Almanac: August 26, 2016
- 1901 - Jimmy Rushing (d. 1972)
- 1938 - Maurice Williams (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) (78)
- 1938 - Jet Black (born Brian Duffy) (Stranglers) (78)
- 1940 - Nik Turner (Hawkwind) (76)
- 1941 - Chris Curtis (Searchers, Deep Purple) (d. 2005)
- 1942 - Vic Dana (74)
- 1944 - Maureen Tucker (Velvet Underground) (72)
- 1946 - Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson) (70)
- 1949 - Leon Redbone (born Dickran Gobalian) (67)
- 1949 - Bob Cowsill (Cowsills) (67)
- 1952 - Billy Rush (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) (64)
- 1954 - Michael Chetwood (T'Pau) (62)
- 1957 - John O'Neill (Undertones) (59)
- 1960 - Branford Marsalis (56)
- 1961 - Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) (55)
- 1965 - Annie Holland (Elastica) (51)
- 1966 - Shirley Manson (Garbage) (50)
- 1966 - Daniel Vickrey (Counting Crows) (50)
- 1969 - Adrian Young (No Doubt) (47)
- 1985 - Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line) (31)
- 1986 - Cassie (born Casandra Ventura) (30)
- 1990 - Lil' Chris (born Christopher Hardman) (26)
- 1981 - Lee Hays (Weavers) - Diabetic cardiovascular disease (67)
- 1995 - Ronald White (Miracles) - Leukemia (56)
- 2000 - Allen Woody (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule) (44)
- 2003 - Wilma Burgess - Heart attack (64)
- 2004 - Laura Branigan - Brain aneurysm (47)
- 2004 - David Meyers (cinematographer of Woodstock, Elvis on Tour, The Last Waltz) - Stroke
- 2005 - Piggy (born Denis D'Amour) (Voivod) - Colon cancer (45)
- 1963 - Cilla Black performed her first major show with the Beatles in Southport, England.
- 1967 - The Beatles held a press conference to announce that they were now disciples of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
- 1970 - Duane Allman sat in with Eric Clapton for the recording of the Derek & the Dominos album
- 1973 - 10cc played live for the first time on the Isle of Man.
- 1976 - Aerosmith was on the cover of Rolling Stone.
- 1977 - The Pretenders played live for the first time with the Strangeways.
- 1980 - Tom Petersson left Cheap Trick.
- 1981 - It was Paul Anka Day in Ottawa, QB with the celebration including the naming of a Paul Anka Drive.
- 1983 - The film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence starring David Bowie opens in the U.S.
- 1987 - Sonny Bono announced he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
- 1989 - Ringo Starr wins a court case to stop the release of music that he recorded while in a less than desirable state.
- 1990 - At a show in Alpine Valley, WI, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble are joined for the encore by Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan and Robert Cray.
- 1994 - While in New York working with Joe Walsh, Scottish singer Frankie Miller suffered a brain hemorrhage. He would be in a coma for five months and endure many months more learning to once again walk and talk.
- 1997 - Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers crashed on his motorcycle in Beverly Hills, CA.
- 2000 - Pam Tillis became a member of the Grand Ole Opry while Daryl Worley made his Opry debut.
- 2005 - Ray Charles had a post office in Los Angeles named after him.
- 2005 - Mindy McCready was arrested on a parole violation after leaving the state of Tennessee without telling her parole officer.
- 2007 - Police raided the home of DMX, finding guns and neglected dogs.
- 2007 - The Rolling Stones played the final show of their two-year A Bigger Bang Tour at London's O2 Arena.
- 1974 - Thank God I'm a Country Boy (single) / An Evening With John Denver (album) - John Denver (at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles)
- 1967 - Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix (single)
- 1997 - My Soul - Coolio
- 1997 - My Own Prison - Creed (debut album)
- 2009 - Keep On Loving You - Reba McEntire
- 1990 - Emmy Awards
- Music for a Television Program - Randy Newman - Cop Rock
- 2005 - BMI Urban Awards
- Lil' John
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1957 - Tammy - Debbie Reynolds (2 weeks)
- 1967 - Ode to Billie Joe - Bobby Gentry (4 weeks)
- 1972 - Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass (1 week)
- 1978 - Grease - Frankie Valli (2 weeks)
- 1995 - Kiss From a Rose - Seal (1 weeks)
- 2000 - Doesn't Really Matter - Janet (Jackson) (3 weeks)
- 1950 - Young Man With a Horn - Doris Day & Harry James (6 weeks (6 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1961 (mono albums) - Something For Everybody - Elvis Presley (3 weeks)
- 1995 - Cracked Rear View - Hootie & the Blowfish (1 week (6 previous weeks at number 1))
- 2000 - Country Grammar - Nelly (5 weeks)
- 2006 - Port of Miami - Rick Ross (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1967 - Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin (2 weeks)
- 1972 - Power of Love - Joe Simon (2 weeks)
- 1978 - Get Off - Foxy (2 weeks)
- 1989 - It's No Crime - Babyface (2 weeks)
- 1995 - Boombastic / In the Summertime - Shaggy (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1950 - Goodnight Irene - Red Foley & Ernest Tubb (3 weeks)
- 1972 - If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry - Jerry Wallace (1 week)
- 1989 - Are You Ever Gonna Love Me - Holly Dunn (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1965 - I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher (2 weeks)
- 1961 - South Pacific - Original Soundtrack (1 week (113 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1990 - Graffiti Bridge - Prince (1 week)
- 2001 - Break the Cycle - Staind (1 week)
- 2007 - Hand Built Robots - Newton Faulkner (2 weeks)