COPY-Today in Entertainment History

Published: Jun. 15, 2007 at 8:28 PM EDT
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Associated Press - June 15, 2007 3:13 AM ET

On June 15th, 1963, "Sukiyaki" became a hit on the American pop chart. It was the first Japanese song ever to go to number one in the US.

In 1964, Peter and Gordon arrived for their first US tour.

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" sleeve: a photo of The Beatles surrounded by bloody baby doll parts. The cover was changed to a more conventional photo, and the butcher 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 quit The Pretenders, one day before guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died.

In 1989, actor Victor French died of lung cancer at a hospital in Sherman Oaks, California. His TV credits included "Little House On The Prairie" and "Highway To Heaven."

In 1992, Bruce Springsteen kicked off 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 over his song "They Don't Care About Us," which contained anti-semitic slang words.

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

Today's Birthdays: Bassist Lee Dorman of Iron Butterfly is 65. Singer Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is 58. Singer Steve Walsh of Kansas is 56. Country singer Terri Gibbs is 53. Actor Jim Belushi is 53. Actress Julie Hagerty ("Airplane") is 52. Drummer Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche is 44. Actress Helen Hunt is 44. Actress Courteney Cox Arquette ("Friends") is 43. Guitarist Tony Ardoin of River Road is 43. Guitarist Michael Britt of Lonestar is 41. Drummer Rob Mitchell (Sixpence None The Richer) is 41. Rapper-actor Ice Cube is 38. Actress Leah Remini ("King of Queens") is 37. Trombone player T-Bone Willy of Save Ferris is 35. Actor Neil Patrick Harris ("Doogie Howser, M.D.") is 34. Singer Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm is 31. Guitarist Billy Martin of Good Charlotte is 26.

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