26th JULY

1962: Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Remember You’.

1962: The Beatles appeared at Cambridge Hall, Southport, Lancashire supporting of Joe Brown & the Bruvvers.

1964: The Who appeared at the White Hart Hotel, Acton, London, England.

1968: John Lennon and Paul McCartney complete “Hey Jude” during a writing session at Paul’s home. The song hits No. 1 in the U.S. a month later.

1968: The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records. They made history in 1970 as the first recording act to have their first four singles to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the songs being ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’, ‘The Love You Save’ and ‘I’ll Be There’.

1969: Brian Jones was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

1970: Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium.

1974: The Allman Brothers appeared at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts with The Eagles as the support band.

1975: The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’.

1975: Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Hustle’, his only US chart hit, it made No.3 in the UK.

1980: US disco group Odyssey were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’, their only UK No.1.

1980: The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Emotional Rescue’, the group’s eighth US No.1.

1980: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” Billy Joel. It is Joel’s first No. 1 single.

1980: Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine and Riot all appeared at the Monsters Of Rock festival, Donington Park, England.

1986: Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a No.4 hit in the UK.

1997: Puff Daddy and Faith Evans went back to No.1 on the UK singles chart for another three weeks with ‘I’ll Be Missing You’.

2006: The hits comp Now That’s What I Call Music 22 stays atop the U.S. album charts for a second week.

2006: The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.

2006: The final edition of Top of the Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London.

2009: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC television programme Top Gear.

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