September 26 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Bryan Ferry!

Musicians Born On September 26

1889 George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue)
1925 Marty Robbins (El Paso)
1945 Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music)
1948 Olivia Newton-John (You’re the One That I want)
1954 Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship)
1954 Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos)
1962 Tracey Thorn (Everything but the Girl)
1965 Cindy Herron (En Vogue)
1972 Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men)

Deaths On September 26

1937 Bessie Smith (blues great)

Number 1 In The Charts On September 26

1958 Connie Francis: ‘Stupid Cupid’ UK 45
1960 Connie Francis: ‘My Heart Has a Mind of its Own’ US 45
1964 Roy Orbison: ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ US 45
1981 Genesis: ‘Abacab’ UK LP
1992 Belinda Carlisle : The Best of Belinda, Volume I : UK LP
1998 Manic Street Preachers : This Is My Truth-Tell Me Yours : UK LP

Various Music Events On September 26

1887 First gramophone or disc player patented by Emile Berliner, a German immigrant living in Washington DC

1956 Fats Domino enters pop chart in US with ‘Blueberry Hill’, eventually reaching No. 4

1956 ‘Elvis Presley Day’ in the King’s home town of Tupelo, Mississippi

1969 Beatles release ‘Abbey Road’ LP

1980 Status Quo fan Glen Burton pays a fee of £20 to officially change his name to Francis Rossi

1981 Al Jarreau debuts on UK chart with ‘We’re in this Love Together’

1987 Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ makes him only the fifth act to debut at No. 1 in US LP chart

1987 Whitney Houston scores her fifth consecutive No. 1 single in US with ‘Didn’t We Almost Have it All’

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