Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Today in Music History...July 26, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: July 26th

2016 A group of 40 or so Broadway stars takes the stage on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to sing "What the World Needs Now Is Love" in support of gun control legislation. These stars are part a group called Broadway For Orlando that was put together to record the song in honor of victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12, when 49 people were killed.More

2015 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, dies at age 22. She is found unconscious in her bathtub, and the cause of death is eventually revealed as "immersion associated with drug intoxication."

2013 Oklahoma guitarist J.J. Cale, who wrote the songs "Call Me The Breeze" and "After Midnight," dies at age 74.

2012 Searching For Sugar Man, an Academy Award-winning documentary about Detroit Rocker Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez, is released in the UK.

2006 Paul McCartney's first guitar is sold at an Abbey Road Studios auction for 330,000 pounds, or about half-a-million US dollars.

2003 Vegas mainstay Tom Jones in inducted into the Gaming Hall Of Fame, along with Harrah's exec Phil Satre.

2003 Limp Bizkit appear at the Hawthorne Racetrack in Chicago as part of Metallica's Summer Sanitarium tour with Deftones, Linkin Park and Mudvayne. But the crowd soon shows how they feel about frontman Fred Durst and his crew, as the band is booed and Durst is pelted with coins and bottles, leading him to launch into homophobic taunts. As a result, Limp Bizkit leaves the stage after 30 minutes and only six songs, but not before Durst challenges audience members to a fight.

2002 A week before he is due to sign a contract with Universal South Records, Matthew West suffers a serious injury to his arm. Having accidentally locked himself in his house, West attempts to escape through a window, but his arm goes straight through the glass pane. West is rushed to hospital, where he is told he came close to severing a major artery. He will go on to fully recover from the incident.

2002 Beyoncé makes her film debut, playing Mike Myers' love interest Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember. Her catch phrase: "I'm a whole lotta woman."

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

1992 Mary Wells, "Queen of Motown," dies in Los Angeles, California, at age 49 during a bout of pneumonia made worse by a cancer recurrence.

1992 Kiss frontman Paul Stanley marries Pamela Bowen.

1990 Grateful Dead keyboard player Brent Mydland dies of a drug overdose at age 37.

1980 Singer/Guitarist/Producer Dave "Brownsound" Baksh (of Sum 41 and Organ Thieves) is born in Ajax, Ontario, Canada.

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, California. (The group would reunite in 1981, but that reunion would prove short-lived.)

1976 Ted Nugent's self-titled debut album is certified Gold, eventually selling over 2 million copies.

1975 Van McCoy's "The Hustle" hits #1.

1975 The Eagles' One Of These Nights LP hits #1.

1974 London graffiti artists hired by the Rolling Stones' management spray paint various local sites as promotion for the group's latest single, "It's Only Rock N' Roll."

1974 John Denver's "Annie's Song" is certified Gold.

1969 The 5th Dimension's two lead singers, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. are married. The duo will score their own hit in 1977 with "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)."

1969 Brian Jones, who was a founding member of The Rolling Stones, appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine following his death on July 3rd.

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.

1968 Jeannie C. Riley records "Harper Valley P.T.A."

1967 Timothy "Headliner" Barnwell (of the hip-hop ensemble Arrested Development) is born in New Jersey.

1965 Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson marries Carol Freedman, the first of what would be four wives, in Los Angeles.

1963 Smokey Robinson & the Miracles release "Mickey's Monkey."

1960 Rock singer/songwriter Gary Cherone (of Extreme and Van Halen) is born in Malden, Massachusetts.

1960 Sam Cooke releases "Chain Gang."

1960 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters record "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go."

1952 Rosemary Clooney's "Half As Much" hits #1.

1950 Singer/keyboardist Duncan Mackay (of 10cc) is born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

1949 Roger Taylor (drummer for Queen) is born in Dersingham, Norfolk, England.

1942 Judy Garland and Gene Kelly record a cover of "For Me And My Gal" for their film of the same name.

1941 Soul singer Brenton Wood is born Alfred Jesse Smith in Shreveport, Louisiana. Known for 1967's "The Oogum Boogum Song" and "Gimme Little Sign."

1941 Pop/Jazz singer Darlene Love is born in Hawthorne, California.

1941 Rock singer/songwriter Neil Landon (of The Flowerpot Men and Fat Mattress) is born in Kirdford, Sussex, England.

1940 Singer Dobie Gray is born in Simonton, Texas.

1938 Soul singer Bobby Hebb is born in Nashville, Tennessee.

1914 Erskine Hawkins, trumpeter and Big Band leader known for "Tuxedo Junction," is born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1895 Gracie Allen, comedic radio and TV star with partner/husband George Burns, is born in San Francisco, California (though the specific date of her birth is disputed).

1000 Italians Play Foo Fighters

2015In a field just outside of Cesena, Italy, 1000 musicians and singers play Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly" simultaneously with the dream of attracting the band to play a show in their city for the first time in nearly 20 years.
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2016 A video of celebrities performing an a capella version of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" is shown at the Democratic National Convention before Hillary Clinton takes the stage to accept the nomination.More

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).

1986 Peter Gabriel hits #1 in the US with "Sledgehammer," bumping his old band, Genesis (with "Invisible Touch") out of the top spot.

1977 While touring the US with Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant learns that his 5-year-old son, Karac, has died of a stomach virus. The tour abruptly ends, and Led Zeppelin will never again play in the United States.

1968 The Jackson 5, discovered by Motown mainstay Gladys Knight (not, as legend has it, Diana Ross), signs to the label for a one-year contract.

1943 Mick Jagger (of The Rolling Stones) is born Michael Philip Jagger in Dartford, Kent, England.

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