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June 26

1955
 
June 26
Decca Records announces that Bill Haley And His Comets have sold more than 3 million units in thirteen months. Both "Rock Around The Clock" and "Shake Rattle and Roll" sold a million copies, while "Dim, Dim the Lights" and "Mambo Rock" sold about 500,000.
 
1956
 
June 26
In an article in LOOK Magazine entitled, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Controversy, Swing Band leader Benny Goodman makes this comment about Rock 'n' Roll; "I guess it's okay, man. At least it has a beat."
 
1961
 
June 26
Gary U.S. Bonds achieved his only US number 1 hit when "Quarter to Three" topped the Billboard chart. Bonds and Gene Barge (Daddy G.) added lyrics to an instrumental called, "A Night With Daddy G". Although he released several more singles in the US including "Dear Lady Twist", Bonds found more success in England than his homeland. After years of touring the oldies circuit, Bonds would reach #11 in 1981 with "This Little Girl" and #21 in 1982 with "Out Of Work".
 
1965
 
June 26
The Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Interestingly, the only member of the group to actually play on the record was Jim McGuinn on vocals and 12 string guitar. Studio musicians Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Larry Knechtel and Hal Blaine recorded the other instruments, while The Byrds' David Crosby and Gene Clark sang background vocals.
 
1971
 
June 26
Don McLean's 8:36 long epic "American Pie" debuts on WNEW-FM radio in New York. McLean would later say, "The song starts off with my memories of the death of Buddy Holly. But it moves on to describe America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become, so it's part reality and part fantasy, but I'm always in the song as a witness or as even the subject sometimes in some of the verses." The single would rise to #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.
 
1973
 
June 26
Mick Jagger is named in a paternity suit by a woman named Marsha Hunt. She claimed that Jagger is the father of her two year old daughter, however, after Jagger takes a blood test, she is proved wrong.
 
1975
 
June 26
Veteran R&B arranger / producer Van McCoy earns his first Gold record for the Disco smash, "The Hustle". It turns out to be the biggest dance craze of the decade and resulted in McCoy being named Top Instrumental Artist of 1975 by Billboard magazine.
 
1976
 
June 26
Peter Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way" is released in the US, where it will reach #12.
 
1977
 
June 26
Elvis Presley played the final concert of his career on June 26th, at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis. Before the show, he was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA's pressing plant. The last song the King ever performed publicly was "Can't Help Falling In Love".
 
1979
 
June 26
Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, died of a heart attack in Tupelo, Mississippi at the age of 63. Nearly two years earlier, he cried at Elvis' coffin, "Son, Daddy will be with you soon. Daddy will be with you soon." Vernon is buried next to his son at Graceland.
 
1992
 
June 26
Elton John and Eric Clapton play the first of three sell-out dates at London's Wembley Stadium. It is the first public outing for John since undergoing painful hair transplants.
 
1996
 
June 26
Van Halen announces that Sammy Hagar had left the band and would be replaced by their former front-man, David Lee Roth. Hagar calls the band's decision a devastating, backstabbing disappointment.
 
2010
 
June 26
Randy Jackson expressed his anger over a charity event honoring his brother Michael, insisting he is "sick of people trying to exploit" his famous family. The Forever Michael tribute evening was held in Los Angeles exactly a year and a day after the King Of Pop passed away. Randy wrote on his Twitter.com page: "I don't mean to be negative all the time, but please understand my bro shouldn't be dead & I get protective when people try 2 exploit us, esp (especially) now."
 
2011
 
June 26
A red-and-black leather jacket that Michael Jackson wore in his 1983 music video for "Thriller" was purchased at an auction by Texas gold trader Milton Verret. The new owner said he plans to use the jacket to raise money for children's hospitals around the world.
 
2013
 
June 26
Michael Jackson's son, Prince, tearfully described his father's death, testifying in his family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live. He told the court that he is haunted by the words he heard from Dr. Conrad Murray, "Sorry, kids. Your dad's dead."


 


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