Rita Records is formed by Roland Janes, Billy Riley and Ira. L. Vaughn. Office
located at 2158 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee and they had a huge hit on their third release with Harold Dorman’s “Mountain of Love”. Rita folded in 1961 and Janes eventually opened Sonic Sound on Madison Avenue in 1962.
A newspaper from 1959 headlined: ''New Label Added by Memphians''. It's located at 2158 Union, formed by Bill Riley, Roland Janes and I.L. Vaughn. Riley is a well-known guitarist and band
leader who formerly recorded for Sun Records in his own addition to backing a number of other artists.
Two disc have already been released under the Rita label. They
are ''Rockin' At The Zoo'' and ''Funny Paper People'' both written by and sung by Bill Hardy (real name, Bill Huskey), and ''San Antonio Rock'' and ''Cattywampus'' by Martin ''Willy'' Willis band.
Hardy's pairings are both in the comic vein and he is making personal appearances thru out the Mid-South to plug them. He has already been on Bill Anthony's Big Beat and will be on the Steve Stevens' Show in Little Rock this weekend. Hardy
originally approached Riley as manager of another singer. But when he sang a verse of one of the songs he had written for his client, Riley signed Hardy himself to record for Rita Records.
Before forming his own company, Riley worked closely with Sam Phillips at Sun, Jack Clement of Summer Records (who will soon bring out a Riley record called ''Too Much Woman''), and with Bill Justis at Play Me Records, ''Cattywampus'', one
of Rita's first four sides, was originally done by Justis on Phillips International.
But, Riley quit the label just as it was getting off the ground and sell his stake
for $1000 to start Mojo Records.
''When Sam Phillips put in the new studio on Madison Avenue'', said Roland Janes, ''Bill and I went to Sam and asked him to let us retain
the old studio and record there with the product going to Sun, but we never actually resolved the question and just drifted into doing our own thing. Rita Records was a co-op deal. Bill and I played on everything, which naturally eliminated having to pay a
couple of musicians, and we used our old buddies Martin Willis and J.M. Van Eaton. We came up with a partner, Ira Lyn Vaughan, who had a little money. He was an accountant, and we named the label after his daughter. Mr. Vaughn did all the paperwork, and Bill
and I took care of production and getting records to distributors. Riley was a much better salesman than me, but I probably had a better business head''.
PI 3545 ''706 Union'' b/w ''Low Outside'' by Brad Suggs; PI 3546 ''Rockin' Love'' b/w ''Pretend'' by Carl Mann issued.
SEPTEMBER 2, 1959 WEDNESDAY
Drummer Paul Deakin is born in Miami, Florida. He helps found The Mavericks, whose electric brand of country nets two awards a piece from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country
Music as Vocal Group of the Year in the 1990s.
SEPTEMBER 7, 1959 MONDAY
released Ray Price's double-sided single ''The Same Old Me'' and ''Under Your Spell Again''.
SEPTEMBER 8, 1959 TUESDAY
The final installment of ''The Jimmie Rodgers Show'' airs after a five-month prime-time run on NBC-TV.
SEPTEMBER 9, 1959 WEDNESDAY
Capitol Records founder Johnny Mercer joins the guest lineup on the NBC telecast of ''The Milton Berle Show''.
10, 1959 THURSDAY
Priscilla Beaulieu begins attending classes in Wiesbaden, West Germany. Within two weeks, she meets future husband Elvis Presley.
SEPTEMBER 12, 1959 SATURDAY
''Bonanza'' the first western TV series broadcast in color, debuts on
NBC, where it remains for 14 seasons.
''Bonanza'' was a NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959–January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and
431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC's longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on United States network television (behind CBS's ''Gunsmoke''), and within the top 10 longest-running, live-action American series. The
show continues to air in syndication.
The show is set around the 1860s and it centers on the wealthy Cartwright family, who live in the area of Virginia City, Nevada,
bordering Lake Tahoe. The series stars Lorne Green, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts (who left after six seasons), and later David Canary and Mithch Vogel. Guitarist Joe Maphis performs the instrumental theme song, and cast member Lorne Green earns
a pop/country hit in 1964, with ''Ringo''.
The title "Bonanza" is a term used by miners in regard to a large vein or deposit of ore, and commonly refers to the 1859 revelation
of the Comstock Lode discovery, not far from the fictional Pondarosa Ranch that the Cartwright family operated.
In 2002, Bonanza was ranked number 43 on TV Guide 50 Greatest
TV Shows of All Time and in 2013 TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time. The time period for the television series is roughly between 1861 (Season 1) to 1867 (Season 13) during and shortly after the American Civil War.
During the summer of 1972, NBC aired reruns of episodes from the 1967–1970 period in prime time on Tuesday evening under the title ''Ponderosa''.
''Hometown Jamboree'', a 10-year Southern California tradition produced by Cliffie Stone, airs for the last time on Los Angeles' KTLA-TV. It had featured such acts as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dallas Frazier, Ferlin
Huskey and Lefty Frizzell.
SEPTEMBER 12, 1959 SATURDAY
The Soviet Union crashes
the Luna 2 spacecraft into the Moon, making it the first man-made object to reach the Moon's surface. The Luna 2 (Lunik 2) was launched and after over thirty hours of flight it crashed into the surface of the Moon on September 14th.
The spacecraft carried Soviet pennants and several scientific instruments like a Geiger-counter to measure radiation and a magnetometer to measure magnetic fields. It ceased operation after
impacting the Moon in the Palus Putredinus region.
This was one of the first major events in the space race between the United States and Soviet Union. The United States
did not successfully land a spacecraft on the Moon under the Ranger 4 in 1962.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1959 SUNDAY
Specialist Elvis Presley meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu for the first time, while stationed with the Army in West Germany.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1959
John Berry is born in Aiken, South Carolina. The strong-voiced singer rises in 1994 with his Grammy-nomination ''Your Love Amazes Me'', following up with such
melodic hits as ''You And Only You'', ''She's Taken A Shine'' and ''What's In It For Me''.
The Stanley Brothers recorded ''Mountain Dew'' and ''How Far To Little Rock''
at the King Recording Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. They also cut ''I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow'' for the second time in their career.
Bing and Kathy Crosby have a daughter,
Mary Crosby, in Los Angeles, the same city where he recorded a country hit with The Andrews Sisters in 1944.
SEPTEMBER 15, 1959 TUESDAY
Wynn Stewart recorded ''Wishful Thinking'' at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.
western series ''Laramie'' debuts on NBC-TV, with ''Georgia On My Mind'' songwriter Hoagy Carmichael in the cast for the first year.
The singles, Sun 327 ''With Your
Love With Your Kiss'' b/w ''Be Mine, All Mine'' by Johnny Powers; Sun 329 ''You're Just My Kind'' b/w ''The Ballad Of St. Marks'' by Will Mercer; Sun 330 "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You" b/w Little Queenie'' by Jerry Lee Lewis; Sun 331 ''You Tell Me'' b/w
''Goodbye Little Darlin'''by Johnny Cash; and Sun 332 ''What A Life'' b/w ''Together'' by Jimmy Isle are issued.