Thursday, May 25, 2023

Music History Today: May 26, 2023

May 26, 1994: Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley. 
The King of Pop and the daughter of Elvis Presley briefly met in the 1970s at a concert in Las Vegas but did not get to know each other until nearly two decades later. In the summer of 1993, the “Thriller” singer was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy named Jordan Chandler, which he vehemently denied. He turned to Lisa Marie for support amid the investigation and proposed to her over the phone later that year.

Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley

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The newlyweds flaunted their union all over town, most famously kissing on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1994. Behind closed doors, however, they were struggling, partly due to the “Billie Jean” crooner’s addiction to the painkillers he had been prescribed a decade prior for the second-degree burns he suffered in a fire on the set of a Pepsi commercial. By December 1995, Jackson and Lisa Marie were done. She filed divorce papers and announced their separation the following month. They finalized the case in August 1996. 
Read more: US Magazine
May 26, 1964: Marianne Faithfull recorded "As Tears Go By."
"As Tears Go By" was one of the first songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Stones manager, Andrew Oldham, also managed Marianne. It was meant to be the B-side of her first single, but the record company decided to make it the A-side. The track became her first hit. Faithfull became Mick Jagger's girlfriend in 1966. Their tumultuous relationship ended three years later. 
Read more: Songfacts


May 26, 1973: The Edgar Winter Group scored a Number 1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Frankenstein."
"Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group was the first hit song to use a synthesizer as the lead instrument. The track has its title because of the arduous editing of the song. Said Winter:

Edgar Winter

"...back in those days when you edited something, you physically had to cut the tape and splice it back together. We were making fun of it, trying to figure out how to put it back together, saying, 'Here's the main body; the leg bone's connected to the thigh bone...' Then Chuck Ruff, my drummer, says, 'Wow, man, it's like Frankenstein.'" 
Read more: Songfacts

May 26, 1984: Wang Chung had their first hit in the US Top 40 with "Dance Hall Days." It would peak at Number 16.
Even though they are British, "Dance Hall Days" was Wang Chung's only hit in the UK. After it proved to be a bigger hit in the US and was featured in the film To Live And Die In LA, they decided to ignore the UK market and concentrate on the US. This proved an astute decision as they recorded two more American Top 10 hits, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" (#2 in 1986) and "Let's Go!" (#9 in 1987), while not even recording a minor chart placing in the UK. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 26, 1990: for the first time in US chart history, female artists held the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Madonna's "Vogue" topped the chart, followed by Heart (All I Want To Do is Make Love to You), Sinead O'Connor (Nothing Compares to You), Wilson Phillips (Hold On), and Janet Jackson (Alright).

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