Today In Oldies Music History: August 26--
Births1905: Ernie Fields
1940: Nik Turner (Hawkwind)
1942: Chris Curtis (The Searchers)
1942: Vic Dana
1942: Maureen "Moe" Tucker (The Velvet Underground)
1948: Valerie Simpson (Ashford and Simpson)
1949: Bob Cowsill (The Cowsills)
1952: Billy Rush (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)
Deaths1981: Lee Hays (The Weavers)
1995: Ronnie White (The Miracles)
Events1963: British singer Cilla Black makes her stage debut, opening for the Beatles at the Odeon in Southport, Lancashire, England.
1967: The Beatles follow their favorite new lecturer, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to University College in Bangor, North Wales, along with Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull. After his lecture the group holds a press conference to announce that they've become his disciples in the "Spiritual Regeneration Movement" and officially renounced the use of all drugs.
1969: Although Elvis Presley has written a soprano part for backup singer Cissy Houston during "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" her actual live performance of it tonight at the International Hotel in Vegas strikes Elvis as amazingly funny for some reason, leading to a collector's classic: a performance where the King cannot stop laughing. "That's it, man, fourteen years right down the drain," he jokes as the song ends.
1970: The famous three-day Isle of Wight rock festival begins in England, featuring Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Mungo Jerry, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone, Free, and, in what would be his last appearance on a British stage, Jimi Hendrix.
1970: After an all-night jam, the Allman Brothers' Duane Allman asks Eric Clapton if he can attend the recording sessions for his new group, Derek and the Dominoes. Clapton agrees, only on the condition that Allman also play on the sessions.
1973: 10cc makes its stage debut at the Palace Lido on England's Isle of Man.
1981: The mayor of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Marion Dewar, declares today "Paul Anka Day" in honor of its native son.
1983: The film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie, opens in New York City.
1987: Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher announces his intention to run for mayor of Palm Springs, CA, after frustration over his inability to get a new sign approved by the city council for his local restaurant, Bono's. He won and served one four-year term, and eventually became a Congressman for the district in 1994.
1990: Randy Newman wins an unlikely Emmy for his score to the legendary ABC-TV flop series Cop Rock.
1993: A recording of the Beatles playing "Kansas City" and "Some Other Guy" at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 fetches a record of approximately $32,000 at Christie's auction house in London.
1994: Scottish singer/songwriter Frankie Miller suffers a brain hemorrhage while in New York, lapsing into a five-month coma and eventually forcing him into physical therapy to regain his motor skills.
2002: Herman's Hermits leader and lead singer Peter Noone files an unsuccessful lawsuit against former Hermits drummer Barry Whitwam, attempting to block him from touring with new musicians under the group name.
2005: A post office in Los Angeles is officially renamed after singer Ray Charles due to its close proximity to the studio where he recorded later in life.
Releases1967: Jimi Hendrix, "Purple Haze"
1968: The Beatles, "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution"
1969: Elvis Presley, "Suspicious Minds"
Charts1967: Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billy Joe" hits #1
1972: Looking Glass' "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" hits #1
1978: Frankie Valli's "Grease" hits #1