Back in time to 1975

Um, where'd you park your DeLorean?

Step inside our time machine. Ah, we've arrived back in 1975.

Sonobeat Records enters its 8th year of operation. Sonobeat co-founder Bill Josey Sr. has relocated the Sonobeat recording studios from Austin to rural Liberty Hill, 35 miles north of Austin, and rebranded the studios as "Blue Hole Sounds", named for a popular local swimming hole.

A lot's happening in and around Austin. The outlaw country movement – kickstarted by Texans Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings – is in full swing. And Pet Rocks are all the rage.

Pet Rock
You need this in 1975. You still need it in 2015.
In and around Austin

Gettin' bigger and bigger: Austin population rises just above 302,500; Travis County (Austin is the county seat and, of course, capital of Texas) hits nearly 369,700.

"How much ya' got to spend, good buddy?": The minimum wage rises to $2.10 an hour, gas drops to 44 cents a gallon (down 11 cents after the 1974 OPEC oil embargo ends); President Gerald Ford acknowledges the U.S. is in a recession as unemployment tops out at 9.2%.

How 90,000 country music fans like to spend a hot Central Texas summer day and night (as long as there's plenty of Lone Star Beer): Willie Nelson's 3rd annual Fourth of July Picnic is held in Liberty Hill, Texas, also the home of Sonobeat's Blue Hole Sounds studios; Johnny Bush, Rita Coolidge, and the Pointer Sisters share the stage with Willie. Willie is fined $1,000 for violating the Texas Mass Gatherings Act.

Questionable date night movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, destined to become one of the biggest cult movies in history and launches Tim Curry to stardom (he plays the lead, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, in the film).

Hook 'em Horns: The 9th ranked University of Texas Longhorn football team, under head coach Darrell Royal and with a 9-2 record for the regular season, beats 10th ranked Colorado 38-21 in the Bluebonnet Bowl, played in Houston's Astrodome.

Sticker shock for geeks: DC Comics ups the price of its 36-pagers, including top sellers Superman and Batman, to 25 cents.

Favorite Austin music venues

Armadillo World Headquarters (525-1/2 Barton Springs Road)

Broken Spoke (3201 South Lamar)

Dessau Dance Hall (13422 Dessau Rd.)

Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe)

Stubb's (8th & Red River)

Threadgill's (6416 North Lamar)

World news tonight...

KLRN (the University of Texas' educational TV station, now known as KLRU) launches Austin City Limits, the longest running music concert series in U.S. TV history, created by station program director Bill Arhos (who dies April 11, 2015, at age 80); although the pilot was shot in October 1974, KLRN doesn't sell the show to PBS until 1975.

Ex-Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa disappears and, we're pretty sure, is still missing.

The Viet Nam War ends.

Patti Hearst, who had been kidnapped in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army and placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list, is arrested in September on charges of armed robbery of a San Francisco bank.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen found MicroSoft.

The Thrilla in Manila is the third and final boxing match between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier and takes place in the Philippines.

NASA launches its first Mars probe, Viking 1, which successfully lands on the surface of the red planet 10 months later.

Among future celebrities born in 1975 are film stars Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria, and Tobey Maguire; singers Fergie,, 50 Cent, Michael Buble, and Jack White; and basketball stars Ray Allen and Allen Iverson, golf legend Tiger Woods, and football star Ray Lewis.

Notable losses in 1975 include Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, jazz sax superstar Cannonball Adderley, Moe Howard of the Three Stooges, Texas country music pioneer Bob Wills, Ethiopia emperor Haile Selassie I, and Oscar-winning actress and pin-up sensation Susan Hayward.

The best and most popular

Best Picture of 1975 (Oscars): We get a glimpse of "crazy" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher (who both earn Best Actor awards for performances in the film).

We all rushed home after work to see this Outstanding Comedy Series for the 1974-75 season (Emmys): Mary Tyler Moore Show; Mary Tyler Moore also wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series for the '74-'75 season.

Everyone sang this Billboard Top Pop Hit of 1975 for years: Love Will Keep Us Together • Captain & Tennille.

You might not remember him, but he really was the Best New Artist of the Year (Grammys): Marvin Hamlisch (he writes the Song of the Year).

You'll reminisce about this Song of the Year (Grammys): The Way We Were • Barbra Streisand.

This subversive fiction bestseller of 1975 (Publishers Weekly) blends fact and fiction: E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime .

If you want to be in the club, wear these: Corduroy sport jackets, polyester shirtdresses, stitched jeans, and corduroy pinafores.

Most popular gas guzzler: Oldsmobile Cutlass is bestselling car of the year.

You might want to pick another name: Michael holds the top spot among boys' names since 1961, still holds it in 1975, and will continue to hold the #1 spot through 1998.

But it's such a pretty name: Jennifer takes first place among girls' names for the sixth year in a row and will continue to dominate the top spot through 1984.

Sonobeat in '75

Sonobeat releases only one commercial single in 1975, Arma Harper's Just One Too Many Times backed with Plea For Freedom, recorded at Sonobeat's Blue Hole Sounds studios in Liberty Hill, Texas; there are no album releases on Sonobeat's slate in '75.

BIC disposable razor
BIC introduces the first disposable razor in 1975. From then on, never a dull moment.
Jaws poster
Though not Best Picture of 1975, Steven Spielberg's Jaws takes the biggest bite out of the box office.