26 May

Pick a Day

26 MAY

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1977 R&B singer William Powell (of The O'Jays) dies of cancer at age 35.

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.

1975 Lauryn Hill is born in East Orange, New Jersey.

1973 The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein" hits #1.

1973 The Beatles' LP The Beatles 1967-1970 hits #1.

1973 Deep Purple release the rock classic "Smoke On The Water."

1969 Janis Joplin lands on the cover of Newsweek with the headline, "Janis Joplin: Rebirth of Blues."More

1969 Still on their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono check in to the Queen Elizabeth Hotel (the "Hotel La Reine") in Montreal, where they start their second week-long "bed-in" for peace. At the end of their stay, they record "Give Peace A Chance" with a chorus that includes Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers and Dick Gregory.

1968 Little Willie John, known for '50s and '60s R&B hits like "Need Your Love So Bad" and "Fever," dies of a heart attack at age 30 while serving a sentence for manslaughter at Washington State Penitentiary. He was imprisoned in 1966 as a result of a fatal knifing incident after a performance in Seattle.

1967 The Beatles release their landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the UK.More

1967 Kristen Pfaff (bassist for Hole) is born in Buffalo, New York.

1967 Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention release Absolutely Free, their second studio album. Considerably more commercially successful than their debut album, it peaks at #41.

1967 The Beatles record "It's All Too Much."

1966 Elvis Presley records "Where No One Stands Alone," "Down In The Alley," "Tomorrow Is A Long Time," and "Love Letters."

1966 The Beatles record "Yellow Submarine."

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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.

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