This Day in Rock Music History: September 26

    1955:  Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher married.
    1956:  The city of Tupelo, Mississippi declared Elvis Presley Day in honor of its native son.
    1957:  The Monotones recorded "Book of Love".
    1957:  The classic musical West Side Story opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.
    1961:  Bob Dylan opened for the Greenbriar Boys at Gerde's Folk Club in New York's Greenwich Village.

    1964:  The British continued to come over in waves.  On this date, we first heard a new British band, the Kinks, on their first single release "You Really Got Me".

    1965:  Queen Elizabeth II awarded the Beatles with the Order of the British Empire.
    1968:  Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones was arrested for possession of marijuana.

    1969:  The Beatles released the album Abbey Road, the last album they recorded as a group.
    1969:  Rock promoter Bill Graham opened The Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.

    1970:  Tamla-Motown Records released news that the Jackson 5 had sold 10 million singles worldwide in nine months since their debut, officially a world record.
    1970:  Pink Floyd performed at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    1975:  The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened in theaters.  Movie-going would never be the same.

    1976:  Marvin Gaye performed at the London Palladium.
    1979:  The Clash released the single "I Fought the Law", their remake of the Bobby Fuller Four hit.

    1980:  U2 had a concert in the Cedar Ballroom in Birmingham, England.
    1981:  Bruce Dickinson became the lead singer of Iron Maiden.
    1981:  Genesis moved to #1 on the U.K. album chart with Abacab.

    1994:  Paul Anka received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    1984:  Prince released the single "Purple Rain".
    1989:  Paul McCartney played several Lennon/McCartney songs live for the first time as a solo artist at the Drammenshallen in Dramen, Norway.

    1992:  Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jimmy Buffett performed at a concert in Miami, Florida to raise money for victims of Hurricane Andrew.
    1992:  Belinda Carlisle owned the top U.K. album with The Best of Belina Carlisle, Volume 1.

    1996:  Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead unveiled his new line of awesome ties at an art gallery in New York City.

    1997:  The initial 300,000 units of Elton John's single "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold out in Japan on the first day of release.
    1998:  Prince slipped and pulled a ligament onstage in Atlantic City, New Jersey, forcing a postponement of the remainder of his U.S. tour.
    1998:  Melanie B rose to #1 with her solo hit "I Want You Back".
    1999:  Kenny Rogers put his 360-acre Beaver Dam Farms estate in Georgia up for auction.
    1999:  The Dixie Chicks landed at #1 on the album chart with Fly.

    2003:  Robert Palmer, solo star and lead singer with Power Station, died of a heart attack at the age of 54 in Paris, France.

    2004:  Green Day ruled the U.K. album chart with American Idiot.
    2007:  A charity group set up by Shakira raised $40 million to help victims of recent natural disasters.

    Born This Day:

    1925:  Marty Robbins ("El Paso") was born in Glendale, Arizona.
    1926:  Julie London ("Cry Me a River") was born in Santa Rosa, California; died October 18, 2000.
    1931:  George Chambers of the Chambers Brothers ("Time Has Come Today") was born in Flora, Mississippi.
    1941:  Joseph Bauer, drummer of the Youngbloods, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
    1943:  Georgie Fame ("The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" from 1968) was born in Leigh, Lancashire, England.

    1945:  Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music was born in Washington, England.
    1947:  Lynn Anderson, who gave us the great song "Rose Garden", was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

    1948:  Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England.
    1951:  Stuart Tosh of the Alan Parsons Project who also toured with 10cc and Pilot ("Magic" from 1975) was born in Aberdeen, Scotland.

    1954:  Ace guitarist Craig Chaquico of Jefferson Starship and later Cusco
    1954:  Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos was born in Hermosillo, Mexico.
    1962:  Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl was born in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England.  
    1965:  Cindy Herron of En Vogue was born in San Francisco, California.

    1972:  Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    1981:  Christina Milian, actress and singer ("Dip It Low" from 2004), was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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