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The 70's Datebook for August 16

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In 1973, COVER OF ROLLING STONE ELTON JOHN

In 1973, Elton John tells Rolling Stone magazine that he believes David Bowie is copying him: “Bowie is having a hit with Space Oddity because I had a hit with Rocket Man.” The issuesʹ cover features an artists rendition of John in an understated outfit of a purple shirt, pink oversized sunglasses in the shape of the word “ZOOM,” green hair and a propellor beanie. Itʹs still another three years before he mentions his “bisexuality” to the publication.

In 1973, “Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd” album by Lynyrd Skynyrd was released

In 1974, Punk was launched in the United States when the Ramones played its first gig at CBGB in New York.

In 1974, TVʹS MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Host LITTLE RICHARD is interviewed by WOLFMAN JACK. Also: POCO, AEROSMITH, GOLDEN EARRING, DAVID CLAYTON- THOMAS

In 1975, R.C., “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” by Elton John peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

In 1975, The lead singer of the rock group Genesis, Peter Gabriel, announced to the British press that he was leaving the band. He had made the decision months earlier but decided to wait until the band had completed its tour obligations. He was replaced as lead singer by drummer Phil Collins.

In 1975, “The Dick Cavett Show”, TV Talk Show, moved to CBS.

In 1976, COVER OF PEOPLE CAROL BURNETT

In 1976, On Another World, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) complained about Rachel to Therese. "Daddy always loved me until Rachel trapped him," Iris said.

In 1976, The ABBA single “Dancing Queen” was released in Sweden.

In 1977, The Farriss Brothers, a band that would soon be renamed INXS (in-ex-ESʹ), played their debut gig at a house party outside Sydney.

In 1977, The King is dead. Elvis Presley died in his Memphis mansion, Graceland. According to Presleyʹs girlfriend, Ginger Alden, she awoke in the afternoon and noticed he was not in bed. She found in lying on the floor of the bathroom. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and at 3:30 p.m. he was pronounced dead. According to reports, the death resulted from coronary arrhythmia. Within the next couple of days, the death becomes one of the biggest media events in the past twenty years. It also sparks debates on whether or not the death was staged and if he was still alive and well. Within a few hours after the announcement, thousands of fans are enroute to Memphis to pay their respects. Elvis Presley was 42. Where were you when you heard the news?

In 1979, Disco fever struck the heavy metal world again as Hardcore KISS fans were dismayed to hear “I Was Made for Lovin' You,” a song with a disco beat. Still, the song climbs up to #11 and goes gold on this date.

In 1979, The biggest single of the summer is The Knackʹs “My Sharona,” which goes gold. The success of the group is the gimmick of Beatle-esque posturing which the group treats as tounge-in-cheek. The Knack disbands less than two years later.

In 1979, “My Sharona” single by The Knack was certified Gold by the RIAA

U.S. 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, “'Til The World Ends” by Three Dog Night peaked at number 32 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “(Shu-Doo-Pa-Poo-Poop) Love Being Your Fool” by Travis Wammack peaked at number 38 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)” by The Stylistics peaked at number 51 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “It Doesn't Matter Anymore” by Linda Ronstadt peaked at number 47 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” by Elton John peaked at number 4 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Sooner Or Later” by The Impressions peaked at number 68 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “That's When The Music Takes Me” by Neil Sedaka peaked at number 27 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, “Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High)” by Charlie Rich peaked at number 31 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” by Wednesday peaked at number 49 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Jive Talkin'” by The Bee Gees peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Let Me Make Love To You” by The O'Jays peaked at number 95 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Midnight Blue” by Melissa Manchester peaked at number 5 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Morning Beautiful” by Tony Orlando And Dawn peaked at number 29 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “One Of These Nights” by The Eagles peaked at number 13 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Run Away With Me” by Ken Tobias peaked at number 52 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, ✪ “Get In The Swing” by Sparks peaked at number 27 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Delilah” by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band peaked at number 7 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Highwire” by Linda Carr And The Love Squad peaked at number 15 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)” by The Stylistics peaked at number 1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “If You Think You Know How To Love Me” by Smokie peaked at number 3 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Love Me Baby” by Susan Cadogan peaked at number 22 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain And Tennille peaked at number 32 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Sherry” by Adrian Baker peaked at number 10 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, “Hey You / Flat Broke Love” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive peaked at number 80 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Holy Joe The Salvo / Song For Danny” by Johnny Ashcroft peaked at number 53 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Love Fever / You Really Got Me” by Ray Burgess peaked at number 21 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Oh Boy / Watching The Clock” by Mud peaked at number 54 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Send In The Clowns / Houses” by Judy Collins peaked at number 13 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Sister Golden Hair / Midnight” by America peaked at number 28 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Swing Your Daddy / Swing Your Daddy (Part 2)” by Jim Gilstrap peaked at number 64 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Trans Canada Highway / Take Me Tonight” by Gene Pitney peaked at number 14 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, ✪ “Misty” by Ray Stevens peaked at number 11 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Don't Call Us, We'll Call You” by Sugarloaf / Jerry Corbetta peaked at number 27 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Fox On The Run” by The Sweet peaked at number 3 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Higher Trails” by John Hanlon peaked at number 35 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “I'm Not In Love” by 10cc peaked at number 4 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Listen To What The Man Said” by Paul McCartney And Wings peaked at number 7 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Only Women” by Alice Cooper peaked at number 21 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “The Proud One” by The Osmonds peaked at number 17 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, “'t Was aan de Costa del Sol” by Zangeres Zonder Naam peaked at number 22 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Eighteen With A Bullet” by Pete Wingfield peaked at number 18 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1975, “One Night” by Mud peaked at number 27 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Send In The Clowns” by Judy Collins peaked at number 25 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Slow Down” by Shabby Tiger peaked at number 7 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Tu t'en vas” by Alain Barrière peaked at number 4 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Austria 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, “Bye Bye Baby” by Bay City Rollers peaked at number 13 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Deine Spuren im Sand” by Howard Carpendale peaked at number 5 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Hey You” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive peaked at number 14 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1975, “I Don't Like To Sleep Alone” by Paul Anka With Odia Coates peaked at number 16 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1975, “I'll Do For You Anything You Want Me To” by Barry White peaked at number 19 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Paloma Blanca” by The George Baker Selection peaked at number 1 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Wenn die Liebe dich vergißt” by Christian Anders peaked at number 12 on the Austria pop singles chart.

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