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The 70's Datebook for October 11

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In 1971, U.S. single release: John Lennonʹs “Imagine” / “Itʹs So Hard.”

In 1972, Michael Galen from Australia set a world record, eating 63 bananas in ten minutes on a TV show.

In 1974, ABCʹS “IN CONCERT” ANNE MURRAY hosts a show taped at the SARATOGA ARTS CENTER in upstate New York, featuring SUZI QUATRO (“48 CRASH”), SPINNERS, OHIO PLAYERS (“SKIN TIGHT”)

In 1974, On One Life to Live: Larry Wolek was convicted of murdering Rachel Wilson, a terminally ill patient whoʹd wanted to die. (he was innocent--Dorian and Doctor Mark Toland had accidentally overdosed Rachael with potassium chloride.) While Larry lingered in jail, the truth finally came out---from a comatose Dorian after she took a fall down the steps.

In 1974, “Bachman-turner Overdrive” album by Bachman-turner Overdrive was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1975, As the first host of Saturday Night Live, George Carlin compares baseball to football in the opening monologue of the ground-breaking show. The comedian jokes the national pastime a gentler game, portraying the sport as one which is pastoral and played in a park as opposed to football, in which the objective is to march downfield and penetrate enemy territory in a stadium.

In 1975, R.C., “Chinese Kung Fu” by Banzaii peaked at #98 on the pop singles chart.

In 1975, R.C., “Katmandu” by Bob Seger peaked at #43 on the pop singles chart.

In 1975, R.C., “Mr. Jaws” by Dickie Goodman peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

In 1975, The comedy-variety NBC-TV show “Saturday Night Live” (original name was “NBCʹs Saturday Night”, at the time of its premiere, ABC was airing “Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell”) made its debut with guest host number one George Carlin. The show made the original cast, its characters, and their recognizable catch phrases household names. “Live, From New York, Itʹs…Saturday Night!” What better way to kick off your very first show, than with John Belushi making wolverine noises and George Carlin upsetting the network executives — by wearing a t-shirt! And Andy Kaufman lip-synching the “Mighty Mouse” theme song, the Muppets, an Albert Brooks film, five fake commercials, not one but two musical guests (Janis Ian, Billy Preston), and the sketch that NBC demands never be repeated — “Bee Hospital.” The show really takes off the following week when it highlighted by the reunion of host Paul Simon with his former partner, Art Garfunkel.

In 1975, “Low Rider” by War entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1976, Jane Pauley replaced Barbara Walters on the “Today” show. Pauley eventually set a record for most years on a morning show, a record that has since been broken. Less than a month later, Saturday Night Live replaced the departed Chevy Chase with Jane Curtin, who looked similar to Pauley, as the anchor person of its Weekend Update feature.

In 1976, The number one Billboard Pop Hit was “Disco Duck (part 1),” by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots. A morning deejay at radio station WMPS in Memphis, Tennessee, Dees got fired when he mentioned his novelty song on the air.

In 1978, “52nd Street” album by Billy Joel was released

In 1975, "Let's Do It Again" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

U.S. 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, ✪ “Mr. Jaws” by Dickie Goodman peaked at number 4 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “A Friend Of Mine Is Going Blind” by John Dawson Read peaked at number 72 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady” by Helen Reddy peaked at number 8 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka peaked at number 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Chinese Kung Fu” by Banzaii peaked at number 98 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Katmandu” by Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band peaked at number 43 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Money” by Gladys Knight And The Pips peaked at number 50 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Mr. DJ (5 For The D.J.)” by Aretha Franklin peaked at number 53 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Rocky” by Austin Roberts peaked at number 9 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “We Been Singin' Songs” by Baron Stewart peaked at number 91 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, ✪ “Theme From 'Jaws'” by John Williams And His Orchestra peaked at number 34 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “A Brand New Love Affair” by Chicago peaked at number 63 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady” by Helen Reddy peaked at number 2 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Carolina In The Pines” by Michael Murphey peaked at number 25 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Give It What You Got” by B.T. Express peaked at number 41 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “How Long (Betcha Got A Chick On The Side)” by The Pointer Sisters peaked at number 31 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” by The Average White Band peaked at number 54 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Money” by Gladys Knight And The Pips peaked at number 57 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Shotgun Shuffle” by K.C. And The Sunshine Band peaked at number 85 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Third-Rate Romance” by The Amazing Rhythm Aces peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1975, “To Each His Own” by Faith, Hope And Charity peaked at number 58 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, ✪ “Happy Love / Wild Thing” by The Goodies peaked at number 21 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Do It Any Way You Wanna” by People's Choice peaked at number 36 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Fattie Bum Bum” by Carl Malcolm peaked at number 8 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Feel Like Makin' Love” by Bad Company peaked at number 20 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Just A Smile” by Pilot peaked at number 31 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Out On The Floor” by Dobie Gray peaked at number 42 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Paloma Blanca” by The George Baker Selection peaked at number 10 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Una Paloma Blanca” by Jonathan King peaked at number 5 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, ✪ “Amazin' Man / Findin' de Lady” by John Bird peaked at number 26 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Chang The Magic Dragon / The One And Only Original Sunshine Kid” by Jimmy Hannan peaked at number 49 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Eighteen With A Bullet / Shadow Of A Doubt” by Pete Wingfield peaked at number 31 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo (Doo Dat Dance) (Part 1) / I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo (Doo Dat Dance) (Part 2)” by Disco Tex And The Sex-O-Lettes Featuring Sir Monti Rock III peaked at number 100 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “I'm Not In Love / Good News” by 10cc peaked at number 3 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Jamie Come Home / When You Walk In The Room” by Jamie Dunn peaked at number 42 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Life Is A Minestrone / Channel Swimmer” by 10cc peaked at number 48 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Smokey / Cry Cry Again” by Saxony (AUS) peaked at number 56 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1975, “You Told The World / The Driver” by Railroad Gin peaked at number 53 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, ✪ “Black Superman (Muhammad Ali)” by Johnny Wakelin And The Kinshasa Band peaked at number 21 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “At Seventeen” by Janis Ian peaked at number 37 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Thank You Baby” by The Stylistics peaked at number 38 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Turn The Page” by Jon English peaked at number 7 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1975, “I Believe I'm Gonna Love You” by Frank Sinatra peaked at number 13 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Pandora's Box” by Procol Harum peaked at number 20 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell peaked at number 3 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1975, “Tribute To Buddy Holly” by Mike Berry peaked at number 2 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

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