Tuesday, August 16, 2022

1975: Boxing/Pop Music Update

The world-champion heavyweight boxer remains 33-year-old Muhammad Ali of Louisville, Kentucky (though he is about to move to Berrien Springs, Michigan, for a while (Wikipedia is fantastic)). His next fight looks like it might be a thriller: Oct. 1 vs. No. 1 challenger Joe Frazier, 31, originally of Beaufort, South Carolina (though he has been in Philadelphia since going out on his own and catching a bus to there when he was 15 (fantastic!)). Ali lost to Frazier by unanimous decision on March 8, 1971, in New York. Then he beat Frazier by unanimous decision on Jan. 28, 1974, in New York. The rubber match is set for Quezon City, in the metro area of the Philippines capital, Manila.

Back in the United States, Ali is climbing a chart of a different sort. 

That song by Johnny Wakelin and the Kinshasa Band has been on the CASH BOX Top 100 Singles for 16 weeks and is up to No. 35 in the chart for the week ending today in 1975. That's a slow rise, and, yet, you might still have a sense that the song has been lingering for a good bit longer than even that:

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