26 December

Pick a Day

26 DECEMBER

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2016 Pink gives birth to her second child, a baby boy named Jameson Moon. The father is the singer's motocross-star husband, Carey Hart.

2012 R&B singer Fontella Bass, known for the 1965 hit "Rescue Me," dies of complications from a heart attack at age 72.

2003 Matthew West releases his major label debut album, Happy. The album includes the hit single "More."

1981 The AC/DC album For Those About to Rock We Salute You goes to #1 in America for the first of three weeks. It's their first #1 album in that country, and the first hard rock album to top that chart.

1979 Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) is born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

1973 The horror movie The Exorcist hits theaters, with a portion of the Mike Oldfield instrumental "Tubular Bells" as the theme music. A 3:18 version of the song (it's 25-minutes long on the album) is released as a single, going to #7 in the US.

1969 Peter Klett (lead guitarist for Candlebox) is born in Bellevue, Washington.

1968 D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Monterey Pop, which chronicles the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival (where The Who smashed their instruments and Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire) opens in theaters.

1967 The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film debuts on BBC-TV.

1967 The Osborne Brothers release "Rocky Top."

1966 Jimi Hendrix writes the lyrics to "Purple Haze" in his dressing room between performances at London's Uppercrust Club.

1966 J. Yuenger (guitarist for White Zombie) is born Jay Noel Yuenger in Chicago, Illinois.

1961 Jay & the Americans record "She Cried."

1958 Stan Freberg presents a check for $1,000 to the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California as his royalties from the first year's release of "Green Chri$tma$" (he gives all proceeds from the single charity).

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VW Emblems Go Missing When Beastie Boys Come To Town

1986

The Beastie Boys kick off their Licensed To Ill tour with a show at The Ritz in New York City. By the time the tour is over, Licensed To Ill will be America's first #1 rap album, and thousands of Volkswagen emblems will go missing as fans steal them to emulate Mike D's signature look.


The big hit from the album is "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)," a song that advocates ill-tempered rebellion. The video, which is huge on MTV, shows the band raising all kinds of hell and unrest in the confines of an apartment. With the help of their label, Def Jam, the group has developed a tattered homeboy image with an attitude that aligns with their hit. In interviews, they're rude and obnoxious; on stage, they cuss and spill beer. Mike D's accessory of choice is a rope necklace (the kind Run-D.M.C. and LL Cool J wear) with a Volkswagen emblem attached. At every tour stop, fans show up wearing the necklaces and VWs are left behind with empty grilles. The practice, known as "getting Beastied," becomes so pervasive, Volkswagen offers to replace them for free and cleverly turns it into a marketing opportunity with ads that read: People have been sporting our Volkswagen badge for years. Proudly displaying it on the front of their cars. Recently, though, many have been heard to out-swear a Beastie Boy (the result of finding their badges have gone missing). Their protest haven't fallen on deaf ears. The thievery continues through the summer as the group tours with Run-D.M.C. For their next album, Paul's Boutique, Mike D retires the VW and the group drops the frat-boys-from-hell bit. They go on to become one of the most innovative acts in rap, and in 2012 enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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