NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 27, 1973
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(Studio) Payola in music industry today involves drugs. When Patsy Felconer was arrested last year on drug charges, name of high executive in Columbia Records found in Felconer's telephone list. Soon after, that executive and Columbia Records President Clive Davis dismissed for misuse of company funds. Federal investigators now involved in probe with regard to rock stars on drugs and music companies
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Newark, New Jersey) Rock star Janis Joplin shown before drug overdose killed her in 1971. Many rock stars wouldn't consider going on stage or into recording session without drugs. Federal investigators want to know how rock stars get drugs and who is involved in record companies [Rock critic Albert GOLDMAN - says everyone at recording sessions and promotional parties sees drugs passed around.] [REPORTER - asks what kind of drug used in recording session.] [GOLDMAN - says if rock star wants to work at optimum level for long periods, heroin is preferred drug.] [REPORTER - asks rock singer Carol Washington why he takes drugs before recording sessions.] [WASHINGTON - believes he sings better.] [REPORTER - asks if Washington knew for a fact drugs came from or through people working in recording company] Washington agrees. [REPORTER - questions if people were publicity or promotional people.] [WASHINGTON - discloses road mgrs., public relations men all involved. If recording session goes well, people in recording companies throw parties for recording group. Expense account used to throw parties and buy drugs.] [REPORTER - asks what's at the party] [WASHINGTON - states heroin, cocaine, pot, hashish will be at party New groups will go to party because they're unexposed to drugs and will get into drug scene because they want to be in rock business. Action described as commonplace.] Federal investigation of drug payola spreads to many states. 1 recording company thought to be front for huge drug ring operating from Puerto Rico, New York, and Detroit, Michigan. Several other recording companies allegedly act as drug dealers.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin
(Studio) NBC asked chairperson of Recording Ind. Association of American to comment on report, but he declined.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
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