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The Grateful Dead have finally tracked down and have had arrested Lenny Hart, the group's ex-manager, and father of the group's ex-drummer. The elder Hart, who claimed to be a reverend, is charged with having embezzled $70,000 from the band last year, leaving the Dead penniless. Manager John McIntire was surprised to discover the missing money, saying "You wouldn't think that he'd fuck his own son."

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Grateful Dead's second live LP is given the unimaginative title Grateful Dead, but it's not as if the group isn't concerned about such matters. Rolling Stone reports that leader Jerry Garcia had originally wanted the LP titled Starfuck. It becomes the Dead's first Top Twenty-five album upon its late September release.

Rolling Stone reports that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and the late Brian Jones' father have filed suit against former Rolling Stones managers Eric Easton and Andrew Loog Oldham, the latter the group's producer through 1967's Flowers. Among other things, the suit charges that Easton and Oldham deprived them of royalties, through a deal with the band's first label, Decca.

First it was the Polish National Home, then
Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, then the Balloon Farm and then in 1967 the Electric Circus, one of New York City's taste-making rock & roll clubs. On this date, Rolling Stone reports that, according to owner Stan Freeman, the club is closing down because of a decrease in business ever since seventeen patrons were injured in a bomb blast in 1970.
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The embalmed body of Eva Perón, missing for the last 16 years, is returned to her widower, former Argentine president Juan Perón by the Argentine government to curry political favor. The body, which had disappeared in 1955 after Perón was overthrown and went into exile, is returned from an unknown site in Italy to his home in Madrid. Perónists, who unsuccessfully petitioned the Vatican to make Eva a saint, had made the return of her body a rallying cry ever since. One of the world's most powerful and charasmatic leaders, she died of cancer at age 33. Juan Perón will return to power in Argentina in 1973, and after he dies the next year Eva's body will be returned to her native land.
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A story in the New York Times says that Sylvester Stewart (a.k.a. Sly Stone)'s West Hollywood landlord is suing the rock star for $3 million. The landlord claims that because of Sly, his building is inundated with "loud, noisy, boisterous persons," and wants Stewart out.

The Top Five
1. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" - Paul McCartney
2. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" - Bee Gees
3. "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - Undisputed Truth
4. "Spanish Harlem" - Aretha Franklin
5. "Go Away Little Girl" - Donny Osmond

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Elvis Presley receives the Bing Crosby Award. The award, which was first presented to Bing Crosby in 1962 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is bestowed to members of the recording industry who, according to the Academy, "during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic or scientific significance to the field of phonograph records." Presley becomes only the sixth artist so honored, preceded by Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Irving Berlin.
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Inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York begin an uprising protesting prison conditions. After four days of negotiations, impassioned speeches and media focus, Governer Nelson Rockefeller orders state agents to storm the prison, resulting in the deaths of 43, including 39 inmates.
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Donny Osmond's version of "Go Away Little Girl" hits Number One. The song had also been a Number One hit for Steve Lawrence in 1963, and it returned to the chart in 1966, peaking at #12 for the Happenings.

The Top Five
1. "Go Away Little Girl" - Donny Osmond
2. "Spanish Harlem" - Aretha Franklin
3. "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - Undisputed Truth
4. "Ain't No Sunshine" - Bill Withers
5. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" - Paul McCartney

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Stan Smith and Billie Jean King capture U.S. Open tennis titles.
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The unusual pairing of Hungarian jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo and soul singer Bobby Womack enters the soul chart with "Breezin'," a song written by session guitarist Phil Upchurch that will be a #63 pop hit in an instrumental version by jazz guitarist George Benson in 1976. The Szabo-Womack version of "Breezin'," however will only hit #43 on the soul chart.

Pink Floyd, who'd toyed with classical music elements throughout their career, become the first rock group to appear at the Classical Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. The quartet performs its symphonic work Atom Heart Mother.
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The New York Times reports on the growing interest among white youths in black gospel music.
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The Vietnam War-era draft is officially extended through June 30, 1973.
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