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September 26

 

1887

 

September 26

Emile Berliner, a 36 year old German immigrant living in Washington DC, applies for a patent on his invention, the gramophone. The machine was the first to play flat discs as opposed to Thomas Edison's wax cylinder apparatus. The patent would be granted in November.

 

1928

 

September 26

Operations began at Chicago's new Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, where work would take place on the first mass-produced, commercial car radio. In 1930, Galvin would introduce the Motorola to the Radio Manufacturers Association's annual meeting in Atlantic City. .

 

1956

 

September 26

Fats Domino's version of "Blueberry Hill" enters the Billboard Pop chart where it will reach number two. The song had been written in 1940 and was recorded by several artists including The Glenn Miller Orchestra who took it to #1 in 1941.

 

September 26

Tupelo, Mississippi declares September 26th as Elvis Presley Day in honor of their home town boy.

 

1960

 

September 26

Connie Francis becomes the first female singer in the Rock and Roll era to have two consecutive number one singles when "My Heart Has a Mind Of Its Own" went to the top of the Billboard chart. It followed "Everybody's Somebody's Fool".

 

1964

 

September 26

Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It would be the last of a string of nine straight Top Ten records for The Big O.

 

September 26

The Newbeats enjoy their biggest hit when "Bread And Butter" tops out at #2 in the US and #15 in the UK. They will go on to reach #16 with "Everything's Alright" later in the year as well as having two more US Top 40 hits with "Break Away (From That Boy)" (#40) and "Run, Baby, Run (Back Into My Arms)" (#12) next year.

 

September 26

Herman's Hermits were at the top of the British singles chart with "I'm Into Something Good", the group's only UK #1. The song was recorded earlier in the year by Earl-Jean McCrea, who had been the lead singer of the R&B vocal group The Cookies. Her version peaked at #38 in the US.

 

September 26

The Kinks release their first US hit, "You Really Got Me". The song will spend 10 weeks on the Billboard chart and rise to #7.

 

1967

 

September 26

Gladys Knight And The Pips' "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" is released in the US, where it will top out at #2.

 

1968

 

September 26

Dusty Springfield enters a recording studio in Memphis to lay down tracks for what will prove to be the critically acclaimed LP "Dusty In Memphis", which will include her US #10 hit, "Son Of A Preacher Man".

 

1969

 

September 26

The Beatles release their 13th album in the UK, "Abbey Road". Its issued in the US a week later and is the last album they will ever make together as a group. The album cover, showing the band crossing the street, will become one of the most imitated in recording history. The zebra crossing itself has become so popular with Beatle fans, it has its own webcam.

 

1970

 

September 26

Tamla-Motown Records announces that The Jackson 5 sold 10 million singles world wide in nine months with "I Want You Back", "ABC" and "The Love You Save".

 

1974

 

September 26

John Lennon releases "Walls and Bridges", an LP that will prove to be his last album of new material for nearly six years. It will reach #1 in the US and #6 in the UK.

 

1976

 

September 26

Boulder, Colorado's Firefall saw their song "You Are The Woman" enter the Billboard chart on its way to #9. They would place five more songs in the Top 40, including "Just Remember I Love You" (#11 in 1977) and "Strange Way" (#11 in 1978).

 

1981

 

September 26

Hall And Oates' "Private Eyes" LP enters the Billboard chart. The album will go Platinum and contains two #1 hits: "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go For That", as well as the Top Ten hit "Did It in a Minute".

 

1987

 

September 26

The Grateful Dead's "Touch Of Grey" peaks at #9 on the US singles chart, becoming their only Billboard chart hit.

 

2003

 

September 26

Robert Palmer, who reached number 14 in the US in 1979 with "Bad Case Of Loving You", died of a heart attack at the age of 54. He found success both in his solo career and in the supergroup Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the US and the UK.

 

2007

 

September 26

Following five months of testimony, a mistrial was declared in the murder case of music producer Phil Spector. After deliberating for twelve days, the jury told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler that they were deadlocked 10 to 2 on whether Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson more than 4 1/2 years ago.

 

2008

 

September 26

After a 43-year wait, Paul McCartney performed his first concert in Tel Aviv, kicking it off with the Beatles' song "Hello, Goodbye" to the joy of tens of thousands of cheering fans.

 

2013

 

September 26

In a poll by the BBC, the theme from Star Wars was voted Britain's favorite film soundtrack, followed by "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" and "West Side Story".



 


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