tennille

STRANGE MAGIC - Electric Light Orchestra                        


DISCO LADY - Johnnie Taylor

MOVIN’ - Brass Construction




YOUNG BLOOD - Bad Company


BARETTA’S THEME (“Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow”) - Rhythm Heritage


HURT - Elvis Presley

UNION MAN - Cate Brothers

LOVE IS ALIVE - Gary Wright

I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO - Abba

I WANT YOU - Marvin Gaye


DREAM WEAVER - Gary Wright

TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS - Doobie Brothers




Top Country Hit Music Singles – May 20, 1976

What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down - Ronnie Milsap

After All The Good Is Gone - Conway Twitty

One Piece At A Time – Johnny Cash

What’ I’ve Got In Mind – Billie Jo Spears

I’ll Get Over You – Crystal Gayle

You’ve Got me To Hold On To – Tanya Tucker


Top pop hit music in Britain – May 20, 1976

 Save Your Kisses For Me – Brotherhood of Man

Fernando – Abba

S’S’S’ Single Bed – Fox

Jungle Rock – Hank Mizell

Arms of Mary – Sutherland Brothers & Quiver

More More More – Andrea True

Get Up And Boogie – Silver Convention

Convoy GB – Laurie Lingo & The Dipsticks

Silver Star – Four Seasons


Top Music Albums – May 20, 1976

Black and Blue - The Rolling Stones

Presence - Led Zeppelin

Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton

Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Wings

Takin’ It To The Streets - The Doobie Brothers

Diana Ross - Diana Ross

Here and There - Elton John

Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975

I Want You - Marvin Gaye

Eargasm - Johnnie Taylor

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

A Tick of the Tail - Genesis

Hidaway - America

Get Closer - Seals & Crofts

No Earthly Connection - Rick Wakeman


Top movies – May 20, 1976

That’s Entertainment - Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly

Won Ton Ton (The Dog Who Saved Hollywood) - Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Phil Silvers, Teri Garr, Art Carney, Ron Liebman

All The President’s Men - Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

The Missouri Breaks - Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson

Alfred Hitchock’s Family Plot - Karen Black, Bruce Dearn, Barbara Harris, William Devane

Lipstick  - Margaux Hemingway, Chris Sarandon, Perry King, Anne Bancroft

Stay Hungry - Jeff Bridges, Sally Field

Mother, Jugs & Speed - Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel, Allen Garfield, Dick Butkus, Larry Hagman

Birch Interval - Eddie Albert, Rip Torn, Ann Wedgeworth, Anne Revere

Bad News Bears - Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal

The Grove Tube - Ken Shapiro, Chevy Chase

Grizzly - Christopher George, Andre Prine, Richard Jaekel

Taxi Driver - Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle

 Tunnel Vision - Chevy Chase, Phil Proctor, Rick Hurst, Larraine Newman, Howard Hesseman

Fact to Face - Liv Ullman, Erland Josephson, Kari Sylwan  

Death Machines - Ron Marchini, Michael Chong

Train Ride To Hollywood - Bloodstone, Jay Robinson, Guy Marks

Sparkle (music by Curtis Mayfield ... like no other sound around!) - Philip Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood, Tony King

The Blue Bird - Elizabeth Taylor,  Jane Fonda, Cicely Tyson, Will Geer, Pavlova-(as the Blue Bird) and Ava Gardner 

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