On This Day

Events in Music on August 26

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

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

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1951 "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)

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

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1967 Beatles, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

  • 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 Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances

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

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 2018 Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred arrested in Saint-Tropez, France on a rape allegation