Rock 'n' Roll History for
July 26






1958 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Cuban band leader Perez Prado, often referred to as the King of the Mambo, led his orchestra to the top of the Cashbox Best Sellers list with a song called "Patricia". It would also be the last record to climb to #1 on the Billboard Jockeys and Top 100 charts, both of which gave way the next week to the newly introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
The Rolling Stones album "Beggar's Banquet" has its release delayed because of their record label's objection to the album's cover design, which featured a graffiti-covered bathroom wall. Mick Jagger was furious. It was the first album on which Jagger played guitar.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Elvis Presley opened at the Showroom of the International Hotel in Las Vegas for a four week engagement which netted him $1 million dollars. The concerts were universally acclaimed as a triumph.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
John Denver earns a Gold record for his all-time biggest hit, "Annie's Song", a tribute to his then wife, Annie Martell. Denver would later say that he wrote the song in 10 minutes while he was on a ski-lift. Sadly, he and Annie would divorce in 1982.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Van McCoy had the number one tune on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Hustle", a song that he claimed to have written in less than an hour. The Disco hit would reach #3 in the UK.

July 26
The Amazing Rhythm Aces enter the Billboard Hot 100 with a song about a casual, hotel interlude called "Third Rate Romance", which will climb to #14. Although they would have other hits on the Country chart, this will be the only Pop chart entry for the Knoxville, Tennessee quintet.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Ted Nugent receives a Gold record for his sixth, self-titled album. It includes "Hey Baby" and "Dog Eat Dog".

July 26
With three of the four original backing musicians now departed, the last Three Dog Night concert is held in Los Angeles. When they would re-unite in 1981, all the original members except bassist Joe Schermie came back onboard.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Tragedy struck Led Zeppelin's lead singer Robert Plant when his five-year-old son, Karac, died suddenly of a respiratory ailment. The remaining seven dates on Led Zeppelin's US tour were cancelled.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Billy Joel plays a concert in Leningrad, after which, audience members carry him out on their shoulders.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Brent Mydland, keyboard player for The Grateful Dead, was found dead of a drug overdose in his home in Lafayette, California. He was 37. He joined the band in 1979, replacing Keith Godchaux.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Mary Wells, most often remembered for her hits "My Guy" and "You Beat Me To The Punch", died of cancer of the larynx at the age of 49. When she was diagnosed in 1990, she had no medical insurance and lost her modest home in L.A. when she couldn't pay the rent. The following year she received a six figure settlement from Motown Records after she filed a lawsuit for unpaid royalties. Mary was laid to rest in Glendale California's Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Arvel Jett Reeves, who bugged a jet used by singer Michael Jackson, intending to make recordings to sell to the media, was sentenced to eight months in jail.

July 26
The guitar on which Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for 330,000 Pounds at an auction at London's Abbey Road Studios.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Ford became the first major auto manufacturer to announce plans to ditch the CD player in favor of a USB port. A company spokesperson said "The in-car CD player, much like pay telephones, is destined to fade away in the face of exciting new technology." GM and Chrysler would follow in 2015, although the devices were still available on some models. CD players have been estimated to cost auto makers about $30 to install.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

July 26
Two people charged with attempting to extort $500,000 from Stevie Wonder over a video that portrays the Grammy-winning musician in a negative light, pleaded not guilty. Next September they would change their plea to no contest and were sentenced to time served.






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