Music Almanac - July 26

Birthdays
  • 1914 - Erskine Hawkins (d. 1993)
  • 1922 - Jim Foglesong (country music producer) (d. 2013)
  • 1928 - Joe Jackson (father & manager of the Jacksons) (d. 2018)
  • 1931 - Fred Foster (founder Monument Records) (d. 2019)
  • 1938 - Darlene Love
  • 1938 - Bobby Hebb (d. 2010)
  • 1940 - Dobie Gray (born Lawrence Brown) (d. 2011)
  • 1941 - Brenton Wood
  • 1941 - Neil Landon (Ivy League, Flower Pot Men, Fat Matress)
  • 1943 - Mick Jagger
  • 1945 - Betty Davis
  • 1947 - Al Anderson (NRBQ)
  • 1949 - Roger Taylor (Queen)
  • 1956 - Scott Hendricks (producer)
  • 1961 - Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen)
  • 1961 - Terri Nunn (Berlin)
  • 1961 - Andy Connell (Swing Out Sister)
  • 1962 - Miranda Joyce (Belle Stars)
  • 1963 - Scott Crago (Eagles, Sheryl Crow)
  • 1965 - Jim Lindberg (Pennywise)
  • 1967 - Headliner (born Timothy Barnwell) (Arrested Development)
  • 1972 - Wayne Wonder
  • 1974 - Dan Konopka (OK Go)
  • 1974 - Iron & Wine (born Sam Beam)
  • 1979 - Tamyra Gray
  • 1980 - Dave Baksh (Sum 31)
  • 1993 - Taylor Momsen (Pretty Reckless)

Deaths
  • 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
  • 1954 - Elvis Presley signed his first contract with Sun Records.
  • 1956 - Eight figures in the entertainment industry, inclduing Pete Seeger, were cited with contempt by the U.S. congress.
  • 1965 - Ray Charles entered a rehab facility to battle heroin addiction.
  • 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.
  • 1977 - Faron Young sued Capitol Records for $150,000 in back royalties.
  • 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.
  • 2004 - John Conlee sued MCA over the return of 19 of his master recordings.
  • 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.
  • 2006 - Lance Bass of 'N Sync announced he was gay on the cover of People magazine.
  • 2007 - Mindy McCready was arrested in Nashville for violating her probation.
  • 2010 - Paul McCartney was made an honorary member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • 2010 - Brenda Lee contributed all of her memorabilia from her career to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2012 - Barry Gibb made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

Marriages
  • 1969 - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. (both Fifth Dimension)
  • 1980 - Michael Martin Murphey and Mary Maciukas
  • 1992 - Paul Stanley (Kiss) and Pamela Bowen
  • 1995 - Mick Fleetwood and Lynn Frankel

Divorces
  • 1972 - Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu (separation became official)

Recorded
  • 1968 - Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley (single)

Released
  • 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)

Broadcasts
  • 1961 - American Bandstand - Gary U.S. Bonds, Frank Gari
  • 1962 - 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
  • 1969 - The Johnny Cash Show (ABC) - Marty Robbins, Statler Brothers, Carter Family
  • 1973 - Dean Martin Presents: Music Country (NBC) - Johnny Cash, June Carter, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Lynn Anderson, Tom T. Hall
  • 1973 - The Helen Reddy Show (NBC) - Billy Preston, Peter Allen, Vicki Lawrence, Bobby Russell
  • 1974 - Midnight Special - Leon Russell (host), Gap Band
  • 1975 - American Bandstand - Dwight Twilly
  • 1980 - American Bandstand - Stanley Clarke
  • 1986 - American Bandstand - Blow Monkeys
  • 2009 - Top Gear (BBC) - Brian Johnson

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - The Hustle - Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony (1 week)
  • 1986 - Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel (1 week)
  • 2014 - Rude - Magic! (6 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1969 - Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (4 weeks (3 previous weeks))
  • 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)
  • 2014 - 1000 Forms of Fear - Sia (1 week)

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)
  • 2014 - Dirt - Florida Georgia Line (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • None

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1962 - I Remember You - Frank Ifield (7 weeks)
  • 1980 - Use It Up and Wear It Out - Odyssey (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy and Faith Evans Featuring 112 (3 weeks (3 previous weeks))
  • 2014 - Me and My Broken Heart - Rixton (1 week)
  • 2018 - In My Feelings - Drake (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1975 - Horizon - Carpenters (3 weeks (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2008 - Now You're Gone: The Album - Basshunter (1 week)

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