Today In Pop Music: August 26 – Ten Greatest Guitarists In Rock History
AUGUST 26 BIRTHDAYS
1941 – Chris Curtis (The Searchers – drums – “Needles and Pins”, “Love Potion #9” – died 2005)
1948 – Valerie Simpson (Ashford and Simpson – “Solid”)
1949 – Bob Cowsill (Cowsills – The Rain The Park and Other Thing, We Can Fly)
1949 – Dick Cowsill (Bob’s twin – only family member not a part of the group in the 60’s-70’s)
ON THIS DAY
1967 – The Beatles held a press conference in North Wales with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi announcing they had become disciples of the guru and renounced the use of drugs. Neither the statement or the Maharishi lasted much longer after that.
1970 – The third Isle of Wright Festival kicked off day one of the three day event which would boast an incredible line up of talent: Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Cactus, Family, Mungo Jerry, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Free, Sly and the Family Stone, and Jimi Hendrix, making his final appearance in the U.K. before his death less than a month later.
1978 – Frankie Valli had the biggest solo hit of his career when his recording of the Barry Gibb song “Grease’ topped the Billboard Hot 100. It went on to sell over 2,ooo,ooo copies in the United States alone, and millions more worldwide.
1984 – Singer Laura Brannigan (Gloria, Solitaire, How am I Supposed To Live Without You, Self Control) died of a brain aneurysm. She was only 47 years old.
2003 – Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the greatest guitarists in rock history, with some controversy from readers who disagreed with some of the top 10 selections – though not necessarily with the selection of #1.
10 – KEITH RICHARDS
9 – JIMMY PAGE
8 – RY COODER
7 – STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
6 – CHUCK BERRY
5 – ROBERT JOHNSON
4 -ERIC CLAPTON
3 – B.B. KING
2 – DUANE ALLMAN
1 – JIMI HENDRiX