June 26 in Music History: Bob Dylan & the Band release The Basement Tapes, Elvis makes his final appearance
1964 – The Beatles release A Hard Day’s Night in the US.
1972 – During sessions at Olympic Studios in London, England, David Bowie records “John, I’m Only Dancing” with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track, which is released and becomes a hit single in the UK in September of this year, is not released in America after being judged too risqué by RCA Records.
1974 – The supergroup Bad Company, comprised of Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke (of Free), Mick Ralphs (of Mott The Hoople), and Boz Burrell (of King Crimson), release their self-titled, debut album.
1974 – Cher divorces Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, she marries guitarist Gregg Allman. The couple splits 10 days after that, then gets back together for three years of marriage, during which they produce Elijah Blue Allman.
1975 – Bob Dylan and the Band release The Basement Tapes.
1977 – Elvis Presley makes his last-ever live stage appearance at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The last two songs he performed were “Hurt” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Presley would die less than two months later.