Sam Phillips' recordings of Harmonica Frank's "Howlin' Tomcat"/"She Done Moved" (Chess
1494) and Bob Price's "How Can It Be"/"Sticks And Stones" (Chess 1495) are released.
Sam Phillips records young local saxophonist Johnny London and offers the dubs to
Chess Records, who refuse them. They are subsequently scheduled as the first release on Sun Records. Johnny London had found his way to the studio almost by accident. ''We saw the studio and wanted to record'', he told music historian Rob Bowman, ''so we went
over and talked to Sam Phillips''. Sam was intrigued by the four high school musicians, all of whom had come under the influence of Melrose High School music director Tuff Green, a veteran Memphis musician and band leader who played bass with B.B. King, Rosco
Gordon, and the Newborns, among others. They did some demo sessions, and then according to London, ''Sam fell in love with what we were doing, and he decided that he'd hire' us''.
of SUN 174 and 175 are aired on radio WHHM, introducing the new label. Sam Phillips cuts two further sessions on Joe Hill Louis, yielding "When I Am Gone (She Treats Me Mean And Evil", the cut with which the Chess brothers will launch their newly-formed Checker
Chess Records belatedly release Billy Love's "Drop Top" (Chess 1508).
1, 1952 SATURDAY
Sun Records announced its first commercial release (SUN 174) "Blues In My Condition"/"Sellin' My Whiskey" by Jackie Boy and Little Walter, the decision
had already been made not to release it. Not everyone understood why Sam Phillips pulled this record at the last minute. It was probably due to fear of failure. "Sam couldn't get the saxophone solo out of his mind", Marion Keisker remembered.
Faron Young holds his first recording session for Capitol Records in Nashville's Castle Studio, cutting the self-penned ''Tattle Tale Tears''.
Uncle Dave Macon makes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
''The Last Musketeer''
appears in movie theaters, with Rex Allen and Slim Pickens in the starring roles. Woodwind player Darol Rice is part of the band, and Foy Willing writes one of the picture's song.
4, 1952 TUESDAY
Ernest Tubb and his second wife, Olene, welcome their second daughter, Olene Gayle Tubb.
Decca released a cover of ''Wild Side Of Life'' by Burl Ives and guitarist Grady Martin And His Slew Foot Five''.
MARCH 5, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Keyboard player Alan Clark is born in Durham, England. In 1982, he becomes a member of the Mark Knopfler rockband Dire Straits, who orginate the future country hits ''The Bug'' and ''When
It Comes To You''.
Leonard Chess called Sam Phillips and told him
he would not be purchasing any more master tapes. When Phillips asked why, Chess stated that the big-selling hits like Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88" were no longer coming from the Memphis Recording Service. In reality, Leonard Chess, as the Bihari brothers
would do later that year, was trying to save money by recording the artist in local studios himself.
When Leonard Chess informed Sam Phillips that he would not be purchasing
any more master tapes from the Memphis Recording Service, Phillips reacted angrily. It appeared that his friends were forcing him out of the record business. "I knew what it was like to be cheated", remarked Phillips. "Tenacity is one thing and I have that".
Leonard Chess called back and attempted to save their friendship. It was too late.