EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY JUNE 26 IN MUSIC HISTORY
On this day June 26 in 1953 – Eddie Fisher and Sally Sweetland went to No.1 in the UK with ‘I’m Walking Behind You’. With this, Fisher became the first artist to score two chart-toppers on the newly formed UK Singles chart. His first song to top the chart was ‘Outside of Heaven’ earlier that year on January 30.
1961 – Garry U.S. Bonds hit No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Quarter to Three’ for the first of two weeks. In the UK the song peaked at No.7 on September 2.
1965 – With their rendition of Bob Dylan‘s song ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, The Byrds topped the US Billboard Hot 100 on this day June 26 in music history. Also chart-topper in Ireland, South Africa, and the UK that year.
1971 – Progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer reached number one in the UK with their second studio album ‘Tarkus’.
1976 – Soul and disco group Real Thing hit number one on the UK Singles chart with ‘You to Me Are Everything’ for the first of three weeks straight on this day June 26.
1977 – Elvis Presley performed for the last time in front of a crowd at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The King of Rock And Roll died two months later on August 16, aged 42.
1982 – The No.1 single in the United Kingdom on this day June 26 was ‘I’ve Never Been to Me’ by the American pop singer Charlene.
1990 – Rock group Nelson released their debut studio album ‘After the Rain’ on DGC Records. The album peaked at No.17 on the US Billboard 200 and it features the No.1 hit ‘(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection’.
1993 – Singer and songwriter Gabrielle started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Dreams’ on this day June 26 in music history. Also a chart-topper in Canada.
1993 – With their debut studio album ‘Emergency on Planet Earth’, funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai started a three- week stay at No.1 in the UK.
1999 – Six years later on the same day June 26, funk & acid jazz band Jamiroquai also topped the UK Albums chart but this time with their fourth studio release ‘Synkronized’.
1999 – Dutch Eurodance group Vengaboys reached the top spot on the UK Singles chart with ‘Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!’.
2004 – With their debut studio album ‘Contraband’, hard rock band Velvet Revolver went to number one in the US on this day June 26. Also a chart-topper in Canada that year.
2004 – Britney Spears scored her second number one single of the year in the UK with ‘Everytime’. She previously topped the UK Singles chart with ‘Toxic’ on March 13.
Britney Spears – Everytime
2010 – The cast of the musical TV series Glee scored their third chart-topping album of the year in the United States on this day June 26 in music history with ‘Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals’. They previously were at No.1 on May 8 with ‘Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna’ and with ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers’ on June 5 for two weeks.
2010 – The No.1 album in the United Kingdom on this day was the greatest hits compilation ‘Time Flies 1994-2009’ by the rock band Oasis.
2020 – With his 39th studio album ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’, Bob Dylan went to number one in the UK on this day June 26. The album was a chart-topper in nine other countries around the world, and it peaked at No.2 in the US.
2020 – American soul singer Gloria Jean Brown better known professionally as Tami Lynn died at the age of 81. Best remembered for her hit song ‘I’m Gonna Run Away From You’.
2021 – American rapper Polo G topped the US Billboard 200 chart for the first time with his third studio album ‘Hall of Fame’ on this day June 26.
2021 – American singer Johnny Solinger died at the age of 55 from liver failure. Best remembered as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Skid Row from 1999 until 2015.
BORN ON THIS DAY JUNE 26 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1909 – Dutch musical entrepreneur Cornelis van Kuijk also known as Thomas Andrew Parker was born in Breda. Best known as the manager of Elvis Presley.
1938 – American musician Billy Davis Jr. was born on this day June 26 in St. Louis, Missouri. He rose to fame as a member of the vocal group The 5th Dimension.
1942 – American bass guitarist Lawrence “Larry” Taylor was born in New York City on this day June 26 in music history. Best known as a member of the blues rock band Canned Heat.
1943 – R&B and jazz musician Clive Powell also known professionally as Georgie Fame was born in Leigh, England.
1946 – American singer and songwriter Brenda Holloway was born on this day in Atascadero, California. Best known for songs such as ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’, ‘When I’m Gone’ and ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’.
1955 – British singer and songwriter Michael “Mick” Jones was born on this day June 26 in London, England. Best known as the co-founder of the punk rock bands The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite.
1955 – Founding member of the band Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Ivan Julian was born in Washington, DC.
1956 – American musician Christopher “Chris” Isaak was born on this day June 26 in Stockton, California. Best known for hit songs such as ‘Wicked Game’ and ‘Somebody’s Crying’.
1961 – Lead singer of the new wave band Berlin, Terri Nunn was born on this day in Baldwin Hills, California.
1969 – English musician Colin Greenwood was born in Oxford on this day June 26 in music history. He rose to fame as a founding member and bassist of the alt rock band Radiohead.
1972 – Finnish guitarist Jussi Sydanmaa also known by his stage name as Amen was born in Espoo. He rose to fame as a founding member of the rock band Lordi.
1979 – Frontman of the pop rock band OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder was born on this day in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1993 – Singer and songwriter Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida on this day June 26 in music history.