SEPTEMBER 19, 1958
On this day start The Mid-South Fair is a fair that was held for many years
held in Memphis, Tennessee, every year in late September and early October. It is now held in neighboring northwest Mississippi. It hosts many shows and attractions, as well as different types of rides and concession stands. Not only is it popular in the Memphis
area, but also in the adjacent states of Mississippi and Arkansas, and even nearby Missouri. The fair's official website states, "As a non-profit organization, our mission is not to make money. Rather, the Fair exists to create a cultural and entertainment
experience that exposes the people in our community to items and events they might not otherwise encounter. In addition, we serve as a focal point for all sorts of organizations and communities."
The event was last held in Memphis from September 19–28, 2008, in its 152nd year. The fair has been held at the Lander's Center in Southhaven, Mississippi since September 2009 and will remain there until at least 2019.
The Shelby County Agricultural Society agreed to host the second fair in the fall of 1856. During World War I, the military used the Mid South Fair to find recruits. In 1908, the name was
changed to the Tri-State Fair to encourage more people in areas around Memphis to attend the fair. In 1911, African American Memphians founded the Negro Tri State Fair, which was discontinued in 1959.
In 2008, the city of Memphis announced that it would not renew the fair's lease on the grounds, which is owned by the city. The fair then announced that it would move to the casino resort area in Tunica County, at a new site
along U.S. Highway 61. The project was cancelled in 2009 due to poor economic conditions. The fair planned to temporarily use the Lander's Center in Southaven as a temporary host; however, due to the cancellation of the Tunica project, this location has been
secured until at least 2019. The fair lasts two weeks and begins the last weekend in September each year.
Events and attractions at the Mid-South Fair include a carnival
midway and rides, concerts (Ronnie Milsap and The Sugarhill Gang were featured in 2007), a home-made ice cream contest, a horticulture contest, the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show, agricultural exhibits, a pig race, and the world's largest youth talent contest.
Previous entrants in the talent contest (first held in 1953) include Mississippi natives Elvis Presley and Lance Bass and Tennessee native Justin Timberlake.
20, 1957 FRIDAY
Sixteen days after Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce, his second wife, Jane, also files, accusing him of cruel and inhuman treatment. Among her accusations,
that he once left her to fend herself and their child on 82 cents and six cans of milk.
SEPTEMBER 21, 1957 SATURDAY
Scotty Moore, electric guitar, and Bill Black, bass who have been with Elvis Presley through his entire career, quit over a dispute over wages.
Mark Wright is born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He writes ''Today My World Slipped Away'' and ''Take A Little Trip'', while producing hits for Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Mark Chesnutt, Brooks and Dunn and Gretchen Wilson.
Screenwriter/director/producer Ethan Coen is born in Minneapolis. With brother Joel Coen, he creates ''O Brother, Where Art Thou?'', which leads to a multi-platinum soundtrack of American roots music, including
bluegrass and gospel.
''Perry Mason'' starts and is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The
title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. Many episodes are based on stories written by Gardner.
Hollywood's first weekly one-hour series filmed for television, Perry Mason is one of TV's longest-running and most successful legal series. During its first season, it received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination
as Best Dramatic Series, and it became one of the five most popular shows on television. Raymond Burr received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, and Barbara Hale received anEmmy Award for her portrayal of Mason's secretary Della Street. ''Perry Mason''
and Burr were honored as Favorite Series and Favorite Male Performer in the first two TV Guide Award readers polls. In 1960, the series received the first Silver Gavel Award presented for television drama by the American Bar Association.
''Perry Mason'' has aired in syndication in the United States and internationally ever since its cancellation, and the complete series has been released on Region 1 DVD.
A 2014 study found that Netflix users rate Raymond Burr as their favorite actor, with Barbara Hale number seven on the list.
A 1973 revival of the series with a different
cast was poorly received. In 1985 the first in a successful series of 30 Perry Mason television films aired on NBC, with Burr reprising the role of Mason in 26 of them prior to his death in 1993.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1957 SUNDAY
Bobby Helms performs ''My Special Angel'' in New York on CBS's ''The Ed Sullivan Show''. Elsewhere on the telecast, pop singer
Jo Stafford covers Hank Williams' ''Jambalaya (On The Bayou)''.
SEPTEMBER 23, 1957 MONDAY
Sam Phillips to launch his Phillips International label, according to Johnny Carroll, who recounted the story, Sam had heard that the Dutch Philips company of Eindhoven were planning to move into the American market. He therefore decided to launch his record
label, and get right behind whichever of the five releases showed signs of taking, with a view to having a national hit with Bill Justis' "Raunchy". Then when Phillips moved in, they would be forced to pay compensation to Sam for him to remove the name. Johnny
was offered the chance of having a release on Sun, or take a one in five chance of having a national hit. Of course he opted for Phillips International, little realizing the significance that having a record out on the yellow label would assume in future years.
From all this, you can gather that it was Justis whom Sam boosted into the charts, and indeed it made number 3 in November 1957.
The first five PI releases come on September
23: PI 3516 by Buddy Blake (''You Pass Me By'' b/w ''Please Convince Me''), PI 3517 by Hayden Thompson (''Love My Baby'' b/w ''One Broken Heart''), PI 3518 by Barbara Pittman (''Two Young Fools In Love'' b/w ''I'm Getting Better At The Time''), PI 3519 by
Bill Justis and His Orchestra (''Raunchy'' b/w ''Midnight Man''), and PI 3520 by Johnny Carroll (''That's The Way I Love'' b/w ''I'll Wait'').
SEPTEMBER 24, 1957 TUESDAY
RCA Victor released Elvis Presley's two-sided hit, ''Jailhouse Rock'' and ''Treat Me Nice'' ( RCA Victor 47-7035).
The Alan Freed biopic ''Mister Rock And Roll'' premieres at the Paramount Theater in New York City. Listed as a co-writer of the future Forester Sisters ''Sincerely'', Freed appears on-screen, as do Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter and Frankie
''Polka Time'' ends a 14-month prime-time run on ABC-TV. The show's regulars include bass player Jack Taylor and banjo player Chick Hurt, former members of The
Prairie Ramblers who now perform in Stan Wolowic's Polka Chips.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1957 WEDNESDAY
Thompson recorded ''How Do You Hold a Memory'' during the evening at Hollywood's Capitol Tower in Los Angeles.
SEPTEMBER 27, 1957 FRIDAY
Jerry Lee Lewis headlines the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City for nine days. During his nine minutes on stage he played four songs.
SEPTEMBER 28, 1957 SATURDAY
Buddy Holly recorded the pop hit ''Maybe Baby'' at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. In 1978, the song is refashioned
as a country single by Susie Allanson.
Comedian and future country singer George Burns shares the cover of TV Guide magazine with Gracie Allen.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1957 SUNDAY
''Those Whiting Girls'', featuring pop-and-country singer Margaret Whiting,
ends its second session as a summer replacement series on CBS-TV.