Almanac: September 26, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1898 - George Gershwin (d. 1937)
  • 1907 - Shug Fisher (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1984)
  • 1920 - Tommy Doss (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 2011)
  • 1925 - Marty Robbins (d. 1982)
  • 1926 - Julie London (d. 2000)
  • 1931 - George Chambers (Chambers Brothers) (84)
  • 1940 - Creadel “Red” Jones (Chi-Lites) (d. 1994)
  • 1941 - David Frizzell (74)
  • 1941 - Joe Bauer (d. 1982)
  • 1945 - Bryan Ferry (70)
  • 1947 - Lynn Anderson (68)
  • 1948 - Olivia Newton-John (67)
  • 1951 - Stuart Tosh (Pilot) (64)
  • 1954 - Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) (61)
  • 1954 - Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship) (61)
  • 1955 - Carlene Carter (60)
  • 1958 - Darby Crash (born Jan Beahm) (Germs) (d. 1980)
  • 1960 - Doug Supernaw (55)
  • 1961 - Cindy Herron (En Vogue) (54)
  • 1962 - Tracey Thorn (Everything But the Girl) (53)
  • 1962 - Al Pitrelli (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth) (53)
  • 1964 - Nicki French (51)
  • 1967 - Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon) (d. 1995)
  • 1970 - Paul Draper (Mansun) (45)
  • 1972 - Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) (43)
  • 1981 - Christina Milian (34)

Deaths
  • 1937 - Bessie Smith - Auto accident (43)
  • 1998 - Betty Carter - Pancreatic cancer (69)
  • 2000 - Carl Sigman (songwriter (Ebb Tide, It's All in the Game, You're My World) - Heart failure (91)
  • 2003 - Robert Palmer - Heart attack (54)
  • 2003 - Shawn Lane - Black Oak Arkansas (40)

On This Day
  • 1953 - Skeeter Davis debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1965 - The Beatles received the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth.
  • 1968 - Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones was fined $150 for marijuana possession.
  • 1969 - The Fillmore West is opened in San Francisco by Bill Graham.
  • 1970 - Pink Floyd started their third U.S. tour in Philadelphia.
  • 1970 - Motown announced that the Jackson 5 has sold 10 million records in their first nine months.
  • 1975 - The film version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show opened.
  • 1981 - Bruce Dickinson joined Iron Maiden.
  • 1989 - Paul McCartney opened his Get Back tour in Dramen, Norway. It is the first tour where he plays many of his and John Lennon's Beatles songs.
  • 1998 - MTV Russia premiered with the program Prodigy Live in Moscow.
  • 1998 - Prince canceled the balance of his current tour when he pulls a ligament tripping over a cable.
  • 2002 - Country singer Doug Supernaw was arrested for attacking five police officers during a bar fight.
  • 2012 - George Strait announced that he was retiring from touring. 

Marriages
  • 1953 - Johnny Horton and Billy Jean Jones (widow of Hank Williams)
  • 1955 - Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
  • 1999 - Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox
  • 2005 - Billy Joe Shaver and Wanda Lynn Canady

Recorded
  • 1970 - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (first session for album)

Released
  • 1964 - You Really Got Me - Kinks (single)
  • 1969 - Abbey Road - Beatles (U.K.)
  • 1974 - Walls & Bridges - John Lennon
  • 1979 - I Fought the Law - Clash (debut single in the U.S.)
  • 1984 - Purple Rain - Prince (single)
  • 1988 - Talk is Cheap - Keith Richards (debut solo album)

Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1960 - My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own - Connie Francis (2 weeks)
  • 1964 - Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (3 weeks)
  • 1987 - Didn't We Almost Have it All - Whitney Houston (2 weeks)

Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1987 - Bad - Michael Jackson (6 weeks)
  • 2009 - The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z (2 weeks)

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