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This Day In Music, April 26th

On this day in 1980: Blondie were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Call Me’, the group’s fourth UK #1, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a #1 in the US where it became the band’s biggest selling single. Producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac to help compose and perform a song for the soundtrack, but she declined.

On this day in 1982: Out shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

On this day in 1988: Mick Jagger appeared in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought by reggae singer Patrick Alley, who claimed that Mick Jagger’s solo track ‘Just Another Night’ was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. Alley was suing for $7m in profits from the track. During the case Sly Dunbar played drums in court to show how the beats were different in each song and Mick sang and played demos of his song to show the court the development of the track. At the end of the week-long trial, Jagger won the case.

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