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September 1974








George Harrison inaugurates his new Dark Horse label, with the release of The Place I Love by a group called Splinter. Harrison produced the album.
Joe Strummer's pre-Clash outfit, the 101ers, named after the number on the torture room of George Orwell's novel 1984, play their first show, at the Briton Telegraph Club.

Land of the Lost premieres on NBC-TV's Saturday morning line-up. Exploring the Colorado River on a raft, forest ranger Rick Marshall and his children Will and Holly are caught in a time vortex that transports them to the mysterious, prehistoric Land of the Lost. Befriended by Chaka the monkey boy, the family searches for a way back home amid stampeding dinosaurs.

President Ford grants Richard Nixon a "full, free and absolute" pardon for all federal crimes he may have committed, although he has yet to be charged with any.

Daredevil Evel Knievel fails to complete his much-publicized 1,600-foot jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho when the parachute on his specially equipped steam-powered motorcycle/rocket called the "Skycycle" opens prematurely.

Rhoda, a spin-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, premieres on CBS. The show depicts incidents in the life of New Yorker Rhoda Morganstern (Valerie Harper), a window designer.
The New York Dolls split up after just two albums. Their career is best summed up in one of their LP titles, Too Much Too Soon.

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Lou Brock sets a professional baseball record when he steals his 105th base of the season.

Born Innocent, a controversial television movie starring The Exorcist's Linda Blair as a teenaged girl struggling to adjust to rigors of a tough juvenile detention home, debuts on NBC.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Band and Joni Mitchell play the 80,000-plus-seat Wembley Stadium in London.

Little House on the Prairie, a heartwarming family drama about the pioneering Ingalls family, dawns on NBC. A year after the end of Bonanza, Michael "Little Joe" Landon changes locales if not eras, going from Nevada's Ponderosa to a farm in the town of Walnut Grove in Plumb Creek, Minnesota. No doubt it's inspired by CBS's The Waltons, even though that's set 60 years later during the Depression and World War II. Both series feature large families and family values, struggling to make ends meet amid natural disasters, disease, and economic crises. And love -- read no sex and no violence -- always prevails, affording each nine fruitful seasons.

Violence erupts as white students and families opposed to integrated busing boycott classes in South Boston. Schools call in police protection, but fighting continues for weeks, peaking Oct. 15. Gang wars ignite, several students are hospitalized and the presence of the Massachusetts National Guard is requested.
Stevie Wonder begins his first tour since his near-fatal car accident, at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. The night before, a party is held for Wonder at New York City's Delmonico's Hotel. Among the well-wishers were Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Dudley Moore and Roberta Flack.

NBC-TV premieres Chico and the Man, a situation comedy set in the barrio of East Los Angeles that launches the career of young Latino funnyman Freddie Prinze into the stratosphere before he tragically takes his own life on January 28, 1977.

NBC-TV premieres The Rockford Files, a show depicting the exploits of Jim Rockford (played by James Garner), owner/operator of the Rockford Private Detective Agency, as he attempts to solve criminal cases that are considered unsolvable and labeled inactive by Los Angeles police.

The Top Five
1. "I Shot the Sheriff" - Eric Clapton
2. "(You're) Having My Baby" - Paul Anka with Odia Coates
3. "Rock Me Gently" - Andy Kim
4. "I'm Leaving It All Up to You" - Donny & Marie Osmond
5. "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" - Barry White

Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain receives a severe electrical shock during the group's Dallas concert. He is expected to be fully recovered by mid-October, but the band is forced to cancel three remaining shows on the tour.

Soviet authorities use bulldozers and antiriot gear to crush an open-air "unofficial art" show in Moscow.

Strongly criticizing the prosecutor of the case, a federal judge dismisses all charges relating to the Wounded Knee occupation against AIM leaders Russell Means and Dennis Banks.

President Ford signs a Vietnam War clemency act offering repatriation and pardons to all draft resisters and military deserters in exchange for two years of public service and an oath of allegiance. When the program period ends the following Mar. 31, only 22,500 of the 124,400 eligible will have acted on the offer.

Bob Dylan begins recording sessions for what will become his most acclaimed LP of the 1970s, Blood on the Tracks.

After repeated New York Times reports of U.S. involvement in the overthrow of Salvador Allende Gossens's Chilean government, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee initiates an investigation. On Oct. 3, Chile's military junta admits to holding more than 700 political prisoners, though press reports give numbers as high as 60,000.
Antonia - a Portrait of the Woman, a film by Judy Collins, premieres at New York City's Whitney Museum. The fifty-eight-minute film explores the career of Antonia Brico, Collins' piano teacher for eleven years, when Collins lived in Denver. Brico is one of the world's few female symphony conductors.

A sell-out crowd of followers of Korean preacher Rev. Sun Myung Moon flocks to New York City's Madison Square Garden; approximately half of the "Moonies" depart before the end of the speech.

Bad Company turns gold and goes on to give the new group its first hit, "Can't Get Enough." The British band is comprised of former Free members Paul Rodgers and Simone Kirke, Mick Ralphs, late of Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell, who once played with King Crimson. Their debut is one of the few to hit Number One.
Golden Earring, a Dutch group that has been in existence since 1962, receives a gold record for Moontan, which contains the hit "Radar Love." It is the first U.S. success after many years for the band; it will be nine years before they have another American smash.
Ariel Bender quits Mott the Hoople after just one year. His place is taken by former David Bowie sideman Mick Ronson.

The Love Machine and Once Is Not Enough best-selling author Jacqueline Susann, author of Valley of the Dolls, dies in New York City at age 56.

Barry White has his biggest success of the '70s this week with "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," one of his ten Top 40 singles during the decade. White's surefire formula -- rich baritone, steamy lyrics, and the lush 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra -- makes him a winner on both sides of the Atlantic, with countless cool nicknames bestowed upon him, like "The Prophet of Love," "The Love Guru" and "The Walrus of Love" (he weighs in at 300 pounds). White's resume also includes producing "Harlem Shuffle" for the duo Bob and Earl, creating the sexy female trio Love Unlimited, and writing them a million-seller (1972's "Walkin' in the Rain with the One I Love").

The Top Five
1. "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" - Barry White
2. "Rock Me Gently" - Andy Kim
3. "I Honestly Love You" - Olivia Newton-John
4. "Nothing from Nothing" - Billy Preston
5. "I Shot the Sheriff" - Eric Clapton

Sonny Bono returns to the airwaves with The Sonny Comedy Revue. The show's guests include Sally Struthers who sings "In the Mood," Howard Cossell who does a commentary of the fight between David and Goliath, the Jackson 5 who sing "Life of the Party," and Miss Teenage America Lori Lei Matsukawa.
Robbie McIntosh, drummer for the Scottish group the Average White Band, dies on his 24th birthday in his North Hollywood hotel room of a heroin overdose. McIntosh was at a party hosted by one Ken Moss when he inhaled a white powder thought to be cocaine, but which turned out to be pure strychnine-based heroin.

Although the first effort by the
Souther-Hillman- Furay Band -- country rock's supergroup -- turns gold, the group's fortunes already appear to be on the wane. They will release one more album before disbanding, less than two years after ther much ballyhooed formation.
The three-day Zaire '74 music festival ends after 31 groups -- 17 from Zaire, 14 from the U.S. (including James Brown, the Staple Singers, the Spinners, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Maskela) -- participate. The purpose of the festival was to present African and black American music. Lloyd Price, festival coproducer, and Don King, boxing promoter of the postponed Muhammad Ali-George Foreman fight (to take place in Zaire the following month) agree that the three-day event was a "tremendous success."
Robert Fripp announces that his is temporarily disbanding King Crimson after five years and seven albums, the most recent being Red.
John Lennon releases what will be his last album of new material for nearly six years, Walls and Bridges. The album becomes Number One.
The Top Five
1. "Rock Me Gently" - Andy Kim
2. "I Honestly Love You" - Olivia Newton-John
3. "Nothing from Nothing" - Billy Preston
4. "Then Came You" - Dionne Warwick and the Spinners
5. "Beach Baby" - First Class

A clash occurs between Lynyrd Skynyrd roadies and a sound technician during a Skynyrd-Blue Oyster Cult concert at the Louisville Convention Center. The Skynyrd road crew claims that Jay Sloatman of Tycobrahe Sound deliberately turned off the sound during the band's set and then attacked them when he was asked to leave the stage. No arrests are made.

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