MAY 26th
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the eighth studio album by The Beatles, is released in the U.K. (U.S. release is a week later).  Praised for its innovations in songwriting, production and graphic design, the album spends 27 weeks at #1 on the U.K.’s Record Retailer chart. 1967
Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” is released. It becomes the group’s signature song. 1973
“Black Gives Way To Blue,” Alice In Chains first album in 14 years, goes gold (500,000 units shipped). It entered the Billboard 200 at #5 with first-week sales exceeding 125,000 copies. The singles “Check My Brain” and “Your Decision” went to #1 on the Rock Songs chart. 2010
“Burn It Down,” by Linkin Park, is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.  It’s the lead single from their fifth studio album “Living Things.” 2012
The song was written by the band and produced by co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, who co-produced the band’s studio albums “Minutes To Midnight.”
The Band’s drummer, Levon Helm, has a birthday. He’s from Marvell, AR. 1942
One-time hostess at Bob’s Big Boy Hamburgers, Stevie Nicks achieves even greater fame as a lead singer with Fleetwood Mac. It’s her birthday. 1948
Lenny Kravitz is born into a showbiz family in Brooklyn. 1964
All we are saying… John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their eight-day bed-in for peace at Montreal’s Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel (Suite 1742). During their stay, the couple is interviewed by journalists from around the world and the song “Give Peace A Chance” is recorded (on 6/1). 1969
Rod Stewart’s “Every Picture Tells a Story” is released.  The album contains Stewart’s breakthrough single “Maggie May.” 1971
One of the few mega-successful Rock instrumentals, “Frankenstein,” by the Edgar Winter Group, is #1 on the U.S. pop survey. 1973
KISS provide Marvel Comics with a vial of their blood to mix with the red ink used to print their comic book.  1977
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee begins a five-day jail sentence for violating his parole by drinking alcohol.  2000
Blink-182 (Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker) help paint a home in Harrisburg, PA, as part of “Raise The Roof,” a partnership between Clear Channel Entertainment and Habitat for Humanity, which provides homes for people in need. The band plays a show that evening at the Star Pavilion in nearby Hershey. 2004
Paul McCartney receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in New Haven, during the school’s commencement ceremony. A Yale band plays “Hey Jude” as McCartney is presented with the doctorate. 2008
Marilyn Manson issues “The High End Of Low.” “The record sounds very final, but it’s almost optimistic — though that feels like a strange word to use,” says Manson. 2009
Any hope that the Rolling Stones reissue of their classic album “Exile On Main Street” would reach #1 in the U.S. are crushed by “Glee: Showstoppers.” The TV show soundtrack outsells the Stones by more than 2 to 1. However, the Stones’ ’72 album, with bonus tracks, sits at #2. The Black Keys set “Brothers,” selling just a few thousand copies less than the Stones, is #3. 2010
Alice Cooper cancels his first concert in 30 years. “Alice got food poisoning somewhere on our trip between Phoenix, Mexico City and Santiago (where the concert was scheduled). Once we were on the plane to Santiago after an 8-hour layover in Mexico City, Alice started to feel ill,” says Coop’s rep. Alice is back on stage the following evening. 2011
The Duff McKagan documentary “It’s So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore” is screened in the U.S. Directed by Christopher Duddy, the Guns N’ Roses bassist tells his life story during a ’13 live performance in Seattle. 2016
In the week following Chris Cornell‘s death, his work (solo, with Soundgarden and Audioslave) is streamed 32.5 million times (up 549 percent), his album catalog sells 38,000 copies (up 1,732 percent), and his songs garner 144,000 downloads (up 2,222 percent).  The top song is Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”   2017
Disturbed’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘60’s hit “The Sound Of Silence” is officially certified double platinum (2 million units) by the Recording Industry Association of America.  2017
Black Veil Brides ‘Andy Biersack is robbed while he and his wife are sleeping at their residence. “The thief took years-worth of BVB memorabilia including my STWOF (Set The World On Fire) stage outfits, countless things I have collected and hoped to share with my family one day,” writes Biersack in a post. 2018
Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk undergoes surgery to repair a torn meniscus. “Got a lot of hard notes outa this knee,” Wilk writes on Instagram.  2021
Yes drummer Alan White passes away at home (in the Seattle area) after a short illness at age 72.  White joined Yes in ’72.  2022