Monday, July 26, 2010

This Date In Music History - July 26


Bobby Hebb (1941)

Neil Landon - The Flowerpot Men, The Ivy League (1941)

Darlene Love - Crystals (1941)

Dobie Gray (1942)

Mick Jagger - Rolling Stones (1943)

Roger Taylor - Queen (1949)

Gary Cherone - Extreme, Van Halen (1961)

Scott Francis Crago, session drummer, worked with The Eagles since 1994 as well as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and

Chris Isaak (1963)

Tim Barnwell - Arrested Development (1967)

Dan Konopka - OK Go (1974)

Dave 'Brown Sound' Baksh - Sum 41- Quit Sum 41 in 2006 to pursue his career with his second band Brown Brigade and The Organ Thieves (1980)

They Are Missed:

Brent Mydland, from The Grateful Dead, was found dead on the floor of his home in 1990 (age 38) from a drug overdose.

Singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as 'The First Lady of Motown' and who had a 1964 #1 single "My Guy," died in 1992 of laryngeal cancer (age 49). 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.


Hank Ballard recorded "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" in 1960.

Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" was released in 1960.

"Mickey's Monkey" was released by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1963.

The Monkees recorded "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" in 1966.

Jeannie C. Riley recorded "Harper Valley P.T.A." in 1968.

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

John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed the song "Hey Jude" in 1968.

The release of the Rolling Stones’ “Beggars Banquet” was postponed in 1969 over the album cover art. The Stones want a graffiti laden bathroom. Their label objects. In the end, the album was released with a white cover. The group’s name and LP title are written in script. It’s also the first album where Mick Jagger plays guitar.

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

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. of the Fifth Dimension got married in 1969.

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

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

The Eagles started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1975 with 'One Of These Nights'.

Van McCoy and the Soul City went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with "The Hustle," his only US chart hit. McCoy died on July 6, 1979.

The last Three Dog Night concert was held (until their 1981 reunion), in Los Angeles in 1976.

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

Elvis Costello was arrested in 1977 while performing outside the London Hilton. CBS Record executives are meeting there and Elvis wants an audition for a US deal. Costello was taken away and fined but CBS invited him back for a proper audition.

Punk band The Plasmatics played at New York's CBGB's in 1978.

A revised version of the Clash's debut album was released in the US in 1979.

The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1980 with 'Emotional Rescue,' the group's eighth US #1.

Prince's movie "Purple Rain" premiered in Hollywood, CA in 1984.

Peter Gabriel went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1986 with "Sledgehammer."

The film soundtrack to 'Top Gun' went to #1 on the US album chart in 1986.

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

In 2000, The celebrity management company Cassandra left dozens of acts out of pocket when it was rocked by fraud charges, filing for bankruptcy at the Manhattan Bankruptcy Court. Clients included Alanis Morissette, Pish and Afghan Wiggs.

A U.S. federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc in 2000. The injunction had been requested by the Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA). The website was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights by midnight July 28, 2000.

VH-1 premiered the movie "Meatloaf: To Hell and Back" in 2000.

In 2001, Sir Paul McCartney announced his engagement to Heather Mills, the anti-landmine campaigner and former model. The couple split-up in 2006.

Also in 2001, Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews was admitted to a rehabiliation centre, after collapsing with exhaustion. Her record company said the Welsh singer was "receiving treatment for exhaustion and a recurrent asthma complaint - both of which have been exacerbated by drinking and smoking." Smart....

Courtney Love blasted ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in Spin magazine in 2005. "Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in Rock, when he's one of the biggest jerks," says the widow Cobain. "He's been taking money from my child (that would be Francis Bean Cobain) for years." Grohl wisely declined to respond.

Fans attending a Billy Corgan concert in Melbourne, Australia in 2005, shouted requests for Smashing Pumpkins songs. The ex-Pumpkins frontman, who is touring to support his solo album "TheFutureEmbrace," gets angry when the shouting doesn't subside and walks off the stage. Baby.

In 2006, the guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 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.

In 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 will feature 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.

In 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. Real smart......

Jimmy Page took the stand at a music-bootlegging trial in Glasgow, Scotland in 2007. The defendant, Robert Langley, was accused of attempting to sell unauthorized Led Zeppelin recordings (among other charges). Defense lawyers argued that Page had previously shown a flexible attitude toward bootlegging, but the legendary guitarist insisted there's a difference between trading pirated recordings and selling them. "What is unacceptable with this passing off is when somebody is trying to make a huge profit and is making it look official when it's substandard quality," says Page. Following Page’s testimony Langley changed his plea to guilty. "Page's evidence was important to the trial and, after how impressive he was, Langley knew that . . . the game was up for him," said a source at the court. Langley was eventually sentenced to 20 months in prison.

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