After his final job by the International Shoe Company, future Sun recording artist
Ray Smith entered the Air Force. By this point he had already met his wife-to-be, Lillie. ''I joined the Air Force in July 1952, he told his fan club president Tommie Wix. ''One day at work a friend of mine came to me at lunchtime and said, 'Let's go swimming'.
We did, and this brought about my resignation or otherwise be fired'. That led the lead to my enlistment. I was transferred to George Air Force Base, Victorville, California. After nineteen months in Metz, France I was returned to the USA, New York City, where
I was discharged with honors and medals for service beyond the call of duty''.
Ray Smith began singing under orders from his sergeants: ''I was in basic training at Sampson
Air Force Base in Syracuse, New York. There was a talent show and the men in my unit told the C.O. 'Smitty can sing'. The song i sang was ''Lovesick Blues''. I won first prize. That's what influenced me into music, and I have been doing it ever since. I had
my first paying job as an entertainer at Nora's Desert Inn, Barstow, California at $12.50 a night, Friday and Saturday only''. In France, Ray and his wife Lillie lived off base. At night and on weekends, Ray played servicemen's clubs. For a time, he considered
a career in the Air Force but left in June 1956.
Article in the rhythm
and blues magazine ''Beat' reports: ''We are proud of the opportunity given to many entertainers in the Southern field, thru the media of radio station WDIA in Memphis. Some of the boys who have done well from there are Rufus Thomas, B.B. King, Nat Williams,
Rosco Gordon, A.C. ''Moohah'' Williams, Jackie Brenston, the Spirit of Memphis Quartet, the Gospel Travelers and Reverend Brewster (the latter three are from the gospel field). A few of these enterprising young men are starting their own company, Tri-State
Recording. The label will be called Duke. First batch of releases are out and should be good sellers in the rhythm and blues market''.
The Summer Olympics begin in Helsinki,
Finland during July of 1952. A total of 69 counties participated in the games with the Soviet Union and Israel doing so for the first time. There were 149 total events with 4,955 athletes competing in them. The United States won the most medals with 76 and
the Soviet Union won the second most with 71, the host nation came in eighth place on the medals table with a total of 22 medals. These games also marked the first time that equestrian competitions allowed women to compete with men in mixed events.
Sam Phillips records Rosco Gordon again, this time for Duke Records. Meanwhile, "No More
Doggin'" finally drops off the Rhythm and Blues listings after peaking at number 2 in a 15- week chart run. Rosco is on the road with The Clovers.
JULY 1, 1952 TUESDAY
CBS debuts the twice-a-week series ''Music Hall'', hosted by Patty Page.
JULY 3, 1952 THURSDAY
Dick Curless marries Pauline Green
JULY 5, 1952 SATURDAY
The clogging troupe Ralph Sloan and The Tennessee Travelers joins the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gordon's ''New Orleans Wimmen'' (RPM 358) enters the local charts in Atlanta.
JULY 7, 1952 MONDAY
Keyboard player Floyd Domino is born. He becomes a member of Asleep At The Wheel and plays with George Strait, appearing on such hits as ''Love Without End, Amen'', ''I've Come To Expect It From You'' and ''If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't
JULY 8, 1952 TUESDAY
The afternoon before marrying June Carter, Carl
Smith recorded ''Our Honeymoon'' at Nashville's Castle Studio in the Tulane Hotel.
Johnny Horton holds his first recording session for Mercury Records.
JULY 9, 1952 WEDNESDAY
June Carter marries Carl Smith at his sister's house in Alcoa, Tennessee.
JULY 10, 1952 THURSDAY
Hank and Audrey Williams are divorced for the second and final time.
Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded ''Blackberry Boogie'' at the Capitol Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California.
Studio session with Howlin' Wolf at the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. More details unknown.
JULY 11, 1952 FRIDAY
Hank Williams recorded ''You Win Again'' a day after his divorce is finalized, along with ''I Won't Be Home No More'' at the Castle Studio in Nashville's Tulane Hotel.
JULY 12, 1952 SATURDAY
Keyboard player Randy McCormick is born in Rogersvill, Alabama. Ho co-writes
Eddie Rabbitt's ''Suspicious'' and Conway Twitty's ''Crazy In Love'', and plays on singles by George Strait, Ricky Van Shelton and Kenny Chesney, among others.
Denies modern injunction on Rosco Gordon denying earlier published reports to the contrary, Tri-State Recording, the Memphis-based firm which produces disks under the Duke label, stated this week that Modern Records, West Coast indie, has not sought an injunction
against them in an ongoing dispute involving Rosco Gordon, rhythm and blues chanter, David Mattis, head of Duke, further mentioned that the contract between Gordon and his company had been approved by the American Federation of Musicians.
According to Mattis, ''the AFM has sent a letter to Modern, explaining that Duke's contract with Rosco Gordon was approved and, as far as the Federation is concerned, the singer is under
contract to Duke. Gordon's single of '''New Orleans Wimmen'' is an original on the Duke label, which was later recorded and released before the Duke version'', Mattis said.
14, 1952 MONDAY
''The Eddy Arnold Show'' debuts as a summer replacement series on CBS-TV, but ends up running on all three major networks through September 1956.
The movie ''Son Of Paleface'' debuts in theaters with Bob Hope, Roy Rogers and Jane Russell singing ''Buttons And Bows''. Bing Crosby makes a cameo appearance.
JULY 15, 1952 TUESDAY
Blue Miller, of The Gibson/Miller Band, is born in Detroit. The Academy of Country Music names the
band the Top New Group or Duo in 1994, but Dave Gibson leaves later that year, imploding the group after just one hit, ''Texas Tattoo''.
Webb Pierce recorded ''I Haven't
Got The Heart'' during an afternoon session at the Castle Studio in Nashville.
Woody Guthrie is released from New York's Bellevue Hospital, following a one-month stay
in which he was diagnosed, incorrectly, as schizophrenic. Within hours, he is drunk and has a fight with his family.
At the age of eight, Gladys Knight receiver &2,000
as the winner of ''The Original Amateur Hour'', hosted by Ted Mack on NBC-TV. She goes on to receive a nomination from the Country Music Association in 1994.
has her first recording session, for Decca Records in Nashville.
JULY 16, 1952 WEDNESDAY
day after his release from Bellevue Hospital in New York, Woody Guthrie checks into Kings County Hospital, convinced he needs to combat an alcohol addiction. His real problem, still undiagnosed, is a neurological disease, Huntington's chorea.
JULY 17, 1952 THURSDAY
Nicolette Larson is born in Helena, Montana. Best known for the 1979 pop
hit ''Lotta Love'', her brief country career yields a single duet with Steve Wariner, ''That's How You Know When Love's Right''.
Arranger and guitarist Billy Strange
recorded ''Bumming Around''. The song is a country hit the following year for Jimmy Dean and for T. Texas Tyler. Strange arranged and co-wrote with Mac Davis Elvis Presley's ''A Little Less Conversation''.
JULY 18, 1952 FRIDAY
MGM released Hank Williams' ''Jambalaya (On The Bayou)''.
Bill Monroe recorded ''In The Pines'' in an afternoon at Nashville's Castle Studio in the Tulane Hotel. The performance is ranked among the 500 greatest country singles in history in the Country Music Foundation book ''Heartaches
By The Number''.