This Day in History: 2022-12-26

DECEMBER 26th
Capitol Records (U.S.), who had passed on The Beatles, finally jump on the bandwagon releasing “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Until “Hey Jude” it’s The Beatles best-selling single.  1963
AC/DC close out the year at #1 on the Billboard 200 with “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You).” 1981
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“Wall Of Sound” producer Phil Spector enters the world. Before landing in prison for murder, Spector was among the most innovative and successful music producers. 1940
Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, is born in Gentofte, Denmark. 1963
The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” tops the U.S. pop survey. 1964
After a year of being criticized for their long hair, the Rolling Stones take out an ad in the New Musical Express wishing “starving hairdressers and their families a Happy Christmas.” 1964
The Beatles “I Feel Fine”/”She’s A Woman,” is #1 on the pop chart. 1965
White Zombie guitarist Jay Noel Yuenger (also known simply as “J.”) is born in Chicago. 1967
“Magical Mystery Tour,” The Beatles surreal T.V. special, airs in England. Hardly magical but certainly mysterious, nobody knows what to make of it. It is dubbed The Beatles first failure. But it does contain performances of John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am The Walrus.”  1967
Led Zeppelin embark on their first U.S. tour. They open for Vanilla Fudge and MC5. The trek begins in Denver. 1968
Vocalist James Mercer (The Shins) has a birthday. 1970
Produced by George Harrison and Phil Spector, Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” tops the U.S. pop survey. 1970
American Idol finalist, but more importantly, lead singer for Daughtry, Chris Daughtry, is born. 1979
The first of four concerts to benefit the people Kampuchea (formerly Cambodia) is held at London’s Hammersmith Odeon Theatre. Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, The Who, Rockpile and The Clash perform. 1979
Andy Biersack (Andy Six), founder and lead vocalist for Black Veil Brides, has a birthday. 1990
Bono is named one of Time magazine’s Persons of the Year, along with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. The trio is recognized for their efforts to aid Africa in its fight against disease and destitution.” This can be a generation that can end extreme poverty,” says U2’s frontman, who claims he is “humbled” by the honor. 2005
A CD/DVD documenting the KoЯn-headlined Family Values Tour is out. Sets by Stone Sour, Deftones, Flyleaf and 10 Years are included. One of the highlights is a collaboration between Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and KoЯn on the latter’s “Freak On A Leash.” 2006
You’d think after the “Magical Mystery Tour” debacle (see above), there would be a tendency to avoid any sort of Beatles-related launch on Boxing Day. But just 42 years later, “Nowhere Boy,” a biographical film about John Lennon’s formative years in Liverpool, is in U.K. theaters. 2009
Heart performs “Stairway To Heaven” at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin. “My main goal was to please Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones… especially Plant, since all these many years he has taught me so much about singing from the soul,” posts Heart vocalist Ann Wilson. 2012
Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks announces that he has left the group to pursue a solo career and that Trash The Brand’s Scott Austin has been selected to replace him.  2013
Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin is charged with misdemeanor drug possession following a routine traffic stop in Beverly Hills. He posts bail and is released. It’s his fourth drug bust of the year. 2015
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder surprises a Maryland family facing eviction with $10,000 after the family’s Christmas plea (on 12/19) goes viral.  2016
Thursday cancels shows in Washington D.C. and Sayreville (NJ) when a band member tests positive for COVID-19.  In recent months Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (both of KISS) have tested positive for COVID.  2021