2022-12-26

DECEMBER 26th
Capitol Records (U.S.), who had passed on The Beatles, finally jump on the bandwagon releasing “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Until “Hey Jude” it’s The Beatles best selling single.  1963
AC/DC’s album “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” is #1 in the U.S. 1981
Offspring’s classic “Pretty Fly For A White Guy” lands on the U.S. charts eventually climbing to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart.  The song also tops the U.K. singles chart.   1998
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“Wall Of Sound” producer Phil Spector enters the world. Before landing in prison for murder, Spector was among the most innovative and successful music producers. 1940
Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, is born in Gentofte, Denmark. 1963
The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” tops the U.S. pop survey. 1964
After a year of being criticized for their long hair, the Rolling Stones take out an ad in the New Musical Express wishing “starving hairdressers and their families a Happy Christmas.” 1964
White Zombie guitarist Jay Noel Yuenger (also known simply as “J.”) is born in Chicago. 1967
“Magical Mystery Tour,” The Beatles surreal T.V. special, airs in England. Hardly magical but certainly mysterious, nobody knows what to make of it. It is dubbed The Beatles first failure. But it does contain performances of John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am The Walrus.”  1967
Led Zeppelin embark on their first U.S. tour. They open for Vanilla Fudge and MC5. The trek begins in Denver. 1968
Peter Klett has a birthday. The Candlebox guitarist is born in Seattle. 1969
Vocalist James Mercer (The Shins) has a birthday. 1970
Produced by George Harrison and Phil Spector, Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” tops the U.S. pop survey. 1970
American Idol finalist, but more importantly, lead singer for Daughtry, Chris Daughtry, is born. 1979
Andy Biersack (Andy Six), founder and lead vocalist for Black Veil Brides, has a birthday. 1990
A CD/DVD documenting the KoЯn-headlined Family Values Tour is out. Sets by Stone Sour, Deftones, Flyleaf and 10 Years are included. One of the highlights is a collaboration between Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and KoЯn on the latter’s “Freak On A Leash.” 2006
Switchfoot issue their “Oh! Gravity” album. It debuts at #18 on the Billboard 200 selling 63,000 copies in its first week. 2006
Seether’s “Fake It” ends the Foo Fighters’ extended run at #1 with “The Pretender” on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks. “Fake It” is also #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for the 8th straight week. 2007
You’d think after the “Magical Mystery Tour” debacle (see above), there would be a tendency to avoid any sort of Beatles-related launch on Boxing Day. But just 42 years later, “Nowhere Boy,” a biographical film about John Lennon’s formative years in Liverpool, is in U.K. theaters. 2009
Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks announces that he has left the group to pursue a solo career and that Trash The Brand’s Scott Austin has been selected to replace him.  2013
Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin is charged with misdemeanor drug possession following a routine traffic stop in Beverly Hills. He posts bail and is released. It’s his fourth drug bust of the year. 2015
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder surprises a Maryland family facing eviction with $10,000 after the family’s Christmas plea goes viral.  2016
Thursday cancels shows in Washington D.C. and Sayreville (NJ) when a band member tests positive for COVID-19.  In recent months Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (both of KISS) have tested positive for COVID.  2021