MAY 4, 1952 SUNDAY
J.L. Frank dies in Detroit hotel room, where he's been laid up with strep
throat. Referred to as ''Flo Ziegfeld of country music'', he was the first major promoter and manager in the genre, working with Pee Wee King, Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl in a career that will place him in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
MAY 8, 1952 THURSDAY
Western-swing vocalist Leon Huff dies of a heart attack near Eufaula, Oklahoma,
while riding Johnnie Lee Will's bus. He sang with Bob Wills and The Light Crust Doughboys in addition to Johnnie Lee.
MAY 10, 1952 SATURDAY
Hank Thompson takes over the number 1 position in the Billboard country chart with ''The Wild Side Of Life''.
Hank Thompson recorded ''The New Side Off Too Fast'' during an afternoon session at Capitol's Studio on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California.
MAY 14, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Tex Ritter recorded the theme song to ''High Noon'' at the Capitol Studios
on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California.
MAY 15, 1952 THURSDAY
recorded ''A Full Time Job'' at Brown Brothers Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Woody Guthrie attacks his wife at home in Manhattan with a pair of scissors. He does not
hurt her, but police are called to the scene. The episode is an early sign of his illness, eventually diagnosed as Huntington's chorea.
MAY 16, 1952 FRIDAY
Hank Williams performs at the Last Frontier, kicking off his first Las Vegas stint. Williams is booked for two weeks, though he ultimately plays just one week.
One day after a domestic quarrel, Woody Guthrie checks into Jings County Hospital in New York to undergo an alcohol treatment program. He is suffering, however, not from alcoholism, but from a rare, undiagnosed
disease, Huntington's chorea.
MAY 17, 1952 SATURDAY
Guitarist Pat Flynn is born
in Los Angeles, California. He joins the progressive New Grass Revival in 1981, eventually becoming a studio musician and playing on hits by Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea, George Strait and Conway Twitty, among others.
Johnny Horton debuts on The Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport.
A marked turning point for Chicago blues. Chess Records launched
the subsidiary label Checker, and the early fruits of the tie-up with Sam Phillips were being enjoyed. Inevitably this gave new impetus to the revived taste for unalloyed, rural-based southern blues.
MAY 18, 1952 SUNDAY
George Strait is born in Poteet, Texas. The authentic cowboy becomes a voice for traditional country beginning in
1981, accruin more than 25 gold albums and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
MAY 19, 1952 MONDAY
Hank Snow recorded ''(Now And Then) A Fool Such As I'' during an evening session in Nashville.
MAY 20, 1952 TUESDAY
Burl Ives voluntarily testifies before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., as the entertainment industry comes under political scrutiny for Communist ties. Ives denies any
connection to the party.
MAY 23, 1952 FRIDAY
Hank Williams' two-week engagement
at Las Vegas' Last Frontier is cancelled after just one week.
MAY 24, 1952 SATURDAY
player Rusty York and his family move from Harlan County, Kentucky, to Cincinnati on his 17th birthday. He plays on Jimmie Skinner's 1958 hit ''What Makes A Man Wander''.
session for Woodrow Adams at the Memphis Recording Service for Checker Records.