Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 15, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Carter sets a goal of reducing the annual rate of increase in American’s cost of living to between about 4-½ % by the end of 1979.
President Carter unveils a massive energy program that if approved, would raise gasoline prices as much as 57 cents a gallon by 1988 and add 2,500 to the price of the heaviest gas-guzzling autos by 1985.
Warning of a possible “national catastrophe” if the nation does not act now to resolve its energy problems, President Carter appeals for public support of the sweeping legislative program he will propose to Congress this week.
Patricia Hearst enters a surprise plea of no contest to charges that she fired an automatic weapon (May 17) 1974 at a sporting goods store manager in Los Angeles and robbed a man whose car was commandeered. The actions took place to cover the getaway of her Symbionese Liberation army companions William and Emily Harris from a shoplifting incident at Mel’s Sporting Goods.
Mayor Abraham Beame presents a $13.8 billion budget for near-broke New York that for the first time in years was in balance. In presenting his budget, Mayor Beame said New York was moving away from two years of severe cutbacks and sacrifice to a period of rebuilding.
Technology news – April 15, 1977
CB’s – The typical CB radio buyer has a median age of 35.9 years and a median income of $14,900 with 13% earning over $25,000 and 22% under $10,000. Most are satisfied with their radios but 38% plan to buy another.
Some best-selling books – April 15, 1977
Oliver’s Story – Erich Segal
Falconer – John Chever
The Chancellor manuscript – Robert Ludlum
Condominium – John D. MacDonald
The Valhalla Exchange – Harry Patterson
Your Erroneous Zones – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Changing – Liv Ullman
The Gamesman – Michael Maccoby
Bubbles – Beverly Sills
Howard Hughs: The Hidden Years – James Phelan
Entertainment/Celebrity/ Hollywood news – April 15, 1977
Get Married – Phyllis George (27) CBS TV sports commentator and Robert Evans (46) – film producer.
Actor Bob Cummings (66) who was accused of using a “blue box” to dodge toll phone calls agrees to pay a substantial out-of-court settlement.
Playing in Las Vegas –
Alan King – Caesars Palace
Wayne Newton – Desert Inn
Robert Goulet – Frontier
Dean Martin – MGM Grand
Gladys Knight and the Pips – Hilton
Liza Minnelli – Riviera
Jack Albertson – Sands
Television news – April 15, 1977
HBO signs agreements with 29 cable systems. The deals cover systems in 16 states and it’s expected 12 new earth stations will be needed for satellite material.
The Osmonds are building a complete recording and television production facility in Provo, some 40 south of Salt Lake City. Plans are to tape the “Donny & Marie” series here beginning in September. So as to cut down Osmond family commuting time to Los Angeles. The complex will also include a 24-track recording studio, a rehearsal hall and business offices.
Dean Martin is signed to a new, two-year contract by NBC-TV. He’ll star in six “roast” specials and a minimum of two 90-minute or two-hour specials annually.
O.J. Simpson is signed to NBC-TV. Deal calls for sports commentary, plus he’ll star in some of the network’s made-for-TV pictures under his O.J. Simpson Enterprises – plus make appearances on variety shows.
This Friday on ABC – “Sinatra and Friends” featuring the singer with Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, John Denver, Dean Martin, Loretta Lynn, Robert Merrill and Leslie Uggams.
The Brady Bunch has been resurrected as a musical-variety hour. Eve Plumb will be replaced by Geri Reischi in the role of Jan.
CBS cancels the Sony and Cher Show due to ratings.
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 15, 1977
CBS – CBS News with Morton Dean, 60 Minutes, Special-Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, The World of Darkness
NBC – World of Disney, Lanigan’s Rabbi, McCloud
ABC – Nancy Drew Mysteries, Six Million Dollar Man, ABC TV Movie.
PBS – Sarah, Masterpiece Theater, Nova
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes – It’s celeb man vs. woman with Flip Wilson, Gabe Kaplan, Connie Stevens, Julie London, McLean Stevenson, Dan Haggerty, Kristy McNichol, Robert Conrad, Penny Marshal, Lloyd Bridges, Cindy Williams, Ed Asner, Lola Falana, Redd Foxx, Phyllis George, O.J. Simpson, Brenda Vaccaro, Elliott Gold, Valerie Perrine, Tony Randall, Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Bill Cosby.
Lannigan’s Rabbi – Chief Paul Lanigan is unjustly accused of corruption and becomes the prime suspect in a murder case after his accuser is found slain. Stars Art Carney, Bruce Soloman. Guest stars Howard Duff, Jackie Coogan, Beverly Garland, John Astin.
ABC TV Movie – “21 Hours at Munich” with William Holden, Franco Nero, Shirley Knight, Richard Basehart. Dramatization of the 1972 Summer Olympics tragedy.
The World of Darkness – Pilot about a sportswriter with a connection to the supernatural following his near-death motorcycle accident. Stars Granville van dusen.
Nova – “Dawn of the Solar Age.”
Music news – April 15, 1977
The Jackson’s perform on WNEW-TV’s “Wonderama” next week.
Mr. And Mrs. Stevie Wonder are parents of their second child and first son, Kieta.
The mystery around the band Klaatu still abounds. It appears the song “Sub-Rosa Subway” is said to have a Morse code message at its end. Are they really the Beatles?
A multi-media interpretation of the 1960’s set against live performances of 44 Beatles songs from the era is set to open at the Winter Garden Theater May 19. Producers are Steven Leber and David Krebs.
The second season of “Austin City Limits” will makes its bow on PBS May 16. The shows are taped before a live audience on 16-track audio equipment at the KLRN-TV studios in Austin. Willie Nelson will appear on the show with other artists including Delbert McClinton, Guy Clark and Willis Alan Ramsey.
Former porn star Marilyn Chambers is turning to singing. Her first single “Benihana” on Roulette Records is described as “sex-rock” The disco-flavored record is heavy on erotic moaning. “People are curious about my ability to perform. They don’t know what I’m capable of doing. I have to work harder and it’s more of a challenge winning people over.”
Al Stewart says he’s glad his album “Year of the Cat” – his seventh album and third on label Janus, is almost million-seller. “Janus has a staff of about 13 persons and they really liked to pull off the stunt of having a million seller, especially when all the majors turned me down. For three months, Janus did nothing but me. The only thing that would be comparable would be Heart with Mushroom Records. “Year of the Cat” a ballad set in North Africa, was released in September of 1976 and was first played on West Coast FM stations.
Rick Dees of “Disco Duck” fame sings his latest single, “Bionic Feet,” on an upcoming “Dinah” television show. It’s Dees’ second appearance on the program.
Radio news – April 15, 1977
Al Lohman and Roger Barkley sign a new contract and will continue to do mornings over KFI Los Angeles… Charlie Van Dyke is leaving KHJ and is heading back to KLIF in Dallas to do mornings.
LA radio wars – KRLA beats KHJ! KRLA, programmed by Art Laboe, scores with a 4.1, KHJ – 4.0. It dropped from a 5.3, but new KTNQ may be the quirk. The new AM Top-40 station scores a 1.6. Obviously, most of that came from KHJ. KRLA is basically automated, with Art Laboe and Johnny Hayes as voices. To keep things fresh, they came up with the KRLA hitmen, who wander around carwashes, banks anywhere and everywhere there’s people. They pre-record taped comments and these keep the sound of KRLA fresh. According to the station “these are people who would never call a radio station.”
Howard Hoffman formerly of WPIX-FM is out of work. He says he wants to remain in the Northeast. Call him at 212-245-….
KIIS-FM production guru Don Elliott now has his own 8-track studio at his house – complete with DBX noise reduction unit and two Moogs. Go get ‘em Don!
Top hit music singles in Britain – April 15, 1977
Known Me, Knowing You – Abba
Going In With My Eyes Open – David Soul
When – Showaddywaddy
Sound and Vision – David Bowie
Chanson D’Amour – Manhattan Transfer
Moody Blue – Elvis Presley
Sunny – Boney M
Red Light Spells Danger – Bill Ocean
I Don’t Want To Put A Hold On You – Bernie Flint
Oh Boy – Brotherhood Of Man
Love Hit Me – Maxine Nightingale
Top Soul Hit Music – April 15, 1977
I’ve Got Love On My Mind – Natalie Cole
At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up) – Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn
Love Is Better In The A.M. – Johnny Taylor
The Pride (Part 1) – Isley Brothers
I Wanna Get Next To You – Rose Royce
I’m Your Boogie Man – K.C. & The Sunshine Band
There Will Come A Day – Smokey Robinson
Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 15, 1977
She’s Got You – Loretta Lynn
It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better – Johnny Duncan
She’s Pulling Me Back Again – Mickey Gilley
Lucille – Kenny Rogers
Paper Rosie – Gene Watson
You Never Can Tell C’est la Vie – Emmylou Harris
Play, Guitar Play – Conway Twitty
Slide Off Your Satin Sheets – Johnny Paycheck
Top movies – April 15, 1977
Rocky – Sylvester Stallone
Fun With Dick and Jane
The Late Show
Exit the Dragon, Enter The Tiger
The Eagle Has Landed
Littlest Horse thieves