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