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This Day In Rock History: Feb 26th


  • 1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78’s.
  • 1958, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Magic Moments’ the 2nd No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It stayed at No.1 for eight weeks.
  • 1964, The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.
  • 1965, Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called ‘She Just Satisfies’ in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals.
  • 1966, Nancy Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, also a UK No.1.
  • 1966, The Beatles Rubber Soul was at No.1 on the US album chart, the group’s seventh US album chart topper.
  • 1969, Peter Sarstedt started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely?’ Some say the song was written about the Italian star Sophia Loren, but Peter Sarstedt has stated he wrote the song about a girl he fell madly in love with in Vienna in 1965, who later died in a hotel fire.
  • 1977, Sherman Garnes from Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died during open-heart surgery. They had the 1956 UK No.1 and US No.6 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.
  • 1977, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘New Kid On Town’, the group’s third US No.1, a No.20 hit n the UK.
  • 1979, During a court case between the Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.
  • 1983, Michael Jackson’s Thriller went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.
  • 1990, Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’ Her version of the Prince penned song was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries.
  • 2001, Winners at the Brit Awards included Coldplay, Best British group and Best British album for ‘Parachutes’, Robbie Williams, Best British Male artist and Best single for ‘Rock DJ’, Sonique, Best British Female artist, Best Dance act went to Fat Boy Slim, A1 won Best British Newcomer, Westlife won Best Pop act, Eminem won Best International Male solo artist and U2 won Outstanding contribution to music.
  • 2006, Hawaii born singer, songwriter, Jack Johnson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘In Between Dreams.’
  • 2009, A 10-minute version of The Beatles ‘Revolution 1’ was leaked onto the internet, giving fans a never-before-heard listen of what The White Album sessions must have been like. Only two copies of the take were made when the song was completed on June 4th, 1968. One copy left the studio with Lennon that day and the other remained behind. It was unclear which copy appeared on the bootleg, nor how anyone acquired it.
  • 2011, It was announced that Queen’s We Will Rock You was still the most-played song at US sporting events, according to a new survey from BMI, the royalty-distribution service. According to its data, based off of MLB, NFL and NHL games in 2009-2010, We Will Rock You was the No.1 song overall, as well as for the NFL specifically.
  • 2014, Tim Lambesis, the singer for US metal band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty to attempting to hire an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife. He was arrested in May 2013 after prosecutors said he met a sheriff’s deputy posing as a hitman, called Red, and handed over $1,000 (£600) along with his wife’s address and front door security code.
  • 2015, The childhood home of former Beatle Paul McCartney sold for £150,000 ($231,000) at an auction in Liverpool. McCartney moved into the house, in Western Avenue, Speke, aged four with his parents Jim and Mary in 1947, and lived in the three-bedroom house for six years.

Born on this day:

  • 1928, Born on this day, Fats Domino, (Antoine Domino), singer, pianist, bandleader, songwriter who had the 1957 US No.6 & UK No.6 single ‘Blueberry Hill’ and 35 other US Top 40 singles.
  • 1932, Born on this day, Johnny Cash  US country singer, songwriter who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is remembered as a country icon, his songs spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly and blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably ‘Hurt’ by Nine Inch Nails. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Bob The Bear Hite, vocalist and harmonica player with Canned Heat who had the 1968 US No.11 single with ‘Going Up The Country’ and a 1970 UK No.2 single with ‘Let’s Work Together’. He died on April 5th 1981.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Sandie Shaw, British singer who had the 1964 UK No.1 single ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles. Shaw was the first UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest with her 1967 song ‘Puppet On A String.’
  • 1950, Born on this day, Jonathan Cain, keyboards player with American group Journey who had the 1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’).
  • 1953, Born on this day, Michael Bolton, American singer who had the 1990 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Tim Commerford, bassist with Rage Against The Machine who had the 1996 US No.1 album ‘Evil Empire’. Also a member of Audioslave who had the 2005 US No.1 album ‘Out of Exile’.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Erykah Badu, US female singer who had the 1997 UK No.12 single ‘On & On’, and the 2001 UK No.23 single with Macy Gray, ‘Sweet Baby’.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Martin Karl “Max Martin” Sandberg, Swedish music producer and songwriter. Produced hits for the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and Pink.
  • 1979, Born on this day, Corinne Bailey Rae, UK singer, songwriter who had the 2006 UK No. 2 single ‘Put Your Records On’, and the 2006 self-titled UK No.1 album. She is only the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at No.1 on the UK chart.
  • 1982, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter Nate Ruess, lead vocalist of Fun. Nate featured on Pink’s 2013 US No.1 hit ‘Just Give Me a Reason’.


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