This Day in History: 2023-07-26

JULY 26th
The release of the Rolling Stones “Beggars Banquet” is postponed over the album cover art. The Stones want a graffiti laden bathroom. Their label objects.  1969
In the end, the album has a white cover with the title and the group’s name written in script. It’s also the first album where Mick Jagger plays guitar.
Featuring “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take It To The Limit” and the title track, The Eagles are #1 on the Billboard 200 with “One Of These Nights.”  1975
“I Fought The Law” is the perfect U.S. debut single from The Clash.  1979
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Rolling Stones’ Michael Phillip Jagger, otherwise known as “Mick,” is born in Dartford, Kent. 1943
We will Rock you. Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, has a birthday. 1949
Gary Cherone, Extreme/Van Halen (short timer) vocalist, is born in Malden, MA. 1961
Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg has a birthday.  He’s from Hermosa Beach, CA. 1965
Dan Konopka, drummer for OK Go, is born. 1974
Ted Nugent goes gold with his sixth album. The self-titled set contains “Dog Eat Dog” and “Hey Baby.” 1976
Elvis Costello is arrested while performing outside the London Hilton where CBS Record executives are meeting. Costello wants an audition for a U.S. deal. He’s taken away and fined.  But CBS invites him back for a proper audition which he nails. 1977
Dave Baksh enters the world. The Sum 41 guitarist leaves the group in ’06 over “creative differences.” 1980
“Emotional Rescue,” by the Rolling Stones, tops the Billboard 200.  Though seen as a let down from “Some Girls,” the band’s previous effort, “Emotional Rescue” holds the #1 position for seven weeks.  1980
Fantasy Records, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s label and music publisher, launches totally ridiculous lawsuit claiming former CCR frontman John Fogerty ripped off his own “Run Through The Jungle,” a hit for CCR, to create his solo hit “Old Man Down The Road.” Fogerty wins but at a cost. 1985
The “Top Gun” soundtrack with “Danger Zone” (Kenny Loggins) and “Take My Breath Away” (Berlin), is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1986
Former Genesis frontman, Peter Gabriel, hits the top of the charts on his own with song “Sledgehammer.” 1986
Taylor Michel Momsen, frontwoman for The Pretty Reckless, is born.  1993
Courtney Love blasts ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. “Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in Rock, when he’s one of the biggest jerks,” says the widow Cobain. “He’s been taking money from my child (that would be Francis Bean Cobain) for years.” Grohl wisely declines to respond. 2005
A press release announces that Seether’s Shaun Morgan will check himself into rehab for a “dependence on a combination of substances”” This news leads the group to cancel their participation on Staind’s summer tour. However, Seether fulfills a week’s worth of scheduled appearances before Morgan enters rehab. 2006
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page takes the stand at a music-bootlegging trial in Glasgow, Scotland. The defendant, Robert Langley, is accused of attempting to sell unauthorized Led Zeppelin recordings (among other charges). “What is unacceptable… is when somebody is trying to make a huge profit and is making it look official when it’s substandard quality,” says Page. Following Page’s testimony Langley changes his plea to guilty. He is eventually sentenced to 20-months in prison. 2007
Creed gives a charity performance at the Hard Rock to benefit Nashville flood victims. All concert proceeds go to Hands On Nashville, a group that supports volunteers in the area. 2010
Sheryl Crow is named an ambassador for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her goal is to mobilize musicians and fans to help children with cancer and their families. “A cancer diagnosis is a complete and total show-stopper that leaves a family feeling completely helpless,” says Crow, a cancer survivor and mother-of-two. 2011
Singer-songwriter JJ Cale, who penned “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” two of Eric Clapton’s biggest hits, dies of a heart attack in La Jolla at the age of 74. Cale released several solo albums and his songs were also covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carlos Santana and Tom Petty. 2013
Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin is arrested following a 100 mile per hour police chase in Minnesota. Police say Scantlin slurred his words and had “very watery and bloodshot eyes.” He’s charged with DUI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. 2015
Lamb Of God hit the road for the second leg of Slayer’s farewell tour but do so without drummer Chris Adler who is forced to sit out the trek “due to unforeseen circumstances.”  Art Cruz fills in.  2018
Slash appears in a commercial for Capital One Bank and plays Guns N’ Roses licks during an ‘audition’.  He gets the gig which is (as the tag line states) “the easiest decision in the history of decisions.”  2022
The Dead Daisies play their first concert with stand-in singer Dino Jelusick (Whitesnake) and bassist Yogi Lonich in Vienne, France as a supporting act for Judas Priest. Jelusick steps in after Daisies’ frontman Glenn Hughes tests positive for COVID-19, forcing him to miss the remaining shows on the band’s European tour.  2022