Sunday, October 29, 2017

October 29th

Ed Sullivan welcomes The Cowsills to his program tonight.  They perform their first big chart hit, "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" along with a medley that includes "The Cruel War", "Monday Monday", "Sweet Talkin' Guy", "Oh, Lonesome Me", "Please Mr. Postman" and "Reach Out, I'll Be There". 

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band perform on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. 

"The Jungle Book" tops the weekly box office again this week with nearly no fall-off from the week before.  (Opening week it did just under $4.8 million … this week receipts tally up to $4.55 million … pretty darn good for a cartoon!)

This shows you how open our tastes were to anything back then … a bloody, gory thriller like "Bonnie And Clyde" can top the box office for eight weeks, only to be displaced by something out of the Disney Studio. 

Black Panther Leader Huey Newton was stopped by the Oakland, California police.  A gun battle ensued in which Newton was injured and Police Officer John Frey was killed.  Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter but the conviction was later overturned. According to Gene McKinney, who was with Newton that night, he and Newton were pulled over by the police after they had driven out to pick up some take-out food following a Black Panther Party Fundraiser.  After the shooting, it was McKinney who commandeered a passing car in order to get Newton to a hospital.