One Day in Your Life: October 3, 1975

October 3, 1975, is a Friday. President Gerald Ford vetoes a bill intended to expand food programs for needy children, claiming it would give aid to families above the poverty line; next week, Congress will override the veto. In California, the arraignment of Symbionese Liberation Army members Bill and Emily Harris on charges stemming from their crime spree with Patty Hearst is delayed so Emily Harris can find a new lawyer. Future singer India Arie and future rapper Talib Kweli are born. The emperor and empress of Japan are in the United States on a state visit; President Ford will host a state dinner in their honor tonight. Scientists in the Soviet Union recover an unmanned military spacecraft that had lost contact with controllers shortly after launch on Monday. The campus newspaper at Marquette University in Milwaukee reports on the activities of Barry McArdle, who’s been traveling around Wisconsin and elsewhere selling real estate on the moon. A Navy submarine commander is admonished for having permitted a topless dancer to perform on board his sub.

On daytime TV today, celebrity guests on The $10,000 Pyramid are Adrienne Barbeau and Peter Lawford, and Jim Stafford is celebrity co-host of The Mike Douglas Show. Shows in primetime tonight include M*A*S*H, Barnaby Jones, Hawaii Five-O, Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, and The Rockford Files. ABC broadcasts a late-night special featuring episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus; in December, the Python troupe will sue to keep ABC from broadcasting a second special, citing the “mutilation” of their work when ABC edits the episodes to make room for commercials and to remove what it calls “offensive” material.

Gentle Giant plays White Plains, New York, and KISS plays Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Bonnie Raitt plays Seattle with Tom Waits opening. The Who plays Stafford, England, and releases The Who By Numbers in the UK. Also released in the UK today: Extra Texture by George Harrison. At WJET in Erie, Pennsylvania, “You,” the lead single from Harrison’s album, moves to 23 from 27. “Fame” by David Bowie tops the chart, dethroning “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band, which slips to Number Two. The two hottest records on the chart are “I Only Have Eyes for You” by Art Garfunkel, jumping from 15 to 5, and Morris Albert’s “Feelings,” taking an even greater leap from 21 to 6. In Wisconsin, a teenage music geek couldn’t possibly know that years from now, current hits like “Games People Play,” “Bad Blood,” “Miracles,” “Lady Blue,” and “Lyin’ Eyes” will still be encoded with the late-afternoon light that bathes his world as he gets off the school bus, heads into the house, and hurries to turn the radio on.

“The Rockford Files”/Mike Post (buy it here, along with a ton of other TV themes)
“Lady Blue”/Leon Russell
(buy it here)


5 responses

  1. Adrienne Barbeau. As a young lad, Adrienne Barbeau might have made the greatest impression on me of any woman on television (aside from, possibly, Cher and some of her naval-bearing outfits). I couldn’t have been more than seven or eight when I saw Barbeau on “Maude,” and though I wouldn’t understand for another four or five years, I knew that there was something about her that quite appealed to me.

  2. Well, two things, actually.

  3. “Games People Play,” “Bad Blood,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” plus other hits like “Who Loves You” by the Four Seasons, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Bad Company, “Island Girl” by Elton John, “Fame” by David Bowie, and “Why Can’t We Be Friends” by War made Top 40 radio great in 1975. Alluding to your earlier post about 1981, it just goes to show that Top 40 radio is so much better when you have black artists, white artists, rock, pop, R&B, and everything in between as part of the equation.

  4. Barbeau gave birth to twins at age 51. She’s now 63 and still hot. Her hubby is Billy Van Zandt, Stephen’s brother.

  5. Ahhhh yes, ‘Miracles’….extended, uncut version, pretty please (with sugar on top)…

    “I had a taste of the real world…”

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