Almanac: July 26, 2016
- 1922 - Jim Foglesong (country music producer) (d. 2013)
- 1928 - Joe Jackson (father & manager of the Jacksons) (88)
- 1938 - Darlene Love (78)
- 1938 - Bobby Hebb (d. 2010)
- 1940 - Dobie Gray (d. 2011)
- 1941 - Brenton Wood (75)
- 1941 - Neil Landon (Ivy League, Flower Pot Men, Fat Matress) (75)
- 1943 - Mick Jagger (73)
- 1945 - Betty Davis (71)
- 1947 - Al Anderson (NRBQ) (69)
- 1949 - Roger Taylor (Queen) (67)
- 1961 - Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) (55)
- 1961 - Terri Nunn (Berlin) (55)
- 1961 - Andy Connell (Swing Out Sister) (55)
- 1962 - Miranda Joyce (Belle Stars) (54)
- 1963 - Scott Crago (Eagles, Sheryl Crow) (53)
- 1965 - Jim Lindberg (Pennywise) (51)
- 1967 - Headliner (born Timothy Barnwell) (Arrested Development) (49)
- 1972 - Wayne Wonder (47)
- 1974 - Dan Konopka (OK Go) (42)
- 1974 - Iron & Wine (born Sam Beam) (42)
- 1979 - Tamyra Gray (40)
- 1980 - Dave Baksh (Sum 31) (36)
- 1993 - Taylor Momsen (Pretty Reckless) (23)
- 1950 - Papa Charlie McCoy - Paralytic brain disease (41)
- 1990 - Brent Mydland (Grateful Dead) - Drug overdose (37)
- 1992 - Mary Wells - Laryngeal cancer (49)
- 1998 - Chico Ryan (Happenings, Sha Na Na) (50)
- 2006 - Floyd Dixon - Kidney failure, cancer (77)
- 2010 - Ben Keith (pedal steel with Neil Young) - Blood clot in lung (73)
- 2013 - J.J. Cale - Heart Failure (74)
On This Day
- 1968 - The Jackson 5 signed a one-year contract with Motown.
- 1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed writing Hey Jude.
- 1968 - Decca postponed the release of the Rolling Stones' Begger's Banquet due to issues with the cover art.
- 1969 - Elvis Presley played his first live engagement in eight years in Las Vegas.
- 1970 - Jimi Hendrix played Seattle, his hometown, for the last time.
- 1974 - The first Beatles Festival was held in Boston.
- 1977 - Led Zeppelin cancels the last seven days of their U.S. tour after Robert Plant's son dies of a respiratory virus. They would not play live in the U.S. again until Live Aid.
- 1977 - Elvis Costello was arrested while playing outside of a Columbia Records conference in London.
- 1979 - Rolling Stone magazine acknowledged the growing influence of music videos, including Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
- 1984 - Prince's Purple Rain premiered in Hollywood.
- 2000 - A federal judge issued an order to Napster to stop the trading of music by members of the RIAA by July 28.
- 2000 - Liam Gallagher insulted an audience of 35,000 in Switzerland and Oasis was booed off the stage.
- 2001 - Paul McCartney announced he was engaged to Heather Mills.
- 2001 - Cerys Matthews of the Welsh group Catatonia collapsed from exhaustion and was admitted to a rehabilitation center.
- 2003 - Mick Jagger celebrated his sixtieth birthday in Prague with guests including the Czech president.
- 2003 - Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden is arrested in Wantagh, NY after running over a parking attendant.
- 2005 - Marty Stewart interrupted Dierks Bentley's show at the House of Blues in L.A. to invite him to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
- 2006 - The final episode of Top of the Pops was recorded in London.
- 2007 - Mindy McCready was arrested in Nashville for violating her probation.
- 1969 - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. (both Fifth Dimension)
- 1992 - Paul Stanley (Kiss) and Pamela Bowen
- 1995 - Mick Fleetwood and Lynn Frankel
- 1968 - Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley (single)
- 1963 - Mickey's Monkey - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (single)
- 1965 - Before You Go - Buck Owens
- 1968 - In Search of the Lost Chord - Moody Blues
- 1969 - A Boys Named Sue - Johnny Cash (single)
- 1973 - Tres Hombres - ZZ Top
- 1983 - Alpha - Asia
- 2005 - All We Know is Falling - Paramour (debut)
- 2005 - Jason Aldean - Jason Aldean (debut)
- 1961 - American Bandstand - Gary U.S. Bonds, Frank Gari1962 - American Bandstand - Jimmy Dean (guest host)
- 1963 - American Bandstand - Jimmy Clanton (guest host)
- 1965 - Where the Action Is - Freddy Cannon, Jody Miller, Linda Scott, Paul Revere & the Raiders
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Spinners, Tommy Sands, Robbs, Tina Mason
- 1969 - American Bandstand - Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys
- 1974 - Midnight Special - Leon Russell (host), Gap Band
- 1975 - American Bandstand - Dwight Twilly
- 1980 - American Bandstand - Stanley Clarke
- 1986 - American Bandstand - Blow Monkeys
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1975 - The Hustle - Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony (1 week)
- 1986 - Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1958 - Gigi - Soundtrack (3 weeks)
- 1969 - Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (4 weeks (3 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1975 - One of These Nights - Eagles (5 weeks)
- 1980 - Emotional Rescue - Rolling Stones (7 weeks)
- 1986 - Top Gun - Soundtrack (3 weeks)
- 1997 - Men in Black: The Album - Soundtrack (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 2003 - Crazy in Love - Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1969 - Johnny B. Goode - Buck Owens (2 weeks)
- 1980 - Bar Room Buddies - Merle Haggard & Clint Eastwood (1 week)
- 1986 - On the Other Hand - Randy Travis (1 week)
- 2003 - My Front Porch Looking In - Lonestar (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1962 - I Remember You - Frank Ifield (7 weeks)
- 1969 - Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones (5 weeks)
- 1980 - Use It Up and Wear It Out - Odyssey (2 weeks)
- 1998 - Viva Forever - Spice Girls (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1975 - Horizon - Carpenters (3 weeks (2 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1992 - Jane McDonald - Jane McDonald (3 weeks)