26 May

Pick a Day

26 MAY

In Music History

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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.

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.

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

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

1973 Carole King returns to her hometown of New York City to play a free concert in Central Park. The crowd, estimated at 70,000, includes Joni Mitchell, who sang on her Tapestry album. After enjoying the show, the crowd cleans up after themselves using garbage bags distributed by Parks Department.

1973 The Edgar Winter Group's rock instrumental "Frankenstein," titled because it was a monster to edit, hits #1 in America.

1973 Despite breaking up three years earlier, The Beatles land the #1 album in America, the compilation The Beatles 1967-1970.

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.

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

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

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Michael Jackson Marries Elvis' Daughter


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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