26 May

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26 MAY

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1940 Ray Ennis (vocalist, lead guitarist for Swinging Blue Jeans) is born in Huyton, Liverpool, England.

1937 Lionel Hampton records "Flying Home."

1933 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers dies at age 35 after a long battle with tuberculosis (which he sings about in "T.B. Blues.")

1926 Miles Davis is born in Alton, Illinois.

1920 Peggy Lee is born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota.

1916 Louis Thomas Hardin, aka Moondog, is born in Marysville, Kansas. Aside from forging a career as a musician, composer, and inventor, he becomes well-known as a street musician in New York City, where his cloak and Viking-style helmet earns him the nickname "the Viking of 6th Avenue."

1909 Delta bluesman "Papa Charlie" McCoy is born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1904 George Formby, who will become a popular comedic actor and singer throughout the '30s and '40s, is born George Hoy Booth in Wigan, Lancashire, England.

1886 Al Jolson is born Asa Yoelson in Seredžius, Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire).

1880 John Curwen, an English minister who co-founded the Tonic sol-fa system of music education, dies at age 64.

1868 The Fenian terrorist, Michael Barrett, is hanged outside Newgate Prison in what is the last public execution in England. The crowd sings "Champagne Charlie" and "Rule, Britannia!"

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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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