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September 26 : This Day in Music History
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2008 : In some very unshocking news, Clay Aiken announces that he is gay in People magazine, saying: "It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that."
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Awards and Honors (2)

1956 : It's Elvis Presley Day in Tupelo, Mississippi, where the singer was born. He is given a key to the city and performs at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show.
1984 : Paul Anka receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Blvd.

Births (18)

1898 : Composer/pianist George Gershwin is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1901 : Bandleader Ted Weems is born in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Known for the 1923 hit "Somebody Stole My Gal."
1918 : Voice actor and horror host John "The Cool" Zacherle is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1925 : Country singer Marty Robbins is born Martin David Robinson in Glendale, Arizona.
1926 : Jazz singer/actress Julie London is born Gayle Peck in Santa Rosa, California. Known for her 1955 signature song, "Cry Me a River."
1931 : George Chambers (The Chambers Brothers)
1941 : Joe Bauer (drummer for The Youngbloods) is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
1945 : Bryan Ferry (lead singer for Roxy Music) is born in Washington, Tyne and Wear, England.
1947 : Country singer Lynn Anderson is born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, but would be raised in Fair Oaks, California. Known for the 1970 hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden."
1948 : Olivia Newton-John is born in Cambridge, England, but would be raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1948 : Stuart Tosh (drummer for The Alan Parsons Project) is born in Aberdeen, Scotland.
1954 : Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Airplane)
1954 : Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos)
1955 : Carlene Carter
1962 : Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl)
1965 : Cindy Herron (En Vogue)
1972 : Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men)
1981 : Christina Milian

Certifications and Milestones (2)

1970 : Motown Records announces The Jackson 5 have sold 10 million records in nine months.
1997 : The initial 300,000-unit shipment of Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" sells out in Japan on its first day of release. The single, retailing for 1,300 yen ($10.66), racks up unusually high sales for a foreign release.

Charts (6)

1953 : The Ames Brothers' "You You You" hits #1.
1954 : Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" enters the charts.
1960 : Connie Francis' "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1964 : Roy Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman" hits #1.
1966 : The lyrically dissident "Cherish" (don't play it at your wedding) by The Association hits #1. David Cassidy, star of The Partridge Family, has his first hit with the song in 1971.
2012 : Artist Pink, aka "P!nk," scores her first #1 album on Billboard's albums chart with The Truth About Love. The album had sold 280,000 copies at the time.

Concerts and Festivals (3)

1969 : Legendary promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West, a West Coast version of his popular New York "rock ballroom," in San Francisco.
1992 : Gloria Estefan headlines a show featuring Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jimmy Buffett at a Miami concert to raise money for Hurricane Andrew relief.
1998 : Prince (at the time using an unpronounceable symbol as his name) sprains his ankle at a show in Atlantic City and is forced to cancel his remaining tour dates.

Deaths (5)

1937 : Bessie Smith dies of severe injuries she sustained in a late-night car accident near Clarksdale, Mississippi, at age 43. The story goes that she was refused admission to a whites-only hospital, and she bled to death. In actuality, two ambulances showed up at the scene - one for the white hospital, one for the black hospital - and being in the Deep South during segregation, she was taken to the latter, where her arm was amputated before she died. Had she been taken to the white hospital, however, she would not have been treated.
1998 : The father of Blackhawk's Dave Robbins dies of a heart attack the day after watching his son perform at the North Georgia State Fair.
2000 : The popular songwriter Carl Sigman dies. Among his many compositions: "It's All In The Game" and "Marshmallow World."
2003 : Robert Palmer dies of a heart attack in Paris after a quiet dinner and a movie.
2014 : Mark Loomis (The Chocolate Watchband)

Debuts (2)

1957 : The musical West Side Story, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet with New York City gang members, debuts on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. It would run for 732 performances.
1998 : MTV Russia debuts at midnight with Prodigy Live in Moscow, a concert taped in spring 1997. The first Russian video on the network is Mummy Troll's "Vladivostock 2000."

Incidents (1)

2012 : Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro gets into hot water for his slurs against Lady Gaga. The extensive rant consists, in part, of "There's Gaga. Here's this, this, I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children." He continued: "So we have a job to do with these actresses, these actors, these ball players. They use drugs as it's nothing. We shouldn't praise them. We shouldn't honor them. We should really hit them." Despite several other New York politicians defending the artist, Molinaro later doubles down on his remarks, stating that "A slut is someone that's immoral or uses improper conduct."

Legal Issues (1)

2007 : Phil Spector's first trial in the murder case of Lana Clarkson in 2003 ends in a hung jury, with 10 guilty votes and two not guilty. A retrial begins the next year, and he is eventually found guilty.

Marriages and Breakups (1)

1955 : Pop singer Eddie Fisher weds actress/singer Debbie Reynolds. The marriage will last just four tumultuous years before Fisher leaves America's Sweetheart for Elizabeth Taylor.

Movies (1)

1975 : The Rocky Horror Picture Show opens in Westwood, California. Featuring a young Meat Loaf along with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, the movie tanks but later becomes a cult classic, with audience members shouting back at the screen and bringing toast, toilet paper, and other assorted items to enhance the viewing experience.

Recordings (5)

1957 : The Monotones record "Book Of Love."
1967 : The Beatles record "The Fool On The Hill."
1970 : Returning to Abbey Road studios in London, ex-Beatle John Lennon begins work on his first proper solo album, John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band.
1975 : Vicki Sue Robinson records "Turn The Beat Around."
1976 : Marvin Gaye records a live album at the London Palladium (his first appearance in England in ten years).

Releases (7)

1967 : Elvis Presley releases "Big Boss Man."
1969 : The Beatles release Abbey Road in England.
1974 : John Lennon releases Walls And Bridges.
2000 : 98 Degrees' new album, Revelation, receives a premiere in US Wal-Mart stores via an exclusive satellite broadcast concert.
2000 : To launch Creed singer Scott Stapp's With Arms Wide Open Foundation, the band and Wind-Up Records release a limited-edition single of Creed's hit song "With Arms Wide Open." A donation of $3 from the sale of each single, which is limited to 65,000 copies, goes directly to With Arms Wide Open.
2000 : Good Charlotte releases their self-titled debut album.
2014 : Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke releases his second solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, for just $6 on the peer-to-peer file-sharing platform BitTorrent. According to the album's producer, Nigel Godrich, "it could be an effective way of handing some control of Internet commerce back to people who are creating the work." In just over a week, the album averaged 1.8 million downloads.

TV, Radio, Press (4)

1908 : The first stereo advertisement, for an Edison Phonograph, appears in the Saturday Evening Post.
1956 : The Cassandra column in the Daily Mirror (written by William Connor) insinuates that the pianist Liberace is homosexual.
1971 : Pat Boone is the subject of NBC-TV's This Is Your Life.
2008 : In some very unshocking news, Clay Aiken announces that he is gay in People magazine, saying: "It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that."
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