26 March

Pick a Day

26 MARCH

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2019 Ranking Roger (Roger Charlery), the toaster for General Public and The English Beat, dies at 56 after a battle with cancer.

2018 Kesha, an ordained minister, presides over a same-sex wedding between two of her fans in Las Vegas. Footage is used in her video for "I Need A Woman To Love," a reworking of the Janis Joplin song "I Need a Man to Love."

2012 Madonna's 12th studio album, MDNA, debuts, hitting #1 on the Billboard album charts and selling a hot 350,000 copies in two weeks.

2009 Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy hosts the MTV Australia Awards. His band wins Best Rock Video for "I Don't Care," while Pink's "So What" takes Best Video.

2008 The B-52's lose their apostrophe and become the B-52s with the release of their album Funplex. The apostrophe, which is grammatically incorrect because apostrophes show possession, was simply an error made by the friend that designed their logo.

2008 Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo.

2006 Nikki Sudden (co-founder of Swell Maps) dies of a heart attack at age 49.

2005 Paul Hester (drummer for Crowded House) commits suicide at age 46.

2004 Jan Berry (of Jan & Dean) dies at age 62.

2002 Drummer Randy Castillo, who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue, dies of cancer at age 51.

2001 Gorillaz release their debut self-titled album, which becomes a surprise chart success in the US. Although the band's vocalist, Damon Albarn, is well known in Europe through his band Blur, he is virtually unknown in the States, leading to low expectations for the release. The album eventually sells over a million copies in America and peaks at #14.

1999 Bengali musician Ananda Shankar dies of heart failure at age 56.

1991 Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 is released.

1990 Digital Underground, a rap collective that later includes Tupac Shakur, release their debut album, Sex Packets. It's a concept album about a drug that simulates the experience of having sex.More

1988 "Man In The Mirror" becomes the fourth of a record five #1 hits from Michael Jackson's Bad album.

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Iconic Stones Logo Appears For First Time

1971

The Rolling Stones' lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London.


The logo was designed by John Pasche, a student at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London (where Storm Thorgerson, who designed the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon album cover, also attended). Stones management called the school looking for a student to design a poster for their 1970 European tour, and Pasche was chosen. That project went well, so he was given another assignment: "Create a logo or symbol which may be used on note paper, as a program cover and as a cover for the press book." Pasche met with Mick Jagger, who showed him a picture of the Indian goddess Kali, rendered sticking out a long, pointed tongue. Using that as a basis, Pasche came up with the tongue and lips logo, earning £50 (about $75) for his efforts. Pasche did not base the design on Jagger's lips, but he says he may have done so subconsciously. The logo is bold and compact - perfect for small spaces. It has an anti-authority vibe with plenty of sexual overtones, which is exactly what the band stands for. After debuting on the VIP passes, the logo appears in April on an insert for the Sticky Fingers album, which features a real, working zipper on the cover designed by Andy Warhol. The logo is so successful, the band uses it for their label, Rolling Stones Records, and puts it on every subsequent album, as well as most of their promotional materials, T-shirts and other merchandise. "It's kind of a universal statement, sticking your tongue out at something," Pasche says. "It's a protest, really."

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