Thursday, June 25, 2020

Music History Today: June 26, 2020

June 26, 1977: Elvis Presley played the final concert of his career at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis. He died less than one month later, on August 16. 

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June 26, 1964: The Beatles released the album A Hard Day's Night in the United States.

A Hard Day's Night album cover
A Hard Day's Night is the third studio album by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 10 July 1964 by Parlophone, with side one containing songs from the soundtrack to their film of the same name. The American version of the album was released two weeks earlier, on 26 June 1964 by United Artists Records, with a different track listing. 
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June 26, 1971:  Carole King reached Number 1 for the first of five weeks on the Easy Listening chart with "It's Too Late." It hit Number 1 in the Top 100 a week earlier.
King wrote the music for “It’s Too Late,” but she didn’t write the lyrics. Those came from her friend Toni Stern, who’d just broken up with James Taylor when she wrote it. It’s a breakup song, but it’s a layered and nuanced one. King’s narrator isn’t upset or heartbroken about the end of this relationship. She simply recognizes that the couple isn’t working anymore, that it’s time to move on.  
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June 26, 1974:  Bad Company released their self-titled debut album.
Originally considered a pet project of Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant and his new label, Swan Song, it took no time for Bad Company to find their own niche in the rock pantheon. The very first album on the label, Bad Company, shot straight to the top of the album charts and has since eclipsed five times platinum, becoming one of the top fifty best selling albums of the seventies along the way. 
Read more:  Classic Rock Review

June 26, 1976: Peter Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way" is released in the US, where it reached Number 12.

Interview with Peter Frampton, singer and songwriter
When I was 11, I saw this guy on the steps of our school playing sax and singing Elvis Presley songs. I asked my father – the school’s art teacher – who he was. 
Peter Frampton
 He said: “Oh, that’s Jones.” I said: “I want to be him.” We became great friends, and “Jones” became better known as David Bowie. 
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June 26, 1999: Pearl Jam scored their biggest Hot 100 hit when "Last Kiss," a cover of a song from the '60s, reached Number 2.
"Last Kiss" is a song released by Wayne Cochran in 1961 on the Gala label. It failed to do well on the charts. Cochran subsequently re-recorded his song for the King label in 1963. "Last Kiss" was also covered by the American rock band Pearl Jam for the 1999 charity album No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees. It would later appear on the group's 2003 rarities album Lost Dogs. 
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Can't Help Falling In Love
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