This Day in Music History: July 26th

2006: Ric Ocasek made his second appearance on The Colbert Report where he volunteered to lead a commando mission to “rescue” Stephen Jr., the baby eagle at the San Francisco Zoo named after Stephen Colbert.

2004: A Staples back-to-school campaign commercial starring Alice Cooper humorously utilizing Cooper’s “School’s Out” premiered nationally. The commercial depicted Cooper in the role of a father shopping for back-to-school supplies with his daughter who is unhappy about returning to school.

2003: Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was arrested before their concert in Wantagh, NY after allegedly running over a parking attendant in his 2004 Jaguar. McBrain was issued a ticket & released in time to make the concert.

1992: Kiss guitarist & singer Paul Stanley married model Pamela Bowen. They would divorce in March 2001.

1986: Peter Gabriel reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with “Sledgehammer” which spent one week at number one. Gabriel also peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with So which spent three weeks at number two.

1977: Robert Plant’s son Karac died of an unidentified viral infection. Led Zeppelin’s tour of North America was immediately cancelled. 

1977: Elvis Costello was arrested for playing outside of a CBS Records conference being held at the Hilton in London. Soon afterwards Costello would be signed to CBS.

1976: Ted Nugent received his first Gold album for his self-titled debut album released the previous year. It later went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.

1970: Jimi Hendrix performed in his hometown of Seattle for the last time at Sicks Stadium. He reminded the audience how disappointed he was that he had to go to the U.K. to make it in the music business before his home country accepted him.