April 22, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-08-26

AUGUST 26th

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

Creed’s debut album, “My Own Prison,” arrives.  The set spends 110 weeks on the Billboard 200.  1997

Slipknot unfurl their fourth album, “All Hope Is Gone.” “I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made,” says singer Corey Taylor. “And I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.” It’s the group’s first to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.  2008

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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

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

Pantera’s final performance (until it reforms in’22) 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

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

The video ad for Disturbed’s “The Vengeful One” showing a monstrous creature shooting several people at a television station is pulled by the band’s record label following a fatal on-air shooting of a TV reporter and her cameraman.  2015

Former Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile reports that he’s been discharged from the hospital following two spine procedures necessitated by complications from his Marfans Syndrome condition.  Carlile left Of Mice & Men to deal with his ailment.  2018

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