On This Day

Events in Music on August 26

Music History

1846 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" premieres at the Birmingham Festival in England

Film Premiere

1951 Film "An American In Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture, 1952)

  • 1968 "Hey Jude" single released by the Beatles in US (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)
  • 1980 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • 1992 "Anna Karenina" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 46 performances

Music History

2005 US Postal Service christens a Los Angeles facility as "The Ray Charles Station"

Music History

2006 David Gilmour performs with his band and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra before a crowd of 50,000 at Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland

  • 2018 Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred arrested in Saint-Tropez, France on a rape allegation