On This Day In Music 26th June

1910 Colonel Tom Parker (Andreas Cornelius Van Kuijk) born in Holland. Elvis Presley’s manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. He died on January 21st 1997, age 87 after he suffered a stroke.
1928 Stewie Spears born in Melbourne, VIC. Long-time Australain Drummer with Max Meritt & The Meteors. Died aged 58 of a heart attack on the 16th September 1986. 
1940 Billy Davis Jr born in St Louis, Missouri. Vocalist with the 5th Dimension. He married fellow member Marilyn McCoo. They had a hit together. (1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘You Don’t Have To Be A Star’. 
1942 Larry Taylor born in Brooklyn, New York. US Bass player with Canned Heat, (1970 UK No.2 & US No. 26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’). 
1943 Georgie Fame (Clive Powell) born in Lancashire, England. English rhythm and blues and jazz singer and keyboard player. Fame, who had a string of 1960s hits, is still a popular performer, often working with contemporaries such as Van Morrison and Bill Wyman. Fame is the only British pop star to have achieved three number one hits with his only Top 10 chart entries: “Yeh, Yeh” in 1964, “Get Away”, in 1966 and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967. 
1943 Thanks to Dooley Wilson’s rendition as piano-playing Sam in Casablanca, Rudy Vallee’s 12-year-old version of “As Time Goes By” lands at #1 on the charts, where it stays for four week 
1948 Richard McCarken – Bass Guitarist with Taste from 1968-1970, (1970 UK No.18 album ‘On The Boards’). 
1950 Junior Daye born in Kingston, Jamaica). UK Singer with Sweet Sensation, (1974 UK No.1 single with ‘Sad Sweet Dreamer’) 
1951 Rindy Ross born in Portland, Oregon. US Singer & Saxophonist with Quarterflash. 
1955 Mick Jones born in Wandsworth, London. UK Guitarist/Songwriter/Vocals with 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 Audi
1955 Elvis Presley (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.’ 
1955 Ivan Julian born in Washington, D.C. Guitarist with Richard Hell And The Voidoids, (1977 album ‘Blank Generation’ features the track ‘Love Comes In Spurts’). 
1956 Chris Isaak born in Stockton, California. US Singer, Actor & now TV host. US singer songwriter, actor, (1990 UK No.10 & 1991 US No.6 single ‘Wicked Game’). 
1956 Patti Smyth born in New York City, New York. Lead singer with Scandal who had a top 10 hit in 1984 with ‘the warrior’. She teamed up with Don Henley in 1992 with ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough’. 
1960 Chris Duffy – Lead Singer and composer with Waterfront, (1989 UK No.17 single ‘Cry’). 
1961 Terri Nunn born in California. Lead Singer with US band Berlin. (1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘Take My Breath Away’). 
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. 
1961 Evlis recorded the hit songs “His Latest Flame” & “Marie”. 
1963 Paul McCartney & John Lennon wrote “She Loves you” in a hotel room in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne-
1963 Harriet Wheeler – English Singer/Songwriter with The Sundays, (1997 UK No.15 single ‘Summertime’). 
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. 
1966 Par Wiksten born in Burträsk, Sweden. Guitarist and Vocalist with The Wannadies, (1996 UK No. 18 single, ‘You And Me Song’). 
1969 Joni Mitchell appeared on the ABC TV Mama Cass Television Program from Los Angeles, California. 
1969 Mark Decloedt born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, in the South West of England. Drummer with EMF, (1990 UK No.3 & 1991 US No.1 single ‘Unbelievable’). 
1969 Colin Greenwood born in Oxford, England. Bass Guitarist with 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. 
1971 Emerson Lake and Palmer went to No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Tarkus’. 
1972 Jussi Syd’nmaa born in Espoo, Finland. Guitarist with 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 Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges. 
1973 Gretchen Wilson born in Pocahontas, Illinois. American country artist. (2004 US country No.1 album ‘Here For The Party’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘All Jacked Up’). 
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. 
1975 Paul McCartney’s version of the theme to ITV’s UK weekday soap ‘Crossroads’, was aired for the first time. 
1975 Sonny & Cher’s divorce becomes final 
1976 All members of Roxy Music announced that they were going their separate ways for at least a year. 
1976 The Real Thing were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You To Me Are Everything’. 
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. 
1976 Peter Frampton releases “Baby, I Love Your Way 
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. 
1979 Two years after his son’s death, Vernon Presley dies of heart failure at age 63. 
1979 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’). 
1979 The Village People become the first disco act to play Madison Square Garden. 
1979 Nathan Followill (drummer for Kings of Leon) is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to a family that will later include younger brothers – and future bandmates – Caleb and Jared. 
1982 Bryan Ferry married Lucy Helmore in Sussex, England. 
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. 
1990 Sonic Youth release Goo. With songs like “Kool Thing,” the album is a seminal landmark in alternative roc 
1990 Nelson release their debut album After the Rain, which sells over 2 million copies thanks to the #1 single “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.” Nelson is the duo of Gunnar and Matthew, the twin sons of Rick Nelson. 
1993 Ariana Grande born in Los Angeles, California. 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’. 
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’. 
1993 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. 
1999 Pearl Jam score their biggest Hot 100 hit when “Last Kiss,” a cover of a song from the ’60s, reaches #2, held off the top spot by Jennifer Lopez’ first single, “If You Had My Love“.
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.
2004 Defying predictions of musical and personal implosion, Velvet Revolver, fronted by Scott Weiland and with three ex-Guns N’ Rosesmembers in the lineup, debuts at #1 in America with their first album, Contraband 
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.
2005 Pink proposes to her boyfriend, motocross rider Carey Hart, by holding up a sign that says “Will You Marry Me?” while he is racing in Mammoth, California. On the next lap, she adds, “I’m Serious.” He pulls out of the race to say yes; the couple get married the following year. 
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, the magazines editor Stephen Lawson said Dion’s cover was “sacrilege”. 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’.
2010 Gary Clark, Jr., little known outside of Austin, Texas, performs at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. The performance earns raves and leads to a deal with Warner Bros. Records 
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,, 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. 
2015 President Barack Obama sings “Amazing Grace” at the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight others when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study at his church in Charleston, South Carolina 
2016 An electric guitar owned by Prince and a lock of David Bowie’s hair sold at auction in the US for a total of more than $150,000 (£110,000). The Yellow Cloud guitar, said to be one of Prince’s favourites, was bought for $137,500. Bowie’s hair, which sold for $18,750, came from a former employee of Madame Tussauds in London who had used it to recreate the music icon’s 1983 hairdo 
2017 Former N-Dubz rapper Dappy was given a suspended jail sentence for arming himself with a butcher’s knife during a row with his partner. The star, whose real name is Costas Contostavlos, admitted having the knife outside the home he shared with Imani Campbell. He was given nine months in jail suspended for two years.

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