July 26 in music history

Mick Jagger is 71 Happy Birthday! (read more)

Mick Jagger’s career has spanned over fifty years. His performance style has been said to have “opened up definitions of gendered masculinity and so laid the foundations for self-invention and sexual plasticity which are now a part of contemporary youth culture”.


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July 26: Johnny Cash: Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport 1964 (videos & audio) (read more)

On July 26, 1965, Johnny Cash performed at Newport with this great band:


  • Johnny Cash (v, acg)
  • Luther Perkins (eg)
  • Marshall Grant (b)
  • WS Holland (d)


Johnny Cash, NFF64, #2

July 26: Bob Dylan: Visions of Madonna, Tramps New York City, New York 1999 (read more)

On the 26th of July, 1999, in a club in Manhattan, Bob Dylan delivered one of his greatest performances ever of his well-loved 1966 epic “Visions of Johanna.” As if to acknowledge and signal his awareness of the power and freshness of this latest reinterpretation, the singer-bandleader effectively changed the title of the song halfway through, by starting to sing the chorus as: “And these visions of Madonna are now all that remain/ … have kept me up past the dawn.”
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist Volume 3: Mind Out Of Time 1986 And Beyond)


Harper Valley PTA” is a country song written by Tom T. Hall that was a major international hit single for country singer Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. Riley’s record sold over six million copies as a single. The song made Riley the first woman to top both Billboard’s Hot 100 and the U.S. country single’s charts with the same song, a feat that would go unrepeated until Dolly Parton‘s “9 to 5 ” in 1981. According to several sources – it was recorded in July 26 – 1968.

Harper Valley PTA
Darlene Love (July 26, 1941)
American popular music singer and actress. She gained prominence in the 1960s for the song “He’s a Rebel,” a No. 1 American single in 1962, and was one of the Phil Spector artists who produced a celebrated Christmas album in 1963
Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with the Supremes, the Miracles, the Temptations, and the Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America, “bridging the color lines in music at the time.”With a string of hit singles composed mainly by Smokey Robinson, including “Two Lovers” (1962), the Grammy-nominated “You Beat Me to the Punch” (1962) and her signature hit, “My Guy” (1964), she became recognized as “The Queen of Motown” until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. She was one of Motown’s first singing superstars. 200px-Mary_Wells_1964

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2 thoughts on “July 26 in music history”

  1. “I’m going to wish you an unhappy birthday
    ‘Cos you’re evil and you lie
    And if you should die
    Well I…”

    Won’t be unhappy, not even for a moment or two.

    In December of 1981 I made the mistake of seeing the Rolling Stones at a place called the Pontiac Silverdome, where the Detroit Lions played. Who puts on a concert in a football stadium in the winter? Some greedy bastard, that’s who. Yeah, it was covered, but still freezing inside. I had to work that day, so we sat up on the roof. As it turned-out, we were lucky to have seats in front of the stage, as people were crammed in every aisleway. Not only that, but about 10,000 people were sitting in the balcony behind the stage, where all they could see was the back of the projection screen. This was, by the way, general admission, so that all of the people sitting behind the stage paid just as much as anybody else there. We left early, because the sound was so bad that we couldn’t tell what song was being played until a minute or so had passed. Who treats their fans like this? Not only that, but I’d read in the paper that the band had released another 10,000 seats prior to the already sold-out show.

    There was one, and only one, good aspect to the show. Iggy Pop warmed-up. However, he was booed. Prince was supposed to warm-up as well, but he’d been booed-off the stage in Los Angeles. Great fans the Stones have, very open-minded. Santana took the place of Prince, and you haven’t lived until you’ve heard 16th-notes all mashed and mangled together in dead space.

    Before the concert, I had each and every Rolling Stones record. After the show, I sold all of them. To one friend I gave two Rolling Stones records for every one Elvis Costello record that he was willing to trade me. Yeah, I know, it was an unfair trade, and I took advantage of him. But it wasn’t nearly as much of a total rip-off as the Rolling Stones had done to their fans. I mean, at least he could see the records, and they didn’t sound like shit.

    To this day, I’ve never missed them.

    By the way, I have the unfortunate luck to share Mick Jagger’s b-day.

    1. To wish for someones death just because of a bad concert experience,that’s harsh, man! (I do see that it is Morrisey’s lyrics, happy fellow isn’t he… 😉 )

      I’ve seen Stones in excellent form in a stadium, everything was perfect! Best Rock band in the world, no doubt!

      …but thanks for your comment, and we wish you a very happy birthday!

      – Hallgeir

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