1887 Emile Berliner 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 Operations began at Chicago’s new Galvin Manufacturing Corporation on the first mass-produced, commercial car radio. In 1930, Galvin would introduce the Motorola.
1956 Tupelo, Mississippi declares September 26th as Elvis Presley Day in honor of their home town boy.
1960 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”.
1969 The Beatles release their 13th album in the UK, “Abbey Road”, which debuts at #1 and will stay there for eleven straight weeks. It is issued in the US a week later and will top the Billboard album chart for twelve weeks.
2003 Robert Palmer died of a heart attack at the age of 54.
2007 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 was deadlocked 10 to 2 on whether Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson.
2013 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”.
2015 Two original members of The Box Tops, bassist Bill Cunningham and guitarist Garry Talley, announced that they were reforming the band. The group had reunited in the late ’80s and, on occasion, from 1996 until original lead singer Alex Chilton died on March 17, 2010.
2016 Kenny Rogers announced his retirement from music after his current tour ends in April, 2017.