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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 25, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

After his inauguration last week, President Carter gets right down to business:

President Carter calls for a halt to all nuclear testing “instantly and completely” as part of a broader program to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and ultimately ban them from the earth.

The President announces a 35% cut in the 56-vehicle White House automotive fleet. He leaves it to Cabinet officers to see to it that the example spreads through the executive branch.

The Carter administration decides on a $30 billion economic stimulus package, including a large break for business and rebates of about $50 to $200 for individuals, even those too poor to pay taxes. Budget director Bert Lance says President Carter would possibly outline his proposals in a message to Congress within (about) a week.

A judge in New Jersey rules that under state law, a man cannot be charged with raping his wife. Judge Nicholas Scalera made the ruling in dismissing a rape indictment against Alfred Smith, who had been charged with breaking into his wife’s home, beating her and raping her in front of their two children. Scalera said it is not against the law “when the raper is still legally married to his wife, unless there is a judicial order for separation or divorce.”

Dies - Eli Lilly- transformed the pharmaceutical company bearing his name into a world business at 91.


Best-selling books – January 25, 1977

Raise The Titanic” - Clive Cussier, “The Users” - Joyce Haber, “Roots” - Alex Haley, “The Hite Report” - Shere Hite


Supermarket Prices – January 25, 1977

At the mart - Canada Dry Ginger ale - 20oz btl - .32 ... Veal Cutlets - $2.99lb ... Minute Maid Orange Juice - 1/2 gal - .97 ... 7 bars of Jergens soap - $1.00


Radio news – January 25, 1977

This is from December 21 – New York radio DJ/programmer Frankie Crocker was convicted of federal charges he lied to a grand jury when he denied receiving more than $10,000 from a record promoter to play specific records on WBLS-FM. He faces up to five years in jail and a fine of $10,000.

“Star Trak,” a 90-second series of min9-interviews hosted by Candy Tusken is introduced by Westwood One. President Norman Pattiz says the feature is free to radio stations and anticipates 150 markets will debut the feature in March.

Al “Jazzbo” Collins joins KGO in San Francisco to do weekend all-night talk shows.

Sean Morton Downey – former DJ, returns to his father’s footsteps in Reno, Nev, Where he is singing at Fitzgerald’s Hotel. (Same Morton Downey of TV talk show fame).

Soul radio – WWRL (New York) lineup – Enoch Gregory, Bobby Jay, Jeff Troy, Gerry Bledsoe, Hank Spann, Gary Byrd and Jeff Barnes (swing). 


Sports news – January 25, 1977

Pitcher Nolan Ryan, negotiating without an agent, signs a three-year contract with the California Angels. No salary figure is announced by Ryan said, “I was quite pleased with the contract and how smoothly negotiations went.”

Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn says there is a possibility his one-year suspension of Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner will be lifted after six months. Turner was suspended for violating baseball rules dealing with negotiations with free agents.

The cancellation of the pilot’s license of Donald Kroner, who crashed a light plane into the upper deck of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, is upheld, after he testified that the Baltimore Colts made him do it. Kroner said he left the game at halftime because “the Colts were having such a terrible time.” The light plane crashed into the upper deck of the stadium 10 minutes after the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers 40-14 playoff victory over the Colts. The stands had emptied by the time of the crash and no one was injured. Kroner originally blamed it on engine trouble, but an FAA investigation showed no sign of an engine defect. 


Television news – January 25, 1977

Adam West and Burt Ward will assume their parts (in voice) in CBS’s “The New Adventures Of Batman” cartoon premiering Saturday morning, February 12.

After 15 years, Color TV is finally approved in Italy. The country is the only major Western European country without color television.

After undergoing surgery, Freddie Prinze (22), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Co-star of TV’s “Chico and the Man,” doctors said the .32 caliber slug passed completely through his head from the right to left in the temporal area.  Prinze was apparently despondent over the break-up of his marriage. He leaves a son, 10-month old Freddie Jr.

At Sears - a 19.1 Cubic Ft Frostless Refrigerator - $529.


Top TV Shows/Nielsen ratings – January 25, 1977

 Roots - Part 1, (40.5 rating - 61% share), Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, The Six Million Dollar Man, Charlie’s Angels, Bareta, The Bob Hope Special, MASH, The Man In The Iron Mask, One Day At A Time, The Carol Burnette Show, Inaugural Eve Special, 60 Minutes, The Bionic Woman, The Jeffersons, Busting Loose, Sanford & Son, All In The Family, Good Times, Hawaii Five-O. ABC - 23.5 rating, 35.9 share ... CBS - 19.7 rating, 30.1 share ... NBC - 17.5 rating, 26.9 share.


Sunday Night Television news – January 25, 1977

CBS - 60 Minutes, Rhoda, Phyllis, Switch, Delvecchio ... NBC - World Of Disney, McMillan, McCloud ... ABC - Special - The Brady Bunch Hour, Six Million Dollar Man, Special - Roots,  Brady Bunch Variety Hour - Guests are Lee and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.


Roots - Debut of the 12-hour adaptation of Alex Halley’s best selling book.

Delvecchio stars Judd Hirsch and Charles Haid.


Music news – January 25, 1977

Phil Spector (now a recluse) phones in to co-host 30-minutes of a two-hour show in his honor staged by Rodney Bingenheimer of KROQ (106.7) in Los Angeles.  

RSO Records is pushing a follow-up hit to “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees – this one “Dis-Gorilla” as a “hit-bound.”

Jimmy McCulloch, lead guitar with Wings forms trio “White Line” – on Capital Records.

James Taylor signs with Columbia – jumping from Warner Brothers.

Dick Clark will celebrate 25 years of “American Bandstand” on ABC-TV. Date for the prime-time special is February 4.

After two years, Led Zeppelin returns for a 26 city, six-month tour beginning February 27 in Fort Worth.

Bluesman Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon file separate suits against Arc Music Inc. and its owners charging the defendants with conspiracy to defraud them out of royalties on songs held by Arc since 1953.  

Beatles news – ABKCO/Apple dispute finally ends with an out-of-court settlement which involves Apple paying ABKCO $5 million and ABKCO paying “certain Apple associates” $800,000. Allen Klein, president of ABKCO credits Yoko Ono

Lennon with “Kissinger-like negotiating brilliance” in ending the dispute which cost his company $1.2 million in legal fees. Last June, an Appellate Division Court dismissed ABKCO’s claims against Paul McCartney and his lawyer, which charged them with conspiracy and sought $34 million including $10 million in punitive damages. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 25, 1977

 I Wish - Stevie Wonder

Car Wash - Rose Royce

You Make Me Feel Oke Dancing - Leo Sayer

You Don’t Have To Be A Star - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

Dazz – Brick

New Kid In Town - The Eagles

After The Lovin - Englebert Humperdinck

Hot Line - The Sylvers

Enjoy Yourself - The Jacksons

Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Tonight’s The Night - Rod Stewart

Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGregor


Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 25, 1977

Let My Love Be Your Pillow – Ronnie Milsap

I Can’t Believe She Gives it All To Me – Conway Twitty

Two Dollars In The Jukebox – Eddie Rabbitt

Statues Without Hearts – Larry Gatlin

Don’t Be Angry – Donna Fargo

Are You Ready For The Country – Waylon Jennings

Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye – Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius

You Never Miss A Real Good Thing – Crystal Gayle

Near You – George Jones and Tammy Wynette


Top Soul Hit Music Singles – January 25, 1977

Darlin Darlin Baby – O’Jays

Free – Deniece Williams

I Wish – Stevie Wonder

Saturday Nite – Earth, Wind & Fire

Dazz – Brick

Do It To My Mind – Johnny Bristol

Feelings – Walter Jackson

I Like To Do It – K.C. & The Sunshine Band

When Love is New – Arthur Prysock

Car Wash – Rose Royce


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 25, 1977 

Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul

When A Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis

Money Money Money – Abba

 Under The Moon of Love – Showaddywaddy

Things We Do For Love – 10cc

Side Show – Barry Biggs

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Julie Covington

Dr. Love – Tina Charles

Portsmouth – Mike Oldfield

Living Next Door To Alice – Smokie

Wild Side of Life – Status Quo

Grandma’s Marty – Paul Nicholas

Somebody To Love – Queen

Fairy Tale – Dana

I Wish – Stevie Wonder


Top music albums – January 25, 1977

Wings Over America – Wins

Songs In The Key of Life – Stevie Wonder

Best of the Doobie Brothers


Frampton Comes Alive – Peter Frampton

Greatest Hits – Linda Ronstadt

Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band

Blue Moves – Elton John

Soundtrack/Star Is Born – Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson

Thirty Three & 1/3 – George Harrison

A Night On The Town – Rod Stewart

Hejira – Joni Mitchel

The Pretender – Jackson Browne

Year of the Cat – Al Stewart

A New World Record – Electric Light Orchestra.


Top movies – January 25, 1977

Taxi Driver - Robert DeNiro

In Search Of Noah’s Ark

The Enforcer - Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry

Rocky - Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Silver Streak - Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor

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