April 26th: On this day
1964, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five headlined the NME poll winner’s concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London.
1966, Dusty Springfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, the singers only UK No.1. When recording the track, Springfield was not satisfied with her vocal until she had recorded forty-seven takes.
1969, During the band’s second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco in California. It was during this show that ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was played live for the first time.
1975, BJ Thomas went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Hey Won’t You Play), Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song’. It was the singers second US No.1. Not a hit in the UK.
1978, Ringo Starr’s TV special, Ringo, a musical version of The Prince and the Pauper aired on American television. Ringo played both characters, George Harrison provided the narration.
1980, Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Call Me’, the group’s fourth UK No.1, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the US where it became the band’s biggest selling single. Producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac to help compose and perform a song for the soundtrack, but she declined.
1980, The Beat released ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’ which became the first digitally recorded single in the UK.
1982, Out on a day’s shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
1984, Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John’s first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance.
1986, Van Halen started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘5150’.
1988, Mick Jagger appeared in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought by reggae singer Patrick Alley, who claimed the Mick Jagger solo track Just Another Night was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. Alley was claiming $7m in profits from the track. During the case Sly Dunbar played drums to the court to show how the beats were different in each song and Mick sang and played demos of his song to show the court the development of the track. At the end of the week-long trial, Jagger won the case.
1990, New Kids On The Block’s Danny Wood injured his ankle while on stage in Manchester when he tripped over a toy animal thrown on stage by a fan; he was forced to fly back home to the US for treatment.
1990, Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of ‘In Bloom’ was later used as a promo clip.
1994, Grace Slick pleaded guilty to pointing a shotgun at police in her California home. She claimed she was under stress because her home had burned down the previous year. She was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and told to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week for three months.
1995, Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1m from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine.
1997, Ernest Stewart, keyboard player with KC and the Sunshine Band, died of an asthma attack. (1975 US No.1 single ‘That’s The Way, I Like It’, 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up’).
2001, Destiny’s Child were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Survivor’, Janet Jackson was at No.1 on the US chart with ‘All For You’ and Shaggy and Ricardo RikRok Ducent had the Australian No.1 single with ‘It Wasn’t Me’
2008, Amy Winehouse spent the night in custody after being arrested on suspicion of assault. Police said Winehouse had been “in no fit state” to be questioned when she arrived at the London station and she was kept in the cells. The 24-year-old was to be questioned about an incident said to have occurred 3 days earlier after a 38-year-old man claimed he was assaulted.
2009, Tinchy Stryder feat N-dubz started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Number 1’, the first time ever that a single called ‘Number 1’ has made it to the top of the UK charts.
2013, US country singer George Jones who had a string of number one songs between the 1950s and 1990s, died aged 81. Nicknamed Possum, his signature song was He Stopped Loving Her Today, a track about love and death. He was married to Tammy Wynette between 1969 and 1975 and the pair recorded several songs together in the 1970s.
April 26th: Born on this day
1938, Born on this day, Duane Eddy, guitarist, (1960 UK No.2 and US No.4 single ‘Because They’re Young’, plus over 15 other UK & US Top 40 singles).
1938, Born on this day, Maurice Williams, (1960 US No.1 & 1961 UK No.14 single with The Zodiacs, ‘Stay’). Also a hit for Jackson Browne and The Hollies.
1940, Born on this day, Giorgio Moroder, producer, (1979 US No.33 & UK No. 48 single, ‘Chase’ from the film Midnight Express. Produced Donna Summer’s world- wide 1976 hit ‘Love To Love You Baby’, 1984 UK No.3 single with Phil Oakey, ‘Together In Electric Dreams.’)
1942, Born on this day, Bobby Rydell, US singer, (1960 US No.2 & UK No.7 single ‘Wild One’, plus 17 other US Top 40 hits).
1945, Born on this day, Tony Murray, The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Wild Thing’).
1945, Born on this day, Gary Wright, , solo, (1976 US No.2 single ‘Dream Weaver’).
1951, Born on this day, Nick Garvey, The Motors, (1978 UK No.4 single ‘Airport’).
1952, Born on this day, Neol Davies, Selecter, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘On My Radio’).
1960, Born on this day, Roger Taylor, drums, Duran Duran who scored the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Is There Something I Should Know’ plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, and the 1984 US No.1 single ‘The Reflex’. Also a member of Arcadia who had the 1985 UK No.7 single ‘Election Day’ and The Power Station.
1961, Born on this day, Chris Mars, drums, The Replacements, (1984 album ‘Let It Be’).
1970, Born on this day, Ruth Anne, vocals, Olive, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘You’re Not Alone’).
1970, Born on this day, Tionne Watkins, T- Boz, vocals, TLC, (1995 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Waterfalls’ 1999 US No.1 album ‘Fanmail’ spent 57 weeks on the UK chart).
1971, Born on this day, Jay DeMarcus, (real name: Stanley Wayne DeMarcus Jr.), bassist, Rascal Flatts, (2004 US country No.2 single ‘I Melt’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Me And My Gang’).
1975, Born on this day, Joey Jordison, drums, Slipknot, (2001 UK No.1 album ‘Iowa’).
1976, Born on this day, Jose Antonio Pasillas II, drummer, Incubus, (2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album ‘A Crow Left of the Murder’’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Light Grenades’).
1981, Born on this day, Ms Dynamite, (Niomi McLean Daley), UK rapper, singer, (2002 UK No. 7 single ‘It Takes More’).
1982, Born on this day, Jonathan Lee, vocals, S Club 7, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Bring It All Back’). 2000 UK No.1 album ‘7’ spent over a year on the UK chart.