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A '73 Flashback

What was on top in 1973? Do you remember? Top songs, shows, books, and more. Read on to find out the answers and more interesting trivia from our year.


President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew

Population: 211,908,788
Life expectancy: 71.4 years

High: 1051
Low: 788

Federal spending: $245.71 billion
Federal debt: $466.3 billion
Inflation: 7.6%
Consumer Price Index: 44.4
Unemployment: 5.6%

Cost of a new home: $35,500.00
Median Household Income: $10,512.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.08
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.39
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.78
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $1.31


Billboard's Top 10

1. Crocodile Rock - Elton John
2. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
3. Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight/Pips
4. Brother Louie - Stories
5. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
6. Will It Go Round In Circles - Billy Preston
7. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
8. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
9. Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers
10. Love Train - The O'Jays

Top Albums

Brothers and Sisters - Allman Brothers
Chicago VI - Chicago
Goat's Head Soup - Rolling Stones
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Living in the Material World - George Harrison
No Secrets - Carly Simon

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year: Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
Best New Artist: Bette Midler
Best Pop Duo or Group: Gladys Knight and the Pips "Neither One of Us"
Best Pop Female Vocal: Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
Best Pop Male Vocal:  Stevie Wonder "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
Record of the Year: "Killing Me Softly With His Song", Roberta Flack
Song of the Year: "Killing Me Softly With His Song""


Top Grossing

The Exorcist -  $165,000,000
The Sting -  $159,616,327
American Graffiti - $115,000,000
Papillon - $53,267,000
Live and Let Die - $35,400,000

Academy Awards
Best Actor: Jack Lemmon - Save the Tiger
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson - A Touch of Class
Best Director: George Roy Hill - The Sting
Best Picture: Tony Bill, Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips - The Sting
Best Supporting Actor: John Houseman - The Paper Chase
Best Supporting Actress: Tatum O'Neal - Paper Moon


Top 20 Shows

1 ) All in the Family
2 ) The Waltons
3 ) Sanford and Son
4 ) M*A*S*H
5 ) Hawaii Five-O
6 ) Maude
7 ) Kojak
8 ) The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour
9 ) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
10 ) Cannon
11 ) The Six Million Dollar Man
12 ) The Bob Newhart Show
13 ) The Wonderful World of Disney
14 ) The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie
15 ) Gunsmoke
16 ) Happy Days
17 ) Good Times
18 ) Barnaby Jones
19 ) NFL Monday Night Football
20 ) The CBS Friday Night Movie

Emmy Awards

Best Drama - Masterpiece Theatre: Upstairs, Downstairs (PBS)
Best Drama Actor - Telly Savalas: Kojak
Best Drama Actress - Michael Learned: The Waltons
Best Comedy - M*A*S*H
Best Comedy Actor - Alan Alda: M*A*S*H
Best Comedy Actress - Mary Tyler Moore: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Supporting Actor - Rob Reiner: All in the Family
Supporting Actress - Cloris Leachman: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Best Variety- The Carol Burnett Show



Superbowl VIII: Miami 24 - MINNESOTA 7
Pro MVP: O.J. Simpson
College Football #1 Ranking: Notre Dame
Heisman Trophy: John Cappelletti


NBA Championship Winner: NEW YORK 4-1 over LA Lakers
NBA MVP: Dave Cowens - Boston
NCAA National Champions: UCLA 30-0


World Series Winner: Oakland A's over NY METS in seven
National League MVP: Pete Rose
NL Rookie of the Year: Gary Matthews
American League MVP: Reggie Jackson
AL Rookie of the Year: Al Bumbry


Fiction Best Sellers

Jonathon Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach
Once Is Not Enough - Jacqueline Susann
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth
Burr - Gore Vidal
Evening in Byzantium - Irwin Shaw
The Matlock Paper - Robert Ludlum
The Billion Dollar Sure Thing - Paul E. Erdman
The Honorary Consul - Graham Greene

Nonfiction Best Sellers

The Living Bible - Kenneth Taylor
Dr. Atkin's Diet Revolution - Robert C. Atkins
I'm O.K., You're O.K. - Thomas Harris
The Joy of Sex - Alex Comfort
Weight Watchers Program Cookbook - Jean Nidetch
How to Be Your Own Best Friend - Mildred Newman
The Art of Walt Disney - Christopher Finch
Alistair Cooke's America - Alistair Cooke
Sybil - Flora R. Schreiber

Pulitzer for Fiction

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

Pulitzer for Non-fiction

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald
Children of Crisis (Vols. 1 and 2) by Robert M. Coles


Last US combat troops leave Vietnam
Senate Committee Begins Watergate Hearings
OPEC Emposes Oil Embargo
Militant Indians seize hostages at Wounded Knee S.D.
Syria and Egypt attack Israel on Yom Kuppur
Alaskan pipeline is authorized
Lyndon B. Johnson dies
Actress Betty Grabel dies
Oregon is the first state to decriminalize marijuana
Pet Rocks become a fad


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Billboard Top Ten
Provided by Richard Keller

1970 - Fall and Winter

  • Close to You - Carpenters
  • Make it With You - Bread
  • War - Edwin Starr
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
  • Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
  • I'll Be There - Jackson 5
  • I Think I Love You - Partridge Family
  • Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson
  • My Sweet Lord - George Harrison


  • Knock Three Times - Dawn
  • One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
  • Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
  • Just My Imagination - Temptations
  • Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
  • Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
  • Want Ads - Honey Cone
  • It's Too Late - Carole King
  • Indian Reservation - Raiders
  • You've Got a Friend - James Taylor
  • How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - Bee Gees
  • Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Paul and Linda McCartney
  • Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond
  • Maggie May - Rod Stewart
  • Gypsy's, Tramps and Thieves - Cher
  • Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
  • Family Affair - Sly and the Family Stone
  • Brand New Key - Melanie


  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  • Without You - Nilsson
  • Heart of Gold - Neil Young
  • A Horse With No Name - America
  • First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
  • Oh Girl - Chi-Lites
  • I'll Take You There - Staple Singers
  • Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
  • Lean On Me - Bill Withers
  • Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • Brandy - Looking Glass
  • Black and White - Three Dog Night
  • Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me - Mac Davis
  • Ben - Michael Jackson
  • My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry
  • I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
  • Papa Was a Rolling Stone - The Temptations
  • I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
  • Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul

1973 - Winter and Spring

  • You're So Vain - Carly Simon
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • Crocodile Rock - Elton John
  • Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
  • Love Train - O'Jays
  • Night Lights Went Out in GA - Vicki Lawrence
  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon - Dawn (featuring Tony Orlando)
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
  • Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group
  • My Love - Paul McCartney and Wings



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