Thursday, October 26, 2017

More Music History for October 26, 2017 (with links)

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1958 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Bill Haley And His Comets played the first Rock 'n' Roll concert in West Berlin, Germany, where riots broke out among the 7,000 fans.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
The Beatles are awarded the prestigious MBE (Members of the Most Honorable Order of the British Empire ) medal at Buckingham Palace. Many former recipients gave theirs back in protest, to which John Lennon responded "Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war, for killing people." He continued: "We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more." When asked how he enjoyed meeting Queen Elizabeth II, John said "She's much nicer than she is in the photos."

1971 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Three days after performing "Tired of Being Alone" on American Bandstand, Al Green is awarded a Gold record for the hit single.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
The teaming of Dionne Warwick with The Spinners resulted in both artists having their first number one hit when "Then Came You" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

October 26
English supergroup Bad Company tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "Can't Get Enough". It will prove to be their biggest North American hit, although they will place eight more songs in the US Top 40.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Jefferson Starship leader Paul Kantner suffers a small stroke during a recording session. He would make a full recovery.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Wham! topped the UK chart with "Freedom", a song that will reach #3 in America. It was the second British #1 of the year for the English duo, following the success of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" last Spring.

October 26
19 year old John D. McCollum shot himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. A year later, McCollum's parents sued Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song "Suicide Solution" contributed to their son's death. The suit was eventually dismissed.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Legendary Rock concert promoter Bill Graham was killed when the Bell 206B JetRanger III helicopter he was riding in struck the top of a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission tower near Sears Point, northwest of Vallejo and exploded. The fiery crash, which left the helicopter's wreckage dangling near the top of the towering structure, killed Graham (age 60), his girlfriend Melissa Gold (age 47) and pilot Steve Kahn. Graham had founded the Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York and had played key roles in supporting such bands as The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, The J. Geils Band, The Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones.

October 26
49-year-old Jim Reese, guitarist for The Bobby Fuller Four on their hit "I Fought The Law", suffered a fatal heart attack after playing a round of golf.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico open their doors for the night and urge residents to tie black ribbons on trees to protest Madonna's first concert there.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Wilbert Harrison, most often remembered for his 1959 chart-topper "Kansas City", suffered a stroke and died at the age of 65. In 2001, his recording of that song was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and has also been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Singer / songwriter Hoyt Axton died peacefully at his ranch at the age of 61. He is most often remembered for writing Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" and "Never Been To Spain" as well as Ringo Starr's "The No No Song" and The Kingston Trio's "Greenback Dollar". His mother, Mae Buran Axton, wrote Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel".

2004 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Bill Read, the bass singer for The Diamonds passed away at the age of 68. After signing with Mercury Records in 1955, The Diamonds became the first Canadian group to make an impact on the US record charts, placing nine songs in the top twenty during the late 1950s. Their most memorable hits, "Little Darlin'" and "The Stroll" reached the Top Ten.

October 26
Forbes.com compiled a list of the top earning dead celebrities and to no one's surprise, Elvis Presley came out on top. Twenty-seven years after his death, fans were still buying his music and collecting memorabilia to the tune of $40 million a year. Beatle John Lennon was number four on the list with earnings of $21 million, while his former band mate George Harrison was number 7, bringing in $7 million.

October 26
The Recording Industry Association of America brought a fresh round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against 750 file sharers, including 25 users on 13 university campuses.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Before game four of The World Series, Philadelphia's Patti LaBelle sang her own special version of The Star-Spangled Banner, which included straying far from the original melody and singing the wrong lyrics. The 64-year-old LaBelle was heavily criticized following the performance for singing "sky lights last gleaming" (Instead of twilight), "through the perilous flight" (Instead of light) and "Lamp parts" (Instead of ramparts).

2010 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
Former Culture Club vocalist Boy George stunned an audience in London, England after reportedly flying into a rage and tossing his drink on a woman who was talking during his show. Before emptying his glass on her from the stage, George was heard shouting, "Why don't you shut the f**k up, you rude c**t!"

October 26
Forbes Magazine released its annual list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities. Michael Jackson led the way at $275 million, Elvis Presley was second at $60 million and John Lennon was fifth at $17 million.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
59-year-old KISS frontman Paul Stanley announced that he had undergone surgery to address "recurring vocal cord issues" that "come with 40 years of preaching Rock n' Roll."

2016 - ClassicBands.com

October 26
The draft of a letter that John Lennon sent to Queen Elizabeth to return his MBE (Member of the British Empire) that he received as a member of the Beatles, was revealed at a Fab Four exhibition in Liverpool. It has been speculated that because the handwriting on the letter became smudged, Lennon eventually sent a more pristine copy to Her Majesty. The anonymous owner of the letter discovered it within the sleeve of a used record they bought for 10 Pounds. A memorabilia expert put the value of the letter at roughly $72,000.

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