Carter Alan’s Rock N’ Roll Diary: June 26 in Classic Rock History

Happy birthday to Mick Jones of the Clash! He formed Big Audio Dynamite after leaving the band, but what group was he in just prior to joining the Clash?


ANSWER: London SS

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for June 26th, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1973: Mick Jagger was named the father of a two year old girl in a paternity suit brought by Marsha Hunt.  He has since acknowledged Karis as his daughter.
  • 1975: Sonny and Cher’s divorce was finalized on this day. The divorce left her free to marry Gregg Allman which she did just four days later.
  • 1977: Elvis Presley made his last concert appearance, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.  He would pass away a month and a half later.
  • 1979: Nigel Olsson, Elton John’s drummer, ran a stop sign and collided with another car , killing the driver. Olsson was charged with unintentional vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor.
  • 1992: Elton John and Eric Clapton performed the first of three sold-out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium.
  • 2004: Paul McCartney performed at the British Glastonbury Festival. It was the first time he’d participated in the event.
  • 2007: Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison were in Las Vegas to mark the first anniversary of the Beatles-inspired Cirque du Soleil show “Love.” They also joined Cirque du Soleil for a special dedication ceremony unveiling plaques saluting Lennon and Harrison’s contributions to the production.

Checking the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1968: The Jeff Beck group played the Boston Tea Party.
  • 1974: The Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, and Golden Earring played the Cape Cod Coliseum.
  • 1976: It was the Stills-Young band at the Boston Garden with Poco.
  • 1976: Rick Ocasek and Ben Orr were at the Back Room in Cambridge.
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