One Day in Your Life: June 8, 1976

June 8, 1976, is a Tuesday. A heat wave continues in the Midwest. At an appearance last night in Bowling Green, Ohio, President Ford was momentarily stunned by an exploding flash bulb. Among his appointments today, Ford gets a briefing on the Teton River Dam collapse in Idaho last Saturday, meets the attorney general of Mexico, and greets finalists in the National Spelling Bee. It’s also the final primary day of the 1976 campaign, with contests in California, Ohio, and New Jersey. Jimmy Carter will not clinch the nomination, but he will win enough delegates to make him the prohibitive favorite. On the Republican side, Ronald Reagan wins California, but Ford takes Ohio. There’s no Republican contest in New Jersey.

ABC’s Tuesday night lineup includes Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and a 1968 theatrical movie called Prudence and the Pill. CBS counters with a repeat of Really Rosie, an animated adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children’s book starring the voice of Carole King. Also in the CBS lineup tonight, Good Times and M*A*S*H. NBC’s shows include the trucker drama Movin’ On and Police Woman starring Angie Dickinson.  Future pro tennis player Lindsay Davenport is born, and former NBA player, coach, and general manager Bob Feerick dies at age 56. The major-league baseball amateur draft begins. Pitcher Floyd Bannister is taken first overall by the Houston Astros. Future Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson,and Wade Boggs are selected in later rounds, as are pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell. In Wisconsin, a baseball fan with more interest than ability attends his first softball practice of the summer. The church league season begins on Friday night.

AC/DC plays Portsmouth, England, Bob Marley plays Dusseldorf, Germany, and the Eagles play Seattle. At WLS in Chicago, “Silly Love Songs” holds the Number-One position on the singles chart; the four songs behind it were also in the top five last week, but have shuffled positions: “Shannon” by Henry Gross, “Happy Days” by Pratt & McClain, “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross, and “Welcome Back” by John Sebastian. New in the top 10 is “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop. The biggest moves on the chart belong to “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy (44 to 33), “Takin’ It to the Streets” by the Doobie Brothers (34 to 25) and “More More More” by the Andrea True Connection (35 to 27).

The softball player knows that there will be hay to make in a day or so, which means he will be expected to spend his mornings and long afternoons driving a tractor in the heat. There’s no radio on the tractor, but it doesn’t matter. All the songs that matter are in his head.

Perspective From the Present: They still are, especially the glorious album version of “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” with twice the intro time, a longer guitar solo, and more of those gorgeously arranged background vocals. And on the subject of “more,” “More More More” still sounds precisely like a hot summer night.

3 responses

  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy is my favorite song from the summer of ’76 and is one of my all-time favorite summer songs. “More More More” not so much…in fact, I don’t ever recall WLS playing it and I don’t recall WLS playing “Happy Days” either. I suppose it’s possible they charted those songs but did not play them.

    As for “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by the Elvin Bishop Band, they say the purpose of the blues is to make you cry. That’s why I’m partial to the long version (4:48) with Elvin Bishop’s wonderful guitar solo. However, a young vocalist with an incredibly powerful voice made that song awesome. Later, Mickey Thomas went on to put Jefferson Starship over the top. I hope to see him perform this weekend at America’s River Festival in Dubuque where “Starship featuring Mickey Thomas” opens up for KC & the Sunshine Band. (Friday night’s show is interesting…Foghat opening for Chicago).

  2. every time I hear Bishop’s tune on the radio I hold my breath as the edit point for the long version of the guitar solo approaches. And it never comes. There are worse edits out there on other tunes but that one is a disappointment.

  3. I might have been in front of the set for Really Rosie. Curiously, my mother bought the 8-track that month for my father, either for his birthday (the 15th) or Father’s Day (some years they overlapped). You can guess who wound up getting the most mileage out of that tape. I’m still waiting for a DVD release.

    “More, More, More” is one of the songs I want to re-edit someday. The 45 fades out too soon and the LP version meanders. There’s a killer extended dance version somewhere in between. My job: find it!

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