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Today In Rock: May 26

1942

Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist with the Band, is born in Marvell, Arkansas.

1948

Stevie Nicks was born.

1950

The Weavers record Leadbelly's "Goodnight, Irene," which becomes a popular hit for them.

1950

Louis Jordan hits #1 on the R&B chart with "Blue Light Boogie -- Parts 1 & 2".

1958

Little Willie John hits #5 on the R&B chart and #20 on the pop chart with the King single "Talk To Me, Talk To Me."

1959

The Battle of New Orleans (Johnny Horton) was a hit.

1962

James Brown hits #35 with "Night Train".

1962

"Uptown" by the Crystals reaches #13.

1963

It's My Party (Lesley Gore) was a hit.

1966

'The Best of the Animals' enters the U.S. albums charts. It will peak at #6 and stay on the charts for an incredible 113 weeks.

1967

Van der Graaf Generator is formed.

1968

Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel) was a hit.

1968

Little Willie John dies in Washington State Prison in Walla Walla, WA.

1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct a bed-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. They record "Give Peace a Chance," with Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary and others.

1973

Carly Simon hits #17 with "The Right Things to Do."

1973

Lobo hits #27 with "It Sure Took a Long Long Time."

1973

Skylark hits #9 with "Wildflower".

1973

The Edgar Winter Group hits #1 with "Frankenstein".

1984

Scorpions hit #25 with "Rock You Like a Hurricane".

1990

Heart hits #2 with "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You".

1995

Neil Young's 'Mirror Ball,' an album recorded in Seattle with Pearl Jam, is released.