How much to see Elvis in 1957? -- What Stones classic was "banned" in 1969? -- What happened to George Harrison in 1976 left him ticked off for many, many years...

Jailhouse Rock
Promo still for the "Jailhouse Rock" movie; Elvis with actress Judy Tyler, 1957. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

8/31/1957 (60 years ago today) - Somewhat weirdly, it also turns out to be the last time Elvis performs outside of the United States: The Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, is only the third -- and final -- Elvis concert appearance that's not on actual U.S. soil! 26,000 fans attend the concert with tickets priced at $1.50, $2.50 and $3.50.

8/31/1969 (48 years ago today) - The Rolling Stones release the "Street Fighting Man" single, what many critics called their most political statement yet. Mick wrote most of the song after attending a March 1968 anti-war rally at the U.S. embassy in London, the highlight of which was 25,000 protesters being "kept in line" by armed mounted police -- A Stones rarity actually: it's one of the very few singles of theirs that was kept out of the Top 40 {it only reached No. 48} because many radio programmers wouldn't let their stations air it on the grounds of its "subversive lyrics"!

8/31/1976 (41 years ago today) - It's why he wrote "This Song": George Harrison is found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism" of the Ronnie Mack classic "He's So Fine" -- Apparently, George's "My Sweet Lord" was just a little too-close-sound-alike-wise for Mack's estate who end up receiving royalties from George's hit run (the first Number One hit for a Beatle after the band broke up) -- The Chiffons, who had the definitive monster classic hit version of "He's So Fine", later on actually made their own recording of "My Sweet Lord"(!) -- The circumstances and mumbo-jumbo-legal-B.S. surrounding this entire episode left the quiet Beatles righteously pissed off for many years to come...

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