Bill McCall had purchased 4-Star, one of the first postwar indies based on the West
Coast. He had been astonishingly successful with a primitive boogie pianist, Cecil Gant (a World War II veteran billed as ''Private Cecil''), and a large country catalog. ''I had known Bill for some time'', said Sam Phillips, ''and I contacted him and told
him what I was trying to do with blues.
The first music took was by John Hunter, who was a blind man from South Memphis. He was a pianist with a lot of potential. Then
they took some country items by the Slim Rhodes band''. Phillips' assessment of ''Lost'' John Hunter was perhaps overly charitable. Indeed, McCall's enthusiasm may have stemmed from the passing musical resemblance that Lost John bore to Private Cecil. But
Billboard, reviewing his 4-Star record ''Boogie For Me Baby'', seemed to pick up on the energy Phillips must have found in the piano player: ''A crude boogie blues'', they called it, ''that could pick up some southern juke coin''.
MARCH 1, 1950 WEDNESDAY
The John Wayne movie ''Sands Of Iwo Jima'' goes into general release, with an appearance by Ira
Hayes, who helped raise the flag at the Japanese battle. His story becomes the basic for Johnny cash's 1964 hit ''The Ballad Of Ira Hayes''.
Songwriter/producer and piano
player David Foster is born in Victoria, British Columbia. A co-writer of Anne Murray's ''Now And Forever (You And Me)'', he produces Kenny Rogers and plays on hits by Kevin Sharp, Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton.
Piano player Joe ''Fingers'' Carr is divorced from actress Janet Blair. She tells the judge her husband would rather stay at the golf course for hours on end than come home to her cooking.
MARCH 2, 1950 THURSDAY
Karen Carpenter is born in New Haven, Connecticut. Though primarily a pop act, The Carpenters earn
a country hit, 1978's ''Sweet, Sweet Smile'', written by Juice Newton. Alabama remakes their single ''Touch Me When We're Dancing'' as a country hit.
Gene Autry recorded
MARCH 3, 1950 FRIDAY
Columbia released Gene Autry's ''Peter
MARCH 5, 1950 SUNDAY
Songwriter Tom Russell is born in California
Lutheran Hospital in Los Angeles, California. He writes Suzy Bogguss' 1992 hit ''Outbound Plane''.
MARCH 8, 1950 WEDNESDAY
Buck Owens and Bonnie have their second son, Michael Lynn Owens.
MARCH 9, 1960 THURSDAY
Sax and flute player Jerry Eubanks is born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He joins The Marshall Tucker Band, appearing on the single ''Long Hard Ride'', which earns a Grammy nomination in the country category in 1977.
MARCH 10, 1950 FRIDAY
MGM released a two-sided Hank Williams hit ''Long Gone Lonesome Blues'' backed
with ''My Son Calls Another Man Daddy''.
Decca released a double-sided Red Foley hit, ''Steal Away'' backed by ''Just A Closer Walk With Thee''.
Songwriter Don Devaney is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He nets hits by authoring Charley Pride's ''Someone Loves You Honey'' and Highway 101's ''Cry, Cry, Cry''.
MARCH 11, 1950 SATURDAY
Jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin is born in New York City. His 1988 pop hit ''Don't Worry, Be Happy''
will be referenced in the lyrics of Jake Owen's 2014 country single ''Beachin'''.
MARCH 12, 1950 SUNDAY
Scotty Moore marries his first wife, Mary Durkee. He later becomes the first guitarist for Elvis Presley.
ABC begins airing ''The Marshal Of Gunsight
Pass''. By the end of the months, ''One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)'' singer and songwriter Eddie Dean takes over the lead role.
Belgian citizens vote in a referendum
to determine whether or not to allow the controversial King Leopold III to return to the throne. The citizens of Belgium vote in a referendum to decide whether or not to allow the exiled King Leopold III to return to the throne. The vote took place on this
day and the result was that 57.68% of the Belgian voters were in favor of his return. King Leopold III had first come into power in 1934 and had given Belgium’s unconditional surrender to Nazi Germany when they invaded in 1940, an unpopular and controversial
decision. In 1944, Leopold III and his family were deported to Germany and then to Austria, only to be liberated by the Allies in May of 1945. After the March 1950 referendum, the king returned on July 22nd of 1950. In the next year King Leopold III renounced
the throne in an effort to resolve issues over his controversial return. His son, Prince Baudouin, took over the crown after he left.
MARCH 13, 1950 MONDAY
Columbia released Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys'''Can't You Hear Me Callin'''. The song will become the title of a comprehensive Monroe biography.
MARCH 15, 1950 WEDNESDAY
Mercury released Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' ''Foggy Mountain Breakdown'', which becomes the
theme to Warren Beatty's movie ''Bonnie And Clyde''.
MARCH 17, 1950 FRIDAY
McEntire's parents, Clark and Jacqueline, get married at the First Baptist Church in Atoka, Oklahoma.
MARCH 19, 1950 SUNDAY
Roy Acuff begins a 10-day tour of Alaska with shows for U.S military personnel, sponsored by the Air Force.
Columbia released Little Jimmy Dickens'''Hillbilly Fever''.
22, 1950 WEDNESDAY
''Twilight In The Sierras'' debuts in theaters with Roy Rogers starring as a U.S. Marshall on the trail of counterfeiters on the back of Trigger. He's
joined by Dale Evans, Pat Brady and Foy Willing and The Riders Of The Purple Sage.
MARCH 23, 1950 THURSDAY
Record producer Byron Gallimore is born in Puryear, Tennessee. Among his credits: Faith Hill's ''Breathe'', Tim McGraw's ''Live Like You Were Dying'', Martina McBride's ''I'm Gonna Love Through It'' and Sugarland's ''Everyday America''.
MARCH 25, 1950 SATURDAY
Barbara Jo Allen stars with the debut of the movie ''Square Dance Katy'',
featuring music by Jimmie Davis.
MARCH 26, 1950 SUNDAY
Ronnie McDowell is born
in Fountain Head, Tennessee. Following his 1977 tribute to Elvis Presley, ''The King Is Gone'', he reaps more than a dozen Top 10 hits through 1987, including ''Older Women'' and ''You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation''.
MARCH 27, 1950 MONDAY
Johnnie and Jack recorded their first hit record, ''Poison Love''.
Kitty Wells recorded ''How Far Is Heaven'' at Brown Radio Productions in Nashville. An early staple of her live shows, the song is re-recorded five years later as a duet with daughter Carol Sue Writh.
MARCH 28, 1950 TUESDAY
Hank Snow recorded ''I'm Moving On'' at Brown Radio Productions during his
first Nashville session.
Roy Acuff closes a 10-day tour of Alaska, where he performed for Air Force personnel.
MARCH 31, 1950 FRIDAY
''Everybody's Dacin'''debuts in theaters, featuring Spade Cooley, who also wrote the script. Noel Boggs doubles
in some scenes for Cooley, who had a heart attack during the production period. Also featured are The Sons Of The Pioneers.
Sam Phillips organises a deal with Bill McCall of 4-Star and Gilt-Edge Records in California, whereby Sam Phillips will record country and blues musicians from the Memphis area and sell the recordings to McCall
for commercial release.
Phillips records blues musicians Lost John Hunter (for release on 4-Star) and Charlie Burse (Unissued). He also records gospel music with the
Gospel Travellers, whose songs he pitches to Modern Records in Hollywood.
In April of 1950, the NSC-68 report was completed and presented to U.S. President Harry Truman.
The report contained recommendations on how to approach the Cold War with the Soviet Union and would influence U.S. Policy in regards to the Cold War for the next twenty years. Some of the main results of the report was the United States’ aggressive
military expansion and build up of nuclear weaponry, as well as enacting the policy of containment against Communist nations. The recommendations of NSC-68 became official U.S. policy in September of 1950 after the outbreak of the Korean War. One of the long
term effects of the report was the massive increase in military spending, with the budget nearly tripling soon after the policy change was enacted. The document was not officially declassified until 1975.
In 1949 the Cohutta Mountain Boys with future Sun recordings star and pianist, Roy Hall assembled to cut the hillbilly boogie
classic, ''Dirty Boogie'', which set the scene for much of the raucous and romping music that would be associated with Hall over the coming decade.
By the time his third
Fortune disc was out, Roy Hall and his Cohutta Mountain Boys were back in Tennessee. ''I came to Nashville the first time with Tennessee Ernie Ford at the end of 1949. My band was backing him up there for a while, and he made some introductions for me back
in Nashville''. Ford had just started to record for Capitol and was touring all the hillbilly markets at the time.
In April 1950, Roy Hall and his band joined up with
Bullet Records in Nashville. label boss Overton Ganong, formerly a top salesman from Capitol Records, recalled: ''I had been working with Tennessee Ernie Ford when I was at Capitol, and after I moved to Bullet he introduced some musicians to me. One of them
was Roy Hall. He was a pianist with a brilliant band and some novelty songs. I thought they were better than the ordinary and that we could make a go of his music''. Through much of the 1950s, Hall was based around Nashville although he also regularly turned
up to play shows and made records in Detroit. He started playing Nashville dives and turning up on recording sessions with Bullet, Tennessee and other labels and playing some piano spots on the Grand Ole Opry show.
APRIL 1, 1950 SATURDAY
Rex Allen has his first starring role with the debut of the western ''Arizona Cowboy''.
APRIL 2, 1950 SUNDAY
WSM announcer David Cobb refers to Nashville as ''Music City U.S.A.'', unwittingly
coining a nickname for the Tennessee capital.
APRIL 3, 1950 MONDAY
Curtis Stone is born in North Hollywood, California. The son of music figure Cliffie Stone, he joins Highway 101, which earns the Country Music Association's vocal group awards in 1988 and 1989.
Red Foley recorded a trio of hits, ''Chocolate Ice Cream Cone'', ''Birmingham Bounce'', and ''Mississippi''.
Pop songwriter Kurt Weill dies of a heart
attack in New York. Two of his songs find new life after his passing: Bobby Darin's recording of ''Mack The Knife'' and Willie Nelson's version of ''September Song''.
5, 1950 WEDNESDAY
Decca released a two-sided Red Foley single, ''Birmingham Bounce'' and ''Cholate Ice Cream Cone''.
APRIL 7, 1950 FRIDAY
Slim Whitman makes his first appearance on The Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport.
APRIL 14, 1950 FRIDAY
Webb Pierce makes his first appearance on The Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport.
APRIL 15, 1950 SATURDAY
Hank Williams is arrested for violating a Nashville ordinance that prohibits
smoking in bed, when a cigarette starts a fire in his room at the Tulane Hotel after he falls in sleep.
APRIL 17, 1950 MONDAY
Priscilla Ann Wagner is formally adopted by Paul Beaulieu, the four-year-old is the future wife of Elvis Presley.
19, 1950 WEDNESDAY
''Wagon Master'', a western directed by John Ford, debuts in theaters with music by Sons Of The Pioneers.
APRIL 22, 1950 SATURDAY
Hank Williams' ''Long Gone Lonesome Blues'' reaches the number 1 position on the Billboard country
APRIL 26, 1950 WEDNESDAY
Eddy Arnold recorded ''A Prison Without
Walls'', ''Cuddle Buggin' Baby'' and ''Enclosed, One Broken Heart'' at the RCA studio in New York.
APRIL 27, 1950 THURSDAY
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys recorded ''Faded Love'' at Radio Recorders on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.
APRIL 29, 1950 SATURDAY
Bass player Wayne Secrest is born in Alton, Illinois. He joins Confederate Railroad, a 1990's southern rock-inspired group that earns favor with ''Trashy Women'', ''Queen Of Memphis'' and
''Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind''.
Carl Smith makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
During the early years of the Memphis Recording Service, Sam Phillips recorded a wide range of blues, rhythm and blues, gospel and hillbilly. Phillips made several recordings in the spring and summer of 1950,
placing titles with 4-Star and Modern Records. He also released two titles on a label he co-owned, ''It's The Phillips''. Although we don't associate Sun with country or pre-War blues, this is the music that Phillips remembered from his childhood. That music,
he said, was the reason he established a recording studio.