June 26th: On this day
1955, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The local paper ran a preview which read; ‘A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his That’s Alright, Mama, and Blue Moon of Kentucky. Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen’s Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some “bop” and novelty numbers.’
1961, Gary U.S. Bonds started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with ‘Quarter To Three’, a No.7 hit in the UK. Before Bonds recorded this, it was an instrumental by The Church Street Five called ‘A Night With Daddy G.’ Bond’s manager added lyrics to it and had him record it. This is often covered by Bruce Springsteen who is a big fan. In 1981, Springsteen produced a successful comeback album for Bonds.
1964, During a world tour, The Beatles played two shows at Town Hall, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin was tense due the receipt of an anonymous threat that a “germ bomb” had been placed on board the aircraft.
1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine who played on the track also played on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
1966, During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows, a matinee show at The Coliseum in Washington DC and an evening show at The Baltimore Civic Centre in Maryland. The McCoys and The Standells were the support acts.
1969, Joni Mitchell appeared on the ABC TV Mama Cass Television Program from Los Angeles, California.
1971, Emerson Lake and Palmer went to No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Tarkus’.
1972, During sessions at Olympic Studios, London, England, David Bowie recorded ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’, with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track which was released and became a hit single in the UK in September of this year was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA Records. The original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp’s mime troupe, was banned by British music show Top Of The Pops.
1973, Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges.
1974, Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.
1976, TV talent show winners from Liverpool The Real Thing were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You To Me Are Everything’, the group’s only No.1 hit. It was the first single by a Black British band to top the UK charts.
1977, Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. The last two songs he performed were ‘Hurt’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.
1982, American singer and One Hit Wonder Charlene was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ve Never Been To Me’. The song was recorded in 1976 and was reissued by Motown records in 1982 by which time Charlene had moved to England and was working in a sweet shop in Ilford, east London.
1988, Bros were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Owe You Nothing’. It was the only No.1 for the Boy band comprising of twins Luke & Matt Goss and Craig Logan.
1993, Gabrielle started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dreams’. The single entered the British charts at No.2 which was the highest chart entry for a debut act. Jamiroquai started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’.
1999, Elton John was reported to be in talks with a City finance house to secure a £25 million ($42.5 million) loan, using his back catalogue of hits as security. It had been reported that Elton had been spending £250,000 ($425,000) a week on credit cards.
2000, Britney Spears hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana announced that a new museum, due to open early next year, would include a section including fan mail, platinum records and genuine items of the singers clothing.
2001, The Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey caused uproar among theologians after rejecting an application from a rock star for a degree course on religious grounds. Former Cockney Rebel member Andrew Brown who was now a minister of the Unitarian church wanted to complete a MA in theology but Carey had rejected his application because Brown did not belong to a mainstream church.
2003, The Sun newspaper reported that Gareth Gates’s mum had moved into his flat to curb the Pop Idol star’s wild behaviour. Wendy Gates was said to be furious after her son had been spotted out on a string of benders.
2005, Tickets for a forthcoming Rolling Stones gig at the Hollywood Bowl were set to become the most expensive in rock ‘n’ roll history. Fans would have to pay up to £249 for a seat – £2 per minute to watch the Stones.
2008, Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ as the world’s worst cover version ever. In the best cover versions list, Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ The Beatles rendition of ‘Twist and Shout’, (first recorded by the Top Notes), was in second place, followed by the Guns N’ Roses version of the Wings song ‘Live and Let Die’.
2012, Hundreds of fans were set to miss The Stone Roses’ reunion concerts in Manchester this weekend, after websites took their money, but failed to deliver tickets. Two sites, Aossatickets.com and theticketwebsite.net, who had sold tickets had since disappeared. Several major tours had been targeted by ticket fraudsters in recent years, with fans of Take That, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna and Michael Buble among those who found themselves out of pocket.
June 26th: Born on this day
1910, Born on this day, Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. He died on January 21st 1997.
1940, Born on this day, Billy Davis Jr, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘You Don’t Have To Be A Star’. Also a member of The 5th Dimension.
1942, Born on this day, Larry Taylor, bass, Canned Heat, (1970 UK No.2 & US No. 26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’).
1948, Born on this day, Richard McCarken, bass, Taste, (1970 UK No.18 album ‘On The Boards’).
1950, Born on this day, Junior Daye, Sweet Sensation, (1974 UK No.1 single with ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’)
1955, Born on this day, Mick Jones, guitar, vocals, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single ‘London Calling’ 1982 US No. 8 single ‘Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles), Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single ‘e=mc2’).
1955, Born on this day, Ivan Julian, Richard Hell And The Voidoids, (1977 album ‘Blank Generation’ features the track ‘Love Comes In Spurts’).
1956, Born on this day, Chris Isaak, US singer songwriter, actor, (1990 UK No.10 & 1991 US No.6 single ‘Wicked Game’).
1960, Born on this day, Chris Duffy, Waterfront, (1989 UK No.17 single ‘Cry’).
1961, Born on this day, Terri Nunn, vocals, Berlin, (1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘Take My Breath Away’).
1963, Born on this day, Harriet Wheeler, vocals, The Sundays, (1997 UK No.15 single ‘Summertime’).
1966, Born on this day, Par Wiksten, guitar, vocals, The Wannadies, (1996 UK No. 18 single, ‘You And Me Song’).
1969, Born on this day, Colin Greenwood, bass, Radiohead. Their 1993 debut single ‘Creep’ was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, ‘Pablo Honey’. Their 1997 album OK Computer appeared in many 1997 critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year.
1969, Born on this day, Mark Decloedt, EMF, (1990 UK No.3 & 1991 US No.1 single ‘Unbelievable’).
1972, Born on this day, Jussi Syd’nmaa, guitarist, Lordi. Became Finland’s first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners after their song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ won the contest held in Athens in 2006.
1973, Born on this day, female US country singer, Gretchen Wilson, (2004 US country No.1 album ‘Here For The Party’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘All Jacked Up’).
1979, Born on this day, Ryan Tedder, US singer, songwriter with OneRepublic who had the 2013 UK No.1 hit ‘Counting Stars’. As a songwriter and producer Tedder has worked with Madonna, U2, Adele, Beyoncé, Maroon 5, Ellie Goulding, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis, One Direction, James Blunt, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani and many others.
1979, Born on this day, Nathan Followill, drums, Kings Of Leon, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Because Of The Times’, 2008 UK No.1 single ‘Sex on Fire’, 2008 UK No.1 album ‘Only By The Night’).
1993, Born on this day, Ariana Grande, American singer, songwriter, and actress. Grande’s second studio album, My Everything (2014), reached No.1 in the US, and contained the hit singles ‘Problem’ and ‘Break Free’.