26 August

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26 AUGUST

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2019 Ed Sheeran wraps up his ÷ (Divide) tour with a show at Chantry Park in Ipswich, England, near his hometown of Framlingham. The tour started on March 16, 2017 and set the record for highest-grossing tour, earning $775.6 million over 255 shows. After two-and-a-half years on the road, he's ready for a rest. "This is my last gig for probably 18 months," he tells the crowd.

2016 Ann Wilson's husband is arrested for assault after getting physical with Nancy Wilson's 16-year-old twin sons, causing a rift between the Heart sisters, who finish their tour using separate dressing rooms and avoiding contact.

2014 Kate Bush, who hasn't toured since 1979, returns to the stage for a series of 22 shows at the Eventim Apollo in London. Titled Before The Dawn, it's an elaborate production with acting, a puppeteer, and an illusionist. The shows earn rave reviews and, the next week, eight of her albums return to the Top 40 of the UK albums chart.

2009 Hit songwriter Ellie Greenwich dies from a heart attack at age 68 after a bout of pneumonia.

2005 A post office in Los Angeles is officially renamed after singer Ray Charles due to its close proximity to the studio where he recorded later in life.

2004 "Gloria" singer Laura Branigan dies from a cerebral aneurysm in East Quogue, New York, at age 52.

2002 Herman's Hermits original lead singer Peter Noone files an unsuccessful lawsuit against the group's drummer Barry Whitwam, attempting to block him from touring with new musicians under the group name.

2000 De La Soul's Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, their first album in four years, debuts at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart and #3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

2000 Allen Woody (bass guitarist for The Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule) dies in Queens, New York, from an indeterminate cause at age 44.

1996 Delegates at the Democratic National Convention take a break to do the "Macarena," including First Lady Hillary Clinton, who's rocking the dance's hand motions from the crowd.

1995 Ronnie White (of The Miracles) dies after a battle with leukemia at age 56 in Detroit, Michigan. White had also lost his first-born daughter to the disease when she was 9 years old.

1994 Hole play the Reading Festival in England, their first concert following two tragedies: the suicide of Kurt Cobain (husband of Hole frontwoman Courtney Love) in April, and the death of their bass player, Kristen Pfaff, from a heroin overdose in June. Pfaff's replacement is Melissa Auf der Maur.

1994 Scottish singer/songwriter Frankie Miller suffers a brain hemorrhage while in New York, lapsing into a five-month coma that eventually forces him into physical therapy to regain his motor skills.

1993 Apple Records wins the bidding for a rare recording of the Beatles playing "Kansas City" and "Some Other Guy" at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962, paying £16,000 for the acetate disc.

1983 The film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie, opens in New York City.

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Isle Of Wight Is Bigger Than Woodstock

1970

The five-day Isle of Wight festival kicks off in England, boasting a very impressive lineup, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone, Free, and in his last concert appearance in England, Jimi Hendrix.


This third consecutive Isle of Wight Festival is one of the biggest musical events of the era, surpassing even Woodstock with an estimated 600,000 people descending on the tiny British island. The numbers are so great that the sound system is unable to make the grade, and The Who step in to assist with their equipment. The entire event is captured on film in what will be the most comprehensively recorded festival to date. The organizers have booked an eclectic range of artists but many are unsuited to such a large show. The folk contingent are well represented but acoustic artists like Donovan, Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen struggle to cut through and connect with the massive crowd. On this, the opening day, Kris Kristofferson falls victim to the poor sound and is booed off-stage by the audience. There are pockets of unrest, with anarchists, Hells Angels and skinheads arriving en masse and demanding free entry. Thousands of people have set up a camp at nearby Afton Down, overlooking the site, with the intention of enjoying the festival for free. Attempts are made by security to encourage them to make a financial contribution under the threat of their camp being floodlit for the remaining four nights, but this is largely ineffective. Still, the event is relatively peaceful. The only arrests made by the woefully outnumbered local police force are a handful for drug offenses. Thanks to the invasion of freeloaders and poor financial management by the organizers, the festival loses money despite the huge numbers in attendance. It isn't until 2002 that the Isle of Wight again hosts a major music festival. Even the officially commissioned film, titled Message to Love: The Isle of Wight, doesn't come off as planned: it isn't released until 1997.

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