October 22, 1976: The Song Remains the Same

(Edited below.)

October 22, 1976, was a Friday. Amendments to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s rules governing movement and handling of livestock at fairs and exhibitions go into effect today. The FDA bans red dye #2 due to a potential cancer risk. (Late edit: the dye was banned in February; today, the FDA recalled tons of candy made with it.) The decision will cause M&M/Mars to stop selling red M&Ms. President Ford starts his day with a doctor’s appointment after breakfast, then has a morning of meetings concerning the presidential campaign and a photo op with Noor Hussain, an 80-year-old Pakistani woodcarver who presents him with an ivory table. At noontime, President and Mrs. Ford leave the White House for Williamsburg, Virginia, and tonight’s final debate with Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter. The presidential debate leads all three evening newscasts and is carried on all three networks. CBS precedes the debate with an episode of Spencer’s Pilots, an adventure series about a private aviation company. NBC presents an episode of Sanford and Son called “I Dream of Choo-Choo Rabinowitz,” in which Fred tries to break a world record for staying awake, and an episode of Chico and the Man. ABC airs Donny and Marie, with guest stars Cindy Williams and Charley Pride. The movie Car Wash is new in theaters.

It’s the second night of the NBA regular season; all four former American Basketball Association teams that joined the older league this summer make their debuts. The New York Nets, San Antonio Spurs, and Denver Nuggets get wins; the Nuggets beat their former ABA foe, the Indiana Pacers. Future major-league catcher Michael Barrett is born. In Monroe, Wisconsin, the Cheesemaker football team’s losing streak reaches six after a 37-0 home loss to Sun Prairie that drops them to 2-and-6 on the season with one game to play. After the game, late that night, a Monroe police officer will have to kick several couples out of Twining Park for parking after closing time.

Last night, the Who closed their 1976 tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. It would be the last performance featuring drummer Keith Moon. Tonight, Barry Manilow plays Dallas, and Elvis Presley plays Champaign, Illinois. Black Sabbath opens a tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Eagles play the Forum in Los Angeles. Their performance of “Wasted Time” will appear on the 1980 album Eagles Live. Album releases today include Elton John’s Blue Moves, Bob Seger’s Night Moves, and Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same, which is the soundtrack to the movie that came out earlier this week. At B100 in San Diego, “Do You Feel Like We Do” by Peter Frampton is #1 on the new survey out today, knocking last week’s top hit, “Lowdown” by Boz Scaggs, to #2. The rest of the Top 10: “Rock’n Me” by the Steve Miller Band, “Shake Your Booty” by KC and the Sunshine Band, “Devil Woman” by Cliff Richard, Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven,” “Still the One” by Orleans, “Getaway” by Earth Wind and Fire, Heart’s “Magic Man,” and Rick Dees’ “Disco Duck.” Five songs are new in the Top 30; the highest debut belongs to Rod Stewart and “Tonight’s the Night.”

Perspective From the Present: I have told the story at my other blog several times, I think: at the football game, my girlfriend and I were on our first date since splitting up over a year before, and afterward, we wanted to make up for lost time. I recognized all of the other cars that were kicked out of the park with us, and their drivers recognized me. Such was my reputation with the ladies that one of the other guys said to me on Monday, “I thought to myself, that’s Jim’s car, but who would he be here with?” That night, and the several months that followed it, are among the very favorite times of my life. We only fall good and truly in love for the first time one time, and it tends to leave a mark.


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