MARCH 30, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Randy Vanwarmer is born in Denver, Colorado. Following his pop hit,
''Just When I Needed You Most'', he writes the country hits ''I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes'', ''I Will Whisper Your Name'' and ''I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why)''.
Cato is born in Carlinville, Illinois. She nabs a country hit in 1975 with her remake of Timi Yuro's ''Hurt''.
April of 1955, it was announced to the world that Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine was determined to be safe and highly effective in preventing the disease. Salk had started to develop the vaccine in 1952 and the trials began in 1954. By 1957, the vaccine
was more widely available and the number of new cases of polio had dramatically declined. In 1962, a new, more effective oral polio vaccination was created by Albert Sabin and quickly replaced Salk’s vaccine. The creation of these vaccines nearly eradicated
the formerly rampant illness and now in most developed countries there are only a handful of cases each year.
APRIL 1, 1955 FRIDAY FRIDAY
Sun 216 ''Don't Believe'' b/w ''Uncertain Love by Slim Rhodes released. Billboard reviews Rhodes' (Sun 216) (''Don't Believe''/''Uncertain Love'') as ''strong talent, despite run of the mill ideas''.
APRIL 3, 1955 SUNDAY
Elvis Presley receives a speeding ticket outside of Shreveport.
APRIL 4, 1955 MONDAY
Hank Snow recorded ''Cryin', Paryin', Waitin', Hopin'''.
Columbia released Carl Smith's two-sided hit, ''There She Goes'' backed with ''Old Lonesome Times''.
5, 1955 TUESDAY
''Seven Spanish Angels'' singer Ray Charles marries Della Howard in Dallas, Texas.
APRIL 6, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Songwriter Red Hayes recorded his own composition, ''A Satisfied Mind'', with his daughter, Betty, for Decca Records in Nashville.
APRIL 7, 1955 THURSDAY
Webb Pierce recorded three future singles in Nashville's Bradley Studios,
although all are deemed unsuitable and re-recorded later. At issue, ''Yes, I Know Why'', ''Cause I Love You'' and a duet with Red Sovine, ''Little Rosa''.
Red Foley and
his daughter, Betty Foley, recorded ''Satisfied Mind''.
APRIL 8, 1955 FRIDAY
Wells recorded ''There's Poison In Your Heart'' at the Bradley Studio on Hillboro Road in Nashville.
APRIL 9, 1955 SATURDAY
Red Foley performs ''Peter Cottontail'' and ''Foggy River'' on ABC's ''Ozark Jubilee''. Red Stewart delivers ''Tennessee Waltz''.
10, 1955 SUNDAY
Sun Records released Elvis Presley's ''Baby, Let's Play House'', backed with ''I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone'' (Sun 217).
APRIL 11, 1955 MONDAY
Jean Shepard recorded ''A Satisfied Mind'', ''Take Possession'', ''I Thought
Of You'' and ''Beautiful Lies'' during an overnight session at the capitol Studios on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
Capitol released Ferlin Husky's ''I'll Baby Sit With
APRIL 13, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Bass player Louis Johnson is born in Los Angeles.
A member of the rhythm and blues group The Brothers Johnson, he contributes to Bill Anderson's country-disco hit ''I Can't Wait Any Longer'' and T.G. Sheppard's ''I'll Be Coming Back For More''.
Slim Rhodes is signed to Sun Records. Slim and his band The Mountaineers are now on WMC-TV, Memphis and KVTV, Pine Bluff, Arkansas weekly.
APRIL 13, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Future Sun recording star, Dean Beard appeared alongside Elvis Presley
at Breckenridge High School Auditorium. Elvis's supporting act that day was Onie Wheeler, and Beard was one of the local added attractions, alongside sixteen year-old Weldon Myrick, who became one of the top steel guitarists in Nashville.
APRIL 14, 1955 THURSDAY
Imperial released Fat Domino's pop hit ''Ain't It A Shame''. Hank Williams
Jr. earns a country hit with the song in 1972.
Decca released The Wilburn Brothers' ''I Wanna Wanna Wanna''.
APRIL 16, 1955 SATURDAY
Red Foley, Porter Wagoner and Jean Shepard perform ''A Satisfied Mind'' during ABC's ''Ozark Jubilee''.
APRIL 19, 1955 TUESDAY
Aurelia Browder (37) was arrested for violating Alabama bus segregation laws
on April 19, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama.
APRIL 23, 1955 SATURDAY
joins ''Ozark Jubilee'' host Red Foley on the ABC series.
APRIL 24, 1955 SUNDAY
Denton Record-Chronicle reports Wade & Dick's appearance on local television. ''We won't say the whole NTSC faculty and student body are making guest appearances on television, but the college will have a good representation on TV this week. Two students,
Wade Moore and Dick Fender (sic), who appeared on the campus stage not long ago, will be on the Jerry Haynes Show Monday. The noon-time show is seen on KRLD-TV''.
25, 1955 MONDAY
Sun 217, ''I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone'' b/w ''Baby Let's Play House'' by Elvis Presley is released. Elvis Presley is now touring with Onie Wheeler.
He also appears on the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, Texas, with Tex Ritter.
Also this day, Sun 218 ''I Feel So Worried'' b/w ''So Long Baby Goodbye'' by Sammy Lewis/Willie
Johnson Combo are released.
Capitol released Hank Thompson's double-sided hit, featuring ''Breakin' In Another Heart'' and a collaboration with guitarist Merle Travis,
APRIL 26, 1955
The Platters recorded the pop hit ''Only
You (And You Alone)'' at Capitol's Melrose Avenue Studio in Los Angeles. Reba McEntire recorded a hit country version of the song 26 years later.
APRIL 28, 1955 THURSDAY
Eddy Arnold four hits with Hugo Winterhalter's orchestra at Webster Hall in New York, ''The Cattle Call'', ''The Richest Men (In The World)'', ''The Kentuckian Song'' and ''I Walked Alone
APRIL 29, 1955 FRIDAY
Patsy Cline makes her first appearance in
the Apple Blossom Festival parade in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia.
APRIL 30, 1955 SATURDAY
Marvin Rainwater performs ''I Gotta Go Get My Baby'' on ABC-TV's ''Ozark Jubilee'', also featuring Shug Fisher and host Red Foley.
APRIL 30, 1955 SATURDAY
Sam Phillips put out two more singles on Flip, before a combination of union opposition and a renewal of faith, or maybe it was just hope on Sam's part, led him to virtually abandon the
label. One was a well-crafted harmony vocal by the Miller Sisters (Flip 504/Sun 504), called ''Someday You Will Pay'' backed with ''You Didn't Think I Would'', the sisters-in-law, actually, from Tupelo, Mississippi, whom Sam Phillips compared favorably to
the very popular Davis Sisters, and who sang a wonderful, almost Cajun-flavored original set off by Bill Cantrell's ''corn-stalk'' fiddle and the spoons-playing of Charlie Feathers, and Sam released Flip 503, ''I've Been Deceived'' backed with ''Peepin' Eyes''
by Charlie Feathers.
Billy Emerson's "When It Rains It Pours" enters the New Orleans chart. This is
very probably Sam Phillips last-ever chart entry with a black artist, despite good sales on forth-coming titles by Emerson and Rosco Gordon.
The first Rock LP is released
by Bill Haley & His Comets, but full-length albums with their higher prices that limit their appeal for teenagers, remain largely the realm of adult pop singers for another decade.
A rock and roll show in Connecticut to be headlined by Fats Domino is cancelled for fear it will lead to rioting. State police subsequently ban all further rock concerts in the state.
MAY 1, 1955 SUNDAY
Elvis Presley performs in New Orleans, beginning a three-week tour as an opening act for Hank Snow.
MAY 2, 1955 MONDAY
''The Ooby Dooby'' published by Ideas, Inc., Dallas, Texas.
MAY 4, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Robert Ellis Orrall is born in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He has a minor hit
as an artist in 1992 with ''Boom! It Was Over'', and write Martha McBrite's ''Wrong Baby Wrong'', Clay Walker's ''What's It To You'' and Shenandoah's ''Next To Me, Next To You''.
Travis and Bettie Lou Robinson are married in Tijuana, Mexico. A judge later rules the wedding is not legally recognized in the United States, and they repeat the ritual in Los Angeles.
MAY 5, 1955 THURSDAY
Fiddler Glen Duncan is born in Columbus, Indiana. His credits include George Strait's ''When Did You Stop Loving Me'', Dierks Bentley's
''What Was I Thinkin''', Faith Hill's ''This Kiss'' and Shania Twain's ''Man! I Feel Like A Woman!''.
Johnny Horton holds his last recording session in a three-year association
with Mercury Records at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville.
MAY 6, 1955 FRIDAY
Holly registers for the draft. A mentor of Waylon Jennings, his song ''True Love Ways'' becomes a country hit for Mickey Gilley.
MAY 7, 1955 SATURDAY
Jerry Johnson, known as the Smokey Mountain Sweetheart, ends a nearly two-year run as the bass player for Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain Boys.
Songwriter Werly Fairburn joins The Louisiana Hayride, performing at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. His writing credits later include Carl Smith's ''I Feel Like Cryin''' and Jim Reeves' ''I Guess I'm Crazy''.
Eddie Dean performs ''I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven'' during the ABC telecast of ''Ozark Jubilee''. Also appearing guitarist Grady Martin and host Red Foley.
MAY 9, 1955 MONDAY
Marvin Rainwater claims first place on ''Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts''.
MAY 11, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Alabama drummer Mark Herndon is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He joins the Hall of Fame band
in 1979, just prior to its launch into country's mainstream. Herndon is a live fixture with the group, though he rarely plays on its recordings.
MAY 12, 1955 THURSDAY
Kix Brooks is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He co-writes hits for John Conlee and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band before forming Brooks and Dunn with Ronnie Dunn. Together from 1991 to 2010,
they become the most successful country duo of all-time.
MAY 13, 1955 FRIDAY
Elvis Presley performance causes a riot for the first time in Jacksonville, Florida. Mae Boren Axton sees the show, and promises to write him a hit. Six months later, she brings him ''Heartbreak Hotel''.
MAY 14, 1955 SATURDAY
Dobro player Uncle Josh Graves auditions for Flatt and Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys. He remains with the group until
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs split in 1969, continuing to work for Flatt.
The Soviet Union and seven of its Eastern Bloc allies sign the Warsaw Pact in Poland. The seven
Soviet satellites that took part in the deal with the Soviet Union included Bulgaria, Albania, Hungary, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania. The Warsaw Pact treaty set up a mutual defense agreement between the eight members and was created as
a response to the Western formation of NATO and their inclusion of West Germany during the Cold War. The Warsaw Pact remained intact with six of the original eight members until 1991 when the Soviet Union fell apart and was dissolved.
MAY 16, 1955 MONDAY
Capitol released Jean Shepard's double-sided hit, ''A Satisfied Mind'' backed with
An intelligence officer writes to FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover that Elvis Presley is a ''definite dancer to the security of the United States'' and
''possibly a drug addict and a sexual pervert''. The letter is placed in an FBI file on The King.
MAY 21, 1955 SATURDAY
Chuck Berry recorded ''Maybellene'', a song inspired by Bob Will's ''Ida Red'', at Chicago's Chess Recording Studio, with Willie Dixon on bass. George Jones and Johnny Paycheck have a country hit with the song, with the spelling
changed to ''Mabellene'' in 1979.
Webb Pierce quits the Grand Ole Opry on the WSM airwaves after a three-year membership. Pierce laments that he never had his own half-hour
Drummer Stan Lynch is born in Gainesville, Florida. A member of Tom Petty's band, The Heartbreaker, he co-writes Tim McGraw's 2004 country hit ''Back When''.
Pre-dating his success as a hit country songwriter, Jackie Gleason makes the cover of TV Guide with Audrey Meadows, his co-star in the sitcom ''The Honeymooners''.
Mac Wiseman performs the ''Ballad Of Davey Crockett'' on ABC's ''Ozark Jubilee''. Host Red Foley also welcomes Jean Shepard and Harold Morrison.
Charlie Feathers' "I've Been Deceived" enters the Memphis Top Five country discs on Billboard.
Malcolm Yelvington's Star Rhythm Boys are now reported to be playing under the name Malcolm Yelvington and the Warmed Over Four.