Monday, July 25, 2022

Music History Today: July 26, 2022

July 26, 1979: The Clash released their first single in the U.S. with "I Fought The Law."

Sonny Curtis wasn't "breaking rocks in the hot sun" when he was inspired to write the rock and roll classic "I Fought the Law."

The Clash
The Clash

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The song was first cut in 1960 by his band, The Crickets — on the first album they released after the death of their front-man, Buddy Holly. It became a hit for the Bobby Fuller Four several years later, and then an anthem for countless rock rebels, from The Clash to Hank Williams Jr. to Green Day. 
Read more: The Tennessean

July 26, 1969: Tom Jones entered the US music chart with a cover of Lonnie Donegan's "I’ll Never Fall In Love Again."

July 26, 1969: Tom Jones entered the US music chart with a cover of Lonnie Donegan's "I’ll Never Fall In Love Again."

Tom Jones
Tom Jones 

This tune is not to be confused with the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song of the same title, which was a hit for both Dionne Warwick and Bobbie Gentry in the late '60s. 
Read more: Songfacts

 

July 26, 1980: "Use It Up and Wear It Out" by Odyssey spends the next two weeks atop the UK Singles Chart.  In their native United States, it failed to get into the Hot 100.

July 26, 2003: Santana's "Why Don't You & I" entered Billboard's Hot 100. 

"Why Don't You & I" was written by Chad Kroeger and recorded for Santana's 2002 album Shaman, on the Arista record label. It was re-recorded in 2003 with vocals by Alex Band of the Calling. Both versions of the single charted in the US while the Alex Band version peaked at number 21 in New Zealand. 
Read more: Wikipedia

July 26, 2008: Jason Mraz enters the US top 40 singles with "I’m Yours." 

"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz was a huge commercial success in the United States. The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100; and spent 76 weeks on the chart, breaking the record for the longest charting song on the chart.  
Read more: Wikipedia

I Fought The Law
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