Today In Oldies Music History: July 26--
Births1895: Gracie Allen
1914: Erskine Hawkins
1924: Louie Bellson (Duke Ellington)
1938: Bobby Hebb
1940: Dobie Gray
1941: Brenton Wood
1941: Darlene Love
1941: Neil Landon (The Flowerpot Men)
1943: Mick Jagger
1949: Roger Taylor (Queen)
1950: Duncan Mackay (10cc)
Deaths1990: Brent Mydland (The Grateful Dead)
1992: Mary Wells
Events1965: Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson marries Carol Freedman, the first of what would be four wives, in Los Angeles.
1968: Much to Mick Jagger's fury, the new Rolling Stones album Beggar's Banquet, scheduled to be released today in the US, is held back after Atlantic fears the cover, featuring a filthy men's room urinal with graffiti on the walls, will be found offensive. The album is eventually released with an all-white cover that looks like an invitation. (The original cover is now available on CD.)
1968: The Jackson 5, discovered by Motown mainstay Gladys Knight (not, as legend has it, Diana Ross), signs to the label today for a one-year contract.
1969: The Rolling Stones' founding member and guitarist Brian Jones, found dead in his swimming pool just weeks earlier, is memorialized on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
1969: The 5th Dimension's two lead singers, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. are married. The duo will score their own hit in 1977 with "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)."
1974: London graffiti artists hired by the Rolling Stones' management spray paint various local sites as promotion for the groups' latest single, "It's Only Rock And Roll."
1976: With endless touring and recording, as well as various addictions, tearing the band apart, Three Dog Night plays their last concert tonight in San Francisco, CA. (The group would reunite in 1981, but that reunion would prove short-lived.)
1977: While on tour in New Orleans, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant receives shocking news by phone: his eldest son Karac has died of a respiratory infection, causing the remainder of the group's tour dates to be canceled -- and rumors to begin swirling about guitarist Jimmy Page's interest in the occult and a "curse" it might have laid on the band.
1987: Billy Joel plays an historic concert in Leningrad, one of the first major filmed concerts behind the "Iron Curtain" of Soviet Russia and a huge hit with local fans, who carry Joel off the stage in triumph at the end of the set. The show will eventually be released as the album KOHUEPT (Concert).
1992: KISS frontman Paul Stanley marries Pamela Bowen.
2000: The file-sharing service Napster is ordered by a US federal judge to cease trading copyrighted music files in the next 48 hours.
2003: Vegas mainstay Tom Jones in inducted into the Gaming Hall Of Fame, along with Harrah's exec Phil Satre.
2006: Arvel Jett Reeves is sentenced to eight months in jail for "bugging" Michael Jackson's Gulfstream jet with two digital video recorders in order to get some media-worthy private conversation.
2006: Paul McCartney's first guitar is sold at an Abbey Road Studios auction for 330,000 pounds, or about half a million US dollars.
Releases1960: Sam Cooke, "Chain Gang"
1963: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Mickey's Monkey"
Recording1939: Glenn Miller, "Baby Me"
1942: Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, "For Me And My Gal"
1960: Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go"
1966: The Monkees, "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"
1968: Jeannie C. Riley, "Harper Valley P.T.A."
Charts1952: Rosemary Clooney's "Half As Much" hits #1
1975: Van McCoy's "The Hustle" hits #1
1975: The Eagles' One Of These Nights LP hits #1