This Day in Music, July 24: Carte Blanche, Dead Fish, Beyonce Takes a Tumble

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In 1967, The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whose lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) they had gone to hear at the Hilton Hotel in London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. The Maharishi invited The Beatles to travel with him to Bangor, in North Wales, to attend more lectures. They accepted his invitation.

Today in 1976, Elton John scored his first UK number 1 single with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," a duet with Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonyms Ann Orson and Carte Blanche and was Elton's first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits. John had met Dee when she was working as a backing singer. John would later re-record the song with RuPaul for his 1993 Duets album.

In 2002, a garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury's prized koi. Mercury's former partner, Mary Austin, who inherited the Japanese koi collection, claimed 84 fish died when the electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale, West London. At the time of Mercury's death he had amassed one of the best collections of the fish in the UK. One koi can be worth £250,000.

In 2007, Beyonce tripped down 12 stairs while performing "Ring the Alarm" on tour in Orlando, Florida. Video from the night of the concert, which captured her stepping on her trench coat and then tumbling headfirst down 12 steps at the Amway Arena, appeared within hours on YouTube.

In 2008, rapper 50 Cent was suing Taco Bell claiming the US fast food chain used his name and image without permission in an advertising campaign. New York court papers say the advert features the star being encouraged to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent. The rapper accused the chain of ‘diluting the value of his good name’. The advertisement was part of Taco Bell's ‘Why Pay More?’ campaign, which promotes items for under a dollar.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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