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On this day in music July 26 th
1962 -Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Remember You’. The singers first of four UK No.1’s.
1968 -The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with MotownRecords. 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 You Save’ and ‘I’ll Be There’.
1969 –Johnny Cash released the single, ‘A Boy Named Sue’, a song written by Shel Silverstein. Cash was at the height of his popularity when he recorded the song live at California’s San Quentin State Prison at a concert on February 24, 1969
1970 –Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium
1975 – EaglesThe Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’
1975 -Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Hustle’, his only US chart hit, it made No.3 in the UK. McCoy died on 6th July 1979
1977 –Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour after Robert Plant’s five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England, UK.
1980 -The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Emotional Rescue’, the group’s eighth US No.1. Emotional Rescue was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards‘ exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for years
1986 -Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a No.4 hit in the UK. The song’s music video has 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
1990 – Brent Mydland American keyboardist and vocalist Brent Mydland from the Grateful Dead was found dead on the floor of his home aged 38 from a drug overdose
1992 – Mary WellsAmerican singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as The First Lady of Motown and who had a 1964 US No. 1 and UK No. 5 single ‘My Guy’, died aged 49 of laryngeal cancer
2006 – Michael Jackson Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara, California, to surrender in a child-molestation investigation
2006 – Top Of The Pops The final edition of Top Of The Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside The Rolling Stones who were the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops on New Year’s Day in 1964
2006 – Paul McCartney The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios
2008 -Klaxons singer Jamie Reynolds postponed the group’s Australian tour dates after he broke his leg at a gig in France. The bands singer said he “drastically misjudged” the distance when he jumped from the stage to crowd surf during their final song in the set
2013 = US singer-songwriter JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song ‘After Midnight’. In 1977 Clapton also popularised Cale’s ‘Cocaine’. The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008
2017 – Quincy Jones A jury awarded Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties for the use of Michael Jackson songs he produced in two Cirque du Soleil shows and the This Is It documentary. Jones filed suit in 2013, asking for $30 million
Continuing with last weeks theme The Origins of Rock & Roll This week it is the 70’s
Enough of the Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s kick it off with a few of my favorites