Music History: September 26th:
2015 The day after releasing his debut album, Up Next, rapper Fetty Wap is injured in a motorcycle accident in Paterson, New Jersey, when he collides head-on with an oncoming vehicle. His injuries put him out of action, but thanks to the hit single "Trap Queen," the album climbs the charts and hits #1 while he's still in the hospital. When Fetty returns to the stage on October 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he does his set from a specially designed throne with his injured leg elevated.
2014 Mark Loomis (lead guitarist of The Chocolate Watchband) dies in Hawaii.
2014 Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke releases his second solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, for just $6 on the peer-to-peer file-sharing platform BitTorrent. According to the album's producer, Nigel Godrich, "It could be an effective way of handing some control of Internet commerce back to people who are creating the work." In just over a week, the album averages 1.8 million downloads.
2012 Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro gets into hot water for his slurs against Lady Gaga. The extensive rant consists, in part, of "There's Gaga. Here's this, this, I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children." He continued: "So we have a job to do with these actresses, these actors, these ball players. They use drugs as it's nothing. We shouldn't praise them. We shouldn't honor them. We should really hit them." Despite several other New York politicians defending the artist, Molinaro later doubles down on his remarks, stating, "A slut is someone that's immoral or uses improper conduct."
2007 Phil Spector's first trial in the murder case of Lana Clarkson in 2003 ends in a hung jury, with 10 guilty votes and two not guilty. A retrial begins the next year, and he is eventually found guilty.
2003 54-year-old Robert Palmer dies of a heart attack in Paris after a quiet dinner and a movie.
2002 Colin Hay of Men at Work appears throughout the Scrubs episode "My Overkill," performing his song "Overkill" in various fantasy sequences.
2000 The popular songwriter Carl Sigman dies. Among his many compositions: "It's All In The Game" and "Marshmallow World."
2000 Good Charlotte release their self-titled debut album.
2000 98 Degrees' new album Revelationreceives a premiere in US Wal-Mart stores via an exclusive satellite broadcast concert.
2000 To launch Creed singer Scott Stapp's With Arms Wide Open Foundation, the band and Wind-Up Records release a limited-edition single of Creed's hit song "With Arms Wide Open." A donation of $3 from the sale of each single, which is limited to 65,000 copies, goes directly to With Arms Wide Open.
1998 The father of Blackhawk's Dave Robbins dies of a heart attack the day after watching his son perform at the North Georgia State Fair.
1998 Prince (who is using an unpronounceable symbol as his name) sprains his ankle at a show in Atlantic City and is forced to cancel his remaining tour dates.
1998 MTV Russia debuts at midnight with Prodigy Live in Moscow, a concert taped in spring 1997. The first Russian video on the network is Mummy Troll's "Vladivostock 2000."
1990 Cop Rock, a musical police drama with a theme song by Randy Newman, debuts on ABC. Stung by scathing reviews and terrible ratings, it is cancelled after 11 episodes.
1984 Paul Anka receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Blvd.
1981 Christina Milian is born Christine Flores in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1976 Marvin Gaye records a live album at the London Palladium (his first appearance in England in ten years).
1974 John Lennon releases Walls And Bridges.
1972 Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970 Returning to Abbey Road studios in London, ex-Beatle John Lennon begins work on his first proper solo album, John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band.
1970 Motown Records announces The Jackson 5 have sold 10 million records in nine months.
1969 The Beatles release "You Never Give Me Your Money."
1969 The Beatles release "Maxwell's Silver Hammer."
1969 The Beatles release Abbey Road in England.
1969 Legendary promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West, a West Coast version of his popular New York "rock ballroom," in San Francisco.
1967 The Beatles record "The Fool On The Hill."
1964 Roy Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
1962 Tracey Thorn (of Everything but the Girl) is born in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England.
1961 Cindy Herron (of En Vogue) is born in San Francisco, California.
1960 Connie Francis' "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1957 The musical West Side Story, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet with New York City gang members, debuts on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. It runs for 732 performances.
1957 The Monotones record "Book Of Love."
1956 The Cassandra column in the Daily Mirror(written by William Connor) insinuates that the pianist Liberace is homosexual.
1956 Elvis Presley returns to his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, to play the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. One of the many smitten teenage girls in the audience is Wynette Pugh, who goes on to stardom as Tammy Wynette. Security issues soon make small-time appearances like this impossible for Elvis.
1955 Carlene Carter is born Rebecca Carlene Smith to June Carter and her first husband, Carl Smith, in Nashville, Tennessee.
1955 Pop singer Eddie Fisher weds actress/singer Debbie Reynolds. The marriage will last just four tumultuous years before Fisher leaves America's Sweetheart for Elizabeth Taylor. Fisher and Reynolds had one child together, actress Carrie Fisher.
1954 Guitarist Craig Chaquico (of Jefferson Airplane) is born in San Francisco, California.
1954 Cesar Rosas (of Los Lobos) is born in Hermosillo, Mexico.
1948 Olivia Newton-John is born in Cambridge, England. She is raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1948 Stuart Tosh (drummer for The Alan Parsons Project) is born in Aberdeen, Scotland.
1947 Country singer Lynn Anderson is born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, but would be raised in Fair Oaks, California. Known for the 1970 hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden."
1945 Bryan Ferry (lead singer for Roxy Music) is born in Washington, Tyne and Wear, England.
1941 Joe Bauer (drummer for The Youngbloods) is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
1937 Bessie Smith dies of severe injuries she sustained in a late-night car accident near Clarksdale, Mississippi, at age 43. The story goes that she was refused admission to a whites-only hospital, and she bled to death. In actuality, two ambulances showed up at the scene - one for the white hospital, one for the black hospital - and being in the Deep South during segregation, she was taken to the latter, where her arm was amputated before she died. Had she been taken to the white hospital, however, she would not have been treated.
1931 George Chambers (of The Chambers Brothers) is born in Carthage, Mississippi.
1926 Jazz singer/actress Julie London is born Gayle Peck in Santa Rosa, California. Known for her 1955 signature song, "Cry Me a River."
1925 Country singer Marty Robbins is born Martin David Robinson in Glendale, Arizona.
1918 Voice actor and horror host John "The Cool" Zacherle is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1908 The first stereo advertisement, for an Edison Phonograph, appears in the Saturday Evening Post.
1901 Bandleader Ted Weems is born in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Known for the 1923 hit "Somebody Stole My Gal."
1898 Composer/pianist George Gershwin is born in Brooklyn, New York.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show opens in Westwood, California. Featuring a young Meat Loaf along with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, the movie tanks but later becomes a cult classic, with audience members shouting back at the screen and bringing toast, toilet paper, and other assorted items to enhance the viewing experience.
2012 Pink, aka "P!nk," scores her first #1 album in America with The Truth About Love.
2008 Clay Aiken announces he is gay in People magazine, saying: "It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that."
1992Gloria Estefanstages a star-studded concert to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Andrew.
1987 Whitney Houston scores the fifth of seven consecutive #1 hits when "Didn't We Almost Have It All" tops the Hot 100.
1966 The lyrically dissident "Cherish" (don't play it at your wedding) by The Association hits #1 in America. In 1971, David Cassidy of The Partridge Family has his first hit with a cover of the song.