JANUARY 14, 1953 WEDNESDAY
Roy Rogers is the surprise subject of NBC-TV's ''This Is Your Life''.
During the show, he's persuaded to sing ''Tumbling Tumbleweeds' with The Sons Of The Pioneers.
JANUARY 15, 1953 THURSDAY
''Winning Of The West'' debuts in movie theaters with a musical collaboration of future Country Music Hall of Famers, as Gene Autry songs written by Fred Rose and Cindy Walker. Seen on the screen, Smiley Burnette and Frankie
Columbia released George Morgan's ''(I Just Had A Date0 Lover's Quarrel''.
16, 1953 FRIDAY
Bill Monroe suffers 19 broken bones in a head-on collision in Highway 31 near White House, Tennessee. He still manages to get out of the car and pull
another passenger, Bessie Lee Mauldin, out of the other side. Monroe is unable to tour until May.
JANUARY 17, 1953 SATURDAY
Less than two weeks after Hank Williams was interred at the Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama, his coffin is dug up and moved to a new site.
JANUARY 18, 1953 SUNDAY
Jim Reeves recorded his first single, ''Mexican Joe'' at the KWKH Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana.
JANUARY 19, 1953 MONDAY
Marty Robbins becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the same day he moves to Nashville from
The Memphis draft board added Elvis Presley's name to the bottom of it's list on January 19, 1952. Eleven days after his 18th birthday, Presley, then in his
last year of Humes High School in Memphis, fulfilled his legal requirement to register for selective service. It's doubtful that the action concerned Elvis much at the time, as he knew there were thousands of names on the draft board's register that would
be called before his.
The double-sided card stock "Selective Service" number is 40-86-35-16 and was signed by Elvis Presley and Crace F. Martony in blue ink. Card issued
to Elvis Aron Presley at 698 Saffarans in Memphis, Tennessee. Lists birthdate of Jan. 8, 1935 and birthplace of Tupelo, Miss. Back of the card lists personal information: brown hair, green eyes, height of 5"11" and weight of 150. Selective Service number ''40-86-35-16''.
The card is 2 1/2x3 3.4 inches.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated as the United States president during January of 1953. Republican Eisenhower and his running mate
Richard Nixon defeated Democrat Adlai Stevenson with a total of 442 electoral votes to 89 and a popular vote of 55.2 percent to 44.3 percent. Eisenhower had previously been known for his service as a five-star general during World War II, eventually becoming
the Supreme Allied Commander. He also acted as a Chief of Staff for the Army under President Truman, the governor of U.S. occupied Germany after WWII, the president of Columbia University and the Supreme Commander of NATO forces. During his two-term presidency
he was credited with creating the U.S. highway system, strengthening Social Security, easing tensions with the U.S.S.R., creating NASA, helping to fully desegregate the Armed Forces, and signing some of the first modern civil rights laws.
Dorothy Shay, the Park Avenue Hillbilly, performs at one of Dwight Eisenhower's inaugural balls in Washington, D.C. Sid Caesar, Fred Waring and Abbott and Costello also perform for an audience
that includes vice president Richard Nixon.
JANUARY 20, 1953 TUESDAY
Tommy Sosebee's only country hit, ''Till I Waltz Again With You''.
JANUARY 21, 1953 WEDNESDAY
Sam Phillips had barely had time to settle into the new house at 1028 McEvers Circle in Memphis. It was the first house he had ever owned, purchased for a little more than $10,000, with $2,000 he had been able to set aside from his Chess
Records hits serving as the down payment. It was a modest gabled bungalow with a small front porch and an attached garage in a postwar Levittown-like development out by Kennedy veterans' hospital, the same neighborhood in which he and Becky had lived when
they first moved to Memphis and boarded briefly in that nice lady from Sheffield's home. There were just two bedrooms and a single bathroom at the end of the hall, and it sat on a corner lot, giving them a nice yard, but for Becky it would not have mattered
if it had been more modest by far. It was their first real home.
JANUARY 24, 1953 SATURDAY
Perkins married Valda Crider from Corinth, Mississippi. They moved to a government housing project in Jackson, Tennessee as the children started appearing. However, Valda encouraged Carl to work on his music and try for a career in entertainment. Her support
has nourished Perkins though a long career as a musician and through many bouts with the bottle and self doubt. In fact, it was Val who heard a record on the radio that would alter the course of Perkins' career.
Just weeks after his death, Hank Williams hits number 1 with the prophetic ''I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive''.
JANUARY 26, 1953
Lucinda Williams is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Her laidback snapshots of Southern life make her a significant figure in the alternate country movement. She
also writes Mary Chapin Carpenter's mainstream-country hit ''Passionate Kisses''.
Joe and Rose Lee Maphis sign with Columbia Records.
JANUARY 27, 1953 TUESDAY
Keyboard player Lee Carroll is born in Glasgow, Kentucky. Carrol replaces Marlon Hargis in Exile
in 1985, contributing to such hits as ''It'll Be Me'', ''She's Too Good To Be True'' and ''I Can't Get Close Enough''.
Hank Thompson recorded a version of Bill Carlisle's
''No Help Wanted'' at radio station WKY in Oklahoma City.
Singwriter Tom Douglas is born in Atlanta, Georgia. He authors such hits as Lady Antebellum's ''I Run To You'',
Tim McGraw's ''Southern Voice'' and Miranda Lambert's ''The House That Built Me''.
JANUARY 29, 1953 THURSDAY
Drummer Louie Perez is born in East Los Angeles. He joins Los Lobos and co-writes ''Will The Worlf Survive'', a country hit for Waylon Jennings in 1986.
JANUARY 30, 1953 FRIDAY
Less than a month after his death, MGM released Hank Williams' ''Your Cheatin' Heart'' and ''Kaw-Liga''.
After Sun Records is re-launched three singles were released on this day, just two weeks after the partnership with Jim Bulleit had informally commenced. Despite Sam Phillips' strong feeling
about it, the Handy Jackson (Sun 177) passed almost unnoticed, by both the marketplace and posterity. The two that accompanied it, however, Joe Hill Louis' ''She May Be Yours (But She Comes To See Me Sometimes) (Sun 178) and Willie Nix, The Memphis Blues Boy's
''Seems Like A Million Years'' (Sun 179) were everything that Sam Phillips had ever promised himself he would deliver.
The Joe Hill Louis record was not dissimilar to
other Joe Hill Louis sides, reflecting both his singular strengths and his endearing weaknesses. It was the product of two sessions, November 17, 1952 and December 8, 1952, in which Louis' guitar and harmonica took the lead, but Willie Nix's drums on ''She
May Be Yours'', and Albert Williams' piano on both sides, provided a rhythmic solidarity that Joe could not always summon in his more commonplace one-man-band setting. Both sides showcased the unique joie de vivre of Sam Phillips' first discovery (actually,
as Sam himself would have pointed out, Joe Hill Louis was a clear case of the artist discovering him), but it was the A-side, ''She May Be Yours'', a medium-tempo boogie with a heavy beat, squalling harmonica solos, and the rough vocal bleeding purposefully
through the harmonica mike, that revealed the way in which even when much of what Joe sang was taken from traditional sources, it reflected, Sam said, something ''very personal to him''
The Willie Nix numbers were even more distinctive, as befitted a proud free spirit referred to by one fellow bluesman as ''a little aviatic''. The single was the product of an October 2, 8, 9, 1952 session which Sam had originally submitted
to Chess and presented the same quartet format as the Joe Hill Louis , only this time requiring two musicians (Nix's versatile guitarist, Joe Willie Wilkins, and seventeen-year-old harmonica player James Cotton, another West Memphis regular, who had already
recorded for Sam Phillips with Howlin' Wolf to fill in for Louis' guitar-harmonica combination.