Events that happened on this day, february 26
1917 – On this day, February 26 the first ever jazz single ‘Livery Stable Blues’ was recorded in New York by the Original Dixieland Jass Band. The record also sold over 1 million copies and launched jazz into the mainstream.
1926 – Louis Armstrong recorded ‘Heebie Jeebies’.
1955 – For the first time ever since their introduction in 1949, the 45 rpm singles outsold the standard 78’s.
1958 – With ‘Magic Moments’, Perry Como topped the UK singles chart. The record stayed on top for the next 8 weeks.
1964 – The Beatles finished recording ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’.
1965 – Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page released a solo single called ‘She Just Satisfies’. However, the record failed to chart in USA and the UK.
1966 – With ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, Nancy Sinatra topped the US singles chart. Interestingly however, is that the author of the song (Lee Hazlewood) intended the record for himself. But Nancy talked him out of it because the song was “perfect for a girl to sing”. And as we can see, she was right.
1966 – With ‘Rubber Soul’, The Beatles topped the US album chart. Also their seventh studio album to reach #1 in the US.
1972 – With the funk record ‘I Gotcha’, Joe Tex topped the R&B chart and hit #2 on the Billboard Pop chart.
1977 – With ‘New Kid in Town’, The Eagles topped the US singles chart. Also their third No.1 in the US. However, the song did not enjoy the same success in the UK where it reached only #20.
Eagles – New Kid in Town (Live 1977)
1977 – Because of a heart attack, Sherman Garnes (of The Teenagers) died at the age of 36.
1977 – Blues guitarist and singer Bukka White died at the age of 70 due to cancer. Since 1990 he is part of the Blues Hall of Fame.
1980 – Island Records offered U2 a recording contract after seeing them play at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
1983 – With ‘Thriller’, Michael Jackson topped the US album chart. The album would later become one of the best-selling records of all time.
1985 – Bruce Springsteen won his first Grammy ever (for best male vocal), while Tina Turner won for song and record of the year.
1987 – Beatles’ ‘White Album’ became their first album to be issued on a CD.
1990 – The Coasters’s lead singer Cornell Gunter died after being shot in his car. Since 1987 he is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Coasters.
1995 – Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reunited for a year-long world tour starting in Florida.
1997 – With ‘Change the World’, Eric Clapton won a Grammy award for “best male pop vocal”.
2002 – At a charity concert for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, the Bee Gees played their final ever show.
2008 – Drummer Buddy Miles died from a congestive heart failure at the age of 60.
2011 – While helping at an underwater cleanup event, bassist Mark Tulin died of a heart attack at the age of 62.
2015 – Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool was sold for $231,000 after an auction held in the new Cavern Club.
Born on this day, february 26 in music history
1928 – Pioneer of rock and roll music Fats Domino was born on this day, February 26 in New Orleans, U.S.
1932 – One of the most influential musicians of 20th century – Johnny Cash was born on this day in music history.
1943 – American musician Paul Cotton was born on this day in Fort Rucker, Alabama.
1943 – Lead singer of Canned Heat, Robert Ernest Hite was born on this day, February 26 in California. Also known as Bob Hite.
1945 – American musician Mitch Ryder was born on this day, February 26 in Michigan.
1947 – English singer Sandra Ann Goodrich also known as Sandie Shaw was born on this day, February 26. She was the first one to win the Eurovision Song Contest for Britain in 1967 with the song ‘Pupper on a string’.
1950 – American musician Jonathan Cain was born on this day in Chicago, Illinois. Since the spring of 2017, he is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey.
1953 – American singer and songwriter Michael Bolton was born on this day in New Haven, Connecticut.
1968 – American musician Tim Commerford was born on this day, February 26 in Irvine, California. Also known as the bassist, backing vocalist and lead singer of groups like Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage and so on.
1971 – Soul and R&B singer-songwriter Erykah Badu was born on this day in Dallas, Texas.
1971 – Swedish singer, songwriter and record producer Martin Sandberg also known as Max Martin was born on this day in Stockholm, Sweden.
1979 – British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae was born on this day, February 26 in Leeds, England.
1982 – American singer-songwriter Nate Ruess was born on this day in Iowa City, Iowa.