26 May

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26 MAY

In Music History

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2017 Chris Cornell is laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles next to Johnny Ramone. Mourners at the funeral service include Dave Navarro, Tom Morello, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Courtney Love and his Soundgarden bandmates Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil. Cornell hanged himself on May 18.More

2016 Gucci Mane gets out of jail after serving three years on gun charges. He goes home and records vocals for "1st Day Out tha Feds," which is released the next day.

2012 Ian Astbury, frontman of The Cult, marries the musician Aimee Nash in Las Vegas.

2008 Yale University awards Paul McCartney an honorary Doctorate of Music.

2006 Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, have their first child: a son named Kingston James McGregor.

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.

2004 Fantasia Barrino wins Season 3 of American Idol.

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.

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

1994 Alanis Morissette and her producer Glen Ballard write "Ironic" for her forthcoming breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill.

1993 Singapore lifts its decades-old ban on the music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Chicago.

1988 Frank Sinatra appears in a commercial for Michelob singing "The Way You Look Tonight" as part of the brewery's "The Night Belongs to Michelob" ad campaign.

1987 Richard Marx releases his first single, "Don't Mean Nothing," featuring Joe Walsh on guitar. It climbs to #3 on the Hot 100, the first of seven consecutive singles to place in the Top 5.

1984 Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For The Boy," from the movie Footloose, hits #1 in America.

1982 Bobby Darin, who died in 1973, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Michael Jackson Marries Elvis' Daughter

1994

Michael Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley, the child of Elvis, in a secret ceremony held in the Dominican Republic. The couple divorce 20 months later, citing irreconcilable differences.


The news of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley's marriage is the latest in a long line of shocking headlines surrounding the King of Pop. While embroiled in his first sexual abuse scandal that erupted the previous summer, regarding 13-year-old Jordan Chandler, Jackson turned to Lisa Marie for support. Having met occasionally as kids, the two reconnected as adults and became fast friends. She sticks close to his side during the ordeal and a romance blossoms. She is still legally married to first husband, musician Danny Keough, when Jackson proposes to her over the phone in the fall of 1993. The wedding is a quickie, no frills civil ceremony that is sealed with a kiss on the cheek – a precursor to the awkward lip-lock they share onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards a few months later.

The tabloids aren't buying the nuptials, claiming the whole marriage is a publicity ploy to clean-up Jackson's tarnished image and promote his forthcoming HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album. Indeed Lisa Marie, who begrudgingly appears topless alongside her husband in the video for "You Are Not Alone," feels like a cog in the Jackson machine. She files for divorce in 1996.

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