Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Music History for Friday, 7/26/19
2015 - Some 1,000 musicians and singers in Cesena, Italy sang the Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly" outdoors in a bid to convince the band to play their first concert in that country in nearly 20 years. The video went viral and prompted a near immediate response from frontman Dave Grohl. The band performed in Italy the following November 3.
2013 - Singer, songwriter and guitarist J.J. Cale died of a heart attack at age 74. He wrote the Eric Clapton hits "Cocaine" and "After Midnight," among many other rock and blues songs.
2009 - Tim McGraw stopped his show in Paso Robles, California, to have security kick a man out of the audience. The guy apparently had a woman in a headlock and Tim told him, "You don't treat a woman like that. Get outta here!"
2006 - The final edition of the iconic U.K. TV music show Top of the Pops was recorded. The Rolling Stoneswere the first act to appear on the show's first broadcast, in 1964.
2005 - Jason Aldean's self-titled debut album was released.
2005 - Dierks Bentley was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry during his show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
2003 - Lonestar took the top spot with "My Front Porch Looking In."
2003 - Keith Urban's video for "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" premiered.
2001 - Paul McCartney announced his engagement to former model and English charity campaigner Heather Mills. They were married in 2002 and divorced in 2008.
2000 - The Beastie Boys postponed their tour with Rage Against The Machine because of a shoulder injury Mike D. suffered in a bicycle accident four days earlier.
2000 - Oasis stormed offstage after being hit with bottles, cans and coins at a Swiss music festival.
2000 - A U.S. federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster. The injunction had been requested by the Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA). The website was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights by midnight July 28, 2000.
1999 - Shania Twain's album Come on Over was certified for shipments of 12 million copies, beating her previous project The Woman in Me as the best-selling country album by a female artist.
1998 - Sha Na Na singer-bassist “Chico” Ryan died at age 50. He joined the band in 1973 and stayed for over 25 years.
1992 - Motown singer Mary Wells died after a long bout with cancer. She was 49.
1992 - KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley married actress-model Pamela Bowen.
1990 - Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland died of a drug overdose at age 38. He was the third keyboard player for the band who passed away.
1986 - Peter Gabriel had the number-one U.S. single with “Sledgehammer.” The number-one album was the soundtrack to the movie Top Gun.
1986 - Randy Travis earned his first number one with "On the Other Hand."
1984 - Prince's movie Purple Rain premiered in Hollywood.
1980 - The Rolling Stones' Emotional Rescue began a seven-week run atop the U.S. albums chart.
1980 - Billy Joel had his first number one single with “It’s Still Rock And Roll to Me.”
1979 - A revised version of The Clash's debut album was released in the U.S.
1975 - The Eagles topped the U.S. albums chart with "One of These Nights."
1975 - The number-one song in America was Van McCoy’s “The Hustle,” signaling the beginning of the disco era. The song was actually inspired by the dance, not the other way around.
1972 - The number-one single was “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
1969 - The Rolling Stones released the album Beggar’s Banquet.
1968 - The Jackson Five signed a one-year recording contract with Motown. The next year, they made history as the first music group to have their first four singles top the Hot 100: "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save," and "I'll Be There."
1968 - Paul McCartney and John Lennon finished “Hey Jude” during a writing session at Paul’s home.
1968 - Jeannie C. Riley recorded "Harper Valley P.T.A."