Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 15






1957 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
After UK radio stations started playing copies of Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" which were intended for US servicemen, the tune debuts at #24, a week before its official release date.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
"Hushabye" by the New York quintet, The Mystics, enters the Top 40 of the Billboard Pop Chart. The song will eventually reach #20 during a nine week run, and be used by Alan Freed as the closing theme to his televised Saturday night Big Beat Show. The following year, the group would record several more tunes using Paul Simon (aka Jerry Landis), and later Jay Traynor on lead vocals, but never recaptured the magic of "Hushabye".

1963 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
21 year old Kyu Sakamoto became the first Japanese artist to hit the top of the US singles chart with a song called "Sukiyaki". It was also a #6 hit in the UK. The original title of the song was "Ue O Muite Aruko", which translates "I Look Up When I Walk". Sakamoto was killed on August 12th, 1985 when JAL Flight 123, a Boeing 747, crashed and burned on a thickly wooded mountain about 60 miles northwest of Tokyo. He was 43.

June 15
Jan And Dean's "Surf City" is released. The song featured Brian Wilson on backing vocals and would prove to be the duo's only US number 1 record.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
Peter And Gordon arrive in the US to perform at New York's World Fair.

June 15
Ringo Starr re-joins The Beatles in Melbourne, Australia after being released from a London hospital where he was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis. In his absence, drummer Jimmie Nicol, formerly of Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames, filled in admirably.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
Jody Miller's Country crossover tune "Queen Of The House" enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #12. It was an answer song to Roger Miller's "King Of The Road" and many American DJ's played the two records back-to-back. Although the pair shared the same last name, they are not related.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
The Beatles L.P., "Yesterday and Today" is released by Capitol with the controversial "butcher" cover, with the Beatles smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo became a huge publicity problem for Capitol and was quickly replaced by a more conventional jacket.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
Five teenagers from Mansfield, Ohio, called The Music Explosion found themselves with a monster hit on their hands when "Little Bit O' Soul" peaked at #2 on the Hot 100. The group would be awarded a Gold Record for their efforts, but although they would release more material, none of their follow-ups reached any higher than #63. Drummer Bob Avery would later go on to the band Crazy Elephant, who reached #12 on both sides of the Atlantic with "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'".

1971 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
The Guess Who's "Best of the Guess Who" LP goes Gold.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
Ohio's Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods topped the Billboard Pop chart with "Billy, Don't Be A Hero", a song that was a UK number one for Paper Lace the previous March.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., formerly of The Fifth Dimension, host a Summer variety TV show on CBS.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
A song called "You'll Never Walk Alone", which went to #1 in England for Gerry And The Pacemakers in 1963, topped the UK chart again as performed by The Crowd, featuring Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney and Rolf Harris, among others. It was originally a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers And Hammerstein musical, Carousel and has since been adopted by football clubs around the world, and is often performed by a massed chorus of supporters on match day.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
The Rolling Stones song, "Paint It Black", hit number 1 in the Netherlands for the second time, twenty-four years after it first topped their chart. The song was included on the Stones' "Singles Collection" box set the previous year.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
Ray Charles made music history when his album "My World" showed up on Billboard's Hot 200, marking the sixth decade he had a charted LP.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
George Martin, the producer of most of the Beatles' recordings, received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
A rare autographed copy of The Beatles' album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" sold at a UK auction for 34,000 pounds ($57,800), more than five times the expected price.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
A judge in Mississippi approved a divorce settlement between Jerry Lee Lewis and his sixth wife, Kerrie Lynn McCarver Lewis. She would receive $250,000 immediately and $30,000 a year for five years.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
The case against a man accused of threatening Elton John's life was withdrawn just hours before his trial was due to begin. Neal Horsley had responded to Elton's suggestion that Jesus Christ was gay in a Parade magazine interview by writing an angry online response entitled "Why Elton John Must Die". After being held in an Atlanta, Georgia jail since last March, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams dismissed the case against Horsley because his actions did not warrant criminal charges.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
Sly Stone, the 68-year-old former frontman of Sly And The Family Stone, pleaded not guilty to possession of cocaine after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation by L.A. Police on April 1st. He would enter a rehab facility the following October.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

June 15
82-year-old Casey Kasem, the host of US radio shows like American Top 40 and Casey's Countdown for nearly 40 years, died after battling Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981 and was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 1985.






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