Music History: August 26th:
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 47.
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 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.
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.
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 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 A recording of the Beatles playing "Kansas City" and "Some Other Guy" at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 fetches a record of approximately $32,000 at Christie's auction house in London.
1990 Randy Newman wins an unlikely Emmy for his score to the legendary ABC-TV flop series Cop Rock.
1983 The film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie, opens in New York City.
1981 Folk singer Lee Hays (bass vocalist for The Weavers) dies from diabetic cardiovascular disease at age 67 in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York. Hays penned a farewell poem wishing for his ashes to be mixed with his compost pile. That wish was fulfilled.
1981 The mayor of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Marion Dewar, declares today "Paul Anka Day" in honor of its Paul Anka.
1980 Tom Peterson leaves Cheap Trick - he will return eight years later.
1974 As part of As part of Women's Equality Day, the National Organization of Women give Paul Anka their "Keep Her In Her Place" award for his song "(You're) Having My Baby."
1973 At the Hilton in Las Vegas, Bobby Darin plays his final concert. The singer dies on December 20.
1973 10cc makes its stage debut at the Palace Lido on England's Isle of Man.
1972 Looking Glass' "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1972 Nilsson's novelty song "Coconut" peaks at #8 on the US pop chart, where it will stay for one week.
1970 After an all-night jam, The Allman Brothers' Duane Allman asks Eric Clapton if he can attend the recording sessions for his new group, Derek and the Dominos. Clapton agrees, only on the condition that Allman also play on the sessions.
1969 Adrian Young (drummer for No Doubt) is born in Long Beach, California.
1969 Elvis Presley cracks himself up during his concert in Las Vegas when he changes a lyric to "Are You Lonesome Tonight," singing, "Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair?"More
1969 Elvis Presley releases "Suspicious Minds."
1968 The Beatles release "Hey Jude" with the B-side "Revolution."
1968 Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." is certified gold.
1968 Mary Hopkin releases "Those Were The Days" in the US.
1967 The Beatles follow their favorite new lecturer, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to University College in Bangor, North Wales, along with Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull. After his lecture the group holds a press conference to announce that they've become his disciples in the "Spiritual Regeneration Movement" and officially renounced the use of all drugs.
1967 Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billy Joe" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.
1966 Dan Vickrey (lead guitarist for Counting Crows) is born in Walnut Creek, California.
1963 British singer Cilla Black makes her concert debut, opening for The Beatles at the Odeon in Southport, Lancashire, England.
1960 Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis is born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, to a family of musicians. He played sax and miscellaneous percussion on Sting's 1985 solo debut, The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
1958 English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams dies in London, England, at age 85. Known for compositions like "A Pastoral Symphony" and "The Lark Ascending."
1952 Rock guitarist Billy Rush (of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) is born.
1949 Pop singer Bob Cowsill (of The Cowsills) is born in Portsmouth, Virginia, though the family band will be born out of Newport, Rhode Island.
1948 Motown songwriter Valerie Simpson (half of the Ashford & Simpson team) is born in The Bronx, New York.
1942 Drummer Chris Curtis (of The Searchers) is born Christopher Crummey in Oldham, Lancashire, England. After a move to Liverpool at age 4, he meets bandmate Mike Pender in primary school.
1942 Singer Vic Dana is born in Buffalo, New York. Known for '60s hits like "Little Altar Boy," "I Will," and a popular cover of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady."
1942 Maureen "Moe" Tucker (drummer for The Velvet Underground) is born in Levittown, New York.
1940 Rocker Nik Turner (of Hawkwind) is born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.
1939 Doo-wop singer Fred Milano (of The Belmonts) is born in New York City. Belmont Avenue, the Bronx street where he grew up, inspired the group's name.
1936 After some Duke Elllington music, Helen McKay sings "Here's Looking At You," the first song ever broadcast on television.
1970The 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.
2006 Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud?" drops out of the Hot 100 after just eight weeks, establishing a new record for the shortest stay on the chart for a #1 hit. A little perspective: "London Bridge" by Fergie is the 2006 #1 with the next-fewest weeks on the chart, with 21.
1995 Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" hits #1 in the US after being used in the movie Batman Forever. "I owe my career to Joel Schumacher," Seal says, referring to the film's director.
1978 Frankie Valli's "Grease," the title track to the blockbuster film, hits #1 in America.
1976 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Annie Leibovitz took the photo, which shows the frontman haggard and bleary after just two hours sleep. Leibovitz got the shot by showing up at his hotel at 6 a.m.