This Day in History: 2023-01-26

“Chicago II” is released. 1970
Containing the hits “25 Or 6 To 4” and “Make Me Smile,” the album is their first album under the name Chicago (the band’s prior name, Chicago Transit Authority, was changed due to a threatened lawsuit from the actual mass-transit operation with the same name).


Corky Laing (Laurence Gordon Laing), drummer for Mountain, enters the world.  He’s from Montreal.  1948
Guitarist Eddie, or Edward, Van Halen is born in Holland. 1957
Charlie Gillingham (born Charles Thomas Gillingham) celebrates his birthday. He’s the keyboardist for the Counting Crowes. 1960
Cinderella vocalist, Tom Keifer, enters the world. 1961
The Monkees hold the #1 spot on the U.K. singles chart with “I’m A Believer.”  It’s the band’s only U.K. chart topper.  1967
David Gilmour plays his first show with Pink Floyd at Southampton University. He replaces Syd Barrett whose behavior has become increasingly unpredictable. 1968
Ringo Starr sits at #1 on the pop chart with the Richard Perry produced cover of Johnny Burnette’s “Your Sixteen.” It’s Ringo’s second chart topper (“Photograph” was the first). 1974
The Clash sign a six-album deal with CBS Records. 1977
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green gets committed after shooting at a delivery boy. 1977
John Fogerty has the #1 song on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart with “Old Man Down The Road.”  1985
There are serious injuries and at least one death when Limp Bizkit perform at the Big Day Out Festival in Sydney, Australia. The group delays their performance for 15-minutes while police and festival staff try to sort out and rein in the mosh pit chaos. A later investigation places blame squarely on the concert promoters for not providing adequate security but also singles out Bizkit frontman Fred Durst for not taking the situation seriously. 2001
Members of Papa Roach, P.O.D., A Perfect Circle, Trapt and Static-X perform on the tsunami-relief charity single “Forever In Our Hearts.” Proceeds from the track, which is sold via Apple’s iTunes Music Store, benefit the Linkin Park-established Music For Relief organization. 2005
Word is that drummer Ryan Vikedal has left Nickleback after five years. In a statement, the group wishes Vikedal “all the best in his future endeavors.” 2005
“Screamers,” a movie that documents System Of A Down’s ongoing campaign for the recognition of Armenian genocide, opens in New York. “(It’s) important for all those that survived the Armenian genocide to be remembered correctly,” says vocalist Serj Tankian.  2007
Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo scores a goal during the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge charity game in Carson, CA. “It was a dream come true,” said Cuomo. “It’s just unreal.” The match raises money for L.A.’s Children’s Hospital. 2008
Billy Joel performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra to mark the 151st anniversary of the city’s Academy of Music. It’s Joel’s first time fronting a major orchestra. He plays his hits plus a classical piece he composed. A portion of the proceeds benefit the orchestra’s Billy Joel Endowment Fund for Education. 2008
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil pleads guilty to a Las Vegas drunk driving charge from the previous summer and is sentenced to fifteen days in jail. “He pled guilty to DUI. The vast majority of people facing a first offense DUI in Nevada don’t face jail time,” says Clark County, Nevada District Attorney David Roger. But in ’84 Neil served 20 days and paid $2.5 million after pleading guilty to drunk driving and manslaughter when the car he was driving crashed and killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley. 2011
A former Miss Canada finalist, Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, is the first person to graduate with a Master’s Degree in The Beatles from Liverpool Hope University. “The course was challenging, enjoyable and it provided a great insight into the impact The Beatles had and still have to this day across all aspects of life,” says Zahalan-Kennedy. 2011
“Muscle Shoals,” a documentary about the music that was recorded at the Alabama city’s legendary studios (FAME Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio) premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. The film contains appearances by the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  2013
Adam Levine makes his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. Aside from fronting Maroon 5, Levine is also a coach on NBC’s singing completion, The Voice. 2013
What year is it? 1974? Hard to tell at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Paul McCartney nabs Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack,” his collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana. Black Sabbath’s “God Is Dead?” gets the Best Metal Performance award. And Led Zeppelin is handed the Best Rock Album Grammy for their documentary “Celebration Day.” Imagine Dragons (whew, somebody from this century) takes home Best Rock Performance for their track “Radioactive.” 2014
Mötley Crüe’s ballad, “Home Sweet Home,” premieres in a commercial during the Grammys for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. The track first appeared on ’85’s “Theatre Of Pain.” 2014
Tom Petty and E.L.O.’s Jeff Lynne are given a song writing credit for Sam Smith’s hit “Stay With Me,” because of the similarities to Petty’s ’89 song “I Won’t Back Down,” co-written by Petty and Lynne. Smith ‘acknowledged the similarity’, but the likeness was ‘a complete coincidence’. “I Won’t Back Down” was released three years before Smith was born. 2015
Vampire Weekend co-founder, Rostam Batmanglij, announces he is leaving the band to work on other projects. “My identity as a songwriter (and) producer, needs to stand on its own,” explains Batmanglij. He adds that he still plans to continue collaborating with Ezra Koenig on future Vampire Weekend projects and songs. 2016
Metalica’s James Hetfield plays Bob Hayward, a Utah highway patrol officer, in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile” which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.  The story follows the relationship between serial killer Ted Bundy and his longtime girlfriend, who at the time had no knowledge of Bundy’s crimes. Hayward arrested Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car. The film is Hetfield’s first dramatic role playing someone other than himself.  2019
Spotify removes Neil Young’s music after the singer requests in an open letter that they choose between his catalogue or conservative anti-vaxer Joe Rogan’s podcast.  Young, who accused Rogan of COVID misinformation, said Spotify “can have Rogan or Young. Not both.” 2022