This Day in Music, June 26: The Byrds, Elvis, The Archbishop of Canterbury, and Celine Dion

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On this day in 1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man". Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song; the drummer, Hal Blaine, who played on the track also played on "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

In 1977, Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. The last two songs he performed were "Hurt"and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the two billionth record to come out of RCA's pressing plant.

In 2001, The Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey caused uproar among theologians after rejecting an application from a rock star for a degree course on religious grounds. Former Cockney Rebel member Andrew Brown, who was now a minister of the Unitarian church, wanted to complete an MA in theology but Carey had rejected his application because Brown did not belong to a mainstream church.

On this day in 2008, Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion's rendition of the AC/DC track "You Shook Me All Night Long" as the world's worst cover version ever. The magazine's editor Stephen Lawson said Dion's cover was "sacrilege". In the best cover versions list, Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," The Beatles' rendition of "Twist and Shout" (first recorded by the Top Notes) was in second place, followed by the Guns N' Roses version of the Wings song "Live and Let Die".

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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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