2022-06-26

JUNE 26th
The Beatles deliver the soundtrack to “A Hard Day’s Night,” their first (and best) film.  The album has the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Tell Me Why.” 1964
Bad Company release their self-titled debut album which goes to #1 and sells over five-million copies.  1974
“Bad Company,” “Can’t Get Enough” and “Ready For Love” are the best-known tracks from the album.
“Congratulations, I’m Sorry” is a certified platinum album (over one-million sales). The Gin Blossoms’ album features the song “Follow You Down.” 1997
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Elvis Presley meets his future manager Colonel Tom Parker for the first time at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records office in Memphis, where Elvis had recorded demos.  Two weeks later, Elvis signs with Sun but Parker eventually takes his client to RCA Records. 1954
Mick Jones, guitarist for The Clash, has a birthday. After The Clash he starts Big Audio Dynamite. 1955
It’s singer Chris Isaak’s birthday. 1956
Scandal’s lead singer, Patti Smyth, is born in New York. 1957
Egypt bans Rock N’ Roll claiming the music is “against public morals” and is an “imperialist plot.” 1957
Berlin vocalist Terri Nunn is born in L.A. Berlin is known for the song “No More Words” and the ballad, “Take My Breath Away,” on the “Top Gun” soundtrack. 1961
Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds scores his only #1 single, “Quarter To Three.” 1961
The Byrds, featuring Roger McGuinn’s 12-string Rickenbacher guitar, take Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” to #1. 1965
Colin Greenwood, bassist (and occasional keyboardist) for Radiohead, enters the world. 1969
Free’s “Fire And Water” album, with their signature song “All Right Now,” arrives.  1970
Peter Frampton unveils the live version of “Baby I Love Your Way.” A huge hit. 1976
Elvis Presley gives his final performance.  It’s at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.  He closes the show with his ‘61 hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  Elvis dies just seven weeks later. 1977
A cover of the Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought The Law” is The Clash’s first U.S. single. 1979
Duran Duran’s first major hit, “Hungry Like The Wolf,” peaks at #5 on the U.K. pop chart. 1982
Sammy Hagar splits from Van Halen after the group (sans Hagar) offers a return engagement to former lead singer David Lee Roth. 1996
One of Eric Clapton’s prize guitars, “Blackie,” a black-and-white Fender Stratocaster, sells for $959,500 at an auction that raises more than $7.4 million for Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment facility. “Lenny,” the guitar Stevie Ray Vaughan played from the 1970s until his death in 1990, sells for $623,500. The guitar was donated by Vaughan’s estate. 2004
Paul McCartney performs the Glastonbury Music Festival. He opens the set with “Jet.” The concert marks the end of McCartney’s month-long European tour but it is his first appearance at Glastonbury. 2004
Eric Clapton’s third Crossroads Guitar Festival takes place at Toyota Park just outside of Chicago. “I can go to one place and hear all of my favorite musicians in one day, says Clapton.” Those musicians include B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Buddy Guy and Z.Z. Top. Proceeds benefit the Crossroads Centre. 2010
Slash scores his first #1 hit on Rock Radio with “You’re A Lie,” the lead track from his second solo album “Apocalyptic Love.” 2012
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “The Getaway” lands at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It’s kept out of the top spot by Drake’s “Views” which is #1 for the eighth consecutive week. 2016
U2’s bassist Adam Clayton is honored at the 13th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert in New York City. Clayton receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work with the MusiCares MAP Fund, an organization that assists musicians in recovery.  2017
Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) top the Mediabase Active Rock chart with “Darkness Settles In.” The track, from the band’s “F8” album, is their 12th #1 on the chart.  Days later, the song also tops the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.  2021
FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory takes second place in the Superheavy Division and second place in the Absolute Division at the American National Jiu Jitsu Championship.  2021
“The Boss” headlines a limited run of his show “Springsteen on Broadway” at the St. James Theatre.  Audience members are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the theater which draws a small group of anti-vax protesters.  2021
Johnny Solinger passes away at age 55.  He joined Skid Row when it reformed in ‘99, following a three-year hiatus, replacing Sebastian Bach. He was in the band until ‘15.  2021