Saturday, August 5, 2017

August 5th

Herman's Hermits perform at Chicago's International Amphitheater.

Pink Floyd releases their first album, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn". It was an auspicious debut, only reaching #131 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart.  (It peaked at #6 back home in England.)  Not a huge seller, it would take the record 27 years to be certified gold.  (Of course eventually one of their LPs would go on to stay on the charts for 27+ years!!!)

Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs make the cover of this week's TV Guide for their work on "The Today Show".  Walters would stay in our lives for the next 50 years … a great career in broadcasting.  

ABC's Wide World Of Sports hosts a boxing doubleheader from The Houston Astrodome as boxing seeks to determine the new Heavyweight Champion of the World now that Muhammad Ali has been stripped of his title due to draft evasion.  Ultimately Jimmy Ellis will be declared the new champ but not until he defeats Jerry Quarry in April of '68.  He won't hold the title long, however … Joe Frazier is waiting for him just around the corner.  (Or would that be IN the other corner???)