February 26 – Today in Music History

1928 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) born in New Orleans, Louisiana. US Singer/Pianist/Bandleader/Songwriter. 1957 US No.6 & UK No.6 single ‘Blueberry Hill’ and 35 other US Top 40 singles. Domino died on October 24, 2017, at his home in Harvey, Louisiana, at the age of 89, from natural causes, according to the coroner’s office.
1930 Chic Hetti – US singer with the Playmates who were successful from 1958 – 1962. 
1932 Johnny Cash born in Kingsland, Arkanas. US Country Singer/Songwriter who had a 1969 US No.2 & UK No.4 single with ‘A Boy Named Sue’ plus 11 other US Top 40 singles) He had a US TV Johnny Cash show in the late 60s–early 70s. Cash died of complications from diabetes around 2:00 am CT on September 12, 2003, aged 71—less than four months after his wife. 
1943 Paul Cotton born in Fort Rucker, Alabama. US Guitarist with Poco, he joined them in 1970. (1979 US No.17 single ‘Crazy Love’). 
1945 Bob The Bear Hite born in Torrance, California. Lead Singer/Hrmonica player with Canned Heat, (1968 US No.11 single with ‘Going Up The Country’ and a 1970 UK No.2 single with ‘Let’s Work Together’). He died on April 5th 1981.
1945 Mitch Ryder (William Levise) born in Hamtramack, Michigan. US Singer/Songwriter. 
1947 Sandie Shaw (Sandra Goodrich) born in Essex, England. (1964 UK No.1 single ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). First UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest with 1967, ‘Puppet On A String.’ 
1950 Jonathan Cain born in Chicago, IIIinois. US Keyboard Player with Journey, he joined in 1981. (1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’). 
1954 Michael Bolton (Michael Bolotin) born in New Haven, Connecticut. US Singer/Songwriter. (1990 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’). 
1955 Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78’s. 
1958 Steve Grant – Drummer with Tight Fit, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’). 
1958 Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Magic Moments’ the 2nd No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It stayed at No.1 for eight weeks. 
1960 Jaz Coleman born in Cheltenham, UK. lead vocalist and occasional keyboardist of post-punk group Killing Joke. (1985 UK No.16 single ‘Love Like Blood’). 
1961 John Jon (John Andrew Foster) born in Basildon Essex. UK Singer who joined the Bronski Beat in 1985 as a replacement for Jimmy Somerville. “Hit That Perfect Beat (11/85 UK 3).
1963 Bernie Bremond – Australian Saxophonist & singer with Johnny Diesel & The Injectors. 
1965 Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called ‘She Just Satisfies’ in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals. 
1966 Nancy Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, also a UK No.1. 
1968 Tim Commerford, bassist with Rage Against The Machine who had the 1996 US No.1 album ‘Evil Empire’. Also a member of Audioslave who had the 2005 US No.1 album ‘Out of Exile’. 
1971 Erykah Badu born in Dallas, Texas. US female singer who had the 1997 UK No.12 single ‘On & On’, and the 2001 UK No.23 single with Macy Gray, ‘Sweet Baby’. 
1971 Martin Karl “Max Martin” Sandberg, Swedish music producer and songwriter. Produced hits for the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Pink. 
1974 The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world. 
1965 Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called ‘She Just Satisfies’, it didn’t chart. 
1966 Nancy Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, also a UK No.1. 
1966 The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ was at No.1 on the US album chart. 
1966 David Bowie & The Buzz appeared at The Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, England. 
1969 Born on this day, Timothy Brown, bass player, The Boo Radleys, (1995 UK No.9 single ‘Wake Up Boo’). 
1969 Peter Sarstedt started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely?’ Some say the song was written about the Italian star Sophia Loren, but Peter Sarstedt has stated he wrote the song about a girl he fell madly in love with in Vienna in 1965, who later died in a hotel fire. 
1971 Erykah Badu born in Dallas, Texas. American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress.(1997 UK No.12 single ‘On & On’, 2001 UK No. 23 single with Macy Gray, ‘Sweet Baby’). 
1971 Paul McCartney released his first solo single Another Day. 
1973 During a 9-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. 
1977 Sherman Garnes from Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died during open-heart surgery in New York, NY, Age: 36. (1956 UK No.1 and US No.6 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’). 
1977 The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘New Kid On Town’, the group’s third US No.1, a No.20 hit n the UK. 
1979 During a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned. 
1979 Corinne Bailey Rae, UK singer, songwriter who had the 2006 UK No. 2 single ‘Put Your Records On’, and the 2006 self-titled UK No.1 album. She is only the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at No.1 on the UK chart. 
1980 After seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract. 
1982 American singer-songwriter Nate Ruess, lead vocalist of Fun. Nate featured on Pink’s 2013 US No.1 hit ‘Just Give Me a Reason’. 
1983 Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies. 
1984 Frankie Goes To Hollywood were enjoying their fourth week at the top of the UK singles chart with ‘Relax.’ 
1990 Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’ Her version of the Prince penned song was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. 
1990 Cornell Gunter, died in North Las Vegas, Nevada.USA. Age: 51. Vocalist & Member of both: ‘The Coasters’ and ‘The Flairs’ 
1994 Toni Braxton went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Toni Braxton.’
1996 Shaggy went to No.1 in the Australian Singles Chart with ‘Bombastic’. Staying at No.1 for 2wks. 
1997 American songwriter Ben Raleigh died in a fire in his kitchen after setting fire to his bath robe while cooking. He co-wrote ‘Scooby Doo Where Are You’ and ‘Tell Laura I Love Her.’ 
2000 Lonestar started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Amazed.’ 
2001 Eninem went to No.1 in the Australian Singles Chart with ‘Stan’. Staying at the top spot for 4wks. 
2001 Winners at the Brit Awards included Coldplay, Best British group and Best British album for ‘Parachutes’, Robbie Williams, Best British Male artist and Best single for ‘Rock DJ’, Sonique, Best British Female artist, Best Dance act went to Fat Boy Slim, A1 won Best British Newcomer, Westlife won Best Pop act, Eminem won Best International Male solo artist and U2 won Outstanding contribution to music. 
2001 The Darkness made their live debut when they played at Camden HQ. It was a tribute gig to raise money for the family of Ed’s band mate from his previous band Q-Sling who had committed suicide earlier that month. 
2005 The wife of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt was rushed to hospital after slashing her wrists in a suicide attempt after a Sunday newspaper ran a story claiming that Rick had been cheating on his wife. 
2006 Hawaii born singer, songwriter, Jack Johnson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘In Between Dreams.’ 
2008 Two original members of UK boy band Busted went to court, claiming an estimated £10m in unpaid royalties. Ki McPhail and Owen Doyle claimed they wrote songs with James Bourne and Matt Willis when the group formed in 2001, but said they were forced to sign away their rights after “threats” when they were sacked from the band later that year. The songs include ‘Year 3000’ and ‘What I Go To School For’, which went on to be hits for the group. 
2009 A 10-minute version of The Beatles’ ‘Revolution 1’ was leaked onto the internet, giving fans a never-before-heard listen of what the White Album sessions must have been like. Only two copies of the take were made when the song was completed on June 4th, 1968. One copy left the studio with Lennon that day and the other remained behind. It was unclear which copy appeared on the bootleg, nor how anyone acquired it.
2011 It was announced that Queen’s We Will Rock You was still the most-played song at US sporting events, according to a new survey from BMI, the royalty-distribution service. According to its data, based off of MLB, NFL and NHL games in 2009-2010, We Will Rock You was the No.1 song overall, as well as for the NFL specifically. 
2014 Tim Lambesis, the singer for US metal band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty to attempting to hire an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife. He was arrested in May 2013 after prosecutors said he met a sheriff’s deputy posing as a hitman, called Red, and handed over $1,000 (£600) along with his wife’s address and front door security code. 
2015 The childhood home of former Beatle Paul McCartney sold for £150,000 ($231,000) at an auction in Liverpool. McCartney moved into the house, in Western Avenue, Speke, aged four with his parents Jim and Mary in 1947, and lived in the three-bedroom house for six years.

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