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April 1973








John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a news conference in New York City to discuss their appeal of the Immigration Department's decision to deport John. Another question raised is that of a Beatles reunion, which Newsweek magazine had earlier reported was "on." The reunion, Lennon stresses, "is not in the cards."
The combat the plethora of Beatles bootlegs, the group's label, Capitol, issues The Beatles/ 1962-1966 and The Beatles/ 1967-1970, both two-record greatest hits packages. They make #3 and Number One on the album chart.

Soviet scientists launch space lab Salyut 2 into orbit; the U.S. deep-space probe Pioneer 11 blasts off for Jupiter two days later.

After being broadcast live to most of the Far East and more than 20 European nations in January, taped highlights of Elvis Presley's satellite broadcast Aloha From Hawaii are aired in the U.S. on NBC-TV. The televised performance reaches 57% of America's viewers, and even Elvis watches the presentation from his home.
The Smothers Brothers win their much-watched four-year legal battle with CBS over their canceled variety show, and are awarded $776,300 in damages. Legendary CBS president William Paley had abruptly canceled the irreverent hit series, which took anti-Vietnam War and civil rights stances and had been an irritant to the network's censors despite its solid ratings, triggering the case that's decided in the brothers' favor.
Wounded Knee fighters reach a cease-fire, as Russell Means and Sioux representatives meet with White House officials in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the talks produce no significant results: The siege continues until May 8, with two men -- an Ameircan Indian and a Vietnam Veteran -- becoming fatalities of the 71-day standoff.

The Top Five
1. "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" - Vicki Lawrence
2. "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye" - Gladys Knight & the Pips
3. "Killing Me Softly With His Song" - Roberta Flack
4. "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)" - Four Tops
5. "Break Up to Make Up" - Stylistics

Neil Young's docu- autobiography, Journey through the Past, premieres at the US Film Festival in Dallas. Young is typically ambiguous when describing the film, a jumbled melange of scenes and images from throughout his career: "It's a collection of thoughts. Every scene meant something to me -- although with some of them I can't say what."

Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the modern era, dies.

Paul McCartney releases "My Love," a ballad that will be the biggest hit of his solo career to date, going Number One for four weeks. McCartney follows three weeks later with the Red Rose Speedway album, which also hits Number One.
Led Zeppelin get a gold record for Houses of the Holy, the first of their five LPs not eponymously titled.

Rolling Stone reports that a Buffalo Springfield reunion may be in the works. Says original member Richie Furay, now with Poco, "It's all up to Neil [Young] right now." Stephen Stills has already given his consent to the reunion, which would include the above-mentioned three plus original bassist Bruce Palmer and original drummer Dewey Martin. As it will turn out, the reunion never takes place.
When the J. Geils Band appear on ABC-TV's In Concert to sing their hit "Give It to Me," they're censored because of the tune's line "Get it up." The same thing happens to Curtis Mayfield on Soul Train; when he performs "Pusherman," all references to drugs are clipped, including half of the song's first line.

Who's Roger Daltrey releases his first solo album, Daltrey. It's a marked departure from the music of the Who, which is exactly the point, says Daltrey. "If it sounded anything like the Who, even one percent like the Who, I wouldn't bother." The material is composed by songwriters Leo Sayer and David Courtney and is produced by British rock idol-turned-movie star Adam Faith Daltrey makes #45.
Bette Midler receives a gold album for her recording debut, The Divine Miss M. One of the year's hottest entertainers, Midler combines borscht-belt shtick with a frenetic musical style that incorporates elements of the Forties, the Fifties and the Sixties. Midler traces her extroverted persona to a childhood made unhappy by a zoftig figure.
Paul McCartney stars in his first TV special, James Paul McCartney, which features his wife, Linda, and Wings. Highlights include a rendition of "Yesterday" and footage from several concerts.
Pink Floyd receive a gold album for The Dark Side of the Moon, one of rock's landmark albums. The LP will remain on the charts for more than a decade and become the longest charting rock record of all time.
The doomsday sci-fi movie Soylent Green premieres in New York City, almost three months after star Edward G. Robinson's death and over four weeks before its Los Angeles and other cities' debut.
The Top Five
1. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" - Dawn
2. "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" - Vicki Lawrence
3. "Sing" - Carpenters
4. "The Cisco Kid" - War
5. "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)" - Four Tops

Actress Irene Ryan, best known for portraying Granny Clampett on the long-running CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, dies in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 70.
President Nixon allows his staff to testify before the Watergate Committee, and former attorney general John Mitchell admits that he knew of political espionage, but not specific bugging operations. The Washington Post reveals Nixon's knowledge of his staff's involvement fro as early as December 1972.
According to Rolling Stone, David LaFlamme, founding member of It's a Beautiful Day, has been asked to leave his own group. The other members felt that the violinist was reaping an unfair share of the profits. LaFlamme has been replaced by Graig Bloch, grandnephew of master violinist Jascha Heifetz. Also, it is reported that Roberta Flack's chart-topper "Killing Me Softly With His Song" was inspired by a live performance by folk-rocker Don McLean. A few weeks earlier, the magazine had revealed the man behind Carly Simon's less-than- complimentary hit "You're So Vain": Warren Beatty.
The Diamonds, who had nine Top Twenty hits in the Fifties, reunite for the first time in fourteen years for a Midnight Special show that features other golden oldie acts like Ed ("Kookie") Byrnes, Little Richard, the Penguins, Little Anthony, Chubby Checker and host Jerry Lee Lewis.
Pollster Lou Harris finds that 63% of Americans believe the White House has not been "frank and honest" about Watergate. Two days later, President Nixon accepts responsibility for the affair but denies any inolvement or prior knowledge. The day after that, the Senate calls for him to appoint a special prosecutor; on May 18 he chooses Harvard Law School professor Archibald Cox.

NYPD cop Thomas Shea shoots unarmed 10-year-old Clifford Glover in Queens' South Jamacia district, believing Clifford had a gun. Shea would be acquitted of wrongdoing by 11 whites and one black on June 12, 1974, but was fired from the NYPD the same year.

More than 15,000 persons attending a rock concert by Elvin Bishop, Canned Heat, Buddy Miles and Fleetwood Mac are routed from a baseball stadium in Stockton, California, by police firing tear-gas canisters. More than eighty people, including twenty-eight police, are injured, and fifty arrests are made.

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