July 26

Today In Music History

1962 : Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Remember You’. The singers first of four UK No.1’s.

1962 : The Beatles appeared at Cambridge Hall, Southport, Lancashire supporting of Joe Brown & the Bruvvers.

1964 : The Who appeared at the White Hart Hotel, Acton, London, England.

1968 : The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records.

1968 : The Rolling Stones album Beggar’s Banquet is scheduled for release, but withdrawn by their label, Decca, over concerns with the album cover, which shows a toilet covered in graffiti. The album is later released with a picture of an invitation on the cover.

1969 : Brian Jones was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.

1970 : Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium.

1974 : Graffiti artists were hired to spray paint sites in London to promote the UK release of The Rolling Stones new single ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

1974 : The Allman Brothers appeared at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts with The Eagles as the support band.

1974 : John Denver’s Annie’s Song is certified gold.

1975 : The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’.

1975 : Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Hustle’, his only US chart hit, it made No.3 in the UK. McCoy died on 6th July 1979.

1976 : With endless touring and recording, as well as various addictions, tearing the band apart, Three Dog Night plays their last concert tonight in San Francisco, CA. (The group would reunite in 1981, but that reunion would prove short-lived.)

1976 : Ted Nugent’s self-titled album is certified gold.

1977 : Elvis Costello was arrested as he performed outside a CBS Records sales conference at The London Hilton Hotel and was fined £5.

1977 : While touring the US with Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant learns that his son Karac has died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England, UK. The tour abruptly ends, and Led Zeppelin will never again play in the United States.

1980 : US disco group Odyssey were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’, their only UK No.1.

1980, The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Emotional Rescue’, the group’s eighth US No.1. Emotional Rescue was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards’ exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for years.

1980 : Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine and Riot all appeared at the Monsters Of Rock festival, Donington Park, England, tickets £7.50.

1986 : Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a No.4 hit in the UK. The song’s music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards. Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards. As of 2011, ‘Sledgehammer’ is the most played music video in the history of MTV.

1987 : With the Cold War winding down, American export Billy Joel plays a concert in Leningrad – something that would be impossible a few years earlier. The show is released as the album KOHUEPT (Concert).

1990 : Brent Mydland from The Grateful Dead was found dead on the floor of his home aged 38 from a drug overdose.

1992 : American singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as The First Lady of Motown and who had a 1964 US No. 1 and UK No. 5 single ‘My Guy’, dies aged 49 of laryngeal cancer. Forced to give up her career and with no health insurance, forced to sell her home, Wells’ old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, personally pledged donations in support.

1997 : It was reported that eight people who had attended this years Glastonbury Festival had been admitted to hospital after contracting the E-Coll bug which had claimed the lives of 22 people in Scotland earlier in the year.

2000 : The file-sharing service Napster is ordered by a US federal judge to cease trading copyrighted music files in the next 48 hours. F-U METALLICA!!

2000 : Oasis were booed of stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.

2006 : The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 or about half a million US dollars at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.

2006 : The final edition of Top of the Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside the Rolling Stones ‘ who were the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops on New Year’s Day in 1964.

2006 : Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara, California, to surrender in a child-molestation investigation. The two men admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record Jackson and his lawyer as the pair was traveling on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003.

2008 : Klaxons singer Jamie Reynolds postponed the group’s Australian tour dates after he broke his leg at a gig in France. The bands singer said he “drastically misjudged” the distance when he jumped from the stage during their final song in the set.

2009 : AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC television program Top Gear. His time of 1:45.9 tied him with Simon Cowell for the second fastest time. He was introduced by host Jeremy Clarkson as “a man who has sold more albums than The Beatles, and I bet almost none of [the audience] have ever heard of him.”

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