Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 8, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Alfred E. Kahn, chairman of the president’s Council on Wage and Price Stability gives the warning that if the government’s voluntary wage and price guidelines fail to slow inflation, President Carter may be forced to institute mandatory controls or severe monetary measures that could result in a recession. He said Carter “is absolutely determined” to avoid mandatory controls as a way of slowing inflation from its double-digit levels of this year.
Israeli warplanes pound two Palestinian guerrilla bases just hours after a terrorist bomb blast killed one person and wounded 33 others in an open-air market in Tel Aviv. Dozens of casualties are reported in the retaliatory air strike.
Tornados sweep over an area of North Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least 57 and injuring more than 850. Hardest hit was Wichita Falls with at least 33 deaths and an estimated 2,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
The United States orders South Africa’s two top-ranking military attaches expelled in retaliation for that country’s spy charges against three members of the U.S. Embassy. A State Department spokesman said “I can assure you there won’t be an apology to South Africa for the alleged spying operation.”
Toys R Us – Prices – April 8, 1979
At Toys R Us (The Children’s Bargain Town) - Johnny Jump Up Exerciser - $7.96 ... Playskool Play Mirror - $2.97 ... Pampers Extra absorbent 24’s - $2.39
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – April 8, 1979
Academy Award/ Oscar week again and here are some winners:
Best Picture - “The Deer Hunter”
Best Actor - Jon Voight - “Coming Home”
Best Actress - Jane Fonda - “Coming Home”
Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Walken - “The Deer Hunter”
Best Supporting Actress - Maggie Smith - “California Suite”
Best Directing - Michael Cimino - “The Deer Hunter”
Best Original Song - “Last Dance” from “Thank God It’s Friday
Television news – April 8, 1979
CBS cancels Mary-Tyler Moore’s comedy-variety show. The network says she will be back in the fall of 1980 to star in a half-hour situation comedy.
Kate Jackson, who plays Sabrina on ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels” won’t be back for the shows fourth season. An executive at Spelling-Goldberg Productions said the actress’ contract had not been renewed because she wanted out of the show and had been generating friction on the set. A new Angel will be added.
Getting attention in the U.S. - “The Benny Hill Show” is now being syndicated. Hill is a veteran and popular British comic. The show is fast-paced, full of camera tricks and visual gags. And yes, there are all those women and Hill tends to grow on you.
Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1979
CBS - Special-Here Comes Peter Cottontail, TV Movie
NBC - Cliffhangers, TV Movie
ABC - Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi, The Ropers, 13 Queens Boulevard
PBS - Previn and the Pittsburgh, Library of Congress, Hamper McBee: Raw Mash
Previn and the Pittsburgh - Movie score producer John Williams and film score composer Miklos Rozsa guest.
CBS TV Movie - “Deadman’s Curve” - Story of the popular music duo Jan and Dean. Stars Richard Hatch, Bruce Davison, Pam Bellwood, Floy Dean, Denise Du Barry, Susan Sullivan, Wolfman Jack.
The Ropers - Stanley’s irritating mother-in-law - in for a visit, suddenly announces she is there to stay.
Merv Griffin show (syndication) - Hal Linden, Dody Goodman, Mickey Gilley, Jonny Yune, Joey Travolta.
On The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson – Tony Randall, Marsha Mason.
On The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder - Elizabeth Freeman, editor of wet magazine.
Bestselling books – April 8, 1979
Matarese Circle - Robert Ludlum
Good as Gold - Joseph Heller
Hanta Yo - Ruth Beebe Hill
War and Remembrance - Herman Wouk
Chesapeake - James A. Michener
SS-GB - Len Deighton
Overload - Arthur Hailey
The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet - Herman Tarnower, M.D.
Mommie Dearest - Christina Crawford
How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years - Howard Ruff
A Distant Mirror - Barbara W. Tuchman
Lauren Bacall By Myself - Lauren Bacall
Music news – April 8, 1979
Elvis Costello gets into an altercation with Bonnie Bramlett and other members of Steven Still’s entourage in Columbus, Ohio. It seems that Costello began insulting American music and Americans in general, resorting to racial slurs in reference to Ray Charles and James Brown. Bramlett knocked Costello backwards with a slap. Costello later said his remarks, which he said he didn’t mean, were nearly intended to infuriate his drinking companions and that he heaped an equal amount of vile on white Americans.
Out on their African safari this week – singer Linda Ronstadt firmly denies she will marry California Gov Jerry Brown. “Seriously, I only came here for a vacation and the rumors about us getting married are ridiculous.”
Robert Fripp, formerly of King Crimson is set to release his first solo album in April.
Police has a new album out - “Outlandos d’Amour” and it’s doing well. The band began two years ago, the brainchild of American-born drummer Stuart Copeland. The threesome includes Sting on bass and vocals and Andy Summers on guitar. The group has a cult following in England and A&M Records is betting they’ll do well here. One of the cuts on the album “Roxanne” - was picked-up and played by top-40 stations despite the disco craze. In fact, new rock records are harder to come by since disco is so hot.
At the California World Music Festival concert held this week - Cheap Trick is featured as one of the acts. The group is one of the fastest-rising rock groups these days. Guitarist Rick Nielson threw his whole guitar into the audience. Also appearing – Toto, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, the Outlaws and Loosely Tight. The festival was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – April 8, 1979
What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers
Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
Tragedy - Bee Gees
Lady - Little River Band
Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb
Stumblin’ In - Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman -
Heaven Knows - Donna Summer
In The Navy - Village People
Reunited - Peaches & Herb
I Want Your Love - Chic
Heart of Glass - Blondie
Take Me Home - Cher
Goodnight Tonight - Paul McCartney & Wings
Do Ya Think I’m Sexy - Rod Setwart
Big Shot - Billy Joel
Everytime I Think of You - Babys
Precious Love - Bob Welch
Blow Away - George Harrison
Top Country Hit Single – April 8, 1979
Ready For The Times To Get Better - Crystal Gayle
Top Music Albums – April 8, 1979
Minute by Minute - The Doobie Brothers
Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees
Blondes Have More Fun - Rod Stewart
2 Hot! - Peaches & Herb
Livin’ Inside Your Love - George Benson
Enlightened Rouges - The Allman Brothers Band
52nd Street - Billy Joel
Desolation Angels - Bad Company
Love Tracks - Gloria Gaynor
Cruisin’ - The Village People
Briefcase Full Of Blues - The Blues Brothers
Other Top Music Albums – April 8, 1979
Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
Sleeper Catcher - Little River Band
Go West - Village People
Smooth Talk - Evelyn Champagne King
New Kind Of Feeling - Anne Murray
Parallell Lines - Blondie
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
C’est Chic - Chic
Three Hearts - Bob Welch
If You Knew Suzi - Suzi Quatro
Live at Budokan – Cheap Trick
Evolution – Journey
Top movies – April 8, 1979
Hurricane - Jason Robards, Mia Farrow, Max Von Sydow, Trevor Howard, Timothy Bottoms
The Champ - Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden, Arthur Hill
Firepower - Sophia Loren, James Coburn, O.J. Simpson, Eli Wallach, Anthony Franciosa, George Gizzard, Vincent Gardenia
Buck Rogers in the 20th Century - Gil Gerard, Pamela Hensley, Erwin Gray, Tim O’Connor, Henry Silva
Walt Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Hair - John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly d’Angelo, Annie Golden, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus, Cheryl Barnes, Melba Moore, Ronnie Dyson
Coming Home - Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern
Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney
Superman - Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York
Real Life - Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, Albert Brooks
Boulevard Nights - Richard Yniguez, Marta Dubois, Danne De La Paz
The China Syndrome - Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas
The Bell Jar - Marilyn Hassett, Julie Harris, Ann Jackson, Barbara Barrie, Robert Klein
Old Boyfriends - Talia Shire, Richard Jordan, John Belushi, Keith Carradine, Buck Henry, John Houseman
Murder by Decree - Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings Susan Clark
Richard Pryor Live In Concert
The Deer Hunter - Robert DeNiro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken
Heaven Can Wait - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia, Jack Warden
The Buddy Holly Story - Gary Busey
Phantasm - Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Angus Scrimm
Voices - Michael Ontkean, Amy Irving, Alex Rocco
The Promise - Kathleen Quinlan, Stephen Collins, Beatrice Straight, Laurence Luckinbill, William Prince
Norma Rae - Sally Field, Ron Liebman, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley