Music History: May 26
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.
1993 Singapore lifts its decades-old ban on the music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Chicago.
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 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 Kristen Pfaff (bassist for Hole) is born in Buffalo, New York.
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."
1965 The Rolling Stones join Howlin' Wolf on the TV show Shindig! to perform Wolf's blues number "How Many More Years."
1964 Lenny Kravitz is born in Manhattan, New York.
1963 Elvis Presley records "Echoes Of Love," "Please Don't Drag That String Around," "(You're The) Devil In Disguise," and "Never Ending."
1962 Mr. Acker Bilk's "Stranger On The Shore" hits #1.
1959 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans"
1958 Jerry Lee Lewis ends his British tour when is booed off the stage, from fallout over his engagement to his 14-year-old cousin, Myra Lee Brown. When he returns to America, he finds the scandal has followed him.
1956 Liberace, at the peak of his powers, plays to a crowd of 16,000 at Madison Square Garden in a three-hour solo set that draws mostly ladies.
1949 Hank Williams, Jr. is born Randall Hank Williams in Shreveport, Louisiana, to country legend Hank Williams and first wife, Audrey.
1948 Stevie Nicks is born Stephanie Lynn Nicks in Phoenix, Arizona, but will be raised in California. She would go on to fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
1946 Mick Ronson, who becomes David Bowie's guitarist, is born in England.
1945 Garry Peterson (drummer for The Guess Who) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1944 Verden Allen (organist for Mott The Hoople) is born Terence Allen in Crynant, Neath, Wales.
1941 Art Sharp (former lead vocalist, guitarist for Nashville Teens) is born in Woking, Surrey, England.
1940 Ray Ennis (vocalist, lead guitarist for Swinging Blue Jeans) is born in Huyton, Liverpool, England.
1940 Levon Helm (lead vocalist for The Band) is born Mark Lavon Helm in Elaine, Arkansas, but will grow up in nearby Turkey Scratch.
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!"
1994Michael 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.
2006 The right-leaning National Review reveals their list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. At the top is "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who, which is praised for its revolutionary spirit. Next on the list is "Taxman" by The Beatles and "Sympathy For The Devil" by The Rolling Stones.
1999 Backstreet Boys' album Millennium sells 1.13 million units in its first week, establishing a new SoundScan-era record for sales in a single week.
1996 Firemen arrive at the burning home of Eric Clapton to find the guitarist running in and out of the home to save his guitar collection. The house is gutted, with about three million dollars in damage.
1977 Rock sensations and serial marketers Kiss provide Marvel Comics with a vial of their blood to be mixed with the red ink used to print their upcoming comic book. The photo op takes place at the printing plant in Depew, New York, where the comic will be made.
1974 An overenthusiastic crowd at a David Cassidy concert in London rushes the stage, injuring a thousand screaming fans and crushing 14-year-old Bernadette Whelan, who dies from her injuries four days later. A distraught Cassidy refuses to tour for the next eleven years.
1972 Mott The Hoople, on the verge of breaking up, are offered help from David Bowie, who allows them to record two songs he wrote. They pass on "Suffragette City" but cut "All The Young Dudes," which becomes their biggest hit and revives their career.