Music History for

September 26


1868 - Composer Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert was born.

1892 - John Philip Sousa and his band played the "Liberty Bell March" in Plainfield, NJ.

1898 - George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, NY. His works include "Swanee" and "Rhapsody in Blue."

1955 - Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were married. In 1959 they were divorced.

1957 - The musical "West Side Story" opened at the Winter Garden Theatre.

1961 - Bob Dylan started as opening act for the Greenbriar Boys. He stayed two weeks.

1968 - Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) was fined $150 for possession of marijuana.

1969 - The Beatles album "Abbey Road" was released in the U.K.
Today in Beatles History

1970 - Tamla-Motown Records announced that the Jackson 5 had sold 10 million singles world wide in nine months.

1974 - "Walls and Bridges" was released by John Lennon. He would not release any more new material for almost 6 years.

1975 - "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opened in theaters.

1984 - The Prince song "Purple Rain" was released.

1991 - "It's Been A Long Time" was filmed by Southside Johnny at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.

1997 - The initial 300,000-unit shipment of Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" sold out in Japan on its first day of release.

1996 - Prince released "The Gold Experience."

1998 - Prince slipped and pulled a ligament while onstage in Atlantic City, NJ. The remainder of the U.S. tour was postponed.

1998 - MTV Russia debuted at midnight. The first video shown on the network was Mumiy Troll's "Vladivostok 2000."

2012 - George Strait announced that he was retiring from touring at the end of this Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The tour ended in Arlington, TX, on June 7, 2014.