FEBRUARY 26 ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY
On February 26th, 1966, the Rolling Stones released the single “19th Nervous Breakdown.”
In 1970, The Beatles album “Hey Jude” was released in the U.S. and Canada. It was made up of singles that were previously unavailable in the U.S.
In 1977, bluesman Bukka White, also known as Booker T. Washington, died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 70. His guitar-playing influenced B.B. King and many others.
In 1986, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Robert Penn Warren was named the first “poet laureate” of the U.S. by the Library of Congress.
In 1990, singer Cornell Gunter of The Coasters was found shot to death in Las Vegas. Authorities said he was found in his car, shot twice. Gunter had joined The Coasters in 1957.
In 1993, police in Augusta, Georgia, fined singer Bobby Brown $580 for pretending to have sex with one of his backup singers during a concert. She also was fined $580.
In 1998, a jury rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas cattlemen against Oprah Winfrey. The suit accused her of disparaging them on her talk show by implying U.S. beef was unsafe.
In 2004, Rosie O’Donnell and girlfriend Kelli Carpenter were married at City Hall in San Francisco. They have since split.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 85. Guitarist Paul Cotton of Poco is 70. Actor-director Bill Duke is 70. Singer Mitch Ryder is 68. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain of Journey is 63. Singer Michael Bolton is 60. Actor Greg Germann (“Ally McBeal”) is 55. Actress Jennifer Grant is 47. Bassist Tim Commerford (Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine) is 45. Singer Erykah Badu is 42. R&B singer Rico Wade of Society of Soul is 41. Singer Kyle Norman of Jagged Edge is 38. Drummer Chris Culos of O.A.R. is 34. Singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 34. Singer Nate Ruess of fun. is 31. Actress Taylor Dooley (“The Adventures of Shark Boy and a Lava Girl in 3-D”) is 20.