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September 1972








The O'Jays receive a gold record for their first hit single, after fourteen years together. "Back Stabbers" goes all the way up to #3 on the pop chart.

David Bowie releases "John, I'm Only Dancing" in the U.K., but presumably becuase of the song's supposedly gay lyrics, it isn't released in the U.S. until 1976 on the greatest hits LP Changesonebowie. And in 1979, a six-minute disco-dance version of the song is released.

Soviet chess champ Borris Spassky resigns from the final adjourned game in his 24-game contest with eccentric American challenger Bobby Fischer in Reykjavik, Iceland, which began in July. It ends 24 years of Soviet dominance in chess, and Fischer becomes the first native-born American World Chess Master.

Roads are jammed throughout the area as rock fans flock to Indiana for a rock festival on Bull Island in the Wabash River. Indiana State Police Lieutenant N. Burnsworth estimates that 100,000 rock fans already are on the island, with another 30,000 or 40,000 on the way. By the next day, attendance figures will reach 200,000 and despite widespread and flagrant drug abuse, the crowd is described as well-behaved. Appearing at the festival are Canned Heat, Pure Prairie League, Black Oak Arkansas and Brownsville Station, among others.
Atlanta Brave "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron breaks Stan Musial's career hitting record with 6,135 total bases, as he singles in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Another rock concert tragedy occurs when concessionaire Francisco Caruso is killed at a Texas Wishbone Ash show because he refuses to give a patron a free sandwich.

At the Olympic games in Munich, Mark Spitz strikes gold for a record seventh time, the most ever for an Olympic athelete -- and all his times were world records. WInning four individual and three relay races, the mustachioed swimmer not only lives up to but also surpasses all the pre-summer games hype. He later receives a hero's welcome, signing as a spokesperson for Adidas, Schick, Speedo, the California Milk Advisory Board, and more. His medal-laden poster will make him the hottest pin-up since Betty Grable. But a dark cloud is on the horizon -- tomorrow tragedy will strike the 1972 Olympics in the form of international terrorism against Israel. Spitz, who is Jewish, flies home before the closing ceremonies as a precaution.

At dawn, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September breaks into the lodgings of the Israeli Olympic athletic team in Munich, Germany, killing two and taking nine hostages. As the games are suspended and the world watches in horror, a gun battle erupts the following night between West German police and the terrorists, leaving four Palestinians, all nine captives and one policeman dead. Three are captured but released several months later after two Palestinians hijack a Lufthansa plane in Beruit and demand their release. The West German government immediately agrees, and they are flown to Libya and a thunderous heros' welcome. After a day of mourning and a memorial service attended by 80,000, the games continue.

The London Art Spectrum, held at the Alexandria Palace, is the showcase for five of
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's avant-garde films: Cold Turkey, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Give Peace a Chance, Instant Karma and Up Your Leg.
Curtis Mayfield's Super Fly goes gold and later becomes the country's Number One album. The soundtrack LP also includes "Freddie's Dead (Theme from Superfly)," a #4 hit in October.
A son, Zeke, is born to Neil Young and actress Carrie Snodgrass at Young's ranch near San Francisco.

John Sinclair organizes the Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues Festival. What makes this festival different from all others, boasts the noted political activist, is that "it's gonna be a real people's festival -- produced by freaks and for the community." And he actually pulls it off, with a bill including Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bonnie Raitt, Sun Ra, Junior Walker, Freddie King, Otis Rush, Luther Allison and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
The ever-changing Miles Davis premieres his new nine-piece band at Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall in New York. Unlike some of Davis' other outfits, which were made up of such stalwart players as Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, this one is comprised of eight "largely unknown musicians."

England's BBC-TV premieres
The Old Grey Whistle Test, a rock & roll program that will serve as a showcase for rock talent.
A suit against Maurice Stans, finance head of CREEP, and other staff members is filed by the Democratic party. Four days later, seven defendants -- including Richard Nixon aides G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt -- are indicted on federal grand jury on conspiracy charges stemming from the Watergate break-in.
The Faces headline Madison Square Garden. Although the show is described as lackluster, the group does show some imagination in selecting its opening acts: a Dixieland band, a group of Charleston dancers and a Scottish bagpiper, who, some later claim, turns in the best performance of the evening.

Maude becomes the first spinoff series from TV's Number One rated show, All in the Family. In contrast to her cousin Edith Bunker, Maude (Beatrice Arthur) was upper-middle-class, very liberal and extremely outspoken. Although a comedy, the series will often tackle serious subject matter and become almost as popular as All in the Family itself during its six season run.

The Waltons, a warm family drama set in the South during the Depression and World War II, debuts on CBS-TV. It contains no sex, no violence, and very little action or adventure, but amazingly knocks its popular competition, NBC's The Flip Wilson Show, off the air and does extremely well in the ratings -- at least in middle and rural America.
The Bob Newhart Show premieres on CBS-TV, and its fine acting ensemble of Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Peter Bonerz and Marcia Wallace will become a regular part of many Americans' Saturday-night agenda for the next six years.

The Top Five
1. "Black and White" - Three Dog Night
2. "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" - Mac Davis
3. "Alone Again (Naturally)" - Gilbert O'Sullivan
4. "Saturday in the Park" - Chicago
5. "Back Stabbers" - O'Jays

The Korean War-set sitcom M*A*S*H, spun off from a popular 1970 movie of the same name, debuts on CBS-TV to mixed critical response and lackluster ratings in its first season, but eventually soaring in popularity with its uncompromising treatment of the conflicting emotions of men and women in battle. Alan Alda, the only cast member to appear in every episode, will win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing -- becoming the only person to win all three awards for one series. The show will run for 11 seasons -- nearly four times longer than the conflict it depicted -- and culminate with a 2 and 1/2 hour episode, "Good-bye, Farewell and Amen," on Feb. 28, 1983, that was the single highest-rated program in TV history with an incredible 125 million viewers.
The Top Five
1. "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" - Mac Davis
2. "Black and White" - Three Dog Night
3. "Saturday in the Park" - Chicago
4. "Back Stabbers" - O'Jays
5. "Alone Again (Naturally)" - Gilbert O'Sullivan

Richard Nixon leads challenger George McGovern in the presidential race by a solid 28%, according to a Harris survey.
Rory Storme, the leader of one of Liverpool's earliest beat groups, kills himself in what is presumed to be a suicide pact with his mother. Rory Storme and the Hurricanes are probably best remembered as the group Ringo Starr left, in 1962, for the Beatles. But they were also one of the era's best. Friends interviewed after his death say that Storme couldn't accept that he never enjoyed the same success as many of his peers from the early-Sixties Liverpool scene.
Glam rocker David Bowie and his band, the Spiders from Mars, sell out Carnegie Hall in their first-ever New York City concert. It's the commercial breakthrough Bowie has been itching for, and he's also pleased to learn that a track he wrote for fellow Brits Mott the Hoople, "All the Young Dudes," entered the US charts earlier this week on its way into the Top 40 (it's already No. 3 in his native England). The glam anthem punches Bowie's ticket in America, followed by a successful rerelease of "Space Oddity," and a string of hit albums including Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs and Young Americans, the latter containing his first US chart-topping single, "Fame."
Cat Stevens opens his new tour before a sold-out crowd of 6,500 at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. Sharing the bill with Stevens are Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Cat's own cartoon short, Teaser and the Firecat. Stevens is backed by an eleven-piece orchestra for the thirty-one-date tour, scheduled to end in Toronto.

Under the Bob Woodward-Carl Bernstein byline, the Washington Post reveals the existence of a "dirty tricks" slush fund controlled by former attorney general John Mitchell for the purpose of gathering information on the Democrats and disrupting their campaigns.

Country star Donna Fargo reaches the Hot 100 with "Funny Face," which will hit #5 on the pop chart in November. It will be one of two Top 40 hits for the former Yvonne Vaughn of Mt. Airy, N.C., during the decade, the other one being July 1972's "The Happiest Girl in the U.S.A." (#11). Fargo was tragically stricken with multiple sclerosis in 1979, but was still able to form her own music publishing company.

Columbia Records, which signed expensive deals with several artists in 1972, announces that it is closing down its four Hollywood studios, meaning unemployment for 28 engineers and other staff members.

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