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May 26 : This Day in Music History
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1977 : Rock sensations and serial marketers Kiss provide Marvel Comics with a vial of their blood to be mixed with the red ink used to print their upcoming comic book.
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Awards and Honors (2)

1982 : Bobby Darin, who died in 1973, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2008 : Yale University awards Paul McCartney an honorary Doctorate of Music.

Band Dynamics (1)

1972 : Mott The Hoople, on the verge of breaking up, are offered help from David Bowie, who allows them to record two songs he wrote. They pass on "Suffragette City" but cut "All The Young Dudes," which becomes their biggest hit and revives their career.

Births (17)

1886 : Al Jolson
1904 : George Formby
1909 : “Papa Charlie” McCoy
1916 : Moondog
1920 : Peggy Lee
1926 : Miles Davis is born in Alton, Illinois.
1940 : Ray Ennis (Swinging Blue Jeans)
1940 : Levon Helm (The Band)
1941 : Art Sharp (Nashville Teens)
1944 : Verden Allen (Mott The Hoople)
1945 : Garry Peterson (The Guess Who)
1946 : Mick Ronson, who would become David Bowie's guitarist, is born in England.
1948 : Stevie Nicks is born Stephanie Lynn Nicks in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in California. She would go on to fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
1949 : Hank Williams, Jr.
1967 : Kristen Pfaff (Hole)
1969 : Lenny Kravitz
2006 : Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush have their fist child: a son named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale.

Charts (6)

1959 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Johnny Horton's Battle of New Orleans
1962 : Mr. Acker Bilk's Stranger On The Shore hits #1.
1970 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Ray Stevens' Everything Is Beautiful
1973 : The Edgar Winter Group's Frankenstein hits #1.
1973 : The Beatles' LP The Beatles 1967-1970 hits #1.
1980 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Lipps, Inc.'s Funkytown

Concerts and Festivals (2)

1956 : Liberace, at the peak of his powers, plays to a crowd of 16,000 at Madison Square Garden in a three-hour solo set that draws mostly ladies.
1958 : Jerry Lee Lewis suffers the fallout from his engagement to his cousin Myra when he is booed off the stage in England. His British tour ends the next night.

Deaths (5)

1880 : John Curwen
1933 : Country singer Jimmie Rodgers dies at age 35 after a long battle with tuberculosis (which he sings about in "T.B. Blues.")
1968 : Little Willie John
1977 : William Powell (The O'Jays)
2006 : Desmond Dekker

Health Issues (1)

1997 : Bob Dylan's summer tour is canceled after he is hospitalized with chest pains.

Incidents (5)

1974 : An overenthusiastic crowd at a David Cassidy concert in London rushes the stage, injuring a thousand screaming fans and crushing 14-year-old Bernadette Whelan, who died from her injuries four days later. A distraught Cassidy refuses to tour for the next eleven years.
1996 : Firemen arrive at the burning home of Eric Clapton to find the guitarist running in and out of the home to save his guitar collection. The house is gutted, with about three million dollars' damage.
1999 : British punk band Manic Street Preachers refuse to play a concert to mark the opening of Wales’ parliament because Queen Elizabeth II is present.
2004 : Days after touching down in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to film a documentary on the war-torn country, Sum 41 are forced to evacuate from their hotel in Bukavu after serious fighting erupts. They are rescued by UN peacekeeper, Chuck Pelletier. Sum 41 would go on to name their third studio album Chuck in honor of Pelletier.
2008 : Rapper Xzibit’s two-week-old son, Xavier Kingston Joiner, dies from complications of premature birth.

Legal Issues (2)

1868 : The Fenian terrorist, Michael Barrett, is hanged outside Newgate Prison in what is the last public execution in England. The crowd sings "Champagne Charlie" and "Rule, Britannia!"
1993 : Singapore lifts its decades-old ban on the music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Chicago.

Marriages and Breakups (2)

1994 : Michael Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley, the child of Elvis, in a secret ceremony held in the Dominican Republican. The couple divorce 20 months later, citing irreconcilable differences.
2012 : Ian Astbury, front man of The Cult, marries the musician, Aimee Nash, in Las Vegas.

Miscellaneous (4)

1958 : Jerry Lee Lewis ends his British tour when is booed off the stage, from fallout over his engagement to his 14-year-old cousin, Myra Lee Brown. When he returns to America, he finds the scandal has followed him.
1969 : Still on honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono check in to room 1742 in Montreal's Hotel La Reine, where they start their second week-long Bed-In for Peace. During this week, they write Give Peace A Chance with Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers and Dick Gregory.
1977 : Beatlemania!, a Broadway tribute to the music of The Beatles, starring sound- and look-alikes, opens at the Winter Garden Theater to rave reviews.
1999 : Backstreet Boys' album Millennium sells 1.13 million units in its first week out, establishing a new SoundScan-era record for sales in a single week.

Recordings (5)

1937 : Lionel Hampton, "Flying Home"
1963 : Elvis Presley: "Echoes Of Love," "Please Don't Drag That String Around," "(You're The) Devil In Disguise," "Never Ending"
1966 : Elvis Presley: "Where No One Stands Alone," "Down In The Alley," "Tomorrow Is A Long Time," "Love Letters"
1966 : The Beatles, Yellow Submarine
1967 : The Beatles, It's All Too Much

Releases (2)

1967 : The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1973 : Deep Purple, Smoke On The Water

TV, Radio, Press (3)

1965 : The Rolling Stones perform "How Many More Years" with one of their big influences, bluesman Howlin' Wolf, on the ABC variety show Shindig!
1977 : Rock sensations and serial marketers Kiss provide Marvel Comics with a vial of their blood to be mixed with the red ink used to print their upcoming comic book.
2004 : Fantasia Barrino wins Season Three of American Idol.
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