On April 26th in music history:
1925: Jorgen Ingmann
1938: Maurice Williams
1938: Duane Eddy
1940: Giorgio Moroder
1941: Claudine Clark
1942: Bobby Rydell
1943: Gary Wright
1945: Tony Murray (The Troggs)
1946: Ronny Dayton (Ronny and the Daytonas)
1984: Count Basie
1997: Ernest Stewart (KC and the Sunshine Band)
1957: Calypso star Harry Belafonte resigns to his record label, RCA Victor, for an unprecedented million dollars.
1962: Jerry Lee Lewis, still stricken from the tragedy of losing his three-year-old son Steve Allen Lewis in a swimming pool drowning, arrives in the UK to tour for the first time since he was forced out in 1958 for marrying his 13-year-old cousin.
1963: Teen idol Frankie Avalon agrees to star in Beach Party, the first of what would become known as the "Beach Movies" starring himself and Annette Funicello.
1964: The Beatles attend a birthday party for Roy Orbison in London (Orbison had actually turned 28 three days earlier). That night, the group headlines the poll winner's concert for the magazine New Musical Express, which also features fan favorites The Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five.
1965: Bob Dylan makes his first trip to England to promote his new album, called Bringing It All Back Home. The tour is chronicled by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker for a film that will eventually become the iconic Don't Look Back.
1966: According to the New York Times, Ray Charles is being forced to undergo tests in Boston to confirm that he has kicked the heroin habit, as ordered by a court after a drug-possession rap the previous year.
1967: Janis Ian, then only sixteen, appears on Leonard Bernstein's CBS special Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution, singing her single from a year earlier, "Society's Child." Though the song, which details a forbidden interracial relationship, was banned from airwaves in its initial run, this exposure turns it into a Top 20 hit.
The Mamas and the Papas' "Mama Cass" Elliot gives birth to her one and only child, daughter Owen Vanessa. She would take the father's name to the grave.
1970: Tom Jones (along with John Wayne and Bob Hope) guest-stars on Raquel Welch's NBC television special, entitled simply Raquel!.
1977: The disco boom gets rolling in earnest with the opening of Steve Rubell's new glitzy and ultra-exclusive club, Studio 54, in New York. Among the guests invited opening night: Cher, Mick Jagger and wife Bianca, Debbie Harry, Donald and Ivana Trump, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Hall, Halston, Margaux Hemingway, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Salvador Dali, Brooke Shields, Martha Graham, and Robin Leach.
1978: Ringo Starr plays two roles in a musical version of Prince and the Pauper entitled simply Ringo, also starring Art Carney, John Ritter, Carrie Fisher, Vincent Price, Angie Dickinson, Mike Douglas, and featuring George Harrison's narration. Airing on NBC, the show is a dismal flop.
1980: The Carpenters' fifth TV variety special, entitled Music, Music, Music and also starring John Davidson and Ella Fitzgerald, airs on ABC.
1982: While shopping for clothes on Hollywood Boulevard in the middle of the day, Rod Stewart is robbed at gunpoint of, among other things, his $50,000 Porsche.
1994: The Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick pleads guilty to assault after turning a shotgun on police who visited her California home the previous month. Although she claims she was edgy due to a recent fire, the judge nonetheless sentences her to a short stint in Alcoholics Anonymous.
2003: The Morgan Creek Bridge in Chapel Hill, NC, is renamed the James Taylor Bridge in honor of the city's native son.
David Cassidy guest-stars as wealthy CEO "Everett Price" in the "War, Inc." episode of CBS-TV's The Agency.
2004: June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine.
1957: Larry Williams, "Short Fat Fannie"
1962: Sam Cooke: "Having A Party," "Bring It On Home To Me"
1966: The Beatles, "And Your Bird Can Sing"
1967: The Beatles, "Magical Mystery Tour"
1969: The Beatles: "Oh! Darling," "Octopus's Garden"
1969: Bob Dylan: "Take Me As I Am (Or Let Me Go)," "A Fool Such As I," "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," "Let It Be Me"
1978: Bob Dylan: "Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)," "Is Your Love In Vain?," "New Pony," "We Better Talk This Over," "Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)"
1969: The Original Broadway Cast Soundtrack of Hair hits #1
1975: B.J. Thomas' "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" hits #1