Today in Entertainment History: “Sukiyaki” Hit Number One

On June 15, 1963, Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the first Japanese song to reach number one in the US.

In 1964, Peter and Gordon arrived for their first tour of the United States.

In 1965, Bob Dylan recorded the song “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Records studios in New York.

In 1966, The Beatles released “Yesterday and Today” with its controversial “butcher” cover: a photo of The Beatles…

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On June 15, 1963, Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the first Japanese song to reach number one in the US.

In 1964, Peter and Gordon arrived for their first tour of the United States.

In 1965, Bob Dylan recorded the song “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Records studios in New York.

In 1966, The Beatles released “Yesterday and Today” with its controversial “butcher” cover: a photo of The Beatles surrounded by bloody doll parts. The cover was changed to a more conventional photo and the butcher’s version became a collector’s item.

In 1967, guitarist Peter Green left John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to form Fleetwood Mac. Green abruptly left the band in 1970.

In 1982, bassist Pete Farndon left The Pretenders, one day before guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died.

In 1992, Bruce Springsteen started a summer tour in Stockholm. It was his first tour without the E Street Band.

In 1995, Jewish leaders demanded an apology from Michael Jackson for his song “They Don’t Care About Us” which contained anti-Semitic slang.

In 1996, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 78 years old.

Today’s Birthday: Ruby and the Romantics singer Ruby Nash Garnett is 88 years old. Guitarist Leo Nocentelli of The Meters is 76. Actor Simon Callow (“Amadeus,” ″Shakespeare in Love) is 73. Singer Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is 73. Singer Steve Walsh (Kansas) is 71. Country singer Terri Gibbs is 68. Actor Jim Belushi is 68. Actress Julie Hagerty (“Airplane”) is 67. Actress Polly Draper (“thirtysomething”) is 67. Guitarist Brad Gillis of Night Ranger is 65 . Actress Eileen Davidson (“The Young and the Restless,” “Days of Our Lives”) is 63. Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield is 59. Actress Helen Hunt is 59. Actress Courteney Cox (“Friends”) is 58 River Road guitarist Tony Ardoin is 58 years old. Guitarist Michael Britt of Lonestar is 56. Drummer Rob Mitchell of Sixpence None The Richer is 56. Rapper and actor Ice Cube is 53. Actress Leah Remini (LEE’-uh REH’-muh-nee ) (“King of Queens”) is 52 years old. Actor Jake Busey (“Starship Troopers”) is 51. Save Ferris trombone player T-Bone Willy is 50. Actor Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother,” ″Doogie Howser, MD”) is 49. Actor Greg Vaughan (“Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital”) is 49 years old. Actress Elizabeth Reaser (“Twilight”) is 47. Alien Ant Farm singer Dryden Mitchell is 46. Former child actor Christopher Castle (“Step by Step,” ″Beethoven” movies) is 42. Guitarist Billy Martin of Good Charlotte is 41. Actor Jordi Vilasuso (“The Young and the Restless”) is 41. Guitarist Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons is 38. Actor Denzel Whitaker is 32. Actor Sterling Jerins (“The Conjuring” movies) is 18.

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