July 12, 1975, is a Saturday. Preparations continue in the United States and the Soviet Union for the joint Apollo/Soyuz space missions, which will launch on Tuesday. The island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe, located off the west coast of Africa, is granted independence from Portugal. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is in London to meet with British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan. President Ford travels to Illinois and Michigan. At the IGA Foodliner in Cass City, Michigan (which is open daily until 6 and Thursdays and Fridays until 9), 2% milk is 59 cents for a half-gallon, ground chuck is 99 cents a pound, and a three-pound box of dry spaghetti is also 99 cents. Near Knoxville, Tennessee, a meeting of 12 dairy-goat farmers results in the formation of the Smoky Mountain Dairy Goat Association.
The current edition of Billboard features articles on American Top 40 with Casey Kasem and Charlie Tuna’s newly syndicated radio show, and reports that the Rolling Stones have now surpassed the Beatles with 22 Top-10 albums. The Stones play Los Angeles; at Orchard Park Stadium near Buffalo, an all-day festival features Yes, the J. Geils Band, Ace, and Johnny Winter. Gordon Lightfoot plays Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Eric Clapton is in Kalamazoo, and Elvis Presley plays Charleston, West Virginia.
The New York Times writes about the Hustle, and the resurgence of dancing in which the partners touch: “Whether it is part of [the] nostalgia craze or a turning point in the history of popular dancing, it seems that the hustle will be around for a while.” The article includes a step-by-step diagram showing how to do it. “The Hustle” by Van McCoy is at Number 2 in both Billboard and Cash Box. “Love Will Keep Us Together” by the Captain and Tennille tops it in Billboard; “Listen to What the Main Said” by Wings tops it in Cash Box. Download a two-part countdown of the Cash Box chart for the week at UltimateOldiesRadio.com (40-21 here, 20-1 here).