The Whitlams were visiting China at the time of the Tangshan earthquake in July 1976, though they were staying in Tianjin, 140 kilometres (90 mi) away from the epicentre.
The Age printed a cartoon by Peter Nicholson showing the Whitlams huddled together in bed with Margaret Whitlam saying, "Did the earth move for you too, dear?" This cartoon prompted a page full of outraged letters from Labor partisans and a telegram from Gough Whitlam, safe in Tokyo, requesting the original of the cartoon.
In early 2012, she suffered a fall there, leading to her death in hospital at the age of 92 on 17 March of that year, a month short of the Whitlams' 70th wedding anniversary.
Aside from the musicians already mentioned, tracks played frequently include such acts as
The Beach Boys,
Oscar Brown, Jr.,
Nat King Cole,
Fountains of Wayne,
The Quantic Soul Orchestra,
The Rolling Stones, Kermit Ruffins,
They Might Be Giants,
Charlie Wood &