Events that happened on this day, December 26
1957 – On this day, December 26 – The Champs released ‘Train to Nowhere’, their A-side track, with intention to be their hit song. However, it was their B-side throwaway track ‘Tequila‘ that actually made it big. It even reached number one in the US.
1961 – “She Cried’ was released by Jay & the Americans on this day, December 26.
1963 – The Beatles released their first hit single in the US – ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ alongside ‘I Saw Her Standing There‘.
1964 – With ‘I Feel Fine’, The Beatles topped the US singles chart. It was also their sixth number one single of the year in the US.
1965 – Paul McCartney crashed with his moped, but only suffered a minor injury.
1966 – John Lennon appeared on the BBC TV show ‘Not only…But also’ as a men’s room attendant.
1966 – Jimi Hendrix wrote the lyrics to the classic tune ‘Purple Haze’ while on break between performances in his dressing room.
1967 – The Beatles‘ ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ made its debut on BBC – TV. However, it received a strong negative backlash from the British press and the viewing public. They even called it an utter disaster.
1968 – Led Zeppelin started their first ever North American tour on this day, December 26.
1970 – With ‘My Sweet Lord’, George Harrison started a four week run at the top of the US singles chart. Also making him the first Beatle to have a No.1 single as a solo artist.
George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
1976 – The Sex Pistols recorded ‘God Save The Queen’. However, because of the song’s controversial nature many broadcasters in the UK refused to play it. But despite that, the song still managed to reach No.1 on the NME charts.
1979 – With ‘The Wall’, Pink Floyd topped the US album chart. The album also stayed for a total of 15 weeks at the top during its 35 week stay on the chart.
1981 – With ‘For Those About To Rock We Salute You’, AC/DC topped the US album chart.
1999 – Due to complications from diabetes, Curtis Mayfield died on this day, December 26 at the age of 57.
2006 – Michael Jackson started a lawsuit against his former accountants on the basis that they withdrew $2.5 million a year from his bank account. Money that they were supposed to use to pay his bills but they didn’t do that.
2007 – Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back to Black’ album was named the biggest selling album of the year.
2012 – Due to complications from a heart attack, R&B singer Fontella Bass died on this day at the age of 72.
Born on this day, December 26 in music history
1935 – American singer Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir was born on this day, December 26 in Detroit, Michigan.
1940 – Renowned record producer Phil Spector was born on this day, December 26 in New York.
1943 – Fleming Williams (of The Hues Corporation) was born on this day, December 26 in Flint, Michigan.
1951 – Scottish musician Paul Quinn was born on this day in Dundee, Scotland.
1953 – Henning Schmitz (of Kraftwerk) was born on this day, December 26 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
1963 – Co-founder and drummer for Metallica, Lars Ulrich was born on this day in Gentofte, Denmark.
1966 – Guitarist Jay Yunger was born in Chicago, Illinois. Also known as the guitarist for White Zombie.
1990 – Andy Biersack was born on this day in Cincinnati, Ohio.