FEBRUARY 4, 1960 THURSDAY
Johnny Burnette appears on American Bandstand.
FEBRUARY 5, 1960 FRIDAY
The Biggest Show of Stars for 1960 starts touring with headliners Frankie
Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Clyde McPhatter.
Pam Gadd is born in Independence, Missouri. A member of The New Coon Creek Girls and Wild Rose, she becomes a background singer
for Porter Wagoner and applies support vocals to Terri Clark's hit ''A Little Gasoline''.
FEBRUARY 6, 1960 SATURDAY
George Hamilton IV joins the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rhythm and blues singer Jesse Belvin dies
in a car crash in Fairhope, Arkansas. A co-writer of The Penguins' hit ''Earth Angel'', he earns a country hit 10 years later as a songwriter after Slim Whitman's cover ''Guess Who''.
Jessie Belvin is killed in an auto accident near Hope, Arkansas. Johnny Preston starts six week tour in Tucson, Arizona. Billy Haley and the Comets appear at the Coliseum in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sandy Nelson appears on The Dick Clark
Early February Fats Domino is booked around his hometown of New Orleans so he can supervise the building of his new house. Bobby Darin and Connie Francis are chosen
the King and Queen of Hearts by the American Heart Association for its annual-fund raising drive.
FEBRUARY 7, 1960 SUNDAY
Country singer Molly Bee guests on CBS-TV's ''The Jack Benny Show''.
FEBRUARY 8, 1960 MONDAY
Congress begins hearings to investigate payola in music and radio. Future Academy of Country awards producer Dick Clark survives the scandal. Rock disc jockey Alan Freed, credited as a co-writer on ''Sincerely'',
Jim Reeves snags a number 1 country single in Billboard magazine with ''He'll Have To Go''.
FEBRUARY 9, 1960 TUESDAY
The Hollywood City Council holds the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Among those honored in its initial
installment, Hank Williams, Sonny James, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mercer, Lefty Frizzell, Gene Autry and Jimmy Wakely.
FEBRUARY 10, 1960 WEDNESDAY
Champs perform "To Much Tequila" on ABC-TVs American Bandstand.
Singer/songwriter/musician Lionel Cartwright
is born in Gallipolis, Ohio. His relaxed vocal style leads to four Top 10 singles from 1989-1991, the biggest coming with ''Leap Of Faith''.
Jimmie Skinner recorded ''Reasons
To Live'' at the King Recording Studio in Cincinnati.
FEBRUARY 11, 1960 THURSDAY
Presley, serving with the Army in West Germany, receives his stripes as a full sergeant, three weeks after he was officially notified of the promotion.
FEBRUARY 12, 1960
Chuck Berry headlines the Apollo Theater with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Baby Washington and the Mello-Kings.
FEBRUARY 15, 1960 MONDAY
Paul Anka begins a week long engagement at the New Lotus Club in Washington, D.C.
FEBRUARY 16, 1960 TUESDAY
Annette appears on American Bandstand to sing "O Dio Mio".
Bass player Doug Phelps is born in Leachville, Arkansas. He becomes a founding member of The Kentucky HeadHunters but leaves in 1992 with his sibling, Ricky Lee, to form Brother Phelps.
He rejoins The HeadHunters in 1996.
Johnny cash Recorded ''Smiling Bill McCall'' at Nashville's Bradley Recording Studio.
FEBRUARY 17, 1960 WEDNESDAY
Johnny Cash recorded the George Jones-penned ''Seasons Of My Heart'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio
in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Everly Brothers sign a record-setting $1,000,000 contract with Warner Bros., the recording arm of the motion picture company.
The RCA compilation album, ''60 Years Of Music America Loves Best'' goes gold. Among its 30 tracks, primarily culled from pop and classical music, is Eddy Arnold's ''Bouquet Of Roses''.
Elvis Presley earns the first gold album of his career, for ''Elvis'' ( RCA Victor LPM-1382).
18, 1960 THURSDAY
The Everly Brothers recorded the pop hit ''When Will I Be Loved'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B. Linda Ronstadt succeeds with the song in country music
15 years later.
FEBRUARY 19, 1960 FRIDAY
Dr. Jive's Rhythm and Blues Revenue
opens at the Apollo featuring Johnny Nash, The Flamingos, Tiny Topsy, Nappy Brown, the Hollywood Flames and Barrett Strong.
FEBRUARY 20, 1960 SATURDAY
Bill Haley and His Comets, Frankie Ford, Ray Smith and Johnny Tillotson appear on Saturday evening's Dick Clark Show.
A riot breaks out when teen fans storm the stage during an Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran concert at Caird Hall in Dundee, England.
FEBRUARY 22, 1960
Columbia released Marty Robbins' ''Big Iron'', and Stonewall Jackson's double-sided hit, ''Why I'm Walkin'''backed with ''Life Of A Poor Boy''.
As little shoots of daffodils and crocus were making their first
timid forays above the ground in Memphis gardens, the big day came when the Sun staff would move to the new offices. Despite the many problems with a leaking roof, equipment that didn't sound right, and delays in all quarters, the building seemed to be ready
in late February 1960 when they were told they could pack up all the stuff and move to 639 Madison Avenue. (The official opening of Sam Phillips' Recording Studio was on September 17, 1960).
This was a much more comfortable space. Sam Phillips had a large, plush office on the third floor with windows overlooking a rooftop patio, a jukebox, and, at last, a big desk of his very own. A wet bar was nearby. Bill Fitzgerald and Sally
Wilbourn also had private offices on the third floor. Cecil Scaife and Barbara Barnes found themselves on the second floor side by side in spacious rooms with lovely carpet and all new furnishings.
At first Regina Reese was stationed in the reception area on the first floor, but soon she moved upstairs, relieved by a newly hired lady whose main qualification was that she was of late middle age and thus should not prove
a distraction to the young musicians or vice-versa. The new receptionist took a liking to her contemporary, the building construction supervisor, O.T. Being, so far away upstairs they didn't know how that played out. Sam required that Regina and Barbara start
alternating Saturday morning on phone duty, an onerous task, since they had the weekends free heretofore. One Saturday morning Sam called and asked, ''Who is this''? When Barbara answered ''Sun Records Company'' in a clipped and frosty voice.
Except for the foyer and a couple of small spaces, the first floor was devoted to the technical space and equipment needed for making records. The two studios and all that went with them
were first-class, utterly up to the minute, and designed to Sam's specifications, with the cooperative efforts of designer of Jack Weiner. The interior design reflected Sam's flamboyant taste, with shiny golden chandeliers, a starburst clock, fancy door knobs,
and nothing subdued. Denise Howard, who was also the decorator for the Holiday Inn chain, searched out these objects and all the non-technical appointments.