BORN ON JUNE 26
1903 – Big Bill Broonzy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1958)
1909 – Colonel Tom Parker, Dutch-American talent manager (d. 1997)
1938 – Billy Davis, Jr., American singer (The 5th Dimension)
1943 – Georgie Fame, English singer and pianist (Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings)
1944 – Arthur Doyle, American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and flute player (d. 2014)
1955 – Mick Jones, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, General Public)
1956 – Chris Isaak, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1957 – Patty Smyth, American singer-songwriter (Scandal)
1960 – Zachary Breaux, American guitarist (d. 1997)
1961 – Terri Nunn, American singer and actress (Berlin)
1963 – Harriet Wheeler, English singer (The Sundays)
1966 – Jürgen Reil, American drummer (Kreator)
1969 – Colin Greenwood, English bass player and songwriter (Radiohead)
1970 – Irv Gotti, American record producer, co-founded The Inc. Records
1973 – Jussi Sydänmaa, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Lordi)
1974 – Kristofer Steen, Swedish guitarist (Refused and Final Exit)
1976 – Gordon Moakes, English multi-instrumentalist (Bloc Party)
1980 – Jason Schwartzman, American actor, drummer, and songwriter (Phantom Planet)
DIED ON JUNE 26
1956 – Clifford Brown, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1930)
1956 – Richie Powell, American pianist (b. 1931)
EVENTS ON JUNE 26
1954 – Sam Phillips, head of Sun Records, calls a young singer named Elvis Presley, who had recorded a few songs there earlier in the year, and asks him to record two songs, “Without You” and “Rag Mop.” He sings the first, attempting to match a demo made by an unknown person hanging around the studio, but it proves too much for him, and, according to Dave Marsh’s book Elvis, beats the walls of the studio, repeatedly shouting “I hate him! I hate him!” The singer whom Elvis could not match is lost to history. Phillips mollifies the young Elvis by asking him to sing something else, and Presley impresses him anyway, to the point that he makes plans to set the singer up with musicians for a future date.
1963 – After a Beatles performance at the Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, John Lennon and Paul McCartney write “She Loves You” in their hotel room, originally an answer song of sorts to the Bobby Rydell hit “Forget Him.”
1964 – The Rolling Stones release the single “It’s All Over Now”
1973 – Model and singer Marsha Hunt, inspiration for the Rolling Stones song “Brown Sugar,” names Mick Jagger in a paternity suit, claiming the singer fathered her two-year-old daughter Karis. That same day, Stones guitarist Keith Richards is busted, along with girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, in his Chelsea home for possession of heroin, illegal pharmaceuticals, guns, and ammo.
1975 – Cher’s divorce from Sonny Bono becomes final, leaving her free to marry Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers just four days later.
1975 – Bob Dylan and the Band release the album ‘ The Basement Tapes’
1976 – Peter Frampton releases the single “Baby, I Love Your Way”
1977 – Elvis Presley performs what would be his last concert, performing at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN for a crowd of 18,000. Although Elvis appears pale, weak, and overweight, as he had with increasing regularity, there is nothing to suggest his impending death — indeed, there is nothing unusual about this show on the tour, except that Elvis for some reason introduces practically everyone from his life while on stage. Some take this as “proof” Elvis knew he was in his final days; others maintain that he was worried about the imminent publication of Elvis: What Happened?, a tell-all biography by former bodyguards Sonny and Red West that publicly broke the story of his drug abuse, and what those revelations might do to his image. The last song he performs from the stage is “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Footage of the final concert is taken but has not been widely seen since; the audio portion can be heard on the LP The Last Farewell (released on CD as Adios: The Final Performance, A.J. Records CD 92-2002). Presley’s father, Vernon, will pass away two years later to the day.