Sam Phillips' Plastic Products receipt, August 30, 1950 >
30, 1950 WEDNESDAY
Buster Williams' Plastic Products pressed three hundred copies, and first released "Gotta Let You Go"/"Boogie In The Park", recorded
by Joe Hill Louis, on the Phillips label (The Phillips 9001/9002), shipped them to Music Sales for distribution in Memphis, and billed Phillips fifty-one dollars. It turned out to be the label's only release.
The extreme scarcity of the record today suggests that there never was another pressing, and, as far as anyone, the label was DOA by September.
AUGUST 31, 1950 THURSDAY
Hank Williams recorded ''Moanin' The Blues'' and ''Nobody's Lonesome For Me'' at Nashville's Castle
Studio in an afternoon session.
The Organic Act of Guam is signed into law by U.S. President Harry S. Truman during August of 1950. The act made the island an unincorporated territory of the United States and granted all Guam residents U.S. Citizenship. The act also gave
a small amount of autonomy with the creation of legislative, judicial and executive branches of government and a bill of rights. Jurisdiction over the territory was also transferred to from the Untied States Navy to the United States Department of the Interior.
The act marked the first time in over 300 years of colonialism that Guam would be given some form of self governance.
Atlantic Records scores its first number 1 record in the decade it would come to define musically with Ruth Brown's "Teardrops From
My Eyes", the biggest rhythm and blues hit for a female artist for the next 40 years, and establishing Brown as the queen of rhythm and blues.
The second Lost John Hunter record ''YM And V Blues'' b/w ''Boogie For My Baby'' is issued by 4-Star 1511. This label takes no further blues material
from Phillips after this release.
One of B.B. King's, RPM single "B.B. Boogie" b/w "Mistreated Woman" (RPM 304) is released. It may have been recorded
by either Phillips or the Biharis at 706 Union Avenue. They didn't do much better than Lost John Hunter and His Blind Bats, with Billboard according one side a grade of 66, the other a 71. ''Highpitched warbler does okay on jump boogie blues'', the reviewer
wrote of ''B.B. Boogie'', in a Basie-type ork setting''. The single didn't sell much anywhere outside Memphis, and the second single, released in December, didn't really do any better.
Eunice Kathleen Waymon (aka blues-singer Nina Simone) is rejected from Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rufus Thomas signs and started at WDIA announcing two hour-long record shows, 'House Of Happiness' and 'Special Delivery'. At first, it seems
that he tried to sound upmarket, smooth and articulate, like the announcers he heard on WREC broadcasting from posh venues like the Peabody Hotel. In fact, his own rasp of a voice was much more suited to selling records and sponsored goods to his home-town
audience, and station manager David James Mattis counseled him about retaining the sort of hip rapport that he had with theater and night club crowds. "Once I became just Rufus, man, I started getting sharp and everything.
My delivery stepped up, and there I was, a personality", he told a radio colleague, Louis Cantor. So much so that Mattis later described Rufus as ''the best black entertainer I ever saw in my life''.
SEPTEMBER 1, 1950 FRIDAY
Tex Williams signs a movie deal with Universal Pictures requiring him to
do eight films for the studio
Merle Travis becomes the regular host of WRVA Radio's ''Old Dominion Barn Dance'' in Richmond, Virginia.
Drummer Steve Goetzman is born in Louisville, Kentucky. He joins Exile, whose mix of country, rock and gospel nets hook-filled 1980s hits such as ''Woke Up In Love'', ''She's
A Miracle'' and ''Crazy For Your Love''.
Patti Leatherwood is born in Cleveland, Ohio. She briefly recorded for the Epic label during the late 1970s,
providing background vocals the following decade on the Waylon Jenning's hit ''The Devil's On The Loose''.
SEPTEMBER 3, 1950 SUNDAY
In the early morning hours, Dewey Phillips had a terrible head-on collision on Highway 70 just outside of West Memphis that killed both the driver of the car and Dewey's
companion, a nineteen-year-old girl who had moved to Memphis from Booneville, Mississippi, just six weeks earlier and was living at the Hotel Chisca with her aunt. Everyone put a brace face on it. Dewey's wife, Dot, said the girl was a friend of hers, and
the station WHBQ announced that though Dewey remained on the critical list, he would soon be broadcasting from his hospital bed at Baptist Hospital. Sam Phillips' faith in Dewey never faltered, but his faith in their joint enterprise may have, even as he comforted
Dot, whom Becky Phillips, too, had by now befriended. It must have hit him all at once what in reality he had known all along, just how little he knew about what it took to run a record company and how this was diverting him from his main task.
Such was the ignominious end of their ''The Phillips'' record company. There was no formal conclusion, and Music Sales, and a few other independent outlets, may have continued
selling the Joe Hill Louis record (The Phillips 9001/2) for another few months. But there never was a second, from Joe or anyone else, and the whole business left such an unpleasant taste that Sam Phillips rarely referred to it in later life, and when he did,
he uncharacteristically (for he was a man with an almost photographic memory) seemed unable to recall any of the details.
Nor were matters helped any by the growing tension
at the radio station WREC , the increasing conflict on both Sam's and Marion's part between their dedication to the recording studio and their commitment to their salaried work. For Marion Keisker it was as much a matter of guilty conscience as anything else.
At WREC ''they would say to me, 'How can you even work out there? I don't know what you're doing there'. I was beginning to shortchange the station, sliding in at the last minute and doing a show that wasn't prepared properly, but they never seemed to notice,
they were so overcome with wonderment that I was able to transition from what they knew of me and my background, into this environment''.
For Sam Phillips
it was harder. ''Everybody laughed at me. Of course, they'd try to make it tongue-in-cheek, talking about my recording niggers (and these were some of the greatest haven't been hanging around those niggers today'. I mean, they loved me to death. I think there
was even a certain amount of admiration on, their, part that nobody really wanted to admit. Nobody can tell me that the white man wasn't little ashamed of how he was treating the black man. There was a kind of love on the part of the Southern white person
for his nigger. But at the same time it would get up to a certain point, and you as a white man didn't take your nigger any further''.
It hurt. It hurt deeply. But it
hurt almost as much to have had his naiveté so badly abused, to have risked his family's security and his own peace of mind for a foolish, unexamined whim, prompted mostly by the desire to vindicate himself not just in the eyes of others but in his
own. Marion Keisker could see the burden of humiliation he carried around with him, at one point he broke out in a terrible case of hives, but he never wavered in his belief in the rightness of what he was doing. He never wavered in his firm conviction that
the music he was seeking to record great music, the artists whom he sought out, great artists, as great as any who ever been heard. Where his belief momentarily wavered was in his own ability, whether he had the sheer stamina to carry on the crusade. Or the
SEPTEMBER 4, 1950 MONDAY
Records released Lefty Fritzell's ''If You Got The Money I've Got The Time'' backed with ''I Love You A Thousand Ways''.
Bass player Ronald LaPread
is born in Tuskegee, Alabama. He provides the musical foundation for The Commondores, a 1970s rhythm and blues act whose ''Three Times A Lady'' is eventually remade as a country hit by Conway Twitty.
SEPTEMBER 9, 1950 SATURDAY
Guitarist John McFee is born in Santa Cruz, California. After a stint in
The Doobie Brothers from 19791983, he helps form Southern Pacific, a breezy country-rock band that brightens country's sound from 1985 until the group's 1991 break-up.
Tubb recorded ''(Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You'' during the afternoon at Nashville's Castle Studio.
Four-year0old Neil Young, destined write
several country hits, gets his picture in a newspaper for the first time when The Toronto Telegram features a photo of the boy with a huge fish, giving a false impression that he actually caught it.
SEPTEMBER 10, 1950 SUNDAY
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is born in Boston, Massachusetts. The band
scores a 1988 hit from the movie ''Armageddon'' with ''I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'', which Mark Chesnutt reinvents as a country hit.
Columbia released Gene Autry's ''Frosty The Snow Man''
SEPTEMBER 16, 1950 SATURDAY
David Bellamy is born in Darby, Florida. With Sibling Howard, he forms The Bellamy Brothers, developing
a mix of hits built on worldplay or social commentary. They net 17 Country Music Association nominations for duo or group but never win.
''Redwood Forest Trail'' opens in theaters, with singing cowboy Rex Allen as the leading good guy. His performances include ''America, The
SEPTEMBER 20, 1950 WEDNESDAY
the Korean War raging, Tex Ritter recorded ''Daddy's Last Letter'' in Los Angeles.
Gene Autry send Colonel Tom Parker an letter to thanking him for
sending pictures taken at the Knickerbocker Hotel. Autry also thanked the Colonel for suggestions he made about the Checkerboard Jamboree. Autry sent his regards to "the gang". Autry explained in a handwritten note in blue ink at the bottom of the page that
the letter had been misdirected when it was sent to him to be signed. He redated the letter November 1, 1950.
Gene Autry, well-known
country singer, knew Colonel Tom Parker from his Nashville connections. The Colonel represented Eddy Arnold, and Autry often toured with Arnold for various shows.
21, 1950 THURSDAY
Lefty Frizzell recorded ''Look What Thoughts Will Do'' at the Jim Beck Studio in Dallas, Texas.
Johnny Cash begins training to intercept Soviet Morse code correspondence at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.
SEPTEMBER 23, 1950 SATURDAY
''The Eddy Arnold Show'' debuts on NBC Radio, using ;;Cattle Call'' as the theme song.
SEPTEMBER 24, 1950 SUNDAY
Yvonne Spencely is born. She becomes
the second wife of The Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb, co-writer of the Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton hit ''Islands In The Stream''.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1950 MONDAY
An outlaw gang suffers the snuggler's blues when it runs in to Roy Rogers in ''Sunset In The West'', which debuts in movie theaters. The picture also features Foy Willing
and The Riders Of The Purple Sage.
SEPTEMBER 28, 1950 THURSDAY
Lee Lewis begins taking classes at the Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahachie, Texas. He lasts just three months before dropping out.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1950 SATURDAY
The Grand Ole Opry is televised for the first time. as WSM-TV debuts on the air, at the Ryman
Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mandolin player Donna Stoneman, of The Stoneman Family, marries Bob Bean in Attala County, Mississippi.
Gene Autry sings the recent Red Foley hit ''Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy'' in the debut of his last movie, ''Indian Territory''. The Apache tale also features Pat Buttram,
Frankie Marvin and Champion The Wonder Horse.
Six months after its debut, the ABC western series ''The Marshal Of Gunsight Pass'', starring Eddie Dean,
makes its last prime-time appearance.
Patti Page forgets the words to the national anthem at Rice Stadium's first football game in Houston. The Rice
Owls defeat the Santa Clara Broncos, 27-7.