This Day in Music History — August 26

1970 : Think today’s festivals are cool? Check out some of the acts at the three-day Isle of Wight festival in England, which begins on this day: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell,Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, The Doors, The Who, Spirit,The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone, Free, Jimi Hendrix (his last concert appearance in England).

1970 : After an all-night jam, The Allman Brothers’ Duane Allman asks Eric Clapton if he can attend the recording sessions for his new group, Derek and the Dominoes. Clapton agrees, only on the condition that Allman also play on the sessions.

1976 : Steven Tyler of Aerosmith appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Annie Leibovitz took the photo, which shows the frontman haggard and bleary after just 2 hours sleep. Leibovitz got the shot by showing up at his hotel at 6am.

1987 : Sonny Bono of Sonny And Cher announces his intention to run for mayor of Palm Springs, California, after frustration over his inability to get a new sign approved by the city council for his local restaurant, Bono’s. He wins and serves one four-year term, and eventually becomes a Congressman for the district in 1994.

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