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June 26

Music History for Wednesday, 6/26/19

2018 - At a Buckingham Palace ceremony, Bee Gee Barry Gibb was knighted by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; the recording artist credited his late brothers, band mates Robin and Maurice, for the honor.

2012 - R. Kelly released his 11th studio album, Write Me Back. It debuted at No. 5 on the charts.

2012 - Linkin Park released their fifth studio album, Living Things. It debuted at No. 1 on the charts.

2012 - Maroon 5 released their fourth studio album, Overexposed, which included the single “Moves Like Jagger.” It debuted at No. 2 on the charts.

2012 - Kenny G released Namaste, an album that finds him collaborating with Indian musician Rahul Sharma. The disc blends traditional Indian folk and classical music with Kenny's signature sax sound.

2011 - The BET Awards, hosted by Kevin Hart, aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and featured artists such as Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Trey Songz.

2003 - The Recording Industry Association of America increased filing lawsuits on those illegally sharing music through file sharing. Illegal music sharing was at an all-time high at one billion songs swapped monthly.

2000 - The Kentwood Museum, in Britney Spears’ hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, announced it would be opening an exhibit to honor her in January, 2001.

1999 - Sugar Ray opened the 1999 Special Olympics World Games.

1998 - Italian film director Stefano Salvati sued Madonna. He claimed her "Ray of Light" video was stolen from a clip he'd made in 1994 for local Italian pop star Biagio Antonacci.

1988 - Michael Jackson had the number one song with "Dirty Diana."

1986 - Metallica frontman James Hetfield broke his wrist while trying to skateboard down a hill. One show was canceled and the remainder of the band's dates on the tour featured James on vocals only and John Marshall (later with Metal Church) on guitar.

1977 - Elvis Presley gave what would be his final concert at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1976 - Peter Frampton released the live version of "Baby, I Love Your Way" as a single.

1975 - Van McCoy received his first gold record for "The Hustle," the biggest dance-craze disc of the 1970s and 1975's number one song in New York City.  The rest of the country opted for "Love Will Keep Us Together."

1975 - Sonny & Cher's divorce was finalized, leaving her free to marry Gregg Allman four days later.

1967 - The Association was at number one with "Windy."

1964 - The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night soundtrack was released in the U.S. on United Artists Records.

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