1973 The Year

U.S. Statistics

President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew
Population: 211,908,788
Life expectancy: 71.4 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 41.5
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 37.4



 History The Year: 1973

January 20: President Nixon is inaugurated for his second term.

January 22: All state laws preventing a woman's right to an abortion during the first three months are ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

January 23: A cease-fire agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam is announced in Paris.

January 27: The cease-fire agreement is signed and the military draft ends in the United States.

February 12: The first U.S. prisoners of war are handed over near Hanoi.

February 14: The first returning U.S. POWs land at Travis Air Force Base in California.

April 8: Spanish artist Pablo Picasso dies at age 91.

April 30: Nixon henchmen H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman and Attorney General Richard Kleindienst resign while Nixon fires John Dean as White House consel.

May 7: Thanks to the Watergate efforts of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post wins a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

May 17: Senator Sam Ervin's Watergate hearings begin.

June 9: Secretariat becomes the first horse since 1948 to win the Triple Crown.

July 16: The White House admits that recording equipment has been used to tape virtually all presidential meetings.

August 22: Henry Kissinger is named U.S. secretary of state.

September 11: Chilean President Salvador Allende is killed in a coup.

September 18: The United Nations accepts East and West Germany as member nations.

October 6: A war between Israel and both Egypt along the Suez Canal and Syria along the Golan Heights begins.

October 10: Spiro Agnew resigns as vice president of the United States after pleading nolo contendere to a count of tax-evasion.

October 17: OPEC begins its oil embargo against the West.

October 24: Their militaries demoralized and decimated, Egypt and Syria accept a United Nations cease-fire agreement ending the 2nd Arab-Israeli war.

December 3: The first close-up color photos of Jupiter are transferred from Pioneer 10.

December 6: Confirmed by the Senate, Gerald R. Ford becomes the first unelected vice-president of the United States.



What you went to the movies to see: 
Poseidon Adventure was the winner at the box office. 

The Sting won Best Picture at the Oscars.
American Graffiti
The Day of the Jackal
Enter the Dragon
The Exorcist
Live and Let Die
Mean Streets
Paper Moon
Save the Tiger
The Getaway
The Last Detail


What you were watching on TV:
The Rookies
Monday Night Football
Lucy Show
Doris Day Show
New Bill Cosby Show
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Temperatures Rising
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Hawaii Five-O
New Doctors / Bold Ones
Paul Lynde Show
Julie Andrews Hour
Carol Burnett Show
Medical Center
Adam 12
Madigan / Cool Million / Banacek
Mod Squad
Owen Marshall
Flip Wilson Show
Dean Martin Show
Brady Bunch
Partridge Family
Room 222
Odd Couple
Love, American Style
Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
Sanford & Son
Alias Smith & Jones
Streets of San Francisco
The Sixth Sense
All in the Family
Bridget Loves Bernie
Mary Tyler Moore
Bob Newhart Show
Mission: Impossible
Sandy Duncan Show
New Dick Van Dyke Show
Wonderful World of Disney
Hec Ramsey / McCloud / Columbo / McMillan & Wife
Night Gallery
The Magician
Police Story
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Faraday and Company / Madigan / Snoop Sisters / Tenafly
Love Story
Kung Fu
Girl with Something Extra
Brian Keith Show
New Adventures of Perry Mason
Barnaby Jones


Al Green - Call Me
Allman Brothers Band - Brothers and Sisters
Bee Gees - Life in a Tin Can
Bill Monroe - Bean Blossom
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Burnin'
Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
Carpenters - Now and Then
Chicago - VI
Eagles - Desperado
Elton John - Don't Shoot I'm Only the Piano Player
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Gram Parsons - GP and Grievous Angel
Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power
Jimmy Cliff - The Hard they Come
John Cale - Paris 1919
John Prine - Sweet Revenge
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On
Olivia Newton-John - Let Me Be There
Paul McCartney & Wings - Red Rose Speedway
Paul McCartney and Wings - Band On The Run
Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly
Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh Spinners
Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
The Who - Quadrophenia
Tom Waits - Closing Time

Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973

1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree, Tony Orlando and Dawn
2. Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
3. Killing Me Softly With His Song, Roberta Flack
4. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
5. My Love, Paul McCartney and Wings
6. Why Me, Kris Kristofferson
7. Crocodile Rock, Elton John
8. Will It Go Round In Circles, Billy Preston
9. You're So Vain, Carly Simon
10. Touch Me In The Morning, Diana Ross
11. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, Vicki Lawrence
12. Playground In My Mind, Clint Holmes
13. Brother Louie, Stories
14. Delta Dawn, Helen Reddy
15. Me And Mrs. Jones, Billy Paul
16. Frankenstein, Edgar Winter Group
17. Drift Away, Dobie Gray
18. Little Willy, Sweet
19. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder
20. Half Breed, Cher
21. That Lady, Isley Bros.
22. Pillow Talk, Sylvia
23. We're An American Band, Grand Funk Railroad
24. Right Place, Wrong Time, Dr. John
25. Wildflower, Skylark
26. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
27. Loves Me Like A Rock, Paul Simon
28. The Morning After, Maureen McGovern
29. Rocky Mountain High, John Denver
30. Stuck In The Middle With You, Stealers Wheel
31. Shambala, Three Dog Night
32. Love Train, O'Jays
33. I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Barry White
34. Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose, Tony Orlando and Dawn
35. Keep On Truckin' (Pt. 1), Eddie Kendricks
36. Dancing In The Moonlight, King Harvest
37. Danny's Song, Anne Murray
38. Monster Mash, Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kickers
39. Natural High, Bloodstone
40. Diamond Girl, Seals and Crofts
41. Long Train Running, Doobie Brothers
42. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), George Harrison
43. If You Want Me To Stay, Sly and The Family Stone
44. Daddy's Home, Jermaine Jackson
45. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye), Gladys Knight and The Pips
46. I'm Doing Fine Now, New York City
47. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, Spinners
48. Daniel, Elton John
49. Midnight Train To Georgia, Gladys Knight and The Pips
50. Smoke On The Water , Deep Purple
51. The Cover Of Rolling Stone, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show
52. Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich
53. Your Mama Don't Dance, Loggins and Messina
54. Feelin' Stronger Every Day, Chicago
55. The Cisco Kid, War
56. Live And Let Die, Wings
57. Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Hurricane Smith
58. I Believe In You, Johnnie Taylor
59. Sing, Carpenters
60. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got), Four Tops
61. Dueling Banjos, Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel
62. Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
63. Here I Am (Come And Take Me), Al Green
64. My Maria, B.W. Stevenson
65. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
66. Get Down, Gilbert O'Sullivan
67. Last Song, Edward Bear
68. Reelin' In The Years, Steely Dan
69. Hocus Pocus, Focus
70. Yesterday Once More, Carpenters
71. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Bette Midler
72. Clair, Gilbert O'Sullivan
73. Do It Again, Steely Dan
74. Kodachrome, Paul Simon
75. Why Can't We Live Together, Timmy Thomas
76. So Very Hard To Go, Tower Of Power
77. Do You Want To Dance?, Bette Midler
78. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu, Johnny Rivers
79. Ramblin' Man, Allman Brothers
80. Masterpiece, Temptations
81. Peaceful, Helen Reddy
82. One Of A Kind (Love Affair), Spinners
83. Funny Face, Donna Fargo
84. Funky Worm, Ohio Players
85. Angie, Rolling Stones
86. Jambalaya (On The Bayou), Blue Ridge Rangers
87. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend, Lobo
88. Break Up To Make Up, Stylistics
89. Daisy A Day, Jud Strunk
90. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001), Deodato
91. Stir It Up, Johnny Nash
92. Money, Pink Floyd
93. Gypsy Man, War
94. The World Is A Ghetto, War
95. Yes We Can Can, Pointer Sisters
96. Free Ride, Edgar Winter Group
97. Space Oddity, David Bowie
98. It Never Rains In Southern California, Albert Hammond
99. The Twelfth Of Never, Donny Osmond
100. Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Temptations


The 1973 Mustang model year was sad in a way for many Mustang fans. It was the last year of the classic Mustang, the convertible, and the Mach 1 muscle and style fans loved. The big Mustang design was on the way out in favor of smaller more efficient vehicles popular at the time. As a result, design changes to the 1973 Mustang were minimal and few. One of the biggest may have been the turn signal lights that were realigned. However, 1974 had a big redesign planned so the 1973 simply weathered the year as a new model that very closely resembled the previous year's model.

The next year's design was a direct result of a fuel crisis and the amazing amount of economy cars that had been imported from Japan. The 1973 model year was not a popular one for Mustang partly due to the loss of horsepower and that the muscle car no longer had any muscle. There were very few Mustangs sold this model year and Ford was beginning to wonder what to do with the Mustang. Only 134,867 Mustangs were sold in 1973. Slightly better than the year before, but still lacking considerably from previous years.

 1973 Mustang Standard

There were 51,430 standard Mustang coupes produced in 1973. They were sold for a base price of $2760. The fastback had a production amount of 10,820 at a price of $2820. The convertible in its last year of production due to changes in government regulations saw a production rate of 11,853 and a base price of $3102. The convertible would return in a decade.

1973 Ford Mustang Grande
The convertible was not the only Mustang that boasted 1973 as its last year. The Mustang Grande also would no longer be produced after 1973. It also remained almost identical to the 1972 model.

1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The biggest effect on the power and performance for 1973 Mustangs was definitely the new emissions regulations. The muscle car that was once full of power was now much weaker. The six cylinder was dropped down to 88 horsepower which was way too little to truly power the Mustang. The 302 cid was dropped down to 135 horsepower while the two biggest engines, the 351s, powered out 150-200 horsepower. That was the extent of the engines and their newly reduced power.

Powertrain and Performance

The biggest effect on the power and performance for 1973 Mustangs was definitely the new emissions regulations. The muscle car that was once full of power was now much weaker. The six cylinder was dropped down to 88 horsepower which was way too little to truly power the Mustang. The 302 cid was dropped down to 135 horsepower while the two biggest engines, the 351s, powered out 150-200 horsepower. That was the extent of the engines and their newly reduced power.


The big Mustang was on its way out and would be replaced by a lighter and smaller version known as the Mustang II. However, in the last year of the Mustang the exterior did not change too much.

There was chrome trim that accented the taillights as well as a big square chrome headlamp. The previously chrome bumpers were replaced by a color keyed urethane front bumper. On the rear of the vehicle between the taillights was a black appliqu? with a brighter embellishment. The front grille boasted vertical front parking lights.

The exterior colors for 1973 included Wimbledon White, Blue Glow, Saddle Bronze Metallic, Bright Red, Medium Yellow Gold, Dark Green Metallic, Medium Green Metallic, Gold Glow, Medium Copper Metallic, Ivy Glow, Medium Brown Metallic, Light Blue, Medium Bright Yellow, Medium Blue Metallic, and Medium Aqua.


The 1973 interior really saw no significant changes from the previous two years. The high back bucket seats remained standard and the three pod dash made a reappearance. Power windows were still an option in 1973. The D?cor Group and Sports Interior remained interior options for the '73 Mustang as well.

Final Thoughts

The first generation of Mustangs ended with the 1973 model. The poor sales of the Mustang meant Ford had to do something and the new generation was the hope of a rebound for the Mustang. The second generation was planned to be smaller, more compact, and better on gas. There were a variety of reasons why, but the gas crisis and the new government regulations played huge roles in the redesign and the Mustang's lack of popularity during the early '70s.

1973 pic 1x  

Lauren Hutton shows her exuberant modeling style by posing in midair in recycled denims, one of the more popular fashions of 1973. Her informal, often acrobatic approach to her work made this twenty-eight-year-old fashion model one of the year's most sought-after photographic subjects.

  1973 pic 2x

Against a Parisian background, models show a pair of Lanvin outfits, complete with hats, all designed by Jules-Francois Crahay. The year's fashions produced little controversy about hemlines, which generally ranged from just above the knee to 3 or 4 in. below it.

  1973 pic 3x

This somewhat frivolous creation, in raspberry silk and ostrich feathers, is from Guy Laroche's 1973 spring-summer collection. It was well suited to the year's look in evening wear: ultra feminine, with jazz Age overtones.

  1973 pic 4x

An advance look at possible future hair styles is provided by this quintet of imaginative coiffures. Hairdos in 1973 tended to be shorter, smoother, and more feminine than in re-cent years.


1973 Retro Fashion History 


  The year 1973 was the year of the classics, the thoroughbreds, the well-tailored, elegant woman for day and the ultrafeminine sexy lady for evening. Moving away from the menswear influence, in 1973 a woman again looked and dressed like a woman. It was the year of the "Great Gatsby" and the "Jazz Age" looks.

Fabrics, soft-flowing and liquid, illustrated the fashion revolution. Silks abounded, as did looklike-silks, jerseys, synthetics such as Qiana, and—for summer—seersucker. Colors covered the spectrum. Hunter green, deep wine, burgundy; natural colors from bone to wet sand, including camel and gray; bright pastels; and the primary colors, red, yellow, and green, were the most important.

Day and Evening Wear. The year was supposed to herald the return of the dress, but even with pro-motion by major designers—American as well as European—the dress did not quite make it.

  For the younger generation the word was denim. Mainly they wore jeans in blue denim, plain, faded or brushed, embroidered, appliqued, sequined, studded, hand-painted, or imaginative combinations thereof. For fall the biggest news was recycled jeans, old, torn or patched, the more worn-looking the better.

  Bottoms were teamed with shirts, bustouts, and knitted tops that ran the gamut from the plain underwear look to the embroidered, sequined, or painted.

  Although many designers showed a wide variation of hemlines, length never became an issue. Hemlines ranged from just above the knee to 3 or 4 in. below. Halston, who had dominated the fashion scene in the United States in 1972, was a great believer in the below-the-knee version. The big skirt, at mid-calf length, was accepted well in Europe but failed to make it in the U.S. Long and ankle-length skirts made an impact for day and took over in strength for evening. The Saint Tropez or swirl skirt—long, in a mixture of fabrics, patterns, or colors—was one of the fashion winners for fall.

Pants, overall, remained the key segment of any woman's wardrobe. Well tailored, softer in styling, and more feminine than in 1972, they were everywhere, in beautiful wool and synthetic fabrics and patterns for day, soft and flowing for night.

Sweater dressing grew to even larger proportions than before and was effective in enhancing "leftovers" from 1972.

The outerwear sweater took the fashion spotlight for fall. It ranged all the way from the "drop dead" look—the fur-trimmed, shawl-collar wrap (an excellent example was done by Bill Blass)—to the volume-priced untrimmed styles.

Halston, one of the leaders in sweater dressing, showed the year's most beautiful long sweater dresses with matching long cardigan coats.

  Dressing for evening was divided into two categories: "bareness" and "coverup".

The bare look included halter dresses, one-shoulder dresses, slip dresses, strapless dresses, and low-cut ruffle dresses—the last named beautifully done by Oscar de la Renta. Some halter dresses had soft cardigan jackets. The fabrics were magnificent and opulent, stressing chiffon and georgette, and the colors and prints were striking.

  The "coverup" story was high necklines, long sleeves, full skirts, always in soft fabrics, flowing, moving, and—yes—sexy. In this area solid colors were way ahead. The look was beautifully done by Mollie Parnis, among others, in elegant and sophisticated creations.

  The short after-five cocktail and dinner dress, promoted by many of the designers in the United States and abroad, became a factor in American fashion but a comparatively minor one. The American woman, it seemed, still preferred the long ultrafeminine look for evening.

  And then- came the fall explosion. Something new had to happen, and it did: sequins, paillettes, boas, feather trims, lurex, and metallics. Reactions to the lavish look were divided: some called it great, some called it gaudy. Both qualities were there, and the effect depended solely on how the dress was executed and who wore it.

  Many manufacturers produced excellent examples at all price levels, and the lavish took over the fashion story for fall.

For day the look was also soft, loose, flowing, and much more feminine, thanks to such out-standing young designers as Clovis Ruffin, Scott Barrie, and Stephen Burrows, who showed tents, blousons, the chemise, and many new versions of the shirt dress and the two-piece dress.

  Far and away the most smashing, beautiful, and elegant looks came out of the designer market. Many were impossible to copy at lower price levels; however, some of the more moderately priced manufacturers were magically successful in producing these new fashions for the volume customer.

  Coats and Suits. Coats had a rough year. With the high cost of wool and the unavailability of fabrics, prices rose astronomically, and the combination caused a disaster for the coat manufacturers.

  Beautiful "pretends" in leather and suede took over the scene. The imitations were so realistic that they were practically impossible to detect. Although the pretends were not inexpensive, they were far better priced than real leather and suede, which had undergone the greatest price increases.

  The waist-length jacket in pretend fur—mostly called "peace" or "bicycle"—took the younger generation by storm. To own one of these jackets, preferably worn over jeans and a milar or sequin-trimmed top, was the accepted status symbol for the fall.

Fine fur coats, in casual sporty styles, many priced just a little above the pretend furs, became important for the more fashion-minded women.

  Skirted suits tried to make a comeback, and many good-looking suits were available at the de-signer level. John Anthony, among several others, showed some outstanding ones. Although the look rapidly filtered down to volume-price lines, its acceptance never lived up to expectations.

  Accessories. Shoes were on their way up, up, up. Platforms became higher and higher, and many girls looked—and walked—like stilt-walkers. The higher the platform and the more colorful the combinations, the more popular the shoes.

As the fall season progressed, however, it be-came easier to find plainer, more tailored shoes for day wear, and the chances for footwear to be-come wearable again were seen in the offing. In boots, the pant boot took over the scene.

For evening, straps returned, with tapered toes, cutout toes, sling backs, and even pumps.

  Jewelry gave us beads as the fashion keyword, and during the summer the thin chain—better known as the nothing chain—joined in. The most popular beads were the large colored ones in graduated sizes. Big button earrings in every color of the rainbow were the thing to wear throughout the year, as were loop earrings in all sizes. Bracelets made a strong appearance; they were seldom worn alone, but in combinations that could include anything from the bangle to the antique band.

  Handbags added several new fashion impacts. Latigos were a must with the jeans crowd. Fabric handbags in both casual and evening looks, gained increasing acceptance. The knitting bag and the Bermuda bag (fabric bags with wooden handles) were other new additions. Fashion news also was created by the flat briefcase with cutout handle and shoulder strap.

  Hats appeared on the scene again. The renaissance was not dramatic enough to shake up the millinery industry, but young people started to wear hats as part of their outfits. Knit cloches, watchman caps, and berets were worn not only in winter for warmth but in lighter fabrics in summer for fashion. Cloches and floppy wide-brimmed hats in felts, wools, and patterns kept hat bars busy. Turbans became a must for the fashionable woman.

  Hairdos followed the general trend—shorter, smoother, with movement, and always feminine.