September 26 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
September 26

1956 : It's "Elvis Presley Day" in Tupelo, Mississippi, where the singer was born. He is given a key to the city and performs at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show.

1965 : Queen Elizabeth II presents The Beatles with the Order of the British Empire, recommended by Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who said later: "I saw The Beatles as having a transforming effect on the minds of youth, mostly for the good. It kept a lot of kids off the streets." The Beatles, who reportedly get high in a bathroom before the event, are said to be delighted, though many older and more conservative honorees return their honors in protest. John Lennon later gives his back, protesting "the war in Vietnam and also 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts".

1969 : Legendary promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West, a West Coast version of his popular New York "rock ballroom", in San Francisco.

1970 : Motown Records announces The Jackson 5 have sold 10 million records in nine months.

1984 : Paul Anka receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 : Gloria Estefan headlines a show featuring Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jimmy Buffett at a Miami concert to raise money for Hurricane Andrew relief.

1997 : The initial 300,000-unit shipment of Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" sells out in Japan on its first day of release. The single, retailing for 1,300 yen ($10.66) racks up unusually high sales for a foreign release.

1998 : Prince (at the time using an unpronounceable symbol as his name) sprains his ankle at a show in Atlantic City and is forced to cancel his remaining tour dates.

2007 : Phil Spector's first trial in the murder case of Lana Clarkson in 2003 ends in a hung jury, with 10 guilty votes and 2 not guilty. A retrial begins the next year and he is eventually found guilty.

2012 : Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro gets into hot water for his slurs against Lady Gaga. The extensive rant consists, in part, of "There's Gaga. Here's this, this, I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children." and "So we have a job to do with these actresses, these actors, these ball players. They use drugs as it's nothing. We shouldn't praise them. We shouldn't honor them. We should really hit them." Despite several other New York politicians defending the artist, Molinaro later doubles down on his remarks, stating that "a slut is someone that's immoral or uses improper conduct".

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