Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson marries Carol Freedman in 1965 in Los Angeles. She would become the first of four wives.
The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records in 1968. They made history in 1970 as the first recording act to have their first four singles to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the songs being ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’ ‘The Love Your Save’ and ‘I’ll Be There’.
Much to Mick Jagger’s fury, the new Rolling Stones music album ‘Beggar Banquet’ was scheduled to be released today July 26, 1968 in the US, but was held back after Atlantic fears the cover, featuring a filthy men’s room urinal with graffiti on the walls, will be found offensive. The album is eventually released with an all-white cover that looks like an invitation. The original cover is now available on CD.
Jeannie C. Riley records ‘Harper Valley P.T.A’ in 1968.
The 5th Dimension’s two lead singers, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. are married in 1969. The duo will score their own hit in 1977 with ‘You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show).
Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium in 1970.
The Allman Brothers appeared at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts in 1974 with The Eagles as the supporting band.
John Denver’s song ‘Annie’s Song’ is certified gold in 1974.
The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album music chart in 1975 with ‘One Of These Nights’.
Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1975 with ‘The Hustle’, his only US chart hit. McCoy unfortunately died July 6, 1979.
With endless touring and recording, as well as various addictions tearing the band apart, The Dog Night plays their last concert in San Francisco, California in 1976.
Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour in 1977 when Robert Plant’s five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England, UK.
The US disco group Odyssey were at No.1 in the UK in 1980 with the music single ‘Use it Up And Wear It Out’. This would be the group’s only UK hit.
The Rolling Stones started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US album chart in 1980 with ‘Emotional Rescue’, the group’s eight US No.1. Emotional Rescue was the first Rolling Stones album following Keith Richards’s exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for year.
Randy Travis scores his first No.1 music single in Billboard in 1986 with ‘On the Other Hand’.
Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1986 with ‘Sledgehammer’. The song’s music video 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.
Billy Joel plays an historic concert in Leningrad in 1987. This is one of the first major filmed concerts behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ of Soviet Russia and was a huge hit with fans.
KISS frontman Paul Stanely marries Pamela Brown in 1992.
Shania Twain’s ‘Come On Over’ is certified for shipments of 12 million copies in 1999, passing her own ‘The Woman In Me’ as the best-selling country album by a female.
The file-sharing service Napster is ordered by a US federal judge in 2000, to cease trading copyrighted music files in within the next 48 hours.
Lonestar tops the Billboards country music singles chart in 2003 with ‘My Front Porch Looking In’.
Keith Urban’s ‘Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me’ videos makes it TV debut in 2003 on CMT.
Dierks Bentley’s concert at the House of Blues in Los Angeles is interrupted by Marty Stuart, who extends an invitation for Bentley to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2005. Bentley responds: “Hell yeah”.
Broken Bow releases Jason Aldean’s self-titled debut album in 2005.
The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold in 2006 for $500,000 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.
Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves pleaded guilty in 2006 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 recorder to record Jackson and his lawyer as the pair was traveling on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003.
EMI releases the Eric Church album ‘Chief’ in 2011.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, July 26th are:
1941 – Bobby Hebb – US singer who had the 1966 US No.2 and UK No.12 music single ‘Sunny’. The song was written about Bobby’s brother, who had been killed by a mugger in 1963, and started out as an album filler until it was picked for a single release.
1941 – Neil Landon – The Flowerpot Men who had the 1967 UK No.4 music single ‘Let’s Go to San Francisco’.
1941 – Darlene Love – the Crystals who had the 1962 US No.1 music single ‘He’s A Rebel.
1942 – Dobie Gray – US singer who had the 1965 US No.13 music single ‘The In Crowd’ and the 1973 US No.5 music single ‘Drift Away’.
1943 – Mick Jagger – vocals for The Rolling Stones. They had the 1969 UK and US No.1 music single ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and over 35 US and US Top 40 singles and albums.
1947 – Al Anderson – after a stint in the electric rock band NRBQ, he becomes a major songwriter penning such hits as George Strait’s ‘Loves Gonna Make It Alright’, Diamond Rio’s ‘Unbelievable’, LeAnn Rimes ‘Big Deal’ and The Zac Brown Band’s ‘Loving You Easy’.
1949 – Roger Taylor – drummer and vocals for Queen. They had the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and the 1980 US No.1 music single ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’.
1956 – Scott Hendricks – an executive with Capitol, Virgin and Warner Bros., he produces Brooks & Dunn, Blake Shelton, Restless Heart, Trace Adkins, and Alan Jackson to name a few.
1961 – Gary Cherone – vocals for Extreme who had the 1991 US No.1 music single ‘More Than Words’. He also toured and recorded with Van Halen.
1961 – Andy Connell – Swing Out Sister.
1962 – Miranda Joyce – vocals for The Belle Stars.
1963 – Scott Francis Crago – American session drummer, he 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.
1967 – Tim Barnell – DJ Headliner for Arrested Development.
1980 – Dave ‘Brown Sound’ Baksh – guitarist with Sum 41.