May 26 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks!

Musician’s Born On May 26

1938 Jackie Liebesit (Can)
1942 Ray Enns (Swinging Blue Jeans)
1943 Levon Helm (The Band)
1944 Verden ‘Phily’ Allen (Mott the Hoople)
1945 Garry Peterson (Guess Who)
1948 Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
1959 Wayne Hussey (Mission)
1962 Colin Vearncombe (Black)
1964 Lenny Kravitz

Deaths On May 26

1933 Jimmie Rodgers (country performer)
1968 Little Willie John (blues performer)

Number 1 In The Charts On May 26

1962 Acker Bilk Stranger on the Shore US 45
1966 Rolling Stones: Paint it Black UK 45
1973 Edgar Winter: Frankenstein US 45
1973 Beatles: The Beatles 1967-1970 US LP
1979 Blondie: Sunday Girl UK 45
1984 Deniece Williams: Let’s Hear It for the Boy US 45
1997 Eternal / Bebe Winans : I Wanna Be The Only One : UK single

Various Music Events On May 26

1932 Frankie Laine (and partner Ruth Smith) sets the all-time marathon dancing record lasting 3,501 hours (145 consecutive days) until 18 October 1932, earning him $600

1954 Second annual National Hillbilly Music Festival and Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Day held in Rodgers’ home town of Meridian, Mississippi

1958 Jerry Lee Lewis plays his third and last show on what was to have been a 37-date UK tour. The London Evening Star calls him ‘an undesirable alien’

1962 Willie Nelson hits US country chart for first time with Touch me

1963 Beatles play Liverpool Empire on first tour

1969 John and Yoko begin their second ‘bed-in’ for peace in a 29th-floor room at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Lennon’s Live with the Lions released on the same day

1974 Bernadette Whelan, a fourteen-year-old fan, dies in the crush at David Cassidy concert , White City, London

1994 Michael Jackson marries Lisa-Marie Presley

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