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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 15, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The U.S. ships tons of communications gear, medical supplies and other equipment to Zaire to help the African country repel an invasion of its southern province.

Lebanese leftist leader Kamal Jumblatt is shot and killed in an ambush near his ancestral mountain home south of Beirut.

President Carter tells the United Nations that no member of the world body “can claim that mistreatment of its citizens is solely its own business.”

 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is defeated for reelection to Parliament. Mrs. Gandhi, who has been at the head of government for 11 years, lost her rural Rae Bareli district to Socialist Raj Narain, who charged the prime minister with election fraud after he lost in their last contest in 1971. She was convicted and that political crisis resulted in the imposition of emergency rule June 26, 1975. That emergency rule has just been lifted by Mrs. Gandhi.

President Carter endorses the concept of “a homeland” for Palestinian refugees as part of an ultimate Middle East settlement.

 In his toughest speech since détente began some five years ago, Soviet party leader Leonid I. Brezhnev warned the Carter Administration to stop its human rights campaign if it wants to improve soviet-American relations. ‘Washington’s claim to teach others how to live cannot be accepted by any sovereign state… I will repeat again: we will not tolerate interference in our internal affairs by anyone under any pretext. A normal development of relations on such a basis is, of course, unthinkable.”

The Indianapolis Star in a project sponsored by the Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc, says that Del E. Webb Corp, - a national developer had “dealings with mobsters that were hidden behind a complex screen of stock transfers, joint ventures, partnerships and secret ownerships.” Del Webb and associate L.C. Jacobson “were secret partners with racketeers Meyer Lansky, Benjamin (Bugsy)Siegel and Gus Greenbaum in ownership of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas from the day it opened in 1946.” Del Webb died some 2 ½ years ago.


Some best-selling books – March 15, 1977

Trinity – Leon Uris

Raise the Titanic – Clive Cussler

The Crash of ’79 – Paul E. Erdman

Storm Warning – Jack Higgins

Oliver’s Story – Erich Segal

October Light – John Gardner

The Users – Joyce Haber

The Shining – Stephen King

Roots – Alex Haley

Passages – Gail Sheehy

Your Erroneous Zones – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank – Erma Bombeck


Fascinating Facts - March 15, 1977 

The New Orleans City Council votes unanimously to outlaw the use of obscene language when it might insult someone or cause violence or injury. Specifically, the ordinance bans talk that “makes reference to the person addressed as having sexual intercourse with himself or with another, where such language inflicts injury, insult or causes acts of violence or is intended to inflict injury, insult or cause acts of violence.”


Radio news – March 15, 1977

Charlie Van Dyke resigns from 93/KHJ Los Angeles and there are rumors that Memphis DJ Rick Dees may be coming to the station for mornings.  

Herb Kent (The cool gent) is leaving Soul WVON in Chicago after 17 years.

George Klein, former DJ and program director of WHBQ, Memphis pleads innocent that he and a local postman conspired to steal Arbitron radio diaries for a local survey last April-May in order to boost the station’s position in the ratings. Klein, who long was the best known DJ in Memphis, was fired by WHBQ before the diary scandal and replaced by Rick Dees from rival WMPS. Klein is now a sales, marketing and public relations director for Libertyland theme park. Klein is a friend of Elvis Presley.


Sports news – March 15, 1977

Jimmy Young defeats George Foreman at a bout in San Juan. Young scored a unanimous 12-round decision.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – March 15, 1977

Brigitte Bardot arrives in St. Anthony, Nfld., to join several anti-sealing groups in their protest against Canada’s annual hunt, as a hundred Mounties were on hand to keep the peace. Ms. Bardot wants to meet with Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

11-year-old model Brooke Shields is signed for the lead role of Violet, a child hooker in Paramount’s “Pretty Baby.” Shooting begins next week.

Roman Polanski is free on $2,500 bail awaiting arraignment on a felony charge of allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl San Fernando Valley (CA) girl after she was drugged. Polanski was arrested last week at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Police say Polanski picked up the girl at her home and took her to Jack Nicholson’s home in Bel Air for a photo session for a magazine. They said the girl had her mom’s permission to have photos taken for a French juvenile magazine with the understanding she would be fully clothed for the photo session. She had met Polanski for similar sessions.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Frank Sinatra – Caesars Palace

Ginger Rogers – Desert Inn

Juliet Prowse – Frontier

Dean Martin – MGM Grand

Liberace – Hilton

Olivia Newton John – Riviera

Robert Goulet - Sands


Television news – March 15, 1977

The stars of “Father Knows Best” will be reunited to play the same roles again in a 90-minute movie for NBC. The movie will deal with the family getting together upon the occasion of the parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. Oldest daughter Betty is now a widow; Bud is married with a son and Kathy is an unmarried physical education teacher. Stars Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin.

Another fourth TV network – “Metronet” dies before it gets off the ground. General Foods along with ad agency Ogilvy & Mather were involved in talks with a number of independent stations. The network was to feature a primetime strip of gothic drama and a couple of weekend family shows. Metromedia was to handle advertising and programming contracts and the Metromedia stations were to be the nucleus of the network.

Moving up - Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell, a married couple that began their show business careers as San Francisco street mimes, now regularly appear on Sonny and Cher and Mac Davis shows. They’ve been offered their own musical-variety summer series. Look for it on CBS. 

As a result of salary demands, Demond Wilson will not be returning to “Sanford and Son.” Looks like this is the end of the show as Redd Foxx will not be returning and has instead, signed a deal with ABC-TV. Producers offered Wilson as much as $25,000 a show.

Keith Jackson will be ABC Sports main man during this season’s “Monday Night Baseball” beginning April 11. He’ll handle play-by-play for the primary game most weeks with Bob Uecker as commentator and occasional visits from Howard Cosell. The backup game each week will normally be fronted by Al Michaels, newly signed by ABC, but Warner Wolf will be available to step into either spot. 

On CBS-TV – The final “Mary Tyler Moore” show airs – this week. 


Top syndicated television shows – March 15, 1977

Lawrence Welk

Hollywood Squares

Hee Haw

Name That Tune

 Match Game PM

Price Is Right

Candid Camera

Wild Kingdom

$25,000 Pyramid


Truth or Consequences

Gong Show

Jacques Cousteau

$128,000 Question w/Alex Trebek

Bobby Vinton Show


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 15, 1977

CBS – Special (The Miracle Months) Special (Deadliest Season)

NBC – Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, CPO Sharkey, NBC Wednesday Night Movie

ABC – Bionic Woman, Baretta, Charlie’s Angels

PBS – Nova, Great Performances, Scenes From A Marriage


Special (The Miracle Months) – Looks at the science of human conception.

CPO Sharkey – Sharkey (Don Rickles) wants a new, younger look. 

Baretta – Tony falls in love with a gangster’s daughter

Charlie’s Angels – The ladies look into a call girl operation. Look out Charlie!


Music news – March 15, 1977

Disco – Mr. Funky Money – a new teen disco in Evansville, Indiana has a great idea for a promotion. Tying in to station WJBP, the station’s signal is tied into the club’s light control system. When teens drive into the club’s parking lot, they see the wall panels (set against clear Plexiglas and seen from outside) gyrate to the sounds coming from the radio station. They call it a drive-in disco. 

Jimmy Buffet is opening for the Eagles on the current tour.

Iggy Pop, one time leader of The Stooges, signs with RCA. Pop is currently touring in conjunction with his new album, “The Idiot.”

Everyone’s wondering about a mysterious band called “Klaatu.” Some are saying they’re really the Beatles, or in part – the Beatles. Capitol has released a single from their album – “Calling Occupants b/w Sub-Rosa Subway.”

The Grateful Dead plans to release a full-length feature film with music in the early summer. Group leader Jerry Garcia has reportedly invested a sizable chunk of his own money in the project. The film includes live concert footage, candid interviews, a unique animation process and will focus on the group’s followers known as “Dead Heads.”

Production has begun on “Saturday Night” – the Robert Stigwood disco movie starring John Travolta. The film is based on a New York Magazine article about a 19-year-old Brooklyn paint store employee seeking escape from his environment. Later, the word “Fever” would be added.    

The Ventures have a new single out – “Theme From Charlie’s Angels.” On UA Records.

Jimmy Carter influence as Casablanca releases “The Washington Hillbillies” comedy album.

A large collection of top country performers are signed for the first “Jamboree in the Hills” expected to draw some 40,000 over two days in July. The event is being presented under the aegis of WWVA Wheeling’s “Jamboree USA,” a live Saturday night radio show over WWVA (1170).  Lineup includes Johnny Cash and June Carter, Donna Fargo, Freddie Fender, Mickey Gilley, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Barbara Mandrell, Charlie Rich, Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadors, Tammy Wynette and Johnn Russell. WOW! 

Rock ‘n’ Roll books -  Now at bookstores – “Backstage Passes (rock ‘n’ roll life in the 60’s) – Written by Al Kooper and Ben Edmunds.

Also – “How To Make A Hit Record” by Mike Jahn. John traces the career of Steve Harrison, an imaginary singer-songwriter from his Midwest beginnings through the café success to a hit single.

RSO Records withdraws its $7 million offer to the Rolling Stones for their U.S.-Canada recording rights. The Stones want $15 million for those rights.


Top Soul Hit Music – March 15, 1977

I’ve Got Love On My Mind – Natalie Cole

Sometimes – Facts of Life

Trying To Love Two – William Bell

Love Is Better In The A.M. – Johnny Taylor

At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up) – Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Gloria – Enchantment

Reaching For The World – Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes

Too Hot To Stop – Bar-Kays

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston


Top hit music singles in Britain – March 15, 1977

When I Need You – Leo Sayer

Chanson D’Amour – Manhattan Transfer

Romeo – Mr. Big

Boogie Nights – Heatwave

Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor

Knowing Me Knowing You – Abba

Sound And Vision – David Bowie

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Julie Covington

This Is Tomorrow – Bryan Ferry

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes


Top Country Hit Music Singles – March 15, 1977

Southern Nights – Glen Campbell

She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory – Charley Pride

Lucille – Kenny Rogers

Desperado – Johnny Rodriquez

Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor

Adios Amigo – Marty Robbins

It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better – Johnny Duncan

Don’t Throw It All Away – Dave & Sugar

Paper Rosie – Gene Watson

You’re Free to Go – Sonny James


Top music albums – March 15, 1977

Rumors – Fleetwood Mac

A Star Is Born Soundtrack – Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristoferson

Animals – Pink Floyd

Boston – Boston

Hotel California – Eagles

Songs In The Key Of Life – Stevie Wonder

John Denver’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2

Roaring Silence – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Night Movies – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Leftoverture – Kansas

Year of the Cat – Al Stewart


Top movies – March 15, 1977



A Star Is Born

Fun With Dick and Jane

Silver Streak


The Sentinel

Freaky Friday

The Cassandra Crossing

Voyage of the Damned

Town The Dreaded Sundown

The enforcer

Pink Panther Strikes Again

Cousin Cousine 

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