POSSIBLY DECEMBER 1952
Lester Bihari forms Meteor Records in Memphis. The label record blues,
country, gospel and rockabilly, providing the final impetus for Sam Phillips to revive the Sun label.
DECEMBER 11, 1952 THURSDAY
Hank Williams discharges himself from a Shreveport sanitarium and promptly gets arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.
12, 1952 FRIDAY
Columbia released Carl Smith's ''That's The Kind Of Love I'm Looking For''.
13, 1952 SATURDAY
Hank Williams performs on The Louisiana Hayride in what turns out to be his final appearance on the show.
DECEMBER 15, 1952 MONDAY
Tommy Sosebee recorded his only country hit, ''Till I Waltz Again With You''.
DECEMBER 16, 1952 TUESDAY
A sickly Hank Williams cancels a show in Victoria, Texas. Friends believe
he may have had a heart attack, or an overdose.
Hank Thompson recorded ''Rub-A-Dub-Dub'' in an afternoon session at Capitol's Melrose Avenue studios in Los Angeles.
DECEMBER 17, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Hank Thompson recorded ''Yesterday's Girl'' at the Capitol Recording
Studio on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
While on tour in Dallas, Hank Williams takes in a Bob Wills performance. It also marks the last that Williams sees his former
roommate, Ray Price.
DECEMBER 19, 1952 FRIDAY
Hank Williams gives his final
public performance at Austin's Skyline Club, attended by Justin Tubb. Williams admits to Tubb that the ''walking the floor'' line in ''Your Cheatin' Heart'' was inspired by Ernest Tubb's ''Walking The Floor Over You''.
DECEMBER 22, 1952 MONDAY
Robin Gibb's future second wife, Dwina Murphy, is born in Kilskeery, Northern Ireland, three
years to the date after Robin's birth. He will write such country hits as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's ''Island In The Stream'', Olivia Newton-John's ''Come On Over'' and Sisie Allanson's ''Words''.
DECEMBER 24, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Elvis Presley performed in the December 1952 Humes High Christmas Talent Show. He sang his standard repertoire
"Keep Them Cold, Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me" and "Till I Waltz Again With You". Elvis Presley was the only act awarded an encore; he performed his good luck song, "Old Shep".
Presley's history teacher, Mildred Scrivener, remembers how nervous Elvis was performing in front of his classmates. "He was standing on the edge of the stage, half-hidden by the curtain when I told him, it's you, Elvis, go out and sing another song". Suddenly
Elvis' stature and popularity hit a new high.
After Christmas, as Elvis Presley sat outside Kay's Drive Inn on Crump Boulevard, his newfound confidence was demonstrated
in casual banter with close friends. Frequently ensconced at Kay's Drive Inn, Elvis Presley got many invitations to perform at house parties. When he sang for friends at these dimly lit affairs, he covered recent rhythm and blues tunes. These gatherings gave
Elvis Presley a chance to perform the rhythm and blues hits that he spent so much time listening. Yet, as we know, this was only one form of music that interested Elvis Presley.
I had a nice red flannel shirt with white buttons and Elvis wanted to wear it on the show", recalled Buzzy Forbess, "He had the shirt on a hanger and when he put it in the closet and closed the door, a small hole was torn in one of the sleeves of the shirt.
He was probably afraid of how I would react when I learned of the hole in my nice shirt, so when he went on for his number, he had the sleeves rolled up and before he began singing, he said, 'I want to dedicate this number to Buzzy Forbess".
"He was confident in himself, in his abilities", recalls Billie Chiles Turner, a classmate. "It seemed every time we had a talent show at school, every year we had a school carnival, Elvis
seemed to be one of the performers. He seemed to always be involved in these things". "Each time Elvis would go on stage", she said, "his classmates would whisper among themselves, 'Not again Elvis'".
DECEMBER 25, 1952 THURSDAY
Doug Dillard receives a banjo for Christmas. He grows up to co-found The Dillards, a bluegrass band that influences
The Eagles and makes regular appearances on ''The Andy Griffith Show'' as The Darlings.
Eight-year-old Larry Collins receives a guitar for Christmas. He grows up to write
David Frizzell and Shelly West's ''You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma''.
The movie ''Ruby Gentry'', starring Jennifer Jones, debuts in New York. The picture inspires
Roberta Streeter to adopt a stage name, Bobbie Gentry.
DECEMBER 27, 1952 SATURDAY
Bonoff is born in Los Angeles. The pop singer/songwriter is best known for her 1982 single ''Personally'', remade as a country hit by Ronnie McDowell. Bonoff also writes Lynn Anderson's ''Isn't It Always Love'' and Wynonna's ''Tell Me Why''.
Hank and Billie Jean Williams attend the Blue-Gray Football Classic at Cramton Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama. They leave before half-time of the NVAA game, a 28-7 win for the Gray team.
Rhythm guitarist David Knopfler is born in England. He's a founding member of Dire Straits, appearing on the band's 1978 debut album, featuring ''Setting Me Up'', a song destined to become
a country hit for Highway 102.
Starting, the Saturday Night Jamboree in Marshall, Texas, was the week's top event (if not the only event), and the show's manager A.T.
Young, featured his son, Buddy, for whom he started the label. The show ran from Marshall's City Hall, and was broadcast over KMHT. Future Sun artist Tommy Blake probably appeared on Young's show often enough for Young to give him a shot on his little label.
''Koolit'' became Tommy Blake's first single, cut for Buddy Records in Marshall, Texas in 1956.
DECEMBER 28, 1952 SUNDAY
Bob Wills' father, John Wills, dies of a heart attack in Houston, Texas.
Hank Williams gives his final performance, for 130 people at
a holiday party for members of the Musicians' Union in Montgomery.
An episode of NBC's ''The Roy Rogers Show features a young Charles Bronson in the role of a killer.
Titled ''The Knockout'', the episode naturally includes Dale Evans and Pat Brady.
DECEMBER 31, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Hank Williams sets out from Birmingham to Charleston, West Virginia, for a New Year's Eve show. Slowed by snow, he tries to grab a flight in in Knoxville, but the flight is canceled. Williams gets a shot of morphine, then takes
what proves to be his final ride in the back seat of his blue Cadillac.
Guitarist Chuck Berry plays for the first time with piano player Johnnie Johnson in East St. Louis,
Illinois. The two are bonded during the time Berry writes ''Johnny B. Goode'', ''Maybellene'' and ''(You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie''.