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|This Day in Music: June 26th
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1955, Elvis Presley (plus Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The local paper ran a preview which read: “A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his ‘That’s Alright, Mama,’ and ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’ Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen’s Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some ‘bop’ and novelty numbers.”
1961, Gary U.S. Bonds started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. charts with “Quarter to Three,” a #7 hit in the U.K. For more on this story, see today’s This Day in Music Spotlight.
1965, The Byrds went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.”
1969, Joni Mitchell appeared on the ABC TV Mama Cass Television Program in Los Angeles, California.
1974, Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married Gregg Allman. The couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.
1977, Elvis Presley made his last-ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. Before the show, Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.
1981, Bob Dylan played the first of five nights in London during his European tour.
1982, American singer Charlene was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “I’ve Never Been to Me.” The song was recorded in 1976 and was reissued by Motown records in 1982, by which time Charlene had moved to England and was working in a sweet shop in Ilford, East London.
2005, Tickets for a forthcoming Rolling Stones gig at the Hollywood Bowl were set to become the most expensive in rock ’n’ roll history. Ticket prices translated to about $4 a minute.
|Is there anything Madonna can’t do? The pop music superstar’s will become a comic book hero when her life story is turned into a 32-page illustrated book, according to NME.com.
Madonna will be included in Bluewater Productions’ “Female Force” series, which has previously put the spotlight on Michelle Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Palin and Barbara Walters.
“Our goal is to show the little-known events and influences that resulted in Madonna becoming the phenomenon she remains to this day, more than a quarter-century after she burst upon the scene,” said Jason Schultz, executive vice president of Bluewater. “A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.”
The comic book was drawn by Michael Johnson and written by CW Cooke, who said: “Most pop stars owe everything to this woman. It’s amazing all of the things that she’s done in her lifetime, and I have a feeling that this is still only the beginning.”