Music Almanac - March 26

Birthdays
  • 1917 - Rufus Thomas (d. 2001)
  • 1934 - Alan Arkin (Terriers)
  • 1936 - Fred Parris (Five Satins)
  • 1942 - Larry Butler (producer) (d. 2012)
  • 1944 - Diana Ross
  • 1946 - Johnny Crawford
  • 1948 - Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
  • 1948 - Richard Tandy (Electric Light Orchestra)
  • 1949 - Vicki Lawrence
  • 1949 - Fran Sheehan (Boston)
  • 1950 - Teddy Pendergrass (d. 2010)
  • 1953 - Billy Lyall (Pilot, Bay City Rollers) (d. 1989)
  • 1955 - Martin Price (808 State)
  • 1955 - Dean Dillon (songwriter)
  • 1956 - Charly McClain
  • 1957 - Paul Morley (Art of Noise)
  • 1962 - Richard Coles (Communards)
  • 1968 - Kenny Chesney
  • 1968 - James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1971 - John Hendy (East 17)
  • 1981 - Jay Sean (born Kamaljit Jahooti)

Deaths
  • 1976 - Duster Bennett - Car Accident (29)
  • 1980 - John Poulos (Buckinghams) - Drug related heart failure (32)
  • 1995 - Eazy-E (born Eric Wright) (N.W.A.) - Complications of AIDS (31)
  • 2002 - Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue) - Cancer (51)
  • 2004 - Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) - Ongoing poor health from 1966 car crash (62)
  • 2005 - Paul Hester (Split Enz, Crowded House) - Suicide (46)

On This Day
  • 1947 - Tex Williams and Merle Travis wrote Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
  • 1953 - Jim Denny and Webb Pierce created Cedarwood Publishing.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley started three days of screen tests for Hal Wallis.
  • 1959 - Elvis Presley's father was injured in an auto accident while driving in Germany.
  • 1964 - Barbra Streisand opened on Broadway in Funny Girl.
  • 1965 - It was announced that Eric Clapton would be replaced by Jeff Beck in the Yardbirds.
  • 1965 - Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received shocks from their microphones during a Rolling Stones concert in Denmark. Wyman was knocked out for a number of minutes.
  • 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono started their bed-in in Amsterdam.
  • 1969 - The Allman Brothers Band was formed.
  • 1970 - Peter Yarrow was sentenced to three months in jail on charges of taking immoral liberties with a 14-year-old girl.
  • 1970 - Woodstock was officially released.
  • 1975 - The film version of The Who's Tommy opened in London.
  • 1980 - The Police played in Bombay, India, the first western group to do so in ten years.
  • 1982 - Tammy Wynette went into the hospital with abdominal pains.
  • 1984 - Tennessee Ernie Ford received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Reagan.
  • 1985 - South African radio stations banned Stevie Wonder after he dedicated his Oscar to Nelson Mandella.
  • 1986 - Guns N' Roses signed with Geffen Records.
  • 1987 - A Beatles song (Revolution) is used for the first time in an advertistement for Nikes.
  • 1998 - Chuck Negron filed suit against his former band, Three Dog Night, saying that they did not live up to a 1990 agreement and were interfering with his career.
  • 2000 - Emmylou Harris was injured when her car hydroplaned in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
  • 2007 - A man who had been stalking Michele Branch is arrested when he shows up at one of her concerts.
  • 2008 - Clint Lowery returned to Sevendust, replacing Sonny Mayo.
  • 2011 - Yes brought in Trevor Horn to work on their new album Fly From Here.

Marriages
  • 1967 - Ralph Emery and Joy Kott
  • 1978 - Irving Azoff and Shelli Cumsky
  • 1982 - Mac Davis and Lisa Gerard
  • 2002 - Phil Vassar and Julie Wood

Divorces
  • 1986 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Kerrie McCarver (filed by McCarver)

Recorded
  • 1957 - Ricky Nelson entered the recording studio for the first time.
  • 1958 - Hey Little Girl - Dee Clark
  • 1958 - When - Kalin Twins
  • 1959 - Along Came Jones - Coasters
  • 1964 - No Particular Place to Go - Chuck Berry
  • 1971 - Pictures at an Exhibition - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • 1971 - The Night That Clayton Delaney Died - Tom T. Hall

Released
  • 1973 - Ring Ring - ABBA (debut album, Swedish release)
  • 1980 - Women and Children First - Van Halen
  • 1986 - 5150 - Van Halen
  • 1996 - Jo Dee Messina - Jo Dee Messina (debut album)
  • 2001 - Gorillaz - Gorillaz (debut album)

Awards
  • 2000 - Academy Awards
    • Best Song - You'll Be in My Heart - Tarzan - Phil Collins

Broadcasts
  • 1952 - Kate Smith Show - Hank Williams, Carter Sisters, Roy Acuff
  • 1957 - The Tonight Show (NBC) - Jim Reeves, Browns, Hank Locklin, Del Wood, Janis Martin
  • 1960 - Dick Clark Show (ABC) - Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, Browns, Coasters
  • 1964 - I've Got a Secret - Pete Best
  • 1964 - Jimmy Dean Show (ABC) - Jack Jones, Hank Snow
  • 1965 - Ready Steady Go (U.K.) - Walker Brothers (TV debut)
  • 1969 - The Beverly Hillbillys (CBS) - Pat Boone
  • 1976 - Donny and Marie (ABC) - Bing Crosby
  • 1976 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Eric Carmen, Donna Summer, Little Richard, Gordon Lightfoot, Barbara Mandrell
  • 1976 - The Bell Telephone Jubilee (NBC) - Bing Crosby, Liza Minelli, Marvin Hamlisch, Roy Clark
  • 1979 - The Captain & Tennille Songbook (ABC) - Glen Campbell, Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King
  • 1981 - Command Performanc: The Stars Salute the President - Johnny Cash, June Carter, Loretta Lynn, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1949 - Crusing Down the River - Russ Morgan (7 weeks)
  • 1955 - The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes (5 weeks)
  • 1977 - Rich Girl - Hall & Oates (2 weeks)
  • 1983 - Is There Something I Should Know? - Duran Duran (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1949 - Words and Music - Soundtrack (1 week (5 previous weeks))
  • 1977 - Hotel California - Eagles (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 1994 - Superunknown - Soundgarden (1 week)
  • 2011 - Lasers - Lupe Fiasco (1 week)
  • 2016 - untitled unmastered. - Kendrick Lamar (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1988 - Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1949 - Don't Rob Another Man's Castle - Eddy Arnold (10 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 1983 - Swingin' - John Anderson (1 week)
  • 1988 - Turn It Loose - The Judds (1 week)
  • 2005 - That's What I Love About Sunday - Craig Morgan (4 weeks)
  • 2016 - You Should Be Here - Cole Swindell (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1977 - Southern Nights - Glen Campbell (2 weeks (2 previous weeks))
  • 1994 - Now and Forever - Richard Marx (11 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1969 - I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (3 weeks)
  • 1983 - Is There Something I Should Know - Duran Duran (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - Don't Turn Around - Aswad (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - (Is This the Way to) Amarillo? - Tony Christie Featuring Peter Kay (7 weeks)
  • 2011 - Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1983 - The Hurting - Tears For Fears (1 week)
  • 1988 - Viva Hate - Morrissey (1 week)
  • 1994 - Vauxhall and I - Morrissey (1 week)
  • 2005 - Language.Sex.Violence.Other? - Stereophonics (1 week)

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