This Day in History: 2022-08-26

The Beatles best-selling single, “Hey Jude,” is released in the U.S. “Revolution” is on the B-side. The single is the debut release on The Beatles label, Apple Records. 1968
John Mellencamp’s haunting “Scarecrow” drops. Featuring “Small Town” and “R.O.C.K. In The USA,” the album goes multi-platinum. 1985
Creed’s debut album, “My Own Prison,” arrives.  The set spends 110 weeks on the Billboard 200.  1997
Singer Shirley Manson (Garbage) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1966
Counting Crows guitarist, Dan Vickrey, has a birthday. He’s a native of Walnut Creek, CA. 1966
Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Purple Haze” enters the U.S Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stays for eight weeks but only gets to #65. 1967
While at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s seminar at University College in Bangor, North Wales, Paul McCartney says The Beatles have given up drugs, dismissing their highly publicized usage as a “phase.” 1967
Canadian singer/guitarist Tyler Connolly (Theory Of A Deadman) has a birthday.  1975
The youngest member of The Donnas, guitarist Allison Richardson (Donna R.), is born. 1979
Tom Peterson quits Cheap Trick for the usual “personal and musical differences.” The bassist returns eight years later but is replaced in the interim by Pete Comita. 1980
Don Henley’s “The End Of The Innocence” rises to #8 on the pop charts. 1989
Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble perform their last show at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI. Hours later Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash. 1990
The Blur/Oasis battle for supremacy of the U.K. pop chart reaches its zenith when Blur’s “Country House” nails #1. Selling 50,000 fewer copies, Oasis’ “Roll With It” is stuck at #2. 1995
Then, exactly one year later, just minutes before the plane is scheduled to take off to the U.S. for an Oasis’ tour, vocalist Liam Gallagher bolts. His brother, guitarist Noel, handles singing duties until Liam rejoins the group a few shows into the trek. 1996
Pantera’s final performance is at the Beast Fest in Yokohama, Japan.  The band had splintered due in part to singer Philip Anselmo’s degenerative back condition and self-medicating that had gotten out of control.   2001
Poker Faces . Guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and drummer Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) participate in the first Vegas Rock Star Poker Tournament and Sweepstakes at the Palms Casino Resort. Sweepstakes winners get a chance to play side-by-side with musicians and compete for a $10,000 grand prize over three days. 2004
KoЯn perform the song “Politics” twice during their headlining set at the Family Values Tour concert in East Troy, WI, so ten fans with handheld cameras can capture additional footage (of the general craziness) for a video. The concertgoers with the cameras are given all-access passes. 2006
KISS bassist Gene Simmons films a surprise message for an Israeli soldier seriously wounded during his country’s 34-day war with Lebanon. Ron Weinreich, a major KISS fan, is paralyzed from the chest down after fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas. The Israeli-born Simmons calls Weinreich a “hero” in the televised statement. 2006
Pink Floyd is presented Sweden’s Polar Music Prize for their contributions to music at a ceremony in Stockholm. Founding bandmembers Roger Waters and Nick Mason accept the $157,000 prize, which is presented by Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf. 2008
In an interview with Parade magazine, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney names his favorite bands. The list includes Aerosmith, The Killers and the Beach Boys. A handful of Country performers also make Romney’s short list. 2012
Chuck Berry receives the Polar Music Prize, one of the greatest musical honors.” The Swedish award aims to “break down musical boundaries by bringing together people from all the different worlds of music.” 2014
Motorhead is honored by the Los Angeles City Council in celebration of their 40-year anniversary and release of their album “Bad Magic.” Council member Jose Huizar conducts the ceremony, which takes place in the council chambers at city hall. 2015
The video ad for “The Vengeful One,” a track from Disturbed’s album “Immortalized,” is pulled by the band’s record label following a fatal on-air shooting of a TV reporter and her cameraman. The clip shows a monstrous creature shooting several people at a television station. 2015
Coldplay’sA Head Full Of Dreams Tour” tops Billboard Boxscore. They played 30 shows before 1.7 million fans.  Iron Maiden’s “Book Of Souls Tour” is #2.  2016
Kid Rock says most of his band has tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, KISS guitarist and vaccine advocate Paul Stanley states that he too has tested positive.  As a result, Kid Rock and KISS shows are cancelled.  2021
Anthrax announces the release of its 40th-anniversary high-end spirit, “Anthrax XL” (Roman numerals for 40). The 115-proof bourbon’s initial batch yields 400 hand-numbered bottles. 2021
The Museum Of Reading launches a major exhibition titled “The 1971 Reading Festival: For the First Time” marking the event’s 50th anniversary. The exhibition takes its title from Rory Gallagher’s ‘71 song “For The Last Time.” 2021