SEPTEMBER 6, 1955 TUESDAY
After Johnny Cash tells him a
story about a former Air Force buddy with distinctive footwear, Carl Perkins writes ''Blue Suede Shoes'' backstage before a show in Bono, Arkansas. Perkins plays it live for the first time that night. Cash told Carl a story about a black serviceman named C.V.
White, a cool operator with whom he had served in Germany. He and his buddies were all standing in the chow line one night when somebody stepped on C.V.'s toes. ''Hey, man'', said C.V. drily, who like everyone else was wearing regulation black Air Force-issue
shoes, ''I don't care what you do with my fraulein, just don't step on my blue suede shoes''. Just a few nights later, after getting home late from a hometown gig, the song came to Carl. His wife and two little kids were asleep, so Carl sat out on the steps
of the public housing project where he lived and sang the lyrics softly to himself, attaching a nursery rhyme introduction he remembered from playing hide and seek as a kid (''One for the money, two for the show...'') and then writing it all out on a brown
paper bag that he had to first empty of potatoes.
SEPTEMBER 10, 1955 SATURDAY
Justin Tubb joins the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jim Reeves makes his final
appearance on The Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport.
''Gunsmoke'' make his debuts is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and
writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the
UK, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.
The radio series ran from 1952 to 1961. John Dunning wrote that
among radio drama enthusiasts, "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time''. The TV series ran from September 10, 1955, to March 31, 1975, on CBS, with 635 total episodes. It was the second Western television series written
for adults, premiering on September 10, 1955, four days after ''The Life And Legend of Watt Earp. The first 12 seasons aired Saturdays at 10 pm, seasons 13 through 16 aired Mondays at 7:30 pm, and the last four seasons aired Mondays at 8 pm. During its second
season in 1956, the program joined the list of the top ten television programs broadcast in the United States. It quickly moved to number one and stayed there until 1961. It remained among the top 20 programs until 1964.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1955 SUNDAY
Elvis Presley performs the first of two shows on a Hank
Snow package tour with Cowboy Copas and The Louvin Brothers at the City Auditorium in Norfolk, Virginia. In the audience, Gene Vincent.
Don Gibson recorded his first hit, ''Sweet Dreams'' in an evening session in Nashville.
Decca released a double-sided Webb Pierce hit, ''Love, Love, Love'' backed with ''If You Were Me''.
13, 1955 TUESDAY
Rhythm and blues singer Little Richard recorded ''Tutti Frutti'' in the J&M Studio in New Orleans. The song will be referenced
in the lyrics of The Statler Brothers' 1972 country single ''Do You Remember These''.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Sax player Steve Berlin is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He joins the East Los Angeles band Los Lobos in the early-1980s, producing ''Will The Wolf Survive'', hailed among country's 500
greatest singles in a Country Music Foundation book.
''Mystery Train'' hit the national charts, the week after ''Baby Let's Play House'' had its highest combined showing number 7, ''Most Played by Jockeys'', number 15, ''Best Sellers in Stores''. But even as the earlier single continued
to hold its respectable position as a store best seller, ''Mystery Train'' forged ahead of it by one place in the first week, while ''I Forgot To Remember To Forget'' was number 10 on the radio airplay list. From that point on, the new single continued to
rise precipitously, while ''Baby Let's Play House'' effectively dropped off the charts.
SEPTEMBER 15, 1955 THURSDAY
Grandpa Jones and Ramona have a son, Mark.
Roy Hall recorded the original version
of ''Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On''. It becomes a hit for Jerry Lee Lewis in 1957.
"The Signifying Monkey" b/w ''Listen To Me Baby'' (Sun 228/Flip
228) by Smokey Joe Baugh is released at about this time.
SEPTEMBER 16, 1955 FRIDAY
Bill Monroe holds a recording session in Nashville using three fiddlers, Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks and Gordon Terry. It marks the first of 31 sessions in which he employs his mistress, Bessie Lee Mauldin, on bass.
SEPTEMBER 20, 1955 TUESDAY
Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded the
Merle Travis-written ''Sixteen Tons'' at the Capitol Recording Studio on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.
''The Phil Silvers Show'', originally titled ''You'll
Never Get Rich'', is a sitcom which ran on CBS from September 20, 1955 – September 11, 1959. A pilot called "Audition Show" was made in 1955, but never broadcast. 143 other episodes were broadcast - all half-an-hour long except for a 1959 one-hour live
special. The series starred Phil Silvers as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko of the United States Army.
The series was created and largely written by Nat Hiken, and won three consecutive
Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series. The show is sometimes titled''Sergeant Bilko'' or simply ''Bilko'' in reruns, and is very often referred to by these names, both on-screen and by viewers. The show's success transformed Silvers from a journeyman comedian
into a star, and writer-producer Hiken from a highly regarded behind-the-scenes comedy writer into a publicly recognized creator.
SEPTEMBER 21, 1955
Carl Smith recorded ''I Feel Like Cryin''' and ''You're Free To Go'' in a late-night session at Nashville's Bradley Studio.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1955 THURSDAY
Jenny Peer is granted a divorce
from bandleader Bill Peer, whom she alleges had an adulterous affair with his protege, Patsy Cline. Cline refuses to marry him, and leaves his band less than 10 days later.
23, 1955 FRIDAY
Drummer Mel Taylor has a son, Melvin ''Leon'' Taylor, in Johnson City, Tennessee. After a move to California, Dad plays on a pair of
Buck Owen hits and becomes a member of The Ventures. Son will replace him in The Ventures after his death.
SEPTEMBER 24, 1955 SATURDAY
Lynne Connie Voorlas is born in Oak Park, Illinois. As Lane Brody, she shares a number 1 hit with Johnny Lee in 1984 after recording ''The Yellow Rose Of Texas''. She also
sing the Oscar-nomination ''Over You'' in the Robert Duvall movie ''Tender Mercies''.
Wanda Jackson joins host Red Foley on the ABC-TV series ''Ozark
SEPTEMBER 26, 1955 MONDAY
Carter is born in Nashville. The daughter of Carl Smith and June carter, she develops an edgy brand of country that flirts with rockabilly, debuting in 1977. She attains her biggest commercial success in the early 1990s.
''Those Whiting Girls'', a summer replacement series for ''I Love Lucy'' that features pop-and-country singer Margaret Whiting, ends its three-months run on CBS-TV.
SEPTEMBER 28, 1955 WEDNESDAY
George Jones convinces Louisiana Hayride producer Horage
Logan to let him open a Hayride road show in Conroe, Texas. Jones sings ''Why Baby Why'', opening for Elvis Presley, David Houston, Johnny Horton and The Browns.
29, 1955 THURSDAY
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys recorded ''My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You'' in Nashville. The song becomes a hit for Ray Price two years later.