May 26 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 26

1953 : Elvis Presley hitchhikes to the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Show in Meridian, Mississippi and wins second prize in the talent competition there.

1956 : Liberace, at the peak of his powers, plays to a crowd of 16,000 at Madison Square Garden in a three-hour solo set that draws mostly ladies.

1958 : Jerry Lee Lewis ends his British tour when is booed off the stage, from fallout over his engagement to his 14-year-old cousin, Myra Lee Brown. When he returns to America, he finds the scandal has followed him.

1969 : Still on honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono check in to room 1742 in Montreal's Hotel La Reine, where they start their second week-long Bed-In for Peace. During this week, they write Give Peace A Chance with Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers and Dick Gregory.

1970 : The Beatles' LP "Let It Be" is certified gold.

1972 : Mott The Hoople, on the verge of breaking up, are offered help from David Bowie, who allows them to record two songs he wrote. They pass on "Suffragette City" but cut "All The Young Dudes," which becomes their biggest hit and revives their career.

1974 : An overenthusiastic crowd at a David Cassidy concert in London rushes the stage, injuring a thousand screaming fans and crushing 14-year-old Bernadette Whelan, who died from her injuries four days later. A distraught Cassidy refuses to tour for the next eleven years.

1977 : "Beatlemania!", a Broadway tribute to the music of The Beatles, starring sound- and look-alikes, opens at the Winter Garden Theater to rave reviews.

1982 : Bobby Darin, who died in 1973, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993 : Singapore lifts its decades-old ban on the music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Chicago.

1996 : Firemen arrive at the burning home of Eric Clapton to find the guitarist running in and out of the home to save his guitar collection. The house is gutted, with about three million dollars' damage.

1999 : British punk band Manic Street Preachers refuse to play a concert to mark the opening of Wales' parliament because Queen Elizabeth II is present.

1999 : Backstreet Boys' album "Millennium" sells 1.13 million units in its first week out, establishing a new SoundScan-era record for sales in a single week.

2004 : Days after touching down in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to film a documentary on the war-torn country, Sum 41 are forced to evacuate from their hotel in Bukavu after serious fighting erupts. They are rescued by UN peacekeeper, Chuck Pelletier. Sum 41 would go on to name their third studio album Chuck in honor of Pelletier.

2008 : Yale University awards Paul McCartney an honorary Doctorate of Music.

2008 : Rapper Xzibit’s two-week-old son, Xavier Kingston Joiner, dies from complications of premature birth.

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