Anticipating Elvis... -- Not really The Byrds... -- Cher and the Number Ten...

The Byrds, Aug. 1965. (Keystone/Getty Images)

6/26/1955 (63 years ago today) - Remember now, this is a full year out before he takes over the world, so...: Elvis, with Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass, play the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi -- You gotta love the local newspaper preview, which read: "A good looking youngster who has become a juke box favorite with 'That's Alright, Mama' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky', Mr. 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."  We really miss the use of the phrase "juke box favorite" these days, so quaint, so real, so true...

6/26/1965 (53 years ago today) - The Byrds went to No. 1 on the singles chart with their cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man". The {cough, cough, a-hemmmm} "problem" was that the only real Byrd on the recording was the lead vocal part sung by Roger McGuinn; everything else from the top on down was then-standard record company machinery in action, with the version that we all know and love having been performed by paid-by-the-hour session musicians: the other members of The Byrds were nowhere to be found...

6/26/1974 (44 years ago today) - The number 10 comes into play in a kinda Twilight Zone way here: On this date, after 10 years of marriage, Cher gets a divorce from Sonny Bono -- Four days later she marries Gregg Allman(!), but split up just 10 days afterwards -- They manage to make an album together, but it's kinda too late all around: Cher goes on to make some pretty cool movies, while Gregg struggles to keep what remains of a legacy intact. All things considered, we can now actually say we miss these days, just take a look around today, y'know? Since we mentioned "quaint" earlier up above, it's worth noting this performance is really pretty darn good:

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