One Day in Your Life: February 1, 1975

February 1, 1975, is a Saturday. William Saxbe resigns as Attorney General to become U.S. Ambassador to India. The resignation of Claude Brinegar, Secretary of Transportation since 1973, becomes official. Antwan “Big Boi” Patton of Outkast is born. Two successful penalty shots are executed in the National Hockey League, by Steve Atkinson of the Washington Capitals and Lorne Henning of the New York Islanders. Robert W. Straub is inaugurated as governor of Oregon. Shows on CBS that night include The Jeffersons and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. James Garner of The Rockford Files is on the cover of TV Guide.

Little Feat plays the Olympia in Paris. Led Zeppelin is in Pittsburgh. Genesis appears live in Kansas City, Kansas. Joe Walsh plays New York City. Miles Davis does two shows in Osaka, Japan. The afternoon show will be released on his album Agharta; the evening show will be released on Pangaea. KISS wraps its Hotter Than Hell tour in Santa Monica, California, with opening act Jo Jo Gunne. Barry Manilow concludes a two-week engagement at Mr. Kelly’s in Chicago, where “Mandy” is at Number One on WLS for a second week. It’s sitting at Number 5 in Cash Box, where “Laughter in the Rain” by Neil Sedaka is Number One. Other hot singles on the Cash Box chart include “Fire” by the Ohio Players, moving from 10 to 6, and “Best of My Love” by the Eagles, moving from 13 to 9. The biggest leap is taken by Olivia Newton-John’s “Have You Never Been Mellow,” which jumps from 73 to 33 in just its second week on. Also in its second week, BTO’s “Roll on Down the Highway” blasts from 55 to 26.

Debuting at Number 93 is “Please Mr. President” by Paula Webb, a quite indescribable child’s letter to Gerald Ford asking him to do something about the economy, so that her father will get his job back and stop ignoring the family dog. You cannot imagine how much I wish I had an mp3 of that for you. Go here and scroll downto hear it.

(“One Day in Your Life” has been appearing on the first Friday of each month since last fall. Effective February 20, it’s moving over to Popdose, where it will appear on the third Wednesday of each month.)

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