Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

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Music History: October 26th:


2013 Al Johnson (co-founder of The Unifics) dies at age 65.

2010 Results of Ozzy Osbourne's genome sequencing are revealed. The study shows that Ozzy has a very high predisposition for alcohol and cocaine addiction, and that he was partly descended from Neanderthals.

2007 Acting on the advice of director David Lynch, folk-pop icon and former student of the Maharishi, Donovan, begins drawing up plans for The Invincible Donovan University, a college for studying transcendental meditation.

2002 Jessica Simpson marries Nick Lachey of the boy band 98 Degrees. The union lasts three years and is the subject of the MTV reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.

2001 Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, California.

2000 The tree from U2's song "One Tree Hill" is taken down. Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the tree had been attacked by activists and had to be removed.

1999 "Heartbreak Hotel" co-writer Hoyt Axton dies of a heart attack at age 61.

1999 German singer Rex Gildo dies at age 63, three days after jumping from the window of his apartment.

1998 Fats Domino is awarded the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton.

1998 Singer/songwriter Eros Ramazzotti celebrates his 35th birthday with the global release of his album Eros Live, featuring 15 tracks recorded during his 1997-98 worldwide tour.

1998 Marilyn Manson begin their Mechanical Animals tour with a show in Kansas City.

1998 John Michael Montgomery raises over $14,000 for the Jessamine Humane Society at his Putt for Paws golf tournament and concert. "We have a moral obligation to take care of these homeless animals," Montgomery says. "After all, we domesticated them."

1998 US Federal courts refuse to issue an injunction against makers of mp3 players, one which the RIAA has been pushing for in light of rampant piracy.

1996 Tragedy strikes at Ozzfest in Devore, California, when police officer Ruben Rios is struck and killed by a motorist while directing traffic.

1994 Wilbert Harrison (of Canned Heat) dies after suffering a stroke at age 65.

1980 While recording the band's latest album, Paul Katner of Jefferson Starship is taken to LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after he (correctly) suspects he's having a brain hemorrhage. His wife initially doesn't believe him, but eventually calls the hospital's front desk, requesting "would you please get an ambulance for this asshole?" He recovers after two weeks' hospitalization.

1978 Mark Barry (of BBMak) is born in Manchester, England.

1974 Barry White's LP Can't Get Enough hits #1.

1974 "Then Came You" by Dionne Warwick & the Spinners hits #1 in America.

1973 The Who release Quadrophenia in the UK (the American debut is a week later). Like their 1969 album Tommy, it is a rock opera, this time centered on the character Jimmy, a mod on a search for meaning.

1971 Al Green's "Tired Of Being Alone" is certified Gold.

1970 Elton John releases "Your Song."

1970 Mrs. Alta Mae Anderson, mother of Meredith Hunter, The Rolling Stones concertgoer murdered by Hells Angels at their Altamont show, sues the band for hiring the infamous biker club as security.

1969 Waylon Jennings marries his fourth wife, Jessi Colter. They remain married until his death in 2002.

1968 Nina Simone's "Do What You Gotta Do" peaks at #83, where it will stay for four weeks.

1967 Keith Urban is born in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand.

1966 Songwriter J.M. Robinson (Jessie Mae Robinson) dies at her Los Angeles home aged just 48.

1966 English pop singer Alma Cogan dies of ovarian cancer at age 34.

1965 The Beatles are awarded Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. John Lennon claims they smoked marijuana in the bathroom before receiving the awards, although George Harrison said it was just tobacco. Harrison and Paul McCartney put the awards on their jackets for the Sgt. Pepper album cover; Lennon sent his back in 1969.

1964 The Beatles record "Honey Don't" for their Beatles For Sale album after the song's writer, Carl Perkins, visits them in the studio. They also record "What You're Doing," and Another Beatles Christmas Record (a cover of "Jingle Bells," along with holiday greetings to fans).

1963 Natalie Merchant (lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs) is born in Jamestown, New York.

1961 Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.

1961 Elvis Presley records "A Whistling Tune," "Home Is Where The Heart Is," and "Riding The Rainbow."

1958 The first rock concert in Germany is held in Berlin, and it doesn't go well, as agitated youth fight during a performance by Bill Haley and his Comets. By the time police clear the Berlin Sportpalast, where the concert is held, five policemen and six audience members are seriously injured.

1953 Keith Strickland (of The B-52's) is born in Athens, Georgia.

1952 David Was (of Was (Not Was)) is born David Weiss in Detroit, Michigan.

1951 Bootsy Collins is born William Earl Collins in Cincinnati, Ohio. The bass player will rise to prominence as a member of James Brown's backing band in the '70s before joining Funkadelic.

1946 Keith Hopwood (rhythm guitarist for Herman's Hermits) is born in Manchester, England.

1944 Alan Henderson (bass guitarist for Them) is born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1944 Michael Piano (of The Sandpipers) is born in Rochester, New York.

1935 The NBC Radio show Lux Radio Theatre presents its newest find -- a 12-year-old girl singer named Judy Garland.

1934 Cole Porter records "You're The Top."

1929 Neal Matthews Jr. (of The Jordanaires, backing vocalists for Elvis Presley) is born in Nashville, Tennessee.

1913 Jazz saxophonist Charlie Barnet is born in New York City. Known for a hit rendition of "Cherokee" and the 1944 swing hit "Skyliner."

1911 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1685 Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti is born in Naples, Italy.

Michael Jackson Patents The Smooth Criminal Shoes

1993Michael Jackson is awarded a patent for the system that allows him to lean in unnatural angles during performances of "Smooth Criminal." To recreate the video on stage, Jackson and his dancers wore special shoes that they could insert into pegs set up on stage for the famous lean.
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2010 Keith Richards releases his autobiography, Life. His drug use is a big topic - here's a quote: "I loved a good high. And if you stay up, you get the songs that everyone else misses because they're asleep."

2004 Sugarland's debut album, Twice the Speed of Life, is released. It is the only Sugarland album to feature Kristen Hall, who will leave the band in 2005.

1985 Whitney Houston scores her first #1 on the Hot 100 when "Saving All My Love For You" reaches the top spot. She goes on a remarkable run, with her next six singles all topping the chart.

1981 Queen records "Under Pressure."

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