In 1953, Elvis Presley hitchhiked to the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Show in Meridian, Mississippi where he won 2nd place in the talent competition.
Marianne Faithful recorded he Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘As Tear Go By’ in 1964, accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.
The Beatles recorded ‘Yellow Submarine’ at Abbey Road Studios in London in 1966. Recovering from a case of food poisoning, producer George Martin missed this recording, EMI engineer Geoff Emerick worked on the session. The track features John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water, shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!”
Pink Floyd, Blonde On Blonde and The Pretty Things all appeared at the OZ magazine benefit at the Middle Earth Club, in Convent Garden, London, England in 1968. OZ magazine was a satirical humor magazine, founded by Richard Neville and based in Sydney, Australia from 1963. In its second and better-known incarnation, it became a counter-culture magazine, based in London from 1967 to 1973.
At the point of the band splitting up in 1972, David Bowie offered Mott The Hopple two of his new songs, ‘Suffragette City’, which they turned down and ‘All The Young Dudes’, which they recorded. The song gave the group a No.3 in the UK and a US Top 40 music hit.
The Edgar Winter Group went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1973 with ‘Frankenstein’, the bands only US No.1. The group featured ex McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer. In live performances of the song, Edgar Winters further pioneered the advancement of the synthesizer as a lead instrument by becoming the first person ever to strap a keyboard instrument around his neck.
Country music artist Jeanne Pruett notches a No.1 music single in Billboard charts with her signature song ‘Satin Sheets’ in 1973.
Tragedy struck a David Cassidy concert in 1974, at London’s White City when over 1,000 fans had to be treated by first aid workers due to the frenzied excitement. One fan, Bernadette Whelan died from heart failure four days later.
The band KISS provided Marvel Comics with a small vial of their blood in 1977 so it could be mixed with printers’ ink for their upcoming faux-autobiographical comic.
Former backup singer to Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams started a 2-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1984, with ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’, taken from the movie ‘Footloose’.
For the first time ever, the Top five positions on the US singles music chart were held by female artists in 1990. Madonna was at No.1 with ‘Vogue’, Heart was at No.2, Sinnead O’Connor was No. 3, Wilson Phillips at No.4 and Janet Jackson rounded out the 5th spot.
Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley in 1994. Lisa who is the daughter of Elvis Presley, first met Michael Jackson at the age of seven when she attended a Michael Jackson concert in Las Vegas.
In 1995, The Rolling Stones played two semi-acoustic concerts at the Paradiso Amsterdam over two days. Keith Richards later said that the Paradiso concerts were the best live shows the Stones ever did. The venue is housed in a converted former church building that dates back to the nineteenth century, subsequently squatted in 1967 by hippies who wanted to convert the church into an entertainment club. Artists who have recorded concerts at the Pardiso include Joy Division, Willie Nelson, Phish, Nirvana, The Cure, Lenny Kravitz, Nick Cave, Dave Matthews and Amy Winehouse.
At fire at the home of Eric Clapton caused over $1.5 million worth of damage in 1996. When firemen arrived on scene, they found Clapton bravely battling the blaze by himself to save his collection of guitars.
Toby Keith wins four times in the Academy of Country Music Awards at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay in 2004. Keith claims Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, and Album for ‘Shock’n Y’all’ and Video for the Willie Nelson duet ‘Beer For My Horses’.
Faith Hill’s ‘Mississippi Girl’ video debuts on CMT in 2005.
Billy Currington moved into the No.1 spot on the Billboard Country music chart in 2007, with his music single ‘Good Direction’ written by country artist Luke Bryan.
A US judge ended a bitter two-year battle in 2009 over the late soul singer James Brown’s estate. Judge Jack Early ruled half of his assets will go to a charitable trust, a quarter to his wife and young son, and the rest to his sixth adult children. Brown’s family and wife Tomi Rae Hynie Brown, had fought over his fortune since he died of heart failure in 2006.
Dwight Yoakum performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ in 2009, becoming the final country artist to appear on the NBC program during the Jay Leno’s first tenure as host.
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, May 26th, are:
1904 – George Formby – UK singer, comedian and ukulele player.
1920 – Peggy Lee whose real name is Norma Dolores Egstrom – American singer and actress.
1926 – Miles Davis – jazz trumpeter and composer who had a 1959 music album with ‘Kind Of Blue’.
1941 – Art Sharp – Nashville Teens who had the 1964 hit ‘Tobacco Road’.
1942 – Ray Ennis – Swinging Blue Jeans who had the 1964 music hit ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’.
1943 – Levon Helm – drummer and singer with The Band.
1945 – Verden Allen – keyboardist for Mott The Hoople.
1945 – Garry Peterson – with the Guess Who – who helped with the 1970 US No.1 music single ‘American Woman’.
1946 – Mick Ronson – guitarist and producer for The Rats. He also worked with David Bowie on the music album ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’.
1948 – Stevie Nicks – singer with Fleetwood Mac.
1949 – Hank Williams Jr. – US country singer and songwriter.
1959 – Wayne Hussey – guitarist for Dead Or Alive.
1964 – Lenny Kravitz – US singer, guitarist and songwriter.
1972 – Alan White – drummer for Oasis.
1981 – Isaac Slade – lead singer and pianist for The Fray.