On This Day September 26
1969 – The Beatles release their 13th and final album: “Abbey Road.” This work, featuring the iconic cover photo of the Fab Four marching single-file across a London crosswalk, contains such favorites as “Come Together,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Octopus’s Garden.”
1975 – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opens in movie theaters across the U.S. The cult classic musical features then-unknows Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick and still draws crowds to midnight screenings.
1987 – Michael Jackson kicks off six weeks atop the Billboard album chart with “Bad,” the follow-up to 1982’s “Thriller.” It becomes the world’s best-selling album with an estimated 45 million copies sold worldwide. The album spawns five No. 1 singles — the first ever to do so.
1969 – “The Brady Bunch” premieres on ABC. Considered daring for its time, the sitcom centers around a mother with three daughters by one marriage who marries a widower with three boys, a maid and a dog.
1986 – In one of the most bizarre plot twists ever in prime time television, “Dallas” character Bobby Ewing returns to the show after being killed off the previous season. His wife, Pam, discovers him very much alive in their shower.
2008 – Screen legend and auto racer Paul Newman, whose 65 movies include such classics as “Cool Hand Luke,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Sting” and “The Verdict,” dies of cancer at age 83.
1948 – Grammy-winning singer-actress Olivia Newton-John, who co-starred with John Travolta in the 1978 box office smash “Grease” and whose Top 40 hits include “Let Me Be There,” “I Honestly Love You,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “Magic” and “Physical”)
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Abbey Road / The Beatles
With “Abbey Road,” The Beatles produced carefully crafted recordings with ambitious musical arrangements. This may have been the final Beatles album to be recorded, but it wasn’t their last to be released. That was “Let It Be.” For the first time on a Beatles album, the cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title — just that iconic photo taken in August 1969 in a pedestrian crosswalk near the entrance to Abbey Road Studios.
I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston
This may be her first posthumous album, but Whitney Houston left behind such an amazing body of work that it likely won’t be the last. In her lifetime, she recorded more than 40 chart-toppers. Yet “I Will Always Love You—The Best of Whitney Houston” is much more than the singer’s greatest-hits collection. It’s a rich and memorable celebration of her music.
The JFK-Nixon Presidential Debates, 1960
The so-called “Great Debates” marked television’s grand entrance into presidential politics. For the first time, voters could see their candidates in competition. Some 70 million American viewers tuned in the watch Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon in the first of three face-to-face debates. This release contains footage from all three “showdowns.”
Inside Gilligan's Island
Sherwood Schwartz, creator, writer and producer of “Gilligan’s Island,” tells the life story of the show, from scripting, casting and production to its golden years of afternoon reruns. Fascinating history enhanced by photos, sketches and other illustrations from the author’s personal collection, as well as the guest forewords by all seven “castaways.”
“Grease” is not just a celebration of simpler times. It’s an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock ‘n’ roll! John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her U.S. film debut as Sandy, Travolta’s love interest.